Homecoming and Family Weekend 2009

Please note: this is the Homecoming schedule for 2009. To see the 2010 Homecomeing schedule of events, keep posted to this site. It will be updated as information is available.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meet and Greet Faculty Wine and Cheese Reception

6–7 p.m., Crusader Café, Student Center
Meet your favorite faculty (or your student’s favorite faculty) at a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. Some of the faculty (but not all of them) in attendance will be:   Dr. Peggy Bowen, Bryan Dreibelbis, Dr. Rose Chinni Edwards, Kate Emery, Dr. Ed Hartung, Polly Mathys, Sister Pacelli, Neil Penny, Dr. Tom Porrazzo, Dr. David Silbey, Dr. Spencer Stober, and Dr. Gerald Vigna
RSVP required

Night at the Races

7–10 p.m., Dining Alcove, Student Center
Cheer your favorite horse to the finish line at our indoor horse racing event. Join us for all the thrills and excitement of an authentic “Night at the Track.” The Winner’s Circle indoor horse racing features miniature horses and a “live” announcer “calling” the races. Participants will be given an official racing program sheet upon their arrival at the race and all winning “payoffs” are made in “play money” and “raffle tickets.” Prizes, free food, and beverages.
RSVP required


10 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall
Voted by MTV Europe “The Best Hypnotist in the World,” Inside Edition calls him “The Best Hypnotist on the Planet!” and Europe’s POP TV says his show is “ridiculously brilliant.” His high energy, improv, comedy, and inclusion of students as the hypnotic stars are what make the show unforgettable. Free snacks and drinks.
RSVP required

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Registration Desk

Open from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Center
Pick up your tickets for the lunch and/or Murder Mystery Dinner.

College Bookstore

Open from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Student Center

All-Campus Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Center Dining Hall
Join faculty, staff, current students, family, and alumni for lunch. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Menu includes: salad bar, buffalo chicken casserole, BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, red mashed potatoes, assorted pizza, pasta, carved ham, full deli bar, waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, potato pancakes, French toast sticks, ice cream sundae station, Danish, donuts, bagels, assorted desserts and beverages.
Cost: $8.50 per person (students on meal plan are free)
RSVP required

Class of 1969 Reunion Luncheon

Noon, Private Dining Room, Student Center

Arts and Crafts for all ages

1–4 p.m., Campus Commons (inclement weather, Student Center)
Fun for the whole family! We will have face painting, a balloon artist, “magazine cover” group photos, sand art, beading, and other fun arts and crafts.

Hospitality Station

1–4 p.m., with Arts and Crafts
Need a drink? Need a snack? Need a break? Stop by any time to take a breather.

Alumni Awards Ceremony

2–4 p.m., Upland Center, 2nd floor Board Room
Join the University community as we honor the Ellen Frei Gruber Award recipient (Mrs. Suzanne Younker Miller '89) and the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient (Dr. Charles Barbera MBA '01) at a wine and hors d’oeuvre social.
RSVP required

Catholic Mass

4 p.m., Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

Movie Time—G-Force

5 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall
Enjoy the smash hit, G-Force, along with free food, drinks, and raffle prizes. This movie, about a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs that takes on a mission for the US government is suitable for all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
RSVP required

Murder Mystery Dinner—Pasta, Passion, and Pistols

6:30–9:30 p.m., Physical Education Center
Bon Giomo! We are here in Little Italy at La Sperenza, one of New York City’s most renowned Italian eateries. The restaurant sits on a quiet, tree-lined street and it usually has a peaceful clientele. Four nights ago, however, it was the scene of a murder! Join us in solving this mysterious murder. Prizes to the winners.
This killer event begins with a reception from 6:30–7 p.m., followed by a dinner of: Caesar salad, garlic breadsticks, Foccacia crusted chicken, pasta with vodka sauce, green beans almondine, assorted desserts and beverages.
Cost: $25 per person (This dinner is not included on the student meal plans—students attending must buy tickets.)

Hasan Minhaj

10 p.m. Bernardine Lecture Hall
Hasan Minhaj is a stand up comedian from San Francisco. He has performed at the Laugh Factory, Cobbs, Punchline, Improv, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and countless other venues. As a writer, producer, and director, Hasan won top honors at AT&T’s Campus Moviefest, the world’s largest student film festival, for Jon Archer: Red, White, and Blood. In summer 2008, he won Sierra Mist’s Best Comic Standing competition and opened for national headliners such as Pablo Francisco, Bobby, Lee, Gabriel Iglasias, and Katt Williams at the Wild 94.9 Comedy Jam—one of the nation’s largest comedy concerts. A staple in San Francisco’s booming comedy scene, Hasan has worked with some of his favorite comics, including Russell Peters, Daniel Tosh, and Robin Williams. He currently hosts his own stand-up sketch show at the San Francisco Punchline, where he showcases stand-up and video sketches from his production company, Callbox Productions. Free snacks and drinks.
RSVP required

Athletic Events

Field Hockey—Alvernia vs. Shenandoah (1 p.m.)
Men’s Soccer—Alvernia vs. Lycoming (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s Soccer—Alvernia vs. Lycoming (7 pm.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon and Program

11:30 a.m., Physical Education Center
2009 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: Cristie Ansbach '98, women’s basketball and cross country; Daimen Hunter '98, men’s basketball; Carl Solarek Jr. '92, baseball; Steven Westley '83, men’s basketball, men’s tennis, baseball, and golf; and the 1991 Baseball Team.
Cost: $25 per person (This luncheon is not included in the student meal plan.)
RSVP required

Start Date: 10/16/2009
End Date: 10/18/2009
Sponsor: Office of Alumni Relations
Contact: 610.796.8212 or alumni@alvernia.edu
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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