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Two Berks Residents Honored by Albright College

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Two Berks Residents Honored by Albright College

Two Berks residents, Josue Matos of Reading, Pa., and Cynthia Rothenberger, D.N.P., of Fleetwood, Pa., have been recognized by Albright College for outstanding achievements. A 2019 Albright graduate and owner of Beer Wall on Penn, Matos has earned the college’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. A member of the Albright class of 1987, Rothenberger has earned a Distinguished Alumni Award for her career in nursing and nursing education.

Josue Matos (middle) receives his Young Alumni Achievement Award from Sean Crossley and Albright College President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Albright College graduates of the last 15 years who demonstrate outstanding professional or volunteer achievements.

Matos is the proud owner and operator of Berks County’s first and only self-pour taproom and restaurant, Beer Wall on Penn, which first opened its doors in West Reading during the spring of 2019 — the same year that Matos graduated with an Albright College School of Professional Studies degree in business administration.

The idea for his unique bar experience came to life during an Albright business capstone project. Officially a business owner while still a student, Matos found time to speak about his entrepreneurial endeavor with fellow students and alumni. Beer Wall on Penn (West Reading) is the first self-serve taproom in the state.

Cynthia Rothenberger, D.N.P. (middle) receives her Distinguished Alumni Award from Sean Crossley and Albright College President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D.

A Distinguished Alumni Award winner and Albright nursing graduate, Rothenberger is an assistant professor of nursing at Alvernia University, concentrating on medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, diabetes education and cardiovascular health promotion/disease prevention. Before joining Alvernia’s teaching staff, Rothenberger held several nursing roles, primarily as a clinician and clinical nurse specialist in cardiac nursing, both in inpatient and outpatient settings.

A Certified Diabetes Educator and a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Rothenberger earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University. She has conducted research, presented and published in areas of chronic illness, self-management and nursing education. She is a regular speaker and member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She has been recognized by the Pennsylvania League of Nursing and Alvernia for her work in education.

Matos and Rothenberger received their awards during an on-campus 2021 Homecoming Weekend ceremony, Sept. 26.

“I am delighted to have the privilege of recognizing remarkable graduates who have truly made their alma mater proud,” said Albright College Alumni Association Board Chair, Sean Crossley ’11 during the ceremony.

Named a top national college by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, Albright College (founded 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners cultivating integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. The college’s flexible curriculum encourages students to combine and cross majors to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship and numerous experiential learning options create opportunities for Albright graduates to exceed their own expectations. Located in Reading, Pa., Albright is home to undergraduate students, adult learners and graduate students.