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 for more information.

University Mourns Passing of Former Dean Christine Rosner

Former Dean of the School of Nursing Dr. Christine Rosner passed away on Monday, August 11. Please join the  N4I7122 Rosner 1University community and pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her family at this difficult time.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:


Saturday August 16th

Viewing and Funeral Mass will be at St Helena's Church, 1489 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. The Viewing is at 8:30 am, followed by Mass at 10:30 am. Internment immediately following at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19001.







2014 MONEY® Magazine Value All Star!

MONEY® magazine launched its inaugural survey results regarding "Best Colleges," and Holy Family University was humbled to be highly ranked on two of their lists: The 25 Colleges That Add the Most Value (#4) and The 25 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into (#6).

The Value All Stars 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. According to MONEY®, Holy Family University graduation rates outperform peer schools by 16% and earnings performance of those graduates by an average of $12,150.

The Best Colleges You Can Get Into ranking is based on how well Holy Family University ranked overall in the MONEY® survey, our acceptance rate, and the average B grade of our typical student.

"The ranking of Holy Family by provides external validation of the enduring value which the University provides to its students both personally and professionally, said Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, University President. "In addition to taking great pride in our graduates, we are grateful to the staff and faculty who so clearly live our Mission and core values in their work with our students."

Value All-Star

Best Schools You Can Actually Get Into

Philadelphia Daily News Article

HFU Art Gallery Releases Exhibit Schedule

Connections-Mixed Media Group Exhibit
Women's Caucus for Art-Philadelphia Chapter

Exhibit 9/3-9/29
Artist Reception 9/9, 6-8 pm

Dealing With Trauma
Juried Group Exhibit &
The Many Facets of Trauma, a panel discussion organized by Dr. Diane Menago, Holy Family Graduate Program Counseling Psychology

Exhibit 10/3-10/29
Panel Discussion 10/9, 6-7 pm
Artist Reception 10/9, 7-9 pm

Asia Birch, Senior Exhibit
Dates TBA

Matthew Stemler

Exhibit 12/2-1/6
Artist Reception 12/9, 6-8 pm

Bryan Rasmussen
Lantana: Sculpture and Drawings

Exhibit 1/9-2/1
Artist Reception 1/20, 6-8 pm

Jing Zhou
Ch'an Mind, Zen Mind: Visual Meditations On The Ultimate Reality And Absolute Calmness

Exhibit 2/4-2/28
Artist Reception 2/10, 6-8 pm

Carole Loeffler

Exhibit 3/4-3/29
Artist Reception 3/24, 6-8 pm

Kasey Moore, Senior Exhibit
Kayla Cummons, Senior Exhibit
Dates TBA


Business Camp for Philadelphia Teens Hosted by Holy Family

Students from Philadelphia's low-income communities learned what it takes to become successful business owners at an intensive (and fun) week-long business camp held at Holy Family University in early July.

Through a lead partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Philadelphia Program Office, 20 young people, ages 16 through 19, attended Launch It – a series of classes and field visits focused on opportunity recognition, market research, sales and business financials, drawing from NFTE's award winning curriculum. At week's end, five teams of students presented their business plan to a panel of judges for the chance to win prizes and launch their new venture.

"We are enormously proud to host the NFTE Launch It Summer Camp on our campus," says J. Barry Dickinson, PhD, Dean, School of Business Administration at Holy Family University. "Holy Family University is committed to equipping our students with the skills they need to maximize the opportunities that present themselves, or better still, the ones they create. Our partnership with NFTE allows us to expand our reach beyond our own student population to surrounding high schools. Perhaps we will discover the next great business entrepreneur of our time at NFTE Launch It this summer!"

Philadelphia was one of 12 cities participating in the NFTE Business Camp program. NFTE is an international organization committed to providing programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Twenty-five middle and high schools in Philadelphia currently offer classroom-based NFTE curricula during the academic year, reaching 1,200 students annually.

"Launch It is designed to unlock the entrepreneurial mindset of our youth," explains Sylvia Watts McKinney, Executive Director, NFTE Philadelphia. "Students learn to think and act like entrepreneurs – identifying an opportunity, acting on it, persevering through setbacks and working toward success. We are especially excited to offer Launch It Camp to students in Philadelphia this summer."

Most of the students participating in Launch It reached the semi-final round of NFTE's high school business plan competition in Philadelphia, which began with 200 students.

NFTE Launch It at Holy Family University was held from July 7-11. Instructors included the dean, associate dean, two assistant professors and a doctoral candidate from the School of Business Administration at Holy Family University, and Andrew Wakelee, a NFTE-certified entrepreneurship teacher and camp director. Much of the curriculum was developed by Holy Family. The University absorbed the cost of classroom space, food and transportation, allowing the program to be offered free of charge to students. Citizens Bank serves as a major sponsor.