Community service and leadership have been a focus of Alvernia University since its founding Bernardine Franciscan Sisters arrived in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. The mission continues with each generation of graduates who perform more than 30,000 hours of service each year and take part in a variety of ethical leadership education programs. 


Community Leadership Education

Reading Scholars celebrate graduation
O'Pake Institute
Emphasizes ethical and moral perspectives and leadership potential.
leadership written on whiteboard
Leadership Berks
Connects and educates individual, organizational and community leaders.
Speaker lecturing in Francis Hall Theater
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Supports businesses at every step of an organization's life cycle.
Volunteers show off potatoes they've gathered
Holleran Center
The Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement is Alvernia's hub for community service initiatives, including educational and environmental outreach, civic engagement and sustainability.
Alvernia's Seniors College - adults 55 and older
Seniors College
The Alvernia Seniors College offers senior citizens (age 55 and over) an opportunity for life-long learning. Expand your mind with academic courses on politics or religion and terrorism, or learn to write that memoir you've always meant to start. New classes begin three times each year.
Sculpture at the Miller Gallery
Arts & Culture
Music, art and lectures abound at Alvernia.

Upcoming Events

Saturday Hours
Art Show Reception | Michele Byrne
The 8 Drivers of Business Value
Information Session
Saturday Hours
Winter Open House
Art Show Reception | Jim Gavenus
Leveraging HR as a Resource to Drive Profitable Growth
Berks County Spring College Fair
Hot Club of Philadelphia
Art Show Reception | Jeff Schaller
Art Show Reception | Student Spring Art Exhibit
Traditional Irish Music
Increasing the Value of Your Business