The mission of the Office of University Advancement is to develop and promote a culture of philanthropy at Immaculata University by engaging trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the community in a lifelong, mutually-beneficial relationship with the University. Through collaborative partnerships, responsive and professional service, and a commitment to stewardship, University Advancement provides leadership in securing public and private commitments in support of the University's strategic priorities.

Alumni Spotlight

Barbara Crea Shannon ’70 and Peggy Ann Behm ’81

Barb and Peggy 2014 awards

Immaculata University is proud to recognize the 2014 Recipients of the Alumni Medal and Amethyst Awards. These prestigious awards are granted based on criteria set forth by the Alumni Association, and are bestowed annually by the University.

Barbara Crea Shannon ’70, Recipient of the Alumni Medal Award

Exemplifying the spirit of Immaculata, Shannon began as a religion teacher and went on to work for more than 20 years as an independent distributor of natural nutrition, personal care, and household products. In 2002, Shannon rediscovered her calling as a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Contributing to the legacy of Catholic education, Shannon instructed students in both liberal arts and science.

A devoted member of the Delaware County Chapter Alumni Association, Shannon assisted in the rejuvenation of this Chapter in the early 80s and has served in a variety of leadership roles. From 2011 on, her role and time commitment at Immaculata has increased. Shannon is the current past-president of the Alumni Board of Governors and served a three-year term as a board member. She is an active leader at Saint Andrew’s Church in Drexel Hill, PA and participates in many cultural organizations throughout Philadelphia.

Peggy Ann Behm ’81, Recipient of the Amethyst Award

Beginning her career at DuPont as a global business analyst, Behm quickly worked her way up the corporate ladder, serving as an executive at top companies such as MBNA and Bank of America. In 2008, Behm left the world of banking to become a business development consultant and is now a principal at the Rockland Mills Group.

A champion of women and girls, Behm was appointed by Governor Carper to the Commission for Delaware Women. Behm also served as president of Wilmington Women in Business, a member of the Executive Council for the Agenda of Delaware Women, board member of Chesapeake Bay Girl Scouts, board president of Padua Academy, and oversaw the establishment of a scholarship foundation for women returning to the classroom. During this time, her commitment to Immaculata has remained steadfast. She has served in numerous volunteer capacities, most recently as chair of the Selection Committee for the new chair of the Board of Trustees. Behm is a current member of the Board of Trustees.

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Support of Immaculata University makes a remarkable difference in the lives of all of our students. Students depend on the generous gifts of alumni and friends to support them as they embark on their journey towards achieving success.

Giving matters because it supports tomorrow’s leaders. Private philanthropic support better enables Immaculata University to educate students and fulfill the mission of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Giving matters because it benefits the giver, too. Whether you give as a way of saying “thank you”—or as a way to make your mark on-campus—your donation will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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Upcoming Events

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October 2014

Financial Planning Seminar, hosted by Adele Gerngross ’78 – Margate, NJ

November 2014

Financial Planning Seminar for IU Faculty & Staff

Immaculata University Charter Day & Spirit Day

1972-1974 Mighty Macs Induction to Philadephia Sports Hall of Fame

Mighty Macs recognition at Immaculata Women’s Basketball game

“15 for 15″ Happy Hour for the Class of 2015

December 2014

94th Celebration of Carol Night and Alumni Reception

Class of 1965 50th Reunion Reception

January 2015

Immaculata University’s Women’s Basketball vs. Queens College, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Alumni Gathering in Phoenix, AZ

February 2015

Class of 2015 Celebrations 100 Nights until Graduation


April 2015

Alumni Gathering in Denver, CO

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015

May 2015

Alumni Gathering in Chicago, IL

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