President's Newsletter October 2015


Alvernia occupational therapy alum Capt. Ashley Welsh made headlines recently for her role in treating one of the American heroes who stopped a terrorist in France. Airman Spencer Stone sustained his injuries while helping prevent an armed attack on a train. Capt. Welsh is stationed at Landstuhl Medical Center, Germany.

As part of Alvernia’s growing emphasis on real world learning, Michael Daly has been appointed Expert in Residence for healthcare services. He has served as an executive with major healthcare providers for 25 years, working with the largest organizations in the nation to achieve strategic objectives. It has given him a unique perspective that he’s bringing to faculty and students this year, exposing them to challenges they will encounter in the marketplace.

Darla Timberlake, our new Academic Learning Specialist (Academic Intervention), is working with students who need ADA accommodations and also with a wide variety of at-risk students.

Student leaders Amee Patel and Jaree Reid were named NASPA Undergraduate Fellows. Their focuses include developing enhanced multicultural programming resources for Residence Life, the MEN and WOMEN initiative, and student participation in Careers in Student Affairs Month.

Joe Cicala, vice president for University Life and dean of students, served as one of 30 national higher education leaders in a think-tank centered on interfaith spiritual development conducted by NASPA, ACPA – College Student Educators International and Interfaith Youth Corps.

Camille Bartlett has joined the university as our new director of risk management. She brings a wealth of higher-education experience to the role.

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president's newsletter october 2015

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