The Campaign for Alvernia University: The Challenge ContinuesFor more than 50 years, Alvernia University has provided life-changing opportunities to first-generation college students, adult learners, and traditional students. Dedicated faculty and staff guide students as they develop into skilled professionals infused with moral courage. After graduation, Alvernia alumni make a difference in their communities as ethical leaders who understand the importance of service.
Alvernia students volunteer nearly 20,000 hours each year, assisting local non-profit agencies and helping those in need. Community service has its roots deeply embedded in the foundation of Alvernia and is central to the mission of our Catholic, Franciscan institution.
During the past three years, since our Values & Vision Campaign became public, we have made great progress toward our goal of becoming a distinctive Franciscan University, focused on the Franciscan values of Service, Humility, Peacemaking, Contemplation and Collegiality. We are deeply appreciative for the generous support of so many alumni and friends of Alvernia University. Your support has improved Alvernia, through recent projects including renovations to Francis Hall, the Student Center, and Bernardine Hall. Thanks to the Joseph and Shirley Boscov Scholars program, and other scholarship gifts, more exceptional students choose Alvernia every year.
However, much work remains. We must continue to pursue academic excellence by completing the renovation of Francis Hall, by expanding the library, and by increasing the number of scholarships and endowed faculty chairs. We must increase indoor recreation facilities for our growing student body by building a field house and developing East Campus. We must preserve and promote our Franciscan heritage by enhancing mission education programs such as the Assisi Fund and the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program, which provide students the opportunity to experience the cultural and spiritual riches of Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of the Franciscan movement.
If Alvernia is to flourish and achieve our vision, to model the Franciscan ideal of knowledge joined with love, we must increase investment in our institution now. To learn more about Alvernia University, and how you can help us meet the challenge to become a truly distinctive Franciscan University, please contact me at 610.796.8282 or email@example.com.
J. Michael Pressimone
Vice President of Advancement