O'Pake lab

As a Franciscan institution, Alvernia University’s mission compels students, staff and faculty to be like Saint Francis and serve as a source of transformation for students, the institution and the community.

Centers of excellence affiliated with the College of Business, Communication & Leadership help to achieve those initiatives.

Dr. Rodney Ridley
The O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship celebrates the Catholic and Franciscan tradition and plays a pivotal role in educating students for participation in a global economy. Through Reading CollegeTowne, the O’Pake Institute continues its mission of transformation. The institute serves as a catalyst for educational and business expansion, including a student-centered business incubator in downtown Reading.
Alvernia University students outside the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement
The Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement
The Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement was established in 2006, as a vision of Alvernia's future and how the students' coursework and co-curriculum should embrace and reflect the mission and values of the University.
Academic Success Center
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center provides student advising and support services. Its team includes professional, administrative and student staff with responsibilities for Advising, Academic Support Services and Accessibility Services.