President's Newsletter March 2017

Community Engagement

Sign up for your Alvernia Supported Agriculture (ASA) share. Shares will be delivered every Thursday during the summer season from June 1 to August 24. Half shares (1-2 people) are $18/week and full shares (3-4 people) are $25/week. The farm team will return to the Penn Street Farmers’ Market this summer, and will also set up a stand on campus to sell produce. Items on the list include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, cabbage, peppers and more.

More than 300 Alvernia students, faculty and staff returned a day early for the spring semester, in order to turn a day off into a day on, as they worked at 28 different community partner sites, for the 2017 MLK Day of Service. Our four annual university-wide “Days of Service,” coordinated by the Holleran Center have become a popular tradition at Alvernia. Sites included recreation centers and several Olivet Boys & Girls clubs, Berks Encore, Mary’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and City Hall. > Read more in the Reading Eagle or > See more on Channel 69 News. Email to sign up for the 2017 Earth Day of Service, April 8.

As the first snowstorm hit the area this February, the Student Government Association and the Good Neighbors Committee offered “Snow Patrol” shoveling assistance to local neighbors. Participants included Kaitlin Didinger, Dave Dominik, Jenna Harper, Nick Jaisingh, Kerry Johnson and Kim Whelan.

The Reading Collegiate Scholars Program has worked with a total of 220 students at Reading High School (RHS) so far this academic year. Staff and students have facilitated 120 student visits to Alvernia’s campus, including an exceptional visit in January when RHS students interested in healthcare met with faculty from the OT, PT, nursing, behavioral health, science, social work, business and psychology departments. Reading High recently gave Alvernia dedicated space in the school to offer tutoring and other programming throughout the day.

The South Reading Youth Initiative is currently serving 110 first and second grade students from Millmont, Tyson Schoener and St. Peter’s Elementary Schools with after- and in-school tutoring, academic enrichment activities and fun. Through a partnership with Kim Stoudt’s (athletic training) fall service-learning class, the students at Millmont and Tyson-Schoener learned about the importance of safe stretching, wellness and exercise once a week through different activities and lessons.

The Sophomore Serve affinity residence life community has completed more than 620 community service hours to date. Causes served include elder care, hunger and poverty, animal care, youth initiatives, environmental sustainability, health initiatives and care for the homeless.

Alvernia science students, faculty and staff will work with the Holleran Center to facilitate the eighth annual Eco-Fun Day event at Angelica Creek Park for more than 300 3rd-5th grade Millmont Elementary School students and teachers, May 5. Six community partners will be assisting with the activities, including Berks Nature, PA Game Commission, Albright College, Berks County Conservation District, Nolde Forest and Wildlands Conservancy.

Berks Alliance was created by the leadership of key anchor institutions (led by Reading Health and Alvernia) and joined by almost two dozen other businesses and organizations. It is focusing on using the assets of its investors to help revitalize the greater Reading area, starting initially with a focus on creating a clean, vibrant and safe community core; enhancing post-secondary educational attainment and workforce development; and engaging the broader community in identifying and understanding important community concerns. The O’Pake Institute is serving as staff for the alliance, and President Flynn serves on the board, with other CEOs.

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