President's Newsletter March 2016

Coming Events


As always, we encourage you to enjoy one of the many Arts & Culture events planned for spring. The following events are scheduled for the coming weeks:

Hesburgh Lecture: March 31, 7 p.m., McGlinn Center, with Dr. Gabriel Said Reynolds on Islam, the Catholic Church, and the Future of the World.

A Streetcar Named Desire: April 6-9, 8 p.m., Francis Hall Theater, this student “managed and directed” performance is something not to miss.

Author Joseph Swope will present Pleasant Valley Lost, April 20, 6:30 p.m., Francis Hall Theater, chronicling his family’s struggle with losing their dairy farm to a federal dam project. A wine and cheese reception will begin at 4 p.m. 

Next month, on April 26, the first installment of the much-anticipated Francis Factor Lecture Series will be held at the McGlinn Conference Center. It features Dr. William Portier, distinguished theologian and chair of Catholic theology at the University of Dayton. His presentation “Reflections on a Pilgrim from the Periphery” will review the Pope’s impact and potential.

Dr. Portier will also serve as a scholar in residence at Alvernia from April 25-27 with multiple opportunities for students and faculty to engage with him. On April 27, at 7 p.m., in the McGlinn Center, Dr. Portier will participate on an Alvernia faculty panel discussion on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. All are welcome.

March and April are chock full of other great events including:

- The annual Edible Book Festival (in the library) on Thursday, March 31, 2 p.m.

- Earth Day of Service is on April 9 (be sure to sign up in the Holleran Center).

- The Higher Education Consortium of Berks County Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference will be on our campus Saturday, April 16. A record 300 plus students are signed up to attend, including more than 90 Alvernians!

- Honors Convocation is on April 17 (RSVP to the Provost’s Office).

- Alvernia’s annual Spring Concert, May 7, 3 p.m., Francis Hall Theater, featuring our chorus, concert band and ensemble.

Mark your calendar!
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, will speak at Alvernia on Oct. 27 as part of our First Year Seminar program. Kristof is a globally recognized champion of human rights. The lecture is co-sponsored by Berks Women in Crisis and made possible by the generosity of Jerry and Carolyn Holleran. Don’t miss it. We will remind you again!

And as always don’t forget to check out the many opportunities to see our spring sports teams in action as they take on their rivals in a quest for league championships!


Be sure to visit the new, online calendar for information on all university events.



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