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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.  One annual requirement for all students is completion of a Student Health Insurance Decision form and submission of a copy of the front and back of his/her health insurance card.  You can complete this form and upload a photo of your insurance card through the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  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 correspondence from the Health & Wellness Center staff.  Please remember to check your messages regularly as this is the primary communication method we will use regarding your medical record.  Finally, if you will be participating in an off-campus educational experience (internship, field work, clinical, student teaching) during the 2016-2017 school year, you may be required to submit additional information, please contact the Health & Wellness Center for more information.

Financial Student Planning

Have you heard the great news in the world of financial aid?  Beginning October 1, 2016 you will be able to complete your 2017- 2018 FAFSA form; yes that’s right, 2017-2018.  No more having to leave your New Year’s Eve party early to run home, log in and submit your form.  The other awesome thing about filing early is that you will be using your 2015 tax information, so there is no reason not to file in October since your 2015 taxes were completed earlier this year.  If you filed a FAFSA for 2016-2017 you will be using the same income in 2017-2018, which is now referred to as prior-prior year income.  If the 2017-2018 academic year will be your first year to file a FAFSA, you will have your income right at your fingertips, you no longer need to complete with estimated income or wait for your taxes to be completed.

This is a change approved by President Obama earlier this year to simplify the appplication process. It will have a meaningful impact on college choice by aligning the admissions and financial aid process and providing your financial aid package much earlier in the college decision process.

If you are a returning student to Alvernia in Fall 2017 having your FAFSA completed in October rather than sometime during the spring semester, can take a load off your shoulders and now let you concentrate on having a great semester and end to your academic year!

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

Educational Planning Center

Summer is a great time to catch up on credits or get ahead. Alvernia’s Summer 2016 semester began on May 16th and there are a variety of course offerings available!  You can take courses here on campus or you can take advantage of Alvernia’s 100% online courses from the comfort of home this summer.  Courses are still available beginning the week of July 5th.

Check out the course offerings here:

In addition to these course offerings, you will also have access to full time student support to assist you in your coursework.  Writing, Business and Statistics tutors are available throughout the summer to help you succeed!

Please contact Megan King in the Learning Center at megan.king, or call 610-796-8266, for more information on student services for summer courses.

There are still plenty of opportunities to take courses at your local community colleges as well. If you find a course you would like to take, remember to contact your academic advisor to fill out the appropriate paperwork to make sure the credits will transfer in.

Campus Ministry Hires a Director

Julianne E. Wallace, our new Director of Campus Ministry comes to us from a sister Franciscan school, St. Bonaventure University (NY), where she spent five years as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry.  Julianne has a passion for all things liturgical, sharing the Franciscan life and helping young people discover who God is calling them to be.  A former Franciscan Volunteer, she is accustomed to both participating in and leading service trips.  She is excited to take on the role of Director of Campus Ministry at Alvernia to further expand the ministries the pillars of campus ministry both on campus and worldwide.

Julianne has a B.A. in Music Performance from Mary Washington College (VA); an M.T.S. from the Washington Theological Union (D.C.) and is currently studying at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VA)to complete a D.Min. in Educational Leadership.  In addition, Julianne is the co-author of Spirit and Life: A Franciscan Guide for Spiritual Reflection.  An avid Thomas Merton enthusiast, Julianne is also the site-coordinator for the 2017 International Thomas Merton Conference at St. Bonaventure next June.

When Julianne is not in the office or in the chapel, she enjoys all types of fun, including playing golf, watching Alabama football (Roll Tide!), and skiing during the winter.  A native of Alabama, this southern girl is looking forward to some Pennsylvania hospitality and starting a new leg of her journey here in Reading!

Career Development

5 Ways Community Service Can Get You a Job

Summer break is here, and you have a lot of down time, right? You’re probably thinking, “What can I do that is fun and rewarding?  Wait for it….wait for it….COMMUNITY SERVICE!

1. Gain experience in your field: When it’s time for you to graduate and apply for jobs, you might ask yourself “How am I supposed to gain experience if no one will hire me without experience?” The answer to that mystery is, yes-you guessed it, community service. Volunteering your time in the field is a great way to gain experience and learn about the “ins-and-outs” of the world of work.  

2. Polish your transferrable skills:  Do you know how to be a team player, have good public-speaking skills, mediate problems, write reports, or balance money? These are all transferable skills, meaning they can be used in more than one setting. Sharpening these skills make you a well-rounded individual and more appealing to employers because you already have a basic skill set developed!

3. Build your network & résumé: Remember the partner you walked dogs with at the Animal Rescue League?  You just found him/her on LinkedIn and realize he/she works for your dream company.  Instant referral! This person can comment on your work ethic and probably has an idea of what your goals and achievements are. And hey, if you get a job out of it, you already have someone to talk to in the break room! #winning

4. Get noticed for all your hard work: Can’t get enough of working with the kids in the after school program?  If you go above and beyond of what is required to fulfill your Alvernia service hours, you will be recognized by the Holleran Center for your accomplishments.   Not only will the “Honors and Awards” section of your resume strengthen, Mom will be proud to hang that award on her fridge!

5. The reward of helping others in need: Aside from getting a job and building your professional network, it feels great to help other people, right? Being a good person feels so good! Take advantage of this down time you have between semesters and lend a helping hand. You never know, it may lead you to your full-time job.  #dowelldogood

6. Yes, #6: If you didn't get that job (or even if you did), but need to buy books, click here and sign into myAlvernia for your chance at winning up to $400 in textbooks!

Career Development
Bernardine Hall Suite 103
Summer Hours: M-F 9am-4:30pm

Residence Life

Still looking for a place to live? Or do you have questions about your housing assignments for next year (Fall 2016)?

Please contact the Office of Residence Life at or at 610-796-8320. We are available all summer to answer any questions you may have.


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