President's Newsletter March 2016

News Flashes


At this year’s spring commencement, Sr. Marilisa da Silva, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Congregational Minister, will be recognized with an honorary degree, acknowledging her significant accomplishments and contributions to both the Bernardine order and the university. Sister is also celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Bernardine Franciscan.

Our very own Dr. Richard Law, associate professor of English and communications, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Law is completing two decades at Alvernia, culminating a distinguished career as a memorable teacher, mentor, and scholar.

Work on an impressive new main campus entrance is well underway. Included in our plans is redevelopment of the main campus access road running through Angelica Park. And a reconfigured boulevard entryway, appropriately shared with our foundresses, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, will soon link visitors to an arrival court at the front of Francis Hall.

Alvernia’s Holleran Center is partnering with the university’s Expeditionary Leadership Club to develop a bike share program on campus. Students are creating a rollout plan and identifying funding sources to implement the effort. Through the program, Alvernia community members will have opportunities to borrow bikes to travel around campus.

A Software Application Catalog at software.alvernia.edu is available to all faculty and staff to select and install software on Alvernia owned computers. Prior approval is not needed to self-install. Installation will only work on Alvernia owned computers connected to the network.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program continues on track with its Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs accreditation preparation. The Forensic Science accreditation also continues with impressive progress.

Alvernia recently hosted three visiting scholars from the Business and Economics Departments of BeiFang University in China. Our Global Engagement team worked with the scholars to develop programs and initiatives that will provide exciting learning opportunities for students on both campuses. (An Irish partnership is also being finalized.)


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