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

Holy Family University's Family Center will present two free workshop series during the months of October and November, which promote the "Value of Family."

The Parenting Workshop will guide parents/guardians/caretakers to love, guide, and teach their children the art of loving and serving others in the manner which they do within their own families. These sessions will assist parents/guardians/caretakers to better understand their present way of parenting and offer them alternative ways of recognizing the needs of their children at each stage of development, while nurturing each child's self-esteem and enhancing their own parenting skills.

The Retirement Workshop will explore the physical, social, cultural, wellness and generational transformations being experienced by many of our senior friends and family members. Approaches to wellness and holistic strategies will be examined to identify influences on aging well. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with University faculty and credentialed guest speakers to evaluate and to assess the twenty-first century "retirement party."

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 7:00–9:00 pm. Upon completion of the six (6) 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 upon request for children ages 3 and older. 

  • Wednesday, October 7 - Parenting to Empower Children
  • Wednesday, October 14 - The Family Circle
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Stop! Look! Listen!
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Discipline in an Ever-Changing Environment
  • Wednesday, November 4 - Family: Child's Secure Base
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Family Feuds: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

Happy Days: Retirement Party and Beyond

All sessions are 7:00–9:00 pm. Upon completion of the six (6) sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire.

  • Thursday, October 8 - The Mature Adult
  • Thursday, October 15 - Practical Planning
  • Thursday, October 22 - Growing Old Together: Assisting our Partners & Parents with Respect
  • Thursday, October 29 - Supportive Services
  • Thursday, November 5 - Healthy Nutrition
  • Thursday, November 12 - Connecting with Technology


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..