Diversity Team Hosts "What Peace Means to Me" Contest

The Diversity Team welcomes you back and hopes that you have enjoyed a relaxing summer.

As we begin our semester and anxiously await the exciting visit to our city by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families, we are also looking forward to International Day 2015 during that same week. On the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015, the Diversity Team in collaboration with Fusion (our students' multicultural club) is inviting all students to participate in a contest entitled, What Peace Means To Me. We are hoping that faculty will make this announcement in each of their opening classes and that, as possible, staff members will also encourage students to participate. Prizes for winning submissions will be given during International Day.

As always, we are inviting the campus community to help us celebrate the multicultural students and families here on campus through your attendance in our program. We welcome any ethnic table displays, food, and artifacts in celebration of the diversity among our student, staff, and faculty at Holy Family University. Please contact Dr. Matusiak at x3526 for more details. Thank you to all for your continued support of diversity!

HFU Presents September Art Exhibit: Memories and Metaphors

The Holy Family University Art Gallery announces "Memories and Metaphors," an exhibition presented by Star Wheel Printers.


Exhibit: September 9, 2015 to September 29, 2015
Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Star Wheel Printers are exhibiting printmaking works in memories and the artists use diverse print media to express individual reminiscences illustrated through unique visual symbols. Thematic interpretations throughout the exhibit demonstrate how each artist reflects upon their pasts. Among the participating artists are Hanna Aufschauer, Cynthia Back, Bill Brookover, Reena Brooks, Gerard DiFalco, Nicole Patrice Dul, Marie Elcin, Elaine M. Erne, Terri Fridkin, Linda Dubin Garfield, Gloria Klaiman, Phoebe Murer, Carlee Myers, Jose Ortiz, and Joe Speight.

Star Wheel Printers is a Philadelphia- based collective that supports, promotes and shares printmaking with like-minded artists and local communities. Star Wheel Printers would like to acknowledge Philadelphia's printmakers and present a means to share our passion for woodcut, etching, lithography, screen-printing and the like with each other and with the public. If you'd like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Star Wheel Printers e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This exhibition 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 intended audiences of this exhibition are people of all ages. The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University's Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 p. Special viewings on weekends may be arranged by contacting Pamela Flynn, Art Professor and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Holy Family University.

More Information? Contact: Pamela Flynn | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 267-341-3418 |


HFU Announces 2015-2016 Art Gallery Schedule

The Holy Family University Art Gallery has announced its exhibition schedule for the 2015- 2016 academic year. We will be exhibiting an exciting group of artists this academic year, and we also will be hosting two panel discussions. In October, we will host "Exploring Fame: Celebrity Portraits," organized by Amanda McClain, Associate Professor of Communications at Holy Family University. In February, we will host "Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century," organized by Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean/ Associate Professor at Holy Family. We hope that you will be able to join the art department at the artist receptions and the two panel discussions.

Star Wheel Printers: Memories and Metaphors
Exhibit Dates: September 2-29, 2015
Artist Reception: September 29, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Participating artists: Hanna Aufschauer, Cynthia Back, Bill Brookover, Reena Brooks, Gerard Di Falco, Nicole Patrice Dul, Marie Elcin, Elaine M. Erne, Terri Fridkin, Linda Dubin Garfield, Gloria Klaiman, Phoebe Murer, Carlee Myers, Jose Ortiz, Joe Speight


Celebrity Portraits (a juried group exhibit)
Exhibit Dates: October 2-28, 2015
Panel Discussion and Artist Reception: October 8, 2015 | 5-8:00 pm

Selected Artists: Norma Greenwood, Leo Morrissey, Leon 47, Evan D. Williams, Theresa DeSalvio, Byron Anway, Caroline Estelle Hubbell, Breanne Trammell, Elizabeth Withstandley

This exhibit will be displayed In conjunction with a panel discussion, "Exploring Fame: Celebrity Portraits," organized by Amanda McClain, Associate Professor of Communications.

Christine West: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: November 3-22, 2015
Artist Reception: November 17, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Kirstie Kauker: Senior Exhibit
November 25-December 16, 2015
Artist Reception: December 10, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Virginia Maksymowicz:  "Architectural Overlays"
Exhibit Dates: January 13-February 3, 2016
Artist Reception: January 26, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Nationalism: Belonging /Not Belonging (a juried group exhibit)

Exhibit Dates: February 9-March 1, 2016
Panel Discussion and Artist Reception: February 23, 2016 | 6-9:00 pm

Selected artists: TBA

This exhibit will be displayed In conjunction with a panel discussion, "Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century," organized by Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean/Associate Professor.

Laura Dobrota: A Unified Thread (mixed media)

Exhibit Dates: March 4-April 4, 2016
Artist Reception: March 22, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

William Goebig: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: April 6-15, 2016
Artist Reception: April 12, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Raechel Genco: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: April 20-August 1, 2016
Artist Reception: April 26, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Two Years Running! 2015 MONEY® Magazine Value All Star!

MONEY® magazine launched its second annual survey results regarding "Best Colleges," and Holy Family University was thrilled to be named again on their Colleges That Add the Most Value list, earning an "A" as a school " that best help[s] students exceed expectations."

The Value-Added ranking takes into account the economic and academic profiles of its students and the rate at which the college's graduates perform in relation to their peer groups: "To compile this list, we ranked colleges based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment, eliminating schools with a negative grade in any of those areas or a graduation rate below 50%."

MONEY® magazine: "The 50 Colleges That Add The Most Value"

HFU Students Showcase Art at Star Wheel Printers

Star Wheel Printers presents its first annual exhibition of graduating printmakers First Edition: New Philadelphia Printmakers. The exhibition opens at the Fleisher Art Memorial's Center for Works on Paper, 705 Christian Street, Philadelphia PA, on Friday, April 3 and runs through May 2. This exhibition features work by artists receiving a BFA, BA, or MFA in 2015 with a concentration in print media from a Philadelphia area colleges. The show consists of a wide variety of work investigating all areas of printmaking.

Artists include Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Lindsay Deifik, Carolina Gomez and Molly Lloyd; Moore College of Art and Design: Emilie Didyoung, Tori Lattanzi, Sabrina Salgado, Lauren Sauder, and Elizabeth Stricker; and from Holy Family University; William Goebig, Kasey Moore, and Christine West. Star Wheel Printers, co-founded by Elaine M. Erne, Holy Family University instructor Nicole P. Dul,  and Hanna Aufschauer, is a newly formed collective that supports, promotes, and shares printmaking with Philadelphia artists and communities.

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HFU Opens April 13 IT Career Panel to Public

The HFU Computing Society/ ACM Student Chapter presents an IT Career Panel Discussion on April 13 at 12:50-1:50 pm in Campus Center Room 115.

The Holy Family University Computing Society will host seven IT (Information Technology) professionals to discuss building a career in Information Technology. Information Technology is a growing industry that offers a wide variety of career options including application programming, infrastructure engineering, systems architecture, databases & business intelligence, information security and project management. The panel will examine careers in each of these domains tackling topics such as how to prepare for a career in IT, certifications, networking, and professional marketing on LinkedIn. Join the discussion and network with seasoned IT professionals immediately following the panel.

Julie Kiley – Enterprise Architect, Brandywine Global
Kevin Johnson – Infrastructure Architect / Engineer, Wipro
Ron Stoloff – Information Technology Staffing Specialist / Owner, Evolution Staffing
Tim Yocum – Application Developer / Architect / Owner, Yocum Technology Group
Suzanne Watts – Project / Program Manager ePMO, Turnberry Solutions, Inc.
Kevin Bucher – Database / Business Intelligence Architect, Anexinet, Inc.
Terry Maguire – Network Engineer / Architect, Holy Family University

Moderator: Mark Galgano – Enterprise Architect, Holy Family University


Holy Family Hosts Lecture Series

Holy Family University, in conjunction with Glen Foerd on the Delaware, present "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" on Friday, March 6, at 7 pm, in the ETC Auditorium.

Sarah Winski, developer of the National Constitution Center's 2012 exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, tells the fascinating story of the Prohibition era—America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. She will also give a behind-the-scenes look at the triumphs and tribulations of mounting the exhibition, currently on a 10-city, nationwide tour.

Free, Public Classes: Parenting and Retirement

The Holy Family University Family Center announces its two free and public series, one on parenting and one on retirement. The Mission of the Holy Family University Family Center is to provide resources to families through education, counseling, consultation, and advocacy. These resources serve to empower families to adapt to changes in the environment, changes in relationships within the family, and the changing needs of family members. The Center's goals are to offer services that enhance family processes of nurturing, support, and socialization; respect family boundaries; address expressed concerns of the family; link families with community resources; and support outcomes of family survival, family continuity, and family growth.

To register for any of the following sessions, contact Christine O'Neill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-341-3407. All sessions are held at Holy Family University, Philadelphia Campus, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114 in the Campus Center, Room 115.

Free Parenting Sessions

All sessions are 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Upon completion of the five (5) sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire. Free child care is available. Facilitator/Speaker: Sister Eunice Leszczynska, CSFN, PhD

Wednesday, March 18 | Communication for Today's Family
In this session, parents will learn the different styles of communication, explore common communication mistakes, and learn how to become clear and confident when communicating with their child.

Wednesday, March 25 | Self-Esteem
In this session, parents will study the process by which a child develops his or her self-image, how parenting styles affect self-esteem, and how to promote self-confidence and a healthy self-image.

Wednesday, April 8 | Anger: The Challenging Emotion
This session will introduce parents to the principles of anger, different types of anger and ways to use anger in a constructive and healthy manner.

Wednesday, April 15 | Parenting the Defiant Child
In this session, parents will study the special needs, expectations, and fears of the defiant child, while learning several ways of creating a safe, consistent,
and non-threatening environment where the child's needs are consistently met.

Wednesday, April 22 | Parenting the Teenager
This session will introduce parents to the teen brain, common behaviors of the teen years and best ways to communicate with a teen.

Happy Days: Retirement Party and Beyond

Sessions are 7:00–9:00 pm, unless marked. Those who complete all five (5) sessions will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire. This program will explore the physical, social, cultural, wellness, and generational transformations being experienced by many of your friends and family and will examine approaches to wellness and holistic strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with local community and healthcare leaders to evaluate and to assess the twenty-first century "retirement party."

Thursday, March 19 | The Mature Adult
Jeannette Kates, PhD, MSN, APN-C, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
This session will examine physical changes experienced by older adults, introduce healthy aging concepts, and examine trends that inspire older adults to stay healthy.

Thursday, March 26 | Practical Planning
Jenai Grigg, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Sciences
This session will describe safety issues related to driving, benefits of assigning an individual as Power of Attorney, and using "5 Wishes" to develop a living will.

Thursday, April 9 | Supportive Services
Rochelle Robbins, PhD
Clinical Psychologist in Geriatric Practice, PA Licensed
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
This session will review the normal psychological, cognitive, and emotional aspects of aging and healthy coping mechanisms.

Thursday, April 16 | 5:00-7:00 pm | Healthy Nutrition
Amanda Sajczuk MS, RD, LRN
Adjunct Instructor, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Nutritional needs and dietary changes will be described to promote health for the older adult.

Thursday, April 23 | Life Closure
Sister Clare Marie Butt, CSFN, PhD, RN
Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Loss, dying, and death are universal events of the human experience. This session will examine home care, hospice, and palliative care services to assist the person and family to navigate this life transition.

University Mourns the Loss of Former President Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN

Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, former President of Holy Family University, passed away Wednesday morning, February 11, 2015. S. Aloysius was appointed Holy Family's second President in 1959 and held the position until 1971. Her focus on upgrading faculty credentials, facility expansion, and fundraising led to Holy Family's first accreditation. During her tenure, Holy Family acquired Marian Hall, opened a student residence, added programs in elementary education and nursing, constructed and dedicated the Library, established a Reading Center, and opened its doors to men.

A respected leader in education with extensive experience in teacher preparation, S. Aloysius served as Holy Family's first Registrar, as well as business manager and admissions officer, upon its opening in 1954. She also earned the rank of Professor of Psychology and was a member of the University's first Board of Trustees.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1913, S. Aloysius was taught by the CSFNs in primary and secondary school and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts degree from Catholic University. She pursued additional graduate work at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Ottawa.

Following her 12 years as President, S. Aloysius was elected General Councilor in the general administration of the Congregation in Rome, and in 1977, she was appointed Assistant Superior General. She returned to Holy Family in 1983, serving as Records Assistant and Data Entry Specialist in the Office of Continuing Education. She continued to participate in campus activities until her retirement to Mount Nazareth in 2002.

S. Aloysius' passing came on Charter Day, when the University celebrates the day the legal charter was signed, establishing Holy Family as a four-year liberal arts institution.

Funeral arrangements are pending.