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Staying Connected

Thanks for taking the time to read this first edition of our summer, 2017 Crusader Connection series…and a special welcome to new freshmen and transfer students who are joining us over the summer.  Two more editions will follow, in July and August.

Lots happening at the Vern this month.  At the Reading Campus, renovations to the lower level of the Physical Education Center and the construction of the new stadium seating for our athletic field are well underway.  Here’s the view from my window:



And we’re all looking forward to conclusion of the new university nickname project, with an announcement expected from President Flynn this month in fulfillment of the timeline published in the spring.  Watch for announcements in email, on the web site, and in our various social media platforms.

In the meantime, all best to you for a great summer.  Don’t hesitate to write or call if you need assistance with anything.


Dr. C

Joseph J. Cicala, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students // 610.796.8211

Health and Wellness Center

This is a reminder to all students that the University requires you to maintain a current medical record.  All students are required annually to complete the Student Health Insurance Decision form and submit a copy of the front and back of his/her health insurance card.  Students MUST complete the form and submit an insurance card copy in order to avoid the charge for the student health insurance plan. You can complete this form and upload a photo of your insurance card through the Alvernia Student Health Portal at  While you are in the portal, please take a look at “My Profile” and “Messages.”  In “My Profile,” you have access to your current immunization record.  In “Messages” you will find important correspondence from the Health & Wellness Center staff.  Finally, if you will be participating in an off-campus educational experience (internship, field work, clinical, student teaching) during the 2017-2018 school year, you may be required to submit additional information, so please contact the Health & Wellness Center for more information.

Your Voice Counts – If you Tell Us!!

Please be on the lookout for an invitation from Dr. Cicala to participate in the 2017 Student Satisfaction Survey.  Alvernia University is always looking to improve and make the college experience a positive one for students.  So please take a few minutes to share your feedback.  Also, in future editions of, Crusader Connection we will feature specific improvements that were made based on students feedback to surveys such as this one. And, if you click here and log into myAlvernia, you can be entered into a raffle for up to $400 worth of text books for Fall 2017!

New Students…dive into Campus Ministry with two exciting new opportunities!

Freshmen and new transfer students are welcome to join us at First Year Serve! on Sept. 15-17 as we serve at the St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia.  The Inn serves meals year round to the impoverished in the Kensington neighborhood and they rely on the kindness of volunteers to help make every meal possible.  This will be a weekend of service, reflection and fun!  Spots are limited so email today to reserve your spot!

Our Freshman Retreat will be on Saturday, September 23 at the McGlinn Conference Center.  This will be a day of prayer and reflection, led by student leaders as well as our dynamic Campus Ministry staff.  Students will also get to know the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, as we spend the day learning about the Franciscan spirit that is alive and well at Alvernia University.  Register for this day by emailing

Service Experiences During Breaks


Non Credit Summer Internships

Are you participating in a non-credit internship this summer?  Did you know you can now have a non-credit internship noted on your official Alvernia transcript?  To find out more contact the Office of Career Development at or 610-790-2878 or complete the Internship Notation Form on PAX.

Why Should I Complete the Internship Notation Form on PAX?

  1. You will receive official college recognition of your internship
  2. You will receive support from the Office of Career Development during the internship
  3. With support from the Office of Career Development you will be able to reflect on your experience, leading to better defined career and personal goals
  4. With support from the Office of Career Development, you can effectively articulate your internship experience on your résumé when you interview for jobs and/or graduate school.

Graduate and Adult Education Spotlight

The Philadelphia Center is undergoing some summer renovations and we’re looking forward to welcoming students to a fresh new look in the fall!



The Philadelphia Center’s Social Work Club members have begun their summer community service project.  They are collecting denim jeans and personal care items for survivors of human trafficking and working with The Salvation Army’s New Day Center and Enon Tabernacle Church’s She’s My Sister organizations to raise awareness and provide care goods.  The club advisor, Ohenewaa White, notes that “this service is a manifestation of our motto, ‘Knowledge Joined with Love,’ and our students reflect that in service to survivors.”  The Philadelphia Center will be collecting items throughout the summer and the academic year, and donation boxes can also be found on at the Reading Campus. 


Are you on Instagram? Please check out the Philadelphia Center’s Instagram AlverniainPhilly and see all the latest news and events in Philadelphia!

Veterans Center Updates

We’re looking forward to welcoming Rob Waller (Class of 2016, now pursuing his MBA) as our new part-time Veterans Advocate.  Rob will join us in early July, taking the reins from Shaun Rostek, who recently completed his MBA, and is looking forward to working with undergraduate student staffers Sam Dieffenbach and Matt Walsh.

Sam and Matt are working steadily over the summer on a new communications effort, inspired by the great responses to our spring Veterans Survey, which tell us that our student veterans and affiliates (including active and reserve military and students using dependent benefits) want more individual communication and more information about benefits and opportunities.  The survey also told us that a good number of our student veterans and affiliates would like more family-oriented activities, such as our recent Gettysburg and Washington, DC trips, so look for upcoming announcements about a late summer barbecue, hike, and camping trip.  If you haven’t already done so, please like and follow our Veterans Center and Veterans Club Facebook pages, which Sam and Matt are regularly updating.

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