December

Expanding Experiences at Alvernia

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A new program at Alvernia is geared to expand access to experiential learning opportunities for students in all academic areas. The Real-World Experience Award program offers up to $2,000 to support participation in a variety of opportunities, including Alvernia’s Washington Center program, undergraduate research, studying abroad, distance internships, alternative break experiences and service-learning. Importantly, the awards will not reduce the amount of any financial aid students already receive.

Ten students piloted the program in late summer 2016, and another 37 fall applicants have won new funding to pursue upcoming experiences. Twenty-four of the fall applicants will be pursuing global study opportunities.

Students earning awards this fall include:

Sophomore Nursing major Julianna Adamitis to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Junior Communication major Matthew Baer to take part in The Washington Center Program, over the spring semester;

Senior Communication major Mikaileigh Baker for an Alternative Break trip to Maryville, Tenn., over the summer;

Senior Occupational Therapy major Leah Benedetti for academic fieldwork, over the spring semester;

Sophomore Nursing major Chelsea Bowman to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Occupational Therapy major Alaina Brothag to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the spring semester;

Junior Nursing major Cassandra Brutosky to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Karlie Bulford to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Management and Finance major Lauren Callueng to Study Abroad in England, over the fall semester;

Sophomore Nursing major Liza Callueng to Study Abroad in Spain, over the summer;

Junior Nursing major Kelsy Cannon to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Junior Psychology major Dorita Deveney to Study Abroad in Spain, over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Gabrielle Donmoyer to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Occupational Therapy major Kelsey Farmer to Study Abroad in Ireland, over winter break;

Senior Communication major Elizabeth Gonyea for an Alternative Break trip to the Dominican Republic, over winter break;

Sophomore Occupational Therapy major Hayley Haggerty for an Alternative Break trip to Maryville, Tenn., over the summer;

Junior Nursing major Payton Haines to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Occupational Therapy major Carissa Hostrander to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the spring semester;

Sophomore Nursing major Breanna Johnson to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Caitlin Kelly to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Occupational Therapy major Angel Kurien for an Alternative Break to Pulaski, Va., over spring break;

Sophomore Nursing major Rebecca Landvater to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Junior Nursing major Kira Lee to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Junior Athletic Training major Cayla McCarty for an Alternative Break trip to Camden, N.J., over the summer;

Junior Nursing major Sarah McGregor to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Junior Psychology major Brittany Millard to Study Abroad at Beifang University, China, over the summer;

Junior Accounting and Finance major Juan Paula for an Alternative Break trip to the Dominican Republic, over winter break;

Sophomore Nursing major Morgan Petry for an Alternative Break to Reading, Pa., over winter break;

Junior Psychology major Arielle Phillips to Study Abroad at Beifang University, China, over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Shauna Redanauer for an Alternative Break trip to the Dominican Republic, over winter break;

Senior Healthcare Science and Psychology major Melisa Rivera for an Alternative Break trip to Maryville, Tenn., over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Breanna Roland to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Rebecca Strohl to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer;

Sophomore Biology (pre-med) major Alexandra Stroia to Study Abroad in Italy, over the summer;

Senior Occupational Therapy major Jessica Van Dusen for academic fieldwork, over spring and summer;

Sophomore Nursing major Courtney Wentzel to Study Abroad in Ireland, over the summer; and

Sophomore Athletic Training major Heather Wood for an Alternative Break trip to Maryville, Tenn., over the summer.

Real World Learning Award applications are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic performance, extra/co-curricular involvement at Alvernia, and the degrees to which the proposed experiences will add to a student's progress toward fulfilling our mutual mission to become: "Broadly educated, life-long learners; Reflective professionals and engaged citizens; And ethical leaders with moral courage."

Learn more about Real World Experience Awards by visiting www.alvernia.edu/realworldlearning.

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