President's Newsletter July 2013


While we will formally welcome new faculty and staff and celebrate promotions and other honors at the State of the University gathering, let me briefly mention some of the new members of our community as well as recognize a few current colleagues. 

We are very pleased to welcome four talented new faculty members: Josh Hayes (Philosophy), Al Packard (Biology), David Reyher (Behavior Health), and Robin Zappan (Physical Therapy). 

Speaking of doctors of physical therapy, our very own Dolores Bertoti, after much hard work and dedication, has earned her DPT from Temple University. Her smile will be even bigger than usual. 

I am very pleased to announce the promotion of one of our own, Tom Minick ‘98, M’10. Effective July 1, he has assumed expanded responsibilities as associate vice president of Institutional Advancement. Tom joined the advancement team in 2007 and has been a key contributor to the division’s success. 

Brian Neely has joined the Alvernia team as our new director of Campus Ministry. He most recently was parish life coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings (MT) and brings considerable ministry, teaching, and international experience. Special thanks to an outstanding search committee, headed by Sr. Roberta McKelvie, and to Scott Davidson who served as interim director during 2012-13. 

In the School of Graduate and Adult Education, Maggie Place has filled the position of enrollment coordinator, and a familiar and valued staff member, Tracey Marino, has been promoted to assistant director of the Philadelphia Center. 

The library has a new reference and instruction librarian, Reading-native Alex Chisholm. She will lead information literacy instruction and reference services and serve as liaison for several academic areas.  

Vice Presidents Doug Smith and Joe Cicala, Public Safety’s Greg Delp, and University Life’s Karolina Dreher will represent Alvernia as members of the Clery Center Collaborative Project. The group is a nationwide alliance of 50 colleges and universities working with the Clery Center for Security on Campus to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes on campuses. 

Greg Delp has been named director of Public Safety following the recent retirement of Joe Thomas. Greg has been an outstanding member of the campus safety team, and his significant experience in law enforcement has well prepared him to lead our public safety area. We will have an opportunity this fall to recognize and thank Joe as he will remain on staff to ensure a smooth transition until December.  

Several staff members in the University Life Division have recently received promotions and/or assumed new responsibilities: Karolina Dreher, promoted from assistant to associate dean of students and director of residence life; Abby Swatchick, promoted from assistant to associate dean of students and director of student activities; and Wanda Copeland, appointed director of freshman foundations and cross-cultural services.

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