Immaculata Magazine - Winter 2015 - page 9

While in high school, IU freshman Angela Alvarez’s job at Plato’s Closet not only provided
her with a paycheck but also introduced her to a role model, her former supervisor, who helped
Alvarez discover her passion for motivating employees.
As a double major in Business Management/Marketing Management, Alvarez isn’t
completely sure what career she would like to pursue; she knows that she enjoys working with
people. She also loves art and art museums and is an advocate for women’s rights. In the future
she would like to create a program that could benefit women and women’s rights while also
intertwining with the arts.
“Sometimes I think if you’re a woman in business, you’re considered second class,” she said.
Alvarez would like to do something about that.
With all of her career potential and enthusiasm for helping others and doing good deeds
in the world, Alvarez was the perfect recipient of the 2014 Immaculata Business Advisory
Board Scholarship, worth $5,000. The Immaculata Business Advisory Board consists of
business professionals from surrounding communities. They provided the sole funding for the
scholarship, which is now in its second year.
“I am still in shock from receiving the award,” stated Alvarez. “It’s one of the coolest things
that has ever happened to me.”
While attending Avon Grove High School, Alvarez was an active member of the
Humanitarian Club and the Leo Club, a service club sponsored by the Avon Grove Lions Club.
“Angela demonstrated drive, energy, and a very positive approach. She provided a compelling
application letter, engaging interview and effective articulation of her need for the scholarship,”
stated Charlene Fitzwater, Ph.D., chair of the Business and Accounting Department.
Freshman Angela Alvarez is awarded the 2014 IU Business Advisory Board Scholarship. Pictured L to R:
Charlene Fitzwater, Ph.D., chair of the Business and Accounting Department; Angela Alvarez ’18; Clint Rider,
chair of the scholarship committee; and Sister Ann Heath, IHM, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs
Ed ith Stein Lec t ure
The life and work of Pope St. John XXIII were at the
center of the recent Edith Stein Lecture held at Immaculata.
Reverend Dennis J. Billy, CSSR, captivated his audience
with a video on the historical aspects of the beloved Pope
who served from 1958 to 1963. Recognizing the fact that
Pope John XXIII was known as a jovial person, Father
Billy incorporated heartwarming stories that were full of
humorous and anecdotal tributes to the Pope.
Sister Alice Schaebler, IHM, reference librarian at
Immaculata who attended the lecture, commented, “Father
Billy’s talk on Pope John XXIII was very interesting and
Sister Cathy Nally, IHM, executive director of Mission
and Ministry at Immaculata, who also attended, noted the
similarities of Pope John XXIII and Pope Francis. She stated
that both popes were “at home with all people and that they
provide hope to people.” Pope John XXIII convened the
Second Vatican Council to address the issues of his day—
much like Pope Francis is doing today.
Father Billy joined the faculty of St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary in 2008. He specializes in the history of moral
theology and Christian spirituality, and teaches courses
in fundamental moral theology, virtue ethics, religious
freedoms, and the relationship between spirituality and
moral theology. As a frequently published author, Father’s
recent works include
Gospel Joy: Pope Francis and the New
Evangelization, Tending the Mustard Seed, Contemplative
Ethics, The Beauty of the Eucharist, Encounter the Cross,
C.S. Lewis on the Fullness of Life.
The Edith Stein Lecture Series, now in its ninth year,
is an annual event in the spirit of Edith Stein, St. Teresa
Benedicta of the Cross, OCD, celebrating the dialogue
between faith and reason. The event was sponsored by
the Philosophy and Theology departments of Immaculata
“Father wove masterfully the story of Pope St. John’s
holiness and wisdom with Edith Stein’s life of reason and
faith,” stated Sister Judith Parsons, IHM, co-coordinator of
the Edith Stein Lecture Series.
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