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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."

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HFU Snapchat Offers Behind-the-Scenes View of Student Life

HFU SnapchatThose looking for a more intimate portrayal of Holy Family University daily student life are encouraged to follow the newly created Snapchat account HFU_official.

Created by the Marketing and Communications Department and run by revolving student social media ambassadors, the audience is able to see a wide range of student activities, including weeknight and weekend events, dormitory life, inside the classroom, and more.

“Snapchat is one of the most popular and fastest growing photo sharing social media platforms currently,” said Heather Dotchel, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. “While Holy Family already has a robust Instagram presence, the Marketing and Communications Department thought it would be a good idea to give students a voice through our social media channels. Paired with our new social media minor, we wanted to give the students an opportunity to control a corporate social media account while gaining real-world experience.”

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Author James Hockenberry Visits HFU for Book Reading and Signing

over here sizedOn Tuesday, April 4, from 12:50 pm–1:50 pm, author James Hockenberry will visit the Holy Family University Library on the Philadelphia campus to read portions of his new debut novel, Over Here.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming James to the Library,” said Kathy Kindness, Assistant Director of Library Services. “His historical novel, Over Here, is a departure from our regular book club fare. This fast-paced spy thriller, set in New York City prior to American involvement in World War I, depicts a little-known era and event in American history. Mr. Hockenberry will provide insight about this time period and why he chose to write about these historical events.”

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