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Alvernia University expands to Sunbury

Date: 8/4/2009

Alvernia University is set to bring expand into Sunbury, Pa., with two popular degree completion programs. Classes will begin this fall. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2009, from 12:00 noon – 7:30 p.m., at the McCann Sunbury site—1147 North 4th Street, Sunbury.

After receiving an invitation from Northumberland County, the Sunbury business community, and the McCann School of Business and Technology, Alvernia University will now offer courses at the Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center (1145 N. Fourth Street, Sunbury, PA 17801).

The University will offer two of its most popular bachelor degree completion programs—in Business Administration and Criminal Justice (with an Addiction Studies minor). Evening classes will follow a cohort model, beginning August 24, 2009, and will run a total of eight weeks each semester. Classes will be available four nights per week.

Alvernia’s mid-degree programs in both Business Administration and Criminal Justice are geared for students with previous college experience and for ease in transfer. “Accelerated degree programs are designed to help working adults balance family and career while completing bachelor’s degrees,” explained program head, Mary Sacavage.

“We found that many students have traveled from neighboring counties to complete their degrees in Pottsville (at the Alvernia Schuylkill Center), so we are extending this same opportunity to the greater Sunbury community.” Starting this fall, a Business Administration cohort will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings and a Criminal Justice group will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Tuition deferment is available for graduate and continuing studies students who have an employer reimbursement program. This allows Alvernia students to hold payment for classes until employers reimburse them at the end of each semester.

The Alvernia University bookstore will offer on-line resources for Sunbury students as well. Textbooks can be ordered online and delivered directly to students’ homes.

Application fees will be waived for students attending the Open House on August 6, 2009 (12:00 noon – 7:30 p.m.).

Please visit www.alvernia.edu/sunburry or contact Mary Sacavage, 570-628-4011, mary.sacavage@alvernia.edu for further details about Alvernia University in Sunbury.

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 55-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, five 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.