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Class of 2013 welcomed to campus

Date: 8/24/2009

The first incoming class of Alvernia University was welcomed to their new home by seasoned faculty, staff, and fellow students this weekend. More than 330 new freshman and 122 new transfer students spent the weekend meeting professors, finding classrooms, and learning their way around campus this weekend.

In keeping with a time-honored Alvernia tradition, faculty, staff, and student-athletes volunteered time to help incoming freshmen move into the residence halls, giving new students time to say goodbye to families and meet peers.

Mike Nerino has been helping new students make the transition to dorm life every year, since becoming an Alvernia professor eight years ago. “Having lived through the trials and tribulations of having a daughter and son begin their college adventure about the same time, I learned all too well the range of emotions that play upon the parents and the aspiring students,” explained Computer Information Systems Professor Nerino. “The tradition of faculty and staff helping with freshman move-in is a way to let our newest students feel more welcome on campus. The genuine sense of concern for each student’s well-being seems embedded in the Alvernia experience. I am hooked!”

Alvernia’s Freshman Orientation Program for the class of 2013 included a formal Opening Convocation with an academic procession, workshops on diversity and study habits, and special entertainment (including service talks, movie nights, ice cream socials, and well-known musician Dave Binder).

Upperclassman moving into the popular new village apartment suites on Sunday found gas fireplaces, living, and kitchen areas waiting for them, as well as a business center filled with computers and printers, and a private parking lot for residents. All 150 beds in the two new apartment buildings will be occupied this semester.

The village offers upperclassmen several different-sized apartments to complement many different living arrangements, from one-person efficiencies to five person apartments.

orientation leaders

Orientation leaders take a break from assisting more than 300 freshmen moving into Alvernia's residence halls.

Alvernia is a private coeducational Franciscan University rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions. It was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, a Catholic religious order.

The University enrolls 2,800 students including 1,400 traditional undergraduates, 620 continuing education students, and 780 graduate and doctoral students across three Pennsylvania campuses – a 121-acre campus in Reading and two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville, and offers 50 undergraduate programs of study including pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and veterinary medicine. On the graduate level, it offers one doctoral program, six master’s degrees, graduate-level certification programs for education professionals, and a Seniors College for persons age 55 and over. 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.

 
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  • 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.