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“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 (http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/centers/race_crime_justice/3956.php)
2. Richard Ross Jr., First Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Police Department (http://www.phillypolice.com/index.php/about/leadership/richard-ross-jr-/)
3. Dr. Anita Foeman, Professor of the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University and noted scholar of intercultural and organizational communication (http://communication.wcupa.edu/faculty/Anita_Foeman)
4. Dr. Donald Brash, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Faculty Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Palmer Theological Seminary (http://www.palmerseminary.edu/about/faculty/donald-j-brash)
5. Father Stephen Thorne, Pastor at Saint Martin de Porres parish, Philadelphia, and former Director of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Office of Black Catholics (http://smdpphiladelphia.com/letter.html)

Questions of the community will be solicited via Holy Family University's website (holyfamily.edu/forum). 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. 

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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."

VIEW THE NEW LOGOS

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 www.bryan-rasmussen.com.

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.

 

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