The Power of Play
Jan31

The Power of Play

Kristy A. Brumfield, Ph.D., watched the 8-year-old girl climb up on the table in the playroom. The girl stood, looking at Brumfield from her new perch. “You look like you’re not sure about being up there,” Brumfield said. “No, I’m fine!” the girl replied breezily. “I bet you’re scared I’m going to fall.” “Sounds like you know you could fall off that table, and if you fall, you’re going to get hurt,” Brumfield said. “Yeah, but I’m not...

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Faculty in Memoriam: Frank Monaghan
Oct12

Faculty in Memoriam: Frank Monaghan

“The first thing about him was his faith,” said Joe Healey, Ph.L., associate professor of Philosophy. “He was always an advocate for Catholic teachings.” Healey was referring to Francis “Frank” Monaghan Jr., a much beloved professor of Sociology at Immaculata for 47 years, who died in February at the age of 84. His faith expressed itself as sincere kindness toward his family, students, colleagues, and society at large. Several of...

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Going Head to Head with Concussion Risks
Sep29

Going Head to Head with Concussion Risks

“I hate Friday Night Tykes,” states Michele Monaco, DSc, ATC, associate professor of Human Movement Sciences and clinical coordinator at Immaculata, referring to the popular cable TV reality show that takes  an inside look at the wild world of Texas youth football. “Go get ’em” is what the coaches tell the young players, perpetuating the idea that a concussion is just ‘getting your bell rung.’” It’s a very simple question: how many...

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Why This Election Is Going To Be Ugly
Aug16

Why This Election Is Going To Be Ugly

The following was written by John Hill, Ph.D., professor of History and chair of the History/Political Science/International Relations Department at Immaculata. Hill has taught at Immaculata since 1994 and has a broad understanding of the political landscape. First, Wall Street is all that stands between America and a Trump presidency. As Donald Trump defeated a succession of mainstream or even not-so-mainstream Republican rivals, the...

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How Linguistics Can Contribute to Justice
Aug16

How Linguistics Can Contribute to Justice

Imagine you were on the jury for this real-life murder and robbery case. Juan and his girlfriend Luisa come to the U.S. and overstay their visas. Juan and Luisa become friends with Arturo. Luisa sometimes goes out with Arturo. This makes Juan jealous. He asks Luisa to invite Arturo over to visit. When Arturo arrives, Juan tells Luisa to go into the bathroom. Then the two men argue, and Juan kills Arturo. Juan takes Luisa to a motel,...

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Loving learning, loving students: Jo Anne McAdams ’84, ’87 M.A., ’96 Ed.D.
Jun30

Loving learning, loving students: Jo Anne McAdams ’84, ’87 M.A., ’96 Ed.D.

Job: IU’s coordinator of sophomore and junior field experiences, placing students in observation sites at educational and special education institutions in urban and suburban areas. Fun facts: I was the first person to obtain all three degrees—baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral—from Immaculata, taking classes part-time for 19 years straight. My daughter and I both graduated with our bachelor’s degrees in 1984. A favorite teacher:...

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