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Professor Leads Motivational T-Shirt Project

Tshirt WebProfessor James Huber is no stranger to Holy Family University's motto, Teneor Votis: "I am bound by my responsibility." One of the ways he incorporates Teneor Votis into the classroom is by engaging his students in an assignment to design and donatemotivational t-shirts to children at St. Christopher's Children Hospital. Students in Psychology 101 study motivation and social behavior, so each semester Huber requires them to design and create a t-shirt that will motivate a child or teen and help influence them in a positive way.

"I wanted to create some service learning projects in my courses that would enable my students to learn new concepts and skills and also provide some benefit to people outside of class in our community," Huber said. "The combined experience of learning by doing is enhanced with learning by giving, which students say helps them remember the motivational concepts."

Huber's students have donated over 200 t-shirts in the last three years.

 

Holy Family University Art Exhibit: Procession by Matthew Stemler

Stemler Fair WarningHoly Family University is pleased to announce the newest Art Gallery exhibit: Procession by Matthew Stemler. The exhibit will run from December 2, 2014 until January 6, 2015. An  artist reception will be held on December 9, 2014 from 6-8 pm.

Matthew Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, with a Sculpture Major, and an Associate's Degree in Commercial Art, from Antonelli Institute of Art. Matthew is currently the Fine Arts Department Coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the ACSI Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.

Matt's art often joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature's processes like shifting, sorting, and balancing. It stems from earlier experiences with a family run machine shop and farm life. Installations designed by Matt use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces. Many sculptural objects are accented with mechanical components evocative of a farmer's inclination to tinker, adjust, and invent. His drawings investigate non-representational mark-making through dense layers of diverse textures and forms. They are often made in charcoal or colorful combinations of watercolor with chalk pastel. Narrative elements in the drawings link to notions of labor and endurance.

Exhibitions of his work include the James A. Michener Art Museum, The Myrtle Gallery, and Art in City Hall. Matthew's installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center. For more information, contact Pamela Flynn, Professor of Art, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Athletics Donates 1,100 Books to Potter Thomas Elementary School

December 3, 2014 - The Holy FaBuildALibrarymily University Department of Athletics donated and presented new children's books to the Potter Thomas Elementary School in Philadelphia during an assembly Tuesday morning. The assembly represented the ninth annual 'Build-A-Library' community engagement event, which first began in 2006. Since then, the Holy Family department of athletics along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has donated over 11,700 new books to 11 Philadelphia area schools.

Members of the department of athletics staff, student-athletes and members of 'Blue Crew' delivered 1,100 new books to the Potter Thomas Elementary School. At the assembly, the Holy Family representatives led the school children in a number of cheers and also discussed the importance of reading.

"The Build-A-Library event continues to be one of the highlights of the year," said Associate Director of Athletics Robin Arnold. "The elementary students were thrilled to have us and were very energetic throughout the assembly. I'm glad we were able to provide their library with all these new books."

Towards the end of the assembly, Arnold made a deal with the school children for the class that reads the most books will be invited to Holy Family later in the spring. She challenged the school children to read as many books from now until the spring.

During the future visit later this spring, the school children will be able to read with Holy Family student-athletes, take a tour of campus, participate in athletic activities in the Campus Center Gymnasium and eat lunch with student athletes and staff.

 

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

WHEN: September 22-27
FOR MORE INFO: worldmeeting2015.org


Official Press Release: World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Speakers & Content

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Baltimore, MD (November 10, 2014) – In remarks offered today at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fall Assembly, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. announced that registration for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, which is being held September 22-25, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA, is now officially open. Individual registrants and families can register via Worldmeeting2015.org/Plan-yourvisit/ Register for the four day Congress at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and also book hotel rooms for Congress days through the website. Multiple registration and pricing options are available, allowing delegates to select a package that best suits their needs. There is also an option available for registrants to seek out local host families through Homestay.com via http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/places-stay/.

Holy Family Offers Winterim 2014-15 Classes

Holy Family is pleased to once again offer Winterim courses for 2014-15.

Offered by colleges and universities nationwide, such sessions have the potential to create mid-year course completion options for students across programs and academic majors.

Session Dates

Designed to fit between the fall and spring semesters, Winterim offers a series of undergraduate and graduate courses in a manner consistent with the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirement of 42 hours of instructional time for a typical three-credit course. 

HFU Presents Weekend Intensive about Organized Crime (Open to Public)

Holy Family University's School of Business Administration and Extended Learning is happy to announce the Weekend Intensive Course: "Organized Crime in America: The Philadelphia Story," scheduled for November 14-16, 2014. In recognition of the interest in the topic, the high profile of our speakers (including Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser), and our appreciation for our community, this course has been opened to the public. If you wish to attend, please send an email to Chris Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is limited seating; so, please make a reservation for any or all of the guest speakers.


Description: The most common group associated with organized crime is the American mafia. Even more, the public understanding has been shaped stereotypically by film, literature, and media coverage. The FBI defines organized crime "any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities." This means that we need to examine more than just the mafia. This course will explore the organized crime groups in Philadelphia, their origins, their development, and the legal responses to combatting them. In addition, this course will analyze their relationships to society and other organized crime groups in the United States.

Speaker Schedule:

Friday 11/14/14
7 pm: Sean Griffin, PhD
"Philadelphia's Black Mafia: Learning from a Complicated and Controversial History"

Saturday 11/15/14
9:15 am: Susan Macartney, PPD
"The Godfather Effect"

Keynote Speaker
1 pm: Dave Schratwieser, five-time Emmy winner for investigative reporting, Fox 29 News Philadelphia
"The Philadelphia Mafia"

Sunday 11/16/14
12 pm: Larry O'Neill
"Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs"

2 pm: Jose Valdes, PPD
"A Failed Nation: The Almighty Latin King Queen Nation"

 

Holy Family Hosts Fourth Annual Nursing Reunion and Distinguished Lecture Program

Holy Family's Alumni Office is happy to host the Fourth Annual School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Alumni Association Reunion and Distinguished Lecture Program on Friday, October 24, from 6-9 pm in the ETC.

The Reception begins at 6 pm, with the Award Presentation and Lecture to follow at 7 pm. 

Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
Barbara McLaughlin '78, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Professor and Department Head
Department of Nursing
Community College of Philadelphia

Distinguished Lecture Presentation
Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform
Carolyn Padovano PhD, RN
Director of Health Health Information Technology
Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology
RTI International

For further information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Alumni Office at 267-341-5017.

One continuing education hour will be given to all registered nurses who attend the lecture.

 

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents “Dealing with Trauma through Art Making”

The Holy Family University Art Gallery presents "Dealing with Trauma through Art Making," a powerful exhibit and panel discussion highlighting the therapeutic effect of creating art. The exhibit features works by 13 artists from across the U.S. and runs from October 3 through 29, 2014.

The exhibit is open to public and admission is free, as is an interactive panel discussion and artists' reception scheduled for the evening of October 9.

"The works of the exhibiting artists address how the creation of art can have a profoundly therapeutic effect," explains Pamela Flynn, Professor of Art and Coordinator of Fine Arts, Holy Family University. "Through image making, an artist can release energy, explore inner thoughts and discover personal dimensions."

In conjunction with the exhibit, an interactive panel discussion, titled "The Many Facets of Trauma," will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on October 9 in the Art Gallery. Four counseling professionals will provide their unique perspectives on how psychologists, art therapists, and marriage and family therapists understand and help people who are dealing with the many facets of trauma, including sexual abuse, collective loss and traumatic brain injury. The panelists will also facilitate the creation of a mural by members of audience, demonstrating the value of self-expression and healing through art.

The multidisciplinary panel will include the following presentations: "The Trauma of Sexual Abuse" by Dr. Diane Menago, Licensed Psychologist and Graduate Counseling Psychology Faculty, Holy Family University; "9/11 Trauma Living and Loving Beyond Loss" by Dr. Jim Huber, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Graduate Counseling Psychology Faculty, Holy Family University; "Traumatic Brain Injury" by Sue Worthington Duffy, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Children's Seashore House; and "Art Therapy with Clients" by Lori Lamont, MA, LPCMA, ATR-BC, Lenape Valley Foundation.The panel discussion will be directly followed by an artists' reception between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Exhibiting artists include Jennifer Bell, Amanda Budreau, Kimberly Callas, Theresa DeSalvio, Rachel Elise, Colleen Fitzgerald, Mia Halton, Judith Hugentobler, George Lorio, Maria Lupo, Nevin Price-Meader, Rahshia Sawyer and Hannah Sheridan.

October Symposium Kicks Off CEU Series

Holy Family University is offering continuing education workshops for licensed professionals and other community mental health and social service providers during the 2014-2015 school year. The first of these eight workshops takes place on Friday, October 17, from 9 am - 4 pm at the University's Bensalem location.

Dr. Jackson Tay Bosley will present "Treatment with Sex Offenders." The full-day workshop for mental health providers, criminal justice workers, social service workers, and graduate students will provide an overview of the issues specific to working with sex offenders led by Nationally known expert Jackson Tay Bosley. In the afternoon, breakout sessions will focus on issues of working with victims of sexual abuse and assault, and working with juvenile sexual offenders. This symposium will be the formal Kick-off of the Correctional Counseling concentration within the Counseling Psychology graduate program.

 

Click here to register.

 

Art Gallery Opens Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition

The organization's Philadelphia Chapter showcases the work of seven artists exploring the connections between the personal and the political, the present and the past, and the human form and the natural world.

Artist Reception and Talk, Tuesday, September 9, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibit will be open from September 3 – 29, 2014

Holy Family Art Gallery, Education & Technology Center
Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA 19114

Through a variety of mediums, seven Philadelphia-based female artists will showcase their work at the Holy Family University Art Gallery this month in conjunction with the Women's Caucus for Art's Philadelphia Chapter, whose mission is to celebrate community through art, education and social activism.

"We are excited to bring the work of these spectacular artists to the campus," said Pamela Flynn, Professor of Art and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Holy Family University. "The mission of the university aligns closely with that of the Women's Art Caucus, with a nod to our responsibilities towards our community. By bringing this dynamic show to the university, we invite our community to visit and share in its wonder."

The seven artists each bring a unique perspective to the exhibit.

Rosalind Bloom connects past and present through her collages referencing Leonardo da Vinci, Cezanne and Duchamp, while Jude Lang considers childhood memories, giving them both personal and communal significance. Laura Petrovich-Cheney and Kristin Osgood Lamelas concern themselves with the landscape from the vantage point of their own bodies; one through the lens of a camera with an eye towards environmental responsibility and the other through her and her husband's own biological cells, maps, paint and wood.

Simone Spicer exhibits concern for the natural environment through her choice of sculptural materials—discarded cardboard and plastic milk jugs—and ties that aesthetic to the human form. Claire Giblin utilizes mapping as well, her abstracted figurative paintings acting as documentation of her wanderings through ancestral history.

Virginia Maksymowicz's hand-colored prints tie together the physical and metaphorical by looking at the literal incorporation of women's bodies into the structure of fountains, and the connotations inherent in using those figures to facilitate the flow of water.

This exhibit is part of Holy Family's monthly Gallery shows held throughout the academic year, each of which showcases a new and diverse exhibit featuring artists from around the world as well as Holy Family University's graduating art majors.

The Gallery is open daily, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special viewings on weekends may be arranged by contacting Pamela Flynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holy Family University is a premier Catholic university offering 45 undergraduate, graduate and accelerated degree programs. The University's main campus is in Northeast Philadelphia, with additional locations in Bensalem and Newtown, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth as a private, not-for-profit, faith-inspired community, Holy Family University propels graduates to purpose-driven, values-centered lives through outstanding academic programs, flexible delivery options, manifold experiential learning opportunities, supportive career development and deep personal connections. Visit www.holyfamily.edu for more information.

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