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Carpenter Institute debuts

Date: 6/4/2012

Thanks to the support of Carpenter Technology Corporation, area middle school students will have a chance to hone their scientific abilities during a free, week-long science institute this summer at Alvernia.

Organized by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and the Alvernia Science Department, the annual camp will provide hands-on educational activities and coursework in physics, applied math, chemistry and ecology. The institute will include field trips to the Environmental Exploration Center at Angelica Park and the Franklin Institute. Alvernia faculty and a team of Carpenter scientists will teach the students.

“This is a tremendous program for students to develop a stronger sense of applied science and work with experts in their various fields, courtesy of Carpenter,” said Jay Worral, director of the Holleran Center. “Partnerships like these serve to reinforce our community outreach efforts and offer great opportunities for young students in the area to get involved in the sciences.”


  • 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.