Joan (McNamara) MacIntyre, Class of 1954 (social work), credits her college days at HNU as being a key factor in her following the Catholic tradition into adulthood. "It reinforced my faith," says the Oakland native. "Also, for me, back then, I particularly appreciated HNU's all-female campus. Women got to run everything! I think that environment made us much more confident adults, willing to take risks and to take on jobs that we otherwise might not have. We were also able to concentrate more on our studies; we weren't distracted by the boy-girl dynamic that rules life at that age." She and her husband, Stuart, have 8 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 greatgrandchildren. "Too many people in their home" is simply not part of the McIntyres' DNA. Joan and her husband have, over the years, housed many refugee families, starting in 1974 when they took in three Vietnamese men near the end of the Vietnam war. The couple are active parishioners at Oakland's St. Leo the Great, where Joan is a Eucharistic Minister and lector and Stuart is an acolyte. A passionate advocate for peace and justice, Joan is thrilled with the "excellent education and Catholic focus" HNU continues to offer its students.