President's Newsletter July 2016

News Flashes


Our behavioral health program was named one of the top small school programs in the nation by two important online rating services! BestPsychologyDegrees.com ranked Alvernia’s behavioral health program #2 on its list of top 20 Great Small College Counseling Degrees. Meanwhile BestCounselingDegrees.net named Alvernia as #14 on its list of Top 25 Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree.

Alvernia was well represented at the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Symposium at Marian University in Indianapolis. Themed around preparing leaders for the modern world, several faculty and staff made presentations including Kevin Godfrey, Corey Harris, Sr. Roberta and Beth Roth.

Alvernia was among a handful of colleges and universities invited to Harrisburg to participate in Governor Wolf’s update on the "It's On Us PA" program. Invited institutions were singled out for their work to address campus sexual violence.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has awarded Alvernia a grant to establish a scholarship fund and to help build a long-term endowment in support of adult women pursuing undergraduate degrees. The university is matching the foundation’s initial grant to make a total of $10,000 available this year to support educational needs of women.

Two current junior-level pre-license BSN students, Rachel Long and Jeanne Zielinski, were selected to participate in the summer student nurse internship program at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Selection for the full-time paid “VALOR” program is highly competitive.

Nursing Resource Center Lab Director Robyne Eisenhauer, MSN, RN, who is pursuing doctoral studies at Duquesne University, was selected as a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The national distinction recognizes nurse scholars who support veterans. Eisenhauer’s scholarly work will include developing inter-professional simulation related to veteran’s health issues. Her doctoral research focuses on spiritual needs of veteran patients.

Alvernia social media “followers” continue to grow, as does engagement across several platforms. To date, 16,700 people are following Alvernia on seven different networks.


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