Dear Alvernia Community,
As we begin the celebration of Easter and Passover, we continue to face the challenges presented by COVID-19. Unlike last year at this time, we can rejoice in the signs of hope that this challenging period is coming to a resolution, and we share in the promise of a bright future for our university community.
These signs of hope are seen throughout our campus community. As winter has drifted away, the sight of students out enjoying the spring weather and returning to old rhythms has restored vibrancy to our campuses. At our Reading campus, flowers along the entryway are blooming, outdoor fields are filled with student-athletes as we welcome back athletic competition and the joy it brings and food trucks and lawn games on the quad nourish both body and minds as warm conversation are shared among friends and colleagues. At our Philadelphia campus, plans for a new community garden are underway, while our Schuylkill campus prepares for its first Sustainability Day, complete with a community service project along the Schuylkill River Trail. As spring begins, so does the creation of our new home on Penn Street and the community engagement it promises.
Our bright future is built on togetherness, the cornerstone of our campus community. We missed time together greatly during the most challenging days of last spring and summer. Our campuses springing back to life and the preparation for in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 in mid-May renews our spirit and provides us hope for the brighter days on the horizon.
So as we continue to move forward, together, as a community, I thank you all for sharing in our transformational Bernardine Franciscan mission. Please stay safe, stay healthy and I wish you all a joyous spring, Happy Easter and a Chag Pesach Sameach! (Happy Passover).
Peace and all good,
John R. Loyack