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Plans to expand wireless computing announced

Date: 12/14/2010


A number of improvements will soon be implemented to enhance wireless computer access across Alvernia’s campus, including extending access to outdoor spaces in heavily trafficked student areas. The enhancements are part of on-going initiatives to ensure computer technology in use across campus addresses the important needs of faculty, staff and students.

Plans to enhance wireless access on campus include:

Phase 1 — spring & summer 2011
Expanding wireless network access — at the Philadelphia campus, all main campus residence halls including Anthony Hall, Clare Hall, Francis Hall Residence, Judge Hall, Veronica Hall, and outdoor areas on the main campus. Wireless is currently available in Siena Hall, Assisi Hall, and the two Village Commons and limited wireless is available in all residence hall lobbies and study areas.
Phase 2 — Summer 2012
Extending open/public wireless network access to some non-residence hall buildings, selected lobbies, conference rooms, public gathering areas and other buildings. Areas included in this phase are locations within Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall, BH 1102, BH 1103, BH 1104, BH 1105F; Francis Hall Conference Room, FH Main Stairwell, and FH fourth floor lobby. Open wireless is currently available throughout the library, student center, Physical Education Center, Center for Student Life, Upland Center, the Bernardine Hall lobby and the Schuylkill Campus lobby.
Phase 3 — Summer 2013
Completing broader open/public wireless network access to outdoor areas where students are likely to gather, participate in events and study out-of-doors, including the University Commons, athletic track area, and other gathering spaces.
The program to expand wireless access is being managed by the University’s Information Technology Department.

  • 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.