Author Archives: Carolyn Boyd

Alumna DJ Martin shares experiences

Sister Carol Sellman and Assistant Professor Anastasia Prentiss met with Dorothy Jean (DJ) Martin in June 2012 to discuss the alumna’s experiences after graduating from Holy Names College. Martin said that students were aware that World War II was coming during … Continue reading

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HNU students pose in bloomers

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Listen to audio on HNU’s history

Listen to the new audio on HNU’s historical blog. Remembering HNU: A Collection of Audio Recordings, is a new page on the blog that provides a glimpse into the history of the University. It currently features a recording of Sister … Continue reading

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Submit your photo ideas for HNU Today

This HNU scene, featuring students collecting funds for UNICEF from Sister M. Madeleine Rose Ashton in the early 1960s, was included in the latest issue of the HNU Today magazine. Do you have an idea for an HNU scene, whether … Continue reading

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Singing of the alma mater at Founders’ Day

HNU music students sang the alma mater—Oh, Holy Names, All Hail!—at the 2014 celebration of Founders’ Day. The alma mater was written in 1942 by Sister Maria Dolores Mayerle.

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Enlisted service women at Holy Names during WWII

The College of Holy Names hosted service women in its dormitory at 2036 Webster Street during World War II. The dormitory was located in the gymnasium and accommodated 30 women. Upon opening to the service women, the dormitory was visited … Continue reading

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Campus celebrates Founders’ Day

The HNU campus recently celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland 146 years ago.

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Holy Names’ Sisters describe experiences after Vatican II

To celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week, Holy Names’ Sisters presented an excerpt of the film Band of Sisters, which chronicles the lives of Catholic nuns after the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). At each of the three film presentations that … Continue reading

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Kodály Center improves documentation of historical folk songs

The University’s Kodály Center for Music Education has been receiving lots of press recently for its plans to update the American Folk Song Collection website—the only site with recordings of traditional folk songs and their transcriptions—with additional content and improved functioning. … Continue reading

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Alumna profile: Angela Pirrone Sandri ’63

Angela Pirrone Sandri graduated from the College of Holy Names in 1963 and celebrated her 50th reunion last fall. In a 2013 interview, she recalled the impact that Holy Name’s commitment to social justice and academic freedom made on her. … Continue reading

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