HNU junior Bryan Bravo and HNU senior Bryan Joseph Quinata—both international relations majors—participated in rewarding internships over the summer. Bravo earned an internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C. and Quinata earned one at Traidcraft, a fair trade advocacy organization in London, England.
Holy Names University welcomed more than 180 new students for move-in and the beginning of orientation on Saturday, August 22. There were a number of events over the course of the weekend for incoming students and their families, including the Rite of Passage, dinner with President William J. Hynes, PhD, dessert with the Sisters, a school-spirit rally, academic workshops, a photo scavenger hunt, a welcome Mass in McLean Chapel, and small-group orientation sessions.
Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Karl Solibakke, PhD, as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Solibakke joined HNU on July 1, 2015, replacing Stuart Koop who retired and who left HNU in excellent condition.
HNU Writer-In-Residence Belo Cipriani served as a grand marshal in the 45th San Francisco Pride parade on Sunday, June 28. Cipriani was the first blind grand marshal in the history of the Pride parade.
Holy Names University (HNU) saved more than 7 million gallons of water in University-wide water usage this year compared to last year, which represents a drop in usage of about 19,000 gallons per day. HNU’s successful conservation of water resources is due to the continuing effort to locate and repair leaks and the recent installation of low-flow (1.2 gpf) toilets on campus.
Tyrone Hayes, PhD, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, visited HNU on April 22 to deliver an Earth Day lecture entitled “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men,” regarding the dangerous effects of the herbicide atrazine on animals, humans, and the environment.
Elementary, middle school, and eighth grade students at Raskob Day School and Learning Institute (Raskob), a division of HNU, raised more than $600 for charity by selling homemade baked goods over a six-week period this spring. The students planned and hosted the bake sales themselves with the help of a teacher facilitator and donated the proceeds to Alameda Meals on Wheels in Alameda, St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, and to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts in Nepal.
Starting this fall, HNU will participate in the Green Monday sustainability initiative by offering a special meatless menu option on Mondays in the Public Market as well as lessons on global food systems and food justice in various classes. Green Monday, a global organization with roots in Hong Kong, works to educate individuals about making green, healthy, and environmentally sound choices, particularly with respect to food. The livestock industry as a whole emits a significant amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and consumes vast quantities of water.
Congratulations to all recipients of the 2014–2015 Alpha Delta Awards.
Freshman Class Awards
On Wednesday, April 29, the campus community celebrated Founders’ Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland. As is customary on Founders’ Day, several of the Sisters served strawberry shortcake to attendees—a tradition that arose from the fact that when the Sisters arrived to the Bay Area in 1868, the Sisters of Mercy served them strawberries and cream as refreshment.