Alvernia student named Fulbright Scholar

Doctoral candidate to conduct research in Israel

Alvernia University doctoral student Abby Wells (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been awarded the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship allows Wells to travel to Haifa, Israel, where she will conduct research on leadership and the religious culture of claimsmaking in Jewish history at the University of Haifa’s department of sociology for 20 months beginning in August 2019.

“It is truly an honor to represent Alvernia University as a Fulbright scholar,” said Wells. “Likewise, I believe this award is a testament to the outcomes and growing importance of Alvernia’s interdisciplinary leadership community.”

Wells is the first Alvernia University doctoral candidate to earn the Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She expects to earn her doctoral degree during spring 2019 and will defend her dissertation in late February.

“This is a tremendous honor awarded to a very deserving emerging scholar,” said Tufan Tiglioglu, director of the Alvernia University Ph.D. program in leadership. “Abby is an example of the type of leader Alvernia develops and will do a tremendous job representing the university and the country.”

Wells’ research will focus on racial minoritization and Ethiopian absorption since the modern period in Jewish studies, and her assignment in Haifa provides access to vital primary source materials in Isreal.

As a scholar-practitioner, she is currently working on a book project that examines the conceptual dimensions and boundaries of divinity in narrative leadership text. She is also the founder of an unaffiliated synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright aims to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through international educational exchange.

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Students named peer tutors at Alvernia University

Alvernia’s Academic Success Center is located in Bernardine Hall:

Top students have been named Peer Tutors at Alvernia University for 2017-18. Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subjects in which they specialize, and the ability to communicate that knowledge to peers. The following students were among those named:

  • Cami Beyer of Birdsboro, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor anatomy and physiology and occupational therapy
  • Jami Gresh of Shillington, studying for a master in education degree, was selected to tutor writing
  • Lucy Horn of Reading, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor writing
  • Brandon Orzech of Reading, studying biology and mathematics, was selected to tutor biology and math
  • Sarah Rothenberger of Fleetwood, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor writing
  • Sadie Shinn of Reading, studying healthcare science, was selected to tutor writing
  • Jennifer Toledo of Reading, studying for a master in education degree, was selected to tutor math, Spanish and education

Peer tutors are members of the university’s Academic Success Center staff selected on the basis of academic skill, leadership, character and the ability to communicate well with others. They work on a one-on-one basis or in small group sessions to answer questions on course content and to aid in comprehension of course material. Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subject they are hired to tutor and the ability to communicate that knowledge to their peers. >> Learn More.

Students named to Alvernian newspaper staff

Alvernia University students are serving as members of the Alvernian student newspaper staff for the fall of 2017:

Communication major Madelyn Johnston of Reading is serving as managing editor

Communication major Cheyenne Ettinger of Birdsboro is serving as news editor

Communication major Justin Herforth of Douglassville is serving as opinion editor

Craig Grohoski named resident assistant at Alvernia University

Pictured is Judge Hall, one of more than a dozen residence halls at Alvernia University.

Craig Grohoski of Mount Penn, is serving as a Resident Assistant at Alvernia University for the 2017-18 academic year. Grohoski, is studying Accounting at Alvernia and is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students who reside in Alvernia’s residence halls and help build strong and healthy residential communities, which complement and extend classroom learning. As an RA, Grohoski encourages student responsibility and accountability and works to provide a residential environment that enhances student academic progress and success.

As peers, the RAs not only provide general information and referral help/models of successful adjustment to college living, but they assist with roommate/suitemate conflicts and plan educational, cultural and social programs.

Lucy Horn helping first-year students adjust to Alvernia University

Lucy Horn of Reading is serving as an Orientation Weekend Leader at Alvernia University for Orientation Weekend, Aug. 24-27, 2017. The weekend is full of events for the incoming Class of 2021. Horn is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia and is a graduate of Agora Cyber Charter School.

Alvernia Orientation Weekend Leaders (OWL) or Orientation Assistants (OA) are current university students who play integral roles in New Student Orientation. The main role of all OWLs and OAs is to assist in making new students feel welcome. OWLs and OAs develop leadership skills and meet new people. The program is competitive and involves an application process, in-person interviews, good academic standing, and training.