Alvernia University Announces President’s Awards

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Albert Boscov and Carpenter Technology Corp take high honors at annual Alvernia University ceremony.

In addition to Carpenter Technologies Corp., Alvernia University President's Awardees (left to right) include Al & Eunice Boscov, Meggan Kerber, John McCarthy.

In addition to Carpenter Technologies Corp., Alvernia University President's Awardees (left to right) include Al & Eunice Boscov, Meggan Kerber, John McCarthy.

At its annual Presidents Dinner, Alvernia University honors organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact on the university and the surrounding community. This year’s awardees will be recognized Oct. 16, and include Albert and Eunice Boscov (Franciscan Award), Carpenter Technology Corporation (Pro Urbe Award), Meggan (Hannigan) Kerber ’96, M’01 (Ellen Frei Gruber Alumni Award), and John H. McCarthy ’06 (Distinguished Alumni Award).

Alvernia University’s Franciscan Award honors individuals who selflessly give their time, talents, and resources for the betterment of others. This award is presented to Albert and Eunice Boscov for exceptional service to the university, the community, and the awardee’s profession.

Over the course of nearly 50 years, the name Boscov has become synonymous with good business, good will and good works. Since taking the reins of the family business started by his father in the 1920’s, Albert R. Boscov, supported by his wife Eunice, has driven and overseen the extraordinary growth of Boscov’s Department Stores. In spite of rapid and remarkable growth, Al Boscov and the stores that bear his family’s name still espouse the fundamental precepts of business carried to this country by his immigrant father — work hard, be honest and deal fairly with the customer.

Alvernia University’s Pro Urbe Award is presented to a business or organization that performs significant community service and contributes to a higher standard of living in Berks County and surrounding communities.

Led by the leadership and deep commitment to the community by its current and past presidents and senior leadership team, Carpenter Technology Corporation is deeply committed to good corporate citizenship, striving to serve the communities in which they operate. The company fulfills this obligation through philanthropic gifts and the talents of Carpenter employees to support organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in the community.

The Ellen Frei Gruber Award is presented to an individual who has given outstanding service to his/her alma mater and exemplified continued commitment and support of the mission of Alvernia University. Most importantly, this individual reflects the values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality.

A graduate of Alvernia University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA with an emphasis in community service and economic leadership, Meggan (Hannigan) Kerber ’96, M’01 is currently the Director of Development at Bethany Children’s Home. She is responsible for all development, fundraising and marketing initiatives, including financial ministry services to the Pennsylvania Southeast, Penn Northeast and Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and their respective member churches.

Alvernia University’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a person who demonstrates the valuable contributions to his/her professions, community, and nation.

John H. McCarthy ’06 is General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Asset Management Professional Services. In his role, John oversees the creation, development, management, business planning and delivery of GE Asset Management Solutions.

Read more about this year’s award winners.

ALVERNIA is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life, while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment, helping them make the world a better place. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university of more than 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With a College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors and a range of graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education. Satellite sites are located in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County. As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the country, Alvernia’s focus on caring for each other, the environment and the community are joined with a challenging educational experience to provide an unparalleled environment to grow, develop and mature as a person and professional.

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