Crusader Connection Newsletter

Staying Connected

Thanks for taking time to read this edition of Crusader Connection.  Look for the next one in early August.  Don’t hesitate to write or call if you need assistance with anything in the meantime!

Best,

Dr. C

Joseph J. Cicala, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students
joe.cicala@alvernia.edu // 610.796.8211

 

 

Graduate and Adult Education Spotlight

Graduate and Adult Education Spotlight

The Saint Michael Award for Academic Excellence is given to the top cadet in the graduating class of the Philadelphia Police Academy with the highest grade point average who has yet to complete his/her bachelor’s degree.  Additionally, the recipient has not only earned an excellent overall GPA but has demonstrated leadership skills and was a major contributor to his/her class and representative of the Alvernia Mission.  This year’s recipient is Nicholas Criscillo.  Alvernia’s Criminal Justice Chair, Dr. Edgar Hartung,  presented the award in the presence of many top Philadelphia dignitaries on Wednesday June 4th 2014.

 

 

 

Img: Crusader Connection

Veterans Center

Vet Center Hallway

Our new Veterans Center will open in Bernardine Hall this August.  Adjacent to the Career Development Center, the Educational Planning Center, Student Financial Planning, and other resources, the Veterans Center will be a meeting and gathering spot for Veterans, students on active or reserve military duty, and their friends.  Additionally, our new Veterans Advocate will be located there, along with work-study staffers and Veterans Club volunteers, to help Veterans and students on active or reserve duty gain access to programs and services.

Vet Center Logo

Campus Ministry

Inspired by our Franciscan tradition of service to the poor, Campus Ministry offers several exciting trips each year as part of our Alternative Break program.  Trips take place during winter break, spring break, and in the summer.  This coming year there will be 7 trips that will provide you with an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals whose lives have fallen on hard times.  
Our 2015 trips will go out to Tennessee, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Dominican Republic, Philadelphia, and two trips working in inner-city Reading.  To apply for the Alternative Break program, stop by the Campus Ministry office in the Campus Commons (directly across from the Fitness Center) during your first two weeks on campus.  The applications are ready!

Alternative Break



Did You Know…?

  • Textbooks, supplies, electronics and Alvernia gear can be purchased in the Alvernia book store and online. Ordering books online is quick and easy-all you need to know is what courses you’ll be taking. You can even have your bookstore order shipped directly to your home or work.
  • Students may place orders on the bookstore’s website www.alverniashop.com. Follow the prompts to select your campus location, department, course and section. You can select “prepay/ store pick-up” and your order will be waiting for you in the bookstore or select “ship” to have your order sent directly to your home. Please bring your student ID card when you visit the bookstore to pick-up your order. You can pay for books online using a credit card, or financial aid. If your bookstore order will be covered by financial aid, please select “Alvernia card” and your 9 digit Alvernia Student ID number.
  • The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Student Center on main campus. Summer Hours are Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Kathy Gonzalez was our first winner of a semester of free textbooks (up to $400).  Kathy entered the random drawing last month after reading the June edition of Crusader Connection.  You too could be a winner by clicking here and logging into myAlvernia to submit a raffle ticket!
  • Students pursuing a degree in Nursing, Athletic Training or Occupational Therapy are obligated to meet additional medical requirements. Please watch for a mailing detailing the information needed to participate in clinical experiences.
  • Flu shots will be available at Alvernia this fall for all students.  We will make an e-mail announcement as soon as the vaccine is available.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit

Monday, August 25, 2014  - 12:00 noon
Invitation to the University Community
and Adjusted Class Schedule for the Day


It is a tradition among Catholic colleges and universities to open each academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, to seek God’s guidance and blessing in the quest for learning.  Our Mass of the Holy Spirit is a “learning Mass,” with periodic explanations of Roman Catholic traditions and rituals, so that all members of our University community may feel welcome and included in our celebration.

On Monday, August 25, 2014, we will follow an adjusted class schedule, as follows:

If your class is scheduled to begin at... IT WILL MEET INSTEAD FROM...
7:45 a.m. 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
9:45 or 10:15 a.m. 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:00 noon
12:30 or 12:45 p.m. 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
1:45 or 2:00 or 2:30 p.m. 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
3:45 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.


(All classes scheduled to begin after 4:00 p.m. will meet as regularly scheduled.)

At 11:30 a.m., all members of the University community* may begin to proceed to the Physical Education Center, in which our Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at 12:00 noon.

(* Offices and services deemed essential will remain open.)

Special seating areas will be designated for all of our First Year Seminar (FYS) sections and new transfer students.  Ushers will be available to direct all FYS and new transfer students to their sections.

After Mass, all members of the University community and special guests are invited to a free and festive luncheon at the Student Center, lasting until our adjusted class schedule resumes.

Click for full size picture

Student Spotlight

Name: Junior Bernard

Year: Senior- Communication with a concentration in Media Design Production and a minor in English

As a student, one of the greatest personal discoveries I’ve been able to analyze in depth is the idea of “finding your passion.” As simple as the word “passion” may sound to many, it can be critically thought-provoking for college students to discover and embrace as they aspire to become professionals, in addition to developing their best selves through service to others.

Similar to any typical college students, I almost got caught up with the idea of choosing a career that promised financial security without examining what professions would fulfill me. With that being said, I must confess that it was difficult to turn down the phenomenal full-ride scholarship to attend Temple University School of Dentistry right after my undergraduate degree.

My life has changed drastically after listening to the deeper voice within that constantly reminded me to think through any long-term life decision that required ultimate confirmations. Thankfully, the best choice I made was to allow myself to explore the answers to the following eight powerful questions, which I now call The Passion Discovery Agents:

  1. What are my values, or what do I care about?
  2. If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be?
  3. As a child, what have I always dreamed of doing?
  4. What volunteer work do I enjoy doing?
  5. What is one thing I believe almost nobody agrees with me on?
  6. When I pay attention to others’ compliments, what do they often mention I am good at that I may not even be aware of?
  7. Who are the individuals that are currently where I want to be, and what about their careers truly inspire me?
  8. Looking back on my career 25 years from now, what do I want to say I am proud to have accomplished?

The answers to these questions captivated me because, through them, I’ve detected my passion for public speaking, creative writing and entrepreneurship.  These questions have led me to embark enthusiastically on the best major I could have ever chosen- communications, soon to be followed by a master's in business administration. I am optimistic that, one day, I will influence numerous lives positively. And why? It’s simply because I have discovered my passions. With passion comes self-dedication, broader visions and, most importantly, abundant creativity. A creative mind can become unstoppable in any environment of his interest.

Overall, it’s necessary that one takes time to discover his passion (s). That is what makes a true difference whether at the workplace or elsewhere.  For the secret to living a truly gratifying professional life is through nothing but passion.