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Hunger & Homelessness Week at Alvernia

Date: 11/3/2008

In light of Hunger and Homelessness Week, Alvernia will hold a Hunger Banquet on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:00 p.m., in the Crusader Cafe.

An Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is an educational experience with about global hunger and global poverty.

Guests draw tickets (at random) that assign them each to either a high, middle, or low-income tier and receive a corresponding meal. Fifteen percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal, while 35 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans. The 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water. After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, few participants leave with full stomachs, but all possess a greater understanding of the reality of hunger and poverty and will hopefully be motivated to do affect change in the world.

In addition, on Wednesday, November 12, Alvernia community members will camp out on the Commons lawn, after a special candlelight vigil to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness.

  • 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.