Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 62

STUHLMAN
Maureen
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raduating from Cardinal O’Hara High School in
Springfield, PA, Maureen Stuhlman came to
Immaculata through the Archdiocesan Teaching
Plan, which arranged free education at a Catholic
college for one year, in exchange for two years of
teaching at an Archdiocesan elementary school.
Stuhlman served as a basketball referee to help
put herself through college, and she helped the
Mighty Macs win their first two championships
in 1972 and 1973. While on the team, Stuhlman
took her first airplane flight, and she cites this
as the beginning of her love affair with travel.
After college, Stuhlman coached high school
basketball for two years while teaching elementary
school. Then she entered the travel industry,
serving as a tour guide through Europe and South
America, a trainer for travel agency computer
systems, and the director of a travel cooperative.
Today she provides consulting and assistance
for small business start-up companies.
“I can only hope that today’s women’s basketball
players can experience some of the joy we found in
the game and friendships,” Stuhlman comments.
“Basketball at that time at Immaculata was a pure
experience of love, trust and fun. What began as
a pastime during our formal education became
an unparalleled life education. It wasn’t just the
members of the team who were instrumental in
winning each game, it was the entire community of
sisters, students, families, friends, managers and
Cathy along with those on the court who succeeded.
That’s what ‘it takes a village…’ is all about … I
infrequently see some of my teammates, but I think
of them more often than even I realize. Each one lives
on in my heart; I love and miss them; I always will.”
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