Sister Beth Liebert, PhD, a member of the HNU Board of Trustees and a faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, visited HNU on December 8 to deliver a presentation called “Academic Life and Scholarship: A Spiritual Practice.” Sr. Beth had previously given the talk as part of a special event at the GTU in November, and she kindly agreed to give an encore presentation at HNU.
Electra Kimble Price has accomplished a lot in her life. She’s worked in community relations and in the office of the superintendent for Oakland public schools; on the grand jury for Alameda County; on a special education task force for the Department of Justice; at the Family History Center in Oakland; and, in what was perhaps her most astounding job, as both a student and the assistant dean of students at HNU.
Holy Names University held its 43rd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 4, to recognize exceptional alumni and faculty for their service to the University and the community.
The Faculty Award
The Faculty Award was bestowed upon Martivón Galindo, PhD, professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies, for outstanding service and loyalty to the University. Professor Galindo has taught at HNU since 1996 and was recognized for her strong leadership and dedication to HNU.
HNU seniors Claudia Mendoza and Franny Zabala have been working as interns at the Office of the Secretary of the California Senate in Sacramento since they were sophomores in high school. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they have accumulated more experience working in government than some elected officials.
Holy Names High School (HNHS) in Oakland has recognized Sister Carol Sellman, HNU vice president for mission integration, with its highest honor, the Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher Award. The Durocher Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated “outstanding leadership, service, and unselfish support to Holy Names High School.”
HNU announced that Interim President Jeanie Watson, PhD, has agreed to extend her contract through the 2017-2018 academic year, and that Vice President for Academic Affairs Lizbeth Martin, PhD, has been promoted to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Ronisha 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. 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.
Former member of the HNU Board of Trustees Jim Kelly passed away on August 31. Kelly was a member of the HNU Board of Regents from 1981 until 2000, when the Board of Regents was formally dissolved (although many HNU Regents continue their involvement with the University). Kelly was appointed to the HNU Board of Trustees in 1994 and served in that capacity for the University until 2014. He and his wife, Rosaleen Kelly ’55, received the Durocher Award in 2010, and he was awarded an honorary degree from HNU in 2014.
Holy Names University welcomed more than 140 new students and their families for move-in and the beginning of orientation weekend on Saturday, August 20. It was a beautiful, sunny weekend that included a number of events planned for incoming students and their families, notably the Rite of Passage ceremony, dinner with HNU Interim President Jeanie Watson, PhD, dessert with the Sisters, a school-spirit rally, academic workshops, a welcome Mass in McLean Chapel, and small-group orientation sessions.
Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Michael Groener as vice president for finance and administration. Groener joined HNU on July 29, 2016. Prior to Groener’s arrival, Tom Hannen, former CFO of Notre Dame de Namur University, oversaw the finance and administration operations of the University on an interim basis.