Spring 2010


Holy Names University welcomes its newest family member, President –elect , Dr. William J. Hynes.

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May 2010
I believe that it is providential that my last message to you is focused on family. This most valuable aspect of our HNU culture is so engrained in all that we are that we sometimes take it for granted and don’t even notice it. Parents highlight it over and over again. They feel comfort and confidence in entrusting their sons and daughters to us because it is an extension of their families. The strongest influence that compelled They fully believe that we want me to come to Holy Names was the as much for our students as they quality of the people that I encountered want for their children. This is who were so dedicated to this institu- a quality that cannot be bought tion. The deepest inspiration that I have and cannot even be added. It experienced throughout my presidency comes from the soul of who we is the people that I have encountered are, instilled by the Sisters of who are so willing to give everything to the Holy Names of Jesus and make Holy Names University all that Mary who believe in the imour world needs. The aspect that I will measurable value of each and miss the most as I leave the presidency is every person. the people that I have encountered, who have believed in me and supported me. This is an institution that prides itself on I have learned from them that giving educating the first in the family to get a all to this institution returns to you in college degree because we know that this changes the entire family landscape. This measures that are unimaginable. is an institution that prides itself on beHoly Names University is much more ing the most diverse in the nation because than a quality institution of higher we know that the truth is never learned if education. It is a family. I knew that you only encounter people who think like when I initially met the people who are you do and that every person’s truth is saa part of Holy Names. I counted on it cred. This is an institution that is passionas we envisioned, worked and delivered ate about making a positive difference for together. I have personally felt it as I others because we believe that we are part have been transformed and influenced of a world family and have responsibility in so many ways, similar to the influ- for each member. ence of my Lebanese biological family. I am convinced that the family quality As I transition into the next stage of my at Holy Names is a deep part of every own journey, I am fully confident that my student’s transformation and that our Holy Names family will always be a part students develop to the heights of their of my life – as is my biological family. I potentials because the HNU family be- will never forget all that I have learned lieves in them. It is the authentic Holy from you, how you have formed me and Names catalyst—the added substance the confidence you give me in making this that heightens every student’s educa- transition. You will be a part of everything that I do and influence going forward. I tional experience. assure you that my heart, my prayers and Although I cannot take any credit for my spirit will always be a part of the great the theme of this issue of HNU Today, things that HNU achieves in the future. rowing up in a Lebanese family is one of the strongest influences in my life – both in terms of who I’ve become and in terms of how I encounter and manage life experiences. The love of family, the power of faith and the value of education are three dominant aspects of our family background. My father taught me achievement, integrity and courage. My mother taught me and still teaches me enthusiasm, generosity and resilience. 2 LIBERATING MINDS • TRANSFORMING LIVES • SINCE 1868


Our next President, Dr. William Hynes, is the newest member of our HNU family. I have full confidence that he is not only the right choice, but also that he will connect with this family in a way that will unleash power within you that you cannot imagine. His credentials and background are stellar and are briefly summarized in this issue of HNU Today. Even more than that, he truly gets the quality of our family. In my interview with him, when I asked him what would compel him to come to Holy Names, he responded: “the people.” At that moment, I was assured that he would be successful because he will trust you to help make him the most successful president that HNU has ever experienced. I leave you with my deepest gratitude and my forever prayers,

Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, PhD President

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S pring 2010

2 HNU Community Responds
to the Tragedy in Haiti
The University community united across student clubs and organizations to rally support for Haiti relief efforts.

Holy Names University is a private, four-year, co-ed, Catholic university located on 60 wooded acres in the hills of Oakland, California. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, HNU offers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a diverse world. HNU Today strengthens the shared connection among alumni, the University and the community. The magazine is published two times a year for the University’s alumni and friends by the Office of Institutional Advancement. The diverse opinions expressed in HNU Today do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or policies of Holy Names University. Comments for the editor may be sent via e-mail to: alumni@hnu.edu

4 An Evening with George

Zimmer, CEO and Founder of The Men’s Wearhouse

George Zimmer delivered a one-of-akind presentation on business leadership and corporate success to a packed audience of business students, alumni and guests.

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Student News Campus News Hawk Sports Center SNJM News Main Feature Alumni News Faculty News Fundraising News Class Notes; In Memoriam Last Word

Or in writing to: Holy Names University Attn: Alumni Relations 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619 Readers can also update your information online at: www.hnu.edu/alumni

7 New HNU President

William J. Hynes, Ph.D., will become Holy Names University’s 17th President on August 1, 2010.  Dr. Hynes will succeed Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., who has served as HNU President for 11 years.

Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, PhD, President Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Stuart Koop, Vice President for Finance and Administration Lizbeth Martin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs Sr. Carol Sellman, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness Alumni Executive Board President Julie Echaniz ’75 Past Presidents Board President Eileen M. Weston ’62
HNU TODAY STAFF This issue of HNU Today is directed and published by the Office of Institutional Advancement: Executive Editor

12 Family First

Explore the transformative impact of the Holy Names University family experience from the lens of first generation students and alumni families.

Dav Cvitkovic
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Editor

18 Student Center Dedication

John R. McCoy
Director of Alumni Relations Contributing Writers

Over one hundred alumni, university friends, students, faculty and staff gathered at the J.M. Long Foundation Student Lounge for the official blessing and dedication of the new Student Center.

21 Tenure of Refoundation, Legacy
of Leadership: Reflections on a Presidency
Seven members of the Holy Names University community reflect on President Nassif’s transformative legacy.

On the Cover The iconic McLean Chapel provides an ideal background for a collage of images representing the HNU alumni, students and friends that make-up the Holy Names University family.

Sr. Maureen P. Hester ’65, SNJM Sara Linton Carrie Rehak J. Omar Sanchez ’04 Karen Schneider Sr. Carol Sellman, ’69, ’78 MM, SNJM Lesley Sims Sr. Susan Wells, SNJM
Design and Production

Jen Slusser www.visualcv.com/jenslusser




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HNU Community Responds to the Tragedy in Haiti
ver since the devastating news of the disaster in Haiti reached Holy Names University, the campus community has been reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need, through consciousness-raising, fundraising, and prayer. During the months of January and February, the campus gathered for a prayer service, and clubs and organizations launched a campus-wide “Help Haiti Coin Drive.” The funds raised were matched by an anonymous donor to achieve a grand total of $5101 raised.  Our prayers, relief efforts, and educational opportunities continued into March with FACE AIDS hosting a Haiti Relief Film Series in honor of Global Women’s History, Resistance, and Activism. In preparation for the Film Series, FACE AIDS leaders, Bridget Vazquez ’12 put up an altar with pictures and prayers for Haiti in the Lady Chapel. Students also assembled “Dolly Pins,” in order to raise money for the Afternoon School at Riviere Froide, which was destroyed in the earthquake, killing an estimated 150 students, four teachers, and the school’s principal.


Barbara Wander, who launched the “Dolly Pin” project ten years ago, spoke to HNU students regarding the tragedy in Haiti on April 22. Barbara Wander works with Les Petites Soeurs de Ste. Therese, an indigenous order of Haitian Sisters, who have fortytwo missions throughout Haiti. Many Sisters of  the Sisters of St Theresa were educated as school teachers when the SNJM Sisters founded the Teachers School in Papaye in Haiti twenty-six years ago. They have schools, clinics, hospitals, professional centers for young women, orphanages, homes for the elderly, a teacher preparation center, farms, and programs for developmentally-challenged children.  Since the earthquake, Barbara Wander has returned to the U.S. to share this story and speak of the courage of the people of Haiti, and to assist in raising funds for the rebuilding.  The HNU community will continue to remember the Haitian people in our thoughts and prayers. Below is a snapshot of the multiple efforts taking place on the HNU campus in support of Haiti.

“When FACE AIDS found out that Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010, we were all shocked and devastated. Although the focus of FACE AIDS is to help provide treatment for the people in Rwanda, who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, Julie Veroff, the Executive Director of FACE AIDS emailed our chapter, at Holy Names University, to inform us about Sterling Samos, a private investment firm dedicated to philanthropy and public service. Sterling Samos has been extremely generous in pledging to match up to $50,000 for funds raised by the FACE AIDS chapters for Partners in Health’s Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Our chapter has made the best possible effort to raise not only funds but awareness on campus, by holding a couple of events: The Haiti Prayer Service (with Campus Ministry, on January 26, 2010);  Education in Action: Haiti (January 27, 2010); Haiti Relief Coin drive (with other campus constituents), and an upcoming film series. FACE AIDS will continue to take donations as well as to contribute as much as possible to help out Haiti.  Just as Paul Farmer said ‘Clean water and health care and school and food and tin roofs and cement floors, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights.’” Bridget Vazquez ’12, FACE AIDS “As soon as the news of Haiti’s devastating earthquake had been reported HNU’s Clubs and Organizations leaped into action with intentions to raise awareness and funding for the relief effort.  Spear-headed by Latinos Unidos, multiple campus clubs and organizations came together and organized a campus-wide Coin Drive for Haiti.  Students went to classes carrying labeled donation jars; similar jars were set up at the Residence Life Front Desk and the Student Success Center Front Desk, as well as in other campus departments and offices.  The Raskob School’s eighth graders even held a bake sale and donated its proceeds to the Coin Drive.  All in all, over $1,000 worth of coins were donated!  It was wonderful to see HNU students come together for this worthy cause.” Sara Linton, Assistant Director of Campus Life

“At our prayer service, we gathered as one community, desiring to reach, comfort, and support another community: the people of Haiti—knowing that, regardless of distances, we are members of one family.  Through our reflections, songs, and prayers, we lamented the catastrophic tragedies that our brothers and sisters are experiencing.  In the midst of this chaos and anguish, we offer those who are suffering our hope and support for the rebuilding of their lives.  We ask for continued blessings on and guidance for those who are offering their services and relief in Haiti as well.  May we also be openhanded and openhearted to our brothers and sisters in need.” Carrie Rehak, Director of Campus Ministry


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Patrick Turner to Participate in the 2010-2011 Red Cross/ NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program
oly Names University student, Patrick Turner, was selected as one of 13 student-athletes for the 2010-2011 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. The program focuses on inspiring and developing a new generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders by exemplifying the core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership. Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, the partnership supports the Red Cross’ diversity initiatives. The leadership program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at the Red Cross National Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. from June 7 to June 18. The incoming class will participate


in a rare and unique opportunity to acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by Dr. Rob Haworth, NAIA Vice President for Champions of Character and one of the nation’s largest non-profit senior leaders. This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows NAIA student-athletes to be a part of a team made up of young adults from NAIA campuses throughout the country. Student-athletes will learn from civic and business leaders how to uncover their leadership potential off the field. The participants will learn how to organize successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board, and take part in diversity and cultural competency training. For their efforts, students will receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.

Patrick Turner, HNU sophomore and Men’s Basketball guard, will travel to Washington D.C. this June to participate in the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program.

2010 Quest Retreat: Community Building and Spiritual Reflection


estled high in the hills above the town of Los Gatos is the Villa Holy Names, home of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It was here, on the weekend of February 5-7, that eleven undergraduate students, three graduate student leaders, and six faculty/staff leaders were warmly welcomed for their Quest Retreat. This weekend would be a special time and space, set apart, off-campus, for undergraduate students to build community, have an opportunity for spiritual reflection, and to create deeper connections between students, the University community, and the charism of the Holy Names Sisters—while being surrounded by the overwhelming beauty of nature. The talks and meditations of this Kairos-based retreat focused on the person of Jesus and developing one’s relationship with Him. Students were given journals for personal reflection. In addition to prayer and reflection, there was time for sharing in small groups and with the entire group. Interspersed with these more serious elements were opportunities for cooking breakfast together (the group had delicious scrambled eggs and french toast each morning thanks to several student chefs), making Valentine’s Day table tents for the Sisters’ dining room, and time for relaxation. Lunch and dinner were shared with the Sisters who live at Los Gatos and the students were pleased to meet them and hear about the Sisters’ experiences at Holy Names University. One student commented that, at her first meal with the Sisters, “the first thing that I noticed was the happy smile that each Sister had on her face. Being with the Sisters gave me a touching feeling and it was such a great environment” (Kathleen Dalere ’13). Other students had the following responses:

“It was a fun experience learning about who you are and who God is in your life.” (Monique Tsang ’13) “It showed me the importance of staying connected to my loved ones and making connections with new people.” (Elizabeth Hogan ’11) “It’s a great way to meet people, make new friends, and get to know yourself at a deeper and more personal level.” (Bridget Vazquez ’12) Each year since 2005 the Sisters of the Holy Names who minister at HNU, in collaboration with the Director of Campus Ministry, have returned to the tradition of offering student retreats. As you can tell from their comments and the accompanying pictures, these endeavors are beneficial and well-received.
Undergraduate students accompanied by graduate student leaders and faculty/staff participated in the 2010 Quest Retreat at the Villa Holy Names in Los Gatos.




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HNU Hosts an Evening with George Zimmer, CEO and Founder of The Men’s Wearhouse
Throughout the evening, Mr. Zimmer shared stories about his career, wisdom from his early years as a young entrepreneur and the corporate values of the Men’s Wearhouse. “Trust has been the key to our business - not the commercials, not the merchandise, but trust,” said Mr. Zimmer. He explained that the Men’s Wearhouse started 36 years ago with $7,000 and is now a $1 billion company employing 15,000 people in 1200 stores. In addition to following basic ethical guidelines, the Men’s Wearhouse also has a corporate code of ethics, and its own internal guidelines. Mr. Zimmer explained that this type of commitment builds trust with employees, customers and other stakeholders. Zimmer also explained the importance of respect for employees. This value is demonstrated by encouraging managers to carefully listen to employees and by asking for suggestions to solve problems. Extensive training programs are also provided. The third value Mr. Zimmer talked about was loyalty. A corollary to this value is: when possible, employees are promoted from within; employees who have left the company are allowed to return. Compassion is the fourth value of the company. The “Willie Lopez” fund distributes money to employees who are having financial hardships. The fund is a grant that is paid for by the employees. The general benefits of the company favor the lowest paid employees. Mr. Zimmer concluded, “If employees feel valued and important, then the bottom line is better.” Mr. Zimmer is a long time friend and supporter of the HNU community. His contributions have supported the building of the University’s fitness center, the newly-renovated science facilities, the student center and academic and athletic scholarships. In 2003 Mr. Zimmer was the University’s graduation keynote speaker and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

oly Names University President, Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, welcomed George Zimmer, CEO and Founder of the Men’s Wearhouse, and long time HNU donor, to a packed audience of business students, alumni, and guests on Wednesday, January 27. Mr. Zimmer delivered a one-of-a-kind presentation on business leadership and corporate success. In Sr. Rosemarie’s introduction, she pointed out that “George Zimmer founded the Men’s Wearhouse in 1973 with his first store in Houston, Texas. Now a $1-2 billion company, it’s frequently rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 companies to work for and has been ranked at least four times as one of the 400 best big companies.”
above George Zimmer is a long time friend and supporter of the HNU community. He spoke to business students, alumni and guests right in the newly renovated Student Center, to which he is a donor.


Dr. Zimmer’s special presentation was taped and will be featured as part of an upcoming documentary.


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HNU Student Clubs:

Community Engagement in Action
We’re proud of the many opportunities students receive through clubs and organizations to develop leadership skills and provide real service to the community. Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, the University’s multiple clubs, including the three profiled below, have worked to actively build awareness of HIV/AIDS, strengthen community relationships and foster students’ academic aspirations. STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE
The Student Activities Committee (S.A.C.) strives to reach out to students and the local community to strengthen relationships and build a network for life. S.A.C’s mission is simple: to create an active social group of students, foster networking and collaborative thinking, while making friends. This past year S.A.C collaborated on a beach cleanup, a Santa Cruz camping trip and two Tahoe ski/snowboarding trips.  Created by Enrollment Counselor & Outreach Specialist Annie Wenzel, S.A.C is composed of traditional undergraduate, adult baccalaureate and graduate students. S.A.C’s President, Sophomore Nancy Murillo, holds monthly lunch meetings in the J.M. Long Foundation Lounge to discuss volunteer opportunities and exciting students retreats.

The mission of HNU’s 2+2 Nursing Club is to support and further educate prospective and current nursing students. The Club provides a recognizable group as a reference for people with an interest and compassion for the pursuit of nursing. Participants utilize the club as a networking tool and to connect with the greater campus community. The members have taken part in many campus activities such as bake sales, the annual CORE festival and even hosted a Halloween dance in the fall. Most importantly, the club works to ensure that participants successfully complete HNU’s 2+2 Nursing program.

FACE AIDS is an international organization that is dedicated to mobilizing and inspiring students to fight AIDS in Africa. This academic year the HNU FACE AIDS chapter hosted a campus dialogue with the Executive Director of FACE AIDS, Julie Veroff and implemented various fundraising events across the HNU campus community. Following the earthquake in Haiti, the Club began working with other campus organizations in order to raise funds for disaster relief. In addition, the chapter participated in the Haiti Prayer Service and hosted an afternoon of education and reflection in order to better understand the socio-economic reality in Haiti. Other events included a film series in honor of Women’s Global Activism and Resistance during March, Women’s History month, and the co-sponsoring of Barbara Walker’s visit to HNU on April 22.
top S.A.C. members pose for the camera following a day of hitting the slopes in Tahoe middle Three Nursing Club members provide information at the Clubs & Organizations Fair bottom Two members of HNU traveled to a FACE AIDS conference in Oregon where they were inspired by people who dedicate their lives to fighting HIV/AIDS.




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Week-long Program Raises Campus Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness
ccording to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in any given year. Hunger and Homelessness Week, a national event introduced to Holy Names University in 2007, is a week-long series of programs to help raise awareness, funding, and resources for local families combating hunger and homelessness. This year Holy Names University partnered with local organizations like the Alameda County Food Bank and One Warm Coat to help make Hunger and Homelessness Week a success. Students began gearing up for the week at the beginning of November by putting on fundraising programs such as No Shave November (male students went without shaving their faces for a month and their peers put money in specially marked bins supporting their favorite participant) to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank, and a clothing drive to benefit San Francisco’s One Warm Coat. On Tuesday, November 18th, students in the Peer Mentoring Program, along with Sister Susan Wells, hosted an Oxfam Hunger Banquet in the Bay Vista Room. The Banquet allowed students to experience what others who are less fortunate go through during the holiday season when faced with limited resources for food. On


the same day, campus dinning services and Campus Life hosted a Waste Weigh-In during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From all three meals, those who ate in the Public Market produced 289lbs of garbage. On Wednesday, November 19th Campus Life hosted the 2nd Annual Chili for Charity Cook-off and raised over $200 for the Alameda County Food Bank. These, in addition to the other programs during Hunger and Homelessness Week, left a lasting impression on all those who participated. Hunger and Homeless Week came to a grand conclusion during the 2009 Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 19th. About 40 tables of HNU students, staff, faculty, alumni and trustees filled the Public Market to give thanks for the community’s many blessings. All in all, Hunger and Homelessness Week was a great success topped off by a wonderful meal. In many ways, Hunger and Homelessness Week ties into the University’s social justice and civic engagement mission and the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Students and staff alike were encouraged to attend and participate in the many activities throughout the week and to share their thoughts and feelings during reflection sessions following the various programs. Since Hunger and Homelessness Week, the HNU community has continued to raise awareness and support for those less fortunate than themselves. Food, toiletry, and coin drives have swept the campus, as have other opportunities to participate in community service, charity walks, and cultural events. As Campus Life looks ahead to the next academic year, we know that Hunger and Homelessness Week’s potential to impact the HNU community can be greater than ever before.
top HNU community gathered in the University’s Public Market for the grand conclusion to the campuswide Hunger and Homelessness Week campaign, the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner celebration. left Hunger and Homelessness Week’s 2nd Annual Chili for Charity Cook-off raised over $200 for the Alameda County Food Bank.


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Dear Friends of Holy Names University, On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that William J. Hynes, Ph.D., will become Holy Names University’s 17th President on August 1, 2010. Dr. Hynes will succeed Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., who has served as HNU’s president for 11 years. On the morning of Thursday, April 22, the Board of Trustees voted to accept Dr. Hynes’ nomination by the Presidential Search Committee. The unanimous vote reflects our deep confidence in Dr. Hynes’ ability to articulate and exemplify the University’s mission. This final recommendation was approved by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Dr. Hynes has had a distinguished academic career and has exceptional administrative and leadership skills. His record of achievement, his ideals for academic excellence and his respect for the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary makes him uniquely qualified to serve as HNU’s President. He inherits an institution with a positive financial footing that is primed for a new level of growth and development. The five-year strategic plan, implemented in 2007, has been instrumental in the University reaching its goals in measureable timelines and steps. Dr. Hynes will continue to meet the goals of the strategic plan and will insure that the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are woven into the fabric of new programs and initiatives. His breadth of experience in fundraising and fiscal management will serve the University well as he undertakes financial campaigns to build HNU’s endowment and provide funds for expanding academic programs and needed facilities. His background in developing rapport with students and creating an exciting campus life will greatly enrich the Holy Names experience. The Board of Trustees believes Dr. Hynes is eminently qualified for this job. I know that each of you will enjoy meeting with him when he arrives on campus and working with him in building an even greater Holy Names University. Respectfully,

r. William J. Hynes is a distinguished teacher, scholar, and educational leader. He holds the Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in the History of Christian Thought, another M.A. in Catholic Theology from Marquette University, his BA from Conception College, and Certificates from both Harvard University and the University of Geneva. A yearlong NEH Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill allowed him to work with Charles Long, a pre-eminent scholar of African-American religious history. Dr. Hynes has served successfully as President of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, Vice-President of Academic Affairs at St. Mary’s College of California, and Dean of the College at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has held faculty appointments at all these institutions and taught undergraduates and graduate students for more than 20 years. Hynes is the author of three books. He is concluding work on a fourth book on the Principles of Entrepreneurship based upon interviews with 25 entrepreneurs. His previous book, Mythical Trickster Figures with William Doty, was cited by The Times Literary Supplement as “an admirable successor” to Paul Radin’s classic study. Dr. Hynes and his spouse, Margie Shurgot Hynes, are well-known to the San Francisco Bay Area community, where they resided from 1990 to 2000. While in the Bay Area, Ms. Shurgot held executive fundraising positions with the San Francisco Symphony, the Campaign to Restore the War Memorial Opera House, and California College of the Arts. For a complete vitae of Dr. Hynes, see www.hnu.edu/ president/hynesBio.html


Ronald V. Rosequist, JD Chairman, Board of Trustees

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HNU Hawks Give Back
oly Names University athletic teams are widely recognized throughout the community and beyond for their exemplary performance. This academic year alone, the HNU Athletic program added 5 California Pacific Conference Championships to the University’s growing list of athletic achievements (the Women’s Softball team and the Hawk’s #4 ranked Men’s Golf team are both still in play). The Hawks’ accomplishments including 24 Academic All-Americans and 30 NAIA National Tournament Appearances reflects the Hawks’ dedication to modeling sportsmanship, leadership and academic excellence. Yet, in addition to juggling the academic demands of collegiate life and the pressure of competing


teering at the 4th Annual Verizon Wireless Youth Soccer Clinic at Pal Stadium in San Jose. The Women’s Soccer team contributed by serving as youth coaches during the soccer clinic which also featured retired Columbian soccer star, Carlos “El Pibe” Valderram. The Hawks participation in the event helped serve over 376 Hispanic families with children between the age of 4 and 17. Verizon Wireless’ sponsorship of the event enabled the participating youth to return home with free soccer balls, jerseys, water bottles, autograph paraphernalia and fond memories of the soccer drills and instruction they received from our very own HNU Hawks and the other participating soccer professionals. The Hawks commitment to community involvement, on and off campus, is a constant element of the HNU Athletic program. During the month of November, during all games, the Hawks collected over 400lbs of food to contribute to the campus-wide Hunger and Homelessness Week Awareness campaign. Lastly, throughout the fall, the Men’s Golf team continued the Hawks community efforts by volunteering with the Alameda Jr. Golf program and local food kitchens on multiple weekends. In the wake of the catastrophic January 12th earthquake in Haiti, the Hawks joined the HNU community response by raising funds at home games to support the Red Cross’ Haiti relief fund. “It was terrific to see individuals willing to help with whatever they had available, a lot of funds given were from students themselves. Not just our own students but visiting students who had come to support their teams as they visited HNU” said Dennis Jones, HNU Director of Athletics and Recreation.   Starting with the Hawks’ opening weekend Men’s Volleyball game on January 22nd and continuing throughout the winter athletic season at all home games, the HNU Hawks helped the campus raise $5101 towards Haiti relief efforts. According to Dennis Jones, the Hawks efforts on behalf of Haiti in many ways reflects “what the Sisters of the Holy Names are about; not only the victories inside the gymnasium, but more important are the victories outside the HNU walls.” At HNU, the Hawks are truly champions of character, not only for their athletic and academic achievements, but their year around dedication and support for community engagement activities that build awareness across the HNU community and beyond.
Athletes at Holy Names University do more than win championships. They are champions of service too.

for regional and national titles, HNU athletes consistently find the time to give back. Throughout the year, the Hawks embraced the University’s mission of leadership and service by supporting community engagement opportunities such as the national Haiti Relief campaign and local breast cancer awareness efforts. The Women’s Softball team launched the Hawks’ community service efforts for the 2009-2010 season by volunteering with the Faith Fancher 5k Breast Cancer Challenge around Lake Merritt in September. The Challenge benefited Friends of Faith, a local nonprofit organization that funds programs for underserved and underinsured women with breast cancer. Throughout the event, the participating Hawks helped to raise awareness and funds by enthusiastically staffing water stations to support the 600 Breast Cancer Challenge walkers and runners. Throughout the month of October, all fall sports continued the Hawks’ commitment to breast cancer awareness by sporting pink HNU Hawk jersey throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month. On Sunday, September 6th, 2009, the HNU Women’s Soccer team continued the Hawks’ community engagement efforts by volun-


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Coach Nick Lusson Named NAIA Western Region Coach of the Year

oly Names University is proud to announce that Nick Lusson, head Women’s Soccer coach, has been voted the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NAIA Western Region Coach of the Year. Coach Lusson was formally acknowledged for his achievements at the NSCAA National Coaching Convention in Philadelphia in mid-January. The award comes on the heels of his recent honors as the 2009 California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year. With the conclusion of the fall 2009 semester, Coach Lusson completed his second season with the Hawks with an impressive 10-9 record. The 2009 squad had a banner season, winning the CalPac Conference championship and becoming semi-finalists in the team’s first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. Coach Lusson has certainly had a major impact on the women’s soccer program at Holy Names University. Since his arrival on campus in 2007, Coach Lusson has grown the women’s soccer team from eight players to a twenty-five player squad featuring top-level recruits from the Bay Area, Southern California, out a renewed spirit and winning desire. His charisma along with his psychology and coaching experience brought the group together as a family, which has been reflected on the field with teammates playing for each other rather than for their own personal success.” Coach Lusson holds a USSF “A” license, as well as three Master’s Degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport Management, and Exercise & Sport Performance. In addition to his position at Holy Names, Coach Lusson is the Technical Director for the nearby Dublin United Soccer League, Staff Coach for the Nor-Cal State ODP team, a Coaching Educator for both California Youth Soccer and the Positive Coaching Alliance. He currently lives with his wife of 3 years in San Ramon.
above Nick Lusson, head Women’s Soccer coach, has been voted the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NAIA Western Region Coach of the Year. left 2009 Women’s Soccer team and coaches.


of state students and a handful of international students. When asked about the significance of his new Coach of the Year title, Coach Lusson iterates that his success as a coach “was not done in a vacuum” and gives much credit to the highly committed and well bonded players on his squad, as well as the excellence and dedication of his assistant coaches. Coach Lusson recognition came as no surprise to the players and assistant coaching staff working under his leadership. When sophomore player Britta Sadeghy ’12 heard the news, she immediately became excited, commenting that “Coach Nick deserves the recognition for his hard work and dedication”. Former Assistant Coach Ricardo Marquez ’07 shares Britta’s sentiments, stating “Coach Nick has turned around the Women’s Soccer program from head to toe. He has developed a highly competitive team and injected

Congratulation to our 2009-2010 Hawks for their accomplishments on the field and in the community:

Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Men’s Cross Country

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Sr. Susan Wells Reports on Historic SNJM Young Sisters Forum in Lesotho, Africa!
n January, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary from around the Congregation gathered in Lesotho, Africa for an historic Young Sisters Forum. The forum, which lasted five days, was attended by nearly 50 sisters who are 50 years of age and younger. The youngest is 21 and serves in Lesotho! The forum was historic because this was the first ever gathering of younger sisters from around the congregation who are serving in Lesotho, Peru, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and the United States. During the forum, we shared stories of our experiences of community as we were growing up and about our call as SNJM’s and how we are living out that call in our respective countries. We talked about the realities of religious life today (fewer women choosing religious life) and what that means for our SNJM community. We celebrated the richness of our diversity, and learned about each other’s cultures through song, dance and storytelling! We formed bonds of friendship that will grow stronger, despite the miles that separate us. For we found that the ties that unite us, our SNJM Charism, our SNJM Core Values and our rich heritage as daughters of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, are much stronger than the distance that separates us. For me personally, the experience of being immersed in the culture of the Basotho people was an enriching experience. I had the opportunity to see young boys and girls travelling for miles carrying 50 pound bags of corn by donkey or by wheelbarrow to the mill to be ground to provide food for their families. I saw many women working in the fields, tending their crop of corn, relying on the rains to help it grow. And I saw young men and boys herding the sheep and cattle, a way of life centuries old, but still so important for survival in 2010! Without a doubt, the most enriching part of the trip was the opportunity to visit some of the sisters’ ministry sites, to see the amaz-


ing work the sisters are doing in both the cities and the villages of Lesotho. We visited the village of Sekamaneng, where our young sisters started an HIV/AIDS outreach ministry. Here, people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS come to receive emotional support, attend workshops on living with HIV/AIDS, and learn how to grow sustainable agricultural products that will provide food and a small income for their families. They also receive some food assistance. The Sisters also work with the children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There are eleven of our young professed sisters who work on this project and serve in many of the nearby villages. While we were in Lesotho, we had the privilege of meeting many of the women and men who participate in the Sekamaneng Village Project where pigs and chicken are grown to raise money to support the project and also to provide food for the participants. We also visited the homes of those who were too sick to come to the community center for the food distribution. We prayed with them and also delivered a small pork roast, three small bags of rice, two bottles of ketchup and a few articles of clothing! We were received with the trademark, gracious hospitality of the Basotho people. We left each home feeling blessed and grateful for the amazing work our sisters are doing there. Yes, life for the Basotho people is hard! But their spirit of resilience is strong! They are a people who love to sing, love to dance and love to gather to celebrate life! As the Bishop shared during an SNJM Jubilee Mass celebrating the anniversary of vows of the sisters, which was filled with singing and dancing in the beautiful tradition of the Basotho people, “As long as the sun is shining there is still time to celebrate!” The Center for Social Justice is beginning a fundraising campaign to help the HIV/AIDS Project in Sekamaneng to purchase a tractor. This will enable them to plow the participants’ fields for planting and also to raise money for the project by plowing other fields for hire! If you would like to learn more about our SNJM ministries in Lesotho or how you can help support our ministries there, please contact Sister Susan Wells in the Center for Social Justice at: wells@hnu.edu or 510.436.1280.
top Sisters of the Holy Names gathered in Lesotho. top left A little girl who received some gifts. left SNJM Sisters delivered food and clothes to participants in the HIV/AIDS Project.


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Community Based Learning: SNJM Core Values Enhance Learning and Serve the Community
Since the program existence, HNU has placed students from CBL courses, as well as those who just want to serve as a volunteer, with a variety of community partners, including: The Oakland Catholic Worker, St. Vincent DePaul Society of Alameda County, St. Martin De Porres School, The Alameda County District Attorney’s Victim and Witness Services Office, CoCo Corner, CA (founded by HNU alumna Helen Raines ’04), The Unity Council, The American Red Cross, Raskob Learning Institute, St. Mary’s Preschool and Senior Center and many other schools and organizations who are serving the greater East Bay area. If you are connected with an organization that you think might benefit from a collaborative relationship with the Center for Social Justice at HNU? Please contact Sister Susan Wells, SNJM with your ideas at: wells@hnu.edu or call 510.436.1280.
Students stand in front of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. The hotel is the location of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assination and now serves as a Civil Rights Museum. Students are able to experience service as well as history when they serve in the alternative Spring Break in Tutwiler, Mississippi.

t HNU, the values and mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) shape the academic, social and civic development of HNU students. Through programs like Community Based Learning (CBL), students gain real world experiences that complement the traditional classroom while also engaging in opportunities to embrace SNJM values throughout local community service work. CBL Courses include an element of 12-15 hours of volunteer service with a Community Partner, which helps students integrate what they are learning in the classroom to a real life work environment. Throughout the academic year, HNU’s SNJM Sisters and staff at the Center for Social Justice work directly with HNU faculty members to identify and place students in volunteer positions with community partners in need of additional support. CBL has a special focus on collaboration with community partners whose mission is closely aligned with HNU’s and with the Core Values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary: • Full Development of the Human Person • Education in the Faith • Hospitality • Dedication to Women and Children • Dedication to Justice • Service to People who are Poor or Marginalized • Commitment to Liberating Action • Love for the Names of Jesus and Mary


On Saturday, April 10th at St. Mary’s Church in Los Gatos the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary rejoiced with their Golden Jubilarians, all of whom are alumnae of Holy Names University.
Sister Kathleen Callaway ’66 Sister Rosemary Delaney ’66 Sister Anne Dinneen ’65 Sister Carol Nicklas ’64 Sister Barbara Nixon ’67 Sister Della Stanton ’58 Sister Domenica Maria Valle ’66

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lumni families know first-hand the transformative impact of the Holy Names University experience. When the time came for Lorraine Jolivet BA ’95, MBA ‘97 to assist her daughter, Michelle, in selecting a college, Lorraine directed Michelle to her alma mater, Holy Names University. A graduate of the University’s Adult Baccalaureate Program (previously Weekend College or WECO), Lorraine wanted Michelle to experience the same supportive environment that helped her to achieve her academic dreams. “I wanted Michelle to have the experience of living on campus. She was scared to death of being away from home, but I knew she needed a period of independence. I knew Holy Names could be her extended family. Like an extended family, all my professors were willing to assist me in any way necessary to assure that I would be successful”, recalls Lorraine. Based on her own familiarity with HNU, Lorraine was confident that Michelle would grow personally and succeed academically as a traditional HNU student. According to both mother and daughter, Michelle thrived at HNU. As Lorraine expected, HNU provided Michelle with a rich collegiate experience, fostering her development within a safe family oriented academic environment. The Sisters and faculty at HNU encouraged and challenged Michelle to achieve her greatest potential as a student; as Michelle recalls, “all the Sisters and pro12 LIBERATING MINDS • TRANSFORMING LIVES • SINCE 1868


fessors wanted me to succeed at school and made sure I received the help I needed to do so. Sr. Ethel Tinnemann was hard core, but you knew when you walked into her class that you would learn and that she cared about you as a member of the Holy Names family.” Lorraine recently retired from a corporate human resource career spanning over 25 years. She credits the seven years she spent at Holy Names earning a Bachelors

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of Arts, and later a Masters of Business Administration, for advancing her career. When asked about their fondest Holy Names University memory, mother and daughter both reply “graduation”. In May of 1997, Lorraine and Michelle had the ultimate alumni family experience. On the same day that Lorraine received her Holy Names University MBA, Michelle received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree. The dramatic transformation a student undergoes while at HNU is not an isolated occurrence reserved just for alumni families. While alumni families are acutely aware of HNU’s unique family oriented environment, first-generation students also benefit and often make bigger strides in terms of actualizing their full potential than other students who enter college with more resources and better support systems. At HNU, 50% of our students are the first in their families to attend college and approximately 50% fall within the Federal Government designation as not having sufficient economic resources for college. From the moment first-generation students step foot on campus, the odds are stacked against them. Missing from these students’ collegiate reality is the supportive network of family role models that understand the value and importance of a college degree. Firstgeneration students may have initial apprehensions about college life and need guidance in order to help build confidence when they falter or hit pot holes along the way. The intimate, caring and encouraging environment Holy Names University creates for students allows the University to provide the support first-generation students need to get back on track, find help and get advice. In 2006, first-generation HNU alumna, Helen Raines ’04, launched CoCo Corner, an Oakland based nonprofit organization that works to inspire youth throughout Oakland to achieve their educational goals. Originally conceived as a daycare center for teen mothers, CoCo Corner’s programming provides a myriad of social services to help troubled youth, in addition to teen mothers and fathers, transition into adulthood. A stringent believer in the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”, Helen’s efforts aim to counter high risk behavior amongst teens by providing a family oriented environment that strongly emphasizes goal setting, educational guidance, economic mentoring and other essential positive social development interactions at risk youth may miss out on. Helen’s drive to provide guidance to youth throughout Oakland is largely influenced by her own experience as a teenage mother. When Helen was 16 she became pregnant. Lacking support from her parents, Helen moved out of her parents’ home while in high school. A straight “A” student, Helen successfully graduated prior to giving birth to her daughter and had a strong desire to pursue college studies, but was led to believe that higher education was not within the grasp of a teenage mother. Helen recalls experiencing an overwhelming sense of shame and isolation from the adult figures in her life. Like several teenage mothers in similar predicaments, Helen struggled on her own to provide for both herself and her daughter; often times working two to three jobs to pay for childcare and to keep food on the table. It was not until Helen turned 35 that she discovered the courage and self confidence to pursue higher education and take control of the direction of her life and professional career. While working two jobs, Helen graduated with honors from community college and went on to apply, gain acceptance to and enroll in Holy Names University’s Adult Baccalaureate Program. In 2004 Helen became the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Helen credits her experience at Holy Names University for helping her begin a “whole new road” in life. The academic structure of the Adult Baccalaureate program made it possible for Helen to continue working to provide for her family, while simultaneously providing the opportunity to achieve her educational goals. The boost in self confidence Helen experienced during her time at Holy Names University provided her with the motivation and self-esteem to share her story and pursue the launching of CoCo Corner as a means to inspire and educate young adults with similar experiences to pursue higher education and their dreams. With every commencement, the University sends forth and pollinates the world with HNU graduates who are equipped intellectually and morally to meet the challenges of our times. All of our graduates, regardless of their realities prior to arriving at Holy Names, are transformed and challenged to achieve their greatest potential. The ties that bind the HNU experience, the experience of family, the experience of nurturing guidance, the experience of a supportive push to be your best, the “family first” experience, is the foundation that fosters and cultivates the dreams and aspirations of past, present and future HNU alumni for a lifetime.

left Lorraine and Michelle had the ultimate alumni family experience. On the same day that Lorraine received her Holy Names University MBA, Michelle received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree. above center Helen RainesAustin ’04, was a first generation student and credits her experience at Holy Names University for helping her begin a “whole new road” in life. above Helen Raines-Austin ’04 participates in the 2010 Alumni Career Mixer with current HNU students.




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Homecoming 2009
ver 180 HNU Alumni from as far as New York State and Peru returned to HNU to celebrate Homecoming 2009. The 36th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, held on Friday, October 9th, opened Homecoming weekend by honoring the achievements of outstanding HNU alumni. This year’s award ceremony parted from previous productions by featuring a video salute to Special Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Carol Sellman, SNJM BA ’69, MA ’78. The night’s honorees also included: Faculty Award recipient Dr. Miriam Daniel Fahey, SNJM ’48, Alumni Recognition Award recipient Nga Do ’98, Alumni Recognition Award recipient Rita Ruderman BSN ’98 MSN ’01, Alumni Recognition Award recipients The Class of 1951. Homecoming festivities continued early on Saturday, October 10th with alumni gathering in Founders’ Hall to reminisce in the company of old friends before starting the day’s events. Alumni were treated to morning tours of the new J. M. Long Foundation Lounge in Brennan Hall before congregating in McLean Chapel for Homecoming Mass. For many, Homecoming Mass was the first opportunity for alumni and friends of the University to worship in the newly renovated McLean Chapel. Following Mass, the festivities continued with the traditional Champagne and Strawberries Reception. The day’s festivities concluded with the All Alumni Luncheon where the Alumni Executive Board led a special tribute to the Class of ’59 and their 50th anniversary celebration by distributing to each ’59 class member a commemorative 50th Anniversary pin.

Class of 1959
Back Row, L to R Arlene Rhine, Joan Pallotta Petruzelli, Pat O’Brien Roemer, Eleanor Dobbins Schooley, Kathleen Valerio Chinchiols, Carolyn Hand Tamony, Pat Hayes Wiegmann, Anne Sanchez Fleming, Carol Hubert, Helen Kramm Camacho, Sharon Basliani Levaggi, Leonora Gillard Sleeter, Sister Genie Rohner, Gerri O’Malley, Mary Jane Britton Muslin and Arlette Manders. Front Row- sitting- L to R Narine Pene Keeley, Dolores Ghilarducci Murphy, Carolyn Gelhaus Martinez, Geanne Mulgrew, Dolores Robinson DePaoli, Penny Gancos Fite, Barabara Hayes Schmitz.


Class of 1949
Back Row, L to R Catherine Muns McCormick, Billie Jean McElroy Durst, Janet Hilken Sullivan.

Class Of 1969
Front Row, L to R Gail Priestley, Laura Mendes Moore, Niki Yoshinaga, Carol Costa Mahoney Second Row, L to R Gaytha Hopgood McPherson, Margaret Kelly Vinson, Agnes Bray Freeman Simon Third Row, L to R Kathleen Kasivouski Lovel, Karen Scopazi Raccanello, Carol Solis Fourth Row, L to R Annett Franz Sheehy, Mary Ann Dunn Piskeea, Chris Bottarini Ramezzano, Anna Cardinalli, Dorthoy Letcher Beatty Fifth Row, L to R Katie Devereux, Trudie Mathiesen, Marylyn Farber Padley Sixth Row, L to R Sussan Kellogg Kriste, Irene Bergamini.


Class of 1979
Back Row, L to R Rita Bedoya Shue, Anna Miranda Front Row, L to R Rosa Linda Tejada, Barbara Prack, Judith Ann Lutenske.

Class of 1964
Top Row Bernice (Deal) Rowe, Carole (Cruz) Jobe, Kathy (Marcone) Carrasco, Linda (Ramezzano) Story, Barbara (Schuster) Dale, Elaine (Gonsalves) Johnson, Monica (Klimas) Peiffer, Anne (Haviland) Ruona 6th Row Judy (Botelho) Cain, Michael (Powel) Call, Linda Orrick SNJM 5th Row Kathy (Barry) Galli, Jerry (Williamson) Martinez, Elaine (Cislini) Benoit, Ellen (Murphy) Oicles, Carol Fleitz SNJM 4th Row Linda (Dutch Schultz) Petri, Carol Nicklas SNJM, Melanie (Melewicz) Blaha 3rd Row Dolores Barling SNJM, Jean (Perry) Rubin, Pat (Lundy) Wipf, Trish (McLoughlin) McMahon, Carol (Zamora) Small 2nd Row Kathy (Cummings) Jordan, Joyce (Ramacciotti) Quinn, Lynda (Oggie Ogburn) Cadman, Katie Gray, Kathy (Faherty) Recupero, Bonnie Corrie Bottom Row Bea (Auza) Moore, Pat Taormino, Kathy (Kusters) Herrington, Claire (Dovichi) Simi, Linda (Bellini) Howson, Alica (Graham) Jones, Grayce Ross SNJM 14 LIBERATING MINDS • TRANSFORMING LIVES • SINCE 1868


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Class of 1974
L to R Janis Chew Jang, Barry Costa, Linda J. Serdahl, Dolores L. Bielle (Orr), Marilyn Finch ÜÇok

Class of 1954
Back Row, L to R Marianne McLoughlin, Dorinne Ricci, Pat Ham, Rosemarie Facchini Front Row, L to R Nancy Moran Buckley, Maxine Garin Thayer, Angela Musco Putkey

Holy Names University 2010 Alumni Awards
Make your nomination today!
2010 Nomination Form
The Holy Names University Alumni Association recognizes exceptional faculty and alumni on an annual basis. Faculty are recognized for outstanding service to the University. Alumni are recognized for outstanding achievement in a profession, exceptional service to the Church or the community, or outstanding volunteer service to the Alumni Association and the University. Please nominate a deserving professor or member of the Alumni Association in recognition of his/her service, dedication and achievements. You may make copies of this form to fax or mail to the Alumni Association. Thank you.
My Name Address City/State/Zip Code Phone Name of Nominee E-mail





Please prepare a statement or attach the following: • A listing of the nominee’s outstanding contributions or achievements • Professional and/or volunteer activities and recognition • Letters of support


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Fax to: (510) 436-1233 Mail to: Alumni Relations, HNU, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619 E-mail to: alumni@hnu.edu

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HNU Launches New Tradition: Nurse Alumni Reunion 2010


he Alumni Relations Office hosted its first Nurse Alumni Reunion on Saturday, March 27th, launching a new HNU tradition for years to come. The returning alumni could not have asked for a more beautiful day to visit with their alma mater. With the spring sun and blue sky lightly coating the Oakland Hills, the festive event kicked off with HNU’s traditional Champagne & Strawberries reception. Over 50 nurse alumni, representing graduates from the past three decades attended the one of kind event. Following introductory remarks in which Sr. Rosemarie, President of Holy Names University, welcomed home the participants, attendees enjoyed an early afternoon luncheon in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts’ Studio Theater.  During the luncheon, Dr. Fay L. Bower, Chair of the HNU Nursing Department, gave an in-depth update on the HNU Nursing Program.  In her presentation, Dr. Bower reviewed HNU’s current nursing programs including the RN to

BSN program and the Masters in Nursing program with four focus options.  Dr. Bower also highlighted the success of HNU’s 2+2 RN program in which students complete their general education requirements at HNU prior to moving on to Samuel Merritt University to receive their BSN degree.  HNU is currently in the process of seeking approval from the Academic Senate for two new nursing programs: a duel graduate degree program in Nursing/Forensic Psychology and a LVN to BSN undergraduate program. Dr. Marcia Canton gave an interactive presentation on the Center for the Third Age. Dr. Canton is currently the HNU Nursing Academic Advisor and a Professor Emeritus from San Jose State University. Referencing Dr. Bower’s recent publication, Why Retire? Career Strategies for Third Age Nurses, Dr. Canton delivered a lively presentation that encouraged nurse alumni to explore and openly discuss their future interests and career strategies for retirement and before. Dr. Bower concluded the presentation by encouraging the attendees to continue to pursue nursing education opportunities and to have fun exploring the diversity of career options nursing offers.
Participating Nurse Alumni gathered in the Valley Center for Performing Arts for a group photo.

Reaching Out to Regional Alumni
NU alumni live and work across the United States and around the world. For many alumni, frequent trips to visit and actively participant in the University community are not possible. The Alumni Association with the assistance of Trustee Steven Borg ’86 and Sr. Maureen Hester, SNJM ’64, recently launched regional alumni gathering efforts in Oregon and Southern California. Both events provided an opportunity for distant alumni to celebrate their HNU pride while receiving the latest HNU updates. On September 17th, 2009, Sr. Maureen Hester, SNJM ‘64 met with Penny Hunter-Geraci ’78, Marjorie A. Cannon ’70, Barbara Prack Benson ‘79 and Joe O’Neill ’07 for an Oregon Alumni Gathering on the Marylhurst University campus outside of Portland. Though the participants’ graduation years ranged between 1970 and 2007, the group fondly shared memories of their interactions with Dr. Sheila Gibson from the CORE program and Sr. Irene Woodward. One surprise came when Penny Hunter-Geraci brought out a “penny” postcard sent to her by Sr. Maureen congratulating her success in statistics. The recent Oregon Alumni Gathering was a joyous occasion, providing the early beginnings of an Oregon based alumni network for future gathering opportunities. On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, HNU Trustee Steven Borg ‘86 met with Stephanie V. Enright ’47, Judy E. Nguyen ’99, Karin


Navar McDonald ’99, Heather Hodge ’92 and Mary L. Dawe ’75 for HNU’s Southern California Alumni Cocktail Reception at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach. The event was a wonderful opportunity for Southern California Alumni to interact with an HNU Trustee and to receive HNU community news while enjoying specialty cocktails and breathtaking views of Newport Harbor. In addition to discussing HNU happenings, the group expressed interest in coming together for future alumni gathering efforts throughout the Southern California region. If you live in a region beyond the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to participate in existing Regional Alumni Gathering efforts in Portland or Southern California, or would like to launch an effort in your area, we invite you to contact the Alumni Relations Office at (510) 436-1240 or alumni@hnu.edu.
Oregon Alumni Gathering attendees from left to right: Joe O’Neill, Sr. Maureen Hester, SNJM ’64, Barbara Prack Benson, Marjorie A. Cannon and Penny Hunter-Geraci

Kennedy Parish Scholarship Winner

Were you a Kennedy Parish Scholarship winner? Do you remember one? Sister Maureen Hester, Professor Emerita, Psychology, and Michelle Myers ’10, recipient of the Kennedy Parish Scholarship, want to identify past Kennedy Parish Scholars to form a Society of Kennedy Parish Scholars whose purpose is to honor their past success and to encourage present and future psychology majors. If you are or can remember a Kennedy Parish Scholar in your class, please contact John McCoy, Alumni Director at mccoy@hnu.edu.

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Connecting Science and Civic Engagement: HNU Professor Launches SENCER Project
Since joining SENCER’s western leadership council in 2008, Dr. Smith has integrated SENCER models into her Introductory Biology and Environmental Studies courses at HNU. Focusing on local water issues, Dr. Smith and her students explore the threat of toxins such as pyrethroids and other insecticides on local watersheds throughout the Oakland area. In particular, Dr. Smith’s curriculum provides opportunities for students to directly contribute to creek restoration and preservation efforts of local environmental organizations like The Friends of Sausal Creek (Sausal Creek begins in the Oakland Hills and runs through Oakland). Students receive instruction on how to design environmental projects that align with The Friends of Sausal Creek’s mission and participate in river clean-up days to collect and analyze data on the human impact to the creek and the greater environment. According to Dr. Smith, implementing SENCER at HNU is about “applying the science of learning to the learning of science. It’s an effort to make science meaningful to students by getting them involved with it and to engage with the community as scientists in an authentic and significant way.” Dr. Smith’s leadership in spearheading the integration of SENCER into the HNU science curriculum complements and reinforces the University’s commitment to engendering a sense of leadership and civic engagement in all students. By participating in the program, students learn how to use science to help their local community and are empowered to take on active roles in educating and establishing polices to reduce waste and promote recycling. “My biggest reward has been making the curriculum relevant for students. The students really get excited about learning when they know that they are making a difference” said Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith is a tenured Professor of Biological Science at Holy Names University. She recently completed and published an article, “The Problem of Revealing How Students Think: Concept Inventories and Beyond”, in CBE-Life Science Education.

r. Julia Smith, HNU Professor of Biological Science, serves on the leadership council for the SENCER Center for InnovationWest - Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), a national initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Launched in 2001, SENCER aims to get more students interested in “stem disciplines” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by encouraging university faculty to create science curriculum that addresses real world issues such as HIV/AIDS, the threat toxins pose to the environment and the relationship between obesity and diabetes in America. Students that participant in SENCER-related projects at HNU and universities across the nation participate in hands-on learning experiences such as the opportunity to contribute to local and national research by taking an active role in data collection and data analysis. SENCER helps students to achieve the connection between science and other studies by strengthening “students’ understanding of science and their capacity for responsible work and citizenship” said Dr. Smith.


HNU Professor Reads New Book at Campus Book Signing Event
n Thursday, February 11th, 2010, HNU community members participated in the University’s first “book signing” event in Cushing Library. Jointly hosted by the Library and the campus bookstore, the event featured Dr. Dan Schmidt, HNU Professor of English, reading from his latest book Houndini and Other Tales. Those present enjoyed wine, cheese and laughter as Professor Schmidt shared true-life stories about a beagle who regularly outsmarted his owner.


Described by Sr. Rosemarie, President of Holy Names University, as “humorous, entertaining, creative and clever in literary expression”, Dr. Schmidt’s collection of “true stories about people, places, pets, and off-road vehicles” was both an enlightening and fun experience for the campus community. As an added treat, Dr. Schmidt also provided a preview from his forthcoming work which includes a poem cycle featuring a bacon theme. Following the reading, attendees had the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Houndini and Other Tales. Copies of Houndini and Other Tales are currently available in the HNU bookstore.
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HNU Dedicates the Y&H Soda Foundation Student Center Wing, the Joyce and Rodger Dobbel Academic Wing and the HEDCO Technology Support Center
ver one hundred alumni, university friends, students, faculty and staff gathered at the J.M. Long Foundation Student Lounge for the official blessing and dedication of the new facility on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Located on the first floor of Brennan Hall, the new Student Center has revitalized the campus community. The dedication ceremony was an auspicious occasion and featured a brief program in which Sr. Rosemarie and attending luminaries, including Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ronald V. Rosequist, and Vice Chair of the Board, Jim P. Kelly, commented on the importance of the new Center to the University’s mission to develop transformative leaders within a supportive and rigorous academic environment. During the ceremony, Jim Kelly recognized the contributions of the Board of Trustees and Regents, commenting “you helped us to do it all and in the end we got more then we could ever imagine, thank you.” The Board of Trustee and Regents contributed one third of the funding for the new Center. The capital campaign to renew the first floor of Brennan Hall started in the spring of 2008. Thanks to the generosity of loyal alumni, donors and friends, HNU raised over $1.8 million towards funding the transformative project. Construction of the news space began immediately after spring 2009 commencement and transformed the hall into a 15,800 square-foot, full service Student Center with upgraded classrooms, faculty offices, wireless lounge space and the new HEDCO Technology Support Center. “The newly designed first floor provides a dynamic 21st century environment experience. It has deepened our students’ enthusiasm and pride in their university as well as their expectations of what is to come” said Sr. Rosemarie. The new Center’s combination of






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academic areas and student services such as the Learning and Tutoring Center, Career and Health Center and the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning ensures that all HNU students benefit from resources that are essential to their success and empowerment. A major component of the new space is the HEDCO Technology Support Center (TSC). The TSC has transformed the campus technology environment by providing space for multi-platform technology while also consolidating campus computer services and furthering students’ access to mobile computer technology. On behalf of HNU students, student body Vice President, Anitra McCain ’12, expressed her appreciation for the new Center and summarized the many ways HNU students are embracing the new space. “Now that Brennan is fully renovated, a curiosity has been sparked in the students to really take advantage of the services offered in the new facility. The Soda Foundation Wing has given students a new found air of confidence. It has offered us a competitive and modern environment. The Joyce and Rodger Dobbel Academic Wing has been enhanced with built in projectors and new classroom furniture. By simply plugging our personal laptops into the Smart Board, we can share relevant discussion findings from the internet for the rest of our peers to see. The J.M. Long Foundation Lounge is full of life. There has been an increase in club meetings, group discussions, and events held in the Student Lounge. Interaction between Resident Life Students, Commuter Students and Adult Students is an increasing norm.” Anitra concluded her speech by commenting with sincere gratitude that support from HNU donors transformed Brennan Hall from a “diamond in the rough and given it a chance to shine and for that, we students thank you!” Rev. Paul R. Vassar concluded the dedication ceremony by leading the blessing of the new facility. Prior to the formal program, attendees enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres and had the opportunity to tour the new facility. Thank you to all the generous donors and HNU friends and community members that contributed and helped to make the new Student Center a reality for the HNU community.


1 L to R Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ronald V. Rosequist, JD, Rosaleen Kelly ’55 and husband Jim P. Kelly, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 2 L to R Trustee Loretta Smith ’87, President Nassif, and Trustee Nikki Maziasz ’01. 3 L to R Trustee Steve Borg ’86, MA, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustee, Jim P. Kelly and Rosaleen Kelly ’55, and HEDCO Foundation Executive Director, Derek Jernstedt 4 Anitra McCain ’12, student body Vice President. 5 L to R Rev. Paul R. Vassar and Sr. Carol Sellman, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness. 6 Demonstrations at the new HEDCO Technology Support Center.






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Class Notes
Antoinette A. Chavis continues to work for Prozyme, a Hayward based manufacturer of specialty proteins and enzymes for diagnostics and research applications. Evelyn Eligio welcomed a new member to her family. Evan Santino Torres was bored on January 21st, 2010. Evan weighted 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21” long.

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family. They now have six delightful, energetic grandchildren ages 1-14. In June, Rosemary was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church and she is also on staff at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX in pastoral care and outreach ministry.

Rita Caulfield, SNJM August 22, 2009 Marta Mormorunni Kramer (former faculty) August 24, 2009 John Frei, Sr. (husband of Elizabeth McCrory Frei ’51) September 14, 2009 May G. Begovich ‘29 September 17, 2009 Irvin Koop (father of Stuart Koop, staff) September 30, 2009 Art Vargas (husband of Jeanne, former staff ) October 9, 2009 Mary Eleanor McGloin, PBVM, MA ‘70 October 14, 2009 Mary Bruder Smith ’42 (mother of Barbara Smith Cravalho ’66) October 20, 2009 Mary Gene Heller, SNJM October 28, 2009 Mary Brearcliff (mother of Andrea Brearcliffe Bryant ’60) November 1, 2009 Monica Klimas Peiffer ‘64 November 3, 2009 Tommy Lawscha (father of Candice Cummings, staff) November 3, 2009 Georgianna Donnelly ‘71 November 12, 2009 Paul C. Siefke (father of Liz Siefke ’12) November 12, 2009 Helen ‘Penny’ Gancos Fite ‘59 November 14, 2009 Joseph Moura (husband of Sheila Moura ’51, great uncle of Jennifer Perkins ’08 , Admissions staff ) November 15, 2009 Frances Franey, SNJM ’61 (Maria Anna) November 17, 2009 Lillian Marie Filippa Sullivan ‘43 November 21, 2009 Louise Malloy (mother of Sheila Malloy ’67) December 9, 2009 Angelo Colapietro (father of Sr. Annamarie Therese Colapietro, snjm ’69) December 12, 2009 Thomas Wrin (husband of Regina M. Wrin ’50) December 13th, 2009 Anette Jacqueline Blanquie Moran ‘47 December 15, 2009 Teresa Agnes Casarotti Brusher ‘43 December 24, 2009 Catherine Johnson Eames ‘43 December 29, 2009 Gilbert Ramirez (brother of Irene Neumeister ’10) January 2010 Jeanne Virginia Heinisch, SNJM ’62 (Mary of Nazareth) January 3, 2010 Phillip D. Quittman (husband of Mary Ann Bareilles Quittman, ‘55) January 8, 2010 Alberta Peixoto Perfumo ‘43 January 9, 2010 Pat Brown Forgatsch ‘66 January 24, 2010 Dale Larkin (father of Daleen Larkin ’70, SNJM) January 13th, 2010 Jack Harrison (husband of Beverly Nixon Harrison ’69) January 27, 2010 Patrick Underwood (son of Marion Marshall, Asst. Professor, Ed. Dept.) January 31, 2010 Mary McCarthy (grandmother of Tim Hart, staff) February 2, 2010 Robert Theren (father of Maria Theren, staff) February 6, 2010 Roberta Frances Fleitz ’69 (daughter of Virginia Dowling Fleitz ’39; sister of Carol Fleitz, SNJM ‘64, Janice Fleitz Steinkamp ’90 Cred,.; niece of Margaret Fleitz Mercer ’35, Mary Christine Fleitz, SNJM ’38, Gemma Sullivan Fleitz ’38.) Rita McWalters Schneider ‘44 February 13, 2010 Theresa Rose Valerga, SNJM ‘52 February 22, 2010 Judy Rinek, SNJM ‘65 March 23, 2010

Lorna M. Vierra MA retired from Alameda County Social Service after 26 years.

Beverly Lauderdale ’96 recently released her latest novel, In Franklin’s House. Published by Oak Tree Press, the novel is being billed as a paranormal story; Kate, the protagonist, believes that a poetry-writing ghost inhabits her northern California home.

Kathleen Gallagher Dunlap attended a Navy reunion for the Londondury, N.I. alumni in Charleston, SC in September 2009.

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Maureen Sheridan Scott now has three grandsons.

Nancy A. Roell is currently working at San Antonio College in a dropout recovery program. She has 15 grandchildren, two of which are in college.

Anne Dunlap-Kahren is the new Kappa Gamma Pi News Editor. Starting with the November 2009 issue, Anne assumed full editorial responsibilities for KGP News. Gloria Seward became a Licensed Teacher/ Counselor. A special licensing ceremony was held in her honor on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. Kathy Donovan Perez will be a featured presenter at the New Zeland-International Congress of Reading in July 2010. Kathy recently returned from visiting Singapore and Bali where she presented to over 1500 teachers and parents. While in Singapore, Kathy also visited Nathalia Lie Hwang ’72.

Barbara A. DePaoli and husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2009. The couple spent a week in a beach house at Aptos with their 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and extended family members. Shirley M. Cooper enjoyed a wonderful trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in October and November of 2009. Throughout her journey, Shirley met many interesting people. Her favorite place was Christchurch, New Zealand. Joanne Sciaroni continues to enjoy her two grandchildren, Aurelie, age 9, and Massimo, age 7. Since the death of her husband, Rinaldo, her grandchildren have keep the family busy dealing with the tooth fairy, and grades 1 and 3, as well as soccer, volleyball, karate, homework, and many school events at Saint Vincent de Paul School. Dorothy J. Martin celebrated her 90th birthday on February 7, 2010.

Marilyn Finch Ucok and husband Hikmet Ucok repatriated to Moorpark, California from Bangkok, Thailand. Hikmet recently received a gold watch for 30 years of service with Chevron Corp., and Marilyn works as a speech-language pathologist for Moorpark Unified School District.  Daughters Ayla-Louise (age 20) and Ayhan Marie (19) attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.  Grandma, at age 95, continues to hold down the family “fort” in nearby Camarillo. Susan F. Schnieders retired in June 2009 from Torrance Unified School District after 19 years in College Counseling. Susan is enjoying spending time with her four grandsons and children in New York, Walnut Creek and Manhattan Beach. Janice Ornellas was recently appointed Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at California State University East Bay. Judy Goff Roveda was inducted into Alameda County’s Women Hall of Fame in April 2009. Judy has spent decades of her life fighting for workers rights. Judy was statewide President of SEIU Local 535, and became the first woman to lead a major labor council in California when, in 1983, she became President of the Alameda County Labor Council. Under her leadership, the Council fought successfully for passage of living wage ordinances in several East Bay cities and the Port of Oakland. She also co-sponsored the Labor Project for Working Families, which lead to passage of Paid Family Leave in California in 2002.


Catherine Arnoldy, SNDdeN, January 16, 2010 Marie H. Castellanos Lyen ‘62 January 31, 2009 Elinor Mayon Choos ‘26 February 5, 2009 John Kent Davis (husband of Susan Galasso Davis ’64) February 9, 2010 Gil Bakke (husband of Tammy Cotter Bakke ’65) February 2010 Elizabeth H. Ashley (former staff) March 31, 2009 Marty Loquvam (friend) April 21, 2009 Rozema L. Summers ‘90 April 22, 2009 Robert Foley (friend) May 16, 2009 Joan Scanlon (friend) May 29, 2009 John Tunney (husband of Bette J. Tunney ’43) June 2009 John Jogopulos (father of Patricia Jogopulos ’74) July 2009 Marijo Page Robinson ’62 July 14, 2009 Harry Gomes (husband of Angie, former staff, and friend) July 20, 2009 George Martin Ahern (friend) July 20, 2009 Marcelus A. Decoulode ( father of Amanda Jean Decoulode ’12 and friend ) July 27, 2009 Constance Ryan Stefani ‘57 August 8, 2009 Marie Yvonne Armstrong, OP MA ‘75 August 13, 2009 Patricia Wong Young ‘70 August 15, 2009 Carol Anne Reilly ‘62 August 21, 2009

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Tenure of Refoundation, Legacy of Leadership:
President Nassif has transformed Holy Names University, from academic programs to new facilities to the University’s national outlook and reputation. Known for her energy and enthusiasm, her inspirational leadership empowered the University to meet multiple challenges and established a synergy of forward momentum for years to come. To express our gratitude and appreciation, we invited members of the Holy Names University community to reflect on President Nassif’s transformative legacy.
“As a Sister of the Holy Names, I have been especially grateful for the whole-hearted enthusiasm with which Sister Rosemarie has fully embraced the history, the spirit, and the charism of our community.  She has been our greatest “cheerleader”. She has taken full advantage of every major event to remind us of the mission that unites us and sends our students and all of us into the wider community to make a difference that transforms lives.”
Cynthia Canning, SNJM ’68, Trustee

Reflections on a Presidency

“Sr. Rosemarie resuscitated Holy Names University into a viable and productive university with the largest enrollment in its history. Under Sr. Rosemarie’s leadership, we now have a State-of-the-Art computer center, a large and well staffed student service center, newly renovated science labs and the most diverse student body in the West.”
Dr. Fay L. Bower, Chair of the Nursing Department

“In my 36 years of working, I never experienced anyone that demanded perfection as much as Sister Rosemarie. She totally immersed herself in each and every project she was involved with. Everything had to be the Perfect Solution.”
Vicki Tom, President’s Executive Assistant

“Sister Rosemarie’s tenure has been remarkable in many ways. Achieving a ten year accreditation, financial stability, increasing enrollment, market responsive curriculum and $7 million renovations are among those achievements. She gathered an effective group of Vice Presidents to help create a vision and undertake the necessary action to implement it. As a Trustee , I enjoy seeing the positive impact our University has, with Rosemarie’s leadership, on a very diverse group of talented students. As a person, I am blessed to have her as a friend.”
Ronald V. Rosequist, JD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

“In my nine years at Holy Names University, I’ve seen Sr. Rosemarie’s determination, intelligence, and commitments to the SNJM Mission propel the University to new heights. The energy Sr. Rosemarie brought to campus along with her ‘winning attitude’ has been contagious. During her Presidency, we’ve seen record enrollments and experienced a new vibrancy that was much needed. Sr. Rosemarie has been a mentor of mine, an inspiration to the community and will always be part of the Holy Names University family. We will miss her!”
Murad Dibbini, Dean of Enrollment Services

“Sr. Rosemarie’s enthusiasm has inspired all HNU students to be the best version of themselves they can be. She epitomized the role of a university President and was always a passionate advocate for the best interest of students. I personally will never forget spending spring break building homes with Sr. Rosemarie. To simply say that she was “ hands on” would not do her contributions to the worksite nor the dynamics of the trip justice. She is, in a word, extraordinary”
Jonathan Allen ‘10

“Sr. Rosemarie has truly been a transformative leader. Her leadership over the past 10 years revitalized and strengthened the University. I am grateful and proud of Sr. Rosemarie’s accomplishments during her tenure. She has given current and future alumni a lasting gift – a University that now stands firm and positioned for an exciting new chapter.
Julie N. Echaniz ’75, President of the Alumni Executive Board.




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Office of Institutional Advancement 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619-1699 510-436-1240 www.hnu.edu

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Holy Names University

Frieda Mary Nassif Scholarship
Join the HNU community in honoring Sister Rosemarie’s retirement
and legacy of leadership by making a contribution to the Frieda Mary Nassif Scholarship. Established in honor of Sr. Rosemarie’s mother, the scholarship will be awarded to deserving undergraduate students.
To make a donation: call (510) 436-1240 or email: alumni@hnu.edu

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