Spring 2014 Magazine - Immaculata University - page 8

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Often sophomores are “the forgotten” group
of students, but not at Immaculata University. In
fact, sophomores at IU are treated to special pro-
gramming as part of the Sophomore Year Experi-
ence (SYE). The program is designed to enable
sophomores to make the connection between their
first-year goals and where they will ultimately
arrive as seniors.
Immaculata’s SYE program is so success-
ful that Academic Impressions, a company that
serves higher education professionals by provid-
ing educational products and services that help
institutions tackle key challenges, has bestowed
a “Best Practices” distinction upon the program.
Academic Impressions has developed an online
course for higher education professionals titled
“Developing a Comprehensive Sophomore Year
Experience Program.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Immaculata
University to be selected by Academic Impressions
as a best practice to be highlighted in their upcom-
ing web course,” stated Bridget Haines-Frank ’96,
assistant dean of students.
One of the most anticipated SYE events is the
annual retreat, most recently held at Gretna Glen
in Lebanon County. Students greatly enjoy the
camaraderie of the experience.
“SYE allowed me to meet people on the cam-
pus I would not have met otherwise,” commented
James Wier ’16, a Communication major. “It gave
us a weekend of extreme fun and memories to-
gether. We all got to know each other better and
appreciate each other as individuals as well.”
In addition to the retreat, sophomores can
attend a Sophomore Welcome Back Dinner; par-
ticipate in SYE Serves, a day-long service project;
gain experience from workshops on professional-
ism; and access electronic resource guides distrib-
uted to all sophomores. A community building
lecture series will be part of activities planned for
the spring semester.
Sister Marie Hubert Kealy
Mingling with Irish elite at Christmas-
time in New York City was one of the
highlights of the 2013 Irish Education 100
celebration. Sister Marie Hubert Kealy,
IHM, Ph.D., Immaculata professor emerita
of English, was named an honoree. A special
reception was held at the home of Irish
Consul General Noel Kilkenny and his wife,
Hanora, in New York City.
The Irish Voice
, an Irish weekly newspaper
published in New York City, sponsored the
event that recognizes the leading Irish figures
in education across the United States.
“I think we can all agree that there are
few things more valuable or important in life
than a good education,” stated Debbie
McGoldrick, senior editor for
The Irish Voice
“Our 2013 Irish Education 100 honorees are
proof positive of that fact.”
Sister Marie Hubert has been a member
of the faculty at Immaculata since 1976 and
was in charge of the Irish Studies program for
20 years. She is a published author on various
Irish topics, including the 1993 book
Playwright: Spirit of Place in the Plays of John
B. Keane
“The reception at the Consul General’s
residence was certainly an honor. It was also
an opportunity to meet many individuals who
teach in or sponsor Irish Studies programs,”
stated Sister Marie Hubert.
Sophomores attend retreat
at Gretna Glen.
Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, poses with
Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny.
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