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.

Art Professor and Coordinator of Fine Arts Pamela Flynn Exhibits Newest Collection in New York City

by Brittnee Reed '14

"Making art completes me. It is my way of communicating; it is my voice," explained Pamela Flynn, Art Professor and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Holy Family University. In addition to sharing her passion of the arts with her students at Holy Family University for the last fifteen years, Flynn has been promoting original works of art through exhibitions since 1971. Currently, she is beyond excited to share her latest exhibit with the public, Forget-Me-Not.

President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN to be Honored at 2014 GNPCC/Crown Holdings ‘Business is Blooming’ Expo at Holy Family University

The GNPCC will honor Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, who is retiring at the end of the academic school year. Sister Francesca is a member of the GNPCC Board of Directors, a former chairperson, and longtime supporter of the GNPCC Expo. She is expected to receive several citations: Councilman Bobby Henon will present a citation from the City of Philadelphia (Councilman Bobby Henon), and there will be two citations from Pennsylvania presented to Sister Francesca (State Senator Mike Stack and State Representative Ed Neilson).

HFU Students Serve "Empty Plates" and Full Hearts

by Brittnee Reed '14

Holy Family University's Student Government Association (SGA) not only prides themselves in providing campus unity through their student run activities and events, but they are also constantly on the lookout for outside service opportunities. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, SGA teamed up with the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network's Northeast branch (NPIHN) to present the community with this year's Empty Plate Dinner, an event created to help raise money for homeless families in the area.

Holy Family University Partners with Conwell-Egan High School


Administrators from Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, located in Fairless Hills, PA, joined officials from Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership. The agreement consists of three components, including admissions and scholarship, a university and dual credit agreement, and continuing education. The partnership reinforces the commitment of both schools to offer advanced educational opportunities for the personal and intellectual growth of their students and faculty.

Holy Family University Professor Honored with Prestigious Literature Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has named Liz Moore, Assistant Professor of Writing and Coordinator of Humanities at Holy Family University, the recipient of its prestigious 2014 Rome Fellowship in Literature. Moore is among only 20 writers nationwide selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to receive a 2014 Literature Award, and one of only two honorees to be granted the Rome Fellowship in Literature.

Active Shooter Simulation on Holy Family University Campus

An active shooter simulation drill replicating a “hospital situation” was held on the campus of Holy Family University on March 28, in partnership with Homeland Security, the FBI, Philadelphia Police Department SWAT, Crime Scene Forensic Processing, and the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. The simulation was designed to provide an authentic, real-world experience for more than 80 senior year nursing students at Holy Family University and to deliver a critical training exercise for law enforcement and first responders.

Students Host "Learn. Build. Love." for Habitat for Humanity

Students from Holy Family University will host students from the University of Pennsylvania for “Learn. Build. Love.” – a  day-long event dedicated to Habitat for Humanity. The students will work together to construct swing sets and restore furniture for Habitat families, and Habitat families and student volunteers will speak about their life-changing experiences with the organization. Members of the community are invited to join in on the activities, and encouraged to bring items for the Habitat for Humanity donation truck.