Do you recognize this part of the Holy Names campus? The Mealey Living Room, now outfitted with a pool table and television, was originally furnished with mid-century tables, chairs, and lamps.
Check out different forms of media and communication that were utilized before cell phones, iPads, and mp3 players:
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 their senior year of college. After graduating in 1941, she wanted to attend a graduate theater program, but travel was difficult in the pre-war climate and her options were limited. Eventually she entered a three-month graduate program at the Pasadena Playhouse, which she “loved.”
A radio personality and actress, Martin launched her career in the late 1940s. She landed her first radio gig at KSJO in San Jose. Listen to Martin talk about her early experiences on radio and television by clicking here.
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 Carol Sellman that explains the opening of the junior college, and alumna Angela Pirrone Sandri discusses the impact of Holy Names’ Sisters—particularly Sister Claire Madeline. The collection is growing, so check back for new material.
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 historical or modern, that you think should be featured in HNU Today? Post your thoughts here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 by officials from the Women Army Corps (WAC); the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), established as a WWII division of the U.S. Navy; the Coast Guard’s SPARS; and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve.
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.
Sisters serving strawberry shortcake to the HNU community.
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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 took place this month, in conjunction with Women’s History Month, two Holy Names’ Sisters described their own experiences after Vatican II.