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Head of Forensics speaks at Seniors College event

Date: 11/13/2008

Major Nancy Kowal spoke to a full room for the Seniors College class “Crime & Evidence.”

Major Nancy Kowal, Head of Forensics for the Pennsylvania State Police, spoke to senior adults and students in the Upland Center on Wednesday, November 12. Kowal, a Governor Mifflin graduate, is the only female major in Pennsylvania.

She visited Alvernia University for the Seniors College “Crime & Evidence” class, designed to introduce students to the law of evidence and related concepts such as forensics, evidence collection, and the Hearsay Rule. Daria LaTorre teaches the popular class.

“Knowledge is our way to fight crime,” Kowal expressed to the full classroom. Alvernia students were invited to join the Seniors College for her presentation. “I was so excited to explain what we do,” said Kowal, “But I didn’t know what to expect from a Seniors College. They never once stopped asking questions!”

Alvernia faculty and community experts who teach in the Seniors College (including Major Nancy Kowal, and Alvernia President Tom Flynn) all volunteer their time. Twenty-seven courses are being offered this fall.

  • 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.