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Seniors College Community Service Award

Date: 5/11/2009

Alvernia University Seniors College awarded the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for community service to Steve Elmarzouky at the Seniors College Luncheon on May 11, 2009 at the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Conference Center.

In 2002, Alvernia University initiated a civic award program with the Alvernia Seniors College. Called the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for Community Service, the award serves to recognize and highlight civic-mindedness, to draw the community’s attention to this important role, and to encourage others to give of themselves.

Steve Elmarzouky is the owner of Queen City Restaurant, Reading, Wyomissing Family Restaurant, Wyomissing, and the Heidelberg Family Restaurant, Robesonia. A volunteer teacher for Alvernia Seniors College, Steve is founder and president of the Islamic Center of Reading, a police chaplain for the Reading Police Department, and a volunteer clergy for the Berks County Prison.

  • 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.