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Immaculata welcomed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars

From July 11th - July 29th 2016, 29 middle and high school teachers from school districts across the country participated in a summer institute funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the institute, entitled "Duffy's Cut: Investigating Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in 19th Century America, 'A Perfect Storm,'" scholars engaged in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American and Irish history and developed projects to incorporate key themes into curricula in history, social studies, literature, music, language arts, and the sciences.

For more information about this program, please see the summer institute website.

Immaculata’s Enactus Team

Immaculata’s Enactus Team is coming off an amazing year!  After winning regionals in Washington, D.C., the group went onto St. Louis in May of 2016 and placed third in the opening round of the U.S. National Exhibition. Immaculata’s team successfully presented the progress it has made in bringing awareness to several of Enactus’ global goals through various projects. For example, the Enactus project focused on supporting the Emilia Wojtyla Shelter in Bolivia addresses gender equality.  The shelter supported by this project helps transform lives of abused women in Bolivia.  The women who rely on the shelter create hand-made products that members of the Enactus team sell in the U.S. under the Emilia Artisan Collection line, which in turn provides financial support for the shelter. 

Enactus competitions are judged by business professionals who provide meaningful feedback and project insights.  Over 70,000 students from 1700 universities in over 36 countries participate in Enactus, with the sponsorship of 550 corporate, organizational and individual sponsors.  If placing third was not enough, Immaculata also named Enactus the Club/Organization of the Year for 2016.  For more information on Enactus, please contact Dr. Charlene Fitzwater, Business and Accounting Department Chair and Professor of Business and Finance, at ext. 3462. 

Faculty Research

Jed Yalof, psychology and counseling departmentJed Yalof, Psy.D., professor and chair of Immaculata's Graduate Psychology and Counseling Department, has contributed a chapter entitled "Transferential and countertransferential aspects of multicultural diversity in psychological assessment and psychotherapy: A case illustration highlighting race and gender," in V. M. Brabender, and J.L. Mihura (Eds.), Handbook of gender and sexuality in psychological assessment (pp. 373-395). New York, NY: Routledge.

This chapter provides a detailed clinical illustration in which therapy and personality assessment are integrated with the constructs of gender, sex, and racial identity. The case is discussed in relation to transference and countertransference in what was a cross-racial (White therapist, Black patient) and predominately supportive, psychoanalytic psychotherapy. There is also a review of the content of Rorschach test responses, transference, and countertransference from the perspective of the psychoanalytic literature on race, gender, sexuality, personality assessment, and supportive psychotherapy. The present case is unique in its effort to bridge personality testing, therapy, and a broad-based intersectional conception of gender, sex, and race within a psychoanalytic framework.


Marisa Pereyra, global languages and culturesMarisa Pereyra, Ph.D., chair of the Global Languages and Cultures Department, published an article entitled: "Berlin es un cuento: La escritura y la lengua como idearios utopicos" in the Hispanic Journal, fall 2016. (English translation: "Berlin is a story: Writing and language as utopian ideology.")


Janet Etzi, psychology and counselingFrancien Dorliae, psychology and counselingProfessors of psychology Janet Etzi, Psy.D., and Francien Chenoweth Dorliae, Psy.D., presented "White Guilt, Black Trauma: Understanding the Psychological Impact of Racial Violence Secondary to Microaggression" at the Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in Harrisburg, PA.


Steve Miles, theologyStephen D. Miles, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, taught the spring 2016 Honors Colloquium class. The course focused on the meaning, significance, and requirements of practical reason within the professional context. Students produced research papers in which they employed practical reasoning to address an ethical challenge in their anticipated professions.  Below are the topics they pursued:

  • An exploration of the ethical obligations of journalists who report about suicide
  • An ethical and historical analysis of arguments about the role of homework in elementary school education
  • An exploration of the requirements of informed consent in the exercise of psychologists’ professional roles
  • An ethical analysis of the merits of stakeholder versus shareholder models of business organization and parameters for developing the stakeholder model
  • An exploration of the ethics of dual relationships within the context of professional therapeutic relationships.
  • An ethical analysis of the practice of performing clinical trials on vulnerable populations in developing countries
  • An ethical argument for the restoration of history-focused social studies high school curricula for the preparation of good citizens
  • An ethical exploration of the “reasonable requirements” obligations of potential employers of persons with special needs, with attention to the social role of occupational therapists.

Student Research

James K. Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, along with other faculty members and students attended the following two conferences:

  • 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, 13-17 March, 2016 San Diego, CA – Two faculty and three students attended and presented.
  • 252nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, 21-25 August, 2016 Philadelphia, PA – Three faculty, one emeritus faculty, and six students attended and two students presented.


Jessica Hessler, a current graduate student in the Psychology and Counseling Department, gave a presentation to incoming doctoral students on her research, entitled "Integrating mindfulness self-care practices into graduate psychology training."





Chemistry and biology students at Pennsylvania Academy of the Sciences

On April 2, 2016, with funding from a Pathways grant, biology professors Carl Pratt, Ph.D. and Kelly Orlando, Ph.D., brought two IU students, Ashley Gonzalez (pictured on the right) and Kate Starr (pictured on the left), to the Pennsylvania Academy of Science at Delaware Valley University to present their research findings. The title of their presentation was “Neofunctionalization of Candida glabrata PMU3 and the newly discovered importance of region 2 in the PMU gene family.”


undergraduate research in Harrisburg, Rosendo Villafuerte-Vega with Duane Milne

Representative Duane Milne congratulates Rosendo Villafuerte-Vega on his research during Undergraduate Research at the Capitol in Harrisburg on April 5, 2016. Rosendo presented a poster titled, "Molecular Aesthetics: Exploring the Beauty of Visual Representations in Chemistry." Faculty mentor Sister Judith Parsons, IHM, Ph.D. served as an advisor for the project.




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