Luncheon Connects Donors and Scholarship Recipients

Gabriela Garcia-Lopez (left) is greeted by Jim Vohs.

Gabriela Garcia-Lopez (left) is greeted by Jim Vohs.

The Holy Names University 2014 Scholarship Luncheon brought together more than 65 donors, scholarship recipients, friends, and staff on February 26. The unique tradition provides space for donors and scholarship recipients to meet and talk with each other, President William J. Hynes said.

“This is for many of us one of the most special times of the year,” he said. “Those who have given of themselves and their pocket get to meet and sometimes re-meet (scholarship recipients) … at this time of year.”

Sister Carol Sellman delivered a welcome address in which she stressed the value of the donors and scholarship recipients in the HNU community.

“You, our donors and our scholars, are the most important gifts for which we give thanks,” Sr. Carol said. “Each of you is part of the legacy of Holy Names University. The stories that connect each of you with HNU are rich and very diverse.”

In addition to a message by the president and welcome address by Sr. Carol, junior Stephany Cachet gave a student testimonial on what drew her to HNU.

“Not only did I know that I was going to receive a quality education, but I knew that I was going to enjoy being part of the HNU community as well,” said Cachet, a first-generation college student majoring in biological science. “My stay here so far at Holy Names has been very fulfilling. My experience in the classroom has been phenomenal because my teachers are committed to being there for their students.”

The luncheon recognized the late Wesley Jones, who founded the Jones/Frank Memorial Scholarship with his wife, Martha Frank-Jones, to honor their parents. Jones was a loyal supporter of HNU who consistently attended the annual scholarship luncheon.

“Wesley was a wonderful gentleman and a gentle man and a true friend,” Sr. Carol said. “We dedicate this luncheon to him in gratitude for giving fully of himself to Holy Names University.”


Joseph Marinshaw (left) talking with Cassandra Luu.

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Essay by Sophia Park, SNJM, Included In New Book

“Cross-Cultural Spiritual Direction: To Create a Borderland,” an essay by Sophia Park, SNJM, appears in Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color. Released by Morehouse Publishing on February 20, this book is a collection of essays by Christian spiritual directors of color about their unique life experiences. Park’s essay, which comprises the first chapter, is about the process of creating a cross-cultural space.

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University Librarian Wins Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

kgscindimediumThe American Library Association has announced HNU University Librarian Karen G. Schneider as the winner of the 2014 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. The award is a biannual recognition by the American Library Association honoring a librarian who takes action for positive change in the profession of librarianship. Some of those actions include helping new librarians grow and achieve, working for change within the American Library Association or other library organization, and inspiring colleagues to excel.

According to Ann Symons, the committee chair, the award jury chose Schneider “ . . . for a career noted by risk taking, inspiring and mentoring colleagues, and making opportunities for change out of the challenges to librarianship.”

Schneider’s accomplishments include developing one of the first training programs for the Queens Library, founding both the Resource Sharing Committee of the Statewide California Library Consortium, and writing one of the first regular columns on library technology.

The award jury’s decision was unanimous.

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