Immaculata Student Whose ‘Capacity for Compassion, Empathy Runs Deep’ Honored with Saint Catherine Medal

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Immaculata University president Barbara Lettiere awards Francesca Kalie the Saint Catherine of Alexandria Medal.

Immaculata University senior Francesca Kalie has been awarded the prestigious Saint Catherine of Alexandria Medal for 2021-2022.

Kalie, who is studying biology and secondary education, is the senior class president, commuter assistant, admissions ambassador, and treasurer of the IU Dance Company. She plans to teach middle school science after graduating.

“When I found out that I was this year’s recipient, I was so overwhelmed with joy,” said Kalie. “I literally could not stop crying. Being the recipient of the Saint Catherine Medal means so much to me, and I am so honored to have been selected.”

Kappa Gamma Pi, a national honor society for graduates of Catholic colleges, sponsors this Medal, which is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who represents wisdom, fortitude, and Christian service. Kappa Gamma Pi offers the Medal to a student at the conclusion of his/her junior year. The selection is made by university faculty and leadership on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and service to the institution.

Associate Dean of Students Lynn Rothenhoefer met Kalie as a freshman at New Student Orientation.

“Her greatest achievement is her ability to engage people and make connection,” said Rothenhoefer. “It is rare to meet a student so at ease with every person. Her capacity for compassion and empathy runs deep and her desire to make each person feel special and included is almost magnetic.”

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