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President's 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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Getting to Know: Dr. Jonathan Rosen

JonathanRosen sizedWith a background in domestic and foreign criminal justice systems, Dr. Jonathan Rosen joins Holy Family University’s School of Arts and Sciences as its newest Criminal Justice professor. Dr. Rosen has been on faculty at Florida International University in Miami and the University of Oaxaca in Mexico, providing a unique, well-rounded perspective as an instructor. Dr. Rosen sat down with Holy Family University to discuss how he ended up in Northeast Philadelphia, his research interests, and his passion for studying crime.

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Married Alums Backpack Across the Globe

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When Matt Leszczynski ’10 and Michele Kennedy ’10 met at Freshmen Experience, the pair formed a connection that would last throughout their tenure at Holy Family University. As Nursing majors in their junior year, Matt and Michele ended up having the same schedule—from classes to clinicals—and even worked in the same hospital. As fate would have it, they ended up dating and eventually married in 2015. Avid travelers, the duo paid off their debts, left their jobs, and decided to see the world. Michele sat down with Holy Family University to discuss their unique adventures and outlook on life.

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September Art Gallery: Peter Morgan

PeterMorgan sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents Birds of a Feather, sculptures and works on paper by Peter Morgan
Exhibit: September 1-27, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Peter Morgan’s work, Birds of a Feather, a collection of sculptures and works on paper. Peter Morgan is a native of Virginia with a MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe with notable residencies at the Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. Currently, Morgan maintains his studio in Phoenixville, PA.

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Holy Family University Ranked a Top School for Earning Potential in Pennsylvania

HFU MainThe United States Department of Education’s College Scorecard ranked Holy Family University the 27th Best Pennsylvania College for Earning Potential. This is Holy Family’s second designation of the year after Money Magazine named the University the 196th Best College in 2017-18.

Holy Family University, who tied with Swarthmore College in the results, reports an average starting salary of $48,500 after graduation. The results are calculated by the median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid 10 years after entering the school. Ninety-two total institutions in Pennsylvania were ranked on the scorecard.

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Fichter Receives Grant from Holocaust Educational Foundation

fichter 2398 sizedDr. Madigan Fichter was the recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. The grant will be used to take her special topics history class and the honors program to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, as well as potentially bringing a Holocaust scholar to campus.

Fichter, an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, as part of our bachelor's in History degree, will teach HIST 399B Special Topics: World War II this fall. She characterizes the war as a defining moment in not only United States history, but globally as well—an important event that made her want to teach a course specifically tailored to its haunting results. 

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President's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Campus Community:

As we reflect on the recent racially charged events in Charlottesville and around the United States, I wanted to reaffirm Holy Family University’s unequivocal dedication to diversity and inclusion. As a university community, we denounce all forms of hate and the violence that stems from hate.

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MacKenzie’s Bibliography on Geoffrey Hartman Published by Oxford University Press

Gina MacKenzieDr. Gina MacKenzie, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has spent the summer months working on multiple published works. She recently completed a bibliography on Geoffrey Hartman and published a chapter about the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton, for the American Book Review.

Geoffrey Hartman, a literary critic and scholar of Judaic studies was part of the Yale School, which changed the nature of literary studies in the mid-to-late twentieth century by developing and advancing Deconstruction.

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Communications Program Undergoes Multifaceted Renovation Projects

mac lab renoThe Communications program at Holy Family University has begun a transformation to provide more contemporary and creative degree options to students in our Communications and Media Arts program, while also updating its facilities with a more modern flair. The Mac Lab in Holy Family Hall is currently being renovated, with a dozen new Apple computers, carpeting, couches, and an 80-inch TV set to be installed.

Based on a report from Hanover Research, the Communications degree path will now be comprised of two tracks: Public Relations and Social and Emerging Media.

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