On Thursday, November 20, HNU senior Katherine Felix and a graduate student in the counseling psychology program helped deliver a poster presentation at the 70th annual American Society of Criminology conference, which was held this year in San Francisco. The poster, entitled “The Evolution of Victim Support Sweden: Growth, Funding, and Victims Served,” provided a detailed analysis of the growth, funding sources, and service metrics of Victim Support Sweden, the oldest and largest non-governmental victim assistance organization in Sweden.
HNU’s new mural class, led by Carmen Lang, painted a mural on the north wall of the Kennedy Arts Center and has partnered with students at Skyline High School in Oakland to paint a new mural on one of the high school’s buildings.
Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey visited campus on November 6 to discuss her book and its themes. Enrique’s Journey, the 2014 Common Reading selection, chronicles the quest of a young Honduran boy traveling to the United States in search of his mother.
For the third installment of the 2014–15 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, Passionate Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship, Patrick Turner ’12 and Bianca Frediani, co-founders of Bed Bandits, spoke with HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, on Thursday, November 6, and described their journey from undergraduate students to social entrepreneurs. Bed Bandits manufactures fire-resistant and hypoallergenic mattress toppers, and Turner and Frediani donate one custom-made mattress topper to a homeless shelter for every three that are sold.
The second speaker in the 2014–15 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series was Father John Baumann, SJ, founder and CEO of PICO, who participated in a wide-ranging discussion with HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, on Tuesday, October 15. Baumann founded PICO in 1972 to help people redevelop their communities and actively engage in the democratic process. From its humble start in Oakland, PICO now has more than 1,000 member institutions and it is one of the largest faith-based community organizations in the U.S.
Holy Names University held its 41st Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 3, to recognize exceptional alumni and faculty for their service to the University and the community.
The Faculty Award was bestowed upon Dolores Grunbaum, PhD, professor of chemistry, for outstanding service and loyalty to the University. Grunbaum, who lives in Berkeley, taught at HNU from 1975 until her retirement in June 2014, and was recognized for her consistent excellence in teaching and for her contributions to the field through her research and publications.
In cooperation with Pacific Gas & Electric and Solar Technologies, Holy Names University connected the solar panel array on the roof of the Valley Center for Performing Arts (VCPA) to the power grid on Friday, October 17. HNU’s solar panels will produce approximately 162,000 kilowatt-hours for the University and will ensure that the VCPA is energy self-sufficient.
Holy Names University is excited to announce the newly designed and expanded online American Folk Song Collection. The new site includes additional songs and search features and is now available on tablets and smart phones.
Belo Cipriani, HNU’s Writer-In-Residence and the author of Blind: A Memoir, has had his new novella, Midday Dreams, published as an e-book. The novella is about the relationships among the members of a family living on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores, and Cipriani wrote it while at HNU.
New Theology Review, a Catholic journal of theology and ministry, has published "Religious Life in the U.S.: A Vocation of Border Crossing," a new article by Sophia Park, SNJM, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at HNU. Sr. Sophia's article examines the meaning of religious life in the U.S. and the ways in which religious women shape and reshape their own identities.