Two Immaculata University Students Receive Annual PAACE Award

Marlene Bottomer of Philadelphia (19111) and Lindsey Burkland of West Chester, PA, were both awarded the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) Award at the annual Legislative Luncheon honoring outstanding adult students. Each year this award is presented to ten adult students in Pennsylvania who have succeeded in higher education while facing personal challenges.
When Marlene Bottomer was younger, she endured a near-fatal car crash and suffered subsequent kidney problems thereafter; she met her future husband in the emergency room. After putting her own children through school, Marlene finally enrolled in the nursing program at Immaculata University. Later, she was forced to withdraw from a class for a very special reason – someone was donating a kidney to Marlene. After the kidney transplant, her personal commitment to completing the nursing degree meant that she needed to undertake an enormous workload in order to maintain her status with the class in which she matriculated. In addition, she also found the energy and dedication to keep up with class work even while she was in and out of the hospital. Marlene and her daughter will graduate together in May 2009, both with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. "I have been very fortunate through my life and learned at an early age not to take anything for granted but to cherish and be thankful for each day," stated Marlene.
According to Lindsey Burkland who has also faced life´s challenges, "My success as a student is due fully to Immaculata University because without their willingness to help and to allow people to become successful scholars, I would not be in college today." When she was 15 years old, she contracted a severe case of Lyme disease that left her with vision problems, tremors, joint pain, and unable to walk without help. She also lost the ability to read English. Because Immaculata helped ease Lindsey´s mind about her apparent limitations and welcomed her into the school, she is now a full-time student majoring in Organizational Communication (??, I´m looking into the title of this major w/Carol Grady). Although her schoolwork has been both a challenge and an exercise in cognitive abilities, she feels proud of what she has accomplished in and outside of the classroom.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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