President's Newsletter July 2011


Study Abroad - Alvernia has entered into partnership with Arcadia University to provide exciting new study abroad and international internship opportunities beginning spring 2012. Sites include Africa, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, and Spain. More details to come from the University Life Division.

Founders Day - This year’s Arts & Culture program kicks off with a Founders Day address on Sept. 15 by Marie Dennis — co-president of Pax Christi International. Our May honorary degree recipient, Marie has received much national recognition, including the National Peacemaker Award, an honor previously presented to Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King. Pax Christi has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Foundations of Excellence - This Task Group’s final self-study report has been drafted and has entered a vetting process that will involve numerous university constituencies, culminating in a presentation to the Board of Trustees. Once approved, their work will be the basis of a plan to ensure an excellent first-year experience that supports student success. More than 50 faculty and staff members, led Claire Berardini and Dolores Bertoti, worked throughout 2010-2011. 
A & R Plan - The Athletics & Recreation Study Committee has completed work on a long-range plan. The committee examined recreational and wellness opportunities including expanding intercollegiate sports programs, exploring additional club sports and developing a facilities plan to support the long range plan (specifically indoor recreational needs). Bill Stiles and his team are creating an operational and resource plan to prioritize recommendations. As you know, the administration has already approved the Committee’s recommendation to accept the report of the Football Feasibility sub-committee, chaired by Joe Cicala, that determined that the addition of football is neither feasible nor advisable for at least the next three years. The Board’s Enrollment Management Committee will review the plan in September.  
Tea Time - In May, the Seniors College hosted its annual Appreciation Tea and Social at the Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center with entertainment from the Alvernia cast of “Oklahoma.” Approximately 56 instructors were recognized. 

Student Health - Building upon the successes of last year’s Health Education Initiative and its “Question Perception” campaign, Health Services has partnered with Berks Women in Crisis to train a group of students, who’ve named their group Alvernia Sexual Assault Prevention Peers (ASAPP), to help lead campus sessions and training throughout the year.

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president's newsletter july 2011

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