Teaching & Learning Projects — Summer 2012

Plans are in place to update important teaching and learning spaces across campus this summer in the Franco Library, Bernardine Hall, and Francis Hall. These projects are funded through the capital campaign, and represent this year's priorities from the Teaching and Learning Plan, launched in 2009.

Franco Library
The popular Learning Commons will be expanded by further reduction of stacks on the first floor, allowing for additional group study areas (including enclosed study rooms), work stations, computers, and individual study opportunities. The creating of “offsite” library storage (primarily periodicals & journals) at 951 Morgantown Road will make many of these important improvements possible.

Bernardine Hall
Furniture, technology, carpet and paint updates to four classrooms in Bernardine's North Wing (on the second floor) will be completed this summer. Plans are also in development for substantial upgrades to the Bernardine 100 level (first floor).

Francis Hall
Classrooms in Francis Hall will begin to be updated with better technology and new furniture, carpet and paint.

  • 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.