Around Campus

Convocation 2016: Dare to Be Different
Convocation 2016: Dare to Be DifferentHoly Names University celebrated its 136th Convocation on Wednesday, September 21. Students, faculty, and staff gathered together to welcome the class of 2020 and officially begin the 2016–17 academic year. The theme for this year's Convocation was Dare to Be Different, and alumni speakers Selena Wilson ’08 and Keith Brown ’98 spoke on that theme and its relation to their lives and careers.

Director of Asian Art Museum Delivers Lecture on Chinese Art for APPSI Speaker Series
Director of Asian Art Museum Delivers Lecture on Chinese Art for APPSI Speaker SeriesThe Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at HNU hosted Dr. Jay Xu, director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, at an event on September 13 in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Xu delivered an illustrated lecture about Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, an exhibition that was open at the museum from June 17 to September 18.

Gilgamesh-A-Thon III
Gilgamesh-A-Thon IIIFor the third straight year, HNU students, faculty, and staff performed a public reading of The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem dating from 1800 B.C. Once again, a group of attendees that included students, faculty, and staff filled the Glass Lounge of the Paul J. Cushing Library to capacity for the two-hour reading.

APPSI Speaker Series Hosts Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, PhD, for Presentation on Sojourner Truth
The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at HNU hosted Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, PhD, Goldman Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley, for a presentation on September 27 in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Grigsby delivered a lecture about abolitionist and women's right's activist Sojourner Truth and her use of cartes de visite (thin photographs mounted on paper cards).

Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund, Will Speak at HNU
Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund, Will Speak at HNUJoin Holy Names University for a presentation by Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund—an organization that was established with Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of I Am Malala. During her presentation, Shahid will share her personal journey and speak about the process of creating change by pursuing one's passion. Shahid is a social entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and advocate. The event will be held on October 19 in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts.

HNU in the Community

Success Is A Journey: Ronisha Parker ’13 Discusses HNU, Law School, and Getting Involved
Success Is A Journey: Ronisha Parker ’13 Discusses HNU, Law School, and Getting InvolvedRonisha Parker ’13 is in her final year of study at Howard University School of Law, in Washington, D.C. This past summer, she found out that she'd been offered a position as a first-year associate at one of the largest law firms in Atlanta, Georgia, where she'll be practicing real estate law. And even though she'll probably be working long hours at the firm, she's also looking forward to doing as much pro bono work as she can. "I came to law school with the expectation that I wanted to help people and I wanted to give back," she said. "And I think a lot of those passions and my desire to give back started at Holy Names."

Giving News

HNU Donor Spotlight: Mike Ferro MA ’07
HNU Donor Spotlight: Mike Ferro MA ’07Mike Ferro, a generous supporter of HNU, graduated from the University with a master's degree in counseling psychology in 2007. He kindly agreed to answer questions about his HNU experience and his reasons for giving back to the University.

On The Field

HNU Women's Volleyball Makes History for the University With 3–0 Win at Cal State East Bay
HNU Women’s Volleyball Makes History for the University With 3–0 Win at Cal State East BayA historic night for Holy Names University volleyball, as well as HNU Athletics as a whole, took place in Pioneer Gymnasium on Friday, September 9. The Hawks swept tournament host Cal State East Bay in three sets (25-19, 26-24, 25-23) during the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase. HNU's victory carries tremendous historical significance for the institution, as it was the first contest won by any HNU Athletics sponsored team as an active NCAA Division II member.

Halligan Reaches Final Round of ITA West Regional Championships
On Saturday, October 1, Matthew Halligan (Petaluma, Calif.) reached the final round of men's singles for the 2016 ITA West Regional Championships. Entering Saturday, the senior earned his way to the tournament semifinal round where he would face Pascal Engel of Azusa Pacific. To reach the finals, the third-seeded Halligan defeated Engel in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday morning.

McLay Leads Hawks in WNMU Fall Intercollegiate
The Holy Names University men's golf team finished its first tournament as an active NCAA Division II member on Tuesday, September 27, finishing 12th among 20 teams in the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Estrella. Through each round, the Hawks saw a team score improvement, finishing with a score of 916 (309-304-303). Leading the Hawks on the course was junior Kyle McLay (Oxnard, Calif.), finishing tied for 13th on the leaderboard at 6-over-par 222 (76-73-73).

Upcoming Events

APPSI Speaker Series - "Talking Social Media: Making the Film #DigitalLivesMatter"
Thursday, October 13, 2016
1:30 pm

Sharing My Inner Space: 32 Years of Art by Martivon Galindo
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:00 pm

Presentation by Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Homecoming 2016 Alumni Awards
Friday, November 4, 2016
6:00 pm

Homecoming 2016 Reunion Day
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 am

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