Around Campus

Season’s Greetings from HNU!
Season’s Greetings from HNU! President William Hynes and the HNU community send you best wishes for the Christmas season. May the beauty of the holiday be with you throughout the new year.

Smith Publishes Paper in Life Sciences Education
Professor Julia I. Smith, PhD, has published “Development of the Biology Card Sorting Task to Measure Conceptual Expertise in Biology” in Life Sciences Education. The paper is the result of a collaborative research effort among Holy Names University, San Francisco State University, and Northeastern University. Six HNU undergraduates co-authored the article.

Celebrated Activist Dr. John Carlos Visits HNU
Celebrated Activist Dr. John Carlos Visits HNUCelebrated civil rights activist and Olympic-athlete Dr. John Carlos visited HNU the week of November 11. He is the coauthor of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World, which students and faculty selected for the 2013 HNU Common Reading Book.

Torkin Wakefield on BeadforLife and Changing Lives in Uganda
Torkin Wakefield joined Holy Names University for the second discussion in the 2013–2014 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series on November 13. Wakefield is a cofounder of BeadforLife, which works to create sustainable economic opportunities for Ugandan women.

U.S. Ambassador Guides Students on Foreign Career Opportunities
U.S. Ambassador Steven A. Browning visited HNU in conjunction with the Diplomat-in-Residence program for Northern California, which recruits talent for the U.S. State Department. Browning’s visit was part of the Fall 2013 Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute Speaker Series featuring speakers from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and San Francisco Opera, among others.

Donor Appreciation Event Draws 70 Attendees
Donor Appreciation Event Draws 70 AttendeesSeventy people attended the November 17 donor appreciation reception held for supporters of the Annual Fund. With gratitude for their contributions, donors were invited to attend a complimentary HNU Orchestra performance after the reception. “When our donors make a gift to the Annual Fund, they are providing promise and possibilities for our students. We are deeply grateful for their support and commitment,” Director of Annual Fund Maureen Nikaido said.

On The Field

Women’s Basketball Wins Against Bethesda
The women’s basketball team won its third consecutive game on November 30, scoring 71–58 against Bethesda University in non-conference play. Three Hawk seniors scored double figures, including Renique Fitzpatrick, Sonia Aguilar, and Britney Machado-Potestio.

Tyler Fry Voted Hawk of the Week
Senior Tyler Fry, who plays on the men's basketball team, was voted Hawk of the Week for November 26 to December 2.

Vartanian Named to All-PacWest Honorable Mention Team
For the second season in a row, HNU senior Rachel Vartanian was named to the 2013 honorable mention team for women’s volleyball by the Pacific West Conference.

HNU in the Community

Students Reflect on Experiences in Rome
Students Reflect on Experiences in RomeThis summer, 10 students awarded the Rome Prize traveled to Italy for 15 days to study and experience the culture of Rome, Florence, and the surrounding region. Although the students faced challenges ranging from communication difficulties to withstanding the heat, they fondly reflected on their experiences and expressed gratitude for the opportunity at an HNU event about the trip.

Sister Barbara Williams: Life as a Teacher and a Sister in the SNJM Community
Read an excerpt of an interview with Sister Barbara Williams conducted by Assistant Professor Anastasia Prentiss and Sister Carol Sellman. Sr. Barbara, who taught political science at Holy Names College, recalls what led her to become a Sister in 1947 and some of her favorite memories from her many years in the SNJM community.

HNU Recognized for Excellence in Teacher Education
HNU Recognized for Excellence in Teacher EducationHNU has been included in the Online College Database’s list of post-secondary institutions that produced the most education graduates in 2012. To be included, education programs had to be fully accredited and nonprofit, among other criteria. “Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs,” said Doug Jones, founder and CEO of the Online College Database. “But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students.”

Sister Lois MacGillivray Researches Program Serving Homeless
Sister Lois MacGillivray, who served as president of Holy Names College from 1982 to 1992, is working with Heather Bullock of the University of California, Santa Cruz to research the effectiveness of Project 180/180. The project is working to house 180 people in Santa Cruz County that are most in need of shelter, such as the chronically homeless and mentally ill.

Upcoming Events

Information Session for Adult and Graduate Programs
Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Campus Visit Day
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:00 a.m.

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