Diversity Team Hosts "What Peace Means to Me" Contest

The Diversity Team welcomes you back and hopes that you have enjoyed a relaxing summer.

As we begin our semester and anxiously await the exciting visit to our city by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families, we are also looking forward to International Day 2015 during that same week. On the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015, the Diversity Team in collaboration with Fusion (our students' multicultural club) is inviting all Holy Family University students to participate in a contest, What Peace Means To Me.

Answer the Question: What does peace look like in the 21st century for my family, my culture, my city, my school, or my country?

Write it, sing it, create it, draw it, and submit it to the Diversity Team by Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Prizes for winning submissions will be given during International Day. First prize: $200, Second prize: $100, Third prize: $50.

As always, we are inviting the campus community to help us celebrate the multicultural students and families here on campus through your attendance in our International Day of Peace program. We welcome any ethnic table displays, food, and artifacts in celebration of the diversity among our student, staff, and faculty at Holy Family University. Please contact Dr. Matusiak at x3526 for more details. Thank you to all for your continued support of diversity!


HFU Presents September Art Exhibit: Memories and Metaphors

The Holy Family University Art Gallery announces "Memories and Metaphors," an exhibition presented by Star Wheel Printers.


Exhibit: September 9, 2015 to September 29, 2015
Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Star Wheel Printers are exhibiting printmaking works in memories and the artists use diverse print media to express individual reminiscences illustrated through unique visual symbols. Thematic interpretations throughout the exhibit demonstrate how each artist reflects upon their pasts. Among the participating artists are Hanna Aufschauer, Cynthia Back, Bill Brookover, Reena Brooks, Gerard DiFalco, Nicole Patrice Dul, Marie Elcin, Elaine M. Erne, Terri Fridkin, Linda Dubin Garfield, Gloria Klaiman, Phoebe Murer, Carlee Myers, Jose Ortiz, and Joe Speight.

Star Wheel Printers is a Philadelphia- based collective that supports, promotes and shares printmaking with like-minded artists and local communities. Star Wheel Printers would like to acknowledge Philadelphia's printmakers and present a means to share our passion for woodcut, etching, lithography, screen-printing and the like with each other and with the public. If you'd like more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Star Wheel Printers e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This exhibition is part of Holy Family's monthly Gallery shows held throughout the academic year, each of which showcases a new and diverse exhibit featuring artists from around the world as well as Holy Family University's graduating art majors. The intended audiences of this exhibition are people of all ages. The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University's Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 p. Special viewings on weekends may be arranged by contacting Pamela Flynn, Art Professor and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Holy Family University.

More Information? Contact: Pamela Flynn | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 267-341-3418 |


HFU Announces 2015-2016 Art Gallery Schedule

The Holy Family University Art Gallery has announced its exhibition schedule for the 2015- 2016 academic year. We will be exhibiting an exciting group of artists this academic year, and we also will be hosting two panel discussions. In October, we will host "Exploring Fame: Celebrity Portraits," organized by Amanda McClain, Associate Professor of Communications at Holy Family University. In February, we will host "Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century," organized by Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean/ Associate Professor at Holy Family. We hope that you will be able to join the art department at the artist receptions and the two panel discussions.

Star Wheel Printers: Memories and Metaphors
Exhibit Dates: September 2-29, 2015
Artist Reception: September 29, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Participating artists: Hanna Aufschauer, Cynthia Back, Bill Brookover, Reena Brooks, Gerard Di Falco, Nicole Patrice Dul, Marie Elcin, Elaine M. Erne, Terri Fridkin, Linda Dubin Garfield, Gloria Klaiman, Phoebe Murer, Carlee Myers, Jose Ortiz, Joe Speight


Celebrity Portraits (a juried group exhibit)
Exhibit Dates: October 2-28, 2015
Panel Discussion and Artist Reception: October 8, 2015 | 5-8:00 pm

Selected Artists: Norma Greenwood, Leo Morrissey, Leon 47, Evan D. Williams, Theresa DeSalvio, Byron Anway, Caroline Estelle Hubbell, Breanne Trammell, Elizabeth Withstandley

This exhibit will be displayed In conjunction with a panel discussion, "Exploring Fame: Celebrity Portraits," organized by Amanda McClain, Associate Professor of Communications.

Christine West: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: November 3-22, 2015
Artist Reception: November 17, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Kirstie Kauker: Senior Exhibit
November 25-December 16, 2015
Artist Reception: December 10, 2015 | 7-9:00 pm

Virginia Maksymowicz:  "Architectural Overlays"
Exhibit Dates: January 13-February 3, 2016
Artist Reception: January 26, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Nationalism: Belonging /Not Belonging (a juried group exhibit)

Exhibit Dates: February 9-March 1, 2016
Panel Discussion and Artist Reception: February 23, 2016 | 6-9:00 pm

Selected artists: TBA

This exhibit will be displayed In conjunction with a panel discussion, "Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century," organized by Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean/Associate Professor.

Laura Dobrota: A Unified Thread (mixed media)

Exhibit Dates: March 4-April 4, 2016
Artist Reception: March 22, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

William Goebig: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: April 6-15, 2016
Artist Reception: April 12, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Raechel Genco: Senior Exhibit
Exhibit Dates: April 20-August 1, 2016
Artist Reception: April 26, 2016 | 6-8:00 pm

Two Years Running! 2015 MONEY® Magazine Value All Star!

MONEY® magazine launched its second annual survey results regarding "Best Colleges," and Holy Family University was thrilled to be named again on their Colleges That Add the Most Value list, earning an "A" as a school " that best help[s] students exceed expectations."

The Value-Added ranking takes into account the economic and academic profiles of its students and the rate at which the college's graduates perform in relation to their peer groups: "To compile this list, we ranked colleges based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment, eliminating schools with a negative grade in any of those areas or a graduation rate below 50%."

MONEY® magazine: "The 50 Colleges That Add The Most Value"

HFU Students Showcase Art at Star Wheel Printers

Star Wheel Printers presents its first annual exhibition of graduating printmakers First Edition: New Philadelphia Printmakers. The exhibition opens at the Fleisher Art Memorial's Center for Works on Paper, 705 Christian Street, Philadelphia PA, on Friday, April 3 and runs through May 2. This exhibition features work by artists receiving a BFA, BA, or MFA in 2015 with a concentration in print media from a Philadelphia area colleges. The show consists of a wide variety of work investigating all areas of printmaking.

Artists include Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Lindsay Deifik, Carolina Gomez and Molly Lloyd; Moore College of Art and Design: Emilie Didyoung, Tori Lattanzi, Sabrina Salgado, Lauren Sauder, and Elizabeth Stricker; and from Holy Family University; William Goebig, Kasey Moore, and Christine West. Star Wheel Printers, co-founded by Elaine M. Erne, Holy Family University instructor Nicole P. Dul,  and Hanna Aufschauer, is a newly formed collective that supports, promotes, and shares printmaking with Philadelphia artists and communities.

Please go to for gallery hours.


HFU Opens April 13 IT Career Panel to Public

The HFU Computing Society/ ACM Student Chapter presents an IT Career Panel Discussion on April 13 at 12:50-1:50 pm in Campus Center Room 115.

The Holy Family University Computing Society will host seven IT (Information Technology) professionals to discuss building a career in Information Technology. Information Technology is a growing industry that offers a wide variety of career options including application programming, infrastructure engineering, systems architecture, databases & business intelligence, information security and project management. The panel will examine careers in each of these domains tackling topics such as how to prepare for a career in IT, certifications, networking, and professional marketing on LinkedIn. Join the discussion and network with seasoned IT professionals immediately following the panel.

Julie Kiley – Enterprise Architect, Brandywine Global
Kevin Johnson – Infrastructure Architect / Engineer, Wipro
Ron Stoloff – Information Technology Staffing Specialist / Owner, Evolution Staffing
Tim Yocum – Application Developer / Architect / Owner, Yocum Technology Group
Suzanne Watts – Project / Program Manager ePMO, Turnberry Solutions, Inc.
Kevin Bucher – Database / Business Intelligence Architect, Anexinet, Inc.
Terry Maguire – Network Engineer / Architect, Holy Family University

Moderator: Mark Galgano – Enterprise Architect, Holy Family University


Holy Family Hosts Lecture Series

Holy Family University, in conjunction with Glen Foerd on the Delaware, present "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" on Friday, March 6, at 7 pm, in the ETC Auditorium.

Sarah Winski, developer of the National Constitution Center's 2012 exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, tells the fascinating story of the Prohibition era—America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. She will also give a behind-the-scenes look at the triumphs and tribulations of mounting the exhibition, currently on a 10-city, nationwide tour.

Free, Public Classes: Parenting and Retirement

Holy Family University's Family Center will present two free workshop series during the months of October and November, which promote the "Value of Family."

The Parenting Workshop will guide parents/guardians/caretakers to love, guide, and teach their children the art of loving and serving others in the manner which they do within their own families. These sessions will assist parents/guardians/caretakers to better understand their present way of parenting and offer them alternative ways of recognizing the needs of their children at each stage of development, while nurturing each child's self-esteem and enhancing their own parenting skills.

The Retirement Workshop will explore the physical, social, cultural, wellness and generational transformations being experienced by many of our senior friends and family members. Approaches to wellness and holistic strategies will be examined to identify influences on aging well. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with University faculty and credentialed guest speakers to evaluate and to assess the twenty-first century "retirement party."

To register for any of the following sessions, contact Christine O'Neill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-341-3407. All sessions are held at Holy Family University, Philadelphia Campus, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114 in the Campus Center, Room 115.

Free Parenting Sessions

All sessions are 7:00–9:00 pm. Upon completion of the six (6) sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire. Free child care is available upon request for children ages 3 and older. 

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - Parenting to Empower Children
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - The Family Circle
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Stop! Look! Listen!
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Discipline in an Ever-Changing Environment
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - Family: Child's Secure Base
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - Family Feuds: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

Happy Days: Retirement Party and Beyond

All sessions are 7:00–9:00 pm. Upon completion of the six (6) sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015 - The Mature Adult
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Practical Planning
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Growing Old Together: Assisting our Partners & Parents with Respect
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Supportive Services
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Healthy Nutrition
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Connecting with Technology

University Mourns the Loss of Former President Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN

Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, former President of Holy Family University, passed away Wednesday morning, February 11, 2015. S. Aloysius was appointed Holy Family's second President in 1959 and held the position until 1971. Her focus on upgrading faculty credentials, facility expansion, and fundraising led to Holy Family's first accreditation. During her tenure, Holy Family acquired Marian Hall, opened a student residence, added programs in elementary education and nursing, constructed and dedicated the Library, established a Reading Center, and opened its doors to men.

A respected leader in education with extensive experience in teacher preparation, S. Aloysius served as Holy Family's first Registrar, as well as business manager and admissions officer, upon its opening in 1954. She also earned the rank of Professor of Psychology and was a member of the University's first Board of Trustees.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1913, S. Aloysius was taught by the CSFNs in primary and secondary school and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts degree from Catholic University. She pursued additional graduate work at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Ottawa.

Following her 12 years as President, S. Aloysius was elected General Councilor in the general administration of the Congregation in Rome, and in 1977, she was appointed Assistant Superior General. She returned to Holy Family in 1983, serving as Records Assistant and Data Entry Specialist in the Office of Continuing Education. She continued to participate in campus activities until her retirement to Mount Nazareth in 2002.

S. Aloysius' passing came on Charter Day, when the University celebrates the day the legal charter was signed, establishing Holy Family as a four-year liberal arts institution.

Funeral arrangements are pending.