The Holy Names community is heartbroken over the recent passing of HNU alumnus and current student David Willis ‘17, a veteran committed to helping other veterans.
On May 28, community members came together in McLean Chapel for a celebration of his life. During the gathering, HNU student Julio Reyes played “Onward to Paradise” on guitar and Josh Hammer ‘17, MEd ‘19 read a poem written for David by Marlayna Durant. Attendees shared memories of him and offered peace to one another.
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HNU is not evacuating and there is no danger at the University due to fires. However, due to the weather and air quality conditions, HNU is cancelling classes Wednesday at 6:00 PM through Friday morning at noon.
Joanne Kinney Hartenstein; 1970 Budget Committee (left to right): Joanne Dickson, Mary Angeli, Chris DeRosia, Ann Chiappelone, Vicki Clares
A large evergreen tree that stood outside of Heafey Hall recently became weakened by disease and was removed over the holiday break. A week before the tree was removed, a group of faculty and staff gathered to bid it farewell and offer a blessing.
HNU is a 2016-2017 member of the Colleges of Distinction, an organization of colleges and universities with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful learning outcomes.
Jane O'Meara Sanders, PhD, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, visited Holy Names University for a brief tour on Friday, June 3. Sanders was interested in visiting the campus because of her family connection to Father Michael King, the Oakland priest who wrote, circa 1867, to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Quebec, Canada, and invited them to come to the East Bay to start a school for local children.
Justin Vacca, director of housing and residence life at HNU, and 12 student resident assistants (RAs) attended the Northern Residential Activities and Programs (NRAP) conference at CSU Sacramento on October 31. NRAP is one of three regional organizations, in addition to the central and southern organizations, that belong to the Western Association of College University Housing Officers (WACUHO).
HNU hosted the 27th International Humor Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) in the Valley Center for Performing Arts (VCPA) on campus from June 29 through July 3. The conference was organized by a committee of ISHS members, which was led by Martin Lampert, PhD, professor of psychology at HNU. Lampert also serves as executive secretary for the ISHS. This was the second time HNU has hosted the conference—the 1999 edition was held on the University’s campus and was organized by Lampert.