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Rielly-Carroll Receives Grant from PA Department of Environmental Protection

RiellyDr. Elizabeth Rielly-Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to help purchase the necessary equipment to study the local ecology surrounding Holy Family University with her students.

Rielly-Carroll’s grant, titled “Holy Family University: Using the Local Environment in Urban Environmental Science Classrooms” is worth $2,870 and will be used for environmental sampling equipment like nets, seines, water testing probes, a set of waders for students, field guides, and soil testing kits.

“The goal of the grant is to have students learn environmental science by doing rather than by lecture,” Rielly-Carroll said. “We partner with Friends of the Poquessing, a citizens’ science group that monitors the Poquessing Creek, which runs right behind Holy Family University. This equipment will also facilitate future student research.”

Rielly-Carroll’s class has partnered with Friends of the Poquessing the past few semesters, joining the team at the creek during their water testing demonstration, as well as taking observational notes of the surrounding area.

In addition to the Holy Family grant, Rielly-Carroll is a part of the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation team that received a sizeable grant to do water-quality testing in the Poconos. She hopes that Holy Family University students will eventually be able to team up with Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation to further their knowledge about ecological issues in Pennsylvania.

“The funding from this grant will be used to set up a regional observation network for Pocono Lakes,” she said. “Essentially, individuals can take one of our training courses, borrow some monitoring equipment, and take measurements of water quality in the Poconos. It will help landowners better understand and manage their lake water quality, disseminate credible scientific information pertaining to water quality and lake health, assess regional aquatic health in Poconos, and develop a regionally-coordinated environmental monitoring network. Hopefully, we will be able to get some Holy Family students on board planning some of the workshops and taking on small research projects.”

HFU Library Hosts Fourth Annual All-Nighter on April 28

Library sizedThe Holy Family University Library will host its fourth annual All-Nighter on Friday, April 28, spanning into Saturday, April 29. The 24-hour event brings students together to prepare for their final exams, relieve some stress, and enjoy the night among friends.

The Library will be open on April 28 from 7:30 am to April 29 at 4:00 pm, with activities officially kicking off at 8:00 pm on Thursday. Throughout the night there will be ongoing Library support for computers, research, and MLA and APA citations. There will also be designated quiet areas for students. Announcements will be made hourly about upcoming events and raffles.

“This is the fourth year for our Library All-Nighter and, as usual, we've got all the accommodations ready for our students' last minute needs, including therapy dogs, APA/MLA citation help, and delicious food,” said Shannon Brown, Executive Director of the Library. “There's always a healthy mix of hard work and fun study breaks. Some of the most popular events include the campus-wide scavenger hunt and the ‘midnight’ pizza delivery by Sister Maureen. There is a feeling of camaraderie throughout the night—a sense that we're all in this together. Whether you've got headphones in and are typing away on your research paper, taking a power nap on the bean bag loungers, or procrastinating with your friends, you'll find plenty of support at the Library All-Nighter.”

A full schedule of events is listed below:

8:00 pm

Opening of prayer | Therapy dogs arrive | Face painting | Math Help Desk | Visit by the HFU Tiger | Photo booth                           

9:00 pm

Snack time | Life-size Jenga | Stress relievers                      

10:00 pm

APA Help Desk | Rita’s water ice | Face painting | Pizza                                       

11:00 pm

Dodgeball | Capture the Flag                    

12:00 am

Scavenger Hunt          

1:00 am

Coffee | Coloring contest | Folio reading                                                              

2:00 am – 5:00 am

Study time | Board games | Jenga match | Healthy snacks | Coloring/Stress relievers

6:00 am

Breakfast/Bagels                   

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Closing prayer

School of Education Hosts Annual Educational Research Forum on April 26

The School of Education's annual Educational Research Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, in both the ETC Lobby and first floor. The school’s doctoral students will present their dissertation research, with topics ranging from student achievement, emotional intelligence attributes, and engaging students with disabilities.

Faye Schilling (Doctoral Student, ’16)
Professional Learning Communities: The Catalyst for Student Achievement in the Common Core Era
Abstract: Pennsylvania educators experienced large declines in student achievement since the inception of the new, more rigorous Common Core Standards. Between 2014 and 2015, proficiency rates on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exam dropped significantly. The most dramatic declines in achievement were experienced in middle school grades fifth through eighth (“PSSA Scores Dive as Tests Get Harder,” n.d.). The purpose of this quantitative research was to examine the effects of cognitive constructivist Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) on middle school student achievement in math and English Language Arts. The study centered on two measurements: (1) how teacher lesson plans changed to match the rigor and expectations of the Common Core Standards; and (2) how students’ PSSA scaled scores changed from 2015 to 2016, after the implementation of PLCs. Results indicated that the implementation of PLCs did have a positive impact upon teacher methods and instructional focus, as revealed through the data results of improved of teacher lesson plans. However, most of the PSSA test scores did not significantly improve across the two years. Educators still appear to face challenges in the quest to improve student achievement.

David Tate (Doctoral Student, ’16)
Superintendent Perceptions of Summer Learning Loss and Summer Reading Programs
Abstract: Summer learning loss refers to the decline in children’s academic development that occurs during time away from school when they are not participating in an academic summer program. Students have vastly different summer experiences. Some attend instructive camps, summer school or have language-rich discussions with family members while others have no educational programming and fewer language experiences overall. Summer learning loss affects students from a low SES more than students from an advantaged background. Public school superintendents serve as gatekeepers between policy and program implementation. The current study examined the perceptions of New Jersey school superintendents regarding summer learning loss. Specifically, the study sought to evaluate superintendents’ understanding of and opinions about summer learning loss and to determine if differences exist as a function of several variables, including district student enrollment, summer reading program offerings, and District Factor Groupings. Descriptive analyses indicated that superintendents’ understanding of summer learning loss was consistent with findings from current research. Differences in superintendents’ perceptions of summer learning loss and the efficacy of summer reading programs were evaluated on four factor dimensions. Between groups one-way MANOVAS found no significant differences as a function of student enrollment or summer reading program offerings. Perceptions were found to differ significantly on two of the four factor dimensions as a function of superintendents’ District Factor Grouping status—knowledge of summer learning loss and acceptance of stakeholder input. The impact of these findings as they relate to summer learning loss and summer reading programs is discussed.

Shawn Mark (Doctoral Student, ’16)
Identifying the Most Preferred Emotional Intelligence Attributes for School Principals
Abstract: Studies have shown that principal leadership does not directly impact student-learning outcomes, but their influence on teaching and learning is more indirect, via the leadership they provide to teachers who implement the instructional practices in the classroom. Since much of the principal’s influence on student learning in his or her school is indirect, research has shown that the way the principal leads his or her school, and the way he or she supports the work of teachers is of great importance. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of principals and teachers about the most preferred emotional intelligence attributes of school principals. Specifically, this study was designed to find if there are significant differences in the perceptions of principals and teachers in the importance of principal self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and social skill. Seventy-eight principals and 100 teachers from Pennsylvania public schools were surveyed about their perceptions of 24 emotional intelligence attributes of principal leadership. Between sample t-tests analyses comparing principal and teacher perceptions of the importance of each component of emotional intelligence were conducted. Significant differences in the perceptions of principals and teachers in one of the four components of emotional intelligence was identified. The impact of these findings as they relate to principal leadership is discussed.

Tiffany Watson (Doctoral Student, ’17)
Engaging Students with Disabilities: Using Student Response Technology in Elementary Classrooms
Abstract: Student engagement refers to the behaviors that suggest whether a student is interested in the learning process. Finn (1989) developed the participation-identification model to explain the correlation between student engagement and identification with school, suggesting that increased participation leads to an increased sense of belongingness in school. This identification with school in the early years may lead to academic achievement in the future. Technology is often used as a means for increasing student engagement. Student Response Technology (SRT), where students use handheld clickers to respond during classroom instruction, is one form of technology used to engage students in the classroom. The current study examined the effect of SRT on student engagement in elementary classrooms for students with disabilities. This single-subject, multiple baseline across participants study took place at a small private school in New Jersey, specifically serving students with disabilities. Student engagement, including rate of participation, latency of response, accuracy of response, on task behavior, and student-initiated questions was evaluated across four male students with disabilities SRT was implemented for each participant at a different, randomly selected time during the study. Both visual and statistical analysis yielded a relationship between use of SRT and student’s participation, and on-task behavior.

Colleen Mooney (Doctoral Student, ’17)
An Examination of the Relationship between a High School Advisory Program and Student Attendance, Academic Achievement, and Discipline Referrals
Abstract: Although educators attempt to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of individual students, student engagement remains a concern at the high school level. Effective high school advisory programs are a means of increasing student engagement, as they enable students to develop a meaningful relationship with an adult in the school setting. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between participation in a high school advisory program and student attendance, academic achievement, and discipline referrals in a large suburban public high school in southeastern Pennsylvania. The researcher analyzed ninth and tenth grade student performance data of a group that participated in the advisory program for two years and a group that did not participate in the program. She examined the student performance data for at-risk students in each group. The researcher conducted a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) to compare the mean number of absences, GPA, and number of discipline referrals for each group and to determine whether significant differences existed between the two groups. She utilized an independent samples t-test to determine whether significant mean differences existed between the students at risk for school failure in each group. The findings reveal a significantly higher mean GPA for the group that did not participate in the advisory program and non-significant mean differences in disciplinary offenses and absences. The researcher surveyed and conducted follow-up interviews with faculty advisors to supplement the quantitative data. The researcher then discusses the implications of this study for practice and future research.

Jan Cook (Doctoral Student, ’17)
The Female Veteran’s Voice: Their Challenge When Faced by Stop Out Enrollment
Abstract: This research was a response to literature calling specifically for more investigation of female student veterans who have experienced stop out enrollment, a temporary interruption in enrollment. The research asked three questions about the unique challenges of female student veterans: (1) From the female perspective, what are the stop out enrollment challenges of student veterans, male and female? (2) From the female perspective, what are the stop out enrollment challenges that female student veterans face because they are female? (3) From the female perspective, what challenges associated with stop out enrollment threaten the persistence of female student veterans at community colleges? Nine female students and three veterans’ advisors at two community colleges were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed using corpus linguistics methodology and the constant comparative method for the coding. Results of the analysis identified only two gender-related challenges, pregnancy and lack of access to a military vehicle. This study supports previous research of primarily male veteran cohorts and adds a way of conceptualizing the challenges faced by both male and female veterans, the need for connections when entering the military, when deployed, and when returning to campus.

Graduating Seniors Art Exhibits: Kelly Greene, Lesha Liberato, Christina Little

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents Natural Time by Kelly Greene, Thy Will by Lesha Liberato, and Internal Guidance by Christina Little

Exhibit: April 24 – August 1, 2017

Reception and Artists Gallery Talk: Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Natural Time by Kelly Greene, Thy Will by Lesha Liberato, and Internal Guidance by Christina Little, three graduating seniors. Each will present a collection of artwork throughout their time at Holy Family University. An artist talk and reception will be held on Tuesday, April 25, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Greene sizedKelly Greene artistic statement: “I have always been drawn to both trees and human faces. I love that you will never find two that are exactly alike. It is the diversity of them that I love and the never-ending possibilities that I can create. Another reason I focus on trees is because of age—trees live so long. If they could tell stories, I always wonder what they would say. For every tree, I have a story that goes along with it. I create events that occur around them.”

“The heads I made also have their own stories. I always wanted to write a book and these faces are the characters I have envisioned and created to go into my story. They all have their own personalities to me. Another reason I created the heads is because I find mystery surrounds the elderly. I want to know what they have experienced and who they were in the past, before I knew them. The same goes for the young, but instead of their past, I wonder about the events that have not yet happened in their lives. Every line in a face and every sparkle in an eye has a story behind it that makes the person unique. Time and age fascinate me and that is why I have focused on both trees and faces.”

Liberato sizedLesha Liberato artistic statement: “Philippians 4:6-7 | Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Christina Little artistic statement: “Art is a way to express yourself and to bring out the beauty that we fail to see in our everyday lives. In my paintings, I displayed the beauty in nature and the human figure to show how they relate to one another and how we fail to see how much they co-exist. Our body is our canvas and each part of it is beautiful in its unique way. Displaying how our body relates to nature shows that we are one with nature. Each of these pieces is a reflection of self and how you are able to find your own inner peace.”

“My sculptures bring both pain and joy to the eyes of the viewers, as in Togetherness, and Fetal Position. It is difficult for individuals to talk about their past life, so they personally have to find their inner strength to overpower their struggles. This is why some of the work displays happy content to show that we can find inner peace and, in essence, find our inner self and positivity in our lives.”

Little sizedThe event will take place at Holy Family University’s Education Technology Center (ETC) in the lobby and art gallery. Parking is available to all in the Campus Center parking lot in the visitor section without restriction.

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.

Higgins Awarded Gesu Spirit Medal

JimHiggins sizedJim Higgins, retired full-time Assistant Professor of Accounting and current part-time instructor in Finance and Accounting for the School of Business Administration, will be awarded the Gesu Spirit Medal from the Gesu School during their annual gala on May 11, 2017.

“My first thought was of the Jesuit Priests and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who had a significant effect on my life, as well as my family,” said Higgins. “The surprise was being chosen from among so many worthy associates. I am extremely happy for the recognition given by a school the Archdiocese wanted to close in 1993. Our students today are being admitted to the best high schools in the area."

The Gesu Spirit Medal honors individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment to Gesu School through their loyal advocacy and actions, and who have made a significant contribution to Gesu School’s success as a model inner-city elementary school.

Higgins has been involved with Gesu School for more than 70 years. He graduated from Gesu in 1945, later moving on to Saint Joseph’s Prep and Saint Joseph’s University, where he received his accounting degree. Higgins became the school board's first treasurer in 1993. He is still an active member of the board today.

“Jim is a tremendous asset to not only our University but also the students,” said Barry Dickinson, Dean of the School of Business Administration. “His teaching style is very empathetic and the students love him. He often spends time with students after class to assist them and is always willing to help out when we need someone to fill in at the last moment. He is well deserving of this award.”

HFU Student-Athletes Recognized with 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards

Athletics Softball sizedTen Holy Family University student-athletes have been recognized with the 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Graduate student Cristian Cepeda was named a male semifinalist for the award. Cepeda is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Holy Family University and is a member of the men’s soccer team. Additionally, nine other HFU student-athletes were recognized for their commitment to their craft and the classroom with team awards.

"The Athletics Department is extremely proud of all of our student-athletes who were recognized as 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars,” said Robin Arnold, Associate Director of Athletics. “They each represent the highest ideals of excellence in the classroom, in athletics, and in service to the community."

According to their website, “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.”

To qualify for the designation, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher through the spring 2016 term, must have completed one full academic year at the institution, must be currently enrolled in the nominating institution, must have been an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2015-16 academic year, must have demonstrated a record of service to the campus or community, and must be a minority student-athlete.

Individual Awards

Graduate Cristian Cepeda, Criminal Justice, Men’s Soccer, Male Semifinalist for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award

Team Awards

Sophomore Samantha Klem, Digital Forensics, Softball, Fourth Team, 3.36 GPA

Junior Mariano Cepeda, Finance, Men’s Soccer, First Team, 3.87 GPA

Junior Taurai Augustin, Biology/Pre-Med, Men’s Track and Field, First Team, 3.97 GPA

Junior Victoria Hernandez, Criminal Justice, Softball, First Team, 3.96 GPA

Senior Corey Williams, Accounting, Men’s Track and Field, First Team, 3.68 GPA

Senior Brianna Scotto, Accounting, Softball, First Team, 3.85 GPA

Senior Christina Little, Art Therapy, Women's Tennis, Third Team, 3.28 GPA

Senior Kianna Tidball-Beckford, Criminal Justice, Women’s Track and Field, Fifth Team, 3.43 GPA

Senior Emerald Adams, Management Marketing, Women’s Tennis, Second Team, 3.57 GPA

Guest Speakers Help Shape Student Social Media Views

Jared Solomon sizedAs social media continues to evolve, there is no one right way to operate a channel. To bring a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective to her classroom, Dr. Amanda McClain, Associate Professor of Communications for the School of Arts and Sciences, has utilized a number of guest speakers to talk about corporate social media use and the different strategies involved in making a platform successful.

“Social media use has greatly expanded over the past several years,” McClain said. “Employers look to new graduates for guidance on how to craft targeted messages and reach audiences. Students must be able to effectively use platforms and quickly learn as new platforms emerge.”

Students in the COMM 250 Introduction to Social Media class have met with Jared Solomon, PA State Representative, 202 District, who discussed how he used social media throughout his campaign; Daniella Nahmias Scruggs, Development Director for HIAS Pennsylvania, who Skyped into the classroom to discuss how the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society utilizes various social media channels to reach a target audience; and Dave Pavlak, Communications Specialist in the Marketing and Communications Department at Holy Family University, who shared the various channels the University uses, how students can become involved, and how to measure analytics.

As a final project, students will be analyzing Solomon’s and HIAS’s social media accounts, making recommendations to help improve their social media strategy.

“Guest speakers permit students to understand how what we're learning in class is used in the working world,” McClain said. “Interaction with the professionals engenders a deeper understanding of how entities utilize social media, and on another level, what they want social media professionals to do for their brands. Students treated some of the guests as clients; brainstorming how they could better the speakers' social media use to raise awareness, for development, and how to tell a cohesive story.”

April Art Gallery: Ashley Shackleford and Katelyn Scherber

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents Split Personalities by Ashley Shackleford and Pain then Love by Katelyn Scherber
Exhibit Dates: April 7-21, 2017

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Split Personalities by Ashley Shackleford and Pain then Love by Katelyn Scherber, two graduating seniors. Each will present a collection of artwork throughout their time at Holy Family University.

April art gallery Shackleford sized

Ashley Shackleford artist statement: “This art exhibit shows both of my personalities. When looking at my artwork hanging on the walls, you will feel many emotions at once. All of the bright colors I have used will bring you happiness, while the darker tones I used may bring anger. Emotion is a huge aspect of art and can vary in many ways. Everyone’s emotions are different.”

“The colors I have chosen are very bright and vibrant to reflect on the American Traditional style of tattooing. I have made four complete designs—one painting and one print to go with each. The paintings show big bold lines as well as color, while my prints are black and white and consist of very thin strokes that show more detail. I thoroughly enjoy the tattoo field and love to incorporate it into my artwork. Tattoos are a way to express oneself through body ink. Tattoos make you unique and show off your creativity, which to me is an amazing thing.”

“My other artwork shows off my athletic abilities. I love being in the gym and staying in shape. I created my own business called Body By Shack, where I am a personal trainer. Being able to pursue my goals in the gym while helping others achieve theirs is perfect for me. I’ve made business cards, t-shirts, flyers, and a website for those who are interested. On the shirt that I made, I added my business logo so my clients would be able to show off their new workout clothes and start to feel great in their own body. Art and the gym are two of the most important things in my life besides my family. I can always lean on both to relax or to collect my thoughts. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

April art gallery Scherber sized

Katelyn Scherber artist statement: “There are two parts to my show: pain and love. Pain: I was asked a question during my freshman year of college—‘what sparks a particular emotion to you?’ and my initial answer was pain. My father was a heavy smoker that, at the time, made me angry and hurt that he chose cigarettes over his own health and well-being. All that pain from him choosing to smoke, and then to actually want to live his life, was brought out in a lot of my work. After he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, all my hate and anger turned in to complete pain. After a year of dealing with the pain, I decided to try and turn my art around and focus on what I love. Within all these works, you’ll begin to notice the different mediums used to express my emotions in many different ways.”

Love: My last cigarette painting was a watercolor painting where the smoke turned into butterflies. It was a painting that finally made me realize it’s time to start focusing on my happiness. In my Printmaking II class, I created five different animal faces. Although it is not as personal as my cigarette pieces, drawing the animals allowed me to open up the more positive side of myself. I find beauty in all the wild creatures that I draw. Lions are strong and have beautiful manes. Giraffe are tall and always rise up when they are down. Goats are independent but still have a sense of personality. Foxes are cunning and have beautiful coats. But there was one animal that wasn’t as wild. This is more of the personal side that I wanted to incorporate. The dog is a symbol of loyalty, and after having a very difficult summer, I was still able to come home to my dog, who would be there for me on my darkest days. He would give me a sense of protection when I needed it. Moving on to the four magazine covers, they are about being me living as a student-athlete on a college campus. Food became a routine of watching what I ate and how much I can afford to buy. The irony is that college students have busy schedules so they can study and get a job to afford ‘luxurious’ food, yet only find time to eat and afford quick, cheap meals.”

The event will take place at Holy Family University’s Education Technology Center (ETC) in the lobby and art gallery. Parking is available to all in the Campus Center parking lot in the visitor section without restriction.

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.

Meles Interns with US Department of State

Meles sized2Junior Naftali Meles has spent his semester at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), interning with the US Department of State through its Pathways Internship Program.

The psychology major is training to be a Contract Specialist in the Industrial Hardware sector of the DLA in Philadelphia, with the goal to secure a permeant position upon graduation. In his role, Meles reviews and bids out federal contracts to competing vendors.

“I work in Industrial Hardware, where we support the military with anything related to hardware—nuts, bolts, screws—and supply these to the troops who need them,” Meles said. “There are five departments that the DLA supports: clothing and textiles, construction and equipment, industrial hardware, medical, and subsistence. I began in clothing and textiles over the summer, and have since been recruited for industrial hardware. This program has the potential to be a permanent position once I graduate from Holy Family University.”

According to the Defense Logistic Agency’s website, “The origins of the Defense Logistics Agency date back to World War II when America's huge military buildup required the rapid procurement of vast amounts of munitions and supplies. After the war, a presidential commission headed by former President Herbert Hoover recommended centralizing management of common military logistics support and introducing uniform financial management practices.”

Government work isn’t something new for Meles. His father currently works for the City of Philadelphia, while his brother works at Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst in New Jersey.

“My father is a social worker, and my brother works at Joint Base McGuire,” Meles said. “Government work is something that runs in my family and I am happy the position came through. I believe it is a respected career choice that can really lead to serious opportunities later on. The training provided is very versatile and can really be applied to many situations in life, while influencing my learning and skills development.”

His time at Holy Family has been influential during the course of his internship.

“Holy Family University has been the cornerstone that allowed this internship to happen,” Meles said. “The programs I am in and the services that Holy Family provides are very important in this career choice.”

Business Society Hosts Third Annual MBA Panel

Holy Family University’s Business Society will host its third annual MBA Panel on Thursday, April 6, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Bensalem location.

Dr. Luanne Amato, Management-Marketing Instructor for the School of Business Administration, will moderate the event.

More than 10 colleges will be represented during the event, including St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, Rutgers University – Camden, Arcadia University, Cabrini University, Philadelphia University, Rosemont College, Rowan University, Gwynedd Mercy University, and Rider University.

Panelists will describe the MBA environment, what it takes to succeed as an MBA student, and explain their individual programs. Attendees are encouraged to bring any questions they have about entering an MBA program to the event.

"The third annual MBA Panel is set to be the largest and most exciting MBA Panel Holy Family University has ever hosted,” said Lilly Kelly, Business Society President. “This program is beneficial to students, as they will receive all the information needed to be accepted into the MBA program of their choice. In addition, it gives them a wonderful opportunity to network with representatives from 11 notable programs. "

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