Around Campus

Students Deliver Presentation on SOA Vigil and Civil Rights Trip
Students Deliver Presentation on SOA Vigil and Civil Rights TripIn November 2014, eight HNU students travelled to the Southeast to participate in a peaceful protest against the School of Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Georgia, and to visit civil rights landmarks in Alabama and elsewhere. This is the eleventh year that a delegation from HNU has participated in the peaceful protest against the SOA, and the students who went on the trip recently spoke about what they learned and how the experience affected them.

HNU Website Wins Best in Class Award
The new Holy Names University website won the Best in Class award in the university category in the 2014 Interactive Media Awards (IMA) competition with an overall score of 494 out of 500 possible points. The awards were established by the Interactive Media Council—an organization dedicated to supporting outstanding web standards, usability, and accessibility—to recognize excellence in website design and development.

HNU Sophomores Lead Discussion on Activism and Music
HNU Sophomores Lead Discussion on Activism and MusicAs part of HNU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Racial Justice, sophomores Will Newsome and Jamontae Robinson led a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement and the acts of police brutality that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, and Oscar Grant in Oakland.

Giving News

President's Circle Update
President's Circle UpdateThe new President’s Circle giving program is off to a strong start. Twenty-three new donors have joined so far this fiscal year. Their class years range from 1948 to 1999. The President’s Circle is an honor society recognizing donors who give $1,000 or more in a single fiscal year. President’s Circle gifts support scholarships, the legacy of the Sisters, and the University’s greatest needs. President’s Circle donors are invited to special events throughout the year, the first of which is a luncheon with the Sisters of the Holy Names taking place on April 21st. If you are interested in joining the President’s Circle, please contact Maureen Nikaido, Director of the HNU Fund, at or 510.436.1014. Or learn more by visiting the President's Circle page on the HNU site.

HNU in the Community

Zachary Holt ’14 and Faini Designs Support Foster Children in Need
Zachary Holt ’14 and Faini Designs Support Foster Children in NeedAfter graduation, Zachary Holt ’14, a psychology major, made the transition from HNU to an exciting international start-up collaboration, thanks to his senior seminar project. Holt is the co-founder of Faini Designs, along with Samuel Kajwara, an entrepreneur who lives in Uganda. The company produces shoes and accessories in fair labor factories in Uganda and donates a portion of its sales proceeds to provide clothing and shoes for foster children in the U.S.

Sister Sophia Park Publishes New Book, Beauty of the Broken, and Other Writings
Beauty of the Broken, a new book of essays by Sophia Park, SNJM, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at HNU, was recently published by Marianist Publisher, in Seoul, South Korea. The book collects essays that Sr. Sophia wrote, in Korean, about her spiritual reflections and her daily life for Catholic News in South Korea.

HNU Students Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
HNU Students Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceOn Monday, January 19, eight HNU students volunteered at Project Open Hand in San Francisco as a way of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals to the elderly and the critically ill, and the students assisted with the preparation work for the day’s meals.

On The Field

HNU Director of Athletics Greg Sempadian Introduced to Campus Audience
HNU Director of Athletics Greg Sempadian Introduced to Campus AudienceOn Monday, January 27, Holy Names University Director of Athletics Greg Sempadian was introduced to members of the campus community. Sempadian spoke to an audience in the University's Public Market. A video recording of Sempadian's speech can be viewed on the HNU Hawks site.

NBA FIT Event Includes Men's Basketball Coach Sanchez as Community Leader
On Monday, January 26, Holy Names University men's basketball head coach Omar Sanchez participated in the NBA's FIT Live Healthy Week, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The event took place at International Community School in Oakland. Sanchez served as a community leader applying his expertise in strength and conditioning by presenting proper exercise techniques to local youth to help them stay fit.

Men's Volleyball Wins First Match of the Season Against UC Merced
The Holy Names University men's volleyball team won its first match of the 2015 season on Wednesday, January 21, as they defeated UC Merced in four sets, 3–1 (25–15, 25–19, 20–25, 25–22)

Upcoming Events

Nursing Symposium 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:30 am

Discover HNU Open House Event
Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:30 am

Women's Tennis vs. UC Santa Cruz
Sunday, February 15, 2015
1:00 pm

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
Friday, February 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Fifth Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum: Food Justice
Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:30 am

Women's Tennis vs. Dominican (Cal.)
Sunday, February 22, 2015
12:00 pm

Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00 pm

Information Session for Adult and Graduate Programs
Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:00 pm

Graduate Student and Alumni Mixer
Saturday, February 28, 2015
12:00 pm

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