Faculty Q & A


PH: Mathys

Polly Mathys
Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Studies

How long have you been working at Alvernia?

This is my 26th year at ALVERNIA. My 25th anniversary of full time was mid-august.

Can you please describe your job here at Alvernia?

My job here. Well, OFFICIALLY I am an assistant professor of Computer and Information Studies. I also teach First Year Seminar ( freshmen are my favorite species!). In addition, I am on the Honors and Awards Committee, the Green Team, the United Way Committee, and the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the eighth year.

That is the official part of my job. I have evolved into the Unofficial Official Photographer at student events. It is not because I am good at it, but because I am willing.

And of course there is the Turkey Drive. This is the 24th year of that effort, and each year it is bigger. There is nothing OFFICIAL about it, just a bunch of faculty, students, and staff that make it happen.

What is your favorite part about your job?

It's not a task, it's an environment. I love that I seem to be accepted with all my eccentricities and foibles.

When you aren't at Alvernia what do how do you like to spend your time?

With Animals. We have 5 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues. Oh, and Recycling. My husband and I have volunteered at Recycling Services Inc in Pottstown every Saturday for 25 and a half years. I figure I am well over a thousand Saturdays now.

Where is your favorite place to eat on or off campus?

I will say the Peanut Bar. For probably 24 years some of us faculty have gone to dinner Wednesday night. It has been as few as two people and as many as 15. There is a camaraderie, almost a family relationship, that you won't find many places. We settled on the Peanut Bar maybe fifteen years ago. We have the same table, the same waitress. We are so familiar now that we could probably order dinner for each other.