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International exhibit at Alvernia University comes to a close with style

Date: 7/22/2009

(Reading, PA)– Join Alvernia University for an interfaith service commemorating the closing of the exhibit, “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People,” scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 4:30 p.m., at the Alvernia Franco Library and Learning Center.

The service will feature leaders of the interfaith community reading points from Pope John Paul II’s own Decalogue (on display at the national exhibit). Since April, the exhibit has attracted more than 2,500 visitors of all faiths. It will remain open until 10:30 p.m. on July 28, and will officially close on July 31, 2009.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People” is an interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps from his childhood to his role as head of the world’s largest church. The national exhibit, which is displayed in the Franco Library and Learning Center on the University campus, is divided into four major sections, reflecting the four periods in the Pope’s life. It is sponsored by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia University.

This closing ceremony is free and open to the public. Please visit www.alvernia.edu for additional information regarding the exhibit.

Alvernia University’s academic program includes 50 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees, a Ph.D. in Leadership, principal and teacher certifications, degree completion programs, and a unique program for older adults called the Seniors College, which serves hundreds of senior citizens.  Its mission is to provide a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering broadly educated lifelong learners, reflective professionals and engaged citizens, and ethical learners with moral courage.

  • 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.