Residence Life

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Welcome to Residence Life

Your Home Away From Home

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Alvernia University believes that the residential experience can be an integral part of your college education. As part of the total college experience, residential living fosters and supports a student's personal, social, spiritual, and academic development.

Through the residential experience, students are exposed to educational and social programs and activities that familiarize the residents with the diversity of lifestyles, backgrounds, and personalities of their peers. The residence halls provide students with value-based life skills that are transferable to the workforce and to life in general.

The halls also provide opportunities for group interaction and development of leadership skills through the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Life Student Staff positions, themed and affinity communities, and hall/floor programs. It has been demonstrated that the intentional group living experience contributes to the development of the student's maturity and overall success.

Located in Veronica Hall, the Office of Residence Life is staffed by six full-time professional staff members, and Resident Assistants. Residence Life also has an information desk, open weekdays during the academic year to respond to general questions and concerns. The desk is staffed by a combination of Resident Assistants and work-study desk attendants.

Alvernia University maintains ten distinctive kinds of residential living-learning environments. The University offers housing to full-time matriculated single students only.

Contact the Residence Life Office at (610) 796-8320 or

For more information on Residence Hall Association or the National Residence Hall Honorary advised by the office, click on their logo below. 

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Office of Residence Life
Alvernia University
Veronica Hall
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Office of Residence Life Professional Staff

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life

Karolina Dreher


Housing Coordinator

Shannon Merkey


Resident Director for the First Year Area (Clare, Francis & Veronica Halls)

Kevin Battersby


Resident Director for the Transitional Area (Village 4-Pods, Anthony, & Judge Halls)

Amber Nikolaus


Resident Director for the Upper Class Area (Village 3, Zygmunta, Pacelli, Assisi, & Siena Halls)

Kathy Alvarado


Community Standards Coordinator

Shelly Wessner



To access the Alvernia Residential Communities (ARC) Portal, please click on the logo above. 

Housing & Dining Accomodations

Do you need information on special accomodations for housing or dining based on medical/other concerns? Please contact Darla Timberlake, ADA Coordinator, in our Educational Planning Center. Contact or You can also click on the logo below to visit their webpage. 

For more information about our OCM Care Package program or to order a care package, please click on the logo above. 

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