Donor Stories


Georgia and Edward Dudley: Proud to be Immaculata parents

Parents, too, are frequent contributors when fundraising requests go out.

Georgia and Edward Dudley, whose daughter Melanie attends IU, count themselves among that category.

“Melanie is a History major with Art History and Theology minors,” her mother said. “She is in the IU Honor Society, and she is president of both the Photography Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society.” In addition, Melanie works in the Writing Center and at the Academic Success Center, and her parents report she has also enjoyed participating in the liturgical music ensemble and chorale.

Melanie is no stranger to hard work both in and out of the classroom, having graduated as the salutatorian at Padua Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school in her hometown of Wilmington, Del. Melanie worked at the New Castle County Library for more than six years, and has volunteered at Winterthur Museum and Gardens that same length of time.

“She has also been a catechist for the religious education program at our parish, St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, for several years,” the student’s mother said. “She started teaching sixth grade, but now she teaches three- and four-year-old children.”

Melanie’s parents are attorneys and members of the St. Thomas More Society in Wilmington, where they, too, attend St. Mary Magdalen. Her dad is a Eucharistic Minister, while her mom sings in the parish choir with Melanie.

Each year the family looks forward to Immaculata’s Spirituality Under the Dome, an on-campus event celebrating its seventh anniversary in 2013 that has as its goal providing the opportunity for attendees to seek or deepen their relationship with God. Presenters at the all-day annual event explore a variety of topics designed to allow participants to nourish and support their desire to live a meaningful relationship with God and their neighbors.

Melanie’s mother said the family also enjoys attending the Edith Stein Lecture Series at Immaculata, inaugurated in 2005. Admission is free to the annual presentation, which honors the spirit of Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and is hosted by the university’s Theology and Philosophy departments. The lectures celebrate the dialogue between faith and reason, and recent guest speakers have explored topics ranging from the Holocaust to Edith Stein herself.

“Melanie is very happy that she chose IU,” her parents said. “The one-on-one mentoring and interaction she has with her teachers is unparalleled. She has been very appreciative of the guidance she has received from Professors Trembanis, Watson and Hill of the History Department, and Sister Judith Parsons of the Philosophy and Honors departments. We are happy to give to Immaculata because we are grateful for the education Melanie is receiving in the special Catholic Christian environment that permeates Immaculata.”


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Sally Winterton: Donations to IU ‘a way to give back’

Since Sally Tamburello Winterton earned her B.A. in History in 1968, she hasn’t ventured far from campus as measured in miles, but she has certainly risen to the top of her chosen field…and is quick to credit her years at Immaculata for helping to pave the way.

“I have many degrees now,” she said, “and I know it has been based on the quality of my college education. Immaculata permitted me to have the career that I have had.” Upon her college graduation, Winterton was Pennsylvania-certified to teach secondary Social Studies and History, but never taught in a high school setting.

“In 1968, I was hired to teach fifth grade at Sugartown Elementary School in the Great Valley School District, where Immaculata is,” she explained. “But because it wasn’t what I was certified for, I had to start a master’s in Elementary Education at West Chester.” She remained in the district for 24 years, moving from fifth grade to third.

In the mid-1970s, she began studies for a principal certificate at Villanova, and received that in 1979. Her next post – still in the Great Valley District – was as an assistant elementary principal, then the same post at a middle school and then an appointment to principal at an elementary school.

“In 1987,” she recalled, “I began a doctoral program at Penn in Organizational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, which led to both my doctorate and a letter of eligibility to be a schools superintendent.” That year she left Great Valley and headed to West Chester University as a full-time adjunct. In 2001 that university hired her in a tenure-track position. While teaching both undergraduates and grad students, she said, she began to focus on the supervision of student teachers.

“Then last year,” Winterton said, “I was appointed to the position of interim associate dean of the College of Education at West Chester.”

All the while, Winterton, a Long Island native who now resides in Downington, has remained active on the Immaculata campus, as an alumni advisor and in fundraising, and recalled with fondness how different the college experience was in the 1960s.

“Several from my high school class came to Immaculata,” she said, “and of course it was a women’s college at that time. There was little if any continuing education, and classes were mostly taught during the day. After high school, even though the sisters at my high school were also Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters, college was really a different experience for me, and living in a dorm was an adjustment.” She described what she remembered as “a sense of rigor in terms of academics, and so much support of who you were as a person and a learner.”

At the time, Winterton said, “We didn’t wear trousers or slacks outside the dorm. Every Wednesday for dinner, it was considered dress up night. We also had what we called ‘Friday Morning Mass,’ and on that day we wore our academic gowns. There were so many rituals that were part of our Immaculata experience.” She said when it came to dressing for classes the rest of the week, students “were required to wear skirts or dresses or jumpers. It had to be something with a hem, not legs.”

Another rule required dorm residents to be in by midnight on Friday and Saturday nights if they were “unescorted, or by 1 a.m. if you were escorted, which meant you had a date. When you went out, there were boxes near the door of the dorm with five-by-eight cards in them. You put down your name and your room number, and you had to note where you were going.” Men, of course, were not allowed in dorm rooms under any circumstance.

“The main building, Villa Maria,” Winterton recalled, “ was where the switchboard receptionist was. When your date arrived, the person on the switchboard — who was often one of the sisters — called up to your floor, since we didn’t have phones in our rooms, and you’d go down. We had what we called ‘The Green Room,’ which was almost like a hotel lobby with different conversation areas, and that was where you met your date. Somebody at the dorm always knew where you were.”

Winterton’s boyfriend, John, was a second classman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Long Island, and she was a senior in high school when they met.

“I graduated from Immaculata on June 2, 1968,” she said, “and we got married on June 8, 1968.” And ever since, Winterton has offered the school her support, both financially and as a volunteer.

“I still contribute. I have for at least 40 years,” she said. “I think that initially, young graduates feel a small donation isn’t what the university is looking for. So recent graduates would like to give, but may have the sense that Immaculata is looking for larger gifts.” In reality, she said, that is not the case at all, and donations in any amount are most welcome.

Over the years, Winterton said, her own giving has increased, to both the annual appeal and various capital campaigns. “As my husband and I have advanced in our careers, I have tried to increase my giving,” she said. “It really is a way I can give back to the university, the sisters and all of the folks who made it possible for me to go to college.” She said she was fortunate enough while attending Immaculata that her parents were able to afford her tuition, “But I know tuition doesn’t cover everything. I was able to benefit from others’ generosity, and now I am in a position to return that generosity.”