Lesley Sims, Holy Names University, 510-436-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Names University Makes Lake Merritt Greener
OAKLAND, California; March 09, 2011 – In the spirit of community service and in celebration of the founding site of Holy Names University (HNU), the students, faculty, staff and administrators of HNU will host a “Lake Merritt Clean-up Day,” in partnership with the Lake Merritt Institute on March 17. This special event is the second day of a two-day inaugural celebration of HNU’s 17th President, Dr. William J. Hynes.
Busloads of students will arrive at the Lake starting at 9:00 a.m. The day gets underway with a “Laughter Yoga” session led by Dr. Martin Lampert, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and HNU’s Laughter Club students. The HNU community will join the students and this massive clean-up effort will be in full swing by 10 a.m. Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President of University Advancement and Inauguration Committee Chair, stated, “The Oakland Community is invited to join us afterwards for a celebratory event where we will showcase our wide range of programs and services that serve as building blocks for Oakland’s future.”
Holy Names University was founded in 1868 on the shores of Lake Merritt and at that time was considered to be “far in the country, wild and brush covered, a thicket for rabbits and quail.” Since then, HNU has earned a reputation in the Oakland community for its excellent education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic traditions and has grown to over 1,200 undergraduate and master level students.
HNU welcomes students of all ages, races, religions and cultures to liberate their minds, contribute to the local community and transform the world. Students are encouraged to take what they have learned in the classroom out into the world to make it a better place. Sr. Susan Wells, Director of the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement said, “Returning to the shores of Lake Merritt for this service project symbolizes not just a return to the Sister’s historic roots, but also symbolizes the enduring legacy of Holy Names University’s commitment to Oakland. Holy Names University encourages students to engage in the community to be a positive force for change. This commitment is lived out every day by our students, faculty and staff as they volunteer in Oakland area schools and with local service organizations, bringing to life the university’s commitment to social justice.” Returning to Lake Merritt and taking action by volunteering for a clean-up project symbolizes this commitment.