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Transcultural Nursing Luncheon

Date: 4/30/2012

Members of two Transcultural Nursing classes, under the direction of Theresa Adams, assistant professor of nursing, and Mary Lozada, coordinator of multicultural affairs, worked collaboratively to plan and prepare ethnic food and entertainment for over 250 students, administrators, faculty and staff. Class members included Emily Bieber, Samantha ReinselBack Felicia Davance, Melanie Nguyen, Amanda Bodnar, Andres Rodriquez, Jessica Taylor, Iesha Serrano, Gauying Kha, Anna Patterson, Heather Weidner, and Oyewale Akinrefon.

This year's theme was Wonders of the World. Dr. Joseph Cicala, vice president of university life and dean of students provided some opening remarks and Sister Roberta McKelvie provided the prayer before the cultural festivities began.   

  • 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.