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					NEWS FOR THE ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS OF IMMACULATA ACADEMY

                                                                                                 SUMMER 2007




                        Meet IA’s new principal.


In the News - pg 3 • Coming Home - pg 4 • Campus News - pg 14 • Alumnae News - pg 15 • Alumnae Updates - pg 18
On the cover (photo courtesy Selectus Photography):                        On this page (photo courtesy Lifetouch Photography):
Mary Lou Cookson Stahl ’79 is poised to take Immaculata into the future.   A tradition continues. The Immaculata Academy Class of 2007
Read more on Mary Lou and her new role as principal of IA on page 4.       gathered at the Motherhouse grotto for its class photo.
                                                                           Read more about the class and our graduates’ plans on page 14.
                                                                                                                                            NEWS FOR THE ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS OF IMMACULATA ACADEMY




                                                                                                                                            Cover Story

                                                                                                                                            4 Coming Home                                            Immaculatan
                                                                                                                                            IA class of 1979 graduate Mary Lou Cookson
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Number 6/Summer 2007
                                                                                                                                            Stahl is returning to her alma mater. Meet our
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Immaculatan is produced
                                                                                                                                            new principal as we welcome her home.                    by the Alumnae Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Immaculata Academy.

                                                                                                                                            3      In the News                                       Editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mary Keough
                                                                                                                                            Meet the people creating, building and shaping           Sr. Lynne Anne Schimminger FSSJ
                                                                                                                                            the Immaculata experience.                               Suzanne Walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Art Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mary Keough
                                                                                                                                            8      Alumnae Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Writers
                                                                                                                                            Jen Allen ’03 discusses SIFE and her role in
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lisa Anthon
                                                                                                                                            bringing Franciscan values to the world outside          Mary Keough
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jennifer Langan Kostowniak
                                                                                                                                            Western New York.                                        Suzanne Walker



                                                                                                                                            12     Curtains Up at IA                                 IMMACULATA ACADEMY,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     a private, Catholic, college
                                                                                                                                            Immaculata’s theatre department celebrated its           preparatory high school,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     is dedicated to educating
                                                                                                                                            20th anniversary this spring. Meet our directors         women based on Franciscan
                                                                                                                                            and enjoy a spin down memory lane.                       values. In the spirit of family,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     our goal for each student
                                                                                                                                                                                                     is that she maximize her
                                                                                                                                                                                                     potential academically,
                                                                                                                                            16     Quebec City - C’est Magnifique!                    spiritually, and personally,
                                                                                                                                            Pack your bags and join us as IA treks to Québec         so as to become an instrument
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of positive change in society.
                                                                                                                                            next summer.

                                                                                                                                            Departments

                                                                                                                                            14     Campus Corner

                                                                                                                                            15     Alumnae News

                                                                                                                                            18     Alumnae Updates


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                             A Word from the President                                                                                                      In the News




                                                                                                                                                                                 IA Principal Retires
                             The LORD will watch over your coming and going
                             both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:8                                                                                                               Immaculata Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                 has bid a fond farewell
                                                                                                                                                                                 to principal Dave
                                                                                                                                                                                 Christian, after eight
                                                                                                                                                                                 years of prosperous
    Dear friends,
                                                                                                                                                                                 leadership. Dave retired
                                                                                                                                                                                 at the close of the
         This journey of life is a blessed series of comings and goings – hellos, goodbyes
    and hellos again.                                                                                                                                                            school year and is look-
         As we celebrated graduation just a few weeks ago, we were struck by the special                                                                                         ing forward to spending
    significance this commencement had for not just our 49 graduates, but for our whole IA              Dave and wife, Martha, received a special farewell blessing from parents, time with family, traveling
    family. It marked not just the entrance of our seniors into a new world, but the last for-         faculty and staff at IA’s annual appreciation dinner on June 14, 2007.    and enjoying his numer-
                                                                                                       Goodbye Dave. We’ll miss you.                                             ous hobbies.                  Heinz Ketchup Announces
    mal proceedings officiated by principal David Christian. We bid a thanks-filled goodbye to
    Mr. Christian after eight exciting years at the helm as principal. Each principal brings                                                                                       “Dave Christian has led     IA Student as Contest Winner
    his/her own particular flavor and style of leadership to bear on their institution.                 and inspired us at Immaculata Academy for eight years. During his tenure, great things
    Immaculata has benefited from Dave’s gifts of vision, resourcefulness and the pursuit of            have happened for the school and students,” said assistant principal, Jill Monaco.                            IA senior, Christy Domino, was
    excellence. Dave hopes to spend his retirement traveling, reading, tinkering and relaxing.               Dave will be remembered for positioning IA to be a premier school in technology.                  selected as a winner, for the 12th
    We wish him God’s peace and all good things.                                                       During his tenure many building improvements were accomplished, including the science                   grade level, in the Heinz Ketchup
         As we welcome our new principal, Mary Lou Cookson Stahl, it is a real coming home             labs in 2005. Auditorium renovation is currently under way. He progressively built a team               2006-2007 Ketchup Creativity™
    for her. After graduating the halls of IA in 1979, Mary Lou has gained the experience and          of faculty and staff that are second to none, and has helped IA make huge strides in the                Contest.
    wisdom of a seasoned educator and returns to us to lead Immaculata into its next phase             community with marketing and public relations strategies. Enrollment has gone up nearly                       “When it first happened, I could-
    of growth and achievement. Her gifts of enthusiasm, spirituality and joy have already been         100 students during his time at the helm. In addition, the sports program has also grown                n’t believe it; I drew that and now it’s
    evident around IA since her arrival in early June.                                                 by leaps and bounds with the inception of an Athletic Commission and membership in two                  on millions of ketchup packets!”
         We are so fortunate to have the steady, balanced leadership of Jill Monaco, who               athletic associations to maximize student opportunities.                                                Christy exclaimed.
    is continuing as our assistant principal. The historical perspective she has gained over                 Richard Wachowiak, immediate past chair of the Immaculata Academy board of                              More than 15,000 students
    her years at Immaculata, as well as, her assimilation of and contribution to the culture           trustees, noted that Dave’s, “skills as an administrator were evident in the way he man-                submitted their creative artwork,
    that is IA are all critical during this time of transition. Her ability to see both the big pic-   aged limited financial resources and still improved the physical plant, expanded the sports              based on one of several contest
    ture and attend to the smallest detail is among the gifts she brings to IA’s administration.       program, which has been a huge recruiting tool, fine-tuned the budget process and                        design templates. Among the thou-
    We appreciate her firm but fair approach to discipline that is molding the future leaders           increased revenues for the school. All this was done without compromising the school’s                  sands of student entries, Heinz
    of our world.                                                                                      mission statement and Franciscan values.”                                                               selected one winner in each grade,
         In this issue, we introduce Mary Lou to you, and share the experiences of one of our                We will miss Dave’s creative “out of the box” ideas, his leadership and his friendship.           for grades one through 12, to
    youngest alums, Jen Allen ’03, who is already making a positive impact on our world.               Immaculata Academy and its stakeholders can be assured that the administrative team                     receive the opportunity for his or her
         Our third annual Homecoming promises to be the largest gathering of alumnae                   will continue to move forward with the many creative ideas and strategic planning already               design to appear on more than 200
    returning home to IA to share memories and rekindle the spirit of Immaculata. A record             in progress.                                                                                            million single-serve ketchup packets.
    number of summer and fall reunions (many of which will take place right at Homecoming),                                                                                                                    The packets will be distributed at
    are also in the works, attesting to the growing interest in reconnecting to a powerful,                                                                                                                    foodservice venues throughout the
    formative time of our alumnae’s lives.                                                                                                                                                                     country. In addition, the winner’s
                                                                                                       Immaculata Academy
         In preparation for our auditorium makeover this summer, we revisit the last 20 years                                                                                                                  school received $750 in art supplies
                                                                                                       Business Manager Retires                                                                                and $750 in free Heinz Ketchup.
    of drama at IA under the direction of Jo Ann Wiatrowski and Sister Jean Marie Cherry
    FSSJ.                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Heinz Ketchup representative
                                                                                                       Immaculata Academy’s business manager,                                                                  presented Christy and IA with an
         Finally, near the end of this issue, don’t miss your opportunity to tell us how you’ve
                                                                                                       Susan Todaro, retired this past July, after                                                             award and check for the school at an
    liked our Immaculatan magazine since its inception in 2005.
                                                                                                       twelve years of devoted service. “Sue has                                                               April 27th assembly.
                                                                                                       been an essential member of the                                                                               Christy will be attending SUNY
    God bless your summer - all its comings and goings - with relaxation and refreshment.
                                                                                                       Immaculata family. Her compassionate,                                                                   Fredonia to study art this fall. Her
                                                                                                       sunny personality shines through everything                                                             inspiration came from “art nouveau,
    Peace and all good,
                                                                                                       she does and we will miss her,” noted                                                                   turn of the century ads and the work
                                                                                                       Immaculata Academy’s president, Sr. Lynne                                                               of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec,” she
                                                                                                       Anne Schimminger, FSSJ. “She has done an                                                                explained.
                                                                                                       excellent job keeping Immaculata on top of
                                                                                                       the ever-changing world of human                     Sue Todaro has been part of the IA family for 12
                                                                                                                                                            years. Best wishes, Sue. We’ll miss you!
                                                                                                       resources. Please join me in congratulating
    Sister Lynne Anne Schimminger FSSJ
                                                                                                       Sue on a wonderful career.”
    President, Immaculata Academy
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                                                                                                                  Alumnae Spotlight


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   girls to be everything that they can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in this world. In keeping with their tradi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion of excellence and progress, they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have kept up with the times with updat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ed technology, current academic offer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ings and a strong sports program.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   What lesson, that you learned at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   IA, have you never forgotten?
                                                                                                  Meet IA’s new principal.                                                                                                         The thing I always remember is when I didn’t want to run for class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   office my senior year, as I had held an office all three years and it
                                                              ...every day                                                                                                                                                         was a lot of work and I thought people were sick of me. I went
      he Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and                                            Immaculata Academy,” said Sister Judith Elaine                                                                                            home and told my father, and he said, “Can you do a good job at

T     Immaculata Academy’s board of trustees
      are proud to announce the appointment of
principal, Mary Louise Cookson Stahl ’79, effec-
                                                              at Immaculata
                                                          Academy was filled
                                                             with memories,
                                                                                         Salzman, FSSJ, general minister. “We hope that
                                                                                         her time with us as principal will result in contin-
                                                                                         ued growth and exciting changes in the educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it?” I said, “Well of course Dad.” He told me that I had certain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   strengths and one of those was leadership, and it was my respon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sibility to run for office and do my best if the girls of my class
tive July 2007.                                                                          tion of the young women who are students and                                                                                              wanted me to do it. It was the first time I looked at my strengths
      “I am thrilled and honored to be given the               laughing and              in the continued development of our faculty and                                                                                           and felt responsible for using them
opportunity to serve as principal of my alma                                             staff.”                                                                                                                                   well.
mater, Immaculata Academy,” said Mrs. Stahl.
                                                            friendships I still            Immaculatan staff writer, Lisa Anthon, sat
“I am excited to work with their very talented                  have today.              down with Mary Lou to get her impressions of                                                                                              What did Immaculata Academy                      ... it made me
leadership team, the teachers and staff I have                                           her time as an IA student, her plans for her new                                                                                          mean to you when you attended?                  feel special that
already heard so much about, as well as a group                                          position and to get to know IA’s new principal.
of special high school girls and their families.”                                                                                                                                                                                  Honestly, it made me feel special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my parents chose
      Mrs. Stahl (or Lou, as she likes to be called) brings a wealth   What is your best high school memory at Immaculata                                                                                                          that my parents chose a school that            a school that they
of experience to her new position. She spent the last eight years      Academy?                                                                                                                                                    they had to sacrifice and pay for. It
teaching eighth grade English in the Orchard Park Central School                                                                                                                                                                   really sent a message to me that if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   had to sacrifice
                                                                                                                                                Lou brings a broad range of experience to IA, including building and
District and was the department head for academic intervention         One of my best high school memories is being in the musicals at          district administration certificates, multiple master’s degrees and twelve years   they cared enough to pay tuition for              and pay for.
services. She has 12 years teaching experience in all subjects         St. Francis High School with my friends from Immaculata                  of teaching experience.                                                            something they could get for free, I
and grade levels, with several in the Catholic school system, and      Academy. I was too nervous to try out my freshman year when                                                                                                 had better do my best to live up to
also managed a group home for disabled adults for eight years.                                                                                                                                                                     their expectations of me. I felt very comfortable celebrating my
      Lou brings a strong academic record with her, including                                                                                                                                                                      faith there, and I am thrilled to be able to do that again in a work
                                                                                                                                                What activities were you involved in?
building and district school administration certificates (SAS and                                                                                                                                                                   place. I remember thinking the first few weeks at IA, “How will I
SDA) from Canisius College; a master’s degree in educational                                                                                                                                                                       survive without boys?!” Believe me, that changed very quickly. I
                                                                                                                                                I was a class officer every year, worked on the school newspaper,
administration, education certifications in English, and a master’s                                                                                                                                                                 started to discover who I really was, and I started to develop a
                                                                                                                                                yearbook committee, basketball, bowling, chamber chorus and
degree in curriculum and instruction from the State University of                                                                                                                                                                  better personality than I ever would have. Like every teenage girl,
                                                                                                                                                chorale, ski club, drama club and student council.
New York College at Fredonia.                                                                                                                                                                                                      I never thought I was particularly pretty, so I decided I better be
      “The joyful enthusiasm which Mary Lou demonstrates and her                                                                                                                                                                   smart and funny. When I got to college, I always felt ahead of
life experiences of stewardship, compassionate service and                                                                                      Who was your favorite teacher/ favorite subject?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   other students in every area. I was comfortable in my own skin. I
respect of others fit in so well with our Franciscan values here at                                                                                                                                                                 knew who I was, and I had an internal sense of control about
                                                                                                                                                Well, my favorite subject is and always will be English and litera-
                                                                                                                                                ture. As far as favorite teachers, that is a difficult question                     learning and studying for its own sake. No one had to tell me to
                                                                                                                                                because there were so many. I took Latin from Sister Cyrenea for                   do my homework. I also loved attending IA with my four sisters,
                                                                                                                                                three years and kept in contact with her until she passed away.                    the Cooksons. We are still so close and that was a very special
                                                                                                                                                She was so strict and so lovable at the same time, and taking                      time in our lives to be there together during our high school
                                                                                                                                                Latin really helps an English teacher and writer. I also loved Mrs.                years.
                                                                                                                                                Taneff (never raised her voice and had great lipstick,) Ms. Tyrpak
                                                                                                                                                (who helped me get 100% on all my math regents and was a                           What does Immaculata Academy mean to you today?
                                                                                                                                                great dresser too,) Sister Gerald (helped us plan our ring day with
                                                                                                                                                a Winnie the Pooh theme,) Sister Marie (so sweet,) Sister Cantia                                                             Immaculata Academy
                                                                         Immaculata Academy senior class trip to Toronto, 1979.
                                                                                                                                                (she always said that my friend Karen and I were going to blow up                                                            provides a nurturing envi-
                                                                                                                                                the science lab,) Sister Geraldine (I still have my art work,) Miss                                                          ronment where young
                                                                         they did Oklahoma!, but I made it for The Rothchilds, Guys and         King and Mrs. Wegelin, who both contributed to my love of litera-                                                            women grow academically,
                                                                         Dolls and The Sound of Music. I even got to be a nun!                  ture and writing.                                                                                                            spiritually and personally.
                                                                         Coincidentally, my son is a freshman at St. Francis this year and                                                                                                                                   I believe that IA fosters
                                                                         he was in their production of Oklahoma! To be honest, every day        What one major difference have you noticed about when                                                                        their unique talents and
                                                                         at Immaculata Academy was filled with memories, laughing and            you attended IA to what you see about IA today?                                                                              strengths that they can use
Immaculata Academy senior class trip to Toronto, 1979.                   friendships I still have today.                                                                                                                                                                      in the world to effect
                                                                                                                                                Well, the basics are still the same, as they strive to offer strong                                                           positive change.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Canisius graduation, May 2006. Lou was
                                                                                                                                                academics and build strong faith. Immaculata Academy prepares                      granted an MS in Administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Husband, Tom; son, Sam; and Mary Lou’s
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  parents are pictured above.                                             5
     My wish for students
        is for each young
    woman at Immaculata
      Academy to realize
        her unique gifts,
       and embrace how
      faith can guide you
        and comfort you
     throughout your life.


What do you hope to accomplish your first year
at Immaculata Academy?

My plan is to get to know the staff, teachers, young
ladies and their families. I want to learn about every-      Lou’s parents, siblings and spouses. Sisters, Judy, Peggy, Carol and Maureen are all IA graduates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I knew that God
thing that has happened before me, listen to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           would know best,
teachers and staff, and decide on some short term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     so I gave the entire process
and long term goals for us. I also hope to get in contact with the              How have your past jobs and experiences helped prepare
class of 1979 on a more regular basis. Now you know how old I                   you to become principal of IA?                                                    Sam, Lou and Tom at a 2005 family wedding.                                                                             and decision to Him,
am! I also look forward to working with the leadership team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and I knew I would
                                                                                Wow. The older you get, the longer that answer becomes. I think                                                                                                                                          have peace no matter
What are your wishes for students?                                              my past experiences have been varied, but many have been kid-
                                                                                                                                                                  My parents have enforced dancing of all types at an early age             What keeps you busy outside                     what happened.
                                                                                centered and leadership filled. I worked at the Hamburg play-
My wish for students is for each young woman at Immaculata                      grounds for many summers, and the 4-H camp in East Concord
                                                                                                                                                                  (even the polka,) along with golfing whether you liked it or not. I        of work?                                     Great things happen
                                                                                                                                                                  actually have learned to like it after all these years! My mother                                                           when you do.
Academy to realize her unique gifts, and embrace how faith can                  all through college. I have taught at several Catholic schools in
                                                                                                                                                                  and sisters and I have a golf “League of Our Own” where we col-           I’ve been running my entire life,
guide you and comfort you throughout your life. I don’t want                    my career, and several public schools. I managed a group home
                                                                                                                                                                                                         lect dues and have a banquet       and my family loves to run
young women to try to be like someone else, but the best version                for disabled adults for eight years and also my husband’s song-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         at Coyote Café.                    races like the Turkey Trot. Our favorite thing to do together
of themselves. I wish them happiness and peace and success in                   writing career for ten. I have taught photography, waitressed at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            My husband, Tom Stahl,          as a family is to go out and dance when Tom is playing. I love
whatever they pursue.                                                           Friendly’s in Hamburg, and gone back to school several times. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                         comes from a very large fami-      to read, write and watch movies, and I have written three screen-
                                                                                love challenges and learning because it energizes me and makes
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ly too, and attended Catholic      plays. I have also written three young adult novels and two
How would you explain your administration philosophy?                           me a better person. I still plan on pursuing my doctorate at some
                                                                                                                                                                                                         schools his entire life. He is a   of them take place at Immaculata! I spent five years teaching
                                                                                point in the future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         graduate of Canisius College       photography and printing and although I own a digital camera,
I believe that I will ultimately be judged by the leadership I pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and spends most of his time        it will never be the same to me as printing in a dark room. I love
duce in others. I believe in working as a team, being creative, but             What have your students taught you over the years?
                                                                                                                                                                                                         writing songs and producing        to cook and to bake.
also adhering to tradition and rituals. I believe that everything we
                                                                                                                                                                                                         CDs. We have self-produced
do has to be good for young people, and that is how I like to                   My students have taught me that sometimes they have a hurt or a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         eight CDs. He has also             Any other interesting facts you’d like people to know about
make decisions.                                                                 weakness that cannot be seen and sometimes those are the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                         worked as a special educa-         you?
                                                                                difficult to understand and help with. I have learned that kids like
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion staff member at Orchard
                                                                                discipline, structure, consistency, a good listener and a little bit
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Park for the last seven years.     I love cake and donuts and I know the women at Pumpernick and
                                                                                          of fun. Students won’t always admit it, but they like when
                                                                                                                                                                                                         We were in the same hallway        Pastry on a first name basis. Now I will drive by everyday on my
                                                                                          their parents are home with them. All young people are
                                                                                                                                                                                                         at school and saw each other       way to Immaculata Academy so that could be dangerous. I also
                                                                                          not good students, but they are usually very good at
                                                                                                                                                                                                         every hour so this will be a       love Eileen’s bakery in West Seneca! We love to travel to New
                                                                                          something else. They don’t care how old you are or what
                                                                                                                                                                                                         difficult adjustment for both       York and also Cape Cod, as the two places are so opposite.
                                                                                          you wear. They can tell if you genuinely care about them
                                                                                                                                                                                                         of us. (I am taking the small            When I found out that
                                                                                          when you talk to them. You can’t fake that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         refrigerator and he is keeping     Mr. Christian was retiring, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the microwave). We watched         put the rest in God’s hands
                                                                                           How do you plan on meeting our students?
                                                                                                                                                                  Lou’s parents, Chuck and Shirley       “Lucy” reruns every other day      and followed every step to
                                                                                                                                                                  Cookson.                               at lunch, which can take           see where it went. I was
                                                                                           I believe in MBWA, which is Management By Walking
                                                                                                                                                                                                         almost any stress away. He is      very interested in the posi-
                                                                                           Around. Meeting the students and staff will be easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                         already planning on singing        tion, but I knew that my
                                                                                           and fun.
                                                                                                                                                                  for IA events, so we are looking forward to that.                         desire for the job was only
                                                                                                                                                                        Our son Sam is a freshman at St. Francis and loves it. He           one small piece of it. I
                                                                                           Tell us about your family.
                                                                                                                                                                  was in the musical this year, male chorus and hopes to make the           knew that God would know
                                                                                                                                                                  Jazz Messengers group in the fall. He also attends the karate             best, so I gave the entire
                                                                                           I have four sisters and a brother who are all married, and
                                                                                                                                                                  studio in town, plays guitar, writes music and is currently               process and decision to        Lou, her son Sam, now a St. Francis
                                                                                           fourteen nieces and nephews. My mom and dad still live                                                                                                                          sophomore, and husband, Tom, in New
                                                                                                                                                                  obsessed with about 300 bands. I think he has 6,000 songs on              Him, and I knew I would
                                                                                           in Hamburg in what we call “the compound” because three                                                                                                                         York City. New York is a favorite destina-
                                                                                                                                                                  his iPod, but I appreciate his sharing of them with me because it         have peace no matter what      tion of the Stahl family.
                                                                                           of their children and their families all live in the same
                                                                                                                                                                  keeps me a little cool.                                                   happened. Great things
                                                                                           neighborhood. We spend a lot of time together celebrat-
The Cookson family - Lou is pictured with her four sisters, brother and parents.                                                                                                                                                            happen when you do.
                                                                                           ing events, golfing and going out to dance when my hus-
                                                                                           band’s band plays (Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields).

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                                                                                                                                    Alumnae Spotlight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Hilbert SIFE team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               traveled to Grand Bahama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Island in January of 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to assist in recovery efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The island suffered severe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               damage during Hurricane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wilma in late 2005.




                                                                                             Jen Allen ’03 works to change the world.
                                                                                                                                                                               Mississippi (post Hurricane Katrina) that
                                                                                                                                                                               has truly impacted Jen.
                                                                                                                                                                                    On Grand Bahama Island, the Hilbert

W
          hen Jen Allen, IA class of 2003,
          decided to pick up a minor in                                                                                                                                        SIFE members worked tirelessly to help
          business during her sophomore                                                                                                                                        rebuild one of the last remaining homes in
year at Hilbert College she had no idea                                                                                                                                        a close-knit neighborhood destroyed by
what new experiences awaited her. But                                                                                                                                          Hurricane Wilma, and also spent time in a
the seemingly small change led to her                                                                                                                                          local school teaching fourth grade stu-
involvement in SIFE and a world of new                                                                                                                                         dents. “This was indeed an amazing expe-
ideas and opportunities.                                                                                                                                                       rience because it combined teaching vari-
       SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise,                                                                                                                                      ous business skills to students with doing
is a global non-profit organization active                                                                                                                                     service work and residing with the locals.
in more than 40 countries. Working in                                                                                                                                          This was my first true venture with SIFE
partnership with business and higher                                                                                                                                           and it is where I learned more about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for this vivacious young woman; one she                  from different perspectives.
education, SIFE establishes student                                                                                                                                            myself as a person, student and teacher. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    developed at Immaculata              In terms of psychology, I need to be able
teams on university campuses. These                                                                                                                                            also was able to understand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    before her college                   to listen to people before making snap
teams are led by faculty advisors and                                                                                                                                          what SIFE was really about and            SIFE projects              career. “I am truly grate-           judgements.”
are challenged to develop community                                                                                                                                            gained greater relationships
                                                                                                                                                                               with those who went on the trip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           allowed me               ful that I had the chance                  Years of study on the high school and
outreach projects that teach market                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to go to Immaculata. The             college levels have taught Jen Allen the
economics, success skills, entrepre-                                                                                                                                           and with the people I met,” said           to work with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    education I received and             importance of study and hard work. But
neurship, financial literacy and business                                                                                                                                      Jen.                                     different people            the teachers I formed                her experiences with SIFE have given her
ethics.                                                                                                                                                                             Hurricane relief work in             and be open to             relationships with taught            something that cannot be taught in a
       To some, the idea of “free enter-                                                                                                                                       gulf coast Mississippi also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      new surroundings.             me to do the best I                  classroom - the chance to see people and
prise” might seem inconsistent with the                                                                                                                                        evoked strong feelings in Jen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    could. SIFE is all about             the world from a different viewpoint. Look
Franciscan heritage of Immaculata                                                                                                                                              and her SIFE teammates. “I                  - Jen Allen              making a difference and              for this young leader to indeed be a force
Academy and Hilbert College. Not so,                                                                                                                                           was so affected by the hope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    going beyond what is                 of positive change in our world.
according to Daniel Roland, SIFE facul-                                                                                                                                        and thankfulness that the peo-
                                                      Jen Allen ’03 and the Hilbert SIFE team work to develop leadership skills through specially designed service projects                                                     expected, and that is exactly what IA
ty advisor. “SIFE ties directly into                  which help them learn, then practice and teach free enterprise principles to others. Jen is pictured above in the bot-   ple expressed. It made me so happy to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                taught me. SIFE is more than just a club,
Hilbert’s Franciscan tradition of serving             tom row, farthest to the right.                                                                                          the work that we did because I know it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in that it really pushes students to strive                                                Jen graduated
others,” he says. “You have to share                                                                                                                                           was something that really made a differ-                                                                                                    from Hilbert
                                                                                         tions have a responsibility to give back to their communities. With                                                                    to do their best. I do not think that I would
your gifts with others, that’s our fundamental belief. Even corpora-                                                                                                           ence.”                                                                                                                                      College on May
                                                                                         SIFE, Hilbert students develop leadership and other skills by learn-                                                                   be capable to successfully be a part of                                                    12th. She was
                                                                                                                                                                                    Going above expectations is a mantra
                                                                                         ing, practicing and teaching free enterprise principles through                                                                                          SIFE if IA did not impel me                                              honored with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to always keep going.”                                                   Sister Mary
                                                                                                                           service learning projects.”                                                                                                                                                                     Edwina Bogel
                                                                                                                             It is these service projects that have                                                                                    Now a Class of 2007                                                 Award, given
                                                                                                                           directly impacted the life of Jen Allen.                                                                               Hilbert graduate, Jen plans                                              annually to an
                                                                                        You have to share                                                                                                                                         to pursue a master’s                                                     outstanding
                                                                                                                           After her initial volunteer involvement in                                                                                                                                                      female graduate
                                                                                      your gifts with others,              Hilbert’s SIFE team during her sopho-                                                                                  degree in psychology and                                                 in recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a doctorate in counseling                                                of her character,
                                                                                              that’s our                   more year, Jen officially joined the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  psychology. “As a psychol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           intellectual
                                                                                                                           team as a junior. “I joined SIFE                                                                                                                                                                achievement
                                                                                       fundamental belief.                                                                                                                                        ogy major, some may think                                                and devoted serv-
                                                                                                                           because I really liked what the club did,                                                                                                                                                       ice to fellow stu-
                                                                                         - Daniel Roland                   in terms of the projects, and what the                                                                                 that painting, caulking,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dents and the col-
                                                                                                                           benefits of being in the club could                                                                                    picking up trees, etc. may                                               lege.
                                                                                         SIFE Faculty Advisor                                                                                                                                     not completely relate to
                                                                                                                           bring,” she said.
                                                                                                                             Jen’s SIFE experiences are broad and                                                                                 my degree program.                     Information for this article was kindly provided
                                                                                         far-reaching. She has managed the Hilbert SIFE Cafe (a student-                                                                                          However, SIFE projects                 by Hilbert College and Grace Lazzara, a freelance
                                                                                         run on-campus eatery,) taught fourth graders the main principles                                                                                         allowed me to work with                writer and public relations consultant residing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  different people and be                in Buffalo, N.Y. Photos by Nancy J. Parisi.
Patrick Heraty (center above), Hilbert professor of business administration, is          of free enterprise and worked with fifth grade students studying
also a SIFE faculty advisor and a former member of the Immaculata Academy                the global economy, currency and exchange rates. But it is her                                                                                           open to new surroundings.
board of trustees.
                                                                                         work in Grand Bahama Island (ravaged by Hurricane Wilma) and                                                                                             I also had to see things
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                                                                                                                      SAVE THIS DATE!
                                                                                                                  OGOREK WEALTH MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                PRESENTS                                                                             Around IA
                                                                                                                IMMACULATA ACADEMY ’S
                                                                                                                    15TH ANNUAL
                                                                                                                  MATER CHRISTI
                                                                                                                   AWARD GALA
                                                                                                              THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
                                                                                                                   MICHAEL’S BANQUET FACILITY
                                                                                                                        HAMBURG, NY


                                                        IA’s Grand Gala
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       ach year since 1993, the Board
       of Trustees of Immaculata Academy
       has held its annual gala to honor
 deserving community members with its
 prestigious Mater Christi Award. The fif-
 teenth annual Mater Christi Award Gala,
 presented by Ogorek Wealth Management,
 will honor Dr. Margaret McDonnell
 Alexander, Richard Wachowiak and Msgr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Barb Buscaglia Brennan, Sister Karen’s
 John W. Zeitler on October 11, 2007,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Class of 1961 classmate was instrumental
 at Michael’s Banquet Facility.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in inspiring the Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Memorial Scholarship. Barb is pictured with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the new Paschal candle and stand donated
       Dr. Margaret McDonnell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        by the Class of ’61 in memory of Sr. Karen.
 Alexander, ’74, a lifelong resident of
 Hamburg is the Director of Perinatal
 Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The third recipient, Ashley
 Her many years of work with women and                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Darling ’10, noted how prayer affects
 children have brought about positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                her daily life.
 change in the lives of many throughout                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “In imitation of Sr. Karen, I pray
 our region. She also served as Medical                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that God will help me do his will. By
 Director of the Northwest Buffalo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   praying, God gives me the grace to
                                                                                                                                                          Pictured above are the 2006-07 Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ Memorial Scholarship winners.                     forgive others. I understand that for-
 Community Health Care Center, where she                                                                                                                  Three $1000 scholarships were awarded to: (from left to right): Alyssa Marsillo ’08, Ashley Bereziuk ’09
 continues to volunteer. In addition to her                                                                                                               and Ashley Darling ’10.                                                                                    giving can be very difficult,” acknowl-
 medical career, she is active in SS. Peter                                                                                                                                                                                                                          edged Miss Darling.
 & Paul Parish in Hamburg serving as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last year marked the 45th
                                                Pictured above are our 2007 Mater Christi honorees. Seated are Dr. Margaret Alexander
 Eucharistic Minister and on several parish     and Msgr. Zietler. Standing is former Immaculata Academy trustee, Richard Wachowiak.                      Sr. Karen Remembered                                                                                       anniversary of Sr. Karen’s graduation
 committees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         from Immaculata Academy. At the
       “Her active participation in the life    Dick has also volunteered for Kiwanis                   of Bishop Turner High School, followed by         Immaculata’s alumna Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ, an advocate for peace, died in an act of                    suggestion of the class of ’61
 of this Church exhibits her devotion to this   International, American Diabetes                        assignments at Blessed Sacrament                  senseless violence on Good Friday in 2006. Sr. Karen was respected and loved through-                      reunion committee, consisting of
 faith community,” noted Fr. Mark J. Wolski,    Association, American Cancer Society                    Church and the Newman Center on U.B.’s            out the Western New York community as a leader in the movement to “let peace begin                         Barb Buscaglia Brennan, Diane Meli
 pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish. “Her      and Catholic Charities.                                 North Campus. Finally, as Pastor of Our           with me.” In remembrance of her life, a life filled with hope for those already cast aside                  Bialota and Joyce Lauchert Meegan,
 love of her Church and respect for                  “Dick’s ability to lead with a keen                Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Lake             by society, Immaculata Academy has paid tribute to her in two very special ways.                           all their reunion gifts were designated
 Catholic education have helped mold her        business sense and skill accompanied                    View since 1990 he has expanded both                     The Sister Karen Klimczak SSJ Memorial Scholarship was created in the months fol-                   in memory of Sr. Karen. Her class
 as a successful wife, mother, daughter,        by compassion for community and it’s                    its opportunities for spiritual fulfillment and   lowing her death. We invited her fellow alumnae to join us in this tribute to her wonderful                also purchased a special reunion gift
 doctor and friend who is widely respected,     future will be my lasting impression                    its physical plant.                               work. Your response to our invitation was overwhelming! Because of the community’s                         for Immaculata Academy. A beautiful
 admired and appreciated.”                      of Dick Wachowiak.” Betty B. Newell,                         “Fr. John’s positive guidance and            generosity, we have awarded three $1,000 scholarships to students who exemplified Sr.                       framed portrait of Sr. Karen hangs
                                                President & CEO of the Hamburg Chamber                  leadership have shaped Southtowns                 Karen’s life of joyful service.                                                                            near the chapel in the school as well
      Deep concern for society has been         of Commerce said.                                       Catholic School into the wonderful com-                  One of the recipients, Alyssa Marsillo ’08, shared how she, too, had served the Lord                as a new Paschal candle and stand,
 a motivating factor for Richard                                                                        munity of learning and worshiping it is           by sending a message of peace and hope to an inmate. “I wrote a prayer card to an                          complete with a plaque commemorat-
 Wachowiak, former Immaculata Academy                Msgr. John Zeitler has been an                     today,” stated Judy MacDonald, principal          inmate at the Gowanda Correctional Facility, reciting how I am praying for him and to                      ing her life and her message: “I
 trustee and branch manager of M & T            instrument of positive change for the                   of Southtowns Catholic School. “We are            know that God loves him no matter what mistakes he had made previously. I wrote it to                      leave PEACEPRINTS.”
 Bank in Hamburg. He has spent his pro-         Western New York community. John                        very fortunate to have him as a champion          instill hope to a possibly hopeless inmate, and to make sure he knew that you may have                            As a member of the Franciscan
 fessional career working for the better-       Zeitler’s early days were spent playing pro-            of Catholic elementary education and our          to look beyond the bad in someone’s life to find the good, but it’s not an impossible task.”                Sisters of St. Joseph after her IA
 ment of his community by volunteering          fessional baseball for the Detroit Tigers               greatest cheerleader.”                            Miss Marsillo noted.                                                                                       graduation, and then as a Sister of
 for many organizations. He has served          franchise, then as a lieutenant in the US                    Those interested in attending                       Ashley Bereziuk ’09, expressed her gratitude to her family for ensuring she act as a                St. Joseph since 1979, Sr. Karen
 as chairman of both the Hamburg and            Army. In 1964, John was ordained a                      the award gala or becoming a sponsor              kindhearted, thoughtful, charitable person. “I have been taught by family example, and                     instilled in those she met a sense of
 Cheektowaga Chambers of Commerce               priest and began ministerial service to our             may contact Immaculata Academy’s                  through my Catholic schooling, the Spiritual Acts of Kindness and Mercy. It gives me a                     joyful hope, finding the good in each
 and on the board of The Hamburg                community as teacher, coach and ulti-                   Office of Institutional Advancement at            head start at continuing to be a compassionate, caring, giving human being throughout                      person, seeing into their hearts
 Development Corporation where he               mately, assistant principal at Notre Dame               (716) 648-4307.                                   the rest of my life. I look at my life and say how blessed I am…” Miss Bereziuk shared.                    where God dwells.
 currently chairs the loan committee.           High School. He then served as principal
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                                                                                                     Immaculata Spotlight




                                                                                                        Celebrating 20 Years                                                                                                                       Our Town, 1990.

                                                                                                            of Great Drama



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       his year marks Immaculata Academy’s 20th drama
       production under the direction of Jo Ann Wiatrowski
       and Sr. Jean Cherry FSSJ. From their first production
 of “Murder for the Bride” in 1987 to this year’s performance
 of “Fair Exchange,” Sr. Jean’s and Jo Ann’s enthusiastic style
 has continually enhanced the drama program with every pass-
 ing year. Immaculatan staff writer, Suzanne Walker, sat down
 with these IA innovators to reminisce about “plays gone by...”

 SW: How did it all begin?

 SJC: Twenty years ago, at the end of the year faculty luncheon
 one of us said, “We should do a school play.” The other of us
 said, “Yeah, we should.” Then Sr. Marie said, “Why don’t you
 do it?” We said, “Okay!” It was a simple as that.                                                                                                                                                                                    Up the Stage Over, 1998.

                                                                       Barbecuing Hamlet, 2002.
                                                                                                                                           Sr. Jean Cherry FSSJ (standing) and Mrs. Jo Ann Wiatrowski have delighted
                                   SW: Is there a play that                                                                                young actresses with their infectious spirit. After twenty years of direction Sr. Jean
                                   stands out in your memory                                                                               and Jo Ann have made the drama program one of the most popular after school                play and just a few years ago we added a one-act play competi-
                                   as a favorite?                      SW: What’s changed in regard to high school drama over              activities for IA students.                                                                tion. It certainly keeps us busy but the girls love it and in my mind
                                                                       the last 20 years? What’s stayed the same?                                                                                                                     it’s all about the girls.
                                   SJC: Although I loved them all, I                                                                       SW: How do you keep things fresh and exciting?
                                   think that Maid to Order by         JW: It does get more complicated with each production in our                                                                                                   JW: An extra excitement is the Player of the Year Award that we
                                   Craig Sodaro was one of the         attempt to pull more from the actresses or choose a script with a   SJC: The magic of turning words on a page into live theatre is                             began in 1990. I remember every person vividly that won it. I love
                                   funniest. We produced this in       twist that will top the last one.                                   always exciting to me. The fact that more and more girls want                              looking at their names on the plaques on the wall. Now if we were
                                   1997.                                                                                                   to be in Drama Club is wonderful. Over the past twenty years                               to reunite all of them... I would probably just hand out scripts and
                                                                       SJC: We have more girls who commit themselves for four years        we have grown into a three-season organization. We started out                             watch the play create itself.
                                   JW : We laugh more over             to drama. It is their niche and they feel very comfortable in the   producing a spring play. Later we
                                   moments than entire plays...but     auditorium. Oh yeah, the snacks get better every year!              added a Christmas
                                   we both did like the 1997 play.

                                   SJC: During Maid to Order,
                                   when Amy Krapf came out of
                                   the closet with the football in
                                   her blouse I thought I’d die of
                                   laughter. The show temporarily
 My Cousin Lino, 2001.             stopped so that the audience
                                   (and actresses) could compose
                                   themselves.

 JW: I also really liked the play My Cousin Lino and ’60s Mania for
 some of the hilarious moments. I can still repeat some of the dia-
 logue!



                                                                       Nun of Your Business, 1995.
                                                                                                                                                                        Up the Stage Over, 1998.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tune In To Murder, 2003.
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 Campus Corner                                                                                                                                                                                           Alumnae News

 Congratulations Class of 2007!                               Immaculata Welcomes the Class of 2011

 Congratulations to the IA Class of 2007! These exceptional   The Immaculata Academy Class of 2011 was inducted into the
 young women earned over $4.4 million in college scholar-     school on Sunday, June 10, 2007. Freshmen class members,                                                                  What Do You Think?
 ships. Salutatorian, Amanda Bremer and Valedictorian,        listed by elementary or middle school are:
 Katelynn Benzing delivered addresses at the academy’s                                                                                                                      Many alumnae have shared their opin-
 78th annual commencement exercises on June 4, 2007                                                                                                                         ions about Immaculatan with us at IA
                                                              Aurora Waldorf                  South Buffalo Charter
 at OLV Basilica.                                                                                                                                                           events such as Homecoming,
                                                                Renee Bellis                    Erin Rollins
                                                                                                                                                                            Distinguished Speaker Series and their
 Graduates and their chosen colleges are:                     Eden Jr. High                   Southtowns Catholic                                                           reunions. Your feedback is very impor-         Dear Friends,
                                                                Mary Daly                       Taylor Capasso                                                              tant to us and we’d like to share your
 Meghan Elizabeth Azzopardi   D’Youville College                                                Haeli Halloran                                                              thoughts with all our readers.                 Happy summer! Check out our list
 Katelynn Marie Benzing       St. Lawrence University         Frontier Middle                   Sarah Harris                                                                Beginning next issue, Immaculatan will         of upcoming events and join us for
 Amanda Mae Bremer            University of Notre Dame          Jessica Coyle                   Alyssa Iglewski                                                             be publishing your comments in our             some fun and fellowship:
 Caitlin Marie Carr           D’Youville College                Alicia Dolanl                   Kelsey Morgan                                                               new “Letters to the Editor” section.
 Katelyn Renee Chiodo         D’Youville College                                                Rachel Ricotta                                                              Tell us what you think about our special       July
 Amanda Rose Collado          Erie Community College          Hamburg Middle
                                                                                                Chelsey Rogowski           features and news items; give us your suggestions for “Alumnae Spotlight,” as well as           19     Annual alumnae picnic
 Moira Helene Cooper          University at Buffalo             Sophia McKeone                                             your personal update for our “Alumnae Update” section. Please send your correspon-
                                                                                                Amelia Summar                                                                                                                     6:30 pm
 Hannah Lynn Coudrey          Canisius College                Infant of Prague                  Samantha Zbock             dence to Mary Keough at mkeough@ImmaculataAcademy.com or Immaculata Academy                            Call 649-6161 ext 155 for info
 Christalyn Angela Domino     SUNY Fredonia                                                                                Alumnae Office ~ 5138 South Park Avenue ~ Hamburg, NY 14075.
                                                                 Danielle Woodward                                                                                                                                         25     Team IA - Ronald MacDonald
 Christina Susan Drago        Roberts Wesleyan College                                        SS. Peter and Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5K Run/Walk, Buffalo
 Katie Lynn Dutson            Hiram College                   Lackawanna                        Marissa Fielding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6:30 pm
 Brenna Lyn Gerwitz           Medaille College                  Angel Leverenz                  Meghan Hayes               Homecoming Sunday 2007                                                                                 Call 649-6161 ext 155 for info
 Britney Lea Godfrey          Niagara University                                                Samantha Maggio
 Alexa Rae Godwin             University at Buffalo           Most Precious Blood               Natalie Schichtel          Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           September
 Lauren Elizabeth Guglielmi   Canisius College                 Rachel Szwed                                                Immaculata’s Homecoming Sunday! This annual event is
 Lauren Ashley Holtz          Gannon University                                               St. Aloysius Regional                                                                                                        16     Homecoming Sunday 2007
                                                                                                                           an all-class reunion, open to every alumna of IA.
 Mary Kathryn Hooper          Niagara University              Nativity of Our Lord              Stephanie Randall          Festivities are planned for Sunday, September 16th.                                                    10 am Mass followed
 Breanna Katelyn Horwood      Hilbert College                   Mary Morgan                                                We’ll start with 10 a.m. Mass in the school auditorium,                                                by catered brunch
                                                                                              St. Ambrose
 Talyor Christine Janak       St. Bonaventure University        Emily Reichert                                             followed by a catered brunch in the dining hall.                                                18     Alumnae Association open
                                                                                                Amanda Preston                                                                                                                    meeting 6:30 pm - IA library
 Brittany Lynne Kalenda       Buffalo State College             Emily Slominski                                                 Homecoming Sunday is easy, economical and a
                                                                                                Chelsea Zakowski                                                                                                           29     Open House - 10:30 am - 2 pm
 Andrea Lynn Kirst            Finger Lakes Comm. College                                                                   great way to gather classmates and see today’s IA.
 Sarah Elizabeth Koch         St. Bonaventure University      North Collins
                                                                                              St. Bernadette               Several classes are planning reunion activities to coin-
 Katie Lynn Konesky           University at Buffalo             Alyssa Phillips                                            cide with Homecoming Sunday while others are using the event as their reunion. Contact          October
                                                                                                Elizabeth Mruk
 Mary-Katherine Krajnik       Erie Community College          Notre Dame Academy                Elizabeth Radanz           Mary Keough for more information and look for your invitation to arrive by mail in early        1      Open House - 6 - 8 pm
 Mary Katherine Kruszka       Case Western Reserve Univ.                                        Jessica Weiss              August. We can’t wait to welcome you home!                                                      3      Distinguished Speaker Event
                                                                Jessica Betker
 Krystyne Rebecca Kujawa      Walsh University                                                                                                                                                                                    7 pm, watch for details!
                                                                Margaret Leslie
 Lisa Margaret Lalley         Daemen College                                                  St. Hyacinth
                                                                Natalie Vetter
 Soeun (Kelly) Lee            Fashion Institute of Tech.                                        Katie Szwejbka                                                                                                             November
                                                                Jonabeth Zoldos
 Diane Rita Lochocki          University at Buffalo
 Kristen Ann Locke            D’Youville College                                              St. Joseph                                                                                                                   4      IA Memorial Mass
                                                              Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
 Ashley Virginia Lorefice      Buffalo State College                                             Meghan Giles                                                                                                                      8 am - Immaculate Conception
                                                                Shelby Gawley
 Sara Anne MacAllister        Erie Community College                                            Madison Kiernan                                                                                                                   chapel (the Motherhouse)
                                                                Erika Hill
 Melissa Mary Maynard         Niagara University                Alyssa Larivey                                                                                                                                             7      Distinguished Speaker Event
 Erin Marie McNeil            Trocaire College                                                St. Mary of the Lake                                                                                                                7 pm, watch for details!
                                                                Gabrielle Leo
 Lauren Marie Mullen          D’Youville College                                                LeeAnn Tatar
                                                                Amy Marciniak                                                                                                                                              13     Alumnae Association open
 Emily Marie Oliveri          St. Bonaventure Univeristy        Margaret Sobaszek             St. Mary’s Lancaster                                                                                                                meeting 6:30 p.m. - IA library
 Elizabeth Marie Patrone      St. John Fisher College
                                                              Our Lady of Victory               Christina Steck
 Amanda Lee Piskorz           D’Youville College                                                                                                                                                                           Keep us posted on the news and
 Jessica Lee Reimers          Marine Mechanics Institute        Brittany Boechel              West Seneca West                                                                                                             happenings in your life. I can be
 Jeanette Marie Rondon        Medialle College                  Matti Kwietniewski             Lindsey Nowak                                                                                                               reached at IA by phone and e-mail:
 Catherine Anna Ryan          St. John Fisher College           Lauren McHugh                                                                                                                                              716-649-6161 extension 155,
 Erin Nicole Salisbury        University at Buffalo             Chelsea Moore                                                                                                                                              mkeough@ImmaculataAcademy.com.
 Catherine Eileen Shea        Buffalo State College             Francesca Selvaggio
 Justine Rose Smith           Mercyhurst College                Jacquelyn Skobjak                                                                                                                                          Peace and all good ,
 Lauren Nicole Smith          Edinboro University               Erin Smith
 Cheryl Lynn Snyder           LeMoyne College                   Emily Vizzi
 Ashley Elizabeth Szpara      D’Youville College                Emily Yanik
 Natalie Ellen Vinti          Canisius College
                                                                                                                           The Alumnae Association awarded the 14th annual Alumnae Spirit award on May 17, 2007.
 Meghan Lynn Zakowski         Erie Community College                                                                       Pictured above from left to right are IA president, Sr. Lynne Anne Schimminger; award winner,   Mary Keough ’88
                                                                                                                           Mary Alice Regan McClusky ’61 and alumnae director, Mary Keough.                                Alumnae Director
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                                                                                                                                                                          Clockwise from top:
                                                   Alumnae Travel Club                                                                                                    Château Frontenac dominates
                                                                                                                                                                          the Québec skyline and is
                                                                                                                                                                          a signature building in Old
                                                                                                                                                                          Québec.

                                                                                                                                                                          Natural wonders fill the
                                                                                                                                                                          Québec landscape.

                                                                                                                                                                          Artists’ Alley in Old Québec
                                                                                                                                                                          where works created by local
                                                                                                                                                                          artists are available for
                                                                                                                                                                          purchase.




                                 IA Trekkers Plan Inaugural Trip




                                                      Québec City -
                                                      C’est magnifique!



                                                      Y
                                                            ou’ve spoken, and we’ve
                                                            listened! An overwhelm-
                                                            ing number of alumnae
                                                      have listed “travel” as one
                                                      of their favorite pastimes.
                                                      So, the Alumnae Association
                                                      is pleased to announce the
                                                      formation of a new alumnae
                                                      travel group - the IA Trekkers.
                                                                                             2008 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of
                                                                                        Québec City. The Alumnae Association is inviting you to share in
                                                                                        the exciting birthday celebration as the IA Trekkers travel to this
                                                                                        stunning Canadian city from August 21 - 24, 2008.
                                                                                             We’ve teamed-up with a local, western NY tour company to
                                                                                        plan an inclusive, guided tour of Quebec City and the surrounding
                                                                                        area. Our tour will include all travel and accommodations, as well
                                                                                        as visits to:

                                                                                            • seventeenth century churches and historical sites
                                                                                            • Petit-Champlain, Canada’s oldest commercial district
                                                                                            • a traditional Québecois maple sugar shack
 Clockwise from top:
                                                                                            • the beautiful basilica of St. Anne de Beaupré,
 Basse ville - view of Lower                                                                  destination of millions of pilgrims each year
 Québec City. The St.
 Lawrence River is in the                                                                   • magnificent Montmorency Falls, which is one and
 background.                                                                                  a half times the height of Niagara
 Sidewalk cafés and unique
 shops line the streets of Old
 Québec.

 St. Anne de Beaupré Basilica                                                                                                                                      We’ve also included free-time in our itinerary, so you’ll have
 outside Québec City.
                                                                                                                                                              time to shop and explore Québec and take in its old-world charm.
                                                                                                                                                              Our trip will give us time to savor the sights and sounds of
                                                                                                                                                              Québec’s incredible and unique French culture, not to mention the
                                                                                                                                                              the delicious tastes of Québecois cuisine!
                                                                                                                                                                   Plan to join us for a trip to remember! We will host an infor-
                                                                                                                                                              mation meeting in mid-October. Look for your invitation to attend
                                                                                                                                                              to come by mail.
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                                   Alumnae Updates                                                                                                                                                             Alumnae Updates




                                   grandchild was christened.         and three granddaughters.          Sisters of St. Joseph in July    Toussaint III. She is the owner    is proud that her niece Kelsey    betes. She is still working,
 30s                               They were also given a sur-
                                   prise party (dual celebration)     Sally Fox ’59 is enjoying
                                                                                                         2006.                            of her own business.               T. Morgan will be attending IA
                                                                                                                                                                             next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               walking the dog and working
                                                                                                                                                                                                               on her “castle.” “Life has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  80s
 Sr. Rosaline Igielski FSSJ        by their daughter, Carol.          semi-retirement and seven          Mary Lou Janicki Currivan        Ann Walsh Burke ’65 is retir-                                        been an interesting journey.       Margaret Cookson
 ’32 was a teacher at IA and is                                       grandchildren.                     ’64 has two children. Her        ing and leaving Northern           Nan Smith Turner ’72 and          Each day is one to learn or        Meissner ’80 is clinical nutri-
 currently retired. She remem-     Patricia Gordon Piatek ’55                                            daughter, Melissa, graduated     Virginia for Wilmington, NC        her husband, Frank, live in       teach, listen or forgive.          tion manager at TLC Hospital
 bers her students fondly.         is busy enjoying her retire-                                          from the University of Chicago   with, “no plans except to play     Houston, Texas. They have         Several classmates have re-        Network. She is currently a
                                   ment, “wondering where the         60s                                Law School June ’07. Her         tennis, golf, bike, kayak and      two children, Francesca, 6,       connected. The playing and         registered dietitian and is pur-

 50s                               time went.”
                                                                      Shirley Kwilos Franz-
                                                                                                         son, Christopher, lives in
                                                                                                         Pittsburgh and works on voice
                                                                                                                                          swim and probably have a nap
                                                                                                                                          everyday”.
                                                                                                                                                                             and Ryan, 23. She walked in
                                                                                                                                                                             the half marathon in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               growing continues!”                suing certified diabetic educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tor. She and her husband,
                                   Carol Schmitt Smolinski ’56        Cielinski ’60 is still working     recognition for medical pur-                                        Houston Marathon in January       Barbara Sheff Tocci ’75 is         Jeff, have four children, Ryan,
 Dolores Hilliard Browning         and her husband recently cele-     doing some home care. She          poses.                           Linda Acanfora Marsillo ’65        ’07.                              looking forward to her eldest      18; Rebecca, 16; Catherine,
 ’50 is celebrating the birth of   brated their 50th wedding          has 16 grandchildren, and two                                       is proud grandmother to                                              son returning from his second      12; and Daniel, 10.
 her 20th grandchild.              anniversary and two new great      great-grandchildren.               Carol Ball Duhan ’64 is a        Alyssa Marsillo, who won the       Lynn Kopek Barnes ’73             tour in Iraq.
                                   grandchildren. They have three                                        speech language pathologist.     Sr. Karen Klimczak SSJ             reports that her daughter,                                           Ann Buonaccorsi Hawley
 Dolores Zablonski Barnas          children, 11 grandchildren and     Amanda Rasinski Poor ’60           She and her husband, Bob,        Scholarship for her senior         Lyndsey, will be attending        Joann Cole Shoffner ’77 is         ’80 has recently semi-retired
 ’51 became a “great-grand-        40 great-grandchildren.            retired in 2006 and is now liv-    have five children and by July   year.                              Brown University this fall as a   the proud grandmother of           from Stop & Shop
 ma” of twin girls, Kyla and                                          ing full time in the Blue Ridge    07, will have four grandchil-                                       member of the class of 2011.      John Aden, born 6/24/06 to         Supermarket after 11 years
 Brooke, in Oct. of 2006. They     Mary Przybyl Toporek ’56           Mountains of Virginia. She         dren. They will be traveling     Barbara Cross Haller ’65                                             her son Jonathan and his wife,     as a part-time cashier.
 reside with their parents in      celebrated the birth of her        works part time and enjoys         coast to coast to see every-     recently retired from her job      Margaret P. McDonnell ’74         Cecilia. Jonathan, a sergeant
 Frankfort, Kentucky.              first great-grandchild on Oct.     volunteering in her community.     one - two in South Carolina,     as computer network adminis-       was recently appointed as         in the US Army, has returned       Christine Coggins Tufan ’82
                                   18, 2006.                                                             two in the military and the      trator of the University of        Director of Perinatal Services    home safely from Afghanistan.      is a registered nurse. She
 Elizabeth Paryz Ptak ’53                                             Donna Lux Lavalle ’61 is           youngest, starting her junior    Buffalo, after 12 years, to        for Sisters of Charity Hospital   Joann is currently an officer in   and her husband, Greg, met in
 and her husband, Brownie, cel-    Carolyn Amrozowicz                 the owner of two hair salons       year at Oswego in August.        spend more time with her chil-     where she will continue the       the Arizona Army National          1998 on a cruise and married
 ebrated their 50th wedding        Calderon ’58 is looking for-       in Springville and Gowanda.                                         dren and grandchildren.            development of Sisters            Guard Nurse Corps, and on          in 1999. They have three chil-
 anniversary in Sept. 2006,        ward to the class of ’58, 50th     She enjoys lay ministries with     Patricia O’Neill Loretto ’64     Numbers 12 and 13 are on           Hospital fetal testing unit.      the civilian side, is an RN in     dren, Dylan, 6; Sadie, 3; and
 with a Mass renewing their        reunion.                           Aglow International, an interde-   and her husband recently cele-   the way!                                                             the recovery room at Del E.        Julia, 6mo.
 vows at St. Francis Friars Hall                                      nominational women’s min-          brated their 25th wedding                                           Cheryl Kemp Klass ’73 has         Webb Hospital, Sun City West,
 Chapel. They were treated         Carolyn Kozera Chlosta ’58         istry. She has nine children       anniversary with a trip to       Carol Bigelow Sabuda ’66           recently been chosen to be        AZ.                                Lisa Scott ’84 is the assis-
 by their daughters, Janice        is enjoying retirement from        and 23 grandchildren.              Cancun. They have five grand-    and her husband have two           one of Business First’s Health                                       tant dining services manager
 Draschan ’79 and Judi             teaching in elementary                                                children, ages 2-18. They live   daughters and seven grand-         Care 50; a group of individu-     Cynthia Krasinski Tomei’s          at Rosewood Village Assisted
 Slowik ’82. They have four        schools in the S. Maryland         Mary Alice Regan                   in Florida during the winter     children. She is has retired as    als who have dedicated them-      ’77 eldest daughter,               Living Facility in Hamburg.
 granddaughters.                   area. She is currently presi-      McClusky ’61 was proud and         months, and WNY during the       office manager at two primary      selves to making sure we, as      Gabrielle, will earn her mas-      She recently celebrated her
                                   dent of her local garden club      humbled to receive the IA          summer.                          care centers at Mercy Hospital     a community, receive the best     ter’s in accountancy from          40th birthday by doing a “ride
 Elizabeth Zygmunt Duma            in Swan Pt., MD. She enjoys        Alumnae Spirit Award. She                                           in Buffalo.                        care possible.                    Northern Illinois University in    along” with a professional
 ’54 and her husband celebrat-     English riding with her horse      enjoyed the 40th reunion and       MaryAnn Knoche Scott ’64                                                                              Dec. 2007.                         NASCAR driver at Daytona
 ed their 50th wedding anniver-    “Seekers Honey Bea” a few          is enjoying her great niece,       and her husband are enjoying     Celine Buczek Robak ’67            Carol Grandits Corr ’74                                              Speedway.
 sary in Sept ’06 with a party     days a week. She has three         Isabella.                          retirement. They celebrated      and her husband, Joseph, will      reports that her daughter,        Nancy Benz Robinette ’78
 hosted by their children.         sons and two grandsons,                                               their 40th wedding anniver-      celebrate 33 years of mar-         Caitlin, is graduating from       was recently promoted to ben-      Mary Kraus Baczkiewicz
                                   Travis, 7, and Colin, 4.           Isabelle Gernatt Schmitt           sary in October with a cruise    riage, as well as 33 years         Princeton this year; daughter     efits administrator at the         ’85 is a special education
 Theresa Gill Rutkowski ’54                                           ’61 has two children. One a        through Europe. Last summer      residing in Texas. She is          Regan is a freshman at            Buffalo News after working as      teacher. Her husband, Alan, is
 has been happily married to       Elizabeth Ehlert ’58 is proud      pharmacist for CVS North           she was able to fulfill a long   semi-retired as an R.N. but        Colgate; Darcy and John           assistant to the circulation       a science teacher. Together
 husband Joe. They will cele-      grandmother of two, Elizabeth      Boston and the other a             time dream of taking a hot air   works as a substitute occa-        attend St. Mark Grammar           director for 2 ½ years. Her        they live in Williamsville with
 brate their 50th wedding          and Angelo, who live in            mechanical engineer in             balloon ride, thanks to a gift   sionally. Joseph is also semi-     School. Their company, Corr       niece, Alison Rose Benz, plans     their dog, Olive.
 anniversary in October ’07.       Toronto, Canada.                   Atlanta, GA. She has two           from her daughters.              retired as a teacher. They trav-   Dist. (distributor of cleaning    to be a member of the IA
 They have five children and                                          grandsons and has owned the                                         el whenever possible.              supplies and equip.) moved to     Class of 2012.                     Andrea Winnert Harvey ’85
 nine grandchildren.               Barbara Janik Friscic ’58          Quilt Farm (retail fabric store)   Kathleen Connors Toussaint                                          Tonawanda last summer.                                               recently moved back to
                                   and her husband, Paul, have        for 17 years.                      ’64 and her husband, L.                                                                                                                  Orchard Park after being away
 Sylvia Brown Feger ’55 and
 her husband recently celebrat-
                                   been married for 44 years.
                                   She is retired from the            Sr. Judith Salzman FSSJ
                                                                                                         Gerard, have two children;
                                                                                                         daughter, Stephanie Noelle
                                                                                                                                          70s                                Marjorie Godfrey
                                                                                                                                                                             Wetherspoon ’74 is a 43
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mary Louise Cookson Stahl
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ’79 is honored to become the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  since 1989. Her daughter,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Savannah, who was diagnosed
 ed their 50th wedding anniver-    Frontier Central School District   ’62 was elected General            and son Dr. L. Gerard            Karen Kelsey Roehner ’71           year survivor of Type I dia-      new principal at IA!               with a brain tumor in 2005, at
 sary on the day their first       They have three daughters          Minister of the Franciscan

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                                    Alumnae Updates                                                                                                                                                                  Alumnae Updates




 the age of three, is now in        Alex, 9; Ben, 7; Jack, 2; and      the Catholic Health System as                                         Hilbert College in May 2007.         youth services and plans to        husband. She joins big sister,    Deacon Richard H. Kelsey;
 remission and off all
 chemotherapy. They are very
                                    Peter, 10 mo. She and all of
                                    her siblings are very proud of
                                                                       a house doctor at Kenmore
                                                                       Mercy Hospital. In July ’07
                                                                                                          00s                                She received the Sister Mary
                                                                                                                                             Edwina Bogel Award in recog-
                                                                                                                                                                                  graduate with a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                  degree in May ’08. She has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kylie Ann, 2.                     9/30/06. Father of Karen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kelsey Rohner ’71.
 thankful for all of their bless-   their sister, Mary Lou, who is     she will begin a fellowship in     Jolene Chase ’00 is a ballet       nition of her outstanding char-      completed her internship with      Gabrielle Grace Scupien
 ings.                              the new IA Principal.              palliative medicine/hospice in     professional and full time         acter, intellectual achievement      Bethel Head Start in Buffalo.      09/14/07, born to Renee           Joseph Potash; 2006.
                                                                       the Veterans Administration        dance instructor. She and her      and devoted service to fellow                                           Pope Scupien ’93 and her          Grandson of Donna
 Karen Sharp Price ’86 is a         Sarah Pietraszek Mattner           WNY Healthcare System. She         fiance, Brad Parker, will wed in   students and the college.                                               husband, John. She joins big      Patterson Wolfe ’57.
 human resource consultant for      ’93 and her husband, Mike,         plans to specialize in end-of-     August of 2007.                                                         Wedding Bells                      sister, Mackenzie, 2.
 Sharp Human Resources, that        have traveled around the coun-     life care.                                                            Mariya Balicki ’03 graduat-                                                                               Irene M. Pawlik ‘62;
 she started in May 2001. She       try in pursuit of multiple                                            Roseanna Vinti ’00 will be         ed summa cum laude from              Rebecca Kirst Gernatt ’98          Peter Christian Trabold           5/11/07. Sister of Betty
 and her husband live in            degrees. She received a PhD        Teresa Espinosa Kapsiak            graduating from Cornell            Hilbert College in May 2007.         and her husband, Josh, were        8/5/06 born to Maureen            Huber ’59 and Sandra
 Williamsville and have two         in bio-geochemistry from           ’96 and her husband,               Veterinary School in the spring    She was presented with the           married on April 16, 2005.         Cookson Trabold ’87 and           Falsione ’64.
 sons, Garrett, 4, and Colin, 1.    Indiana University in 2004.        Gregory, have been married         of 2008.                           Kimberly Bruch Raczkowski                                               her husband, Christian. He
                                    They have two children,            for five years. They have one                                         Memorial Alumni Association                                             joins big brothers, Alex, 9;      Sr. Alfreda Joan Rozbicki
 Bonnie Mikolagczak                 Natalie, 9, and Nicholas, 15       son, Andrew, 4. She is cur-        Jessica Abad ’01 graduated
                                                                                                          from Trocaire College in ’05
                                                                                                                                             Award. It is presented annually      Baby Bears                         Ben, 7; and Jack, 2.              FSSJ ’40 5/22/07.
 Thomas ‘86 recently started        mo. Sarah works for                rently working in retail, but                                         to a graduate who reflects the
 a new career after 11 years at     ExxonMobil in Houston, TX as       plans to go back to school for     with a degree in radiology.        spirit and mission of the col-       Wyatt James Gernatt 7/6/06,        John Christian Harkins 10/06,     Sr. Mary Eucharia
 M&T Bank. She is currently         a senior petroleum geologist       radiation technology.              She is currently working as a      lege and possesses strong            born to Rebecca Kirst              born to Laurie Hintz Harkins      Wielkiewicz FSSJ ’34
 with HSBC Bank as vice presi-      for the Middle East and as an                                         radiological technician at         leadership skills and demon-         Gernatt ’98 and her husband,       ’87 and her husband. He joins     03/30/07.
 dent for customer research.        instructor.                        Stephanie Allison Suski ’96        Mercy Hospital, OP Medical         strates loyalty and dedication       Josh.                              big sister, Kennedy, 3.
 She lives in Tonawanda with                                           is continuing her education at     Center and Mercy Ambulatory        to others.                                                                                                Becky Sue Zalewski
 her husband, Tony, and their                                          SUNY Brockport after nine          Care Center. She and her                                                Holly Johanna Hastie 1/5/07,                                         Rutkowski ’87 1/29/07.
 son, Anthony, 3.                   90s                                years of service in the US
                                                                       Army. She was recently
                                                                                                          fiance, Justin Frampton, plan
                                                                                                          to wed in July of 2008.
                                                                                                                                             Kelly Abad ’04 graduated
                                                                                                                                             from Trocaire College in May
                                                                                                                                                                                  born to Leigh Kozlowski
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hastie ’88 and her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In Memoriam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nancy Stuhlmiller ’54
 Laurie Hintz Harkins ’87           Julie Haren Madonia ’91 is         accepted into the education                                           with a degree in hospitality         Dave. She joins big sisters        Sr. Mary Martiniana Budra,        4/26/07.
 and her husband have two           working in her third year at       program for adolescent certifi-    Beth Yanik ’01 lives in            management. She was induct-          Emma, 7, and Anna, 5.              FSSJ ’45 1/25/07.
 children, Kennedy, 3, and John     Geva Theatre Center in             cation and also inducted into      California, outside of the         ed into Phi Theta Kappa and
 Christian, 8 mo. Laurie is
 employed as an accountant at
                                    Rochester, NY as company           the National History Honors        Hollywood - LA area. She is
                                                                                                          the manager of a large dance
                                                                                                                                             Eta Sigma Delta honors pro-          Lillian Rose Madonia 8/7/06,
                                                                                                                                                                                  born to Julie Haren Madonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Robert Clalone; 2006. Son of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Donna Patterson Wolfe ’57.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Correction
                                    manager. She and her hus-          Society, Phi Alpha Theta.                                             grams. She will continue her
 St. Lukes Cornwall Hospital in     band, Derek, have two chil-                                           academy in Agoura Hills, CA.       education at Buffalo State           ’91 and her husband, Derek.                                          In the last Immaculatan, the
 Newburgh, NY.                      dren, Michael and Lillian.         Kristina Penfold ’98 graduat-                                         College to pursue a bachelor’s       She joins big brother, Michael.    Sr. Josephine Falk FSSJ           organizer of the 1986 20 year
                                                                       ed with her master’s in mathe-     Michelle Avolio ’02 graduat-       degree as a pharmaceutical                                              ’34 05/05/07.                     class reunion was incorrectly
 Erin McCormack Oliver ’87          Amy Toth Graham ’92 and            matics from New York               ed from RIT this spring and        representative.                      Emily E Pregitzer 4/4/06,                                            identified. The photo caption
 was promoted to banking offi-      her husband, Kirk, were mar-       University Collrant Institute of   was inducted into three leader-                                         born to Mary Kurz Pregitzer        Sr. Mary Electa Kaczman           should have identified Karen
 cer at M&T Bank in 2006. She       ried in June 2006 and are          Mathematical Sciences. She         ship/academic honors soci-         Amanda Rebelo ’04 is a jun-          ’91 and her husband.               FSSJ ’33 05/26/07.                Sharp Price as the organizer.
 is currently managing the retail   expecting their first child June   is moving to Austin, TX this       eties this year; Rho Lambda,       ior at Medaille College, on the                                                                           Thanks, Karen, for a wonderful
 communication dept. She con-       of 2007. She is currently the      summer.                            Order of Omega and Gamma           dean’s list and a member of          Kate Elizabeth Reardon             Kathleen I. Keefe; 12/01/06.      time! (As reported by Jill
 tinues to be involved with IA,     manager of research and                                               Sigma Alpha.                       the Alpha Chi Honor Society.         9/19/06, born to Julianne          Mother of Kathleen Keefe          Grezegorzak Wilkie ’86.)
 as a member of the Mater           development at Waste Stream        Jacqueline A. Stachowiak                                              She is majoring in child and         Carney Reardon ’89 and her         Blaszkiewicz ’73.
 Christi Award Gala Committee       Technology Inc. in Buffalo, NY.    ’99 graduated from SUNY            Christine Gerwitz Graser
 and will be on the planning                                           Brockport. She graduated           ’03 and her husband, James,
 committee for the class of ’87     Renee Pope Scupien ’93             from UB Law School 5/06 and        recently celebrated their first
 20th reunion. Along with her       and her husband, John, have        passed the NY State Bar            wedding anniversary. She is        Career Day is Coming!
 two sons, Nolan, 5, and Jack,      two children, Mackenzie, 2,        Exam 11/06. She is currently       currently working as a body
 3. Erin wishes to congratulate                                                                           shop mechanic doing collision      Immaculata Academy will be holding its bi-annual career day             speakers based on their interests. All types of careers are
                                    and Gabrielle, 10 mo. She is       working as a legal consultant
 her husband, Don, on his 10th                                                                            work, painting etc.. She is        in the fall of 2007. We invite all alumnae to come spend the day        welcome.
                                    currently a substitute teacher,    for a law firm in Cincinatti, OH
 year as math teacher at IA this                                                                          looking into becoming an ele-      at the Academy and share their experiences with our students.                Anyone interested in speaking is encouraged to send
                                    as well as a real estate agent     where she will take the Ohio
 year!                                                                                                    mentary school teacher in the           Career Day allows students to meet one-on-one with                 an e-mail with your name, address, telephone number and a brief
                                    with Realty USA.                   Bar Exam in July ’07.
                                                                                                          future.                            professionals in fields of interest to them, allowing them to learn –   description of your job to Saima Horab, Immaculata’s guidance
 Maureen Cookson Trabold                                                                                                                     exactly what the job entails, personal skills needed, education         counselor, at shorab@ImmaculataAcademy.com. Detailed
                                    Kathryn Grace Gunn MD
 ’87 and her husband,                                                                                     Jennifer Allen ’03 graduated       required, etc.                                                          information will be sent to interested individuals during the
                                    ’94 is currently working for
 Christian, have four children;                                                                           summa cum laude from                    Speakers meet with several groups throughout the day               upcoming months.
                                                                                                                                             (each meeting is about 20 minutes long.) Students are assigned
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Immaculata Academy Open House - September 29th & October 1st


See the future. Reconnect with the past.
           Immaculata Academy will be open for guided tours,
    featuring IA students, faculty and staff, at our annual open house.
       Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 10:30 am - 2 pm
                 or Monday, October 1st from 6 - 8 pm.


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