New Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Med Tracks Offered

Chris Carbone Holy Family University, an institution that boasts an already robust science curriculum for its undergraduate and graduate students, continues to grow its program with two new healthcare track offerings—Pre-Med and Pre-Physical Therapy.

Pre-Physical Therapy, which will be offered beginning Fall 2016, will provide students an opportunity to learn the basic principles associated with the physical therapy profession.

“The curriculum entailed in this proposal is designed to provide the necessary prerequisite courses required to gain admission into a variety of graduate Doctoral of physical therapy programs,” said Chris Carbone, Assistant Professor of Biology.

“It’s a basic biology curriculum that has influences with physics, mathematics, and physical therapy related classes that students will be exposed to at the graduate level. By exposing students at the undergraduate level to the material covered by these topics will not only increase their probability to successfully master the material at the graduate level, but will also reinsure the admission committees that our students can intellectually handle the rigors they will experience after being admitted into their programs.”

Students hoping to pursue the Pre-Physical Therapy track will have free electives that, according to Carbone, allow the student to customize their experience.

“That allows you to apply to whatever institution you want to,” he said.

In addition to Pre-Physical Therapy, Holy Family University offers students the opportunity to pursue a Pre-Med track. The Pre-Med program takes a more in-depth approach to the profession, including additional areas of study and an emphasis on the MCAT test, the exam a students needs to pass in order to gain admittance into medical school.

“The Pre-Med program has more checkmarks that it needs to meet,” Carbone said. “It has more basic science, math, chemistry, and physics. The curriculum in the Pre-Med program also takes into consideration the requirements of newly designed MCAT exam that includes a new section that tests knowledge of introductory concepts in psychology and sociology. As a result, courses from these disciplines have been added to expose students to a variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences.”

With Holy Family already bolstering a positive reputation regarding its nursing program, Carbone, one of the creators of the physical therapy track along with other members of the Biology Department, hopes the addition of these new programs compliment the nursing program. Carbone noted that there are plans to add two new tracks—Pre-Physicians Assistant and Pre-Pharmacy—in the near future.

“That’s what I hope to achieve with the addition of these new programs,” Carbone said. “The crowning jewel of Holy Family is nursing. I hope to add another component to that by including these healthcare professions. Overall, yes, nursing is here. But I also want to compliment that from the biology perspective with these healthcare disciplines with the ones we have and the ones we plan on developing in the future.”

Sunday Night Comedy Series: Derrick Knopsnyder Returns to Holy Family University


Derrick KnopsnyderThe Office of Student Engagement, in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, is welcoming the first comedian of its Sunday Night Comedy Series for the spring semester.

Appearing on Sunday, January 17, comedian Derrick Knopsnyder is making his second trip in two years to Holy Family University to showcase his brand of comedy to the students and University community.

Knopsnyder, the 2011 winner of Stand Up to Cancer's Funniest Person competition and the 2012 finalist at the Cleveland Comedy Festival, is an up-and-coming young comedian who brings a brand of funny that connects with today’s college student. The Office of Student Engagement selected Knopsnyder to come back to Holy Family because they “recognized how much he connected with our students in his first trip and really spoke to what they found funny.”

Knopsnyder’s biography online reads:

“I am a young comic, born and raised in a small ‘classy’ town, or ‘redneck’ town whichever, I don't like labels. Since I was a little kid I've always wanted to be a comedian, then after my first year in college I decided that there is no better time than the present and I took to the stage for the first time in May 2010. I can remember them calling my name to walk up to the stage, and then the realization set in…this is actually happening! After doing open mics from May till October I had my first breakthrough in the industry, I got my first paid gig! It wasn't much, just barely enough to cover the gas it took me to get there, but that was neither here nor there the bigger picture was, I just got money for doing comedy. Since then I've done many shows with a bunch of great comics.”

Knopsnyder will be performing on Sunday, January 17 at 7:00 pm on the Northeast Campus in the ETC Auditorium. Admission is free for all students and members of the University community. Seating is limited and is held on a first-come, first-served basis.


January Art Gallery: “Architectural Overlays"

Maksymowicz HFU ArtPhoto WebEvent: "Architectural Overlays," a solo exhibition by Virginia Maksymowicz

Location: Holy Family University Art Gallery, Education & Technology Center, Lower Level
9801 Frankford Avenue (near Grant Avenue), Philadelphia, PA 19114

Dates/Times: Exhibition runs from January 13 – February 3, 2016
Artist's talk and reception: Tuesday, January 26, 6 – 8 pm

Exhibits and reception events are free and open to the public.

This exhibition explores the link between the human body and architecture through a variety of media: sculpture, photography, drawing and printmaking.

Over the past two decades, Maksymowicz has created pieces for very particular architectural spaces such as gallery corners, small rooms with overhead ductwork, and parlors with fireplaces. Along the way, the artist has read the architectural theories of Vitruvius, Jacques-François Blondel and Joseph Rykwert, attempting to connect them visually in metaphorical and narrative contexts.

Caryatids in Five Books, Comparisons and Caryatid explore a type of imagery that holds immense metaphorical potential in this regard. Baskets of produce and bread, acanthus, Demeter and Persephone . . . all overlaid onto women's bodies placed in the service of structural columns. The caryatid is both a familiar architectural convention, and the visual summation of human life and women's fundamental role in supporting it. The former considers sculptures of stone and women of flesh, in words and pictures, literally and metaphorically, imprinted and poised on precarious pedestals. The second pairs architectural details and images of woman from a variety of ethnic traditions. The third is an installation combining an eight-foot high drawing of a caryatid with casts of architectural elements and loaves of bread in a mythological mix.

The Cornice Portraits look at another connection between the human body and the built environment. Maksymowicz has inverted Blondel's architectural theories—which propose that the proportions for cornice moldings should derive from classical concepts of the ideal human profile—by designing cornices based on the actual profiles of a selection of ordinary-looking artists.

Virginia Maksymowicz is an Associate Professor of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, PA. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation, Grey Gallery and MoMA/Library in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Locally, her sculptures have been shown at the Michener Museum (Doylestown), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum (both Wilmington).

She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press (1991).

Virginia Maksymowicz has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome (three times), an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum in Philadelphia, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Before coming to F&M, she taught at Oberlin College in Ohio, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wayne State University, and the Moore College of Art and Design.


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 pm.

More Information?

Contact: Virginia Maksymowicz | Associate Professor of Art, Franklin & Marshall College | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 717-358-4574 or 215-387-9706

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Nursing Students Run Poverty Simulation

On December 10, 2015 from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm, students in Holy Family University's fast-track, second-degree nursing program experienced a nursing simulation at the Holy Family University-Newtown location that focused on the effects that poverty has on their patient populations. The simulation began with the students completing a questionnaire about their beliefs about people living in poverty. During the simulation, students were assigned a family unit and scenario. It was expected that the students fully assume the identity and function of the family scenario they were assigned. They were given a monthly salary and a list of expenses that they had to pay during each week of the month (one week = 15 minutes). All of the scenarios had an income that was either below the poverty line or slightly above.

Somewhere along the line, they were given a card chosen randomly with unexpected expenses that they also have to pay. The students went to a series of tables to pay their expenses. Each table was labeled as the grocery store, rent, child care, utilities, etc. Inevitably, they ran out of money before the end of the simulation and had to make the choice of buying food vs. prescription drugs, rent, etc.


Upon completion of the simulation, the students were asked to complete the questionnaire again to determine if their attitudes about poverty have changed. There was then be a debriefing where the students discussed their challenges and feelings about the simulation.

Diane Gilson, Holy Family University's Nursing Lab Faculty Leader, said, "For our nursing students, this simulation helps nurses understand the complex issues of poverty and its effects on health in addition to understanding the many other challenges experienced by the poor. Furthermore, the poverty simulation helps students understand their own negative attitudes toward people living in poverty. As we know, there is a stigma associated with poverty."

The School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions has a history of running real-world simulations to help educate their students beyond the classroom. Previously, the Philadelphia campus hosted an active shooter simulation in 2014 and the Newtown campus hosted a mass casualty drill in 2013. Not only did these events give the nursing students valuable simulated healthcare experience, but they allowed the students to experience cooperative simulation drills with local police, fire, and emergency services personnel.


November Art Gallery: Beyond Exteriors

NovArtImageHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents Beyond Exteriors

Senior Student Art Exhibition by Christine West

Exhibition dates: November 3- November 22, 2015
Artists Reception: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Artistic Statement: Beyond Exteriors

Beyond Exteriors invites the viewers to consider what is beyond the obvious facades that they encounter in their everyday lives. I want the viewers to explore the humanity and psyche that are behind the various exteriors that are presented to them whether it is an abandoned building, old furniture, or a human face. I encourage the viewers to acknowledge and connect with the stories and emotions that are under the surface.

As an artist I am drawn to surfaces and textures, and in my work I use textural elements to highlight and support the emotional content. Wrinkled skin, rotten wood, and cold gritty concrete draw the viewer into the work and communicate an emotional energy. The textures and surfaces in my work are meant to evoke emotional responses that mirror the human and expressive content of the piece.

My body of work includes various media and processes to include oil paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. I like to explore and replicate various textures by using various processes. Using a variety of media and processes allows me to produce a meaningful image multiple times, which enables me to explore the image and content more fully while still fulfilling my need for variety and innovative production.

Holy Family University Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114.


School of Ed's Grant Writing Funds Playground


On Thursday, September 24, two School of Education faculty members, Dr. Janet McNellis and Dr. Patricia Joergensen, took two Education students, Hannah Britland and Valarie Killian, to Antonia Pentoja Charter School to help build a playground. The school has been planning this playground for eight years.  The principal of the school, Sandra Gonzalez, is a doctoral student in our EdD in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies program. Ms. Gonzalez took a doctoral course with Dr. McNellis last year and as part of the course wrote the application for the KaBOOM grant that funded this playground. 

October Art Gallery Exhibit and Panel Discussion

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Juried Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion

Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?

Exhibit: October 2-October 28, 2015
Panel Discussion: October 8, 2015 5:00-6:00 pm followed by Artist Reception: 6:00- 8:00 pm

Nine artists from across the US are exhibiting works that address the topic of celebrity portraits.

Exhibiting Artists: Byron Anway, Theresa DeSalvio, Norma Greenwood, Caroline Hubbell, Leon 47, Leo Morrissey, Breanne Trammell, Evan Williams and Elizabeth Withstandley

Panel Discussion: Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?

Join Dr. Janice H. Xu, Dr. Mary Beth Ray, and Dr. Amanda S. McClain for a panel discussion that will explore the notion that in today's media culture anyone and everyone can be "famous." YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, blogs, Facebook, and other social media allow insignificant actions to compete with truly important accomplishments. The distinction between great and trivial has been blurred by self promotion and Internet users' tendency for a short attention span.

Janice H. Xu (PhD in communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Assistant Professor of Communication at Holy Family University. She is faculty advisor of HFU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Previously she worked as news assistant at New York Times Beijing Bureau and radio broadcaster at Voice of America, Washington DC. Dr. Xu received a Penn State University Page Legacy Scholar Grant for designing a teaching module "Media Relations in Crisis Communication" in 2013.

Mary Beth Ray (PhD in Communication and Media, Temple University) is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University. Her research interests include emerging technology, creative industries, co-production, qualitative research methods, and popular music culture. Her dissertation examined how the rise of widely available digital communication technology impacts the way music is produced, distributed, promoted, and consumed, with a focus on the changing nature of the relationship between artists and audiences. Dr. Ray's chapter "If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name": Borders, Boundaries, and the Production of M.I.A. was published in Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture on Lexington Books. She is currently the Internet Culture area co-chair for PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association).

Amanda S. McClain (PhD in Mass Media and Communication, Temple University) is an Associate Professor of Communication at Holy Family University. She is author of the books American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses (2011, Lexington Books) and Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality (2013, Lexington Books). She is co-chair of the Television Studies area for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. McClain's research interests include reality TV, social media, celebrity, communication theory, narrative, and media representations of women.

For more information, contact: Pamela Flynn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |

Artwork: Ai Wei Wei and the Feast of River Crabs by Theresa DeSalvio


HFU: Aware/Responding to Reported Philadelphia-Area Threat

Holy Family University, along with many other universities in the Philadelphia area, has been apprised of a threat against an "unspecified university near Philadelphia." The information shared includes a specific date of October 5. The source of this information received by the University was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, from the Crime Gun Intelligence Center.

Holy Family is working with local law enforcement agencies as well as with appropriate federal agencies to monitor this threat while continuing to maintain a safe and secure campus environment for all of our students, faculty, staff, and guests.

In this effort, it is especially important that you carry proper identification (University ID) with you at all times and report any unusual presence, activity, or behavior that you observe immediately to Public Safety. For reporting purposes, please use 267-341-3333 (off campus) or ext. 3333 (on campus).

Once again, be assured that the safety of all of those who are associated with the University remains our highest priority and suitable measures are being taken to respond to this reported threat.

Holy Family U to Stream Papal Mass

PopeSmallHoly Family University is so pleased to announce that we'll be hosting a community viewing of the Papal Mass, streamed live, in partnership with Verizon. Pope Francis's visit to Philadelphia is expected to draw well over one million people. In an effort to provide the community with an opportunity to witness this historic event, in the event that the Ben Franklin Parkway isn't a possibility, Holy Family University will be live streaming the Papal Mass on campus. Students and community members who attend are invited to participate in an intimate Holy Family Mass beginning at 2:30 pm, followed shortly by a reception with light food and drinks, before the streaming of Pope Francis' Mass at 4 pm.

The event is open to the public and free! We just request that you please register for the event: REGISTER HERE.

Time: HFU Sunday Mass - 2:30 pm; Papal Mass - 4:00 pm

Location: Education and Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

WMOF Activities @ HFU!

Holy Family University is excited to announce our World Meeting of Families on-campus event schedule. Our goal is to bring the spirit of the World Meeting on campus and to join in with the greater community.

Check into this page frequently as details and events get added!

Monday, Sept 21 | International Day of Peace, Diversity Team
The schedule for the Day of Peace is forthcoming. In the meantime, check out the "What Peace Means to Me" contest.

Tuesday, Sept 22 | WMOF Service Day
Service activities will be scheduled throughout the day. Projects will include Aid for Friends and Catholic Social Services backpack campaign.

Catholic Social Services Backpack Campaign
Ed Connections is working with Catholic Community Services to conduct a back pack drive for children in Foster Care.We will be collecting gentle used or new bags of any kind and size. These bags will be used for both male and female children in the Foster Care program. Every day, countless numbers of children and youth enter and transition throughout the foster care system. These children are given very short notice and have no time to prepare. In most instances, these children have just a few moments to gather up their clothing and prized personal possessions before being placed in a new, strange and unfamiliar setting of a foster family or a group home. More often than not these jolted transitions, result in throwing everything in trash bags which can be demoralizing and can have a negative effect on their confidence. This Back Pack drive is to build their self-confidence and create a sense of security. These bags will give them a secure place to keep the important items that they treasure during this hard and confusing time in their lives.

Wednesday, Sept 23 | Film Viewing, Panel Discussion, The Family Closet

12:50 pm | Open Viewing/Presidential Lecture – CSFN Charism
During WMOF Week, Holy Family University will air the first of seven videos comprising Year 1 of a three-year "Continuing the Mission" program for all who work, teach, and study at CSFN sponsored-ministries. This formation program for mission advancement has been created in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth by the Sisters, whose charism is Family. The Year 1 series of videos introduces viewers to the Sisters' newly articulated core values: "Faithful Listening," "Loving Relationships," and "Discovering God in the Everyday." The first video being shown during WMOF Week focuses on the historical context, acquainting viewers with the charism of Family--past, present, and future.

4:30 pm | ETC Auditorium | Panel Discussion: The Impact of Disability on Families
Presenters, both parents and self advocates will share their perspectives. There will be time for questions and discussion. All are welcome.

6-7 pm | Newtown Site | Christian Meditation
Join Sister Cordia at our Newtown site for weekly meditation. All are welcome during this important week. Pray. Reflect. Discuss.

All Day | Library | The Family Closet: Practically Living Laudato Si
We invite our campus community to bring clean, gently used clothing to swap or donate. Clothing will be set up on hanging racks and tables so participants can "shop." Leftover clothing will be donated.

Thursday, Sept 24 | Scholarly Lecture, Clothing Swap

7-8:30 pm | ETC Auditorium | What makes the Holy Family «holy»? A study of the virtues animating the lives of Jesus, Mary. and Joseph | FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC
Father Mark Hunt, Holy Family University professor, will speak about the Holy Family and the model they provide us all. The presentation, part of Holy Family University's week long of observance of the World Meeting of Families culminating in Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, will study key texts from both Testaments of Sacred Scripture as well as writings from the Fathers of the Church to identify virtues of the Holy Family and their life in the context of first-century Bethlehem and Nazareth. The presentation will conclude by examining how those virtues, essential in the biblical era, are still not only valid but necessary and practical for life today.

All Day | Library | The Family Closet: Practically Living Laudato Si
We invite our campus community to bring clean, gently used clothing to swap or donate. Clothing will be set up on hanging racks and tables so participants can "shop." Leftover clothing will be donated.

Friday, Sept 25 | Noon – 2:00pm Back Campus WMOF Celebration
This campus celebration on the quad will be similar to our spring Tiger-Paw-Looza!

Saturday, Sept 26
We hope that you are attending the Festival of the Families downtown!

Sunday, Sept 27 | 4:00 pm | FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC | REGISTER HERE!
Join the HFU community to watch the Papal Mass on the big screen in our auditorium. Holy Family U will be partnering with Verizon Wireless to stream the Mass, break bread, and share the family spirit. If you are Catholic, come early and attend a Mass, said by Father Mac, that fulfills your Sunday obligation!
2:30 pm: Holy Family University Sunday Mass
3:15 pm: Light food and drink
4:00 pm: Papal Mass