Points of Pride
Alvernia has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The national award recognizes a commitment to bettering communities through service projects and service learning. Alvernia has made the group's honor roll every year since the award's inception in 2006.
Through its partnership with Pennsylvania Campus Compact, the Holleran Center for Community Engagement is pleased to appoint 30 Community Fellows for the ’13-’14 academic year, an increase of 10 in the last two years. In addition to continuing to support the South Reading Youth Initiative and Olivet Clubs, these Community Fellows will work with the United Way’s "Ready.Set. READ!" Initiative, at the Millmont Elementary School, in the Salvation Army tutoring program, and with other community partners.
Recipients of Alvernia’s most prestigious scholarships, the Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars awards, were announced recently. Established by Shirley, her son Jim and his wife Cindy, these scholarships were awarded this year to 17 top Berks County high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence through academic achievement and community involvement.
The Alvernia men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams enjoyed record-breaking seasons. The women were ranked as high as #4 in the Mid-East Region by the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association, while the men enjoyed a #11 ranking – both for the first time in school history.
In a remarkable kickoff to the semester, our students, faculty and staff volunteered at 24 sites across the community as part of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, one of four such days of service organized each year. On this particular occasion, a day on which the university was closed for the holiday, 250 volunteers provided more than 1,300 hours of service. Earth day comes soon!
Alvernia’s Student Nurses Association received the Clinical Excellence Award at the Pennsylvania Student Nurse Annual Convention with 72 nursing program students represented. This award recognized the planning and participation in activities and service learning projects in the community.
More than 50 employers and 125 students participated in Alvernia’s Career Fair in February. In addition, Alvernia was one of 10 consortium members hosting the Berks/Lancaster/York Teacher Recruitment Day in March, featuring more than 75 school districts.