because you matter is more than just a slogan. It embodies our core Franciscan values and holds our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests accountable for maintaining and nurturing our welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant university community. Our shared vision is to serve as the educational partner of choice for individuals, organizations and communities who want to make a positive and lasting difference through ethical business, communication and leadership. Our caring faculty provide educational excellence in business, communication, and leadership, focused on developing high-performing, ethical employees who inspire action and deliver value.
Because our students are at the heart of everything we do, we strive to deliver relevant, responsive, and transformational programs that meet their needs. And although we are innovative and creative, the characteristics of our unique learning experience remain fundamental. We will always be proud of our inclusive community, Franciscan values, teaching excellence, experiential learning, and academic quality.
Our university is rooted in the liberal arts, which enables our students to graduate with the abilities required to add immediate value in our fast-paced and ever-changing world. Employers in the profit, non-profit and public sectors hire our students because they know they are getting high performers who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, effective and persuasive communicators, builders of relationships and adaptable professionals.
The John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne is home to our state-of-the-art facilities, as well as engineering programs, the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, a business incubator and technology transfer office, Berks Community Television (BCTV), and many community partners. This strong hub of diverse activity and entrepreneurship provides limitless experiential learning opportunities for our students, community and partners.
We are committed to providing the latest technologies to support learning, research and innovation. We have podcasting rooms, studio space, Adobe Creative Cloud and Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg Terminal, located in our Business Labs, is a service used by leading business and finance professionals around the world that provides:
- Real-time and historical data.
- News that moves the market.
- Electronic trading for each asset class.
- To research.
- A global network to communicate securely and reliably.
Our committed alumni and committed community partners support our award-winning programs, students, and clubs. Our faculty, drawn from some of the most prestigious doctorates in the world. and who have professional experience, offer stimulating and pragmatic courses. Our students and faculty benefit and learn from executives who participate in our Executive-in-Residence Program and serve on our Advisory Board.
I look forward to you joining our community of engaged learners. Our team will continue to work hard to provide everything you need to grow and become an ethical performer who makes a positive difference in the lives of people, organizations and society.
I invite you to explore our graduate and undergraduate programs, our Centers of Excellence and Institutes, our faculty and our wider Alvernia University community through our website and social platforms, and by visiting our campus . Our students, faculty, staff, and I are excited to be able to share more about our heritage, mission, core Franciscan values, and the Alvernia Advantage!
Peace and all good things,
Travis A. Berger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business and Leadership
Dean, College of Business, Communication and Leadership