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Alvernia University Schuylkill satellite center relocating

Date: 6/16/2009

Serving more than 200 students, Alvernia’s Schuylkill Center will relocate in October 2009 to approximately 10,400 square feet of space in the Cressona Mall. Between now and October, contractors will execute a $500,000 renovation project to turn a section of the Cressona Mall into a total of eight classrooms, in addition to new student and faculty lounges.

The relocation will enable Alvernia to offer an improved teaching and learning center. New classrooms will include state-of-the-art-technology, with permanent video-conference availability, and smart boards. The consolidation of sites will permit and allow for ample parking, and more efficient services.

Alvernia has offered programs in Schuylkill County since 1995 in partnership with McCann School of Business and Technology at its location in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. In 2003, Alvernia partnered with the Schuylkill Community Education Council to offer graduate education classes in the Rockwood Center.

“We are anxious to make a stronger commitment to the Schuylkill community. Moving our programs under one roof will allow us to offer better student services. Since all of the students will be in one location, we’ll be able to have someone on site at all times to work with them,” said Mary Sacavage, director of the Alvernia University Schuylkill Center. “Out of the other places we explored, the Cressona Mall had the room for expansion and was overall the best fit.”

Alvernia’s Schuylkill Center employs part-time faculty and offers bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, elementary education, business, and graduate degree programs in business administration and education, as well as teacher certification programs in elementary, secondary, and special education, and school principal certification.

  • 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.