Around Campus

Career Panel Focuses on Women Empowerment
The Women Empowering Women panel on April 25 featured professionals with diverse backgrounds and career paths, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Elizabeth Stage, director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Karen Montgomery, HNU’s career programming and employer relations coordinator and the primary organizer of the event, said she hoped the audience would feel “inspired and empowered to make the world a better place.”

Campus Celebrates Founders’ Day
Campus Celebrates Founders’ DayThe HNU campus recently celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland 146 years ago. The April 30 celebration recognized the work anniversaries of a multitude of staff and faculty members and honored HNU retirees Dr. Dolores Grunbaum, Marilyn Goddard, and Anne Laskey. Librarians Nicole Branch and Daniel Ransom also received the SNJM Award for their embodiment of the Sisters’ core values.

Psychology Day Highlights Seniors’ Research
About 150 individuals attended Senior Psychology Day on April 29, which highlighted the research of 38 seniors in a poster presentation to the community. “Senior Psychology Day is a longstanding tradition in the Department of Psychology,” Assistant Professor Kate Isaacson, PhD said. Each senior psychology student researches and prepares a thesis on the science of a specific area of psychology. Topics explored this year include the use of positive psychology as an intervention for depression, the facilitation of post-traumatic growth, and treatment for victims of drug trafficking.

Students Learn Business Communication Skills at Etiquette Dinner
Students Learn Business Communication Skills at Etiquette DinnerMore than 30 students and alumni attended the etiquette dinner on April 15, including California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan ’70 and Kim Scott MSN/MBA ’08, who works in risk management at Kaiser Permanente. The event provided guidance to students on business communication skills and included a presentation by Greg Clefisch from Southern Wine & Spirits. Mark your calendar for an evening of sharing and learning at next year’s etiquette dinner.

On The Field

Alpha Delta Leadership and Athletic Awards Honor Students
Alpha Delta Leadership and Athletic Awards Honor StudentsHNU’s 2013–2014 Alpha Delta Leadership and Athletic Awards took place on April 30. Honorees included the men’s basketball team, which was awarded for its community service efforts; individuals recognized as athletes of the year; and student-athletes recognized by the Pacific West Conference during the academic year.

Women’s Tennis Closes Season with Win
The 2014 spring season for the women’s tennis team concluded April 17 with a 9–0 win against Notre Dame de Namur University. The Hawks finish the spring dual match season with an overall record of 7–9.

Workeneh Earns Sportsmanship Award
Brook Workeneh, a member of the men’s tennis team, received the 2014 Pacific West Tennis Tournament Sportsmanship Award.

HNU in the Community

Students Travel to Tutwiler for Life-Changing Experience
Students Travel to Tutwiler for Life-Changing ExperienceFor the 10th year, Holy Names University faculty, staff, and students traveled to Tutwiler, Mississippi, to build a home with Habitat for Humanity and learn about social, economic, and political issues that impact this rural, Southern community. “I went there to give to the community, but I gained so much more than I gave,” HNU senior Michelle Morgan said.

Literary Journal Explores Social Justice Themes
Between the Lines, HNU’s new online literary journal, launched its first issue in April. The journal publishes poetry and creative nonfiction with a social justice emphasis. Student participants are enrolled in the class Online Journal: Literature and Social Justice, which is taught by Belo Cipriani, the University’s writer-in-residence. For its inaugural issue, the journal received more than 100 submissions from the United Kingdom, Africa, and throughout the United States.

Submit Your Alumni Award Nominations
In conjunction with homecoming weekend, the annual Awards Ceremony will honor faculty and alumni on October 3. HNU is accepting nominations for the Faculty Award, presented to a full-time faculty member for exceptional service and loyalty; the Alumni Recognition Award for Professional Achievement to recognize professional achievement or community service; the Alumni Recognition Award for Service to the University for outstanding volunteer service and loyalty to HNU; and the Young Alumni Award, presented to a recent graduate whose work deserves recognition and encouragement. Place your nominations today!

Giving News

Donor Appreciation Event Highlights Music
The University held a donor appreciation event on April 13 that drew more than 60 attendees and featured a presentation by Director of the Kodály Center for Music Education Anne Laskey and music lecturer Gail Needleman on HNU’s folk song collection. “Today is about music, and learning, and you. It is our pleasure to have this occasion to show our appreciation to you, our donors,” Director of HNU Fund Maureen Nikaido said.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 16, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 17, 2014
4:30 p.m.

Preparatory Music Department Concerto Festival
Sunday, May 18, 2014
3:00 p.m.

Fair Trade Relationships across the Asia Pacific: Focus on Numi Organic Tea
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:45 p.m.

Hawk Day
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m.

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