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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Wombwell Presented Pennsylvania League of Nursing Faculty Award

MaryWombwell Award sizedDr. Mary Wombwell, Professor and Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions (SNAHP), was presented with an award from the Pennsylvania League of Nursing (PLN) during the Pennsylvania League of Nursing Conference on April 7, held at Holy Family University’s Bensalem location.

The Nursing Faculty Award highlights successful nursing educators in higher education. Wombwell, who was nominated for the award by Dr. Catherine Heilferty, Associate Dean of SNAHP, was notified in February she had been selected as the winner by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Mee Joins Flyers Ice Girls for Third Year

Kristen Mee SizedAttend a Philadelphia Flyers game at the Wells Fargo Center and there’s a good chance you’ll see Kristen Mee during stoppages of play, helping to clean the ice and interacting with fans along the way. Entering her third year as a Flyers Ice Girl, Mee joins over a dozen other women who help promote the Flyers initiatives on and off the ice.

A Philadelphia native, Mee graduated from Holy Family University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. Growing up a Philly sports fan, Mee, who has been ice skating since she was in elementary school, auditioned for, and made the Ice Girls team in 2015. As a member of the Ice Girls, she is responsible for dry-cutting the ice during media timeouts, appearing at community events, and assisting various departments within the Flyers organization. She also performs dance routines for the fans, visits season ticket holders, and participates in on-camera promotions during the game.

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Kulu Mele Fills ETC Auditorium with African Drumming and Dance Celebration

KuluMele sizedKulu Mele, an African drumming and dance ensemble, will be performing in the ETC Auditorium on Friday, December 1 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. The performance is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Fusion club.

The night’s entertainment will feature five drummers, four dancers, and a vocalist. Kulu Mele performed for Pope Francis when he came to Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families in 2015.

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November Art Gallery: HFU Senior Nicole Russo

NicoleRusso SizedThe Holy Family University Art Gallery proudly presents Nicole Russo’s mixed media works: Exhibit: November 16 – December 11.

From the artist: “I attempt to push myself in new ways each time I take on a project. I look at making art as a way for me to challenge the previous pieces that I created. I enjoy the struggle of learning a new skill or simply jumping right into an idea that I have. Constantly being presented with hurdles has helped me grow as an artist and as an individual.”

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HFU Family Center Awarded $3,000 Grant by Philadelphia

FamilyCenter Check SizedThe Holy Family University Family Center was awarded a $3,000 grant from the City of Philadelphia in October through its 2017 Philadelphia Activities Grant. The money will be used to offset some of the costs associated with serving members of the community through the Family Center programs.

Councilman Bobby Henon, who represents the 6th district in Northeast Philadelphia and was instrumental in the University’s applying for the grant, awarded Holy Family University President Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN; Sister Angela Cresswell, CSFN, Director of the Family Center, Dr. Helen Hoffner, Program Coordinator; and Dr. Mary Wombwell, Workshop Coordinator (not pictured) with a check on November 15.

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Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass Named to The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions Inaugural Cohort

Nicole Stokes DuPass sizedDr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity and Professor of Sociology, has been named a member of The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions inaugural cohort. The goal of the program is to help mentor and mold future university presidents at minority-serving institutions. The group will be hosting the first Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Aspiring Leaders Forum from Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19.

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Nursing NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Hits 92%

nursingstudentsDr. Cynthia Russell, Dean and Professor for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, announced that the pass rate for first time nursing students taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is 92.86%, according to the NCLEX Program Report from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. 

The national pass rate in 2017 was 86.94% while the Pennsylvania pass rate was 91.10%, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

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Glen Foerd-HFU Speaker Series: Landscape Assessment of Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Architectural and landscape historian Emily T. Cooperman, PhD, will discuss her landscape assessment of Glen Foerd, the historic mansion on the Delaware River, on Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm in the ETC Auditorium of Holy Family University as part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series. The series is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

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