October

Alvernia University Announces 2016 President’s Awards

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Alvernia University President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., bestowed several awards at an annual President’s Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 13. Honorees included alumna Mary Lou Kline, Ellen Frei Gruber Award; Kevin P. DeAcosta, Distinguished Alumni Award; East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc., Pro Urbe Award; and Elsayed Elmarzouky, Rabbi Brian Michelson and Rev. Philip Rodgers for the university’s top honor: the Franciscan Award.

Alvernia’s Franciscan Award honors individuals who selflessly give of their time, talents, and resources for the betterment of others, and is presented for exceptional service to the university, the community and an individual’s profession. Elsayed Elmarzouky, Rabbi Brian Michelson and Rev. Philip Rodgers earned the 2016 Franciscan Award for their work in founding “A Common Heart.” The St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church; the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom; and the Islamic Center of Reading established “A Common Heart” to celebrate the similarities of each faith while respecting differences.

“Together, these three men work to foster meaningful relationships among community members of differing faiths and backgrounds — something that is truly integrated into Alvernia’s mission,” said President Flynn.

The Pro Urbe Award is presented to an organization that performs significant community service and contributes to a higher standard of living in Berks County and surrounding communities. This year’s recipient is East Penn Manufacturing, which is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. East Penn Manufacturing continues to grow through continuous investment in its people, their families, and the local organizations that help support them.

Alumnus Kevin P. DeAcosta, Class of 2000, was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award, given to alumni who demonstrate the valuable contributions to their professions, community and nation. Currently President of the Highlands of Wyomissing, DeAcosta serves on the Board of Directors for Dayspring Home, Inc., and the Muhlenberg Soccer Association. He also volunteers as a tutor for the United Way of Berks County’s “Ready. Set. Read!” program.

The 2016 Ellen Frei Gruber Recipient, Mary Lou Kline, Class of 1981, was honored for outstanding service and support of the university’s mission, though a long history of volunteerism with the Alvernia Alumni Association and a number of community organizations.

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