President's Newsletter July 2015

News Flashes

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted the university accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing through 2025. In reviewing Alvernia’s program, CCNE determined Alvernia’s program met all accreditation standards. Congratulations to the entire nursing department!

Eight BSN students have secured prestigious summer externships. These highly competitive placements include spots at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Hershey Medical Center, the Veteran’s Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, as well as other multi-state locations.

A new partnership is in place with the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. In exchange for office space, Sentencing Policy Specialist Nancy Xavious is available to guest lecture, provide resume support, coordinate internships and bring resources from the state to support our CJ program.

University Life earned a competitive $40,000 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board grant supporting an on campus peer-led program to expand education of our students on appropriate alcohol use. It will be implemented in partnership with Caron Treatment Centers, Berks Women in Crisis and the Borough of Kenhorst.

The university was also selected to receive a $17,500 NetVUE Chaplaincy Implementation Grant to strengthen campus interfaith chaplaincy efforts.

Three new registered student organizations have been added to the Student Government family: the Campus Lions Club seeks to give students opportunities to serve both Alvernia and the surrounding community; Crusader Crazies promotes enthusiasm for athletics teams; and the Gaming Club creates a sense of community for students interested in all types of gaming (video and board).

To help alumni and students launch and manage their careers, Career Development is providing access to TalentMarks, a web-based community that contains career advice, news and tools. A highlight of this service is monthly webinars featuring top career authors and experts discussing topics such as networking, resume design, interviewing, conflict in the workplace and job search.

China initiatives are alive on campus. Alvernia hosted visiting scholars from Yang-en University in May as part of our work with The Alpha Group consortium. Alvernia is also the site for the STARTALKS summer Chinese language and culture camp run by the Berks County Intermediate Unit, and we are sponsoring a new Chinese instructor to continue Mandarin instruction on our campus this fall. (This past year we offered both introductory and intermediate courses.)

China is not the only international location gaining attention at Alvernia. As part of efforts to broaden our global reach, we will soon begin recruiting students from India and are exploring partnership opportunities for students to study and intern in the nation of 1.2 billion. And in collaboration with the Bernardine Franciscans, we are looking to expand our service programs in the Dominican Republic to include one or more locations in Brazil.

The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences partnership continues to expand. Curriculum development is underway for two new associates degree programs in surgery technology and nursing. Pending program review and approval, students are expected to begin enrolling in fall 2016.

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president's newsletter july 2015

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