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During this holiday season…

…and always, students, you and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.  This time of year offers an opportunity to reflect on the blessings in our lives and, as well, on elements to improve in the new year.  Sadly, it also often presents us with challenges posed by either our own or others’ choices regarding the use or misuse of alcohol and other drugs.  Most likely, all of us have been touched by or know of a tragedy associated with poor choices.  My prayers for you are accompanied by just two requests.

The first is that you exercise your best judgment regarding your own legal and responsible use of alcohol and other drugs, or that you seek assistance from qualified resources to help you do so.  

The second is that you take time to review Alvernia University’s policies and resources concerning alcohol and other drugs, as outlined on pages 37-45 of our Student Handbook, available in the “Student Life” section of our web site,  When you do, you’ll learn anew the standards we’ve set for ourselves, the sanctions we believe are warranted when those standards aren’t met, and a bit about our resources to help those who have alcohol and drug related difficulties.  Most notable are the services of the Caron Treatment Centers (, which you may access through contact with either our Residence Life and Community Standards office or our Health and Wellness Center.

Of some concern: recent reports about the use of false ID cards at local establishments.  Please note that the university’s close relationships with local law enforcement authorities likely will bring that to our attention for internal Community Standards action in addition to the summary citation and fine that result from these offenses.  Moreover, as a good citizen, please also be aware that local merchants may be severely penalized by law enforcement for the actions of those who use false IDs.

Ever-evolving approaches to alcohol and other drugs education during Orientation and throughout the year are hallmarks of our “A Healthier U” initiative and our emerging Question Perception campaign, which will help us learn more about the responsible behavior of most students.  Freshmen who completed AlcoholEdu this year also will soon receive a series of refresher messages on related topics, and everyone should be on the lookout for invitations to join our new peer education team, as well.

If you’d like to learn even more about the health risks associated with the uses and misuses of alcohol and other drugs, I recommend the web sites of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ( and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (

All best wishes for your success with final papers, projects, and exams, and to you and yours for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Dr. C.

Joseph J. Cicala, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students // 610.796.8211

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Sign-up for the 2016 MLK Day of Service!

Monday, January 18, 2016

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

at Various Sites throughout the Greater Reading Area

Residents can come back early from Winter Break –
Halls Open at 12 noon on Sunday, January 17th

To sign up contact the Holleran Center at or stop by BH 102
(Please include your t-shirt size in your e-mail!)

Residence Life

Is commuting to Alvernia harder than you anticipated?

Are traffic, parking, and getting to class on time problems?

We have a solution! We still have spaces available in the residence halls! You can move into campus housing and enjoy the many benefits of on-campus living.

If you are interested in learning more about campus housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 610-796-8320.

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