Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award 2016

PHOTO: Ernie KasprowiczErnest F. Kasprowicz, Sr.

There is no doubt that time is the most precious of commodities. How we choose to spend that currency defines who we are and reveals what is most important to us. Ernest Kasprowicz, Sr. chose to spend his days focusing on those around him, selflessly giving his time and talents to make a difference. He spent all of his days living for others and in so doing, he left a legacy of service that resonates to this day and inspires all those who were lucky enough to know him.

Ernie worked for over 30 years in education, first as a teacher in the Exeter School District and then as a Guidance Counselor in the Governor Mifflin School District. During his career, he had a profound impact on his students and his colleagues and was admired for his smiling temperament, honesty, friendliness and common sense approach to problem solving. Following his passing on January 17 of this year, Margaret received numerous sympathy notes that expressed the deep impact Ernie had on his colleagues and students he served. A few examples:

“Ernie was a genuine person with a wonderful sense of humor. He had a sincere regard for others, even those whose views did not coincide completely with his. Having a strong faith, he possessed the ability to rise above blind faith, enabling him to escape the too present self-righteousness that leads to hypocrisy and cruelty.”

“Ernie was a wonderful person and had such a positive impact on so many students and adults. He was always so positive, friendly, and always had time for anyone who came to his office.

Serving others was always at the forefront of Ernie’s life. He served the United States Army during the Korean War; was active in extra-curricular activities in both the Exeter and Governor Mifflin School Districts; served faithfully at St. Ignatius Catholic Church; volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the treasurer and Merit Badge Counselor of Troop 473 in West Lawn.

Ernie and his wife Margaret were, and Margaret continues to be, deeply engaged in the Alvernia University Senior’s College. In addition to taking numerous courses which they enjoyed together, Ernie also volunteered his time as the iPad Club Facilitator and helped with many other projects throughout the year.

He was a graduate of Wernersville High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from Albright College, and his master’s Degree from Temple University.

Alvernia University, along with the Alvernia Seniors College, is proud to posthumously present the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for Community to Ernest F. Kasprowicz, Sr.

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