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MBA Executive Leadership Class

Date: 10/1/2009

Janette Kearney, executive director of the PA Emergency Health Services Council (center) received the class report from Ted Hershberger (left), adjunct professor/research director for the project, and Business Professor Scott Ballantyne (right).

Each semester the MBA 680 Executive Leadership class selects an organization to help. The class investigates the entity and provides a comprehensive report.
The report is a blueprint for change that is provided free to organizations that benefit the community.

This semester, the class worked with Berks County Emergency Services to provide insights and recommendations to enhance emergency medical technician (EMT) training.

Students conducted numerous in-person interviews to determine how the roles, training, experience, intuition, technology, personal relationships, and interaction with hospital staff play in the performance of seasoned EMTs and paramedics.

Using qualitative techniques, class members sampled a selection of first responders in rural, suburban and city settings, and even rode along with first responders on calls to observe first responders in actual conditions. The report was delivered to the PA Emergency Health Service Council on Monday, September 21.

  • 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.