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Georgetown Professor Receives Highest Nursing Honor from Holy Family 

A senior research scholar and ethicist at Georgetown University received Holy Family University’s highest honor for graduates of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Carol Taylor of Washington, D.C., class of 1975, received the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award during an evening ceremony and reunion dinner on October 12. At Georgetown, Taylor directs an innovative ethics curriculum for advanced practical nurses. She also teaches in the undergraduate nursing program, directs a practicum in clinical ethics for graduate students in the philosophy program, and develops seminars in clinical ethics for health care professionals and the public. 

Port Richmond Sixth Graders 'Adopted' by Holy Family University

A sixth-grade classroom at the Memphis Street Academy Charter School got a head start thinking about their college futures with a little help from Holy Family University. 

At the request of their teacher Jennifer Douglas, a 2011 graduate of the School of Education in elementary education, the University "sponsored" her students, providing satchels, pennants, pens, and other items imprinted with the Holy Family logo. Their satchels also included packets of information on attending Holy Family, provided by the Admissions Office. 

Teachers at Memphis Street Academy, a tuition-free public school for grades 5-8, were asked to reach out to their alma maters to help motivate students to think about going to college. “I, of course, chose Holy Family,” Douglas said. “I truly love it here; I am a grad student.” 

The twenty-seven students in Douglas’s classroom also decorated it with Holy Family University colors and logo-banners. “They are learning all about the University and are so excited about the opportunity that awaits them,” Douglas told Holy Family’s Director of Alumni and Parents Marie Zecca, who collected boxes of things from various campus departments and delivered them to the charter school, located in the Port Richmond area of Northeast Philadelphia on October 26. 

“They actually said it felt like Christmas in our classroom,” Douglas said. 

Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet

Forensics expert Rebecca Mercuri will discuss "Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet" on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 pm, in Holy Family’s ETC Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public. 

Cyber-attacks of the world's computer systems, networks, and digitally-stored information are no longer confined to the realm of hacking pranksters. Studies by Verizon and the U.S. Secret Service have shown that organized crime may be responsible for as much as 90% of exploited data record usage. With sales of stolen identity information now topping $100 billion annually, such activity is more profitable than the drug trade. 

Lecture Kicks Off Weekend of Historical Dedication 

Robert Selig, PhD, will present “Paris on the Pennypack” at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 12, in the ETC Auditorium. The lecture kicks off a weekend of historical celebration of the Pennypack Creek Bridge. 

On Saturday, the celebration moves to Pennypack Park for the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Marker for the Bridge, America’s oldest stone arch bridge. 

October Art Show Features "Liminal Spaces"

Holy Family’s October Art Show–Liminal Spaces, a solo exhibition of work by Karen Schlechter–will run in the University Art Gallery from October 2–30. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, October 9, from 7–9 pm. 

The Art Gallery is located in the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center on the Northeast Campus at 9801 Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. 

New Autism Coursework Offers Valuable Training for Certified Teachers

With autism diagnoses on the rise, educators who are qualified to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) become increasingly valuable in the schools they serve. Holy Family University now offers an autism endorsement for certified teachers seeking advanced and specialized training to improve their ability to deal with complex classroom settings to include ASD. 

"Literacy Opens Minds" Conference set for October 

Holy Family University will hold “Literacy Opens Minds”, a conference for the community that focuses on ways to improve reading skills and comprehension in children and young adults. 

The conference features a keynote address from highly acclaimed children’s author Sneed Collard III, who has written more than 30 books including one of Booklist magazine’s Top 10 Children’s Science Books - The Forest in the Clouds. 

J. Barry Dickinson Named School of Business Dean 

Holy Family University is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Barry Dickinson, PhD, as Dean for the School of Business Administration. 

Dickinson, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was formerly Director of Graduate Programs and an Assistant Professor of Marketing in Holy Family’s School of Business Administration. 

Mixed Media Exhibit Opens in Art Gallery

Objects as varied as copper wire, x-ray images, metal prints, music, and computer generated materials are used in surprising artistic ways in a mixed media exhibition called Techknowledge at Holy Family University. 

From September 4-26, Holy Family University Art Gallery will host various works of six artists from The Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, a national organization committed to educating the public about the artistic contributions of women. 

Holy Family Named One of the "Best of Bucks"

Holy Family University was named one of the Best of Bucks in the colleges and universities category in Bucks County for a second year in a Bucks County Courier Times readers choice survey. 

Students at Holy Family University’s Newtown and Woodhaven locations were instrumental in helping Holy Family make the list by casting votes in favor of the University in a show of school pride. 

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