Alvernia Earns Presidential Honors


Alvernia University has been honored for its work in three separate categories of the President’s Community Service Honor Roll Award this year: Education, General Community Service and Interfaith Community Service. The university was one of only two schools in Pennsylvania to earn honor roll designation “with Distinction” in all three categories.

The Presidential Honor Roll award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. It recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

“Alvernia has received honor roll recognition every year since the award's inception in 2006,” said President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D. “While I’m confident that our efforts in academics, service and interfaith dialogue are top notch, it’s always validating when others recognize it as well.”

About the Categories:
The Education category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education. Alvernia is highly involved with every level of K-12 programming through the innovative efforts of its Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, South Reading Youth Initiative and Foster Grandparent project.

The Interfaith Community Service category celebrates programs that foster meaningful relationships among community members of differing faiths and backgrounds — something that is truly integrated into Alvernia’s mission. The university constantly offers a broad range of activities, lectures and programs that promote inter-religious and intercultural dialog.

"In keeping with both our Franciscan heritage and our Catholic intellectual tradition, we continually work to create an environment that fosters intercultural and interfaith engagement on Alvernia's campus, among our students and in the broader community, as well," said Flynn said.

The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities around their campus, particularly for low-income individuals. Last year Alvernia students completed an impressive 34,000 hours of service through the university’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement, focusing on a number of areas such as environmental concerns, educational initiatives involving college students, elementary and high school students and seniors, and projects that provide sustainable food access for low income residents.

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