University Communications

Immaculata University Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Lehigh Valley Alumni Chapter

Immaculata University´s Alumni Association will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of its Alumni Chapter in the Lehigh Valley with a Gala Reception and Dinner for alumni and friends at The Cosmopolitan restaurant in Allentown, Pa. on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 6-9 p.m.

Guests will also enjoy an evening program honoring the many ways graduates of Immaculata University have supported the school since its alumni group, the Lourdes Chapter, began meeting formally in 1936; just 16 years after the institution was chartered and 11 years after Immaculata graduated its first class.

Representatives of the University administration will join in the celebration as they recognize scores of alumni who have served as volunteer leaders of the Chapter. Sr. Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, a graduate of Immaculata as well as a member of the religious order, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be the featured guest speaker. Sr. Marie Hubert is currently a professor of English at Immaculata University.

With nearly 200 alumni living and working in the Lehigh Valley, the Lourdes Alumni Chapter has launched a new outreach effort to reconnect local Immaculata alumni with the Chapter´s schedule of events that has been developed under the leadership of Lisa A. Dougherty, Esq., Chapter President and second Vice President of the Immaculata University Alumni Board of Governors. Dougherty is also an associate attorney with the Center Valley law firm, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. Joining Dougherty in this revitalization project over the past several months were past Chapter Presidents Marion Truchsess Rafferty of Easton, Pa. and Anne Cavanaugh Kearn of Phillipsburg, N.J.; Christine Castiello of Center Valley, Pa., a long-time Chapter member; and Valarie Schwarz of Bethlehem, Pa., a new member interested in assisting the organizational effort.

"Alumni Chapters play an extremely important role in serving as a resource to prospective students and their parents for our local college-bound students as well as in keeping the name of Immaculata University prominent in this area of the state," Dougherty commented.

"And increasingly important to those of us in business here in the Lehigh Valley is the Chapter´s capability to provide graduates with the opportunity to broaden and enrich their business and professional networks from within the Chapter membership," she said.

Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.