Elementary, middle school, and eighth grade students at Raskob Day School and Learning Institute (Raskob), a division of HNU, raised more than $600 for charity by selling homemade baked goods over a six-week period this spring. The students planned and hosted the bake sales themselves with the help of a teacher facilitator and donated the proceeds to Alameda Meals on Wheels in Alameda, St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, and to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts in Nepal.
Starting this fall, HNU will participate in the Green Monday sustainability initiative by offering a special meatless menu option on Mondays in the Public Market as well as lessons on global food systems and food justice in various classes. Green Monday, a global organization with roots in Hong Kong, works to educate individuals about making green, healthy, and environmentally sound choices, particularly with respect to food. The livestock industry as a whole emits a significant amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and consumes vast quantities of water.
Congratulations to all recipients of the 2014–2015 Alpha Delta Awards.
Freshman Class Awards
On Wednesday, April 29, the campus community celebrated Founders’ Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland. As is customary on Founders’ Day, several of the Sisters served strawberry shortcake to attendees—a tradition that arose from the fact that when the Sisters arrived to the Bay Area in 1868, the Sisters of Mercy served them strawberries and cream as refreshment.
HNU students will soon have campus-grown vegetables as an option to their dining choices. Rufino Quicho, general manager at Epicurean Group, has established a small organic garden within one of the courtyards on campus. Epicurean Group manages food service operations at Holy Names University.
Holy Names University (HNU) intermediate accounting students will compete for a $3,000 purse with teams of financial accounting students from all over the northwest on April 17-18 at Seattle University. This is the first year that HNU has been invited by KPMG to compete.
On Saturday, February 21, HNU hosted more than 200 attendees for the Fifth Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum, which focused on issues of food justice and health. The forum included presentations and workshops throughout the day, as well as a keynote address by Bryant Terry, a renowned chef, educator, and author who is known for his efforts to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
As part of a workshop café series held by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at HNU, Sister Bathilda Heqoa, a graduate student in the Sophia Center’s Culture and Spirituality program, spoke about her home country of Lesotho, in southern Africa, and the harmful effects of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).
HNU’s Writer-In-Residence Belo Cipriani has been nominated for the position of grand marshal for the 45th San Francisco Pride parade, which will take place in late June. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Equality Without Exception.”
In the capstone senior psychology seminar taught by Assistant Professor of Psychology Kate Isaacson, PhD, students are asked to pick a research area, determine the current state of the science, and do a poster presentation on their findings. But there’s much more to the class than that.