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2008 Creativity Camp at Alvernia

Date: 8/31/2008

Campers visited Philadelphia during the week-long 2008 Creativity Camp this summer.

For the first time, the Holleran Center for Community Engagement offered a week-long Junior Creativity day camp, in August, to students ages 7-10 years old from South Reading. Junior Creativity Camp 2008 was held on Alvernia’s campus and focused on the Olympics.

The campers participated in their own Junior Creativity Camp Olympics and had an opportunity to meet a former Olympian who discussed her experiences at the 1996 Atlanta games. The campers visited the Philadelphia Zoo as well as the Reading Planetarium. Some of the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters taught the campers songs, which were later presented at the closing ceremony. 

A total of 16 children from downtown Reading participated in the camp, which was led by Kim Stoudt, athletic training. She was also assisted by students, Chris Fake and Brett Ames as well as Jessica Umbenhauer and Catie Bougie, HCCE.

Programming for the South Reading Youth Initiative will resume in September. The Holleran Center is always looking for volunteers or classes to help out with our exciting activities. Please contact Jessica Umbenhauer (x1923) or Catie Bougie (x1527) for information or to get involved.

  • 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.