Time Line of the University's History: 1990'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.

1990s

1990-1991

In September, Holy Family launched its graduate studies program with 79 students enrolled in courses. The radiology lab was created in Holy Family Hall in October.
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1991-1992

On July 8, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed Holy Family’s accreditation. The modular Lourdes Hall was assembled on campus, and the athletic field completed improvements on July 17. In August, Sister Immaculata Kraemer resigned after 33 years of service to Holy Family University as alumna, teacher, Academic Dean, Assistant to the President, and secretary to the Board of Trustees. One month later the University community mourned her death on September 28, 1991. The fall semester also brought changes to the four academic divisions which were restructured into six academic units: humanities, math and natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, education, business administration, and nursing. As the spring semester got underway, Holy Family inaugurated the annual “Ray Taylor Memorial Awards for Faculty Development” in February. In another action, Holy Family acquired the former Michael house on Stevenson Lane as a student residence.
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1992-1993

Changes to the campus included the University’s acquisition of the gazebo and the former Bohanan house (to be used as a student residence), as well as construction of Aquinas Hall modular unit on the site of the former St. Joseph’s Hall. The cooperative education program operated for its first year with the support of a Title VIII (5 yr.) Grant. During the spring, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) was formed. Holy Family is a founding member.
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1993-1994

As Holy Family celebrated its fortieth anniversary, it introduced more “firsts”: the Tigers golf team; the mission effectiveness and enrollment management teams; annual scholarship balls; “Holy Family Alumni News”; formation of a chapter of Associates of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; and the faculty professional development plan. Holy Family acquired the former Holy Spirit Hall on Stevenson Lane as a student residence. During Charter Week, Holy Family University officially celebrated its fortieth birthday on February 19th.
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1994-1995

In the summer preceding the opening of school, a five-year technology plan was developed, and the language lab was upgraded to a video-based center for language instruction. In September, the committee for multiculturalism was formed, and Tri-Lite resumed after a two year hiatus. Students at Your Service (SAYS) was created to support community service projects. On November 13th, Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education, was established. Following approval by trustees on September 2nd, Holy Family officially purchased a 155-acre tract for a new campus in Bucks County on December 29, 1994. The next month, Holy Family began a partnership with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Enfield, England, to develop a study abroad program. Over the course of the year, Holy Family library staff and volunteers bar coded over 100,000 books and other library materials in preparation for a computerized circulation system. Money Guide, Your Best College Buys Now published by Money Magazine, listed Holy Family as one of the top ten private commuter colleges in the nation. On April 21st, a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for history, was established.
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1995-1996

Summer saw the commencement of classes at the new campus in Newtown, Bucks County, beginning July 3. Kappa Theta Epsilon, an honor society for students in the cooperative education program, was established on campus. In November, “Family CAT” was implemented in the library. A chapter of the National Business Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta, was established on campus in March. On April 15, Holy Family transferred ownership of 52 acres and the original building on Newtown campus to Lockheed Martin and 18 acres to Newtown Township. Later that month, Holy Family held groundbreaking for the new classroom-administration building at Newtown, Bucks County.
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1996-1997

During the fall semester, a faculty and course assessment tool was instituted. With the start of the spring semester on January 13th, the nursing division introduced its community care-based graduate program; and the new classroom-administrative building on the Newtown, Bucks County campus opened. In March, the Lady Tigers advanced for the first time to the second round of national basketball playoffs. On April 28th, the first spring “Graduate Research Symposium” was conducted.
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1997-1998

After years of negotiations, Philadelphia Streets Department ordered the striking and vacating of Stevenson Lane on August 14th. During the spring semester, Holy Family marked the retirement of the library mortgage with a mortgage burning on March 8th. The Lady Tigers advanced to the “elite eight” of the national basketball tournament for the first time.
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1998-1999

During the summer, Holy Family Neighborhood Center began operations. On November 12, 1998, Sister Neomisia Rutkowska, founding president, died. Throughout the remainder of November until December 25th, the library hosted a Sister Neomisia exhibit: ”Remembering Sister Neomisia: Founder and First President of Holy Family [University].” On April 21st, the Student Government Association celebrated the unveiling of the “Tiger” University mascot outside the commons. Holy Family began acquiring duplex units as student residences.
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1999-2000

September 1st, Holy Family’s athletic program was elected to provisional membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Throughout the fall semester, the Northeast Philadelphia campus chapel was relocated to the Campus Center; technology improvements continued when underground wiring was installed to connect buildings, and the network infrastructure was installed in classroom and lab settings, faculty offices, library, and administrative offices; administrative staff participated in training for the implementation of Datatel Colleague. March 2 - 9, Holy Family sent a contingent to Rome for the beatification of Sister Stella and Companions, martyred Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, who were executed by the Nazis during World War II in Novogrodek, Poland. By mid-March, Datatel Colleague recruitment/admissions, curriculum management, and registration modules had gone live.
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