President's Newsletter October 2016

News Flashes

The second year of Alvernia’s Justice Everywhere initiative is challenging students to engage in experiences that encourage growth and learning about social justice and diversity. Featured already were a discussion with Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown, Sr., — respected for his calming and charitable demeanor — at a packed house in Francis Hall TheatER and Recital Hall. A Faculty Roundtable Series on human dignity and social justice is among the upcoming events.

As part of Alvernia’s growing focus on real world learning, this fall’s Career Development Speaker Series featured events with industry professionals from a range of fields including representatives from Brentwood Industries, Boscov’s and Tompkins VIST Bank who are sharing experiences and practical advice with Alvernia students.

The O’Pake Institute is building a comprehensive undergraduate leadership program that will further integrate existing programs such as Ignite and our Athletics Progressive Leadership Model with additional curricular and co-curricular initiatives including development of a formal certificate program.

This fall, 52 percent of new freshman residents live in living/learning communities: Pulse (health majors/professions), Crusader Scholars (Honors), #DoWellDoGood (service), and Athlead (student athletes). Forty-three percent of upper division students also live in theme communities.

In partnership with Caron, Alvernia’s work on active addictions recovery continues to expand. Several students in Caron’s residential or transitional programs have enrolled in Alvernia online courses. Caron-run 12 Step meetings for college students began last spring at Alvernia, and a recovery housing community at Alvernia will begin next fall.

Thanks to a new partnership between Alvernia, the Berks County Intermediate Unit and K-12 schools, Chinese Mandarin is being taught at Wilson and Brandywine Heights High Schools (online) by our visiting scholar Luo Huan from Wuhan University.

For the fifth year, the O’Pake Institute is sponsoring a film series that explores the concepts of ethical leadership and citizenship through film. This year, the institute is screening Charlie Wilson’s War, Race and Civil Action and for the first time included a documentary film, Half the Sky, in the series.

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president's newsletter october 2016

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