A large evergreen tree that stood outside of Heafey Hall recently became weakened by disease and was removed over the holiday break. A week before the tree was removed, a group of faculty and staff gathered to bid it farewell and offer a blessing.
HNU is a 2016-2017 member of the Colleges of Distinction, an organization of colleges and universities with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful learning outcomes.
Jane O'Meara Sanders, PhD, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, visited Holy Names University for a brief tour on Friday, June 3. Sanders was interested in visiting the campus because of her family connection to Father Michael King, the Oakland priest who wrote, circa 1867, to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Quebec, Canada, and invited them to come to the East Bay to start a school for local children.
Justin Vacca, director of housing and residence life at HNU, and 12 student resident assistants (RAs) attended the Northern Residential Activities and Programs (NRAP) conference at CSU Sacramento on October 31. NRAP is one of three regional organizations, in addition to the central and southern organizations, that belong to the Western Association of College University Housing Officers (WACUHO).
HNU hosted the 27th International Humor Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) in the Valley Center for Performing Arts (VCPA) on campus from June 29 through July 3. The conference was organized by a committee of ISHS members, which was led by Martin Lampert, PhD, professor of psychology at HNU. Lampert also serves as executive secretary for the ISHS. This was the second time HNU has hosted the conference—the 1999 edition was held on the University’s campus and was organized by Lampert.
HNU is a 2015-2016 member of the Colleges of Distinction, an organization of colleges and universities with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful learning outcomes.
As part of HNU’s Earth Week celebrations in April, Katie Cantrell, founder and executive director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), visited campus to deliver a detailed presentation about the pervasive and harmful effects that modern factory-farming practices have upon animal welfare, human health, and the environment. The large-scale industrial operations of factory farms produce 99 percent of all animal products in the U.S.
Holy Names University celebrated the legacy of two influential retiring professors this spring. Dolores Grunbaum, PhD joined the Holy Names campus in 1975. In her many years of service to the University, she taught countless students and held academic leadership positions. Anne Laskey, who has worked at HNU for 21 years, is director of the Kodály Center for Music Education. Grunbaum and Laskey were honored at a May 5 celebration where they were presented with captain’s chairs bearing their names.
Holy Names University’s Staff Senate presented the Staff Development Conference on June 19. At the conference, staff members presented on personal and professional development topics to other HNU employees. Approximately 44 employees participated.