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Three IHMs Awarded Emerita Status at Marywood University

During the Fall Convocation at Marywood University on October 16, Sister Anne Munley, IHM, President, recognized an inaugural group of faculty members who were awarded Emeritus/Emerita status. This is an honorary distinction awarded for extraordinary service to Marywood University.

Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D. served at Marywood in the Department of Social Sciences for almost forty-seven years, as a professor, and as Dean of the Undergraduate School from 1988-1993. Her teaching centered on developing world studies, women’s studies, hunger and peace. She also organized several service learning trips for students in Tanzania, East Africa. Sister also served as President and member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern PA and is a member of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). She is a participant in the Board of the Nativity/Miguel Scranton School.

Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, IHM, M.F.A. served at Marywood in the Department of Art for nearly thirty years, teaching and serving as Chairperson of the Undergraduate and Graduate Departments for sixteen years. Two new art buildings were erected to accommodate the increase in the number of art majors. Sister Cor has represented Marywood as a resource person, evaluator and consultant to the PA and NJ Departments of Education. She has been the recipient of local, regional and national awards which included NASAD Fellow and Life Member Award and the PA Department of Education Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award. Since her transition in 2007 she continues to serve the university.

Sister M. Anitra Nemotko, IHM, Ph.D. served at the university for almost thirty years in the Department of Science. She was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh and completed doctoral studies in 1990. She served as Chairperson of the Science Department for seven years also as a teacher of Human Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Physiology. During her tenure, a new science laboratory wing was designed and constructed and a Physician Assistant Program was initiated and received full accreditation from the ARC-PA. Sister Anitra gave presentations at learned society conferences which included the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, the National Association of Biology Teachers and WebCT.