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2008 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival Trip

Date: 9/27/2008

On Friday, Sept. 26, Communication Professors Tom Bierowski, Beth DeMeo, Marc DiPaolo, and Carrie Fitzpatrick took a group of students to the Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.

The twelfth Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival was held at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 2008.
The group listened to dozens of poets, musicians and storytellers during the four day festival of poetry and music beside the Musconetcong River and among the Village’s lawns, trees, and historic buildings.

Alvernia community members making the trip this year included:

Allison Blair
Michael Gilmore
Sarah Heckman
Misty Hill
Rachel Koerner
Mitizene Lindo-Blake
Melissa Masone
Marie Oliver
Allison Pierce
Susan Rehhauser
Lauren Rocchino
Felicia Weitoish
Rebecca Wisniewski

Speakers included Chris Abani, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Martín Espada, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Simic, Franz Wright and dozens of other poets, musicians and storytellers for four days of poetry and music.

  • 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.