Crusader Connection Newsletter

Freshmen Retreat

Connect. Find Purpose.

Join in an afternoon of talks by other students followed by reflection time and fellowship. All are welcome!

September 12, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus Commons Living Room

To sign up, go to: or email or go to Office of Campus Ministry in Campus Commons building and talk with Brian, Sister Christen or Kelly.

Residence Life

New Students

Check-in for new freshmen who will be living on campus is Thursday, August 20 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. If you are a fall athlete (men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball and cross country), move-in day is Monday, August 17. If you have specific questions regarding athlete check-in please contact Athletics at (610) 796-8276. All new transfer students who are living on campus may also check in on Thursday, August 20 between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

As you prepare for moving onto campus please know that the first day of Orientation, August 20, is a very busy day. Dress comfortably and bring your patience; we will do our best to check everyone in as quickly as possible. Remember to label all of your belongings. Things like boxes, plastic bins and text books should all have your student's name, building and room number so that our volunteer staff can help you move in. If you get to campus and realize that you have forgotten something, don’t panic; stores such as Target, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond are only a few minutes away from campus. Also, the second weekend of Fall semester is Labor Day weekend and a great time to bring anything to campus that you forgot.

Returning Students

Check-in for returning students who will be living on campus is Sunday, August 23rd between 12:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. in the Veronica Hall Lobby. If you're a fall athlete (men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball and cross country), move in day is Monday, August 17th. If you have specific questions regarding athlete check-in please contact Athletics.
We are not able to accommodate early arrivals due to staffing limitations and liability reasons. Our staff and keys will not be available until Sunday afternoon.
As you prepare to return to campus please remember to bring your Student ID with you. Your card will be automatically activated for the building that you are assigned to for the fall. Keys will be in the Veronica Hall Lobby at the check in tables. Also remember that you must register your vehicle with Public Safety. When you arrive please be cautious while driving around campus. The freshmen are new and this will be a big change for them. Please be careful!

Residence Hall Association (RHA) – Get Involved!

Residence Hall Association is an organization whose goal is to build a stronger community on campus and to advocate for all students on campus living in university housing. We are an organization open to anyone living on campus and would like to welcome anyone who would like to join to our first meeting on Monday, August 31st at 8:00 PM in the Private Dining Room in the Student Center. Our fall events include Alvernia Olympics, Quack Attack Days, Alvernia Squares and our annual Christmas Tree Lighting to name a few. If you want more information, contact the Office of Residence Life or visit our webpage.

Scholarship Opportunity

Attention Juniors!

Did you know you are eligible to apply for the Campus Community Scholarship?
Each academic year, two awards of at least $2,500.00 are made to current juniors who meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time student in good academic standing
  • Achieve Senior grade level at start of the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the Office of Student Financial Planning

You must write an essay describing his/her service efforts above and beyond the service projects required for graduation.
Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Planning and should be returned no later than April 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Piekarski, Director of Annual Giving, at 610-790-1901 or

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Monday, Aug. 24 2015
12:00 noon

Invitation to the University Community
Notice of 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 24, 2015, we will follow an adjusted class schedule, as follows:

If your class is scheduled to begin at... IT WILL INSTEAD MEET FROM...
7:15 a.m. or 7:45 a.m. 7:45-8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 8:45-9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. 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 or 1:00 p.m. 2:30-3:15 p.m.
1:45 or 2:00 or 2:30 or 2:35 p.m. 3:30-4:15 p.m.
3:45 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.

Faculty and staff members who wish to participate in the opening academic procession should report to the Shander Room by 11:35 a.m. and be robed and ready to process by 11:50 a.m.

Members of the Administration and special guests should report to the Campus Commons Living Room by 11:35 a.m. and be robed and ready to process by 11:50 a.m.

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.

The Franco Library

New to the Franco Library this fall!

Thanks to all the students who made suggestions for gaming equipment during finals week. We heard your feedback and have purchased a PS4 and several games for your entertainment. Speak with a staff member at the Circulation Desk for more information!

The library also has four new laptops available for in-library use. Check them out at the Circulation Desk.
Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks!

Graduate and Adult Education Student Spotlight

Erika Stone

As soon as I graduated from high school, I could not wait to travel and experience a world outside Schuylkill County so I enlisted in the Air Force. One of my most memorable careers was being a protocol agent for Wing Headquarters and working side by side with the Dover Air Force Base Port Mortuary in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. One of my responsibilities was to coordinate with the Wing Commander, Pentagon Generals, Honor Guards, USO, and family members to be present during the first arrival of our fallen comrades on American soil. Upon completion of my tour at Dover, I took part in 865 dignified transfers of those military members that made the ultimate sacrifices for our country. Without a doubt, this was one of the greatest honors of my military career. My next assignment was becoming a flight attendant for the Bush administration which was also a very fascinating career. I was able to travel the world with the President, First Lady, Vice President, and Secretary of State but my heart was still back at Dover. After numerous deployments and completion of my military career, I became very focused on achieving an education geared toward assisting our veterans returning home, and Alvernia was the best place to attain this goal. From the minute I met with the advisors at the Schuylkill campus, I knew I was in good hands and at the right place for my educational needs. Essentially, the professors here are extremely knowledgeable and highly accessible-- I could not be any happier with this school.

Student Spotlight

Jaree Reid

Take Charge & Get Involved

Have you made a difference at Alvernia?  Does everybody know your name when you walk in a room?  Have you taken full advantage of the Alvernia experience?  Meet Jaree Reid, a Senior Criminal Justice and Philosophy major from Winter Haven, Florida who is making the most of his years at Alvernia University.

Jaree’s interests are diverse and his involvement is wide-spread.  Currently, you can find him out at Bog Turtle Creek Farm helping with the day-to-day needs of tending a community garden.  In addition to planting and harvesting, Jaree also partakes in the sale of the veggies at Reading’s downtown farmers market.  During the academic year Jaree keeps active in the Philosophy & Veterans Clubs, the track and dance teams and works in the Student Activities Office organizing the video game tournaments.  Jaree also is participating in the Undergraduate Fellowship program of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, under the auspices of our Vice President for University Life & Dean of Students, Dr. Cicala.

Jaree was a founding member of a Men of Color mentoring initiative piloted last fall.  Building on the structure of this program, Alvernia is partnering with local educator Andre Young to adapt his successful programs called M.E.N. (Men Evolving Now) and W.O.M.E.N. (Women Evolving Now) at Alvernia.  An exciting line-up of forums, speakers and events are planned so join Jaree and get involved, make your mark, CARPE DIEM!!

Click here to check out the M.E.N. & W.O.M.E.N. event calendar for the Fall 2015 semester!

The Holleran Center

Service Hours

Don’t forget to submit your summer service hours!

Summer service hours are due by September 15th. Go online to to complete the Community Service Verification Form. Pre-approval is necessary when volunteering with organizations not on the Holleran Center Community Partner List. Go online to to complete this form. Don’t wait until spring semester your senior year to complete this important graduation requirement!

Save the Date

St. Francis Day of Service this year will be on Saturday, October 10th.
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Look for more information when you return to campus!

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