Immaculata Magazine - Winter 2015 - page 8

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University recently
welcomed Sister Stephen
Anne Roderiguez,
IHM, Ed.D., to the
Board of Trustees. Sister
Stephen Anne will serve
a three-year term.
“It is an honor
to come closer to IU
through service as a member of the Board. It gives me the opportunity to
‘Be Mighty’ on behalf of the IU community,” stated Sister Stephen Anne.
Currently, Sister is the principal of St. Aloysius Academy for Boys/
Montessori Preschool in Bryn Mawr, PA. With over 40 years of experience
in Catholic education, Sister Stephen Anne spent nearly 20 years teaching
elementary school for the dioceses of Philadelphia and Allentown, PA;
Metuchen and Camden, NJ; and Raleigh, NC. For 16 years, she served
as principal for various Catholic schools throughout the region, and from
2004 to 2009, Sister Stephen Anne was assistant principal of Villa Maria
Academy for Girls in Immaculata, PA.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from
St. Joseph’s University, Sister Stephen Anne continued her education by
earning a Master of Education in Elementary Education from West Chester
University and also a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from
Immaculata University. In 2007, she received her doctorate in Educational
Leadership and Organization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sister Stephen Anne is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Gesu
School in Philadelphia and for the past five years, she has been involved as
co-founder in planning for the Liguori Academy, an urban Catholic high
school for at-risk students in Philadelphia.
Irish Americans have been authors, astronauts, prizefighters, and
presidents, stated the website for ABC-CLIO publishers, who recently
unveiled a new encyclopedia:
Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a
, edited by Immaculata faculty members Eugene J. Halus, Jr., Ph.D.,
associate professor of Politics, and William E. Watson, Ph.D., professor of
“A project such as ours hasn’t happened since 1999 when the University
of Notre Dame published a similar encyclopedia, which is now significantly
out of date and/or incomplete simply due to the passage of time,” noted
Halus. “Our approach, however, is very unique in the sense that we try to
offer a more comprehensive assessment of the Irish-American experience than
previous scholars.”
Included in the new encyclopedia are both the Catholic Irish-American
experience and the Protestant Irish-American experience. Also featured are
sections on literature, military, science, and ample documents illustrating the
sweep of the Irish-American experience.
Halus and Watson edited the entries in the book and each wrote more
than a quarter of the entries themselves. They also wrote the section
introductions, the chronology, and
bibliography, and they selected
and edited various documents. In
addition, several other Immaculata
faculty members contributed to the
encyclopedia, including Sister Marie
Hubert Kealy, IHM, Ph.D., faculty
emerita of English; Sean Flannery,
Ph.D., associate professor of English;
and John Hill, Ph.D., professor of
History. According to Watson,
Immaculata faculty accounted for
approximately 75% of the total
Scholars from other universities were also instrumental in the completion
of the encyclopedia. They included the following institutions: Cabrini
College, La Salle University, Saint Francis College (NY), University of
Western Ontario, and Villanova University. In addition, a few independent
scholars also contributed, as well as Ray O’Hanlon, the editor of
Irish Echo
the largest Irish-American newspaper in the U.S.
To order a copy of
Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People
please call the Immaculata bookstore at 610-251-0352, or you can purchase
directly from the publisher at
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