Post-Earthquake Message from President Hynes


I’m sure that all of you are concerned about the impact of the earthquake on our campus community.

Immediately following the earthquake, HNU’s Assistant VP for Facilities and Events made an inspection of the campus and reported to me that there was no evidence of damage to any of our buildings or streets into the campus. We will continue to monitor the campus for any problems that could have resulted from the 6.1 earthquake.

Let me urge anyone to report any problems or potential problems that you feel may have occurred as a result of the earthquake on Sunday morning. If  you observe anything that you feel should be brought to our attention as a result of the earthquake, please phone or email Luis Guerra (510.436.1516 or

Be assured that HNU staff continuously monitors our campus and that we make every effort to insure that this environment is a safe and secure place to live, learn, and work.

Thank you.
Dr. William J. Hynes, President

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2014 HNU Soccer and Women’s Volleyball Schedules Released

The 2014 Holy Names University (HNU) soccer programs and the Women’s Volleyball team have released their 2014 season schedules.

HNU Soccer

Newly-hired head coach Gabe Romo’s debut takes place in Rocklin where the HNU women’s soccer team faces Corban (Ore.) in an exhibition game on August 20. Immediately following the women’s match, the men’s soccer team faces William Jessup, also an exhibition match.

The season officially starts on Thursday, September 4, when the Hawks play at Cal Poly Pomona. The women’s match kicks off at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 6:30 p.m.

The first home soccer match for men takes place on September 13 at 1:30 p.m. HNU hosts Saint Katherine in non-conference play.

On Thursday, September 25, HNU opens Pacific West Conference play for both soccer teams in a home doubleheader. HNU will play BYU-Hawaii; the men’s match starts at 11 a.m., followed by the women’s match at 1:30 p.m. This will be the team’s season opener for women’s soccer.

A PacWest doubleheader will conclude the 2014 season. HNU will face Dominican with the men’s and women’s teams playing back-to-back on Saturday, November 8.

For a complete 2014 HNU men’s soccer schedule, please click here. To view the 2014 HNU women’s soccer Schedule, please click here. The times listed are on pacific standard time. Please note—all times and dates are subject to change.

HNU Women’s Volleyball

On Friday, September 5, at 1:30 p.m., HNU women’s volleyball head coach Ali Oliver starts her second season managing the Hawks. HNU opens the 2014 season against San Francisco State during the Route 92 Tournament at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. The Hawks play a second match on September 5 at 4:30 p.m. against Carson-Newman at NDNU.

The Hawks continue the Route 92 Tournament on Saturday, September 6 at 11:30 a.m., where they face the Cal State East Bay Pioneers. The Hawks will plan a second match on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against California Baptist in Hayward.

The home opener for HNU takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 12, against Chaminade in a non-conference match. HNU will then face California Baptist again on Thursday, September 18, to open PacWest play in Riverside at 7 p.m.

A highlight of the schedule is a seven-match, PacWest home-stand starting on September 27, and concluding on Thursday Oct. 9.

On Thursday, November 13, HNU’s season finale takes place at Tobin Gymnasium on HNU’s campus. The HNU Hawks finish the 2014 season with a home matchup against NDNU.

The complete 2014 HNU Women’s Volleyball schedule is available by clicking here. The times listed are on pacific standard time—all times and dates are subject to change.

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The Kodály Center for Music Education Receives $10,000 Grant

Zoltán Kodály

Zoltán Kodály

The Kodály Center for Music Education at Holy Names University (HNU) received a $10,000 grant from The Hungary Initiatives Foundation to support the continuation of visiting Hungarian master teachers. These professors are integral to the success of HNU’s graduate program and represent the authentic implementation of this unique approach to music education in the United States.

HNU has the distinction of being the first institution of higher learning to offer an advanced degree in music education with a Kodály emphasis.

As described in the grant’s proposal, “In 1969 Sister Mary Alice Hein, a professor of music at Holy Names University, encountered the prominent Hungarian composer, musician and music educator Zoltán Kodály. She quickly embraced his radically democratic vision of universal music literacy and shared his belief that music endows us with a language that contributes to the development of human consciousness.

“With the support of an IREX scholarship, Sister Mary Alice studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1970. Her vision was to bring Kodály’s philosophy to the United States. Under her dedicated guidance, HNU became an international hub for Kodály teacher training. In 1973 the first Kodály International Symposium (the forerunner of the International Kodály Society) was held at Holy Names University, and in 1974 the University’s Kodály Program offered the first advanced degree in Kodály music education in the United States. Today the program offers a Masters of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis, a Kodály Specialist Certificate, the Kodály Summer Institute and a range of special seminars and continuing education courses.”

Kodály Center Professor Janos Horváth, and Director Anne Laskey expect the grant to provide opportunities for American faculty to collaborate with visiting Hungarian faculty in the creation and translation of materials for use in classrooms, including curricula, textbooks, and choral literature. Additionally the grant will ensure that Hungarian master teachers remain at the center of teacher training at Holy Names, especially in the areas of musicianship, conducting and choral performance.

Laskey explains, “The beneficiaries of this grant will be the Hungarian master teachers who teach in our annual Kodály Summer Institute, American faculty who will collaborate on specific projects, Master’s students, community choir conductors, elementary and high school teachers, children (world-wide) and community singing groups. We also hope to share the results of this collaboration through presentations at national and international conferences, thus reaching an even larger audience.”

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Lori Kendall, MBA ̓12 Presents at National Conference

Lori Kendall, MBA '12

Lori Kendall, MBA ’12

At the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2010, Lori Kendall was selected as the speaker for the adult degree completion program. She advised the gathering of students, “Don’t ever hide your light under a bushel.” Lori has been keeping her light shining bright as a second year doctoral student and Fellow at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Her first research study, entitled “When Businesses Falter: How Relational Climates Foster or Hinder Recovery,” was accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management’s 74th Annual Meeting and Conference which was held the first week in August in Philadelphia. Peer reviewers nominated her paper to receive a “best paper” award, an honor resulting in being published in the “Best Paper Proceedings” for the conference.

The Academy of Management, a professional association for scholars of management and organizations, was established in 1936. It publishes academic journals, organizes conferences, and provides other forums for managers and management professors to communicate research and ideas. Its annual conference attracts over 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization sectors.

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Nursing Students, Faculty, and Staff Promote Good Health in Oakland

From back to front: Sonam Choegyel, William Bonner, Regina Williams, Candace Van Denwark, Karolyn Gomes, Kimberly Munkacsy, Meseret Tessema, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Catherine Bautista

From back to front: Sonam Choegyel, William Bonner, Regina Williams, Candace Van Denwark, Karolyn Gomes, Kimberly Munkacsy, Meseret Tessema, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Catherine Bautista

“Live Life The Way You Imagined, Healthy and Employed” was the theme for this year’s 5th Annual Job and Health Fair hosted by the E. C. Reems Community Services and Healthy Communities. E.C. Reems is a socially conscious organization, dedicated to educating and empowering communities, regarding health disparities and supportive employment. This is the second year that Holy Names University (HNU) has supported the health fair.

The event focused on helping individuals in the most vulnerable sectors of the community to increase awareness and education regarding employment and health. HNU was well-represented with eight community health students: Regina Williams, Catherine Bautista, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Kimberly Munkacsy , Sonam Choegyel, Candace Van Denwark , Meseret Tessema, and William Bonner. Also in attendance were staff members, Wacheera Davis RN BSN, MSN, MBA, director of nursing student experience, Grace Hill, operations coordinator and lead organizer for the fair, Celeste Rivera, operations specialist, Anne Hickey, Broadcasting studio technician, andKarolyn Gomes RN MSN, Community Health Instructor.

In the literature provided for the event, E.C. Reems emphasized that “leading a healthy lifestyle plays a critical role in many individual lives … for certain individuals, risk factors and rates of disease are higher than others. Many times awareness and health education may be lacking in certain sectors of the community.” The 1,200 visitors who came to the HNU table received blood pressure checks, glucose level evaluations, cholesterol screenings, and individualized information on diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. In addition, HNU’s nursing student performed demonstrations on how to complete a self-breast examination. E.C. Reems also had support from local organizations such as Healthy Communities, United Way, Friends of Faith Fancher Inc., Safeway Foundation, State Farm, UPS, Alameda County Social Services, and BART.

Director of Nursing Student Experience Wacheera Davis points out, “Providing service is what nurses do. Partnering with E.C. Reems Community Services at their job and health fair was definitely a priority for the Department of Nursing.”

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