Time Line of the University's History: 1970's

On December 12, 2002, Holy Family College received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for a change of status to University. Even though many of the events listed in the time line occurred prior to that date, the term “University” is used in most entries.



In October, the Board of Trustees approved a motion to request modifications to the charter and, the following month on November 30, by amendment, Holy Family’s charter was revised to permit conferral of the baccalaureate degree on male graduates as well as female. On January 23, 1971, Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, was established. That same month, the athletic teams adopt a new name - “Tigers.” In February, the dress code was relaxed officially and optional retreats and days of renewal replaced the mandatory annual retreat. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed Holy Family’s accreditation status on April 27, 1971. During the summer, Sister Aloysius Sabacinska was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and relocated to Rome, Italy, thus concluding her presidency.
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In August 1971, Sister Lillian Budny succeeded S. Aloysius Sabacinska as third president of Holy Family University. Holy Family acquired a 16-acre tract on the north side of Stevenson Lane on August 26, 1971. By the time classes began in September, male students had been accepted to full time status and the Nursing Department had commenced its program.
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As the Fall 1972 semester neared its conclusion, the Orleans Construction Company transferred ownership of the Green estate to Holy Family on December 14, 1972. At the spring commencement on May 13, 1973, the baccalaureate degree was conferred on males and nursing students for the first time.
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The University Archives was established in September. By June, the University had begun a gradual phase out of the residence program at Lourdes Hall.
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In September, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare approved a grant application for assistance in developing a nursing education teaching facility in an amount not to exceed $1,182,610.
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On August 14, Holy Family initiated plans for the striking and vacating of Stevenson Lane. A newly created child care center, Alpha House, began operations with the beginning of the new academic year. On November 21, groundbreaking for the Nurse Education Building took place. As the fall semester neared conclusion, the National League for Nursing granted full accreditation status to the baccalaureate program in nursing at Holy Family. The men’s basketball team was formed.
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August 1-8, the Forty-First International Eucharist Congress took place in Philadelphia and, on the final day Karol Cardinal Wojtyła, future Pope John Paul II, visited the campus. During the spring semester, the Nurse Education Building was dedicated on April 15.
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In September, the Green mansion became a student union building, and Le Cercle Francais, a French club, was formed.
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In October, “The Write Place,” forerunner of the Academic Enhancement Center, began operations. In January, twenty-nine Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth faculty and administration moved into the renovated Lourdes Hall, renamed St. Joseph Hall, and on the 22nd of the month, WTLN, the campus radio station, commenced lunch hour broadcasts that would continue for 8 and 1/2 years. The faculty senate formed a faculty welfare committee in February.
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At their March meeting, trustees elected S. Francesca Onley, CSFN, to the Board of Trustees. On April 19, Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing, was established.
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