Ficociello Co-Authors Book Focused on “America's Disaster Culture”

FicocielloBookDr. Robert Ficociello, Assistant Professor of Writing for the School of Arts and Sciences, has co-authored a book titled America’s Disaster Culture: The Production of Natural Disasters in Literature and Pop Culture.

The book is built on the premise that a natural disaster is a commodity produced for public consumption, and in turn, can be used for profit. Ficociello cites examples such as the Cold War, which threatened the “natural” way of life and instated a cultural fear to destroy landscapes, ideals, and symbols. Consequently, he adds, that terrorism and immigration are the new Cold War—an external and internal threat that focuses on our "natural" day-to-day lives, which now revolves around consuming goods. Ficociello notes that in addition to Hollywood profiting from these events, social media, cable news, and politicians produce fear of disasters and reap profits in our disaster economy.

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October Art Gallery: Nayda A. Cuevas

Octoberartgallery sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents #Latina: Reclaiming the Latina Tag, 100 portraits of Latin@ Diversity by Nayda A. Cuevas.

Exhibit: October 4-30, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Nayda A. Cuevas’s work, #Latina: Reclaiming the Latina Tag, a series of 100 portraits of “Latin@ Diversity.”

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Canned Food Drive to Support Puerto Rico Families

donation boxMembers of the Holy Family University community that would like to contribute to the Puerto Rico relief efforts after the devastating results of Hurricane Maria are encouraged to participate in the “One CAN Make a Difference” food drive taking place from October 2-25.

Coordinated by Sister Mary Ellen Gemmell, CSFN, former Principal of Academia del Carmen in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, Puerto Rico, and Spanish instructor, the donations will be delivered to Caritas de Puerto Rico, a humanitarian group serving the needy in the area.

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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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