President's Newsletter October 2014

Oct. 23, 2014

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As fall hints of winter, and dare I say foreshadows what is predicted to be another memorable season of snowfall (recall the October surprise of 2012!), our university community has much to celebrate. Just a few points of pride:
- A record number of full-time undergraduate students arrived at our university earlier this semester, the result of very high student satisfaction and record retention.  
- For the eighth consecutive year, Alvernia was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This year we were one of the few schools in the nation to earn the recognition “with distinction.”
- G.I. Jobs magazine announced Alvernia again has earned the designation as a Military Friendly School. Only about 15 percent of universities, colleges and trade schools in the nation hold this distinction.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Alvernia in the top fifth of its annual listing of colleges and universities, positioning us at #111, our highest ranking in the best regional universities of the North.
- The Nursing Department hosted a successful Commission on Collegiate Education (CCNE) site evaluation related to their reaccreditation, receiving much positive feedback from evaluators. The official reaccreditation decision from the CCNE Board of Commissioners will come next May.

Alvernia scholars are highly visible, both faculty and doctoral students! Five Ph.D. candidates (Sibel Ahi, Tracey L. Brown, Sean J. Cullen, Brian Petersen and Abby Wells) and six faculty and staff members (Travis Berger, Tim Blessing, David Myers, Alicia Sprow, Spencer Stober and Tufan Tiglioglu) were selected to present at the International Leadership Association’s global conference in San Diego. “Nature-Centered Leadership,” the book authored by Spence Stober, Tracey Brown and Sean Cullen, is a finalist for the outstanding leadership book award at the conference. And did you know that three popular, young professors all have books appearing in 2015? A hint: all are in the Humanities!

Not a bad start to the academic year! There are more examples that could easily make the list. Even during a time of challenge and upheaval for many higher education institutions, Alvernia’s successful evolution as a comprehensive university continues. Our faculty, staff and students repeatedly rise to the challenge, lifting our institution to new levels, guided by our mission.

Read more about university happenings by clicking on links for specific sections or following links at the bottom of each page.

Peace and All Good,

Tom Flynn

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