Immaculata University

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Immaculata University
Immaculata University logo.png
MottoScientia Floret Virtute (Knowledge Flourishes in Virtue)
Established1920
TypePrivate liberal arts
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
(Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
PresidentSister R. Patricia Fadden
Academic staff127 (FT)[1]
Undergraduates3,200[1]
Postgraduates1,200[1]
LocationImmaculata, Pennsylvania, USA
CampusSmall Town, 375 acres[2]
ColorsBlue, White
Athletics19 NCAA Division III varsity teams[3]
NicknameThe Mighty Macs
MascotMac
Websitehttp://www.immaculata.edu
 
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Immaculata University
Immaculata University logo.png
MottoScientia Floret Virtute (Knowledge Flourishes in Virtue)
Established1920
TypePrivate liberal arts
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
(Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
PresidentSister R. Patricia Fadden
Academic staff127 (FT)[1]
Undergraduates3,200[1]
Postgraduates1,200[1]
LocationImmaculata, Pennsylvania, USA
CampusSmall Town, 375 acres[2]
ColorsBlue, White
Athletics19 NCAA Division III varsity teams[3]
NicknameThe Mighty Macs
MascotMac
Websitehttp://www.immaculata.edu

Immaculata University is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic university founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and located in Immaculata, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Philadelphia.[4] The university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The university is composed of 1,100 traditional undergraduate students, more than 2,200 adult undergraduate students, and more than 1,200 graduate and doctoral students. The university is located on 375 acres (152 ha).[5]

History[edit]

Main building

Immaculata was founded as Villa Maria College, a women's college in 1920. It was the first Catholic college for women in the Philadelphia area. The name was changed to Immaculata College in 1929.[6]

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata is part of the greater IHM community, which includes the neighboring House of Studies and an academy for girls. The University became co-educational in the fall of 2005.

The current location of Immaculata University is a tract of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line near Malvern, purchased by the sisters in 1906. The original 198-acre (0.80 km2) plot has grown to 373 acres (1.51 km2) since that time.

In June 2002, Immaculata College received confirmation of university status from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Effective August 2002, the college is now known as Immaculata University.

Student life[edit]

The Immaculata Leadership Institute is a program which develops religious leadership.[7]

A number of clubs and activities in which Immaculata students have the opportunity to participate include:

Media[edit]

The Immaculatan is the student newspaper published with funds from the College of Undergraduate Studies.[7]

Athletics[edit]

The university sports teams are known as the Mighty Macs, their colors are blue and white. Immaculata is part of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Immaculata sponsors nineteen athletic teams,’ nine men’s teams and ten women’s teams. Immaculata Men’s Basketball Team won the CSAC Championship in 2008. Immaculata women won the first three national championships (1972-74) under the banner of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), which was founded in 1971 and governed women's intercollegiate sports until they were absorbed by the NCAA in the early '80s.The school fields a number of sports teams.[8]

General information[edit]

Varsity Teams: 19 (nine men's, 10 women's)

Men's Teams
BaseballLacrosse
BasketballSoccer
Cross CountryTennis
GolfTrack & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
Women's Teams
BasketballCross Country
Field HockeyLacrosse
SoccerSoftball
TennisTrack & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
Volleyball

Conference: Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC)
Affiliation: NCAA Division III
Nickname: Mighty Macs
Colors: Blue and White[9]

Home Fields

Draper Walsh Stadium (Sprint turf surface) for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer – 1,000 capacity
IU Softball Field (grass)
IU Baseball Stadium (grass) – 600 capacity

There is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which encourages athletics.[citation needed]

Recognition[edit]

The Immaculata Mighty Macs were crowned national champions at three consecutive AIAW basketball tournaments, from 1972 to 1974, a pivotal time in the history of women's collegiate sports.[10] The Mighty Macs, during the early 1970s, were featured on a SportsCenter special on March 23, 2008.

In 1975, the first nationally televised woman's basketball game was played by Immaculata against Maryland. Some sources report that Immaculata won 80–48,[11][12] while others report 85–63.[13][14]

The story of the basketball team was adapted into a movie, The Mighty Macs, which was released in 2011.[15]

Campus[edit]

The following buildings are located on campus:[16][17]

Alumnae Hall was named in honor of Immaculata University alumnae. This building contains a gymnasium, weight rooms, and a theater.[18]

The Mary A. Bruder Center focuses on Campus Health Services (Nurses and Visiting Doctor), Counseling Services and Career Development Offices.

The DeChantal and Marian Halls are a residential complex containing 154 residential rooms with kitchenettes on most floors, student and study lounges, and laundry facilities, as well as a chapel.

The Faculty Center contains faculty and administrative offices of the College of Undergraduate Studies.

The three-storied Gabriele Library is the newest building on campus. It contains computers and study rooms. The library is adding a coffee shop on the first level, which will be called ImmacuLatte.[19]

Gillet Hall contains the faculty residences, mainly occupied by the IHM Sisters. The building is named after Father Louis Gillet.

The Good Counsel Hall was the university’s first main classroom building. It contains a bookstore, Humanities Department, and Music Listening Rooms.

Lourdes Hall, attached to Villa Maria Hall, serves as a residential hall with 60 residential rooms and also contains Great Hall for large events and functions.

Loyola Hall is the university’s second main classroom building and contains Administrative Offices—College of Graduate Studies, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Amphitheaters, Art, Education, Mathematics, Psychology, Science Departments, Computer Centers, Curriculum Library, Laboratories, Writing and Math Centers, POD Snack Shop.

Nazareth Hall includes the cafeteria. Classrooms are also located in this building. A chapel is located in this area. Ballinger & Perrot designed this building. In the year 2000, air conditioning, heating, and sprinkler systems were installed.

Villa Maria acts as the principal building of the Immaculata University campus. The building was built by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Villa Maria Hall was placed between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in order to have a convenient location. In the year 2000, Villa Maria had renovations done. Air conditioning, heating, and sprinkler systems were added to the building. Immaculata events such as Carol Night, Ring Ceremony, Pinning Ceremony, Homecoming, and others are held in this building. The third floor contains a residence hall, while offices are located on the first and second floor. Villa Maria hall is a beautiful building.[20]

The Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences was $2.5 million investment. This building offers high-tech facilities for IU nursing students. This building was opening in January 2005. The Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is located in Loyola Hall. There is a food store, named The Pod in the Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences that offers food. One of the classrooms in the center includes a health assessment instruction room. Faculty offices are located in the center.[21]

The Admissions & Financial Aid Building[22] Plans for the new Admissions and Financial Aid building began with a groundbreaking ceremony in late April 2011. Construction was completed in January 2012.

Panoramic view of Nazareth Hall (left), Villa Maria Hall (center), and Lourdes Hall (right) at Immaculata University

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fast Facts: Immaculata University". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts: Immaculata University". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Go Mighty Macs!
  4. ^ Home page Immaculata University Retrieved on June 16, 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.immaculata.edu/aboutiu/fastfacts
  6. ^ History of Immaculata
  7. ^ a b c d e http://www.ihmimmaculata.org
  8. ^ "GoMightMacs.com". Immaculata University Athletics. Retrieved 05/02/2011. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Duke News
  11. ^ GONZALES, PATRICK (January 29, 2005). "Lights, Camera, Action". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 4 Dec 2012. 
  12. ^ GINSBURG, DAVID. "First women's college basketball game on national TV was hard sell". ACC. Retrieved 4 Dec 2012. 
  13. ^ "PSU’s JoePa era stretches generations". NCAA.com. Retrieved 4 Dec 2012. 
  14. ^ "The History of Women's Basketball". WNBA.com. Retrieved 4 Dec 2012. 
  15. ^ Philly.com
  16. ^ "Campus Map". Immaculata University. mapformation, LLC. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Historic Campus Architecture Project". Council of Independent Colleges. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  18. ^ http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p2162
  19. ^ http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p2163
  20. ^ http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p2156
  21. ^ http://www.immaculata.edu/uc/dedication-of-center-for-nursing-and-allied-health-sciences/
  22. ^ "Admissions & Financial Aid House". Immaculata University. 

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