In cooperation with Pacific Gas & Electric and Solar Technologies, Holy Names University connected the solar panel array on the roof of the Valley Center for Performing Arts (VCPA) to the power grid on Friday, October 17. HNU’s solar panels will produce approximately 162,000 kilowatt-hours for the University and will ensure that the VCPA is energy self-sufficient.
Holy Names University is excited to announce the newly designed and expanded online American Folk Song Collection. The new site includes additional songs and search features and is now available on tablets and smart phones.
Belo Cipriani, HNU’s Writer-In-Residence and the author of Blind: A Memoir, has had his new novella, Midday Dreams, published as an e-book. The novella is about the relationships among the members of a family living on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores, and Cipriani wrote it while at HNU.
New Theology Review, a Catholic journal of theology and ministry, has published "Religious Life in the U.S.: A Vocation of Border Crossing," a new article by Sophia Park, SNJM, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at HNU. Sr. Sophia's article examines the meaning of religious life in the U.S. and the ways in which religious women shape and reshape their own identities.
U.S. News and World Report has again recognized Holy Names University as the most diverse university in the nation for the 2013–2014 academic year, the second consecutive year in which HNU has achieved this distinction.
“We are honored to be recognized once again for our diversity,” HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, said. “Because of our diversity, our students have the advantage of understanding different cultural perspectives, enabling them to be more effective global leaders.”
Holy Names University celebrated its 134th Convocation on Wednesday, September 17. Students, faculty, and staff gathered together to welcome the Class of 2018 and officially begin the 2014–15 academic year. The campus community assembled in Corrigan Courtyard and ascended the steps to McLean Chapel.
Holy Names University has launched its redesigned website, which features a new look, simplified and improved menus, and a design that’s responsive to mobile devices and tablets. The University partnered with MB/I, a professional website services company, to create the new site.
“This project has been a long time coming and is a big step forward for HNU’s internet presence,” Richard Ortega, vice president for advancement, said. “It will assist in projecting the University to the public in a very positive manner.”
Holy Names University is pleased to announce that Sonia Nazario, the author of this year’s Common Reading, Enrique’s Journey, will visit campus to give a presentation on Thursday, November 6, in the VCPA Main Theater. This event is free to the public; doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, September 11, Kat Taylor, CEO of Beneficial State Bank, sat down for an in-depth discussion with HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, during the initial event of the 2014–15 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Taylor and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded the bank with a triple bottom-line mandate to be financially sustainable, to produce meaningful social justice results, and to enhance environmental health.
Holy Names University welcomed more than 120 new students for move-in and the beginning of orientation on Saturday, August 23. There were a number of events over the course of the weekend for incoming students and their families, including the Rite of Passage, dinner with President William J. Hynes, PhD, dessert with the Sisters, academic workshops, and small-group orientation sessions.