President's Newsletter October 2013


The Science Association was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society’s undergraduate division for the 2012-2013 academic year. And for the second year in a row, the organization was recognized as a Green Chemistry Student Chapter. Both awards will be presented at the society's national meeting in Dallas, Texas.

A group of Alvernia students are organizing a chapter of Alpha Phi Omega ( APO has more than 350 chapters throughout the world with four focus areas: service to the campus, service to the fraternity, service to the community and service to the nation. More than 50 students have signed on to become members.

The Alvernia University chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma inducted 78 new members at its fifth annual induction ceremony in October. Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Students gaining acceptance in the prestigious honor society must be full-time juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.65 or better, or graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.85. Many thanks to head foundress Rose Chinni, and her merry team of devoted faculty sponsors.

A recent survey of Alvernia alumni offered some very good news: our graduates feel great about their education! Ninety percent felt Alvernia did a good or excellent job at preparing them for life after Alvernia, with 94% saying they would recommend Alvernia to others. Importantly, 76% of alumni are actively engaged in some way with community involvement or volunteering, a testament to our focus on developing community-minded citizenry. 

Veteran enrollment at Alvernia has grown 40% since 2008, with 61 veteran students enrolling in the university this past year alone. Not surprisingly, we have been recognized by the Guide for Military Friendly Schools as one of the top institutions in the United States that meets their educational mission of educating military and veteran students. This list represents the top tier of colleges and universities doing the most to educate America’s veterans. Planning is well underway by a team of folks to launch a Veterans Center next fall. 

Look for a more expanded list of recent student achievements in the November issue of the Alvernian and on the Alvernia website. 

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president's newsletter october 2013

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