When asked about their Holy Names University experience, students and alumni frequently recall climbing the campus stairs, a Sister’s encouragement, the view, and most commonly--the feeling of family. For some, like Ray Mangrobang, this connection to family is also a literal one.
Ray, a freshman in the pre-nursing program, is a third-generation Hawk. His grandma, Yuri Saito ‘86, graduated with a degree in nursing, his mom, Janet Chung, and dad, Carlos Mangrobang ‘87, were first introduced in the Public Market cafeteria, and his aunt, Victoria Mangrobang ‘86, MM ‘77, and uncle, Mark Schmidt, MM ‘85, fell in love while pursuing Kodaly music degrees.
As Ray approached graduation from high school, he had many choices--he was accepted into every university he applied too--but, with his Dad’s encouragement, he decided to follow in the footsteps of earlier generations and become a Hawk. “I liked the small college feel and wanted to get the dorm experience while still living close to family (in Fremont),” he said. “I knew I wanted to go into nursing, so when the nursing program accepted me and offered me a scholarship, I chose HNU.”
Ray knew he made the right decision from day one, “...after orientation, my roommate and I left our dorm room open to encourage visitors and within minutes our room was packed to capacity. The community here is so close-knit that if you don’t know someone, it’s just a matter of time until you do”
Learn more about Ray and his family in the upcoming fall issue of HNU Today.