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Career Development

5 Reasons the CORE VALUES make YOU More Marketable

Service, Humility, Peacemaking, Contemplation, Collegiality

Think Alvernia’s Core Values are ideals that are only practiced on campus?  Think again.  Employers are interested in hiring people who aren’t all about themselves. Here at Alvernia, we learn about the Core Values, which teach us to be humble, helpful, and selfless.

1.    Service serves as a way of making connections

By highlighting your service experience on your resume, employers will see that you did more than watch TV with your free time, you were out there bettering the world, one potato at a time.

2.    Humility allows for growth

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, its thinking of yourself less.” –C.S. Lewis
It’s not all about you! It’s about knowing the worth of other people. It allows us flexibility and the ability to be open minded when considering others’ opinions.

3.    Peacemaking highlights your problem-solving abilities

Feeling calm and serene and striving for harmony with others are positives in any setting. Keeping your cool and handling a stressful work situation in an optimistic and solution -focused manner is a great way to solve problems and impress your boss.

4.    Contemplation helps treat all creation with care and respect

Stressed out at work? Having the ability to reflect will come in handy as you think critically about what you do and how to do it better without all the anxiety.

5.    Collegiality makes you a team player

Everyone’s talents are important in the Alvernia community and are vital to creating a nurturing and peaceful environment. You can work in teams, you are able to recognize strengths in others, weaknesses in yourself, and you add value to an organization. Who wouldn’t want to hire you?!

Health and Wellness

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 medical documentation you can also upload this information on the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  
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.  If you do not have health insurance, you may enroll in the student health insurance plan.  To waive or enroll in the insurance visit the Alvernia Student Health Portal.

Student Spotlight

Marisa Lombardo

Marisa is a junior Communications major and one of three captains of the Sports Information work study team. She is an invaluable asset to our success.

Marisa got a call from Hall of Fame Sports Information Director Kenny Kline in late May to inform her that she was selected as the winner of the Dave Wohlhueter Undergraduate Scholarship from the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). The association awards two, two-year scholarships for $3,000 per year given to outstanding undergraduates working in media relations or sports information offices.

Marisa earned a $3,000 scholarship, but you could earn up to $400 worth of textbooks just for clicking here, and logging into myAlvernia!

Marisa, who has fulfilled almost every student work study role we have in the department, was also recently awarded a volunteer media relations position with the United States Golf Association for the Women’s US Open hosted at Lancaster Country Club July 10-13. She is one of three people who will be responsible for escorting players to the scoring and media areas following their rounds. It’s a great opportunity for her to have behind- the-scenes access to a national championship.

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.

Tell Us What you Think:

Think that your voice doesn’t count?  Think again!!  Here’s your chance to not only tell us what you think but also a chance to win a $50 gift card just for answering a few brief questions.  Please be on the lookout for an email from Dr. Cicala inviting you to participate in a Satisfaction Survey.  Inquiring minds want to know how you feel about your Alvernia experience.  We will draw four random names from all who participate for a $50 gift card.  Last year over 400 students participated – don’t be left out, your opinion counts but only if you are willing to share it!

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