Education Alumna Honored with National Science Teacher Association Award

JaydaPuglieseJayda Pugliese, a Holy Family University alumna (BA ’09, MEd ’14) and current student in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, has been named the 2018 recipient of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary Teachers.

Pugliese, who applied for the award after consulting her mentors at the Milken Family Foundation, introduced a lesson plan to build a robotic arm, which was inspired by her work with building prosthetic limbs for animals and humans with her students. 

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Taylor Awards Fund Research About Pregnancy Loss, Stress Reduction, Academic Comprehension, and Local Ecology

TaylorAwardsOn Wednesday, January 10, during Holy Family University’s Spring Business Meeting, Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced this year’s recipients of the Taylor Awards.

The award program was established through an endowment created by Carol Taylor, RN, PhD, a former University faculty member who served from 1979 to 1987 and 1995 to 1997 in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

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HFU Descends to DC for March for Life Rally

march for lifeA group of students, faculty, and staff from Holy Family University will travel to Washington DC on Friday, January 19 for the 45th Annual March for Life event. This marks the 13th year that Holy Family University has marched for the rights of the unborn. The theme of this year’s event is Love Saves Lives.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry, a bus will depart in the morning at 6:30 am and will return by 9 pm. Dinner will be provided. Those interested in registering need to contact Sue Morton at 267-341-3200 or

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January Art Gallery: Jed Williams

Jed Williams sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents My Colors, My Joy, paintings by Jed Williams

Exhibit: January 10-30, 2018
Artist Talk and Reception: Tuesday, January 16, 5 pm – 7 pm

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present My Colors, My Joy, a collection of paintings by Jed Williams.

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Generosity and Philanthropy Highlight 2017 – A Year in Review

In a world looking for good news to share, Holy Family University experienced numerous triumphs throughout 2017. The University saw growth in its academic offerings, student achievements, faculty research, University renovations, and more. The year was bookended by the School of Business Administration freshmen class making Christmas gift boxes for children overseas and closed with one of the largest individual gifts ever received by Holy Family University in its 63-year history. While the stories below are not all inclusive to the success of the University, please enjoy some of our favorite highlights below.

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HFU Committed to Campus Sustainability with New Energy and Waste Management Initiatives

Holy Family University’s Facilities Management announced two new initiatives for the upcoming year, upgrading the University’s energy and waste management contracts. The University will now be using 100% green energy throughout its three locations from Evolution Energy Partners. Additionally, Holy Family University is partnering with J.P. Mascaro & Sons for its waste management removal.

The new three-year energy deal will begin in January 2018. The new initiative will save Holy Family University 1.5 cents/kWh, resulting in a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Holy Family’s total energy consumption last year was 7 million kWh. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it is the equivalent of 5,210 metric tons of carbon dioxide, 12 million miles driven by a vehicle, 28.4 million pounds of burned coal, or 586,000 gallons of gasoline.

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Buzydlowski Participates in Computer Science Educators Panel

buzydlowski sizedDr. Jan Buzydlowski, Assistant Professor for the School of Business Administration, was a member of the Computer Science Educators Panel at Princeton University on December 7. Buzydlowski spoke about the use of data analysis as part of computational thinking and the use of specialized software for that purpose.

As part of the Computer Science Education Week celebration, the Princeton Joint Chapter, ACM/IEEE Computer Society, presented a panel of computer science educators to speak on various topics about teaching computational thinking at various levels.

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Holy Family University Receives $350,000 Gift from an Early Alumna

MarianneHarrington fullHoly Family University has received a property gift from alumna Marianne Clisham Harrington to benefit the School of Education. As a tribute to her husband, Mrs. Harrington decided to donate her Long Beach, NY, property to Holy Family on December 8, 2017, the anniversary of her late husband’s burial. The property is estimated at $350,000, which is among the largest individual gifts ever received by Holy Family in its 63-year history.

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Holy Family University Athletics Donates Books to Benjamin Rush Elementary School

Athletics LibraryBooksThe Holy Family University Department of Athletics donated and presented 1,000 new children's books to Benjamin Rush Elementary School as part of its Build-A-Library initiative during an assembly on Tuesday, December 5.

The assembly marked the 12th annual Build-A-Library event, which first began in 2006. Since then, the Holy Family Department of Athletics, along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), has donated nearly 15,000 new books to 14 Philadelphia area schools.

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