Campus-Wide Day of Service Highlights Charter Week Celebration

Holy Family University’s Charter Week celebration culminates in a campus-wide Day of Service on Friday, February 17. Staff, faculty, and students have the opportunity to visit locations such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Feast of Justice, among other trips.

“The University Day of Service is one of my favorite events during Charter Week, as it really emphasizes what being a part of the Holy Family community is all about,” said Mike McNulty-Bobholz, Assistant Vice President of Student Life. “Every year these great locations open their doors to Holy Family and welcome us in. It’s a great feeling to see everyone working together to achieve one goal, and that is to make a difference.”

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Getting to Know: Dr. Alexandra Adams

Alex AdamsTasked with managing enrollment strategies for Holy Family University, Dr. Alexandra Adams details what enticed her to the position, what she would like to complete in her first 90 days, and what some of her favorite summertime hobbies are in her first sit down interview with Holy Family University.

HFU: Can you tell me about your background and how you ended up in the enrollment side of higher education?

AA: “I have worked in higher education since earning my undergraduate degree 25 years ago. After a short stint in development, I served as Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff at a college, and in that role, I was the primary research assistant for the President.

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Charter Week Celebration Held from February 13-17

Holy Family University’s Charter Week celebration, honoring the 63rd anniversary in which Holy Family University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be held from February 13-17. Each day will feature new activities thanking the years of dedicated service to students, faculty, and staff who have made the previous year’s possible. Please join us in as many events as possible!

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February Art Gallery: Natasha Giles

NatashaGiles sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents Social Voyeurism, paintings by Natasha Giles
Exhibit Dates: February 2-28, 2017

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Natasha Giles’ work, titled Social Voyeurism. The exhibit features paintings from her most recent body of work, and are inspired by social media, memory, and the experience of moments in time. In this series, the unspoken communication of body language and character is exuded in each captured moment.

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Business Society Hosts Pins for PTSD Event

Pins for PTSD sizedBy Schyler Ellerbee '20

The School of Business Administration’s Business Society held their Pins for PTSD event on Saturday, January 14, at Thunderbird Lanes. More than $2,000 was donated to the Post Traumatic Stress Foundation of Philadelphia.

“Many of our society members are aware of PTSD because of their interactions with veterans,” said Dr. Luanne Amato, Management-Marketing Instructor and faculty adviser. “Also, they recognized that PTSD is not only for veterans and there limited causes that support this issue. Our members consider it a silent issue—not usually heard about or taken seriously.”

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Getting to Know: Gene Kovalchick

Gene Kovalchick sizedAs Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Gene Kovalchick has been tasked with implementing the best and most accessible technology initiatives across Holy Family University’s three locations. With a strong background in the IT field, Kovalchick sat down with Holy Family University to talk about what made him interested in his field, enhancements he would like to see made campus-wide, and what instrument he plays in a couple local bands.

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Alpha House Expanding to Aquinas Hall in 2017

Alpha HouseAlpha House Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten will begin an expansion project in the spring semester to renovate Aquinas Hall, providing increased opportunities for students while offering more room to learn and grow on Holy Family University’s campus.

According to Mary Becker, Alpha House Director, the plan is to continue to use the current building for the nursery and Pre-K, while the Kindergarten would move to the new location adjacent to where Alpha House is currently located. Alpha House is estimating a 25 percent enrollment increase over the next two to three years with the additional spaced provided by Aquinas Hall.

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Holy Family University Outfitted with Energy Efficient LED Lightbulbs

If things seem a bit brighter on Holy Family University’s campus, look up. The University is in the middle of a lighting renovation project that will replace old halogen lightbulbs and fixtures with energy efficient LED bulbs.

During the course of the three-month project, over 5,000 lightbulbs will be replaced with LED lights. The renovations began around December 16 and will conclude sometime in April. The LED lighting project will reduce Holy Family University’s electrical energy consumption by at least 1.3 million kWh annually, reducing annual utilities cost by approximately $200,000. The University will receive a one-time rebate from PECO because of the change, which will amount to approximately $70,000.

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Holy Family University Traveling to 44th Annual March for Life Event

march for lifeHoly Family University will travel to Washington D.C. on Friday, January 27, to participate in the 44th annual March for Life event. The theme for 2017 is The Power of One.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry, participants will gather in the morning for coffee, juice, and bagels at 5:30 am before embarking on their journey at 6:00 am. Upon arrival, the group will participate in the Liturgy for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine at 10:00 am. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will preside at this liturgy and Father James MacNew will concelebrate with other priests from Philadelphia.

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School of Education Professor Announces Her Retirement

img Rafter sizedSchool of Education Associate Professor, Dr. Donna Rafter, has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding 17 years of teaching at Holy Family University. SOE – NewsLink caught up with Dr. Rafter to ask a few questions about her journey in education, advice for future teachers, and retirement plans.

NL: Tell us about your academic preparation. What degrees and certifications have you earned and where did you earn them?

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