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.

HFU Presents February Art Exhibit: Ch'an Mind, Zen Mind by Jing Zhou

Displaying JingZhou_Purity.jpgThe Holy Family University Art Gallery presents "Ch'an Mind, Zen Mind: Visual Meditations on the Ultimate Reality and Absolute Calmness," an exhibition of digital prints by Jing Zhou.

This body of work reflects Zhou's spiritual experience through one of the most widely held oriental philosophies—Ch'an, also known as Zen. Ch'an's profound wisdom/teaching and Western art inspired these images. Every image in this series carries a unique philosophical concept with different aesthetic approach. She would like to communicate to her audience Ch'an's subtle atmosphere of Emptiness and Calmness by developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas. All images are high quality digital prints incorporating traditional art forms, such as photography, painting, printmaking, and drawing.

Exhibition Date: February 4–28, 2015
Artist Reception and Talk: 6–8pm, February 10, 2015

Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is a multimedia artist, designer, and professor at Monmouth University, New Jersey. As an Asian woman artist living in the Western world, she is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, her artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and her inner voyage. Jing's work has been widely shown and collected internationally, including Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Asian Cultural Center, New York; British Computer Society, London; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery; Royal Institution of Australia; Danish Poster Museum; Athens Video Art Festival, Greece; Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul; FILE, Sao Paulo; Mundaneum, Belgium; Brown University; Korea Visual Information Design Assn.; Goethe Institute Alexandria, Egypt; public collection of the WRO Media Art Center, Poland; Waikato Museum, New Zealand; SDAI Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego; and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. She is also a Gold Medal recipient of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Gold Winner of the American Design Awards, and Prize Winner of IFUW Poster Competition in Geneva. []

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

“Life After Ferguson: Where do we go from here?” Forum hosted by Holy Family University

Holy Family University will be hosting a forum—Life After Ferguson: Where do we go from here?—on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Philadelphia campus. The goal of the event is to identify strategies to move beyond the current state of racial tension, violence, and unrest that exists in our city and nation following recent events in Ferguson and New York City.

In an effort to promote healing through meaningful dialogue between members of law enforcement and the community, a panel will discuss questions posed to them about the best steps to bridge the gap between members of law enforcement and the community, particularly the black community.

Confirmed panelists are:
1. Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, a Professor in the Department of Law and Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (
2. Richard Ross Jr., First Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Police Department (
3. Dr. Anita Foeman, Professor of the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University and noted scholar of intercultural and organizational communication (
4. Dr. Donald Brash, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Faculty Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Palmer Theological Seminary (
5. Father Stephen Thorne, Pastor at Saint Martin de Porres parish, Philadelphia, and former Director of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Office of Black Catholics (

Questions of the community will be solicited via Holy Family University's website ( These questions will be collected and selected questions will be posed to the panel at the event. Holy Family University Associate Professor, Dr. James Huber, will moderate the panel. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. 


Holy Family Unveils New Athletic Logos

The Holy Family University Department of Athletics unveiled its new brand identity, including new primary athletics logos and wordmark, on Tuesday night during halftime of the women's basketball game versus the University of the Sciences.

"The Department of Athletics and the University are very excited about the new Tiger identity," said Assistant Vice President for Athletics Sandra Michael. "I truly believe the faculty, staff and students, especially our student-athletes, will appreciate the new look of our mascot and will be proud to wear it and promote it."


The new branding includes a primary logo that incorporates the Holy Family University wordmark in a bold-fierce text as well as an upgraded Tiger. The new Tiger image shows an aggressive and athletic Tiger that is about to pounce on its prey.

In addition to the primary mark, there is a family of secondary logos that Holy Family Athletics will use as part of this new branding.

Developing of the new brand was a team effort that began in the summer of 2014. The Department of Athletics along with the University's Marketing Department teamed up with Tim Rice of Royal Rooster Design Co. out of West Des Moines, Iowa to create the new identity for Holy Family Athletics.

Fans who attended the unveiling got early access to the new athletics merchandise sporting the new logos. Students, faculty and staff will be able to purchase merchandise during the common hour on Wednesday afternoon (12:50-1:50 p.m.) at Tiger Café in the Campus Center.

HFU presents January Art Exhibit: Lantana by Bryan Rasmussen

Mourning Cloak06 WebHoly Family University Art Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Bryan Rasmussen. The show titled Lantana will be on exhibit from January 5 through February 5, 2015, with the artist reception and artist talk on January 20, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Bryan Rasmussen is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and elegant sculptures that incorporate tension and contrast in their design.

Bryan Rasmussen lives and creates his art in Chattanooga, TN, and has been an artist in the Southeast for more than 10 years. Regarding this art show, Rasmussen stated "I am very pleased and gratified to be chosen by the Holy Family University Art Gallery for this solo show. It is nice to be recognized in one of the great art scenes of the world (Philadelphia)."

Artistic Statement:
Simplicity, precision and tension are properties that I explore in my work. I find these properties in nature spending time outdoors studying the things that I find on hikes such as seed pods and animal bones. It is fascinating to see the geometry of a seed pod that has burst open, to view that each part of the pod can be put back together to reform the whole. The way bones fit together to shift and slide to make movement possible also informs my work.

I have chosen a very simple, direct approach to express my observations through my work. I start with a three-dimensional representation of a straight line. I slice the line one or more times, opening it like a seed pod and let the pieces slide and shift, like bones. The new form that these actions create becomes the sculpture. Old work inspires new work, this keeps the series constantly growing becoming more and less complex, but always moving forward, exploring simplicity and precision to make an elegant work of art.

About Artist Bryan Rasmussen:
Bryan Rasmussen lives and works in Chattanooga, TN. His artwork is represented in private collections of art collectors and other institutions across the country, including the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA, and Volkswagon Manufacturing Plant in Chattanooga, TN. Rasmussen's website can be found at

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

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.