Immaculata Magazine Summer 2014 - page 22

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I MMA C U L ATA MA G A Z I N E * S UMM E R 2 0 1 4
The
100
TH
Anniversary
The story of Villa Maria Hall, the center of Immaculata’s
campus, begins with Mother M. Camilla Maloney, IHM,
Mother General of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. Mother Camilla’s vision and trust in the
Providence of God led her to acquire the land where
Immaculata, Villa Maria Hall, now stands. In 1908, the
ground was broken for its construction.
The cornerstone that is etched “1914” tells the date when
the construction of this magnificent edifice was completed.
And the decades have gone by quickly from that first spade
in the ground to this day when spades continue to carve out
the history of Immaculata University.
Over the past century, Villa Maria Hall has been the
site of countless community events, from the very first Carol
Night held on December 21, 1921 to a 21st-century news
conference facilitated by IU faculty, and dance socials in the
1950s. It has embraced the celebration of joyful milestones
such as pinning and ring ceremonies, graduation, a Mighty
Macs Pep Rally and a Hall of Fame reception for the three-
time national women’s college basketball champions. It has
cradled within its blessed space the sorrowful moments as
well, such as when the grieving gathered for a 9/11 prayer
service.
Throughout the academic year, the Immaculata
University Community will be celebrating this special
anniversary. Check out Immaculata’s website, and enjoy
some photos and memories of Villa Maria through the years.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Villa Maria
cannot be done without celebrating highlights of the
history of Immaculata. Enjoy seeing a few of the many
accomplishments achieved by those who have studied,
taught, walked, played, and embraced here at Immaculata
over these last 100 years.
Become a part of the celebration by emailing your memories of Villa Maria Hall
to be posted later in the academic year. Email your memories to:
Check out
for more highlights,
both academic and social, of the world of Villa Maria Hall and
Immaculata University.
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