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Science camp a 'blast' at Alvernia

Date: 7/27/2012

Alvernia and Carpenter Technology teamed-up this summer to give 100 kids (pictured above in Alvernia's O'Pake Science Center) free hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, and applied mathematics. Read the full story in the Reading Eagle.

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Pictured above: Tim Armstrong, vice president for Research and Product Commercialization at Carpenter Technology, talks to campers about a chemistry project. Earlier in the day, Armstrong talked to all campers about new opportunities in science and his personal path of discovery in the field.

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Pictured above: Dr. Steve Campion, chair of mathematics and science, and associate professor of chemistry at Alvernia, works with campers in a "reactive mixtures" experiment. 
Read more in the Reading Eagle.

  • 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.