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First Annual Masquerade Bash at Alvernia

Date: 11/1/2010

Alvernia University’s first annual Masquerade Bash, punctuating an end to the month-long Literary Festival of 2010, was a major success.

Head of the Literary Festival committee, Professor Sue Guay, worked with communication students from the 2010 Event Planning class to research and form several committees to create a special evening with something for everyone.

Baked desserts and a DJ complimented an evening that included dancing, costume and pumpkin carving contests, and a raffle for student-picked prizes. In addition, the Alvernia Alumni Association sponsored a VIP lounge for alumni, faculty, and staff (over 21).

Party-goers enthusiastically brought canned goods instead of tickets to join the 2010 Bash.

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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.