University Communications

News Release #5


CONTACT: Lydia Szyjka
610-647-4400, Ext. 3143


Immaculata University has received a financial grant of $56,000 for the 2003-2004 academic year from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. This year´s grant, approved for selected institutions, will allow Immaculata to provide financial aid to its needy and worthy full-time undergraduate students. Each year students, known as W.W. Smith Scholars, are awarded $2,000 or $2,500 annually to continue their studies. The Trustees prefer that a financial grant be given to the same student for two or more years to encourage continuity and recognition. The Trust strongly prefers that the students selected be U.S. citizens and residents of the Delaware Valley whose financial resources would not otherwise permit them to attend college and whose economic status would make them ineligible for financial support.

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust was established by the Will of William Wikoff Smith, former chairman of Kewanee Industries, ship enthusiast, and Philadelphia philanthropist. It was his hope to pass on to future generations the importance of giving to others and supporting the community. Since the time of his death in 1976, the Trust has awarded grants annually in the Delaware Valley region for medical research, college scholarships, and food, clothing and shelter for children and the aged. Grants from the Trust have been made available to Immaculata since 1978. As stipulated by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, all funds awarded are to benefit students without regard to gender, race, color, creed or national origin.

Immaculata University, a Catholic, liberal arts institution, offers over 40 concentrations leading to bachelor´s degrees, six master´s programs, and two doctoral programs. It is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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CONTACT: Lydia Szyjka
610-647-4400, Ext. 3143


The Graduate Psychology Department at Immaculata University is offering a new cohort-based certificate program in Existential-Humanistic Theories and Application. The 20-credit, two-year sequence certificate program will be available for fall 2002.

The certificate program includes online courses, developed in a person-centered format, in addition to weekend retreats designed for skill and personal development. This format allows both students and faculty from throughout the country to participate and communicate in an ongoing learning community. Professionals from distant locations have the opportunity to integrate continued professional development into their work and personal schedules.

This program is designed for advanced study by counselors, social workers, and psychologists who have completed a master´s or doctoral program in counseling, social work, or psychology. Advanced students who are actively completing the final stages of one of these programs may also apply.

Dr. Marijo Lucas, assistant professor of psychology and certificate coordinator, commented that, "Recently, through the establishment of this learning community and the certificate program, Immaculata has been very supportive in helping provide this opportunity for professionals on the East coast to be able to study and integrate the importance of subjectivity, authentic presence, being, and phenomenology into their own existing clinical work. And in the format provided, we will be able to join with colleagues on the West coast to share broadly in the larger existential community."

Each semester students will participate in three learning experiences: an online learning community, an online reading seminar, and a three-day weekend retreat.

• Reading Seminars consists of intensive reading of a particular theorist or concept. The online courses include on-going discussion among students and faculty, as well as other professionals and writers conversant with the specialized area.

• Learning Communities create an online forum where students interact through reading of professional journals, discussion of conferences, as well as the posting and critiquing of manuscripts-in-progress. Students also dialogue with faculty who serve as mentors and facilitators of learning.

• Three-Day Weekend Retreats offered once each semester at a campus location, sequentially build skills and insights into the clinical model. The retreats emphasize personal growth, skills development, and clinical consultation and supervision in conjunction with certificate faculty.

• Electives (two additional credit hours) are required to complete the 20-credit certificate. Students may participate in Special Topics workshops, lectures by visiting scholars, or other courses related to the program.

During the fall, Immaculata will offer a set of courses available for those not ready to take the complete program but who are interested in taking a reading seminar and retreat this fall. For information on the certificate in Existential-Humanistic Theories and Application, please contact the College of Graduate Studies at 610-647-4400, ext. 3211 or email at .

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

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