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Alvernia Campus Update

Date: 10/28/2012

Alvernia Campus Update:

Alvernia University will reopen all campuses tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31, beginning at 7 a.m., and will resume classes according to the normal schedule. Faculty and staff should report to work according to their normal schedules.

We are aware that driving restrictions exist in a number of locations and that many areas remain without power, circumstances that may prevent some students, faculty or staff members from reaching campus safely. If you cannot reach campus safely you should not attempt to do so. 

All members of the campus community are reminded to exercise extreme caution when traveling. Please check our web site periodically for further updates.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 610-796-8350.




October 28, 2012 — 3:30 p.m.

Because of anticipated severe weather related to Hurricane Sandy, Alvernia University is cancelling classes for Monday and Tuesday and is closed from 7 a.m., Monday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, for all locations. The National Weather Service is warning of high winds and the potential for flooding and wide spread power outages.

Faculty and staff should not report for work during these days. 

Alvernia’s student residence halls will remain open and staffed. Students on campus with questions should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director.  All meals will be served according to the regular schedule in the Student Center.

Registration for classes, initially scheduled to run from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, has been postponed pending further notice. The new dates for registration will be announced in the future. 

Students who have cars parked in the Ken Grill lot, which is near an adjacent creek, are encouraged to move their vehicles to the main university parking lot until classes resume.

The Office of Public Safety will remain open and Public Safety Officers are maintaining a visible presence on campus to ensure student safety and monitor the situation. 

It will be helpful at this time to review Alvernia’s Emergency Procedures. To do that, visit the main web page, www.alvernia.edu, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Emergency Procedures.”

At this time, these are all precautionary measures to reduce any threat to the health and safety of our community members. We will continue to monitor conditions and update the campus community of any changes as new information becomes available. Please check the Alvernia web site periodically for new information.

If you have any questions regarding campus plans during this period, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 610.796.8350.

  • 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.