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Health & Wellness

The Health and Wellness Center continues to review medical records for all students, both incoming students and upperclassmen.  Please encourage your student to respond to any mailings he/she receives from our office as incomplete medical records could result in an inability to move on campus and/or register.
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 for your student to participate in clinical experiences.
Flu shots will be available at Alvernia this fall for all students. If your student is considered high risk for medical reasons, major program of study or employment, please advise them to receive their vaccine as soon as it is available.  We will make announcements as soon as the vaccine is available.

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!

A Note from the Student Billing Office…

Don’t forget, it’s time to pick up your fall invoice: myAlvernia / Finances / Billing.  From our page, you can Retrieve Statement and Pay Your Bill.  The due date for Fall 2014 is August 18, 2014.

If you are expecting a refund, be sure to sign up for an Electronic Refund (e-Refund) to your money faster!!  You can also set up a parent as an Authorized User (set up Parent Pin) and enroll in an interest free Payment Plan!

Got Insurance?  All traditional day students & any student enrolled in certain curriculum are responsible to maintain student health insurance.  Students will be charged a fee for insurance with the opportunity to waive if covered under an existing plan.  Insurance waivers must be submitted ONLINE each year.  (The waiver is required in addition to information submitted to other departments including Health & Wellness & Athletics). The link to Waive Insurance will be open on the above page as soon as possible.

Need assistance or additional information?
610.796.8319 or

Residence Life

Check in for new freshmen who will be living on campus is Thursday, August 21st between 8:00am and 12:00pm.  If your student is a fall athlete (men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball and cross country), move in day is Friday, August 15th.  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 21st between 1:00pm and 2:30pm.

As you prepare for moving onto campus please know that the first day of Orientation, August 21st, 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 on them 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, Labor Day is a long weekend and a great time to bring anything to campus that you forgot.

Returning students are able to move on to campus Sunday, August 25th between 12:00pm and 4:00pm.  Check-in as at the Veronica Hall lobby.

Book Store

Textbooks, supplies, electronics and Alvernia gear can be purchased in the store and online. Ordering books online is quick and ease-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.

Internet Orders

Students may place orders on the bookstore’s website 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.

Visit the Bookstore!

The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Student Center on main campus.
Summer Hours = Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm

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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.

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