University Update on Residence Life for Fall 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue to plan for the fall, this is an update on Residential Life on campus for those planning on living in our residence halls.

We will be giving students the option to live in single or double rooms. We will also be restricting capacity in the common areas of the residence halls in accordance with guidance from the PA Department of Health, the City of Philadelphia, and the CDC. Students will be expected to follow health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks in the residence hall common areas, in order to protect themselves and their peers. In an additional effort to keep residents safe, students will not be permitted to have guests from outside of their same residential building.

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Holy Family University Board of Trustees Names New Leadership

William (Bill) Strecker, Chair, Board of TrusteesBruce Miller, Vice Chair, Board of TrusteesJames (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA '82, Board of Trustees

Pictured above from left to right: William (Bill) Strecker, Chair, Board of Trustees, Bruce Miller, Vice Chair, Board of Trustee, James (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA '82, Board of Trustees

The Holy Family University Board of Trustees has named William (Bill) Strecker Chair and Bruce Miller Vice Chair, with terms beginning July 1. James (Jim) Bennett, Esq., BA ’82, has joined the Board.

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Initial Plans for Reopening

Dear Holy Family Community,

Among the core values of Holy Family are Family, Respect, Integrity, and Service and Responsibility.  We take them seriously and strive to ensure that everything we do remains true to them and all they represent. Within those values, it’s clear that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. Now, as the country begins to reopen, and with those values and our mission in mind, we want to share how we’re moving forward to reopen in the safest ways possible.

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Reaching Higher and Higher: Dr. Princess Gayles-Jones

Dr. Princess Gayles-JonesDr. Princess Gayles-Jones, MSN ’18, DNP ’20, knew she wanted to become a nurse, ever since she opted in 11th grade for the Health Profession Liaison program at Trenton Central High School. Through the program, she began an 11-year relationship with the St. Francis Medical Center, where she practiced nursing on every floor and found her calling on the correctional health floor working with the prison population. Her extensive career experiences and a resolute pursuit of education paved a path to this spring when Gayles-Jones earned her hood and gown and a coveted Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Holy Family University.

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Two Outstanding HFU Alumni Educators Receive Lindback Awards

Lindback Award Recipients Christine Jordan, M’09, Terese Gallen, M’11

Lindback Award Winners (from left to right): Christine Jordan, M'09 and Terese Gallen, M'11

Two Holy Family School of Education alumni, Terese Gallen, M’11 and Christine Jordan, M’09 have been named recipients of the 2020 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teachers. The awards are presented annually by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to recognize outstanding educators in the Philadelphia School District.  This year’s winners were announced during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8).

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Pomp and (Unusual) Circumstance

Dear Holy Family University Graduates,

While we may have to wait for the pomp and circumstance, there’s no time like the present to celebrate your incredible accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our graduates – from June 2019 to May 2020 – who would have walked today at commencement to receive your Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral diplomas in front of a loving audience.

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Holy Family University Receives CARES ACT Funds Amounting to $1,011,979 to Support Students Affected by COVID19

On April 9, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that funding would be distributed to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding was available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that was recently signed into law. A formula was used based on student enrollment, that awarded Holy Family University a total of $2,023,957 of which 50%, or $1,011,979, was to be used to support students directly, who have demonstrated need and are facing significant financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursement of the funds were (are) designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensure that funds are distributed to as many students as possible.

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