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Invisible Children show film at Alvernia

Date: 11/1/2010

Img: InvisibleChildrenInvisible Children returned to Alvernia University again on October 28, 2010 for a viewing of their film “Go.” The film shows a group of high school students who won a trip to Northern Uganda to witness the turbulent effects of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on the children there.

This year, Invisible Children brought two Ugandan men to campus. One was a recipient of their Legacy Scholarship Fund, and the other is a mentor to fellow Ugandans. The Legacy Scholarship Fund supplies tuition, school supplies and guidance from Ugandan mentors for students.

The “Invisible Children” are the children of Northern Uganda, who are caught in war that has lasted for over twenty years. These children have never known peace and they live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA abducts children from villages that they destroy, and then force the children to fight as part of their violent army. The children are referred to as “invisible” because the war and the atrocities that they are facing receive very little media coverage.

Invisible Children Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial resources to these children by documenting their true, untold stories in a creative and relevant way, resulting in positive change. They have produced several films on the issue, beginning with “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” which exposes the effects of the war on the children, showing how they commute to cities each night to sleep together and hopefully avoid abduction.

  • 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.