Enthusiasm can be contagious, and before you know it, the entire family is wearing Immaculata t-shirts, sticking IU magnets on their cars, and enthusiastically chatting about the University to friends, family and even strangers. Ask Ken and Colleen Anderson about Immaculata. They have two children attending: Kenny, a senior, and Abby, a sophomore. Their youngest daughter, Grace, who is 13, aspires to be a Mighty Mac in a few years.
The Andersons encourage potential students and their families to visit the university to experience the beauty and vitality of the campus. Living in Kent County, Delaware, they first heard about Immaculata from Ashley McMullen Solecki ’10, an IU alumna and a teacher at St. Thomas More High School where Kenny and Abby attended.
“It’s a happy place,” states Colleen, stressing that she never expected her kids to attend the same college but admits it’s a nice bonus as a mom.
During his college campus visit tour, Kenny made an immediate connection to the IU faculty of the Exercise Science Department, especially Kelly Stalker, Ed.D. ATC. Talking with Dr. Stalker was the pivotal moment that pushed Immaculata to the top position on his wish list. Fast forward to today, Kenny is entering his last semester as an exercise science major and training for his final baseball season as a right-handed pitcher for the Macs and also preparing for graduate school to become a physician assistant.
A few years behind Kenny, Abby was not really even considering Immaculata. However, because few colleges offered her major, Fashion Merchandising, and the “price was right,” Abby decided to follow in the footsteps of her brother, which led to Immaculata.
Upon hearing the news about the Immaculata Advantage tuition reset, Colleen hopes that more people will visit the campus now and will discover what a value Immaculata can be…not just financially, but including all of the intangibles that you cannot put a price tag on.
Colleen is pleased that both of her children are thriving at IU. “It’s priceless,” she stated. She knows that they are challenged academically and that they work hard, but are also having fun, meeting lifelong friends, and are genuinely happy. As regular visitors to campus, Ken and Colleen are involved parents who cheer on the baseball team at every game and look forward to Family Weekend in the fall.
Recently, Colleen asked both Kenny and Abby if they had to choose a college all over again, would they choose Immaculata University? Not to her surprise, both agreed that they would definitely choose Immaculata.
Summing up the Immaculata experience, Colleen stated that her children “found a great place to finish growing up.”