President's Newsletter July 2014

Community Engagement

Alvernia students completed nearly 33,000 hours of service last year, an enormous increase over the past year and a gain of more than 50% in just four years. And this result does not count many hours contributed by faculty, staff, alumni and trustees. There have been accompanying impressive increases also in the numbers participating in the four campus-wide Days of Service. Our nationally recognized Holleran Center coordinates all this, supported by many campus and community partners.

The first cohort of eight local students from the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program (RSCP) will enroll this fall. Scholars will go through a summer program coordinated by the O’Pake Institute that includes introductions to college life at Alvernia, leadership training, team building, conflict resolution and self-advocacy skills development. Each scholar will be paired with a community mentor as well as a faculty mentor.

The Wyomissing Foundation has made a $25,000 grant to support start-up costs for the RCSP, joining other individuals and organizations who made initial investments to support the college readiness and success programming at Olivet Boys & Girls Club and on campus. Over $550,000 has already been committed to support this ambitious initiative.

Bog Turtle Creek Farm successfully launched in May. Students are managing the farm, led by Alicia Sprow, Leon Neiman and VISTA Nora Kahler. Vegetables are sold at the Penn Street Farmer’s Market to provide community residents with access to fresh produce.

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president's newsletter july 2014

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