Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
The Alvernia Community has certainly enjoyed more than our fair share of dramatic moments this fall. An inspirational 9/11 vigil, provocative plays, several stirring lectures, and last week’s playoff games involving our women’s field hockey and men’s soccer teams, to name just a few. Of course, not all the drama has been welcome, as many good folks on campus worked hard to respond effectively to October’s snowy surprise and power outage.
Among many highlights, the latest of Alvernia’s periodic interfaith events took place on campus late last month and witnessed Buddhists joining with Jews, Catholics with Hindus, followers of Islam with Christians and others to pray for world peace. It was part of the Campus Ministry-led commemoration of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, an occurrence that coincided with a global event being hosted by Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi, Italy. Along with the interfaith dialogue organized by the Holleran Center, this day stood as a reminder of the potential of faith communities to join together for a common purpose in a time when so many forces seem to work toward division.
Without question, the transformation of Francis Hall has been this semester’s show-stopper! The Francis Hall Renovation and Restoration project took a giant leap forward as we rededicated a new campus-side entrance and arts facilities during a packed event that you can read about (and watch a related video segment) in our new Values & Vision campaign newsletter. The project is a key component of the Values & Vision Capital Campaign. While our progress has been impressive, much work remains. This includes continued strengthening of academic programs, expanded support for faculty and scholarship assistance for students, and further development of highly competitive teaching, learning and indoor recreation facilities.
As Thanksgiving nears, with the winter and Christmas holidays not far behind, let me take this opportunity to thank the members of our campus community for all you do to make Alvernia a wonderful place for our students (and all of us) To Learn To Love To Serve . . . and a source of tremendous pride for all us.
Helen joins me in wishing you and your families a joyous (and relaxing) Thanksgiving.
Peace and All Good,