b'IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY Immaculata Centennial Milestones Class of 1925From the beginning, Immaculata has attracted meritorious attention. As theToday, more than university celebrates its centennial, a few2,500 women and men, milestones mark a notable history. including graduateIn 1906, the Sisters, Servants of thestudents, live and Immaculate Heart of Mary, purchased a 198-acre tract of prime Chester Countystudy in a 16-building land near Malvern. complex set on aNow named Immaculata University, thebeautiful tree-lined first Catholic college for women in thecampus overlookingPhiladelphia area was founded by the sisters as Villa Maria College in 1920. the Great Valley.In 1929, Villa Maria College became Immaculata College. In 1969, the Evening Division was launched, offering degree programsfor adult students, including men.The Mighty Macs were inducted into theImmaculatas legendary Mighty MacsBasketball Hall of Fame in 2014.basketball team won Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national championships in 1972, 73,and 74. In 2002, Immaculata was granted university status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Effective the fall of 2005, Immaculata went co-ed. That year, 118 male students enrolled. The Mighty Macs were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Barbara Lettiere, Immaculata class of 1972, was named the first lay president of the university in 2017. 44 Chester County Life /CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM'