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Eco Fun Day

Date: 4/27/2010

More than 300 6th grade students from the nearby Gateway School for Agriculture, Science, and Ecology at Millmont Elementary participated in Eco Fun Day at Angelica Park on Friday, April 23. As part of a week-long celebration of Earth Day, the students were treated to an enlightening nature trail winding its way the wetland.

Wetland plants, wildlife, and environmentally-themed activities were showcased at ten different stations along the trail, manned by professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and volunteers representing community organizations.

The proposed Environmental Education Center for the community
and local colleges and universities was also highlighted during the day, with a groundbreaking event for the temporary Environmental Education Center at the Angelica boathouse.

Visitors will learn the history of the park, and about the committee working toward seeing the old boathouse site and the new wetlands.

The event was coordinated by Alvernia’s science department, with representatives from the science club, environmental club, and the Angelica Environmental Education Center Committee.

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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.