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.


University Mourns Passing of Former Dean Regina Hobaugh

Former Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Regina Hobaugh passed away on Sunday, July 6. Please join the University community and pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her family at this difficult time.

Dr. Hobaugh was an alum of Holy Family and served the students and campus community as professor and dean for forty-one years before retiring in 2010. Her dedication to Holy Family, its Mission, her colleagues, and her students is legend.

Dr. Hobaugh's Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Friday, July 11, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 856 Euclid Avenue, Warrington. Interment will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Warrington. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8 pm and Friday at the church from 9 am until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Percy Lee Dairy Farm Foundation,, or to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. To send condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website below. SHELLY FUNERAL HOME, Warrington.


The Way of St. James: Father Mac's Journey (updated periodically)

During Summer 2014, Holy Family University's Chaplain, Father James MacNew, is travelling The Way of St. James, a famous pilgrimage dating back to the Middle Ages. Father Mac will be sending updates as frequently as he can throughout this journey. Check back frequently for updates; they will be listed in reverse chronological order.


University Names Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, as President

Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, current Holy Family University Provost, has been named as the new President of Holy Family University beginning July 1, 2014.

Chair of the Holy Family University Board of Trustees Dennis J. Colgan announced her presidency, "Sister Maureen has the kind of higher education experience needed in a President. The board has complete confidence in her leadership and looks forward to serving with her to make a great university even greater."

The president-to-be responded to her appointment with great enthusiasm: "I am honored and very happy to serve as Holy Family University's fifth president. I want to tell our story so others will appreciate more fully the University's academic rigor and holistic learning environment. During the 37 years I have spent in the ministry of Catholic higher education, I have seen it transform individuals and families. I thank God for the opportunity to serve at this time in the history of this excellent institution," said Sister Maureen.

Attention Woodhaven, DEL, Newtown Students

Attention Woodhaven, Extended Learning, and Newtown Students:

Effective with the start of Summer Session I 2014, you must purchase your books online at

Barnes and Noble College Bookstore is now offering a $2.95 flat rate shipping code for textbook orders*.

Orders may also include general merchandise and supplies.

Please use code NEWTOWN when checking out online to receive this promotion.

*All orders must contain a valid DEL or Newtown course code.

Making the Most of the Experience: Two Holy Family University Students Volunteer in Ecuador

by Alexis Reyes '14

While some college students are working on their spring break tan, two of Holy Family University's very own, Kimberly Pfau and Mahbuba Choudhury, completed a volunteer medical trip to Ecuador. During the trip, they had the opportunity to shadow doctors in a teaching hospital called Carlos Andrade Marin. Shadowing a doctor allows someone to see first-hand just what the doctors really do during a given work day. It also personally allows someone to learn some techniques that they are required to know in the medical field.

Holy Family University Will Hold Special Mass for Police & Emergency Responders

Honoring National Police Week (May 9-15), Holy Family University will hold its eighth annual Blue Mass on Friday, May 9 at 10 am, honoring the sacrifices of police and emergency responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The service, which will include a brief candle-lighting ceremony, will be held in the Campus Center gymnasium.