President's Newsletter October 2015


Alvernia’s Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership program has a total of 96 students; 39 in Educational Leadership, 30 in Community Leadership and 27 in Corporate Leadership. Forty-one Ph.D. candidates are making steady progress toward the completion of their dissertations. The program has had 20 graduates to date, an impressive accomplishment. A team of these students recently won a major leadership competition in Barcelona, Spain.

A wonderful Homecoming and Family Weekend — jointly planned by University Life, Institutional Advancement, and Athletics — began with the celebration of our top annual university award recipients, presented at the President’s Dinner. Jim and Anna Connors received this year’s Franciscan Award; the John Paul II Center was given the Pro Urbe Award. Eric Turman ’77, M’03, PC’04, principal of Reading High School and member of the President’s Advisory Council, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Jeanne Moran Savage ‘88, member of the Mission Effectiveness Committee, received the Ellen Frei Gruber Award. Our two alums did us proud, with both including warm, appreciative praise for faculty essential to their learning and their lives.

The Athletic Department inducted the class of 2015 into its Hall of Fame in October. New inductees included: Justin Allegra ’05, men’s soccer and tennis; Erin (McIntyre) Cataldi ’05, women’s basketball; Anthony Donohue ’99, baseball; Anthony Recker ‘05 baseball; Sara (Schroyer) Paulson ’05, volleyball; Tim Yanuskiewicz ’87, men’s basketball and the entire record-setting 2005 baseball team! Honorees came from across the country, even from Nevada, and were amazed by the changes in the campus.

Alvernia played a lead role in working with a consortium of institutions to open a health clinic serving the Oakbrook Housing development. The partnership includes St. Joe’s Medical Center, Reading Health System, Reading Housing Authority, Berks County Community Clinic and the Easter Seals Society. The clinic provides health services for low-income residents and is a setting for Alvernia students to get real-world experience in a number of areas.

Earlier this year, 27 students were recognized for providing 100 hours or more in service during the past academic year, seven students for providing more than 300 hours of service during their time at Alvernia and three for completing over 500 hours!

Freshman Emily Gilbert broke the Alvernia and MAC women's golf single‐round scoring record twice in the same week! In addition, junior field hockey forward Margaret Wentzel was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week twice in September. The All‐American leads Alvernia in scoring this season and scored four times in our Homecoming victory over Hood.


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president's newsletter october 2015

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