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All Aboard: Technology on Track

Date: 7/28/2010

“All Aboard: Technology on Track”
Alvernia camp explores changing technology in trains

Alvernia's Holleran Center for Community Engagement will conduct its third annual, weeklong Junior Creativity Camp beginning Aug. 2, 2010. This year’s theme is “All Aboard: Technology on Track.”

2010 Camp participants will have the opportunity to explore digital media using various technological mediums, such as podcasts and blogs. The participants will experiment with recording tools and video production equipment. All of this will be incorporated with an understanding of locomotive technology, as trains were a central part of the city of Reading and still dot the landscape. The camp aims to teach participants about the history of the Reading Railroad, while incorporating the understanding current and future technology.

Throughout the two weeks, the group will tour local sites, such as the Pagoda, where the participants will get a bird’s eye view of not only the city, but also of Reading’s railroad tracks. The group will also stop by Berks Community Television (BCTV) to learn about video production and record their own television broadcast.
In addition, they will travel to Strasburg, Pa., to tour the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and take a ride on an authentically restored, coal burning, steam locomotive.

A closing ceremony will be held on August 6 at St. Peter’s Church on South Fifth Street, providing an opportunity for camp participants to be recognized for their participation and achievements during camp by local community leaders. The ceremony, held at 2:00 p.m., is open to family and friends, and will showcase the new skills and experiences that were acquired over the course of the week.

This year’s Junior Creativity Camp will serve 20 participants, ages 7-10. Most are active participants in the South Reading Youth Initiative, a signature program of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement.  Mike Nerino, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, will be the faculty instructor for camp, and will be assisted by Holleran Center’s Jessica Umbenhauer (Project Coordinator), Christopher Fake (South Reading Youth Initiative Program Manager), and Meghann Burton (AmeriCorps*PACC-VISTA volunteer). Alvernia students Brett Ames, and Heather Shainline will also join the team.

The South Reading Youth Initiative (SRYI), a free program designed for youth aged 7-14 who live or go to school in the South Reading area, provides after-school and summer programming supported by faculty, staff and students of Alvernia University. These programs have been generously supported by federal and state grants as well as local funders. Founded in 2006, the SRYI aims to promote continued education, mentoring and support for healthy choices through exposure to arts, culture and educational opportunities within Greater Reading.

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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.