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Staying Connected

We’re looking forward to having you back on campus soon!  As we begin a new academic year, please also take time to think carefully about the ways in which you’ll conduct yourselves, particularly in our surrounding neighborhoods.  As I’m sure you know, or can imagine, the beginning of an academic year usually brings renewed concerns from neighbors about student behavior off-campus.  I’d like you to think about this with a few specific points in mind.

First, the concerns of our neighbors also are the concerns of the University.  Our Student Code of Citizenship sets high expectations for behavior both on and off-campus.  We call upon each of you to be respectful of self and others and to abide by all University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, as well as all local, state, and federal laws.  Check the Student Handbook (in the “Student Life” section of for details.  These also are our aspirations for you, reflecting the attributes of mature adults and good citizens.

Second, please be mindful of all this as you go about your daily lives both on and off campus.  It takes just a bit of thought to moderate your voice when passing in front of someone’s home or to avoid parking in front of someone’s mailbox or to respect the rights to peace and quiet of an off-campus neighbor or to keep your driving speed down to 25 mph.  Would you expect any less from someone near your family’s home?  (And please remember that “university student time” is not “regular people time.”  Many of our neighbors turn in for a good night’s sleep at 10:00 p.m. or so most nights – and their children may be asleep even earlier.)

Third, the University joins our neighbors, and the local and regional authorities, in monitoring and responding to reports of inappropriate and/or illegal behavior off-campus.  Such reports will be taken very seriously and students found responsible for violations of our Code may expect proportionate consequences.

I believe the great majority of you share these same expectations and aspirations, and so I call upon all of you to be good citizens we know you can be.  Thanks.


Dr. C

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

The Mass of the Holy Spirit
Monday, August 28, 2017 ± 12:00 noon

Invitation to the University Community and Notice of adjusted Reading Campus Class Schedule for the Day

It is a tradition among Catholic colleges and universities to open each academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, to seek God’s guidance and blessing in the quest for learning.  Our Mass of the Holy Spirit is a “learning Mass,” with periodic explanations of Roman Catholic traditions and rituals, so that all members of our University community may feel welcome and included in our celebration.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, our Reading Campus we will follow an adjusted class schedule, as follows:

If your class is scheduled to begin at…             IT WILL MEET INSTEAD FROM…

  • 7:45 a.m.                                                    7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.                                 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.                             9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.                                                  10:45 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:00 noon

  • 12:15 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. or
    12:31 p.m. or 12:45 p.m.                          2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. or 2:35 p.m. or 2:36 p.m.                3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. or 3:45 p.m.                                    4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


(All classes scheduled to begin after 4:00 p.m. will meet as regularly scheduled.)

 Exceptions: CHE212 and all DPT classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times and full lengths.

 At 11:30 a.m., all members of the University community* may begin to proceed to the Physical Education Center, in which our Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at 12:00 noon.

 (* Offices and services deemed essential will remain open.)

 Special seating areas will be designated for all of our First Year Seminar (FYS) sections and new transfer students.  Ushers will be available to direct all FYS and new transfer students to their sections.

 Faculty and staff members who wish to participate in the opening academic procession should report to the Shander Room by 11:35 a.m. and be robed and ready to process by 11:50 a.m.

 Members of the Administration and special guests should report to the Campus Living Room in the Commons by 11:35 a.m. and be robed and ready to process by 11:50 a.m.

Career Development

Are you participating in a non-credit internship this summer?  Did you know you can now have a non-credit internship noted on your official Alvernia transcript?  To find out more contact the Office of Career Development at or 610-790-2878 or complete the Internship Notation Form on PAX here:  

Why Should I Complete the Internship Notation Form on PAX?

  1. You will receive official college recognition of your internship
  2. Congratulations! You found the link for free text books! Click here and log into myAlvernia, you can be entered into a raffle for up to $400 worth of text books for Fall 2017!
  3. You will receive support from the Office of Career Development during the internship
  4. With support from the Office of Career Development you will be able to reflect on your experience, leading to better defined career and personal goals
  5. With support from the Office of Career Development, you can effectively articulate your internship experience on your résumé when you interview for jobs and/or graduate school.

Campus Ministry Opportunities for Freshmen

Please join Campus Ministry in two wonderful opportunities to kick off the academic year!  First up, join us at the St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia for a wonderful weekend of service and reflection on the life of St. Francis.  We will leave campus Friday afternoon, Sept. 15 and arrive back on campus Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17.  Transportation is provided.   Then, join us for our Freshman Retreat on Saturday, Sept. 23 to learn about the life of St. Francis and how your life on campus can be enriched by this saint from Assisi! Advance registration is needed for both, and here's how: email the Director of Campus Ministry, Julianne Wallace at

The Ignite Student Leadership Development Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017! The Program allows students to learn about themselves and others, develop into leaders, and connect to the University through many opportunities. Our ideal participants are ones with a desire to learn about leadership and who want to seek a greater level of involvement and engagement at Alvernia. For more information about Ignite, please visit our website at:

How to apply: Use this link: (you will need to enter your PAX credentials to apply)

If you have any questions about Ignite, please direct them to:

Do you want your voice to be heard? We have openings for 4 Freshman Senators, 2 Sophomore Senators and 1 Senior Senator. If you’re interested in running for one of our open positions, please fill out the following form: (you will need to enter your PAX credentials to apply).

Involvement Fair

Join us on Thursday, August 31st from 2:30-4:30 pm on the Holleran Patio outside the Student Center for your chance to find out what you can get involved with during your time at Alvernia. Come out and talk to members of our Registered Student Organizations and Student Government Association, Alternative Breaks participants, and others, and see what opportunities are available.

Have You Submitted Required Health Forms?

The deadline for health requirement compliance has passed.  If you are still noncompliant, this may prevent you from getting your keys to move onto campus or make changes to your schedule.  Please access the Alvernia Student Health Portal as soon as possible.  If you have missing forms, you can access them through the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  If you have updated medical documentation you can also upload this information on the Alvernia Student Health Portal.  Please remember to check your messages in the Alvernia Student Health Portal regularly as the Health & Wellness Center will communicate with you regarding any missing information in this manner.  Also, if you have your own health insurance, do not forget to waive the Student Health Insurance by September 1, to avoid being billed for the insurance ($1989.00).  If you do not have health insurance, you may enroll in the student health insurance plan.  To waive or enroll in the insurance visit the Alvernia Student Health Portal

Register Your Car!

All vehicles on University property must be registered with the Public Safety office. If you are planning on bringing a car to campus you must apply for a parking permit in person at the Public Safety office. Please bring with you your current vehicle registration card, you will then be issued a sticker to display in your front windshield and assigned a lot to park in. You may only park in the lot you were assigned, parking in any other area may lead to a fine or suspension of your parking privileges.   

Housing Check-In Information

New Students

Check-in for new freshmen who will be living on campus is Thursday, August 24, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. If you are a fall athlete, move-in day is Friday, August 18. If you have specific questions regarding athlete check-in please contact Athletics at (610) 796-8276. All new transfer students who are living on campus may also check in on Thursday, August 24 between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

As you prepare for moving onto campus please know that the first day of Orientation, August 24, is a very busy day. Dress comfortably and bring your patience; we will do our best to check everyone in as quickly as possible. Remember to label all of your belongings. Things like boxes, plastic bins and text books should all have your name, building and room number so that our volunteer staff can help you move in. If you get to campus and realize that you have forgotten something, don’t panic; stores such as Target, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond are only a few minutes away from campus. Also, the first weekend of Fall semester is Labor Day weekend and a great time to bring anything to campus that you forgot.

Returning Students

Check-in for returning students who will be living on campus is Sunday, August 27 between 12:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. in the Veronica Hall Lobby. If you're a fall athlete, move in day is Friday, August 18. If you have specific questions regarding athlete check-in please contact Athletics @ 610.796.8276

We are not able to accommodate early arrivals due to staffing limitations and liability reasons. Our staff and keys will not be available until Sunday afternoon.

As you prepare to return to campus please remember to bring your Student ID with you. Your card will be automatically activated for the building that you are assigned to for the fall. Keys will be in the Veronica Hall Lobby at the check in tables. Also remember that you must register your vehicle with Public Safety, so please have your vehicle registration card handy. When you arrive please be cautious while driving around campus. The freshmen are new and this will be a big change for them. Please be careful!

Residence Hall Association (RHA) – Get Involved!

Residence Hall Association is an organization whose goal is to build a stronger community on campus and to advocate for all students living in university housing. We are an organization open to anyone living on campus. We would like to invite all interested students to join our first meeting on Monday, September 4, at 8:30 PM in the Private Dining Room in the Student Center. Our fall events include Quack Attack Days, Trick or Treat Night, Alvernia Squares and our annual Christmas Tree Lighting to name a few. If you want more information, contact the Office of Residence Life @ 610.796.8320 or visit our webpage.

Global Engagement Events Fall 2017

Webinar Series: Wednesdays at 3:00pm

*They will be recorded so that you can watch them anytime you want! Sessions should last about 1 hour in length

Aug. 30-Webinar #1-Study Abroad 101 (Application Process, My Role as an Advisor, etc.)

Sept. 13-Webinar #2-Why Study Abroad? Study Abroad Outcomes

Sept. 27-Webinar #3-How to Choose a Study Abroad Program/Site/Experience Abroad (internship, volunteering, teaching, etc.)

Oct. 4-Webinar #4-Paying for Study Abroad Experiences

Oct. 11-Webinar #5-You Have Been Accepted to Study Abroad, Now What?

Oct. 18-Webinar #6-Safety and Security Abroad

Oct. 25-Webinar #7-Communicating Your Experience Abroad Professionally

Nov. 8-Webinar #8-Re-Entry-Now What?!?

Study Abroad Fair: Sept. 21 from 11:00am-2:00pm on the Student Center Patio (Rain location: Private Dining Room)

*Meet approved study abroad providers, talk with faculty about upcoming faculty-led programs, and learn more about the study abroad process

Study Abroad Presentations: Sept. 28 at 7:00pm in the Crusader Cafe

*Hear stories and experiences from recent study abroad participants

Save the Date: International Education Week will be celebrated Nov. 13-16. More details to come!

*If you need to make an appointment,please email Melissa Manny, Director of Global Engagment at or call her at 610-568-1473.

Chinese I & II

Chinese I and II will be offered this Fall semester by Jewel (Wenzhu) Li, our new Chinese Instructor.

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