For the fifth year in a row, the Corporation for National and Community Service honored Alvernia as a leader among institutions of higher education with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts to America’s communities.
The 2011 Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for Community Service was given to Walter C. Flatt, Jr. (posthumously). Walter had a 30-year career as a Court Stenographer in Berks County. In retirement, his desire to touch the lives of others manifested itself in his selfless dedication to teaching personal computer skills to adult learners as a volunteer member of the Alvernia Seniors College faculty. He became the most prolific instructor in the history of the Seniors College, having taught more students over the years than any other instructor.
Participants in the Holleran Center’s annual Creativity Camp (for South Reading children) spent two full weeks discovering their own ‘super’ qualities. For this year’s camp: “On Land, Sea, and Air: Exploring Your Superhero Within” Kim Stoudt served as faculty instructor, assisted by Holleran Center staff, and Alvernia students Heather Shainline, Danielle Cortes, and Kerry Boyle. A Junior Creativity Camp for younger children was also held in July.
More than 326 people participated in three University Days of Service during 2010-2011, donating 774 hours on those days to the community. The Holleran Center for Community Engagement, the Office of Campus Ministry, and Student Activities have already begun planning for the next day of service held during the new student orientation on Friday, Aug. 26. Over 200 community partners have been invited to host Alvernia students at their non-profit organizations for this service activity.