Holy Family University Names C. William Moffitt and Roshan Pulimkalayil ’16 M’18 to Board of Trustees

Holy Family University is pleased to announce the appointment of C. William (Bill) Moffitt and Roshan Pulimkalayil ’16 M’18 to its Board of Trustees. These new members will participate in their first Board meeting later this month.

Bill Moffitt is the founder of Moffitt Investment Management, LLC, based in Glenmoore, PA. Prior to establishing the firm, Moffitt served as the Senior Vice President, Investment Officer, Senior PIM Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors, a position he served in for a decade. He previously served as the Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager of Morgan Stanley and as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities.

Moffitt has served as a board member of both the Great Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Central Presbyterian Church of Downingtown, PA, and is currently on the Board of Directors of The Anglers Club of Philadelphia. Moffitt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business 4Administration degree from Villanova University.

“Holy Family University has long been an institution of academic excellence in Philadelphia, and it will be a privilege to serve on its Board of Trustees,” said Moffit. “I look forward to working with the Board to continue moving the University forward.”

Roshan Pulimkalayil ’16 M’18 currently serves as a Labor & Employee Relations Analyst for the City of Philadelphia in the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations. Prior to serving in this role, Pulimkalayil worked at the Philadelphia Department of Prisons as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and later a Human Resource Professional, among other positions in the City of Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Pulimkalayil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Administration from Holy Family University and later returned to the University to earn a Master of Business Administration degree and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management. While a student at Holy Family University, Pulimkalayil earned numerous academic honors, including Graduate Student of the Year in the Division of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. Before his new role on the Holy Family University Board of Trustees, Pulimkalayil was a member of the Holy Family University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Being a student at Holy Family University helped me succeed in my career, and as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors I encountered so many students who could say the same about their education at Holy Family,” said Pulimkalayil. “I am honored that I will be able to continue to support the mission of Holy Family in my new role as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

“We are delighted to welcome Bill and Roshan to our Board of Trustees,” said William Strecker, Chair of the Holy Family Board of Trustees. “Their vast industry experience will provide valuable insights to our Board and the University community.”

HFU Speaker Series: Dr. David Young

Please join us:
Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series featuring

Dr. David Young

“Effective Public History and Social Justice: A Study of Germantown”

Thursday, Nov. 4,
7:00 p.m.
Live via Zoom

Known as America’s most historic neighborhood, the Germantown section of Philadelphia (established in 1683) has distinguished itself by using public history initiatives to forge community. Join us as David Young, author of The Battles of Germantown, discusses ways that regional historic organizations shine more light on diverse history in provocative and creative ways with examples from Germantown and Delaware. Recent efforts engaging in whole-place interpretation of the region’s history, especially of undertold histories of communities largely unrepresented in the historical narratives, show how “effective public history” can serve the cause of social justice.

Dr. David Young has led historical organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region at the Salem County Historical Society, the Johnson House Historic Site, Cliveden of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, winning local and national awards for his work, and currently serves as the executive director of the Delaware Historical Society. Young received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is the author of The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America, (Temple University Press, 2019), awarded the 2020 Philip Klein Prize for best book about Pennsylvania.

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Holy Family Alumnus Co-writes Satirical Fantasy Novel “On The Road to Knowhere (Requiem After Dark)”


RoadtoKnowhereAn alumnus of Holy Family University has recently co-authored a fantasy novel that exaggerates and pokes fun at the over-serious tone that most of the genre’s books are known for.

Dan August ’98, M’06 has been teaching senior honors and AP English for over 20 years. About two years ago, August and two other teachers in his department decided to collaborate on a novel that would be a fun, satirical take on the typically serious epic fantasy genre. The book, On the Road to Knowhere, is the first in planned series titled Requiem After Dark.

“It is an epic fantasy novel, but it’s not meant to be taken as serious high fantasy,” said August. “Rather we wrote more of a satire of the fantasy genre. We took many of the typical themes, stereotypical characters, and fantasy plot devices, and then put a modern twist on them to have some light-hearted fun.”

Because of the collaborative nature of the book, On the Road to Knowhere was published under the pseudonym H.T. Chronicle.

“The idea for the book started with us sitting around at lunch one afternoon looking at all these books that get published and we thought, ‘We could do this too,’” August adds. “We wanted to write something fun, enjoyable, and something that was not a 1000 page tome. We decided to have some fun and create a satire of the fantasy genre and bring some lightheartedness back to the genre—mockingly we tagged it a ‘make fantasy fun again.’”

Reflecting on the experience of writing the book, August says, “This was a two-year project that was a lot more difficult than we thought it was going to be. But I would not trade those two years for anything. So far we have received nothing but positive reviews, and we are now working on the second book in the series.”

Holy Family Celebrates Homecoming 2021




The Holy Family University community demonstrated their Tiger Pride during the weekend of October 8-9 at Homecoming 2021!
On Friday, October 8, four alumni and a head coach were inducted into Holy Family's Athletics Hall of Fame:
On Saturday, October 9, the Holy Family University community celebrated Homecoming with events and activities that included fun for the whole family, featuring autographs and photos with Blue, caricatures, family-style games, inflatables, photo booth, and pumpkin painting.
The event culminated with the official ribbon cutting and blessing of the University's new state-of-the-art turf field, which includes a practice track, field lighting, and a new scoreboard. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by University President Anne M. Prisco and Board of Trustees Chair William Strecker.
During Homecoming, the Tigers were victorious in women's volleyball (3-1 victory over Dominican College), women's soccer (1-0 victory over Caldwell University), and men's soccer (3-0 victory over Caldwell University).
Be sure to view, download and share all Homecoming photos on Flickr and Facebook!

Holy Family University Distinguished Writers Series Featuring Airea D. Matthews


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Join award-winning poet for an in-person author talk.


Holy Family University will host a Distinguished Writers Series featuring Airea D. Matthews, author of the award-winning poetry collection Simulacra

When:           Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:          Education and Technology Center Auditorium at Holy Family University
(Frankford Avenue and E. Stevenson Lane - GPS address 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114)

The event is FREE and open to the public. When visiting the Holy Family University campus, you will be required to follow our Masking Policy

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. To attend on Zoom, reserve your place here.


About Airea D. Matthews

Airea D. Matthews’ first collection of poems is the critically acclaimed Simulacra, which received the prestigious 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. The collection explores the topics of longing and desire with power, insight, and intense emotion.

“Airea D. Matthew’s work manipulates poetic tradition and voices the conflicted emotional tenor of our time,” said Gina MacKenzie, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Holy Family University. “Her work speaks to our present moment and needs to be heard.”

For her writing, Matthews earned a 2020 Pew Fellowship as well as the 2017 Margaret Walker For My People award. In 2016, she received both the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Best American Poets, American Poet, The Rumpus, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Harvard Review. A Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, Matthews is a founding member of the transdisciplinary art studio The Teeth Factory.

Matthews holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and an MPA from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, both at the University of Michigan. She is an assistant professor and directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College, where she was presented the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Holy Family University Distinguished Writers Series is dedicated to promoting diversity, social awareness, critical thinking, as well as furthering Holy Family University’s mission and core values of community, respect, integrity, experiential learning, vision, and service.