In the spirit of community service and in celebration of the founding site of Holy Names University (HNU) over 320 students, faculty, staff and administrators of HNU volunteered for a “Lake Merritt Clean-up Day,” in partnership with the Lake Merritt Institute on March 17. This special event was the second day of a two-day inaugural celebration of HNU’s 17th President, Dr. William J. Hynes.
The day got underway with a “Laughter Yoga” session led by Dr. Martin Lampert, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and HNU’s Laughter Club students. The HNU community joined the students and this massive clean-up effort was in full swing by 10 a.m. The efforts of this activity were noticed by Oakland citizens who regularly use the Lake and who stopped to thank the HNU team for making the Lake “greener.”
A highlight of the day occurred at the celebration following the clean up at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill. When the original six sisters arrived from Montreal, Canada, in 1868, a photo was taken of them in a boat on Lake Merritt. This photo symbolizes the spirit and courage of the founding sisters and captures a special moment in time. This same moment was recaptured when the current Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary climbed in a gondola and took a ride on the lake – 143 years later.
Look out for more photos on our Inaugural website soon.