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Health and Wellness Center 

This is a reminder to all students that the University requires you to maintain a current medical record. The deadline for health requirement compliance is August 1.  Noncompliance after this date may prevent you from getting your keys to move onto campus or make changes to your schedule.  If you have missing forms, you can access them through the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  If you have updated medical documentation you can also upload this information on the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  Please remember to check your messages in the Alvernia Student Health Portal regularly as the Health & Wellness Center will communicate with you regarding any missing information in this manner.  Also, if you have your own health insurance, do not forget to waive the Student Health Insurance by September 1, to avoid being billed for the insurance ($1694.00).  If you do not have health insurance, you may enroll in the student health insurance plan.  To waive or enroll in the insurance plan, please visit the Alvernia Student Health Portal.

Student Financial Planning

October 1st is right around the corner. Well, for us in the Student Financial Planning Office it is!  We want to remind you of the changes made by President Obama last September allowing all students and their parents to file the 2017-2018 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016.  This FAFSA form will use the income tax information from 2015, same tax information as used on the 2016-2017 FAFSA for those of you who file.

Please keep an eye out to your email, mail and the financial aid page of the Alvernia University website for more information and tools to filing the Early FAFSA!

Below are a couple of videos discussing the changes and why this change is important to you and us.

Campus Ministry Hires a Campus Minister in Residence

Cristina Ureña is a new member to our Campus Ministry team, but not new to Alvernia!

Cristina graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Alvernia in 2014. During her undergraduate years, Cristina served as a tutor, peer mentor, student ambassador, and as an orientation leader.  After falling in love with her college experience, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at West Chester University. At WCU, she was a Graduate Assistant for Residence Life and was often referred to as the “Icebreaker Queen.”

This alumna has now returned to serve as the Campus Minister in Residence. This year she will be coordinating the alternative break trips and implementing new spiritual programs in the residence halls.  She is thrilled to be back home.

Cristina enjoys learning new things and developing new relationships with others. She loves to eat a good meal and explore new places. Her recent adventures include visits to Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico! Stop by to say HOLA! Her office is located in the Campus Commons 104C.


Career Development

Congratulations! You’ve landed a new job. Maybe it’s your first full-time job after graduation, or an internship that will lead you down your career path. Either way, first impressions are key. The first few weeks of your new job will set the tone for how the company views you in the future. Follow these 8 tips to impress your boss (and colleagues) from day one!

  1. Be an Early (and Well-Dressed) Bird. The first day is the most important at any job, so be sure to not only dress the part, but to also arrive early. These will both show your boss and coworkers that you are here to stay, and serious about your job.
  2. Be Willing to Learn. Any new position comes with a learning curve. There are many small things that you may need to pick up on outside your set responsibilities in order to make sure your work is as successful as possible. Just keep your head up, ears open, and be ready to learn what others want to show you.
  3. Take Notes. On your first day (and some of the following), you will be hit with tons of information. No one can be expected to remember it all, but taking notes can give you a huge advantage. Keeping your notes with you will show others your dedication to learning what you need to know.
  4. Find Solutions. In any company, there will be ongoing issues that never got solved by past employees, just because they weren’t a high enough priority. If you see an issue, bring it up to your boss. Even if nothing is able to be changed, they will appreciate your initiative and care for the problem.
  5. Admit Your Mistakes. Everyone makes them. Admitting to a mistake and taking the initiative to fix it will impress any boss over someone who hides the mistake. For big issues, make a plan for how you will adjust to minimize damage before approaching your boss. They will at least be impressed with your preparation.
  6. Be a Team Player. You work with more people than just your boss. When working on something with coworkers, it can sometimes be hard to take initiative when you’re new. Stay confident, volunteer for things, and stay upbeat to keep a good place on the team.
  7. Understand the Vision. The vision of any good company is engrained in everything they do. Familiarize yourself with the company’s vision to make sure your day-to-day activities align with what the company wants you to be doing.
  8. Get to Know People. The better you know your coworkers, the more they will want to help you with your questions and mistakes. Eat lunch with coworkers, ask questions, and get to know the ins and outs of the company from people on your same level.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Monday, August 22, 2016  ± 12:00 noon

 Invitation to the University Community And 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 22, 2016, we will follow an adjusted class schedule, as follows:

 If your class is scheduled to begin at…                       IT WILL MEET INSTEAD FROM…

  • 7:15 a.m. or 7:45 a.m.                                            7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.                                            8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:45 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.                    9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.                                                              10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:00 noon

  • 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.                  2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • 1:45 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. or 2:35 p.m.  3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • 3:45 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.                                           4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

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

 Exceptions: AT250, CHE212, DPT 508, DPT 612, DPT 620, and OT605 all will meet at their regularly scheduled times and full lengths.

 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 Living Room in the Commons by 11:35 a.m. and be robed and ready to process by 11:50

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