Video Featuring Belo Cipriani Wins Awards

Harnessing the Power of Partnership, a video that features HNU Writer-In-Residence Belo Cipriani for Guide Dogs for the Blind, has received a Gold Cinema in Industry (CINDY) award in the Public Service & Information competition and a special achievement award for editing and music composition.

The International Association of Audio Visual Communicators (IAA-VC) awards CINDYs to individuals and groups who have produced programming that achieves the highest levels of excellence in production value and message effectiveness. For this year’s CINDY awards, the IAA-VC judged more than 8,200 entries from around the world, including videos, commercials, documentaries, websites, mobile apps, podcasts, webinars, and more.

See Harnessing the Power of Partnership here:

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HNU Faculty and Staff Recognized for Excellence

Professor Martivón Galindo and Sr. Irene Woodward ’55

Professor Martivón Galindo (left) and
Sister Irene Woodward ’55

Holy Names University Professor Martivón Galindo, PhD, and University Librarian Karen G. Schneider were recognized for their outstanding contributions during a reception in the Cushing Library on August 21.

Professor Galindo is the 2014–15 recipient of the Irene Woodward Professorship, which provides an award for a faculty member to use in pursuit of scholarly or creative interests. The professorship was initiated by the Class of 1970 in honor of Sister Irene Woodward ’55, PhD, professor emerita of philosophy and president of Holy Names College from 1972 to 1982. Professor Galindo is the second recipient of the professorship, after Sister Sophia Park, who received the award for the 2013–14 academic year.

“It is a great honor for me to accept the Woodward award,” Professor Galindo said. “I am grateful to Holy Names for this opportunity to have some extra time to work on my creative projects in art and writing. Anything that makes us grow as human beings will come back to our students through our teaching.”

“Martivón is a true renaissance woman,” Lizbeth J. Martin, PhD, vice president for academic affairs said. “Since she has been on the faculty at HNU, she has brought her artistry, writing, literature, history, and language talents to each student she touches.”

Professor Galindo, who has taught at HNU since 1996, is a professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies. She began her professional life in El Salvador as an architect, but went on to earn a Licenciatura en Letras from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, in San Salvador, El Salvador and has been publishing both poetry and prose since that time. After immigrating to the United States, she received her master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literatures from San Francisco State University and her doctorate in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is Para amuestrar un tigre, a collection of short stories.

Karen G. Schneider

Karen G. Schneider

University Librarian Karen G. Schneider was recognized for receiving the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The award is a biennial recognition by the ALA to honor a librarian who takes action for positive change in the profession of librarianship.

“I’m very honored to be the second-ever recipient of this prestigious award from the American Library Association,” Schneider said. “Elizabeth Futas was a role model to me and many other librarians for her integrity, vision, and determination. Being able to carry her spirit with me in my role at HNU is immensely satisfying.”

In its statement accompanying the award, the ALA commended Schneider, “For being an articulate proponent of accountability, change, and action; being an outspoken leader and innovator, creative thinker and writer, librarian and technology expert; for her unusual combination of integrity, skill, intellectual energy, and commitment; and for taking risks and accepting challenges to make librarianship a stronger and more inclusive field.”

The University had been through two failed searches for a new university librarian when Schneider arrived on campus for an interview, and everyone on the search committee immediately knew the wait had been worthwhile, Martin said.

“We knew that the best was saved for last. Karen impressed us on that first day with her vision for the library of the 21st century and she continues to impress today. She identified herself then as a change agent, and her creativity, innovation, welcoming spirit, and technical skill have transformed the Cushing Library,” Martin said.

Schneider has been working at HNU since 2009. Her blog, Free Range Librarian was one of the earliest within the profession, and her second book, A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, resulted in her being selected as an expert witness in the Mainstream Loudon First Amendment case. She is earning her doctorate in managerial leadership in the information professions from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts

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Father Salvatore Ragusa, HNU’s New Co-Director of Campus Ministry

Fr. Sal Ragusa

Fr. Sal Ragusa

Father Salvatore Ragusa, SDS, recently joined the HNU community as co-director of Campus Ministry and as chaplain for the University. As co-director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Sal will partner with Carrie Rehak, PhD, co-director of Campus Ministry, to help those members of the HNU community who wish to deepen their relationship to their religious and spiritual beliefs through student ministry, meditation and reflection, and through service opportunities.

Fr. Sal received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in theological studies, with an emphasis on liturgy and sacraments, from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas. In 1976, he professed vows as a religious and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. He is a member of the Society of the Divine Savior, whose mission is to “proclaim the Savior by all ways and means.” 

Fr. Sal has served as a campus minister for 24 of his 26 years as a priest, first at UC Santa Barbara, and then for a year at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1992, he began his chaplaincy at Saint Mary’s College of California. During his twenty years of service at St. Mary’s, his roles included director of campus ministry, director of liturgy and prayer, and resident director.

“I’m excited about being a part of the mission of the Holy Names Sisters and joining the campus ministry team,” Fr. Sal said. “I’m looking forward to serving the entire campus community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni.”

In addition to his passion for sacramental and pastoral ministry, Fr. Sal enjoys reading, cooking, the cultural arts, and sports. “I’m very much looking forward to cheering on the Hawks,” he said.

Fr. Sal is currently living away from campus, but he will be moving into the chaplain’s apartment on campus later this month.

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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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