Immaculata University dedicates new building to students
IHM Student Center New campus life hub
On Thursday, January 24, the campus community gathered to dedicate and bless the new IHM Student Center, which officially opened to students that day.
Julia Coppa ’19, of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, president of Immaculata’s Student Government Association, provided the welcome and introduction while Marilyn Benvenuto ’19, of Reading, Pennsylvania, sang the alma mater. Father Kevin McCabe, Chaplain of Immaculata, blessed the new student center after remarks from Barbara Lettiere ’72, President of Immaculata, and Sister Mary Ellen Tennity, IHM, Superior General of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary .
“When we opened last spring, I was excited to begin building our newest addition to campus,” Lettiere said. “This new facility will provide our deserving students with a place to meet and enjoy each other’s company. We are very grateful to the IHM Congregation for their encouragement and support. The new student center is a tribute to their nearly 100 years of service and dedication to Immaculata. Several of our graduates have contributed to the financing of this building. It’s been a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait!
Designed by nationally renowned architectural firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot building provides students with a modern center for relaxation, recreation, and socialization. The 20-foot-tall living room features a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace housed in a soft postmodern and industrial motif.
Amenities include a fully equipped fitness center overlooking the fireplace and lounge, with 34 exercise stations that use modern fitness equipment enhanced with personal technology options. A game room offers two gaming stations, a 16-foot shuffleboard, a ping-pong table, and a pool table. Students will have the opportunity to host movie nights, theater performances, and other activities in a multipurpose room equipped with next-generation technology. For catering options, students can choose from prepared meals provided by IU’s catering partner, Parkhurst; a snack bar with an open grill; and a self-serve counter for drinks and milkshakes. As part of an energy saving objective, the building uses hydraulic lifts, a highly efficient heat pump system, LED lighting and occupancy sensors.
The campus community celebrated the grand opening and grand opening of the new building with cake, soft pretzels and a gift t-shirt.
“This IHM student center has the mark of the community written all over it,” commented Sister Mary Ellen. “It was designed specifically to foster community growth. It is in community that we discover capacity, our own capacity, to do good, and where we also discover and appreciate each other’s capacity to do good.
Today’s Immaculata University is a vibrant coeducational community of active and engaged learners. Founded in 1920 and guided by the servant leadership tradition of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the University empowers graduates to succeed, lead and serve throughout their lives. Immaculata offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs and is home to 23 NCAA sports teams. The sprawling suburban campus is located in famed Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles west of Philadelphia.