READING, Pa. — The following local college students were among the over 850 students were named to Alvernia University’s dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester.

Leslie Bamaca Perez of Marydel is studying forensic science.

Morganne Blazejak of Galena is studying health care science.

Despite the disruption of the semester by the COVID-19 pandemic and the university’s quick transition to an online learning format, over 150 more students earned the distinction from the fall semester.

“Our students and faculty showed incredible resilience during the spring 2020 semester and these results showcase that,” said Alvernia University President John R. Loyack. “The faculty’s quick transition to the virtual learning environment and the students’ ability to adapt to the changing instruction conditions is truly admirable and provides us with incredible faith as we prepare for the fall 2020 semester.”

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits.

Alvernia University is a thriving comprehensive university that empowers students to become ethical leaders with moral courage, while providing an intellectually challenging environment with real-world learning experiences. Operating on a scenic 191-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania, the distinctive Franciscan university of nearly 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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