April

2016 Saint Bonaventure and Weitzman Awards Announced

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Pictured: Ernest Kasprowicz, Sr. (left) and Donald F. Smith, Esq. (right)


Alvernia University will present the 2016 Saint Bonaventure Award in Teaching and the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for Community Service at a Seniors College reception in the McGlinn Conference Center (main campus) April 21, at Noon.

Donald F. Smith, Esq., executive director of the Berks Bar Association will receive the Saint Bonaventure Award for Teaching, and Ernest Kasprowicz, Sr., will be given the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award, posthumously.

The Saint Bonaventure Award in Teaching was established to honor an individual for personal commitment to the Alvernia University Seniors College as a volunteer faculty member. Having taught courses on topics such as Clarence Darrow, the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court, Smith is recognized for his quality of service, course content and overall commitment to the Seniors College. He has served as a Seniors College volunteer teacher every year since 2001.

The Rabbi Alan Weitzman award recognizes civic-mindedness, and those who encourage others to give of themselves through exceptional service to the community. Ernie Kasprowicz worked for more than 30 years as an educator in Exeter and Governor Mifflin School Districts. After retiring, he was heavily engaged in the Alvernia Seniors College, both as a student and as a teacher.

The Weitzman Award honors Rabbi Weitzman’s remarkable life-long commitment to addressing the needs of others as well as his service as the longtime director of the Alvernia Seniors College.

Sponsored by Alvernia University, the Seniors College offers senior citizens an opportunity for life-long learning, covering a myriad of topics such as classic literature, finance, religion, history, art and technology. Seniors College members attend lectures, athletic events, and use the library and fitness center at the university. Volunteer teachers come from Alvernia faculty, area professionals, and the community at large.

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