November Art Gallery: HFU Senior Nicole Russo

NicoleRusso SizedThe Holy Family University Art Gallery proudly presents Nicole Russo’s mixed media works: Exhibit: November 16 – December 11.

From the artist: “I attempt to push myself in new ways each time I take on a project. I look at making art as a way for me to challenge the previous pieces that I created. I enjoy the struggle of learning a new skill or simply jumping right into an idea that I have. Constantly being presented with hurdles has helped me grow as an artist and as an individual.”

This exhibition is part of Holy Family's monthly Gallery shows held throughout the academic year, each of which showcases a new and diverse exhibit featuring artists from around the world as well as Holy Family University's graduating art majors. The intended audiences of this exhibition are people of all ages.

The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am - 8 pm.


HFU Family Center Awarded $3,000 Grant by Philadelphia

FamilyCenter Check SizedThe Holy Family University Family Center was awarded a $3,000 grant from the City of Philadelphia in October through its 2017 Philadelphia Activities Grant. The money will be used to offset some of the costs associated with serving members of the community through the Family Center programs.

Councilman Bobby Henon, who represents the 6th district in Northeast Philadelphia and was instrumental in the University’s applying for the grant, awarded Holy Family University President Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN; Sister Angela Cresswell, CSFN, Director of the Family Center, Dr. Helen Hoffner, Program Coordinator; and Dr. Mary Wombwell, Workshop Coordinator (not pictured) with a check on November 15.

“I was elated to hear the wonderful news that we would be awarded the grant money,” said Sister Cresswell. “Because of this grant, we are able to enhance and improve our programs to better serve the community. Councilman Henon is committed to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Philadelphia. He knows that one way of doing so is to support organizations that foster and promote education and well-being among various groups of people.”

According to the City of Philadelphia’s website, the Philadelphia Activities Fund, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established by Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to foster and promote the educational values of sportsmanship, the arts, and health to individuals in Philadelphia. The Fund offers financial support to programs and organizations that encourage the instruction and education of individuals, and assists non-profit organizations in Philadelphia in serving diverse segments of the community.

The Mission of the Holy Family University Family Center is to provide resources to families through education, counseling, consultation, and advocacy. These resources serve to empower families to adapt to changes in the environment, changes in relationships within the family, and the changing needs of family members.

The goals of the Family Center are to offer support services that:

• enhance family processes of nurturing, support, and socialization
• respect family boundaries
• address expressed concerns of the family
• link families with community resources
• support outcomes of family survival, family continuity, and family growth

Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass Named to The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions Inaugural Cohort

Nicole Stokes DuPass sizedDr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity and Professor of Sociology, has been named a member of The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions inaugural cohort. The goal of the program is to help mentor and mold future university presidents at minority-serving institutions. The group will be hosting the first Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Aspiring Leaders Forum from Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19.

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Nursing NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Hits 92%

nursingstudentsDr. Cynthia Russell, Dean and Professor for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, announced that the pass rate for first time nursing students taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is 92.86%, according to the NCLEX Program Report from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. 

The national pass rate in 2017 was 86.94% while the Pennsylvania pass rate was 91.10%, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

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Glen Foerd-HFU Speaker Series: Landscape Assessment of Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Architectural and landscape historian Emily T. Cooperman, PhD, will discuss her landscape assessment of Glen Foerd, the historic mansion on the Delaware River, on Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm in the ETC Auditorium of Holy Family University as part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series. The series is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

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First Annual PsyD Counseling Psychology Fall Ethics Forum

The Doctorate of Counseling Psychology program is hosting its first annual Fall 2017 Ethics Forum on Tuesday, November 14, in the Newtown Campus Cafeteria, from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. The event, “Multiple Relationships & Multicultural Issues of Special Populations,” will feature a panel Q&A, as well as feature professionals who specialize in Substance Abuse and Correctional Counseling Populations, Marriage, Family, Youth and School Based Populations, and Intellectual and Physical Disabilities.

Students from the School Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Art Therapy Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health master’s programs will also be speaking about their poster presentations.

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Morand’s Philanthropy Feeds 250 Haitian Families

When Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October of 2016, the results were disastrous. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 19% of the Haitian population, 2.1 million people, were affected by the hurricane and more than 12%, 1.4 million people, were in need of urgent assistance.

With family roots in Haiti, Oximike Morand, a junior Management-Marketing major, wanted to help those who were still impacted by the results of the hurricane. Morand, who was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when he was six, knew what it was like to live on the island during times of distress.

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IDEA Welcomes Gregory Hannah to Speak About Bridging the Disability Gap

GregHannahIDEA, a new student club on campus, has invited Gregory Hannah, Assistant Director for Disability Services at Villanova University, to speak on Wednesday, November 15 from 7 pm – 9 pm in the ETC Auditorium.

Hannah will present about disabilities and accommodations to help bridge the gap amongst the student body. Hannah was a major contributor for the award-winning documentary, “Coming Off the DL.” His work has also appeared on ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other local publications.

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Price Presents at Sixth Annual ATIXA/SCOPE National Conference

MariannePrice sizedMarianne Price, Title IX Coordinator, presented at The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) sixth annual Joint National Conference, held in Philadelphia from October 2-5.

ATIXA and SCOPE hosted a joint conference to underscore the essential fusion of compliance and prevention in any conversation about campus sexual violence.

Price facilitated a session titled, Starting the Conversation: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues in Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response. She also presented a concurrent session titled, The Voiceless.

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Holy Family University Donates Five Thousand Cans of Food for Puerto Rico Relief

Holy Family University Canned Food Drive sizedMembers of Holy Family University and the local community have contributed to a food drive to support the people of Puerto Rico who are still impacted by the results of Hurricane Maria. Coordinated by Sister Mary Ellen Gemmell, CSFN, former Principal of Academia del Carmen in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, Puerto Rico, and Spanish instructor, the donations will be delivered to Caritas de Puerto Rico, a humanitarian group serving the needy in the area. A total of six pallets of food will be delivered, weighing around 11,000 pounds, and totaling about 5,000 cans.

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