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3/18/2014 - Alfred J. Weber named Emeritus Trustee

Longtime Alvernia board member, Alfred J. Weber, was named Emeritus Trustee on March 17, 2014. He is President and Founder of the consulting firm Tweed-Weber.

3/17/2014 - An unbreakable spirit

Growing up with “brittle bone disease,” Pam Wagar ’06 didn’t think someone in a wheelchair stood a chance of becoming a medical doctor. Today, having climbed what once seemed like insurmountable mountains that blocked her progress, she’s a physician, completing her residency while pursuing a career in pediatrics.

3/12/2014 - “Dying to Live: Theological Perspectives on Undocumented Migration”

Drawing on years of work in Latin America, particularly along the U.S- Mexico border, Daniel Groody, CSC, Ph.D., will speak at Alvernia on March 26 for the annual Hesburgh Lecture.

3/7/2014 - President's OpEd: scholarships develop future leaders

President Flynn's latest OpEd discusses Gov. Corbett's Ready to Succeed scholarships and the Reading Collegiate Scholarship program.

3/6/2014 - Character that Counts

Faced with a choice between finishing an equestrian competition and helping an injured bystander, Jennifer Bielecki ’15 didn’t hesitate to take action. Her decision cost her a ribbon, but as it turns out, Bielecki was the real winner that day.

2/27/2014 - What does it mean to be an English major?

In celebration of Sigma Tau Delta's 90th anniversary, Alvernia professor Carrie Fitzpatrick offers a video highlighting the essence of the organization and the love of literature, language and writing.

2/18/2014 - Alvernia President Named to NAICU Board of Directors

Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

2/10/2014 - Ph.D. student on the heartbeat of health care

As a nurse and senior administrator, Marion McGowan has been on the pulse of health care for more than three decades. But the transformational changes underway — driven by health care reform — are causing the Alvernia doctoral student and other savvy leaders to carefully examine how they manage and deliver care as part of the Affordable Care Act.

2/6/2014 - United in faith

Is the faith that unites our global society stronger than the hate that often divides us? Eboo Patel and his Interfaith Youth Core think so, and they are energizing college students to join the cause.

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  • 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.