Around Campus

Sister Janet Walton, Visiting SNJM Scholar, Discusses Organic Theology and Liturgy
Sister Janet Walton, Visiting SNJM Scholar, Discusses Organic Theology and LiturgySister Janet Walton, EdD, this year's Visiting SNJM Scholar, was welcomed to campus during the week of October 12. Sr. Janet, a professor of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York, offered lectures to eight different classes during the week and met with faculty and staff.

Sophia Center Event Explores Ecological Conversion and Pope Francis' Encyclical
Sophia Center Event Explores Ecological Conversion and Pope Francis’ EncyclicalOn October 9, the Sophia Center at Holy Names University held a special event in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts regarding ecological conversion and Pope Francis' recent encyclical, Laudato Si'. Robert Ludwig, PhD, interim director of the Sophia Center, and Sharon Smith, campaign manager for the tropical forest and climate initiative at the Union of Concerned Scientists, served as the main speakers for the event.

The Writer's Craft Reading Series Features Poet Jeanne Foster, PhD
At the inaugural event of the new Writer's Craft reading series, poet Jeanne Foster, PhD, professor of English at St. Mary's College, read a selection of poems from her book, Goodbye, Silver Sister, in the Glass Lounge of the Paul J. Cushing Library.

School of the Americas Awareness Week Focuses on the Theme of the Militarization of the Police
School of the Americas Awareness Week Focuses on the Theme of the Militarization of the PoliceFrom September 27 through October 4, HNU held its annual School of the Americas (SOA) Awareness Week, a series of events designed to raise awareness about the harmful effects of the SOA and related U.S. foreign policy. The SOA, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is an institution operated by the U.S. Department of Defense for the purpose of training military personnel from Latin American countries. Several Latin American dictators and military personnel who carried out severe human rights abuses were trained at the SOA.

HNU in the Community

Ann Park ’95 Named Alameda County Teacher of the Year
Ann Park ’95 Named Alameda County Teacher of the YearAnn Park ’95, an alumna of HNU's Multiple Subject Credential Program, was recently named Alameda County Teacher of the Year. Park teaches writing and science at Greenleaf Elementary School in Oakland. (Image credit: Oakland Unified School District)

HNU Faculty Member Carina Gallo, PhD, Receives Award for Innovative Teaching
The Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) recently bestowed the Burmeister Award upon Carina Gallo, PhD, assistant professor of criminology at Holy Names University (HNU) and Julaine Fowlin, PhD, former instructional designer at HNU, for their proposal, "Exploring Polar Opposite Worlds in Criminology Through Computer Supported Collaborative Learning."

HNU's Marion Marshall Moderates Panel at Association of Educational Therapists Conference
Marion Marshall, associate professor and director of the Educational Therapy Program at HNU, moderated a panel at the 37th annual Association of Educational Therapists conference, which took place in Chicago, Illinois, from October 23–25

Giving News

Alumni Spotlight: Sheryl Brinkley ’99
Alumni Spotlight: Sheryl Brinkley ’99HNU MBA alumna Sheryl Brinkley ’99 is a gas account management supervisor for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) within the wholesale marketing and business development department (WM&BD). Brinkley's team provides support in contract administration, customized training in conducting business on PG&E's pipeline, as well as support for billing and imbalance questions. Brinkley is also a consistent donor to the University through the HNU Fund. "My wish for the University is for it to continue to be positioned and available for future scholars."

On The Field

Holy Names University Introduces Debbie Snell, PhD, as Director of Athletics
Holy Names University Introduces Debbie Snell, PhD, as Director of AthleticsHNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, and Michael Miller, vice president for student affairs, would like to announce that Debbie Snell, PhD, has joined HNU as Director of Athletics, effective October 26, 2015.

HNU Women's Soccer Team Wins Second-Straight PacWest Match
The Holy Names University women's soccer team won its second consecutive Pacific West Conference match on October 22, as the Hawks defeated UH Hilo, 2-1. It was the first time since joining the PacWest that the Hawks won back-to-back conference matches.

Hawk of the Week: Omar Vasquez
The Hawk of the Week has been announced for the week of October 21-26, and the winning student-athlete is Omar Vasquez (Hollister, Calif.), a junior from the HNU men's cross country team. The weekly award is determined by a public vote, as well as votes by select HNU Athletics staff members.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Basketball Games
Friday, November 6, 2015
5:00 pm

Meet SF Giants Vice President and Director of Minor League Operations (APPSI Speaker Series)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:45 pm

Jerry McGill, Author of Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
7:30 pm

Blood and Ink Book Talk: Robert Lassalle-Klein
Thursday, November 12, 2015
3:30 pm

Sophia Center Presents "Vast Universe"
Friday, November 13, 2015
7:00 pm

Holy Names University Orchestra
Sunday, November 15, 2015
7:00 pm

SF Opera Preview at Holy Names: The Barber of Seville (APPSI Speaker Series)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
5:45 pm

Sophia Center Open House
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:30 pm

Meet an Ambassador: Careers in Global Affairs (APPSI Speaker Series)
Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:15 pm

Information Session for Adult and Graduate Programs
Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:00 pm

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