More than 300 HNU students, staff, and faculty members gathered to celebrate Founders’ Day 2018, an annual tradition commemorating the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Sisters’ arrival in California in 1868.
During a festive luncheon April 25, attendees were treated to a lively skit depicting the Sisters’ journey from Quebec to the Bay Area 150 years ago. The presentation featured costumes and colorful props — such as a hand-painted paper boat — with narration provided by Sister Carol Sellman ’69, MM ’78, vice president for mission integration. The roles of HNU’s foundresses were played by Sisters Liz Adams ’60, Marcia Frideger ’69, Maureen Hester ’57, Carol Nicklas ’64, Sophia Park, and JoAnne Quinlivan ’60. Faculty, staff, and students formed a supporting cast.
Following the skit, Sr. Carol presented the SNJM Award, an honor bestowed upon faculty or staff members who exemplify the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. The 2018 recipient was Liza Pierre, HNU experience coordinator. The University also recognized 18 employees celebrating service anniversaries in 2018. Honorees and their years of service included: Sr. Carol (35 years) and Rick Patrick, professor of art (45 years).
The community then paid special tribute to Sr. Carol whose Golden Jubilee — her 50th year as a professed Sister of the Holy Names — also falls in 2018. She was presented with two commemorative gifts: the first, a memory book, included 130 expressions of gratitude from faculty and staff, alumni, Sisters, and donors. The second gift was a 30-minute video montage, with loving messages recorded by students, colleagues, alumni, and fellow Sisters.