Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
Summer proceeds all too quickly, and the arrival of our new students is only a month away. Hopefully, you have found opportunity to relax and enjoy time with good friends and family members. While the pace of life on campus has quieted since May’s graduation, there are many developments to update you on in my annual mid-summer newsletter. Most notably, we have a new leadership team for our Bernardine Sisters, including some familiar faces!
Signs of our continued progress abound. In Bernardine Hall, a new Education Technology Center is being created; in Franco Library, a new literacy classroom is in development. The Education and Psychology Departments are relocating to new offices in the Upland Center while the Finance and Administration team has settled in at the new Administrative Services Center on Morgantown Road.
Connection Days for incoming students are in full swing, and admission tours are attracting interest from large numbers of future students as word about Alvernia spreads. You may have heard national media reports about Kolya Stephenson, a Major League Baseball draft pick who has chosen to attend Alvernia this fall, foregoing a roster spot in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Kolya wants to earn his Alvernia degree before heading to the big leagues...and proudly take the mound for the Crusaders baseball team!
Progress of the Values and Vision campaign is evident in the second stage of major renovations of Francis Hall, a project that is the focus of the faculty and staff campaign. Planning is proceeding nicely for the rededication of Francis Hall and grand opening of our new art gallery on Sept. 21 and for the World Day of Prayer for Peace regional celebration on Oct. 27, coinciding with a global event hosted by Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback. Let me know what you think of this new format for my newsletter.
Enjoy the rest of the summer. I look forward to seeing you in August.
Peace and All Good,