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Holy Family University Receives $2 Million Grant from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to Revitalize Holy Family Hall
Pennsylvania State Senator Jimmy Dillon has announced that Holy Family University will receive a $2 million grant to revitalize the campus’ original building, Holy Family Hall.
On Monday, November 7, Holy Family University’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences presented the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Poster Presentation event at the University’s Newtown campus.
Holy Family University alumna and current doctoral student Raenesha Sheppard ’20 recently presented on Literacy Learnings to the Language Arts Theory and Instruction class (EDEC 310) taught by Gerry Fitzpatrick-Doria ’85, Ed.D., assistant professor in the School of Education.
On October 20, 2022, Holy Family University’s School of Education hosted Student Teacher Career Night in Education and Technology Center room 405.
Holy Family University Plays a Role in Healing the City with its Inaugural Interfaith Symposium, “Honoring our Neighbor's Faith: How Interfaith Conversations Build Community”
Holy Family University Interfaith will proudly present its Inaugural Interfaith Symposium, “Honoring our Neighbor's Faith: How Interfaith Conversations Build Community,” on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 5 p.m. at the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus.
Anne Prisco, Ph.D., President of Holy Family University, is one of 36 women who will be honored as a 2022 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The nominees include Philadelphia-area community leaders, lawyers, educators, bankers, and executives.
Holy Family University Faculty and Staff Participate in Meeting New People: A Conversation About Implicit Bias
This semester, Holy Family University's Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (JDEI) presented Meeting New People: A Conversation About Implicit Bias, an event for faculty and staff to discuss the concept of implicit bias and how it affects their everyday interactions with others.
State Senator Steve Santarsiero will be holding a Shredding Day for the community in the Newtown parking lot on Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This semester, Holy Family University’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program welcomed its 2022 cohort, the first cohort to enter the program since it was awarded accreditation on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Holy Family University Awarded Collegiate Recovery Program Grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation in Collaboration with the Association of Recovery in Higher Education
Grant will fund campus initiatives to develop drug and alcohol recovery programs
Dr. Pat McElwaine '00, M'04 Appointed Program Director of Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program
Holy Family University's School of Arts & Sciences has appointed Pat McElwaine '00, M'04, Psy.D., LPC, assistant professor of Counseling Psychology, as the Program Director of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program.
Dr. Michelle Murphy-Rozanski Represents Holy Family University at the 2022 CICIAMS XXI World Congress of Catholic Nurses
On August 2, Michelle Murphy-Rozanski, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CRNP, associate dean and director of Undergraduate Studies in Holy Family University's School of Nursing & Health Sciences, represented the University at the 2022 International Association of Catholic Nurses (CICIAMS) XXI World Congress of Catholic Nurses at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.
On August 23, Holy Family University hosted Assessment Day, an opportunity for administrators, faculty, and staff to learn more about the process of assessment and how to incorporate it into practice to help evaluate and improve the quality of the University's programs and support structures.
American Psychological Association Awards Accreditation on Contingency for Holy Family University’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program at Holy Family University’s School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded accreditation on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The accreditation is effective as of March 18, 2022.
Dr. Brian Berry Presents on Student Teaching Excellence at the University International of Catalunya in Saint Cugat, Spain
On July 6, Brian Berry, Ph.D., professor of Education in Holy Family University's School of Education, presented a paper, which was translated into Catalan, at Formative Feedback Day ARMIF 2020 as part of his participation in a research project with the University International of Catalunya (UIC) in Saint Cugat, Spain. Holy Family University and UIC established a university partnership in 2018. Dr. Berry has been an ongoing participant in this university partnership, which fosters faculty exchanges in Education and Health Sciences.
Newly acquired Newtown West campus will supplement the University’s existing Newtown East and Northeast Philadelphia campus locations
On August 1, Roger Gee, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Doctor in Educational and Organizational Leadership program in Holy Family University’s School of Education, was a keynote speaker at the virtual Peru TESOL Association (Peru Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Association) 29th Annual Convention. Peru TESOL Association is a non-profit organization of teachers of English in Peru that is an affiliate of the TESOL International Association.
This summer, Holy Family University launched a no-cost English as a Second Language (ESL) program for Ukrainians on its Northeast Philadelphia campus as part of the University’s mission of ensuring a welcoming and accessible learning community for all.
In April, Diane Menago, Psy.D., program and clinical training director of the Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program in Holy Family University's School of Arts & Sciences, and Mindy Parisi Cummings, Ph.D., associate professor of Counseling Psychology, presented their research at the 2022 American Association of Suicidology Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
In July, Roger Gee, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Doctor in Educational and Organizational Leadership program in Holy Family University’s School of Education, shared his research in two presentations at the Costa Rican Association of English Teachers (ACPI TESOL) Convention 2022, a hybrid convention held in San José, Costa Rica.
The Holy Family University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the addition of acrobatics & tumbling and men’s lacrosse as its 16th and 17th varsity programs, effective for the 2023-24 academic year.
Dr. Elizabeth Carroll Presents “Ecology of Aquatic Plants” Workshop at Lacawac Sanctuary in the Poconos
On July 17, Elizabeth Carroll, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology in Holy Family University's School of Arts & Sciences, presented “Ecology of Aquatic Plants.”
Seven Holy Family University School of Education alumni have been named recipients of the 2022 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teachers.
On June 17, J. Barry Dickinson, Ph.D., professor and director of Graduate Business Programs in Holy Family University's School of Business & Professional Studies, and Bernice M. Purcell, DBA, director of University Assessment, presented at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Conference in Washington, DC.
On Thursday, May 19, Holy Family University’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences presented the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Poster Presentation event at the University’s Newtown campus.
The 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an annual event focusing on digital access and inclusion and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments, took place on Thursday, May 19.
The 2022 School of Arts & Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence has been awarded to Daniel Bramer, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, to recognize his engagement with students, commitment to engaging and innovation, and desire to increase teaching excellence through DEI initiatives and curricular development.
Joining a growing list of college Esports programs, Holy Family University Athletics will add Esports as its newest varsity level sport in Fall 2022 bringing its program to 15 sports.
School of Education Students Participate in “Special Education: Connecting Theory to Practice” Program
During the Spring 2022 semester, several Holy Family University School of Education students in their senior year participated in the Special Education: Connecting Theory to Practice program, an initiative that incorporates features of collaborative service delivery and the varied use of technology in special education.
School of Education Hosts Early Childhood and Early Childhood/Special Education Student Teacher Recognition Event
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, the School of Education at Holy Family University recognized the student teachers who completed their field placement at the School of Education Field Placement Recognition Event in the Education and Technology Center Auditorium.
Holy Family University student Kevin Flynn has been selected to receive the 2022 Greenspan Scholarship Award by the Philadelphia Continental Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.
This month Counseling Services has introduced two new online services for the Holy Family University community, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) and ThrivingCampus.
While preparing education students for classroom instruction is an essential part of any teaching education program, another important part of a future teacher’s education is developing career skills to help them thrive in their careers as educators.
Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series Features Jeff Groff, Estate Historian for Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Groff will discuss gentleman (and lady) farmers and their extensive estates with prize-winning farming operations, horses, and livestock.
A year after Charter Day—the annual celebration of Holy Family University’s founding charter—was held in an all-virtual format, the Holy Family University community was able to gather together for an in-person celebration to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the signing of the University’s charter on February 11, 1954.
“Securing a strong issuer credit rating from Standard & Poor’s is an important step in the growth of Holy Family University, and is a validation of our vision and strategy to provide a valuable education," said Holy Family President Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.
Following a national search, Holy Family University is pleased to announce the appointment of Illana R. Lane, Ph.D. as Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2022.
Holy Family University can count many double and even triple alumni among its over 20,000 alumni—that is, graduates who have completed multiple degrees at the University.
Seven Holy Family University professors are recipients of the 2022 Ray and Mildred Taylor Awards to fund three important research and publication initiatives, according to Shelley Robbins, Ph.D., interim vice president of Academic Affairs.
Drs. Alexa Bonacquisti and Melinda Parisi Cummings, assistant professors of Counseling Psychology, have presented and published on the development and implementation of an innovative curriculum for teaching doctoral-level psychodiagnostic, intellectual, and personality assessment.
Holy Family University was among 43 NCAA Division II member schools to earn The President’s Award for Academic Excellence as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
Pope Francis Approves Decree on Heroic Virtues of Sister Małgorzata Banaś (1896-1966) of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Holy Family University is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. On Monday, December 13, Pope Francis approved the decree on the heroic virtues of Sister Maria Małgorzata Banaś of the Heart of Jesus in Agony in the Garden (1896-1966) of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
The Psy.D. Program in Counseling Psychology at Holy Family University hosted its fifth annual Ethics Forum on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
Dr. Sagedy Presents Research on Improving Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward End-of-Life Care at AACN Transform 2021 Conference
On December 3, Kristin Sagedy Ph.D., MSN, RN, CEN, assistant dean and assistant professor at the School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Holy Family University, presented her research at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Transform 2021 Conference in Dallas, Texas during the podium abstracts session.
Students at Holy Family University come from many diverse backgrounds before they begin their first semester at the University. For some, their education at Holy Family is the beginning of a second career.
Holy Family University’s School of Professional Studies announces that the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) has been revised to reflect the changing needs in the field of accounting.
Remembering the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Frances Siedliska (Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good the Shepherd)
Holy Family University is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth invite you to join them in celebrating the anniversary of the birth and death of our Foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd, who was born on November 12, 1842, and died on November 21, 1902.
In January 2022, the School of Professional Studies at Holy Family University is launching a new Criminal Justice concentration in the MBA program. This is the fourth concentration for the MBA degree.
A recent essay by Patrick J. Casey, assistant professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences, titled "Stop Calling 'Wokeness' a Religion," was quoted in an editorial titled "Is being woke a religion?" by Alan Levinovitz, associate professor of religion at James Madison University, in the November 6, 2021 edition of The Boston Globe.
Holy Family University graduates are leaders across the healthcare industry—from award-winning nurses to department heads in hospitals. Some of these leaders even practice close to “home,” like Bryan Hill ’18 M’21, who is both a current DNP student and an instructor at Holy Family University’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences.
The School of Education at Holy Family University is currently offering tuition support for students who work in licensed childcare facilities entering or currently in the Early Childhood Education Pathway Program, an opportunity to earn a PreK-4 or PreK-4/Special Ed bachelor’s degree and Pennsylvania teaching certification in a format that meets the needs of busy working professionals.
Holy Family’s University Archives spans more than 50 years of the University’s history. Some of its collection includes records on the physical campus and grounds; faculty, student, alumni, and family and friends organizations; student life from its earliest years; the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; and a wide range of individuals associated with the university.
Facilitating Student Success in Holy Family University’s DNP Program: Meet Dr. Jinsy Mathew, DNP Team Lead
Jinsy Mathew, DNP, MSN, RN, associate dean and assistant professor at Holy Family University’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences, can truly speak from experience when it comes to the value of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Holy Family. Dr. Mathew graduated from the program in 2020, and shortly before the start of the fall 2021 semester became DNP Team Lead at the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, responsible for overseeing the same program that she graduated from.
Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series Features David Young, Author of The Battles of Germantown
Holy Family University and Glen Foerd will co-host a Speaker Series event featuring David Young, author of The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America (Temple University Press, 2019).
Holy Family University Names C. William Moffitt and Roshan Pulimkalayil ’16 M’18 to Board of Trustees
Holy Family University is pleased to announce the appointment of C. William (Bill) Moffitt and Roshan Pulimkalayil ’16 M’18 to its Board of Trustees. These new members will participate in their first Board meeting later this month.
Holy Family Alumnus Co-writes Satirical Fantasy Novel “On The Road to Knowhere (Requiem After Dark)”
An alumnus of Holy Family University has recently co-authored a fantasy novel that exaggerates and pokes fun at the over-serious tone that most of the genre’s books are known for.
Congratulations to School of Nursing & Health Sciences BSN student Madelyn Rivera for winning a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card from the Office of Student Accounts!
On Monday, September 20, the Holy Family University community came together in the Campus Center to participate in a service project with Campus Ministry to support the Blessed Sarnelli Community in Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to providing for people in need. The volunteers worked together to prepare 510 sandwiches for distribution to the homeless.
On August 31, Holy Family University’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program held the Psy.D. Program New Student Orientation Day, its first on-campus event since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The event was created to welcome the 2021 Psy.D. cohort to the program.
Two Holy Family University Alumni and Former Professor Publish ‘The Philadelphia Eagles: Images of Sports’
It's a simple fact that many of the students and alumni of Holy Family University are fans of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. After all, the Eagles play their home games less than 20 miles away from the University’s Philadelphia campus.
Philadelphia City Council Passes Resolution Honoring President Emerita Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, Ph.D.
Earlier this year, the Council of the City of Philadelphia adopted a resolution honoring the leadership of Holy Family University President Emerita Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, Ph.D. The resolution recognizes Sister Maureen’s lifelong dedication and service to the area, including attending both Nazareth Academy High School and Holy Family; joining the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; teaching at St. Katherine of Siena, Nazareth Academy, and Holy Family University; and leading Holy Family University as President from July 2014 to July 2021.
Holy Family University is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. On August 1, 1943, Blessed Mary Stella and her Ten Companions, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, sacrificed their lives in Nowogródek in occupied Poland (present-day Navahrudak, Belarus).
This summer, three students—T’Ana Carpenter, Sanjay Deendyal, and Madeline Meade—in the Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program successfully defended their dissertations.
On August 3, Director of Student Conduct and Advocacy Sister Marcella Binkowski CSFN and International Student Affairs Assistant Sister Julianna Tran CSFN represented Holy Family University at the 8th Police District National Night Out event.
Still dreaming of a degree in Nursing? If you currently have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and you are seeking to become a professional registered nurse—Holy Family University has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program for you.
Following the previously announced appointment of Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, GNP-BC, RN-BC as Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, there will be a restructuring of the leadership of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, effective August 1, 2021. The following individuals now have new titles:
Today Michael W. Markowitz, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Family University announced that Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, MSN, BSN, ASN has been appointed as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences effective August 1, 2021.
Alexa Bonacquisti, Ph.D., assistant professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Family University, and a research team of three doctoral students in Counseling Psychology presented research at the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS) Virtual World Conference in June 2021.
On June 30, Holy Family University held the official grand opening of the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), a new resource for students, faculty, and staff.
Holy Family University and the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club teamed up for a Drive-By Collection of medical supplies that was held on the University campus on Thursday, June 17.
Holy Family University Accepted to the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence
Holy Family University has been accepted to the Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world.
Four Holy Family University School of Education alumni—Dana Laut ’00, Kimberly Pellak-Tana M’01, Juan Namnun M’04, and Sharon Hall M’09—have been named recipients of the 2021 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teachers.
Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) student Ray Fearon successfully defended his doctoral dissertation this week. Fearon's dissertation focuses on burnout among mental health professionals working in private practice.
All Holy Family University Class of 2021 and 2020 graduates had reason to celebrate during last weekend's Commencement ceremonies, but Tenae Gentner ’20 had an extra reason to be filled with joy – just minutes after she crossed the stage during Commencement, her boyfriend of two years, Shawn, proposed to her.
Congratulations to Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) student Melissa Genn on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation this week!
The Holy Family University Core Values Award Selection Committee and the Student Engagement Office have announced the 2021 Core Values Award and Student Engagement Office Award Recipients:
Holy Family University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Association Hosts Successful Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
On April 17, Holy Family University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Association (SBSA) hosted the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues.
Sister Francesca Onley, 88, a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth for 71 years, passed away April 17 in Philadelphia. She served as the president and chief administrative officer of Holy Family University in Philadelphia beginning in 1981 until her retirement in 2014 at the age of 81.
The Eastern Athletic Communications Association (East-Comm), an organization that supports communications in collegiate athletics, recently announced the honorees of awards that will be presented during the 2021 East-Comm Virtual Workshop on June 22-23.
Just over one year ago, Holy Family University transitioned its operations to an entirely virtual setting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which entailed a massive effort to assess critical needs, source technology, and infrastructure, train and educate faculty and students on the University’s plans, communicate clear guidance, and receive user insights through comprehensive messaging and surveying.
The 2021 School of Arts & Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence has been awarded to Dian He, Ph.D. for his extraordinary efforts in training Holy Family University faculty on teleconferencing platforms and hardware in order to help make the Fall 2020 semester a better virtual experience for students and faculty.
Educating young children about how bullying will harm their peers can help prevent children from becoming bullies themselves. An alumna of Holy Family University’s Master of Education program has recently released a book that could help kids learn why bullying is wrong.
It has been particularly challenging over the past year for many organizations at Holy Family University to recognize the extraordinary achievements of their membership while the University has been unable to host traditional in-person ceremonies. Yet virtual ceremonies can also spotlight the special accomplishments of students in very meaningful ways.
On March 27, Holy Family University hosted the 2021 SEPCHE Honors Conference, a virtual edition of the annual education showcase event for students at the eight independent schools of higher education in southeastern Pennsylvania that constitute SEPCHE (Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education).
As one of the Mission Core Values of Holy Family University, Service is a principle of significant importance to the University community. Recently, the University has spotlighted the service of the Holy Family University community by affixing canvases in buildings on both the Philadelphia and Newtown campuses featuring photos of students, staff, and faculty engaging in service projects.
When the worsening COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many states and cities implementing policies to restrict in-person work for many employees across the world beginning in early 2020, both employees and employers had to quickly adapt to fundamental changes in the way their profession operated and readjusting their traditional work-life balance.
Carmen Maria Machado, author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, was the third speaker in the Holy Family University Distinguished Writers Series. The free event was held on Zoom on March 17 to a full virtual house.
Parisi Cummings to Present Research on Best Practices for Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
Melinda Parisi Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at Holy Family University will be co-presenting with Robbi Alexander Ph.D. of Penn Medicine Princeton Health on March 18 at the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals annual symposium, which is being held virtually.
Holy Family University and Glen Foerd will co-host a Speaker Series event featuring American History Professor Brent Cebul, Ph.D., who will present “Liberals and Business: A Forgotten Story of Love Found and Love Lost in the 20th Century U.S.”
Graduate Psychology Students and Professor Publish and Present Research on Eating Disorder Treatment Challenges
A research team of four graduate Counseling Psychology students in the Holy Family University School of Arts & Sciences, along with Melinda Parisi Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology, published an article in the February 2021 edition of The Pennsylvania Psychologist, the professional publication of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Join us to hear Bernadette Scarduzio share her story of overcoming her personal obstacles to become a fierce advocate and ally for those of all abilities.
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Celebrates First Cohort Completing Second-Degree BSN Evenings + Weekends Program
Seven School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions students—Kathryn Carlomagno, Lauren Chambers ’11, Angelina Chertik, James Dollings, Allison Lisacchi, Krista Mora, and Sophia Winchester—are the first cohort of nursing students to complete Holy Family University’s Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Evenings + Weekends 22-Month Cohort.
Two Holy Family University School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions students in the Second Degree BSN Daytime 14-Month Cohort program, Komiyo Adewoyin and Francesca Gallo, have been selected to receive awards from the 2020 Esther Elliott Martin Scholarship from Portage Learning, an online learning platform.
In honor of Black History Month, Holy Family University is sharing the stories of Black Catholics who have been declared venerable and have been put forward in the canonization process that could lead to Sainthood.
Holy Family University is excited to announce that it has launched a new free app, LiveSafe, designed to keep the University community safe. The University's current system for safety and weather alerts, known as "TigerAlerts" will be retired May 1, 2021, so it is important that all members of the Holy Family University community download the new LiveSafe app to stay informed and up to date.
In honor of Black History Month, Holy Family University is sharing the stories of Black Catholics who have been declared venerable and have been put forward in the canonization process that could lead to Sainthood.
There’s no denying the fact that this year’s Charter Day—the annual celebration of Holy Family University’s founding charter—was unique in comparison to any of the festivities held in previous years.
The School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Holy Family University has announced a new opportunity for Radiologic Technologists with current certifications by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to earn a post-primary certification in one of the following Post-Primary Certification Tracks:
Six Holy Family University professors are recipients of the 2021 Ray and Mildred Taylor Awards to fund three important research and publication initiatives. This year’s honorees will pursue research initiatives in the areas of providing postpartum psychosocial support, developing strategic plans for the School of Business, and creating early childhood education mentorship programs.
Last year, Holy Family University doctorate student Jack Mills, M.Ed. visited One Bright Ray Community Adult High School on the campus of Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia to meet about a potential graduate research assistantship on the recommendation of School of Education faculty Janet McNellis, Ph.D., associate dean and Roger W. Gee, Ph.D., professor.
On Monday, January 18, 2021, Holy Family University continued its annual tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday being a "Day On" for the University community with the MLK Day of Service.
On January 5, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Holy Family University is among 42 Pennsylvania institutions of higher education that have been awarded $30,000 grants from It's On Us PA to combat sexual assault on campus.
Holy Family University hosts Meet the Author, featuring poet and faculty member Keith Kopka, and his award-winning, newly released poetry collection.
Jonathan D. Rosen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for Holy Family University, continues to explore organized crime in Latin America with the publication of his newest book and an article in a leading academic journal, the Journal of Criminal Justice.
The Clean Air Council and the Philadelphia Department of Health have awarded a $4,000 grant to Holy Family University to evaluate our current smoking policy, and develop a campus-wide educational program regarding smoking, vaping, and healthy stress management options.
For the third consecutive year, Holy Family University has been awarded the "It’s On Us PA" grant, aimed at funding education, training, and the prevention of sexual assault and sex- and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and misconduct on college campuses.
Patricia Griffin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Criminal Justice Program, has been awarded a considerable research grant of up to $180,000 to assess the practices and outcomes of the Bucks County Drug Court.
Holy Family University has received a state grant of $866,000 for improvements on the streets surrounding the University. Pennsylvania State Representative Michael Driscoll announced the award Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.
Holy Family University receives a $2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve academic quality and fiscal stability.
Drs. Alexa Bonacquisti and Patrick McElwaine, Assistant Professors in the Graduate Counseling Psychology program, were recently awarded a $1,500 Instructional Resource Award grant from the Society for Teaching of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association, to develop modules for teaching counseling skills.
Holy Family University was awarded an It’s On Us PA Grant through the Governor’s Office in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education on January 9, 2019. The grant money, totaling $29,960, will help support continuing education for the Tigers that ROAR program.
Holy Family University’s School of Education was awarded a two-year grant for $97,000 through the William Penn Foundation that will be used to convert the undergraduate PK-4 program to blended, online, evening, and on-site delivery formats to increase access for non-traditional students who are currently in the early childhood workforce and want to obtain their degree or certification.
Dr. Elizabeth Rielly-Carroll, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from the PADI Foundation to study seagrass fragmentation in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The grant totals $3,180.
Holy Family University Students Head to Spokane, WA, to Build Homes for Habitat for Humanity–and Build Character
While many collegians across the United States look forward to relaxing over spring break, students at Holy Family University are instead preparing for a week dedicated to community service.
Holy Family University was awarded an It’s On Us PA Grant, as announced by Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Education, during a ceremony at Temple University on Tuesday, March 13.
On December 10, 2015, 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 Holy Family University Family Center was awarded a $3,000 grant from the City of Philadelphia in October through its 2017 Philadelphia Activities Grant.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently announced that they have funded white coats for various nursing schools throughout the nation, including Holy Family University.
Sister Marcella Louise Wallowicz, CSFN, Ph.D., assistant dean in the School of Arts & Sciences and associate professor of Mathematics, was the recipient of a competitive grant for summer research facilitated through the generosity of the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program of The Henry Luce Foundation, which supports women majoring in the physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering fields.
Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions has announced its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program, beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.
In continuing to offer the best programs to its students, Holy Family University has announced its latest program—Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology—the first doctoral program offered by the School of Arts & Sciences.
School of Education Associate Professor, Dr. Donna Rafter '80, has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding 17 years of teaching at Holy Family University.
Dr. Jen DeCicco has contributed research towards the Registered Replication Report of Strack, Martin, and Stepper’s original facial feedback hypothesis, which has been published by the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Freda Ginsberg has lived in three different countries and held an array of jobs in the service field—however, all of these jobs have remained true to one singular motive: helping others.
Holy Family University introduced a new interdisciplinary way for students to fulfill their language requirement with its latest course addition—Spanish for Health Care.
As a child, James Ross only ever needed a pencil and a notebook, delving into the world of science fiction to create short stories and illustrations.
With 20 years of education experience spanning from K-12 through colleges and universities, Dr. Diane Elliott joins the School of Education to provide her expertise to the future teachers of tomorrow.
Five Holy Family University representatives—Dr. Elizabeth Jones, Dr. Dianna Sand, Dr. Bernice Purcell, Dr. Janet McNellis and Dr. Lisa D. Belfield—will attend and present at the 2016 Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment from September 7-9, hosted by Drexel University.
As 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.
Spending his days in the laboratory, it wasn’t long ago that Piotr Kopiński was on the fourth floor of Holy Family Hall conducting his first experiment under the microscope.
With more than 24 countries between them, Dr. Shelly Robbins, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Professor, and Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor, know a thing or two about study abroad trips.
Not even a month removed from walking across the stage at the Kimmel Center where she accepted her diploma and turned her tassel, Emily Gilmour ’16 will move on to Hempstead, NY and attend Hofstra University, where she will study to be a Physician’s Assistant (PA).
Holy Family University is excited to announce an Admission and Scholarship agreement with St. Joseph High School (Hammonton, New Jersey), to further both institutions commitment to faith-based learning.
Jacqueline Algarra more frequently dons a pair of scrubs than a big colorful dress anymore, but that doesn't mean she has retired from the pageant circuit.
Behind the makeup of popular corporate apps are lines of dizzying code, designating what, where, and how the application will function for the consumer.
Holy Family University will present four honorary degrees during its 2016 Commencement Ceremony, held on Thursday, May 12 at the Kimmel Center.
When she isn’t preparing for a bodybuilding competition, Betsy Lane is working as a physical therapist at ATI Physical Therapy, and even more recently, as a Health and Fitness Specialist at Isolator Fitness.
In a continued effort to stay abreast of new and developing majors, Holy Family University is proud to offer Neuroscience as a major under the School of Arts and Sciences beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.
Holy Family University will welcome Ferhan Tunagar, a Turkish Muslim who teaches at Rutgers University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, for a presentation on Islam on Friday, April 15, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the ETC Auditorium.
Faye Santos grew up in a family of nurses, starting with her grandmother and scaling all the way down to her brother. With such a rich history of nurses throughout her family, it was only fitting that Santos chose to study…education.
Nineteen students from Holy Family University will travel to Chestnut Hill College to participate in the 18th Annual SEPCHE Honors Conference on April 2. Holy Family students will present work on various subjects, including academics and art.
Juwan Jordan claims to not be the Phillie Phanatic, but as a member of the Marketing and Promotions team for Citizens Bank Park, he is in charge of escorting the Phanatic to his various locations throughout the game.
Under the production direction of Gina MacKenzie and musical direction of Sue Trotter, the Holy Family University Drama Club will perform the musical “Edges” on April 9-10.
A new Assistant Professor teaching History in the School of Arts and Sciences, Madigan Fichter, Ph.D. brings vast knowledge about Eastern Europe and the Balkans to the classroom.
Andrea Green, an award-winning musician, music therapist, composer/playwright, and director of children's musicals will host a public presentation on the topic of using the arts as a vehicle for teaching tolerance, on April 7.
Holy Family University doctoral candidates will present their dissertation research during the Educational Research Forum on Monday, May 2, at 5 pm in the ETC Auditorium.
Dr. Robert Ficociello was only half joking when he listed the zombie apocalypse as a natural disaster that the United States wouldn’t be able to stop.
Reports of a local fire rattle the alarms of the firehouse. Inside, men and women race against the clock to get up, dress in full garb, get inside the fire truck, and arrive at their destination as quickly as possible to put out the flames.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Officer Beth Sanborn, an adjunct faculty member at Holy Family University and a Police Officer for the Lower Gwynedd Township Police Department.
For the 10th year in a row, Holy Family University students looking for a twist on the traditional spring break experience will travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to participate in a Habitat for Humanity building event.
Gerry Arango didn’t initially intend for her musings on life to evolve into a memoir, but she knew she had something to say.
What do you get when you cross a professional wrestling announcer, a Philadelphia Phillies TV personality, an author, and a pharmaceutical rep? If you couldn’t figure it out—you’re probably not alone.
In conjunction with the 2016 Charter Week celebration of Holy Family University, History Making Productions, an Emmy-award winning production studio located in Philadelphia, will have a special screening of “Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia” at Holy Family’s campus in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m.
Holy Family University will once again participate in the March for Life event, a demonstration in Washington D.C. recognizing “the more than 55 million Americans who have been lost to abortion,” according to the organizations' website.
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.
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."
Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, former President of Holy Family University, passed away Wednesday morning, February 11, 2015.
The Holy Family University Department of Athletics unveiled its new brand identity, including new primary athletics logos and wordmark, on Tuesday night during halftime of the women's basketball game versus the University of the Sciences.
MONEY® magazine launched its inaugural survey results regarding "Best Colleges," and Holy Family University was humbled to be highly ranked on two of their lists: The 25 Colleges That Add the Most Value (#4) and The 25 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into (#6).
Students from Philadelphia's low-income communities learned what it takes to become successful business owners at an intensive (and fun) week-long business camp held at Holy Family University in early July.
During Summer 2014, Holy Family University's Chaplain, Father James MacNew, is travelling The Way of St. James, a famous pilgrimage dating back to the Middle Ages.
Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, Ph.D., current Holy Family University Provost, has been named as the new President of Holy Family University beginning July 1, 2014.
"Making art completes me. It is my way of communicating; it is my voice," explained Pamela Flynn, art professor and coordinator of Fine Arts at Holy Family University.
While some college students are working on their spring break tan, two of Holy Family University's very own, Kimberly Pfau and Mahbuba Choudhury, completed a volunteer medical trip to Ecuador.
President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN to be Honored at 2014 GNPCC/Crown Holdings ‘Business is Blooming’ Expo at Holy Family University
The GNPCC will honor Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D., who is retiring at the end of the academic school year.
Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ray Angelo, and Anthony Szuszczewicz Honored with Holy Family University Corporate Leadership Awards
Holy Family University’s long-time President, Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, was honored by Holy Family University with a 2014 Corporate Leadership Award on the eve of her retirement. Ray Angelo, President and CEO of Westinghouse Lighting, and Anthony J. Szuszczewicz, President and CEO of Polonia Bank, were also honored with 2014 Corporate Leadership Awards.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to receive Honorary Degree from Holy Family University on the Occasion of its 60th Anniversary
In celebration of Holy Family University’s 60th Anniversary, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput received an honorary degree from Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D. following a celebratory mass led by the Archbishop.
Holy Family University education professor, Helen Hoffner, Ed.D., teamed up with Gloria Brady Hoffner to construct the first book dedicated to collecting rosaries: The Rosary Collector’s Guide (2013, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.).
Holy Family University's Student Government Association (SGA) not only prides themselves in providing campus unity through their student run activities and events, but they are also constantly on the lookout for outside service opportunities.
Administrators from Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, located in Fairless Hills, PA, joined officials from Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.
An active shooter simulation drill replicating a “hospital situation” was held on the campus of Holy Family University on March 28, in partnership with Homeland Security, the FBI, Philadelphia Police Department SWAT, Crime Scene Forensic Processing, and the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services.
Students from Holy Family University will host students from the University of Pennsylvania for “Learn. Build. Love.” – a day-long event dedicated to Habitat for Humanity.
Caitlin Litchfield, Holy Family University nursing student, was recently accepted to Penn State Hershey’s prestigious, exclusive summer externship program.
Sister Francesca Onley, Ph.D., CSFN, announced her retirement today from the presidency of Holy Family University after 32 years, marking the longest tenure of any university president in Philadelphia. She will step down officially June 30.
Holy Family University’s School of Education has been recognized as a top-twenty school by the Online College Database for its excellence in teacher education.
Holy Family University graduate Gerald Wutkowski '13 was awarded a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Year Abroad Program and is spending a year abroad in Poland at the Center of Polish Language and Culture in the World at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
Cynthia Scott, graduate student in education at Holy Family University and art educator, has completed a seminal project about Grace Kelly at The James A. Michener Art Museum, located in Bucks County PA.
Holy Family University will launch the most affordable second degree BSN program in the Philadelphia area in January 2014.
Reality TV researcher and analyst, Amanda Scheiner McClain, Ph.D., is the author of the book Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality (2013, Lexington Books), which analyzes how the Kardashians are a paradigm of new and traditional media convergence, highlighting the confluence of branding, commerce, celebrity, and sexuality.
Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions will join forces with Lower Makefield Police Department, the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, the Langhorne-Middleton Fire Company (Hazardous Materials Trailer), and the Newtown Emergency Services Department to run a mass casualty simulation drill on the Holy Family University-Newtown campus on October 25 at 9 a.m.
Professor of Education Anthony Applegate recently received a four-year grant, totaling $100,000, from the Marshall-Reynolds Foundation to study the effects that training in thoughtful responses to text may have on the early careers of pre-service teachers.
Holy Family University Spiritual Director Father James MacNew, OSFS, has been named the recipient of the St. John Neumann Medal, presented by the Knights of Columbus.
Administrators from St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, located in Northeast Philadelphia, joined officials from Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.
Administrators from New Foundations Charter School, in Northeast Philadelphia, and officials from Holy Family University signed an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.
Today, administrators from Franklin Towne Charter High School, located in Philadelphia, joined officials from Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.
Administrators from Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, located in Philadelphia, were joined today by officials from the Office of Catholic Education and Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.
Veteran Firefighter and Nursing Pioneer Among Honorees at Holy Family University’s 56th Commencement Exercises
Holy Family University will honor a fire department captain who served in Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts at their annual Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Thirty-two students from Holy Family University presented original handmade t-shirts to representatives from St. Christopher's Hospital for Children on Tuesday, April 9.
Beneficial Bank’s President and CEO, Gerard P. Cuddy, will be honored by Holy Family University with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award.
Students from Holy Family University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will build and renovate houses in New Mexico during Alternative Spring Break this year March 4 through 8.
Holy Family University has won three 2013 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education from CUPRAP, the Association for Communicators in Education, a professional organization with 100 member institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region.
A senior research scholar and ethicist at Georgetown University received Holy Family University’s highest honor for graduates of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
A sixth-grade classroom at the Memphis Street Academy Charter School got a head start thinking about their college futures with a little help from Holy Family University.
With autism diagnoses on the rise, educators who are qualified to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) become increasingly valuable in the schools they serve.