Faculty Q & A

PH: Murphy

Dr. Claire Murphy
Director of Health Services

How long have you been working at Alvernia?

This is my third academic year. I started in August 2009.

Can you please describe your job here at Alvernia?

I am the director of Health Services.  I am in charge of the Health and Wellness Center as well as other services our department provides, like health education and promotion.

What is your favorite part about your job?

I really enjoy taking care of students. As a family doctor I am trained to see all age groups but this is one of my favorites. I love just talking to students and helping them make better choices for their health.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like reading, travelling and most of all spending time with my family.

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

The Tomcat Cafe on Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring. They have great lunch and dinner, and I hear breakfast is pretty great too but I haven't tried it.

  • 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.