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Donors enlighten Franco Library

Img: Stained Glass in LibraryThanks to the generosity of several former trustees and a dedicated alumna, the Franco Library Learning Center is being seen in a brand new light. 

Glenn Miller and his wife Carol, along with Chester (Chet) Winters and his wife RoseMarie ’82, made generous contributions to the Values & Vision Campaign. Through their philanthropy, a stunning, custom-made stained glass window celebrating the university’s 50th anniversary was created and installed prominently in the Franco Library.

The window, designed and created by Barry Torrente of Pennside Stained Glass, exemplifies the philosophy, values and celebration of Alvernia’s 50th anniversary and transition to university status. The window includes an image of an angel dropping pearls of wisdom down from the heavens. Each pearl contains the names of authors, composers, artists and scholarly symbols. The design also depicts an image of Francis Hall, the original and only building on campus when Alvernia was founded in 1958 and the Student Center, which opened in the year 2000 and represents the growth of Alvernia.

The Millers’ gift was made in honor of their relatives, Jane Louise Miller and Warren and Gladys Smith. Glenn served on the Board of Trustees from 2001–2009 and was involved in the Seniors College prior to his board service.

The Winters’ gift adds to their many years of dedicated service to Alvernia. Chet, a Trustee Emeritus, served on the Board of Trustees from 1995–2004. A graduate of 1982, RoseMarie has been an active member of the Alumni Council, served several committees and chaired the 50th Anniversary Committee, to name only a few of her contributions to Alvernia.

A formal dedication of the stained glass window and celebration of the generosity of the Millers and Winters will take place this spring.

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