September Art Gallery: Zachary Pritchard

september art gallery sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents Zachary Pritchard

Exhibit Dates: September 2 - 28

Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 28 from 12:50 pm – 2:50 pm.

On Wednesday, September 28, Holy Family University will host an artist reception for Zachary Pritchard to discuss his collection, made from paper-mache, plaster, fired clay, pigmented wax, cast iron, and aluminum. The exhibition will also feature sculptures on pedestals, freestanding pieces, and wall sculptures.

Pritchard earned his BFA in sculpture from Buffalo State College in 2011. As part of his studies, he participated in an international artist residency, creating art in Finland and Latvia. He went on to earn an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited across the United States, recently in Massachusetts, New York City, and Philadelphia. His most recent body of work has been featured in group and solo shows, earning high praise. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

From the artist: “My work explores themes and personal experiences of humor, loss, death, loneliness, and attraction. Working with materials that lend themselves to manipulation, such as paper-mache, plaster, pigmented wax, paints, and metals, my work plays with structural balance and expectations of materials in primarily anthropomorphic forms. I consistently work in an intuitive process that seeks to translate an unspeakable subconscious language through objects. Engaging the viewer in a familiar, yet uneasy presence, my aim is to elicit raw and visceral emotional reactions through my sculptures, drawings and paintings.”

The event will take place at Holy Family University’s Education Technology Center (ETC) in the lobby and art gallery. Parking is available to all in the Campus Center parking lot in the visitor section without restriction.

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 - 8 pm.

Roger Gee Presents at Peru TESOL Convention

Dr. Roger Gee presented at the 24th Peru Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention from July 31 - August 2. The convention was held in Arequipa, Peru, where Gee presented a plenary address, Online Dictionaries: Types, Challenges, and Strategies for Use. He also presented two workshops, Beyond “I agree” and “I disagree”, which dealt with the pragmatics of agreement and Are You Interested? Or Interesting?, which suggested teaching activities for the use of participles as adjectives. 

“Peru TESOL is a national affiliate of international TESOL,” Gee said after returning from his trip. “The conference addresses the needs of English language teachers of all levels in both public and private settings throughout Peru. Each year, the conference is held in a different region of Peru to make travel to the conference easier. This year, in addition to Peru,  presenters at the conference came from eight different countries in South America, North America, and Asia.”

August Weekend Intensive Focuses on (De)Evolution of American Mass Media

Mike Fitzpatrick sizedHoly Family University’s School of Business Administration and Extended Learning is hosting the 2016 Weekend Intensive from August 12-14. The theme of the weekend will be “The (De)Evolution of the American Mass Media: Losing the Public’s Trust.”

The weekend-long session will focus on the current election and political news coverage—including the role that mass media has on public opinion and how the public has lost faith in objective journalism.

“The Weekend Intensive allows Holy Family University’s Extended Learning students a chance to delve into contemporary issues and events that are not normally offered in the curriculum,” said Bob McNeill, Executive Director of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. “Along with guest speakers, it allows students to analyze the connections between politics, the American media, and big business. Not only will our students become more informed about the political process, the historical role of the media, and corporate influence, but they will also become more informed citizens in one of the most unique Presidential elections.”

Meeting dates and times for the Weekend Intensive are below:
Friday, August 12: 6 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, August 13: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, August 14: 12 pm – 4 pm

House Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, 8th District Pa., will be a guest speaker during Saturday’s session.

“Representative Fitzpatrick has been a good friend to the Extended Learning programs over the years,” said Chris Quinn, Director of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. “He has served as a Weekend Intensive guest speaker several times and even helped teach one. The fact that Extended Learning, which sits in the 8th district, has the opportunity to listen and engage with its sitting Congressional House Representative on a topic addressing politics and media demonstrates the program’s strong commitment to academic quality and community.”

Much of this weekend is open to the public. If you’d like to register or for more information, contact Chris Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Author Robin Black Visits HFU to Talk Crash Course

Author Robin BlackOn Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm, the Holy Family University Library will host Robin Black, author of Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide.

According to her website, “Robin Black’s path through loss and survival delivered her to the writer’s life. Agoraphobia, the challenges of parenting a child with special needs, and the legacy of a formidable father all shaped that journey. In these deeply personal and instructive essays, the author of the internationally acclaimed If I loved you, I would tell you this and Life Drawing explores the making of art through the experiences of building a life. Engaging, challenging, and moving, Crash Course is full of insight into how to write—and why.”

This event is part of the Library’s summer book club reading event. Other events have included a Skype conversation with Amy Stewart, author of Girl Waits with Gun. 

“For our last book club event of the summer, we are thrilled that Robin will be joining us in person,” said Shannon Brown, Executive Director of the Library. “Robin was introduced to us through Professor Liz Moore. Crash Course is a collection of personal essays about the author's life and the experiences that shaped her as a person and influenced her writing. It is a fascinating read for anyone, but especially those interested in the writing process or writing as a profession. We hope to see you engaging with Robin during this exciting event.”


Getting to Know: Angela Cutchineal

Angela Cutchineal, Holy Family U. Director of Cooperative EducationAngela Cutchineal returns to her alma mater as Director of Cooperative Education, helping students achieve internships and co-ops in their desired fields. With a passion for career counseling, Cutchineal brings years of experience in professional placement to students at Holy Family University. She sat down with HFU to discuss her background, her goals as the new Director of Cooperative Education, and fancy dinner parties.

HFU: Can you tell me a little about your professional background as it pertains to your new role?

AC: “After completing my Bachelor of Arts at Holy Family University, I immediately went to work in the field of professional development and career counseling. I found it to be my passion, knowing right away this would be my ‘forever career.’ I have worked with and professionally coached a diverse population: people with disabilities and folks of all levels of experience, income, education, active students, graduates, and alumni. I specialize in resume building techniques, job search planning, job matching, interview skills, teaching self-marketing, and long-term career planning.”

HFU: What are some of your goals as the Director of Cooperative Education?

AC: “I believe that the goal of any Director is to ensure that positive student outcomes are being met and the department is run professionally; providing support to the students, faculty, and staff it interacts with. My personal goal in the Cooperative Education Department is to create a functional system that meets the needs of the students and employers in today’s job market. I’d like the students to be a part of the internship job search process, as this is an opportunity to learn effective life skills relating to professional development.”

HFU: What is it like to work with students to find a co-op, and potentially their future career path?

AC: “I would be lying if I said that I do this type of work completely altruistically. There is certain joy I get in being a ‘part of the process’ in molding a person’s life path. I genuinely love this type of work—from working with employers to locating potential opportunities, building a student’s confidence with a marketable resume and interview techniques—it’s quite fun! The best part after all the hard work is when you get the call from a student saying they got the job offer. Sometimes I’m more excited than they are! Often times, I like to invite alumni back to tell success stories in workshops or at Advisory Board meetings.”

HFU: Speaking of co-ops, did you have any while you were in college?

AC: “Although I wasn’t enrolled in a major that required an internship, I certainly took advantage of learning as much as I could while I was a student. I had many mentors on campus that helped guide me in the right direction. There was a huge place in my heart for Philosophy and through Dr. Regina Hobaugh’s guidance, I spent my free time during my junior and senior year tutoring Introduction to Philosophy in the Center of Academic Enhancement.”

HFU: What do you like to do in your spare time?

AC: “Spare time! What’s that!? I have a tendency to give myself a full plate of projects outside of work. I don’t like to have much down time. At any given moment, I could have three or four projects running. My problem is finding the time to do all the things I enjoy! I love cooking and throwing big, fancy dinner parties with cloth napkins and full table settings. I’ll take several weeks to plan such events, down to the color scheme and theme of the season/weather. I paint on canvas, mostly abstract and mixed media type pieces. When I start an art project, I go in with all intentions of creating something to sell. Most of the time, I can’t part with the piece. I feel as if I’d be selling a part of my soul. The pieces I have sold, I often think back to them and wonder if they are displayed in someone’s living room or stored away in a basement somewhere, collecting dust, or worse, disposed of. I also write. I’m currently working on a sci-fi novel using my life experience as a guide for inspiration. Hopefully, I will be able to report it has been published sometime in the near future! When I do force myself to sit and relax, I read H.G. Wells and absolutely adore old films. Cary Grant is a personal favorite of mine.”

Tett’s Volleyball Prowess Leads Her to HFU

Rebecca Tett - Holy Family UniversityHoly Family University wasn’t exactly the first college that popped into Rebecca Tett’s mind when deciding where to continue her athletic career since she lived in Leesburg, Virginia.

“I first heard about Holy Family after playing in a volleyball tournament,” she said. “The coaches emailed my parents about bringing me up for a visit. I had never heard of Holy Family before—I actually sort of blew them off. The coaches followed up again and a few months later I decided to visit. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I came up for an official visit during the start of volleyball season, and the second I stepped on campus I knew I belonged here. It was just the right size for me, where I could be a name and not just a number. It had volleyball, the degree I wanted, and most importantly, if I decided not to play volleyball anymore, I would still love the school.”

Tett, a 2012 graduate with a degree in Management & Marketing with a minor in Computer Management Information Systems, is currently the Director of Communications for River Bend Golf & Country Club in Great Falls, Virginia.

Not knowing what her true calling was, Tett struggled to find a major she was passionate about.

“Going into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she said. “I changed my mind numerous times, but in the end, I knew I wanted to study business. With the business major, I got to experience classes in accounting, management, and marketing. About halfway through college, I realized I liked marketing and wanted to possibly do something in that area. Taking the computer classes helped me with programming and web design, which has ultimately translated over into my current position.”

As Director of Communications, no two days are the same for Tett. Whether it is prepping digital, email, and print marketing materials, preparing monthly newsletters, designing and administering email campaigns, our assisting with on-site events, Tett is busy experiencing every aspect of marketing at the popular country club.

“Every day I use a variety of marketing and computer skills that I learned from Holy Family University,” she said. “Website and office application classes help with my digital and email marketing campaigns and the marketing classes, especially consumer marketing, help me with targeting the right division of membership to gear a flyer towards. Holy Family opened the door that allowed me to realize that I can do anything with my business degree.”

Tett’s decision to follow a business degree led her to meet Dr. Bernice Purcell, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Business Administration and Extended Learning. Tett credits Purcell as one of her influences for success in the classroom.

“Everyone in the Business School was influential—they all showed me that you can do anything with a degree in business,” Tett said. “One professor that stands out in particular is Dr. Purcell. She was very attentive to her students in and out of the classroom. She wants everyone to succeed. I always loved going to her classes during my time at Holy Family. I even asked her to write me a recommendation letter for my MBA application!”

Moore Publishes Third Novel: The Unseen World

The Unseen World sizedFollowing the overwhelming success of her second novel, Heft, Liz Moore, Associate Professor of Writing and Coordinator of Humanities, has officially released her third novel, The Unseen World.

The Unseen World tells the story of Ada Sibelius, the daughter of David, an eccentric and socially inept single father who runs a computer lab located in Boston. Ada joins David during his daily work—becoming a protégé along the way. While David's lab begins to gain success, questions regarding his past start to surface. With David's mind failing, Ada is determined to discover her father's secrets.

“I was inspired to write the story of a girl who grew up in Boston in the 1980s with a computer scientist father because I grew up in the suburbs of Boston in the 1980s, and my own father is a scientist—though he's a physicist, not a computer scientist,” Moore said. “But that was only one grain of inspiration. The rest came out of being fascinated with the history of computer science and reading as much as I could get my hands on. The book took lots of wrong turns before I came up with a complete draft, but finally everything clicked into place about three years into the writing process.”

This book comes after the success of Moore’s 2012 novel, Heft, which was pegged by NPR and Oprah as a book to watch out for during the year.

“I always hope that my books will find their way into the hands of people who will truly enjoy them,” Moore said. “I do feel a sense of satisfaction on completing a novel and seeing it enter the world—it definitely takes a lot of mental energy and stamina to write a novel, so it's a great feeling when it's finally packaged and out there.”

The response to Moore’s latest novel has been positive. Reviewing her latest book, The Washington Post said, “Set in the 1980s in the pre-Internet days of the emergence of artificial intelligence, this is a novel that artfully straddles genres. It is a rich and convincing period piece that captures daily life in the modest neighborhood of Dorchester in an era of wall-mounted phones, frozen Salisbury steak dinners and first-generation home computers, like Ada’s 128K Macintosh…”

Dr. Shelly Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has been thrilled with the success that has come from Moore’s accomplishments, knowing that it creates an excellent opportunity for students to speak to an accomplished author.

"We are very excited about the publication of Liz's new book and to have her on our faculty,” Robbins said. “Students in our writing classes have a celebrated novelist as their writing professor. There is no better way to learn to write well than to have a professional provide you with feedback on your work."

Getting to Know: Dr. Elizabeth Rielly

Elizabeth Rielly sizedDr. Elizabeth Rielly is eager to educate students through a hands-on approach to ecology. A native Philadelphian, Rielly returns to her hometown to share what she has learned in the field. Rielly sat down with Holy Family University to discuss the dangers of habitat loss, how she plans on incorporating local nature into her coursework, and her attempt at a green thumb while living in South Philly.

HFU: Can you tell me about your background and what brought you to Holy Family University?

ER: “I’m originally from the Philadelphia area but spent a great deal of time away for school and professional opportunities. I returned to Philadelphia to enter the Biology doctorate program at Temple. I love Philadelphia and most of my family and friends are here. I was drawn to Holy Family University because I’ve always wanted to engage in meaningful research with undergraduate students. Holy Family’s required internship for students was very appealing to me. Pursuing an undergraduate degree is an incredible time in one’s life. You begin to refine your interests and define your career goals, and I wanted to be somewhere that values that experience and a place that has a very strong community. I definitely sensed that from faculty and students during my visit to Holy Family.”

HFU: Your website says you’re an “Ecologist interested in how habitat changes influence ecosystem processes.” What sparked your interest in this specific field?

ER: “I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and science. When I was in college, I really had a hard time choosing between the sciences as my major. I gravitated toward ecology because it is so interdisciplinary. When studying ecosystems, you have to keep in mind all of the biological, geological, and chemical processes that are operating simultaneously. Habitat loss is the number one threat to biodiversity. We hear a lot about other environmental issues like climate change, pollution, and invasive species, and while they’re all critical issues, they are still not as detrimental to biodiversity as habitat loss. In some ways, we could think of an ecosystem as analogous to an orchestra. If you remove certain instrumentalists, the concert will not sound the same, and eventually the orchestra won’t be able to play the song. The same goes for an ecosystem—when certain species are harmed or removed, the function of the ecosystem as a whole is at stake.”

HFU: Can you describe some of your research initiatives?

ER: “I have spent the last five years exploring how habitat fragmentation in seagrass beds influence ecological communities. We don’t often hear about marine habitats as being fragmented or discrete. We assume that the ocean is a fluid continuum, but habitats such as coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass are being lost at an unprecedented rate. These types of habitat-forming marine organisms are known as foundation species and are essential to ocean biodiversity and functioning. Nearly 90% of all marine species spend at least some portion of their life cycle in these habitats. They are critical nurseries for a lot of commercially important fish and invertebrates like blue crabs. Their loss not only has biological implications, but economic as well.”

“I am also working on a new project to examine whether certain species of grasses can uptake nutrients from storm water runoff more efficiently. I am very excited to bring this research to Holy Family because we will be doing this research right in our home field—the Delaware River Basin.”

HFU: How do you plan on taking what you’ve learned and studied in the field and incorporate it into the education a student receives at HFU?

ER: “One thing I’ve learned about science is that it is best learned by doing. I’m really excited to be so close to areas like Pennypack Park, as well as Poquessing and Byberry Creeks. I am excited to get out into the field with students and literally get our hands dirty exploring the surrounding environment. In the classroom, I prioritize group work as much as possible. Rarely in a professional environment do we work as individuals. The benefits of working in teams rather than as an individual are two-fold. First, it’s an important skill to practice—working as a team doesn’t always come naturally to some and it’s a valuable skill that employers look for in potential employees. Second, each person in a group brings different strengths to the table, and everyone stands to gain from each other.”

HFU: What are some of your hobbies outside of the classroom?

ER: “Perhaps unsurprisingly, I am a lover of the outdoors. You will often find me on my bike cruising around the city. I’ve also been trying my hand with some success at container gardening. I live in South Philly, so I have a typical concrete patio, but we’ve been able to get some great cucumber and strawberry plants going. I’m hoping for zucchini this year!”

Getting to Know: Dr. Freda Ginsberg

FB sizedAs the new Director of the Counseling Psychology graduate program, Dr. Freda Ginsberg is excited to share ideas and best practices with her students, using her personal experiences as reference. With a plethora of skills, Dr. Ginsberg specializes in not-for-profit-social service management, social justice counseling, service delivery to women and minority populations, counseling, trauma and crisis intervention, and more. Dr. Ginsberg sat down with Holy Family University to discuss her background, areas of expertise, and many artistic hobbies.

HFU: Can you tell me about your background and what brought you to Holy Family University?

FG: “I am a Counseling Psychologist, trained at Michigan State University, and also hold a master’s degree in Human Services Psychology from LaSalle University, an MBA from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada, and a bachelor’s from Drew University in Comparative Religion. For the past four years, I have been a professor at SUNY Plattsburgh in the Counselor Education Department and also served as the Director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Ward Hall Counseling Clinic. Previously, I worked for six years as a non-profit executive director for the Jewish community in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as well as in my private psychotherapy practice in Montreal.”

“I was drawn to Holy Family University because it is a small campus dedicated to student development, social justice, and faculty collaboration. As the Director of Counseling Psychology, I believe I can bring my experience and skill in leadership and not-for-profit management, as well as excellence in teaching, research, and professional service. I am wholeheartedly excited to take on this professional challenge, where I can work with my colleagues to identify a broad vision that is inspiring, motivating, and leads to the growth and innovation of the program.”

HFU: What are your areas of expertise?

FG: “My areas of expertise are focused on not-for-profit-social service management, social justice counseling, service delivery to women and minority populations, counseling Jews, trauma and crisis intervention, eating disorders, social justice, multicultural and feminist pedagogy, and mentoring students.”

HFU: Can you describe some of your current research initiatives?

FG: “My scholarship utilizes social justice, multicultural, and feminist frameworks to explore three topics: Jewish identity and counseling Jewish women, feminist and social justice pedagogy, and counseling underserved populations. My data-based research focuses on cross-cultural variables, whereby I utilize qualitative methodologies to explore complex issues and highlight my participants’ voices. Recently, I co-edited a book, and wrote a chapter on social justice for McGill Queens Press, Canadian Counselling and Counselling Psychology in the 21st Century, which features chapters by the leading counseling and counseling psychologists in Canada.” Currently, I am co-editing a multi-disciplinary book on trauma and the Holocaust and am also authoring an exhaustive literature review on Jews and the field of psychology.

HFU: What is your classroom philosophy when teaching? How do you get the students engaged in the classroom to fully comprehend the material?

FG: “Congruent with the values of counseling, all of my courses, trainings, and psycho-educational workshops are contextualized by the scientist-practitioner model, as well as social justice, multicultural, feminist, lifespan, and humanistic theories. Given my multi-disciplinary background and education, I am fluent in various epistemological approaches, and I am able to teach students from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Practically speaking, I am particularly adept at working with a diversity of learning styles and attending to the needs of a broad range of cultural styles. In my classroom, I strive to strike a balance between employing a student-centered approach with sharing my expertise using traditional formats.”

“Consistent with my teaching, I have developed an expertise in feminist, multicultural, and social justice pedagogies, which require that all student realities are respected and attended to in the classroom. Specifically, these pedagogies inform instructors on how to create classrooms wherein a diversity of perspectives are valued, and the subject matter covered reflects a multicultural reality. These pedagogies also require teachers to consider alternative views regarding authority in the classroom and to design educational experiences that are both communally and individually focused. In addition, these educational philosophies ask teachers to acknowledge the value of formal knowledge acquisition as well as personal and character development.”

HFU: What are some of your hobbies outside of the classroom?

FG: “I fancy myself to be an artist, and over the years, I have created many pieces using the formats of collage, needlework, jewelry construction, and fabric craft. I am also a voracious traveller and have been to many countries around the world and eagerly await the opportunity to continue to explore the globe. I am also passionate about my Jewish life, and I am fluent and literate in Modern and Biblical Hebrew.”

2016-17 Art Gallery Exhibition Schedule Announced

Holy Family University, along with Pamela Flynn, Professor of Art and Coordinator of Fine Arts, has announced the 2016-17 Art Gallery exhibition schedule. The gallery will be exhibiting six artists from across the United States this academic year. The gallery will also have a juried exhibition in November that will be part of the cross discipline event titled, The Art of Forgiveness: Understanding Hurt, Hope and the Healing Journey.

September: Zachary Pritchard
Dates: September 2-28
Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

October: Lisa Bigalke
Dates: October 4-27
Reception: Wednesday October 12, 12:50pm - 2:50 pm

November: Juried exhibition
The Art of Forgiveness
Dates: November 2-28
Reception: Wednesday, November 2, Time TBA

December: John Chang
Dates: December 2-21
Reception: Wednesday December 14, 12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

January: Robert McNellis
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Dates: January 9-30
Reception: Wednesday January 25, 12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

February: Natasha Giles
Dates: February 2-28
Reception: Wednesday February 15, 12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

March: Margi Weir
Dates: March 2-30
Reception: Wednesday March 29, 12:50 pm - 2:50 pm

April-May: Senior Exhibits, TBA