Chalk Talk
Aug15

Chalk Talk

Roommates. Lifelong best friends. High school classmates. Mighty Macs teammates. All of those words—and more—describe Kelly Brown and Brianna Duffin, who both graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA (which won three Philadelphia Catholic League championships during their time there) and then from Immaculata in May 2012. Best friends since childhood who both happened to be excellent basketball players, it was...

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Sally Berenzweig
Aug15

Sally Berenzweig

“I truly believe that the child molesters killed who they could have been,” said Sally Berenzweig, M.Ed., M.A. ’95, referring to the abused women she worked with for her counseling psychology practicum at Immaculata. “Many of the ladies in our unit felt helpless, hopeless, [had] low self-esteem, [were] dually diagnosed—drugs and alcohol abuse—some were prostitutes.” Berenzweig’s work with these women paved the way for her to later...

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Synchronicity
Aug15

Synchronicity

Zanthia Reddish, Ed.D. and Orathia Bradley, Ed.D. are identical twins; not surprisingly, they share a few things in common. But the similarities between these two remarkable women take the concept of synchronicity to new—and uncanny—levels. Though raised in a loving and supportive environment, their extraordinary paths could not have been predicted by the past. “Nothing in our familial history suggested we would achieve this kind of...

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Susan Jezsik Varlamoff
Aug15

Susan Jezsik Varlamoff

What if you could implement just one program that would decrease obesity, mitigate climate change, feed the hungry, lessen crime, provide jobs and job training, boost the local economy, reduce homelessness, and conserve natural resources? Sound too good to be true? Susan Jezsik Varlamoff ’71 is using urban gardening to address all of these needs. “We are seeing the potential that urban agriculture has to transform the city,...

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Sheree Richnow
Aug15

Sheree Richnow

No two work days are ever the same for Sheree Richnow, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. The Colorado native began her college experience in 1973 at UC – Boulder. “I loved it,” she said, “but it was just too big for me, and I felt lost.” She left school to enter the advertising business, and learned no one seemed to care she didn’t hold a degree. “Then I began my own company when I was 24,” she said, “and I still didn’t need a...

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Dr. Susan Miller
Aug15

Dr. Susan Miller

One might not connect the study of home economics with math and science, nor at-risk students with academic achievement. But Dr. Susan Miller (Minicus ’75), teacher and academic support director at Middleborough High School in Massachusetts, is all about forging connections and helping students with special needs achieve beyond anyone’s expectations. Miller entered Immaculata as a home economics major at a time when many college...

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