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Signs of progress — farewell to CSL

Date: 11/10/2008

The Center for Student Life (CSL) will soon be razed to make way for Founders Village building #4, which will include a wing for student services and recreation. Construction on building #3 is already underway.

Following demolition of the CSL, a construction fence will be installed, making the newly paved temporary walk (next to the PEC) the main exterior access point to campus from Lot I (next to the turf field). At this point in time there are no plans to close any roads during the course of the project.

Construction workers will be parking on the west end of the PEC, near the storage building. Construction staging will be next to the east detention pond, inside the fenced-off parking area, and in the construction parking area.

Parking during construction

With construction changes, parking will be affected on main campus. A plan has been developed that will remain in effect for the rest of the year. A color-coded parking map has been created to make the process a little easier. The colors are broken-down by faculty, staff, and students by year and residence hall.

Tips for Parking

• Park where your permit allows you to. Visit the color-coded parking map for details.
• Utilize on-street parking and the Upland lot as needed. There is plenty of on-street parking on Greenway and St. Bernardine Streets. Those who have offices or classes at Upland may choose to park and ride the shuttle to main campus. Print the Shuttle Schedule for future use.
• Allow yourself time to park. It is likely that during the construction period, it may take a few extra minutes to find a spot — so plan accordingly.  
• Freshmen resident students are reminded to park in either the Ken Grill or Angelica parking lots. (See Public Safety message below.)

Helpful Links

• Color-coded parking map
• Shuttle Schedule

Public Safety reminder to freshmen resident students:

All freshmen resident students who have registered a vehicle with the university are required to park in one of our two remote parking locations (Ken-Grill or Angelica Park) and to use the university’s shuttle and escort systems to travel between main campus and those locations. Spaces on public streets that surround the university are needed by our neighbors and commuter students.

  • 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.