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#StartingUpPA Alumni Spotlight

Adam Diaz  |  Diaz Companies  |  Keystone College

Although he built his business from the ground up, Adam Diaz didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur. After being downsized from his first job, Adam decided to make his side business in stone and masonry work, a skill he acquired growing up on his family’s farm, into a full time job. Diaz Stone and Pallet opened in 1999 and now provides custom stone and masonry work and wood products for residential and commercial customers across the United States and Canada.

Adam has further grown his business—now called Diaz Companies—by seizing opportunities in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and adding companies specializing in quarry operations, truck and heavy equipment services, forest products, waste disposal, and other services.  He employs over 170 people. According to Diaz, his Keystone fine arts degree helped him greatly in having the confidence to start and grow the business.

“To solve problems in business, you have to be able to be creative and think outside the box," he said. "That’s what I learned by studying fine arts. Keystone was a really great place and my education helped me in ways I never anticipated.”

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Op Ed: A legacy upheld: Why we honor those who served

By President Tom Foley, Mt Aloysius College

Almost 75 years ago, my Irish grandmother, Nellie Loftus Foley, sent three of her four sons off to fight in what President Roosevelt called the “War for the Four Freedoms.” My father, the baby of the family, recalls that it was not an easy parting for my grandmother.

My uncles’ letters home – which my father passed on to me a few years ago – gave more evidence of that. Her sons wrote to her with reassurances and with pride, and clearly hoped that their optimism and their clear sense of duty and of mission would ease her sorrow, and her fear about what might happen to them.


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Baptist Bible College & Seminary names Dr. James Lytle new president

According to a news release from Baptist Bible College & Seminary:

"The Baptist Bible College & Seminary Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. James R. Lytle, veteran educator and missionary, seasoned leader, and experienced BBC&S Vice President and Provost, has been named the new President of Baptist Bible College & Seminary effective January 1, 2015.

Dr. Lytle, who has a long and exemplary record of service, leadership, and ministry, will be the Institution's tenth president.

A graduate of BBC (B.S.) and BBS (M.Div. and Th.M.), Lytle earned his D.Min. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He has served in biblical higher education for over 30 years.

After serving as an Assistant and Associate Professor for thirteen years at BBC, Lytle was called to South Africa, where he and his wife Diane served as missionary church planters. While there, he led in establishing Bethany Baptist Church, beginning with a home Bible study and transitioning to national leadership."

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The zombie apocalypse hits Wilson College

Just kidding! These students are actually volunteers participating in a special first responder training event held at Wilson College in late October. The college joined forces with local emergency responders and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to run drills on campus, first acting out a fire and school shooter scenario and then running an inoculation drill on a group of student zombies. For more information, click here to read an article about the event by the Public Opinion.

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Op-Ed: To Accomplish Mission, Academia Needs Economic Diversity

By Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University

My father, George Botzman, is a talented man. He is good with his hands and has a knack for following the minutest of details – traits that endeared him to his employer of many years. The same skills he acquired as a machinist also enabled him to provide many homemade toys, including wooden trains and Christmas ornaments for his 13 children. It didn’t take me long to realize, though, that I did not share his aptitude.

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Did You Know?


Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731


In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.