Alvernia’s freshman class joined faculty, staff and upperclassmen during the first week of school for the university’s first of four annual Days of Service. Altogether, over 400 Alvernians pitched in at 19 sites throughout Berks County to complete service projects.Night Out for Neighbors
In partnership with Finance & Administration, Athletics, Student Government Association (SGA), and Student Athlete Advisory Council, Alvernia student-athletes took a break from varsity competition and hosted games in the middle of their fall season that were geared not toward self-improvement, but instead toward improving neighborhood relations. More than 100 people packed the Kenhorst Playground at the intersection of Broadway and Muncy for the event. The entire men’s soccer team, along with Student Athlete Advisory Committee members from each team, was in attendance. The event was planned by the Good Neighbor Committee, consisting of Alvernia’s Student Government Association, Kenhorst neighbors, and Alvernia staff members. Senior SAAC President and men’s soccer member Matt Tunis helped coordinate the inaugural event.Helping Hands
First-year students at Alvernia joined together to develop fundraising projects to support Village Health Works, a clinic founded by “Deo” Niyizonkiza in Kiutu, Africa. Since opening in 2007, Village Health Works has treated more than 55,000 patients. In addition, ticket sales from Alvernia’s annual October masquerade ball were donated to Village Health Works and a university-wide yard sale is being organized for the spring, with a portion of proceeds donated to the cause. Deo was profiled in Tracy Kidder’s book Strength in What Remains, the focus of freshman summer reading.