A Pathway to Retention
Sep06

A Pathway to Retention

There aren’t many things more exciting than move-in day on a college campus. Students bursting with anticipation of their newly independent lives and parents beaming with pride and visions of graduation day, temporarily blurred by tears. Nothing but green lights and endless possibilities. Somehow the hard reality of how difficult this transition can be during the first year gets lost in those magical moments. Retaining students at a...

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A Place Only Peru Can Fill
Aug28

A Place Only Peru Can Fill

As she stood in front of 62 first-grade students, all girls, Jacki D’Amico ’18 realized she was engaged in the ultimate student-teaching experience in Peru. Addressed by the girls as Miss Jacki, she spent six weeks at Colegio Villa Maria in Miraflores teaching the students and working with their teachers to develop the curriculum. D’Amico felt satisfied that she had made progress—the students were learning what she was teaching...

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Destigmatizing Mental Illness One Story at a Time
Aug10

Destigmatizing Mental Illness One Story at a Time

Everyone has a story. Everyone feels insignificant at times. Everyone has challenges. Everyone will experience both bad and good. Everything we experience and go through is a part of us, but it doesn’t have to define us. And, most important: Others have been where you are; you are not alone. From The People You Meet in Real Life, 2013, Brighton Publishing LLC Melissa Hopely Rice was back on the Hill and she felt great, although she...

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A Classic Game of Cat and Mouse
Aug08

A Classic Game of Cat and Mouse

What would Sherlock Holmes think of the hit CBS reality show Hunted? It has all of the classic detective story elements, and the sleuths meticulously analyze all of the clues. Of course, they are using more than a magnifying glass. In fact, as head of intelligence for the command center on Hunted, Theresa Major Payton ’89 utilizes advanced technological tools in her quest to catch the TV fugitives. She leads a team of cybersecurity...

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Barbara Lettiere, 10th President: Still Making a Difference
Aug08

Barbara Lettiere, 10th President: Still Making a Difference

It may not be too far-fetched to say that if it was not for Barbara Lettiere, female students at Immaculata University would still have to wear skirts and dresses to class. As junior class president in 1971, amidst the protest-hungry youth movement of the early 1970s, Lettiere and her fellow classmates yearned to make their own mark. Taking her leadership duties seriously, Lettiere was sent to discuss the dress code policy with the...

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An Inspiring Life: Hayley Tuscai
May15

An Inspiring Life: Hayley Tuscai

The numbers are alarming: According to AAA, there are 328,000 crashes, 109,000 injuries, and 6,400 deaths each year from drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Immaculata University student Hayley Tuscai is reflected in those statistics. During her senior year of high school, a time when possibilities are endless, she became one of the 109,000 people injured in a car accident. After graduating from West Chester East High School in...

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