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Founders Day Weekend

Date: 9/14/2008

Past and present Alvernia presidents meet during Sister Dolorey’s luncheon last Friday.

Beautiful weather and great planning made Founders Day weekend a resounding success.

On Friday, a reunion luncheon with Sister Dolorey, an opening Mass and Founders Day dinner gave the Alvernia community a chance to honor those who had the vision and energy to push the College to where it is today. 

“It’s great to be part of Alvernia, especially at this busy and exciting time,” remarked Darlene Berk, Chair of the Special Events sub-committee for the 50th Anniversary.

With dance groups, rides, activities, and great midway food, Saturday’s Festival created an energetic buzz on campus that exploded in fireworks at the end of the evening.

Special thanks to the facilities department, food services, Student Ambassadors, and Institutional Advancement. These people worked many hours last week along with Suzanne Miller, Ginny Hand and Committee Chair RoseMarie Winters ’82.

  • 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.