President's Newsletter October 2013

Community Engagement

More than 200 volunteers from the Alvernia community harvested 33,600 pounds of potatoes for the Greater Reading Food Bank as part of this year's St. Francis Day of Service. Volunteers dug for the tubers at a Richmond Township farm as part of the Potato Project, which seeks to provide food banks and pantries with potatoes to feed families in need. 

The Leadership Berks Program and the O’Pake Institute are co-hosting a series of conversations with high profile leaders on topics and issues of importance to our community. The series kicked off in October with an evening with Al Boscov, chairman and chief executive officer of Boscov’s Department Stores.

The O'Pake Institute worked with the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference to offer a training workshop for state legislators. The workshop "Building Trust through Civil Discourse in the Legislative Arena: Practical Tools for Application" was held in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on Oct. 15.

In partnership with the College of Professional Programs, Reading Health System, the Reading Federal Health Clinic and the Reading Housing Authority, the university is preparing a feasibility study on the establishment of a health clinic at the Oakbrook development. If the clinic is established, it will also offer service-learning opportunities for Alvernia students. 

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