Community volunteer Mary Pendleton and RACC receive top honors
Alvernia University hosted its annual President’s Dinner on Thursday, October 7, honoring organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact on the university and its surrounding community. This year’s recipients were Mary Pendleton (Franciscan Award) and Reading Area Community College (Pro Urbe Award). Richard A. Tschiderer was also honored, posthumously, with Trustee Emeritus status. The event was attended by about 250 local business and community leaders, university trustees, faculty, and administrators.
Presented to Mary Pendelton, the Franciscan Award honors individuals who selflessly give their time, talents, and resources to serve Alvernia, the community, and their profession. A long time volunteer for Alvernia and in the community, Pendelton has been a great supporter of the Bernardine Sisters. She was a founding member of the Alvernia Arts Council in early 1980s and saw the importance of getting Alvernia better known in community and bringing community to campus.
This year’s Pro Urbe (which translates to “for the city,”) Award was given to Reading Area Community College — recognized for its commitment to the community.
“There are few organizations that have done more for this community than our partners at RACC, said Alvernia President Tom F. Flynn, Ph.D. “Like Alvernia, RACC is place of opportunity for first-generation students and working adults. It is a vital source of workforce development for the community. Alvernia has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with RACC, and transfers from RACC have done very well at Alvernia.”
During the event, Alvernia also bestowed Trustee Emeritus status to the late Richard A. Tschiderer, for his distinguished leadership and service as a board officer and trustee at large. Tschiderer retired as a partner from Ernst & Young LLP in 1990, after 36 years with the company. Prior to his career at Ernst & Young, he served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was active in the Berks County community, serving two terms on the Alvernia University Board of Trustees, retiring from the board in 2009. He was also the previous treasurer for both the Borough of Wyomissing and the Berkshire Country Club and had served as president of the Reading Musical Foundation. Tschiderer is survived by his wife of 55 years, Aileen C. Tschiderer, as well as four children and 10 grandchildren.