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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Calling Dr. Kathleen Greatrex
Jul25

Calling Dr. Kathleen Greatrex

When Kathleen Greatrex ’80, M.D., was in third grade, her mother endured major surgery on her kidneys and bladder. Greatrex remembers referring to a book on human anatomy and asking her dad to explain where her mom’s problems were located, followed by wanting to know what would happen during surgery. He must have done a thorough job explaining these complex issues, because Greatrex was able to convey the surgery components, in...

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Journey to Paradise Lost
Feb24

Journey to Paradise Lost

This past year, Immaculata B.S.N. alumna Maureen Beail-Farkas, R.N., ’04 worked in a closed community on a remote Hawaiian island with people who had developed Hansen’s disease, the disease formerly called “leprosy.” This story is an excerpt account of her three-month assignment working with the nine remaining patients. I was in Hawaii on vacation in 2015 when I met another nurse [Paula] in a restaurant in Honolulu. Upon learning that...

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World War II and IU
Aug16

World War II and IU

It’s been 75 years since the United States entered World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many Americans alive today are too young to remember much or weren’t even born yet. But with approximately 492 World War II veterans dying daily, it is imperative that we continue to honor their service and educate younger generations by telling their stories. This includes the rich, multi-faceted story of Immaculata during World War...

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