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Jay Worrall is the new director of Alvernia's Holleran Center for Community Engagement

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Ethics, leadership, and community lecture series

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please contact the Holleran Center at 610-790-1925 or for more information.

Founders' Day Lecture with visiting scholar Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m. - Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Justice Takes a Community: A conversation with Berks County judges
In the annual Batdorf Lecture co-sponsored by the Berks Bar Association, the rights and responsibilities of the community regarding the Berks County Court Systems will be discussed. Join Berks County Judges Mary Ann Campbell, Thomas Parisi, and Jeffrey Sprecher as they discuss this topic on a panel moderated by Jill Scheidt, president of the Berks County Bar Association. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m. - Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Literary Festival Lecture with Tracy Kidder, Pultizer Prize winning author of Strength in What Remains
Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. - Physical Education Center - Alvernia University Main Campus

Interfaith Community Lecture with Rabbi Howard Hirsch and Bishop Richard Hanifen of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Colorado Springs. This lecture is part of the World Day of Prayer for Peace.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. - Bernardine Lecture Hall - Alvernia University Main Campus

Planning in Reverse: A viable approach to organizational leadership
Alvernia University faculty panel featuring Mary Ellen Wells, Beth Barrett, Scott Ballantyne, moderated by Jim Boscov, trustee emeritus. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m. - Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center

Lecture by Updike scholar in residence Jack De Bellis. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 4 p.m. - Bernardine Fransiscan Conference Center

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:02 pm

Alvernia University is proud to introduce Jay Worrall as the new director for the">Holleran Center for Community Engagement.

He is well-known throughout the Berks region for his leadership on issues related to supporting disadvantaged individuals and for his deep commitment to community service.

He replaces Ginny Hand, who retired in July after helping establish the center as a nationally recognized leader in community service and civic engagement.

Worrall brings to the Holleran Center a great deal of experience working on the issues faced by people living in poverty in our community.

In addition to his work with Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, where he substantially increased support for those in need of affordable housing as the agency's first executive director, Worrall has held positions with Neighborhood Housing Services of Reading, Schuylkill Community Action, Pottstown Family YMCA, and the Lessig-Booth Emergency Shelter in Pottstown.

Worrall is no stranger to Alvernia's campus. He earned his master's degree in business administration from the university in 2009, receiving the Outstanding MBA Graduate award.

He has taught a number of master's level classes at Alvernia, including moral leadership, and cross-cultural conflicts in our communities.

Worrall earned a master's of arts in religion from Temple University and a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.


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