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Seton Hall to Honor William McSweeny at Diplomacy School Leadership Gala

By MADELYN ABDALLA

October 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations is hosting its 15th Anniversary Global Leadership Gala Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

This year’s honoree is William F. McSweeny, a journalist and author who served as a presidential adviser and is a Korean War veteran.

The gala, which is the school’s largest single fundraiser, “honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in international careers,” according to the university’s website.

McSweeny served in the infantry,m receiving U.S. and foreign decorations, had a career as a journalist that included awards such as the Hearst First Prize, an Associated Press award and a United Press Award, and was also an adviser to four former presidents, the website stated.

McSweeny’s book “Go Up For Glory” (1965) was selected as a modern American classic and he was also inducted into the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame in March.

The Gala draws around 250 guests that in the past have included politicians and diplomats such as Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger, according to the website.

Proceeds will support initiatives and special programming at the school, including its signature World Leaders Forum, the website said. The Gala has raised more than $1 million for the Diplomacy School.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.