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Author: Regina Calcaterra | Nov. 1

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Author Regina Calcaterra’s memoir "Etched in Sand" tells her difficult yet inspiring tale of a childhood filled with abuse, foster care and homelessness in the city of New York. The New York Times Best Seller is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, people can rise above their past if they have the desire and determination to succeed.


First Year Seminar Lecture
Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Physical Education Center


Now an attorney working for the State of New York, Regina Calcaterra and her four siblings persevered through an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons. >VIDEO

Alvernia’s First Year Seminar promotes academic success, personal growth and community engagement by emphasizing the expectations and values of Alvernia’s academic community. It helps students become aware, active and intentional learners. All first-year students study a common reading focusing on issues of social justice, poverty, diversity or other topics related to the mission of the university. Frequently, the common reading is linked to a university Day of Service, as well as a lecture featuring the author of the book.

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