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Congratulations to Kevin Shainline for being named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow!

Congratulations to Kevin Shainline for being named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow!


Apr 4
Rain rain, go away - the Crusaders want to play today.  (at Alvernia University)

Rain rain, go away - the Crusaders want to play today. (at Alvernia University)


Apr 2

Alvernia’s Crusader had a little fun on April Fool’s Day this year. Check out the video!


Check out this #gotserviceAU tagboard of Alvernia students volunteering in the community! (Click on the image for a full view.)

Check out this #gotserviceAU tagboard of Alvernia students volunteering in the community! (Click on the image for a full view.)


Many of the Bernardines have lived impressive lives in education, healthcare, and on missions. Learn more about these wonderful Sisters first hand during an open reception at 4 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the McGlinn Conference Center.

Many of the Bernardines have lived impressive lives in education, healthcare, and on missions. Learn more about these wonderful Sisters first hand during an open reception at 4 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the McGlinn Conference Center.


At age 25, Eric Sears has already served his country well. The Marine veteran who served four years and one deployment to Afghanistan is now back home in Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in sport management at Alvernia University. But this spring break, he is not following his classmates to the beach. Instead, he is spending it on a hospital bed, donating stem cells to save the life of a fellow veteran with leukemia — one he will likely never meet.

A graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, Sears joined the Salute to Life donor program as a Marine in December 2008, at Camp Geiger, N.C. Six years later, testing has determined that he is a match for a fellow veteran suffering from leukemia. This week, he is traveling to Washington D.C., to undergo a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation.

According to Salute for Life, the donation procedure starts with five days of injections — to help boost cell count and release stem cells into the donor’s blood stream. On the fifth day, these extra cells are gathered during a 4-6 hour procedure, using a special blood filtering “apheresis” machine. The donor’s blood is drawn from one vein, filtered through the apheresis machine, and returned through a second vein. Common side effects last for a week or two and include flu-like symptoms, bone pain, headache, fatigue and nausea.

Sear’s donation recipient has been preparing for the transplant by undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. So once the process has begun, it becomes critical that the healthy cells are infused into the recipient within 24 hours.

"It’s an amazing honor to be able to help some one in such a way," said Sears.

At age 25, Eric Sears has already served his country well. The Marine veteran who served four years and one deployment to Afghanistan is now back home in Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in sport management at Alvernia University. But this spring break, he is not following his classmates to the beach. Instead, he is spending it on a hospital bed, donating stem cells to save the life of a fellow veteran with leukemia — one he will likely never meet.

A graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, Sears joined the Salute to Life donor program as a Marine in December 2008, at Camp Geiger, N.C. Six years later, testing has determined that he is a match for a fellow veteran suffering from leukemia. This week, he is traveling to Washington D.C., to undergo a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation.

According to Salute for Life, the donation procedure starts with five days of injections — to help boost cell count and release stem cells into the donor’s blood stream. On the fifth day, these extra cells are gathered during a 4-6 hour procedure, using a special blood filtering “apheresis” machine. The donor’s blood is drawn from one vein, filtered through the apheresis machine, and returned through a second vein. Common side effects last for a week or two and include flu-like symptoms, bone pain, headache, fatigue and nausea.

Sear’s donation recipient has been preparing for the transplant by undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. So once the process has begun, it becomes critical that the healthy cells are infused into the recipient within 24 hours.

"It’s an amazing honor to be able to help some one in such a way," said Sears.


Mar 5

Obstacle

Via: Alvernia Student Blog — Senior Junior Bernard

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand - “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.” Spiritual Story by Unknown


Mar 3
Alvernia Men’s Basketball made ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 this weekend with this awesome off-balance game winning shot. 

alvernia-students:

As seen on Instagram: 
@allcoopedup22 with an insane MAC Championship game winner #AUMB #Gamewinner #alvernia #championship #ChuckForPresident @thatbull_deyo @cdavi5 @bparker13 @kirbstomp04 @trymz3 #crusaderpride Alvernia Men’s Basketball made ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 this weekend with this awesome off-balance game winning shot.

alvernia-students:

As seen on Instagram:
@allcoopedup22 with an insane MAC Championship game winner #AUMB #Gamewinner #alvernia #championship #ChuckForPresident @thatbull_deyo @cdavi5 @bparker13 @kirbstomp04 @trymz3 #crusaderpride


VIA: thetragicoptimist:

The Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society is celebrating its 90th Anniversary. I had the opportunity to interview the participants in the film and co-produce this brief video that highlights the essence of the organization and the love of literature, language, and writing. I hope you enjoy the clip, and if you aren’t a member, I hope you consider joining.

- Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

For more information about joining the English honor society, please visit http://www.english.org/sigmatd/ 



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