Children in Poverty


In honor of National Social Workers Month, Alvernia University will be sponsoring a conference and luncheon for the social service community.  Please join us in Berks County for an important presentation on "Children in Poverty."

Guest speakers will include:
George Kovarie, MSW - Executive Director of Berks County Children & Youth Services.

Michele Kupres-Mace, LSW - Supervisor of the In-Home-Services Department at Berks County Children & Youth Services.

Marsha Goodman-Hinnershitz - Council on Chemical Abuse, and Reading City Council Member

Judith Blimline - Berks County Headstart

Reverend Rebecca Knox - St. Luke's/Christ Partnership Parish

Start Date: 3/23/2012 09:30 am
End Date: 3/23/2012 4:30 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center (formerly Bernardine Franciscan Center)
Price: $45 for CEU's, $35 for no CEU's, $10 for students (includes light breakfast & lunch)
Sponsor: Social Work Program


Susan McDonald, Program Director

Janice Stock, SW Secretary

  • 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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