President's Newsletter March 2017

March 20, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe that Spring Break has already come and gone! Hopefully, the dozens of students in our Alternative Break program who spent their week volunteering in inner city Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., made a lasting impact, created some lasting memories and are now gearing up for the final stretch of classes.

As they gear up, other things are winding down — particularly the roadway and bridge construction through Angelica Park that has been ongoing since last summer. The full entry road, known as St. Bernardine Street and stretching from our Rt. 10 gateway to the main campus entrance, is re-opening soon, complete with new light poles — with the banners of the City, Berks Nature, and Alvernia — running the entire length of the park.

2017 has already been filled with excitement over new leadership in key positions. An overflow crowd was on-hand in the Campus Commons to meet Alvernia’s first Head Football Coach, Ralph Clark. Coach Clark’s passion for Alvernia’s Franciscan mission and commitment to developing student-athletes of character and accomplishment make him the right person to build our program. He has hired his first assistant coach, Michael Wood, and has been actively recruiting locally, regionally and even nationally in targeted markets like Florida.

Dr. Deidra Hill has been named the new Vice President for Marketing & Communications. We are thrilled to welcome a chief marketing and communications officer with exceptional experience, especially at institutions strongly committed to civic engagement. Key to Deidra’s accomplishments is her engaging style and her commitment to student success. She will begin her new role on April 3. If you didn’t see the announcement earlier, read about Deidra’s background here.

Being on our campus is far preferable right now than being in Washington or Harrisburg! As you may know, Governor Wolf unveiled the new state budget, which proposes sharp (and unfair) cuts in financial aid for students at private universities like Alvernia. Albright College’s president, Lex McMillan and I coauthored an opinion article on the subject. Read more on that here.

Our May Commencement Speaker, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, will be a welcome and timely honoree, given his life-long commitment and contributions to social justice.

There are many more highlights to share; just click on the links below or at the bottom of each page.


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