President's Newsletter October 2014

News Flashes

We are gearing up for our Middle States self-study visit. An initial visit from team chair Sr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, president of St. Thomas Aquinas College, is scheduled for Nov. 3, with a full team visit planned for Feb. 8-11.

The Business Department has created a 5-year BS/MBA dual-degree program and a post-MBA certification in sustainability for Tha Alpha Group (TAG) China initiative.

A website was created for the TAG initiative by Alvernia’s design and web service areas to promote related programs. TAG is a consortium of five colleges and universities (including Alvernia, Benedictine University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Mount Saint Mary College and University of St. Thomas) that have joined forces to offer distinctive learning opportunities for American and Chinese students while providing partnership possibilities for Chinese higher education institutions.

Alvernia’s Seniors College is offering 19 courses during the fall. Through a new strategic partnership with The Highlands retirement community, courses will be also be delivered at the Highlands location in Wyomissing.

An Academic Alert form, available for faculty on the myAlvernia portal, has been updated to auto-populate course information and class lists, making it easier for faculty members to submit alerts, to which our Educational Planning Center staff and faculty advising coordinators can then respond.

Alvernia accepted an invitation to join a four-institution pilot project, initiated and funded by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Caron Treatment Centers, to develop new models and strategies to strengthen campus/community collaboration to prevent dangerous and underage drinking.

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report document has been posted to the Public Safety page of the university website. It contains crime statistics in all categories required by the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

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president's newsletter october 2014

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