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Date: 9/11/2008

The bus visited Alvernia this week.

This past Wednesday, the nationally touring bus visited Alvernia College. The ONE organization teaches awareness about global poverty and AIDS, and lobbies for change through government funding. See the feature with photos from the visit here.

Last fall, Alvernia’s S.T.O.P. club was heavily involved with the ONE campus challenge, placing 46th in the nation. This ranking won the club a spot at the ONE conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2007.

This week’s event drew a large crowd on campus that learned about the ONE VOTE ’08 campaign, thanks to the efforts of S.T.O.P. student leader Janet Fisher. This campaign does not benefit any particular presidential candidate.  Rather, the group lobbies our government to end poverty and global disease by providing education, disease prevention, and clean water to those in need.

According to, more than 2.4 million people have already signed the ONE Declaration. Want to learn more, or join the fight? Click here to visit

  • 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.