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Women’s Council tabs Marsdale as legacy award recipient

by Alvernia University

Jul 11, 2019

Alvernia to award Bernardine Legacy Award to Women2Women founder

Reading, Pa. – For her distinguished career and service as a role model for women, recently retired Greater Reading Chamber Alliance senior vice president Karen Marsdale will receive the Alvernia University Women’s Council’s Bernardine Legacy Award.

“I am very humbled by this prestigious award,” said Marsdale. “There are so many women more worthy than I who have truly paved the way for women in this community, but this award means a great deal to me. The legacy of the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters is a remarkable story that truly exemplifies God’s love for others; we must never forget that we too have that obligation.”

The Alvernia University Women’s Council fosters the personal and professional development of Alvernia women at all life stages, strengthens their connection to the university and each other and educates and inspires them to pursue and grow in leadership roles both in their chosen profession and the greater community.

In her role with the Chamber, Marsdale was responsible for creating several highly successful initiatives, most notability the Women2Women program and Berks Family Business Alliance.

“Karen has been a tremendous leader and role model for women in and beyond Berks County,” said Alvernia University Women’s Council President Ashley Mikulsky. “Like our inaugural recipient Linda Ludgate, Karen embodies the spirit of this award, and we look forward to celebrating her with the community.”

Marsdale has dutifully served the Alvernia community as a member of the communications department advisory committee and the Berks Education and Leadership Council, an initiative of Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service.

Marsdale will be presented with the award at the Women’s Council Luncheon at the McGlinn Conference Center on the campus of Alvernia University on Sept. 18, 2019.

Proceeds from the luncheon support the efforts of the Women’s Council as well as the Newcombe Scholarship Fund. The Newcombe Foundation offers scholarships to women 25 and older who have completed 60 credits required toward their undergraduate degree. Alvernia is one of a limited number of colleges selected by the foundation to offer these scholarships.

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