President's Newsletter March 2013


The May commencement will feature a nationally known leader, Dr. Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing, as our spring commencement speaker. She is among America’s most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage and the essential role of the profession in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent patient care. 

At the President’s Dinner in October, the university will bestow its highest honors on an organization and an individual: the Pro Urbi Award will be presented to Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs of Reading and the Franciscan Award will be given to the Honorable Linda Ludgate ’77. Further details will be shared later this summer. 

Head Baseball Coach Yogi Lutz will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sport Hall of Fame, Berks County Chapter, in April. One of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division III, Lutz has amassed 677 wins and nine trips to the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regionals. He joins his colleagues Kevin Calabria (Head Women’s Basketball Coach) and Mike Miller (Head Men’s Basketball Coach) as inductees.  

Dr. Spencer Stober presented “Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning,” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Hiroshima, Japan last month. He was also appointed to theInternational Advisory Board for sustainability conferences sponsored by Common Ground Publishing. 

Drs. Ana Ruiz and Judy Warchal presented “Activities to Teach Ethics in the Undergraduate Psychology Program" at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, Fla. They also co-authored a chapter titled "Long-Term Impact of Service-Learning on Alumni Volunteer Service Activities" published in the book “Service-learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local." In addition, the pair partnered with faculty of other universities on a chapter titled "Reflections on Connections" published in the same book.

Under the direction of Sharon Danks, a vice president with Tweed-Weber and an alumna of the classes of 2003 and 2004, the Alvernia Alumni Council has begun a strategic planning process to engage more alumni in the life of the institution. In the last 10 years our alumni population has more than doubled. 

Our Campus Ministry program will look quite differently next year. Here will be a new chaplaincy team, comprised of part-time members, in place of a single full-time university chaplain. Catholic Chaplain Fr. Joe Currie, S.J. has joined the team as has Ecumenical Chaplain Rev. Marsha Anderson. Interfaith Chaplains will be added soon. A national search has begun for a full-time director of Campus Ministry.


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