@VernBaseball @AlverniaUniv June 24

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Alvernia University

Location: Reading PA

On Wednesday I got to meet someone at UNC Pembroke who was interviewing for position at our university. Her background included previous employment at Alvernia University which is located in Reading PA. Photo below shows the campus.


The university is less than 60 years old but its start occurred when the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, originating in Poland, established a ministry in Pennsylvania in 1894.

The second step in Alvernia University evolution occurred in 1926 when the Bernardine Sisters established an orphanage outside of Reading PA in the building now known as Francis Hall; eventually the orphanage became an elementary school. Photos of Francis Hall before and after renovation.


In 1958 the Alvernia College began to train Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958, and was a four-year liberal arts school.  Alvernia received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1960.


Alvernia soon opened its doors to female students from the laity while the first male students were enrolled in 1971. Since that time, the University has grown in both educational opportunities and enrollment.

Alvernia’s student population has grown from 23 freshmen and eight sophomores in 1958 to a current enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, men and women. Alvernia grants degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Alvernia Baseball team has had great success over the years in producing professional baseball players including Anthony Recker, Wade Miller, and Zach Lutz. In 2017 the team qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Champiosnhips winning two games.


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