First Inductee into the Order of the Sword and Shield at IU
Philadelphia resident Anthony Vega, an Immaculata University College of LifeLong Learning student majoring in Emergency Planning and Management, is the first inductee into the Immaculata Chapter of the Order of the Sword & Shield (OSS) National Honor Society. Vega is expected to graduate in August 2016.
“What a proud honor it is to be the first inductee into Immaculata’s chapter of the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society,” stated Vega. “I am humbled by the recognition, and I understand that with the honor comes an obligation to lead by example for others considering or currently working in the field of Emergency Management. I am determined to live up to this personal and professional expectation.”
Entering his 21st year of service with the Philadelphia Police Department with the current rank of Detective, Vega frequently handles issues related to emergency planning and management. He notes that Emergency Planning and Management theories and principles learned in class are flexible and scalable enough to be applicable to almost any emergency response plan, including law enforcement routines.
Recognizing Vega’s outstanding academic performance and his dedication to the community, Immaculata Chapter Councilor, George M. Schwartz, chair of the Professional Studies Department, stated, “Anthony Vega is an exemplar of OSS’s core values of excellence, knowledge, ethics, and peace. He helps maintain the peace in Philadelphia as a police officer and also serves as a volunteer in the community with the Catholic Youth Organization. It is truly an honor for Immaculata to recognize his excellence as our first inductee into OCC.”
Founded in 2010, the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society is dedicated exclusively to homeland security, emergency management, and all protective security disciplines.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.