Efforts are underway to reduce federal funding for post-secondary education. I strongly encourage all faculty, staff and students to sign a statement calling for the preservation of federal student aid programs, particularly the Pell Grant and student loan programs. By signing an online statement you will be included on an email list that will keep you abreast of our progress and any actions that have been taken. Go to http://tiny.cc/022bi to take action.Road to Assisi
Alvernians of all ages continue to be inspired by our Franciscan values. Now and in the years ahead, lay women and men will be essential leaders in enhancing the university’s distinctive Franciscan identity. To ensure members of the campus community have opportunities to study, reflect on, and live our core values, we have established the Assisi Fund to support expanded mission education efforts, including participation in the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program. We expect to send our first pilgrims to Assisi sometime next fall.Faith traditions
Faculty and staff participated again in the third offering of the Build with Living Stones mini-course offered through campus ministry. In addition, several faculty and staff members participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults on campus this semester.Visibility
Since the beginning of the fall semester, more than 275 news stories about Alvernia have appeared in newspapers, television broadcasts, radio and online news outlets, reaching an estimated audience of 2.75 million.Humble hosts
In partnership with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, University Life hosted a two-day Title IX Campus Coordinator Certification Workshop, involving more than 40 professionals from 11 regional colleges and universities. They also hosted, in partnership with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, a discussion session on social media and bullying/harassment, involving more than 15 professionals from 5 regional colleges and universities.Study abroad
Alvernia has teamed up with The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University to offer our students expanded opportunities to study abroad while working toward their degree. Through the partnership, beginning in spring 2012, Alvernia’s students can study in locations that range from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to Spain and South Africa. You can read more here.