The new Holy Names University website won the Best in Class award in the university category in the 2014 Interactive Media Awards (IMA) competition with an overall score of 494 out of 500 possible points. The awards were established by the Interactive Media Council—an organization dedicated to supporting outstanding web standards, usability, and accessibility—to recognize excellence in website design and development.
Earlier this year, Janet DeLuca Moran ’67, MA ’95 made a philanthropic gift to HNU, in memory of her parents Frank and Rosa DeLuca, to establish the DeLuca Rose Garden within one of the courtyards of Founders’ Hall.
Marjorie Lightman, PhD, and William Zeisel, PhD, of QED Associates, visited the HNU campus for a week in early December to begin their research on the history of the University. Lightman and Zeisel have been commissioned to write a book about the development of HNU and they intend to complete the project before the University’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2018.
Laura McLaughlin, PhD, assistant professor of biological science, and two students from her undergraduate biology research class, Samantha Fisher and Monique Reyes, collaborated on a research project about Salmonella and its ability to inhibit immune cell migration, along with scientists from Stanford University and the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.
On Thursday, November 20, HNU senior Katherine Felix and a graduate student in the counseling psychology program helped deliver a poster presentation at the 70th annual American Society of Criminology conference, which was held this year in San Francisco. The poster, entitled “The Evolution of Victim Support Sweden: Growth, Funding, and Victims Served,” provided a detailed analysis of the growth, funding sources, and service metrics of Victim Support Sweden, the oldest and largest non-governmental victim assistance organization in Sweden.
HNU’s new mural class, led by Carmen Lang, painted a mural on the north wall of the Kennedy Arts Center and has partnered with students at Skyline High School in Oakland to paint a new mural on one of the high school’s buildings.
Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey visited campus on November 6 to discuss her book and its themes. Enrique’s Journey, the 2014 Common Reading selection, chronicles the quest of a young Honduran boy traveling to the United States in search of his mother.
For the third installment of the 2014–15 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, Passionate Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship, Patrick Turner ’12 and Bianca Frediani, co-founders of Bed Bandits, spoke with HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, on Thursday, November 6, and described their journey from undergraduate students to social entrepreneurs. Bed Bandits manufactures fire-resistant and hypoallergenic mattress toppers, and Turner and Frediani donate one custom-made mattress topper to a homeless shelter for every three that are sold.
The second speaker in the 2014–15 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series was Father John Baumann, SJ, founder and CEO of PICO, who participated in a wide-ranging discussion with HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, on Tuesday, October 15. Baumann founded PICO in 1972 to help people redevelop their communities and actively engage in the democratic process. From its humble start in Oakland, PICO now has more than 1,000 member institutions and it is one of the largest faith-based community organizations in the U.S.
Holy Names University held its 41st Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 3, to recognize exceptional alumni and faculty for their service to the University and the community.
The Faculty Award was bestowed upon Dolores Grunbaum, PhD, professor of chemistry, for outstanding service and loyalty to the University. Grunbaum, who lives in Berkeley, taught at HNU from 1975 until her retirement in June 2014, and was recognized for her consistent excellence in teaching and for her contributions to the field through her research and publications.