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School of Business Administration Unveils Online Doctoral Program

BarryDickinsonThe School of Business Administration announced its latest program offering—an 18-course, fully online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. Set to launch in Fall 2018, the program will feature eight-week terms with a three-year anticipated completion period. The DBA will initially offer both a general and accounting concentration and will require an MBA or other business-related graduate degree but will not require a residency.

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Coughlin Interns with WFMZ-TV 69News

Caitlin CoughlinCaitlin Coughlin, a senior communications major, was able to experience the fast-paced lifestyle of a television reporter during her time as a summer intern with WFMZ-TV 69News—pivoting between planned local features to assisting with breaking news. The experience left Coughlin with a greater appreciation for television production, production value, and running a news corporation—as well as the work of the reporters going live from the scene.

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Holy Family University Library Book Club Announces Fall Reads

Library sizedThe Holy Family University Book Club has announced its fall reading schedule, including works by Meg Cabot, Helen Simonson, Jalpa Williby, and David Levithan. The Book Club is open to everyone and is held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Philadelphia Campus Library from 12:50 pm - 1:50 pm.

“In its third year, the HFU Library Book Club gives students, staff, alumni, faculty, and the community the opportunity to read, listen, and talk about books,” said Kathy Kindness, Assistant Director of Library Services.

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Getting to Know: Dr. Jean Marie Petrilack

JeanPetrilack sizedWith a specialty in Gerontological Nursing, Dr. Jean Marie Petrilack joins one of the top nursing schools in Philadelphia, Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions to teach students the special bond between nurses and the elderly. Fostering an open and caring learning environment, Dr. Petrilack sat down with Holy Family University to discuss how she came to HFU, her favorite moment as an educator, and her passion for caring for the elderly.

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Research Subject Pool Fosters Student/Faculty Collaborative Environment

DeCiccoStudents enrolled in the Introduction to Psychology and Quantitative Methods courses this semester will be the first classes to use the new research pool software implemented by the School of Arts and Sciences. The research pool facilitates the process of research participant recruitment using SONA, an online cloud-based system that allows researchers and participants to sign up for and administer research studies.

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Gee Joined Panel that Discussed ESL Best Practices for High School Teachers

On August 16, Dr. Roger Gee, Graduate Division Chair, TESOL Program Coordinator, and Professor for the School of Education, joined a panel at the School District of Philadelphia’s in-service day for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers to discuss best practices for ESL students. The theme of the event was: Achievement, Action, and Advocacy for English Learners.

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Getting to Know: Dr. Patrick McElwaine

McElwaine Patrick sizedWith a passion for wanting to help others, Dr. Patrick McElwaine thought he might one day become a firefighter like his father. As his interests turned towards psychology, Dr. McElwaine pursued his doctorate and returned to his alma mater to join the Counseling Psychology program. Dr. McElwaine sat down with Holy Family University to discuss his career path, his research interests, and his favorite NFL team to cheer for on Sunday.

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Getting to Know: Dr. Mary Frances Suter

SuterWith more than 25 years of experience in top Pennsylvania hospitals, Dr. Mary Frances Suter joins the faculty of Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. With a specialty in cardiac and thoracic surgery, Dr. Suter brings vast knowledge of the heart with some local flair, having worked at Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Suter sat down with Holy Family University to discuss how she got into teaching, her classroom philosophy, and her experience caring for cardiac patients.

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President's Updated Statement in Support of DACA

Dear Holy Family University Community:

Holy Family University was established by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1954 to offer young people who might not have had access to higher education a chance to attend college. This mission is one that we’ve held close for nearly seven decades, and we honor it as an integral part of our identity.

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Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fund HFU White Coat Ceremony

white coatThe Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently announced that they have funded white coats for various nursing schools throughout the nation, including Holy Family University. Holy Family University was one of three schools in Pennsylvania to receive funding for their white coat ceremony.

The white coat ceremony is traditionally the beginning initiation ceremony for nursing school students, signifying the beginning of their medical journey. According to the press release issued by AACN, “In nursing, a White Coat Ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high-quality care.”

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