HNU celebrated Founders’ Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in California, on Wednesday, April 26. Students, staff, and faculty enjoyed the yearly Founders’ Day tradition of having several of the Sisters serve strawberry shortcake to attendees—a custom that arose from the fact that when the Sisters arrived in the Bay Area in 1868, the Sisters of Mercy served them strawberries and cream as refreshment.
The historical skit re-enacts the founding Sisters’ journey from Quebec to California, and was especially entertaining this year. This live performance has a script, but was greatly enhanced by the charm and smooth observations added by narrator, Sr. Carol Sellman ’67. Included in the cast were Sister Liz Adams ’60, Sister Maureen Hester ’57, Sister Carol Nicklas ’64, Sister Sophia Park, Sister Chris Patrinos ’81, and Sister JoAnne Quinlivan ’60 performing the roles of the original Sisters.
Many faculty and staff members celebrated service anniversaries this year and were recognized during the Founders’ Day ceremony.
Sr. Carol Sellman also gave special recognition to Murray Kephart, university controller, and Marivón Galindo, professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and director of Study Abroad, who are retiring at the end of this academic year. Galindo was also recognized with the SNJM award. The award is given to faculty or staff members who exemplify the spirit of some of the SNJM core values of the Holy Names University community.