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Junior Achievement at Alvernia University

Date: 11/20/2008

Dr. Bunmi Ojikutu, from the Reading Hospital Children’s Health Center, moderates a health care panel.

Hosted by Alvernia University, the 2008 Junior Achievement Young Women’s Symposium was a full day event designed to help prepare young women for the workplace. 

The symposium included mentoring sessions, panel presentations broken down by career choices, and even a fashion show for business attire. 

Keynote speaker Katrina Szish is a National Television Correspondent for InStyle Magazine, writer, blogger, and expert on entertainment, fashion, and pop-culture.

Alvernia panelists included Michele Spotts, marketing, and Rosemarie Chinni, sciences. Several other Alvernia staff members and alumni were also on hand to network and provide guidance to participants.

Junior Achievement (JA) uses hands-on programs like the Young Women’s Symposium to help young people understand the business of life. JA reaches eight million students worldwide.

  • 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.