President's Newsletter July 2016

Coming Events

Our annual Mission Day for faculty and staff will be held Monday, Aug. 15. This year our focus will be "Mission Education: How are we doing?" We will hear about results from our mission and values survey conducted last spring. This is a great opportunity to both deepen appreciation of our mission and foster a strong campus community spirit. (The Mission Day program will be repeated Sept. 1 for those whose orientation duties preclude them from attending on the 15th.)

The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 16, begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast for all faculty and staff in the student dining room followed by the program in the PEC.

Please plan to attend both of these important university events.

Student Orientation begins on Thursday, Aug. 18, with New Student Convocation. We will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 22. As the symbolic beginning to the academic year and final activity of Orientation Weekend, our Mass once again will be supported by an adjusted class schedule and a free lunch. All are encouraged to attend.

What may be our best-ever series of performing, visual and literary arts events is coming this year to our Miller Gallery and Francis Hall Theater and featuring three Grammy-award winners and top art exhibits celebrating diverse cultural perspectives. Keep an eye out on campus for our brochure and posters with event details and ticket ordering information. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for these and other outstanding lectures this fall.

• The multi-year Francis Factor Series continues Sept. 14 with distinguished journalist and Vaticanologist John Allen who will speak in celebration of Alvernia’s Founders Day.

• Two award-winning authors are headlining the 10th anniversary of Alvernia’s Literary Festival. Michael Weisskopf, who wrote “Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57” related to his amputee experiences in Walter Reed Hospital, will speak Sept. 7. Christina Baker Kline, author of the “Orphan Train,” will visit Oct. 5 to discuss her accounts of abandoned American children ‘sent west’ on trains, between 1854 -1929.

• New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, will speak Oct. 27 as part of the university’s First Year Seminar program. He is co-author of “Half the Sky,” that looks at turning oppression into opportunity for women in Third World countries. The lecture, made possible by support of long-time Alvernia benefactors, Jerry and Carolyn Holleran, is being co-sponsored with our good friends at Berks Women in Crisis.

• The O’Pake Institute is hosting a panel discussion on developing young entrepreneurs Nov. 17 featuring Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, an international micro-enterprise loan fund; Muyambi Muyambi, co-founder of Bicycles Against Poverty, a global aid group; and Jordy Leiser, co-founder of Stella Services, an online business services venture.

Be sure to visit the online calendar for information on all university events.

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