Reading, PA, United States

Alvernia University
Reading, PA, United States

Alvernia University is a private university located in Reading, Pennsylvania. Once known as Alvernia College, the school gained university status in 2008. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 18, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best online colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for 2017. The top 50 four-year schools were named, with Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University and University of Pittsburgh honored as the top five. 12 two-year colleges were also recognized, with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bucks County Community College taking the top five spots. “These Pennsylvania colleges and universities have proven their value when it comes to providing high-quality online certificate and degree programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “In addition to strong academics, these schools also offer their online students exceptional counseling and support resources that foster success.” To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Several additional data points are taken into consideration when scoring each school, including financial aid offerings, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates, student services and academic resources. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Alvernia University Arcadia University California University of Pennsylvania Carlow University Carnegie Mellon University Cedar Crest College Chatham University Clarks Summit University Delaware Valley University DeSales University Drexel University Duquesne University Eastern University Gannon University Geneva College Gwynedd Mercy University Immaculata University Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Keystone College King's College La Roche College La Salle University Lancaster Bible College Lehigh University Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah College Misericordia University Mount Aloysius College Neumann University Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango Philadelphia University Point Park University Robert Morris University Rosemont College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph's University Seton Hill University Temple University University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Scranton University of the Sciences University of Valley Forge Villanova University West Chester University of Pennsylvania Widener University-Main Campus Wilkes University Wilson College Best Online Two-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following: Bucks County Community College Community College of Allegheny County Community College of Philadelphia Harcum College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Lehigh Carbon Community College Luzerne County Community College Montgomery County Community College Northampton County Area Community College Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Reading Area Community College Westmoreland County Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

News Article | February 24, 2017

READING, Pa., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deidra Hill, Ed.D., has been named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Alvernia University, Reading, Pa. She will report to President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., and will begin her role on April 3. "After a national...

News Article | December 10, 2016

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) continues to be a presence in Harrisburg. PATS recently joined forces with other healthcare organizations to promote diabetes education at the World Diabetes Day observance. The event, held at the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, featured a variety of speakers from around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Speakers included Dr. Renu Joshi (Pinnacle Health), various local chefs, state representatives, and the keynote speaker, former Pittsburgh Steeler Kendall Simmons. Representative Donna Oberlander presented House Resolution 1072, that was signed by Governor Tom Wolf, naming November 14th, 2016 as the official World Diabetes Day in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This year’s theme was “Eyes on Diabetes” and the importance of screening. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy stated “diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the state of Pennsylvania, affecting about one in ten people.” She then went on to explain why “proper screening and talking to your physician are vital to increasing you chances of staying healthy and avoiding the dangerous health consequences of the disease.” Diabetes is a chronic disease that can occur in two forms. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of the body not using insulin properly. Representatives from PATS, as well as athletic training students from Alvernia University, used the opportunity at the Capitol to discuss the athletic trainers’ role in the care and screening of diabetes. Athletic trainers (ATs) are often the most readily available healthcare providers in the athletic setting on a daily basis. ATs are trained to recognize and provide necessary care to those athletes affected by diabetes. ATs also play a pivotal role in the screening process during an athlete’s pre-participation examination and assist the diagnosed athlete with the daily maintenance of the disease. One athlete that received care on a regular basis was the day’s keynote speaker and two-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steeler, Kendall Simmons. Mr. Simmons spoke about how he managed the disease during his tenure in the NFL. In 2003, Simmons’ second year in the NFL, just before training camp, he started experiencing symptoms that made him feel uneasy on the field: blurry vision, weakness, extreme thirst. Simmons was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kendall Simmons is a big supporter of athletic trainers. He briefly spoke about the role the Pittsburgh Steelers Athletic Training Staff played in the management of his disease. Simmons stated that he would check his blood glucose numbers on a regular basis with a monitoring unit in the locker room, and then again with another unit in the athletic training room. On game days, Simmons stated that during various TV timeouts or a stoppage in the game, there was constantly an athletic trainer checking his glucose levels and overseeing the approximately 8-10 shots per game. He expressed the importance of listening to his body. An estimated 86 million adults in the United States have pre-diabetes, placing them at risk for developing the disease. The most common symptoms associated with diabetes may include increased urination frequency, thirst, and hunger. Other symptoms reported may include extreme fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, and cuts and bruises that are slow to heal. Because roughly 90 percent of people with pre-diabetes are not aware they have it, regular health screenings are important to prevent the onset of diabetes. For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President Gaetano Sanchioli, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, (president(at)gopats(dot)org) please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive director at patsexecutivedirector(at)gopats(dot)org. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.

Chinni R.,Alvernia University | Cremers D.A.,Applied Research Associates Inc. | Multari R.,Applied Research Associates Inc.
Applied Optics | Year: 2010

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was evaluated to determine elements collected on swipes as surface contamination. A series of long laser plasmas formed along the swipe surface (Post-it paper) interrogated the collected contamination. LIBS detection limits, determined for the elements Ag, As, Ba, Be, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sr, and Zn on swipes (2cm2 area), ranged from 0.002 μg (Be) to 1.46 μg (Pb). The elements were introduced as constituents of synthetic silicate particles serving as a contaminant dust stimulant. The average predicted mass was within 16% of the actual mass on the swipe. The efficiency of collecting particles from surfaces including plastic, Formica, and Al metal was also evaluated. The ability to detect and differentiate two amino acids on a swipe from each other and from the swipe using chemometric modeling techniques was also demonstrated. © 2010 Optical Society of America.

Delbene R.,Alvernia University
Communication and Medicine | Year: 2011

Bury's (1982) argument that the onset of a chronic illness represents a biographical disruption has become paradigmatic in the sociology of illness studies. More recently Bury (1991, 1997) himself, Williams (2000) and other medical sociologists have argued that the notion of illness as biographical disruption needs re-examination. Following a phenomenological approach, in this paper the author draws on different narrative models (Labov and Waletzky 1967 and Ricoeur 1980) to analyze how patients orient to the onset of chronic illness as the complicating action. The data comprise eight narratives collected in South America: three correspond to patients with renal failure, and five to patients with HIV/AIDS disease. It is observed that in some cases, patients' complicating actions are rather oriented to experiences of poverty, drug addiction, and criminality that took place prior to their onset of their illnesses. These experiences, instead of the onset of their illnesses, occupy the place of the complicating action in these patients' narratives. The author discusses that in the studies of illness narratives, it is difficult to operate from a different paradigm, but argues that conflating the onset of chronic illness with a biographical disruption may confuse the episodic dimension of narrative with the configurational dimension. Copyright © Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Najarian M.L.,Alvernia University | Chinni R.C.,Alvernia University
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2013

This laboratory is designed for physical chemistry students to gain experience using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in understanding plasma diagnostics. LIBS uses a high-powered laser that is focused on the sample causing a plasma to form. The emission of this plasma is then spectrally resolved and detected. Temperature and electron number density of the plasma can be determined from the characteristics of the spectrum. Temperature was calculated using the Boltzmann plot method, whereas electron density was determined from Stark broadening considerations. Students learned how to use the information provided by the LIBS spectrum to obtain plasma temperatures and electron densities for various samples. This experiment is appropriate for a physical chemistry course. © 2012 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

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