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Feelin’ Groovy; Living in Berks How’s life in Berks County? According to a study led by the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, area residents are feeling upbeat and positive about many aspects of their region. Sponsored by the Berks County Community Foundation, the Community Indicators Report offers a look at hard numbers and public opinion on topics such as population, education, health care, safety and the environment in Berks County. “We wanted to take a look at issues that are important to the community,” said David Myers, director of the O’Pake Institute. “Part of our mission is to promote dialogue on important civic issues and this report provides a starting point for those conversations.”

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Vice Admiral honored May graduates received more than just their long-awaited degrees at Reading’s Santander Arena during the spring commencement ceremony.

International Conference returns Many believed Updike was the most prominent writer of his generation who was equally prolific and respected as a critic. President George H.W. Bush honored him with a National Medal of Arts in 1989, and President George W. Bush recognized him with a National Humanities Medal in 2003. Twice Updike won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (for “Rabbit Is Rich” and “Rabbit at Rest”), joining Booth Tarkington and William Faulkner as one of only three

American writers to earn that distinction. In addition to more than 30 novels and collections of stories, Updike published nine volumes of poetry and assorted memoirs and children’s stories. His first book, “The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures” was published in 1958, the year of Alvernia’s founding. For more information visit http://blogs.iwu. edu/johnupdikesociety/.

They also benefited from some very compelling and insightful life advice from featured speaker Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, the 37th surgeon general of the Navy and chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Nathan was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the event. A decorated Navy officer, Nathan drew on his more than 30 years of military service and work in health care during his remarks.

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Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014  
Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014  

Alvernia Magazine Summer 2014