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Immaculata University Presents Mary Ellen Quinn Miller with 2006 Amethyst Award

Immaculata University has selected Allentown resident Mary Ellen Quinn Miller ´46 as the recipient of the Amethyst Award for 2006. The Amethyst Award is presented at the annual Homecoming ceremony to an alumna/us in recognition of her/his outstanding contribution to or achievement in a church, community, or professional activity.
A member of the class of 1946, Mary not only graduated from Immaculata magna cum laude, but was also the Salutatorian of her class. After graduation, Mary continued to serve Immaculata as a member of the Board of Governors, a position she held for fifteen years. Mary has also generously supported both the Alumni Fund and the Irish Studies program, as well as the Library Resources for the Irish Studies program.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Mary served her alma mater, Allentown Central Catholic High School, as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board. She also wrote and produced a six-part series for Lehigh Valley Catholic Radio during the years 1950 to 1952; the series profiled Catholic saints and lay persons. Mary returned to Central Catholic High School in the 1980s and 1990s in order to volunteer in the development office. She also volunteered at the Lehigh Council of Churches/Catholic Diocese Ecumenical Soup Kitchen, where she helped to serve 200 lunches, three Fridays per month, during the 1980s. In addition, Mary worked as a volunteer at the Cathedral Parish Rectory.
Mary has also contributed greatly to her community through both volunteer and professional endeavors. From 1958 to 1963, she worked at Cathedral Parish as a Girl Scout leader and Scouting Advisory board member. At Central Catholic High School, Mary first served as a volunteer guidance counselor for two years before becoming a guidance counselor for 12 years. She also served as director of guidance for five years. Mary worked as a volunteer assistant to the executive director of Children´s Educational Opportunity for America Lehigh Valley, which funds scholarships for low-income families in Pennsylvania to send their children to private, primarily parochial, schools. Mary has also, since her 1988 retirement, served the Allentown Diocese in Parish Ministry by providing low-income families and individuals in crisis with pro bono psychological, family, marriage, and educational counseling.
Mary earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary School Counseling and a Post-Master´s degree Family Counseling Certificate from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Mary has two daughters and two granddaughters.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

z:word:releases: Amethyst Award for Mary Ellen Quinn Miller ‘46
4.19.2006