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Alvernia partners with young professionals

Date: 11/30/2012

Kristin Kramer (left), president of GRYP's Executive Board is greeted on Alvernia's campus by Toni Eckert, director of Leadership Berks and Business Outreach.

Alvernia University has joined forces with the Greater Reading Young Professionals (GRYP) to offer educational opportunities, leadership development programs, and community service integration initiatives that will help develop skills and competencies needed by young professionals. 

The partnership was announced during a well-attended GRYP social held in Alvernia's Francis Hall.

"GRYP is a terrific organization and Alvernia is pleased to partner with it," said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. "It complements so well the programs we already offer through Leadership Berks and our graduate program."

“This initiative is geared towards advancing the professional success of GRYP’s members and is complementary to the charter of both organizations,” said Toni Eckert, Alvernia’s director of Leadership Berks and Business Outreach. “Our graduate and adult education programs are offered in a variety of formats (online, blended, classroom) that are ideal to meet the needs of working adults and GRYP’s growing membership.”

The partnership balances well with Alvernia’s Leadership Berks program, which focuses on connecting and building community leaders. It also coincides with GRYP’s 10th anniversary and community impact cause for 2013, “Education and Workforce Readiness.”

"I'm very excited about this partnership and working to increase the educational attainment levels of our community's citizens," said Eckert.

Photo: flynn at gryp event

President Flynn (right) talks with GRYP members at the social in Francis Hall.

  • 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.