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Alvernia Helping Haiti

Date: 1/20/2010

As the tragedy in Haiti continues to unfold, Alvernia students are beginning to take action to help the victims devastated by the earthquake. The Student Government Association, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Student Activities have teamed up to help support the victims.

How you can help:

Fundraising kicked off at the Martin Luther King Day Celebration on January 19 and will continue until January 26. Please look around campus for students that are carrying silver cans. Also, if you would like to send a donation please send it to Father Kevin Queally in Campus Ministry. All donations will be sent to Mercy Corps to help with their efforts in Haiti.

Thursday, January 21st: Sundaes for Change for Haiti (5-7pm) in the Crusader Café
Bring your loose change to make a sundae, and make a change for Haiti!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010: join us for a prayer vigil (2:30pm)
If you have any suggestions for other fundraisers or for events to raise awareness of the disaster, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Berret, SGA President at Emily.Berret@alvernia.edu.
"It is a tragedy that defies expression; a tragedy that compels all people to the highest levels of human compassion and solidarity."

About Alvernia University

Alvernia is a selective, private university located in historic Berks County, Pa., that combines the academic rigor of a comprehensive university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. The institution offers more than 600 courses with 50 majors and minors. Guided by Catholic Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” Alvernia offers a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence.

  • 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.