October

President bestows major awards at annual dinner

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Each October, Alvernia University honors organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact on the university and its surrounding community. This year’s President's Dinner awardees include Albert and Eunice Boscov (Franciscan Award), Carpenter Technology Corporation (Pro Urbe Award), Meggan (Hannigan) Kerber ’96, M’01 (Ellen Frei Gruber Alumni Award), and John H. McCarthy ’06 (Distinguished Alumni Award).

Photo: McCarthyJohn H. McCarthy ’06

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award


Alvernia University’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a person who demonstrates the valuable contributions to his/her professions, community, and nation.

John McCarthy is General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Asset Management Professional Services. In his role, John oversees the creation, development, management, business planning and delivery of GE Asset Management Solutions.

During his first year in this role, GE Healthcare Services grew more than $400 million by bringing innovative productivity and quality solutions to some of the country’s largest Healthcare IDNs. John is passionate about accelerating GE Healthcare Services Solutions.

John joined GEHC in 2005 as an Enterprise General Manager with the Enterprise Clients Group, managing all aspect of the relationship between GEHC and GEHC’s largest clients. Over the last 15+ years in the healthcare industry, John has held various leadership roles in sales, sales management, account management, business development and strategy development. He has successfully led teams that have created and operationalized new offerings that help solve GEHC’s clients most critical issues.

John has extensive knowledge and expertise in healthcare operations and healthcare economics. His drive for solving GEHC’s clients most critical issues coupled with his skills makes him uniquely qualified to lead GEHC’s Asset Management Business.

John earned his bachelors degree in business administration from Alvernia University.

Photo: KerberMeggan (Hannigan) Kerber ’96, M’01

2014 Ellen Frei Gruber Award


The Ellen Frei Gruber Award is presented to an individual who has given outstanding service to his/her alma mater and exemplified continued commitment and support of the mission of Alvernia University. Most importantly, this individual reflects the values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality.

A graduate of Alvernia University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA with an emphasis in community service and economic leadership, Meggan is currently the Director of Development at Bethany Children’s Home.


She is responsible for all development, fundraising and marketing initiatives, including financial ministry services to the Pennsylvania Southeast, Penn Northeast and Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and their respective member churches.

Meggan’s exposure to philanthropy and volunteerism began as a student at Alvernia, working in the Institutional Advancement office. She has served her alma mater well, serving as the Chairperson of the Alumni Executive Board; Awards, Publications, Special Events and Nominating committees of the Alumni Board; Planned Giving and the 50th Anniversary Committees.

Currently, Meggan is serving as a board member for Girls on the Run; President of Reading Rotary Club; Children’s Home of Reading Marketing Committee and Annual Dinner Chair; Berks Encore Marketing Committee; plus a founding member, past president and chapter administrator for the Association of Fund Raising Professionals – Berks Regional Chapter. She has volunteered her time with the Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau; Professional Referral Exchange; Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County; John Paul II Center; TriCounty Community Network; Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern Chapter and Berks Counseling Center.

Carpenter Technology Corporation

2014 Pro Urbe Award


Alvernia University’s Pro Urbe Award is presented to a business or organization that performs significant community service and contributes to a higher standard of living in Berks County and surrounding communities.

Led by the leadership and deep commitment to the community by its current and past presidents and senior leadership team, Carpenter Technology is deeply committed to good corporate citizenship, striving to serve the communities in which they operate. The company fulfills this obligation through philanthropic gifts and the talents of Carpenter employees to support organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in the community.

Carpenter supports the local public schools by providing scholarship funding to promote science and math curriculum. The funding supports educational efforts such as summer materials camps, science and engineering fairs and the Science Student of the Month. Additionally, Carpenter is committed to the arts, supporting human welfare programs and the United Way through monetary gifts and employee volunteerism. In Berks County alone, Carpenter has provided philanthropic support to over 70 different non-profit organizations.

Alvernia has benefited from Carpenter’s generosity, must recently through the support of Project Exploration. For each of the past three years, the Science Department and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement teamed up with Carpenter to provide a free week-long science camp for 150 Berks County students in grades 7 through 9. Alvernia Science and Math faculty and Carpenter engineers work together as instructors for the camp with several dozen Alvernia students assisting as counselors. The camp includes three days on campus performing experiments and learning about Applied Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

photo: BoscovsAlbert and Eunice Boscov

2014 Franciscan Award


Alvernia University’s Franciscan Award honors individuals who selflessly give of their time, talents, and resources for the betterment of others. This award is presented for exceptional service to the University, the community, and the individual’s profession.

Over the course of nearly 50 years, the name Boscov has become synonymous with good business, good will and good works. Since taking the reins of the family business started by his father in the 1920’s, Albert R. Boscov, supported by his wife Eunice and three daughters, has driven and overseen the extraordinary growth of Boscov’s Department Stores. In spite of rapid and remarkable growth, Al Boscov and the stores that bear his family’s name still espouse the fundamental precepts of business carried to this country by his immigrant father — work hard, be honest and deal fairly with the customer.

In addition to setting a new standard for successful retailing, the Boscovs’ have raised the bar for community involvement and corporate citizenship. With the launch of the non-profit organization, Our City Reading, Al applied his generosity toward curbing the flight of residents and businesses from the City of Reading. Our City Reading has slowed the spread of urban blight by restoring over 600 abandoned homes in the inner city and providing city residents with low cost totally restored home ownership. The organization built a new banking office building with 560 new workers, three Brownfield sites have been cleared for industry and created over 1,000 jobs in the inner city. Other important projects include the creation of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the IMAX Theatre, Restaurant Row, GoggleWorks Apartments and Our City Reading’s largest project, the Hilton Doubletree Hotel on Penn Street.

Boscov’s stores have also showcased many civic causes and programs in the community, including a lead gift supporting the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, a joint Alvernia University and Olivet Boys & Girls Club effort to prepare a larger number of high school students from the City of Reading to attend and succeed at the college of their choice.

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