President's Newsletter July 2012


There is much enthusiasm around the expansion of program offerings for evening students at the Philadelphia and Schuylkill Centers. For Continuing Studies, in the fall we are planning to start criminal justice, social work, and communication programs. For the Philadelphia Center, we are launching programs in social work, business and a master’s in education.

A new bachelor’s degree in healthcare science will enroll its first students in spring 2013. In addition to being offered as a traditional undergraduate program, we anticipate that it will be an excellent degree-completion program for professionals in radiology, respiratory technology, health information technology, laboratory technology, and other related fields. 

The Social Work Department has developed a credit-bearing certificate program in Children’s Advocacy Studies Training (CAST). This three-course sequence prepares professionals to respond to cases of child maltreatment. The CAST Certificate meets the mission of the National Child Protection Training Center funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to end child abuse in the United States.  

Our Student Government Association approved a new governance structure, with 17 new leadership positions and greater roles for the presidents of all clubs and organizations. They also raised more than $4,600 for Village Health Works during Spring Fling.

Theme housing is catching on at Alvernia, with over 20% of residents participating in one of our living-learning communities. Residence Life staff successfully engaged returning students to create 10 new affinity communities, centered in co/extra-curricular interests, and two communities focused on academic excellence and leadership & citizenship. Freshmen communities are established for students in Honors and in Criminal Justice/Forensic Sciences.

The Nursing Department was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Alden Trust Foundation. The award will support the purchase of a DemoDose Medication Dispensing Unit that simulates computer-based hospital medication systems and a high-fidelity Simulation Manikin.

Alvernia has been again selected as a lead institution in another national initiative on civic engagement. The National Association for Student Affairs Administrators is highlighting the role of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. 

Supporting our efforts to enroll more veterans, Alvernia has been selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine and will be listed among institutions identified with that designation in the publication that reaches eight million military members and veterans. This is a big step forward to attract more veterans to our campus.

Following recent departures and organizational changes in Campus Ministry, searches are in progress for a director, chaplain, and a campus minister. 

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president's newsletter july 2012

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