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President William J. Hynes reflects on his first 45 days

Pre sident’s Me ssage

William J. Hynes, Ph.D. – President

very fall, new Holy Names University students assemble for the “Rite of Passage” in the Corrigan Courtyard. The name of each new student is written in colored chalk on the two staircases. With family members, faculty, and staff lining the two sides of the south staircase, the new students climb the 105 steps to the top where they are greeted, welcomed, and blessed by the President.
What is a rite of passage? It is a ritual that enables people to move from one state in life to another. Rites of passage help both individuals, who move through these changes, and the communities, in which these changes happen, absorb the significance of these changes. On March 16, 2011, Holy Names University community will experience another rite of passage, the inauguration of the 17th President of Holy Names University. On that day our Board of Trustees will formally invest me with the title, symbols and seal of the University. I am thrilled to add my energy, talents, and skills to help Holy Names University continue to fulfill its mission. I am honored to succeed Sr. Rosemarie Nassif SSND, President Emerita, who transformed Holy Names University into the major force that it is today. From the first time I stepped on this campus in the 1990s until now, I have been tremendously impressed by this community’s commitment to diversity, social justice, and radical hospitality. This past spring, I felt the depth of this commitment when I met the search committee. This deepened when I came to campus as a finalist. As one who has tried to live these same values as a teacher and administrator, being here feels like coming home. With God’s blessing and your support, I know that together we can take Holy Names University to its next level of excellence.


William J. Hynes, Ph.D. President

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President Hynes Leads “Rite of Passage” Ceremony
In his first public appearance, President Hynes leads HNU’s annual orientation weekend ceremony.

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 between 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 nor polices of Holy Names University. Comments for the editor may be sent via email to: alumni@hnu.edu Or in writing to: Holy Names University Attn: Alumni Relations 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619

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P resident Hynes First 45 Days
Dr. William J. Hynes reflects on his first 45 days in office and the priorities of his presidency.

2 Campus News 4 Student News 7 Faculty News 8 Main Feature 10 Hawk Sports Center 12 Alumni News 16 Fundraising News 18 SNJM News 19 Class Notes 20 In Memoriam 21 Last Word
On the Cover
President Hynes with Anitra McCain, President of the Associated Students of Holy Names, and Riley Tang, Men’s Volleyball Graduate Assistant. Cover photo by: Stephen Woo, husband of Theresa Rush Woo ’85 www.swoo.com

Update your contact information online at: www.hnu.edu/alumni/alumniUpdateForm.html University Officers Dr. William J. Hynes, 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 N. 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 Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President for Institutional Advancement editOr John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations cOntriBUting Writers Jennell Jimenez ‘11 John R. McCoy Michael Mosby ’88 Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing/PR design And PrOdUctiOn Maria Theren, Graphic Designer

Golf Team Best in History
The Hawks completed their most impressive season to date, garnering a 5th place NAIA ranking and two All American honors.

12 Alumni Spotlight:

Reflections on life after graduation
The journey to the top began at HNU for veteran video game designer, Mike Stout ’01.


In Memoriam: Neil W. McDaniel, Trustee Emeritus
The HNU community bids farewell to one of its greatest ambassadors.

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C aMPus news

President Hynes Leads “Rite of Passage” Ceremony
Ashley Bruce ’12, Jillian Godfrey ’11 and Anjelica Zeno ‘12 prepare for the “Rite of Passage” ceremony by inscribing the names of entering students’ on the iconic HNU steps. (Below) President Hynes talks with new and returning students during orientation festivities.

President Hynes pointed out that students of HNU will experience “radical hospitality.” He explained that in HNU’s eyes each student is the most important person in the world. This perspective comes from the rich The 105 stairs at the center of the campus are at the Catholic tradition and the heart of this traditional ceremony. The day before, up- founding spirit of the Sisters per classmen inscribe each entering students’ names in of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. pastel chalk on the iconic HNU steps. When the official President Hynes implored the students to embrace this time “Rite of Passage” begins, the parents, family and friends in their lives by asking questions in the pursuit of knowlof the incoming students along with HNU faculty and edge and advised each student who may be embarrassed to staff, gather on both sides of the steps. The entering stu- ask questions to say, “I have the President’s permission.” dents begin at the bottom of the stairs and with each In his closing remarks, President Hynes challenged stustep along their journey to the top they see their names dents, after they graduate, to help others set their sights written on the steps and are welcomed to HNU with beyond narrow horizons, stating “You are being empowcheers and applause from family, friends and staff. ered to make it a better and more just world during your as President of Holy Names University, Dr. William J. Hynes led incoming students through “The Rite of Passage” ceremony on Saturday, August 21. The Rite of Passage Ceremony, an annual orientation activity, symbolizes the beginning of entering students’ educational journey by climbing HNU’s iconic steps from the bottom of campus to the top. In his official welcome to the entering students, journey at Holy Names University.”


n his first public appearance

HNU Summer Institutes
Over 45 teachers and musicians participated in the 2010 Kodály Summer Institute.

and the 14th Annual Sophia Center Summer Institute. Participants from across the country and from as far as Poland and Japan converged upon the HNU campus to embrace the learning opportunities offered by each of the institutes. The Kodály Center for Music Education offers training and resources for teachers, conductors, parents, and others interested in the musical development of children. Held from July 12–13, The Kodály Summer Institute attracted over 45 teachers and musicians. Judit Hartyányi, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary returned once again to conduct the HNU Kodály Institute Choir and teach the advanced levels of musicianship and conducting. One of the highlights of this year’s institute was the preparation and performance of compositions by HNU Music Faculty members for the concert on July 30th. Pieces performed by the larger Institute Choir included “Hark all ye lovely saints” by Thomas Weelkes, “For true love” by Péter Tóth, “The Three Kings” by Healey Willan and “A Christmas Carol” by Zoltán Kodály. From July 15–20th, participants in the Sophia Center’s Summer Institute engaged in interactive workshops and dialogues that explored the work of Thomas Berry, the preeminent ecological thinker, across such areas as the relationship between social justice and the new cosmology. The Sophia Center’s spirituality program is intended to integrate a variety of elements, including social justice, ecological awareness and one’s spiritual expression.


ummer 2010 welcomed the return of two HNU traditions: The 42nd Annual Kodály Summer Institute

“I was delighted by the level of participation from the attendees and excited by the multiple conversations about social justice, peace and the environment that the Institute helped to initiate. It is a joy to know that our center is helping to fuel enlightenment and peace through our programming” stated Jim Conlon, Director of the Sophia Center. The work from the 2010 summer institutes will continue into the current academic year. Both institutes have already established dates for their 2011 summer programs. The 2011 Sophia Summer Institute will be held from July 14–17, 2011(visit www.hnu.edu/sophia for more information). The 2011 Kodály Summer Institute will be held from July 11–19 (visit www.hnu.edu/kodaly for more information).

student news

An HNU Student’s Summer Abroad

International Summer Adventure:


ith each passing day the world becomes

a little bit smaller due to advances in communication and the growing globalization of commerce. In response, university officials from across the country, including right here at HNU, are increasingly encouraging students to pursue international study opportunities. The annual winter Global Immersion Trip to either Oaxaca, Mexico or El Salvador is one of the most popular study abroad experiences at HNU. The 10-day immersion trip provides students with an invaluable crosscultural adventure that prepares them for the global marketplace. The program is linked to HNU’s Religious Studies and Latin American Studies program as a means to integrate substantive academic material that explores

the history, culture and religious perspective of the chosen destination. According to Martivon Gallindo, Professor of Latin American Studies, “the January study trips are very popular because they don’t have the commitment for an entire semester. But I really encourage the students to go for a semester because then they have the full experience of being on their own and knowing another culture, getting to know another way of life to compare their lives in the United States.” After traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico with the HNU Global Immersion program in January 2010, Jennell Maria Jimenez ’11, an HNU senior majoring in Business Marketing and Management, was inspired to pursue study-



ing abroad on her own. Jennell spent this past summer abroad at the University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The immersion class at HNU sparked within me a passion, love and desire to learn and embrace my Hispanic culture. When I went to Oaxaca in January, I went with an open mind and experienced firsthand how rich the Latin American culture and communities are.”

“I am thankful to attend a University that truly empowers you to pursue your passion and provides the necessary tools for you to explore the world.”
While in Guadalajara, Jennell participated in a five week long program with students from all over the world. “I had the opportunity to explore the city of Guadalajara, its amazing architecture, Cathedrals, museums, and art galleries. I was totally immersed in the culture which helped to improve my Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation; I got a jump start on learning Spanish for the years to come.” The benefits students receive from studying abroad are endless. In a globalized world, studying abroad is a valuable experience for future employment and is a wonderful opportunity for students to receive exposure to a wide diversity of cultures,

thoughts and opinions. After spending time abroad, Jennell has become a strong advocate for encouraging all students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities offered at HNU. “Overall my study abroad experience was absolutely amazing,” shared Jennell “No matter where a student goes, I highly recommend doing it. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and find out things about myself and others that I would have never known. I learned a lot about Latin-American culture, the Spanish language, and made new life long bonds. I am thankful to attend a University that truly empowers you to pursue your passion and provides the necessary tools for you to explore the world.”

Clockwise from top: Jennell at the ancient ruins at Guachimontones; La Minerva monument; Guadalajara Cathedral; Jose Clemente Orozco’s Mural of Hidalgo; the University of Guadalajara. Opposite page: Guadalajara Plaza, Zapopan Plaza; Jennell at her Abulita’s (Grandmother) house in Mexico.

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student news

Student-Athlete Leads Campus Blood Drive Campaign

An HNU student gives blood during the first blood drive of the academic year. Patrick Turner ’12 participated in the 2010 Red Cross/NAIA Leadership Program in Washington D.C.


his past summer, Pat-

rick Turner, HNU Junior and Men’s Basketball guard, traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in two weeks of leadership training at the Red Cross National Headquarters. The experience provided Patrick and 12 other NAIA student athletes, with a rare opportunity to acquire professional leadership training from Senior Red Cross leaders on how ment campus-wide blood drives.

the academic year. “The Bay Area is in need of donations and for us to be “The amount of units able to give back to local hospitals collected is still unknown is great,” Patrick emphasized during the first blood drive of the academic at his point, but just year on September 7th. “70 members seeing our community of the Holy Names community parcome together for this ticipated in offering to give back; the first drive was amazing.” largest amount we’ve ever had before” reported Patrick. “The amount of units collected is still unknown at this to successfully imple- point, but just seeing our community come together for this first drive was amazing.”

“The leadership training impressed upon me, and the other student-athletes, the ability we have as campus leaders to effectively reach our peers and help them to understand the importance of blood donations” said Patrick.

Patrick is currently working in conjunction with other HNU community members to plan three additional drives for the year. He is hopeful that each subsequent drive will be as successful as the first, stating “I think we can still get more members of our community to Upon returning to HNU in the fall, Patrick immedi- give. I am excited to see what happens.” ately began planning multiple campus blood drives for

FaCult y news

New HNU Faculty
HNU’s new A ssista nt Professor of Chemistry, received his Ph.D. from UC Davis. For the past 10 years he worked in research as a Senior Scientist at Exelixis, a biotechnology company. His area of expertise is medicinal chemistry with a focus on discovering new drugs to treat cancer. At HNU, he looks forward to dedicating his complete attention to pursuing his passion for teaching.

Achieving New Heights:
On May 24th, the Board of Trustees affirmed the recommendation of the Rank and Tenure Committee to promote Marion Marshall, MS, BCET to the rank of Associate Professor. Marion is Director of the Educational Therapy Program, which, due to her leadership, has gained national recognition. The committee praised Marion, stating “we are grateful for all that she has helped achieve at Holy Names in her 15-year tenure and look forward to many more years to come.”

Dr. Tze Tsang,

Updates from HNU Faculty

Chairperson and Professor of the Department of Nursing spearheaded the University’s launch of a new degree completion program for adult learners, HNU’s License Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The new program is the first in the Bay Area to provide LVN’s a path to advance their career within the health industry by earning a BSN.

Dr. Fay L. Bower,

Lecturer in Music, has been awarded a residency at The Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA that encourages writings about nature, economics and social equity. During her retreat, Gail will be working on a book about music, nature and the human spirit.

Gail Needleman,

earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2009, and holds an MA in mathematics from SFSU and an MS in physics from Caltech. As the new Assistant Professor of Mathematics, he is focusing on reviving the mathematics minor, and hopes that HNU will graduate a student with the minor at the end of the academic year.

Dr. Ian Sammis

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Fe ature story

A Bright Future Ahead: President Hynes’ First 45 Days
Ph.D. reached the 45-day mark as Holy Names University’s 17th President on September 14th. Since he assumed office on August 1st, his time has been filled with high energy, new ideas and substantive community dialogue.


Photos by Stephen Woo, husband of Theresa Rush Woo ’85

resident William J. Hynes,

A Warm Reception
As soon as he arrived on campus, President Hynes immersed himself into listening, learning and planning strategic priorities for the year ahead. He has been highly visible at a large number of events, including Orientation Weekend’s Rite of Passage Ceremony, Convocation and the Faculty Senate. He has met with members of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Board of Trustees, Regents, alumni, and donors. He held meetings with faculty and staff, participated in a three-day strategic planning retreat with senior university administrators, and met with a wide cross-section of student groups and organizations. He said, “I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the community. I feel extremely welcomed and feel people’s excitement about what we can do together.” The opportunity to explore the hopes, needs and challenges of each of the University’s stakeholders, affirmed for President Hynes the academic and administrative strengths of the University community. “I am impressed

with the density of human talent at all levels,” he shared. “I have learned that the heft of the institution, the feel of the institution, is double what it looks like on paper. There is a tremendous alignment of talent both within the institution, and in support of the institution; Holy Names University is well loved, well respected and increasingly well supported.”

Becoming Visible
Sharing the Holy Names University ethos with the greater community, the Oakland Bay Area region, and the world, is a priority for the new President. “We have an excellent mission that is distinct and vital. The challenge is that our ethos or mission is not as widely known as it deserves to be,” said President Hynes. “Today, we tend to call this ‘our brand’. Growing up I thought a brand was a hot instrument applied to the hind end of an animal. Now I see brand as the essence that arises from an institution; it is who we are. In terms of Holy Names, we are a community dedicated to the success of every one of our students. For 142 years we have been transforming human beings into leaders for tomorrow.” President Hynes advocates that strengthening the University’s existing relationship with the Oakland Bay Area community and forming new relationships is inextricably

tied to greater visibility to the University and its brand. As he sees it, “the University’s deep commitment and consistency to its core values attracts a diverse array of people

nancial and fundraising success. A firm partnership with the University community, alumni, donors, faculty, and staff is key and Hynes implores each constituency to contribute by reconnecting with the HNU of today and sharing what they believe makes HNU unique. When asked how community members can contribute, Hynes said “open your hearts, open your minds and come for a visit. Come see what we are doing today, come see our students and come to tell the ones who educated you how critically important that was. Tell us your most important memories about your times at Holy Names. Tell us about the one thing this President should never ever change. Tell us about the moral moments you remember, moments such as when the Sisters, faculty and staff stood up for social justices and human dignity, and made a difference in the community.”

President Hynes meets with his Cabinet: (left to right) Lizbeth Martin, Dav Cvitkovic, Michael Miller, President Hynes, Stuart Koop, Sr. Carol Sellman, SNJM, BA ‘69, MA ‘78.

who resonate with our core values. Our students want to be part of our community because they find that when they embrace our core values, they are empowered for success and for contributing to the common good.” Towards that end, President Hynes looks forward to telling the historic Holy Names story of civic engagement to the wider community and helping to deepen the depth and breadth of that engagement in the future.

A Bright Future Ahead
No one is more excited about the future of Holy Names University than Dr. Hynes. An avid wine connoisseur, he evokes a favored viticulturist expression, “the vines that have had to overcome the greatest challenges often give the best wine”, to describe Holy Names University. “Human faith in our mission, resilient acts of altruism, and courage to succeed in the face of formidable challenges, has produced a powerfully focused, nimble, and creative University.”

A Community in Transition

One needs only to hear of President Hynes’ record of academic and business After just 45 days on the job, achievements to know that the President’s interaction his talents are a good recipwith the community frames rocal fit to the current needs his vision for an auspicious of Holy Names University. future. “The community’s Board to right) A veteran administrator in The Executive Committee of the Hynes, of Trustees (leftCarol A. radical commitment to diAlan Hyman, President William The Honorable Catholic higher education, Corrigan ’70, JD, Ronald Rosequist, JD, Chair of the Board, versity, hospitality, and social Cynthia Canning, SNJM ’68, MA and Mary Pat LeRoy, SNJM ’68. Hynes speaks glowingly of Absent: James P. Kelly, MBA, Vice Chair of the Board and justice is phenomenal; it is Barbara E. Hood ’70, MPA. his predecessor, Sr. Rosemaone of the major advantages rie Nassif, SSND: “She has of Holy Names University.” He continued, “right now, left an amazing legacy. Holy Names University will be where we stand, there’s no better and no more important forever in her debt.” Hynes eagerly accepts the not in- place for an educational institution to be. Because we are significant challenge to harness the momentum of his part of an inspiring, energizing, empowering organizapredecessor and to achieve new levels of academic, fi- tion, with God’s help we can produce inspiring, energizing, and powerful results.”

Hawk sPorts Center

Golf Team Best in History

HNU’s 2nd and 3rd golfers to be added to the Men’s Golf All American Team, Stephan Edman (right) and Garrett True (left).

history, two HNU Hawks made the 2010 Men’s Golf All-American Team. Senior, Garrett True, and Junior, Stephen Edman, became the 2nd and 3rd HNU golfers to be added to the list of All-Americans.


or the first time in HNU’s

“This is a great day for the program,” said Greg Hutton, former Men’s Golf Coach, upon hearing the news on May 24th. “At the end of May, when the 2010 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship wrapped up, HNU finished in fifth place. Following the NAIA announcement of the fifth place ranking, the team was recognized by the Holy Names University’s Board of Trustees. True, a 2010 graduate from Corona, CA earned first-team All-American honors capping off the most successful year for an individual in HNU golf

“I’m very proud of every member of the team who contributed to our achievements this season. It has been a great year and the NAIA All-American announcement validates what this team is all about.”

history. He finished the year with a stroke average of just above 73 and earned medalist honors at the CBU Spring Break Intercollegiate. “Garrett really deserves this,” said Coach Hutton. “His work ethic, determination and self-belief are the reason he had such a great year. Garrett has set an example to follow for other members of the team.”

Edman, a junior from Canyon Lakes, CA earned second-team AllAmerican honors after battling back from a mid-season injury that sidelined him for more than a month. Edman had a stroke average of just less than 73 and earned medalist honors in multiple events. Coach Hutton emphasized, “I’m very proud of every member of the team who contributed to our achieve-


ments this season. It has been a great year and the NAIA All-American announcement validates what this team is all about.” After four successful years with the HNU Hawks, Coach Hutton bid farewell to the Golf Team at the end of July, “I will never forget the last four years at HNU. The success of the program was great, but the kids that I got to coach and the relationship that I created was what this was all about.” Coach Eric Stone, Coach Hutton’s right-hand man throughout the golf program’s journey of success, assumed the Head Golf Coach position on August 1. “Eric has been a vital part of Men’s Golf, he has worked closely with Coach Hutton to build one of the best golf programs in the country. This was a natural transition and one that will allow Men’s Golf to continue along the path of academic and athletic success that we have come to expect,” said Athletic Director Dennis Jones. A few of Coach Stone’s personal goals for the 2010-2011 season include: “finishing better than 5th at Nationals next year, and to make sure student-athletes maintain good grades.”

Three HNU Teams Honored as NAIA Scholar Teams
On July 27th, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released its Annual list of NAIA Scholar Teams. 857 teams made the list and three belong to HNU. To be considered for the Scholar Team list, the student athletes from each team must have a combined average GPA of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale. Congratulations to our 2010 NAIA Scholar Teams on their remarkable achievement

Women’s Basketball 3.03 GPA Women’s Soccer Men’s Golf 3.05 GPA 3.28 GPA

For a complete listing of athletic events visit www.hnu.edu

Senior Garrett True (left) and Junior Stephen Edman (right) were Named NAIA All-Americans.

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aluMni news

Alumni Spotlight:

Reflections on life after graduation
in 2001, Michael Stout has been making waves within the Video Game Industry. Mike recently authored a featured article for Gamasutra. com, the online version of Game Developer Magazine and is frequently referenced across the blog-sphere as a “veteran video game designer”. Because Mike’s experience truly epitomizes the amazing opportunities alumni embrace upon leaving HNU, we invited Mike to share with us his career in a brief interview. Share with us what you do? it took me more than 6 months to find a job (something that I’m sure graduates coming out into the current recession can sympathize with). I eventually ended up at Earthlink as a Phone Tech Support Agent for the graveyard shift. The job was awful. I started looking for another job, and I started thinking again of video games, a dream career I always wanted ever since I was a kid. I made a ton of applications to video game companies, but with no experience it was impossible for me to get past the interview stage. Fortunately, it turned out a family friend had worked for a game developer named Insomniac Games. Insomniac happened to be looking for testers at that point (a position I didn’t even know existed) and so I applied What led you to your current career? Were there any for, interviewed for, and got the position of Lead Tester significant moments along the way? How did you for Insomniac’s new in-house testing department. So in utilize those moments to get where you are now? 2002, I left Earthlink after only a few months, took a The year I graduated was also the year the dot-com bub- huge salary cut, moved to Burbank from Fullerton, and ble burst. For me, that meant that coming out of college started work right away. I am a Game Design Specialist for Activision Blizzard, “a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.” My job is to work with our first party (owned by Activision) and third party (non-owned independent company) game developers, give feedback, and basically do whatever is needed to help bring up the quality of our games from a Game Design perspective. The ultimate goal is to make the game fun. By writing documents, making maps, doing illustrations, working with artists and programmers, we do all that we can to make sure the player’s experience of the game is a positive one.


ince graduating

I worked my butt off and quickly rose in the ranks. On each of the following projects I managed to move up. First from tester to Junior Designer, then a Designer, then a Senior Designer, and then I was a Lead Designer. Over those 5 years we made 5 very well-received games (four “Ratchet and Clank” games for the Playstation 2 and the Playstation 3 launch title “Resistance: Fall of Man”) and with each game I made I learned more and more. I was very fortunate to start my career at Insomniac Games. In 2007 I left Insomniac for a company called Obsidian Entertainment. About 9 months after I started at Obisidian, a friend of mine called me up to offer me a position at a start-up company called Bionic Games as their Creative Director. Even though I loved working at Obisidian, the offer was just too good to refuse. I worked at Bionic Games on a game called “Spyborgs”, for the publisher Capcom. The project had a very troubled development. The hours on that project were brutal beyond belief. One time I spent 3 days straight at the office, sleeping on the couch or in a sleeping bag under my desk. We managed to get it out the door at a fairly decent quality in 2009, but pretty much everyone at the company was laid off afterwards because we could not get another project quickly enough to keep the money flowing. Because of the recession, after being laid off at Bionic in the summer of 2009, I was out of work for months. I found myself out of work in an economy that had a glut of talent available and not enough jobs to give to them all. Once again, though, I got very lucky. I applied for a position at Activision as a Game Design Specialist. They liked me very much as a candidate and so ended up hiring me as specialist in Character Action games. The job is very rewarding, and a lot of fun. I get to work with a lot of different game developers all over the place. I travel a lot and the hours are much more reasonable than they were on Spyborgs. I also get to work with a wide array of very talented people, which is a great thing for any professional. Further, I now have time for research

Young Alumni Awards:

Call for Nominations
HNU is proud to announce the creation of the Young Alumni Awards. The Young Alumni Awards recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and who have enhanced the prestige of the University by virtue of his or her character, integrity, professional accomplishments and volunteerism. We invite you join the HNU community in launching our first Annual Young Alumni Awards program by nominating a deserving alum today. Visit www.hnu.edu/ alumni to complete a Young Alumni Awards nomination form or email alumni@hnu.edu with your nomination.

and writing, which is something I’ve always been passionate about. In mid-2010 I even managed to write and have a few articles published in industry publications. People often ask me how to get a job as a game designer, and I have to tell them I don’t know. I tell them what I did, but as you can see from what I’ve written it’s been a long and winding road. I’ve had a lot of luck, good and bad, but the best advice I can give is to keep trying and work hard. It really does eventually pay off. What advice would you give HNU students and community members who are interested learning more about you, your career and the video game industry? I have a blog at www.ongamedesign.net that I update occasionally. I also have a Wikipedia page (http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stout). If you’d like to learn more about getting into the game industry, there’s a great website called www.gamecareerguide.com as well as an industry website called www. gamasutra.com where I’ve got a few articles published. Check out the features on both sites, they’re awesome.
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aluMni news

Celebrating Our Legacy
Vice President of the HNU Alumni Association, delivered an energetic speech about the importance of alumni support to the University during the 2010 Commencement Hooding Ceremonies. Below is an excerpt from his speech.


ichael Mosby ’88,

I join you this evening

Michael Mosby ’88 at the 2010 Graduation Hooding Ceremony.

at the end of a 4 week business trip. I had the unique opportunity “For your HNU story does not end this weekend. to visit the Mosby Heritage Reserve in Virginia where my It continues. You emerge from your educational ancestors toiled in slavery. As I stood on the same soil as my and spiritual incubation, strong, vibrant, ancestors stood over 150 years ago, I was overcome! Here I stood, enjoying a legacy that they neither experienced nor sparkling, and full of promise and purpose.” visualized for themselves. However, they did have a faith in God. A faith that embodied hope of a future they could only imagine, but a future they believed would come to pass. I stood there in 2010, a product of their faith. I was humbled and imbued with a responsibility to continue their work. I tell you this story as a reminder that you graduate from an institution steeped in 142 years of history and rich tradition. An institution built upon the foundation of service and the full spiritual development of the human person; an institution that continues to be faithfully dedicated to these ideals because they fuel purpose and action; an institution whose viability and further longevity are our sacred charge. You see, as I stood there in that Virginia field, I became keenly aware that I stood upon the shoulders of those that came before me. Shoulders that I did not climb upon, but was lifted and placed there by selfless, calloused, blood-stained, loving hands to do things in this moment in history that they were unable to do, but believed could come to pass. Tonight, as a family member of the HNU Alumni Association for more than 20 years, I reach and lift you upon our shoulders to perform deeds of heroics that we cannot do or fathom, but have faith that you can! On behalf of the thousands of HNU alumni, I welcome you to the next chapter of your HNU journey. For your HNU story does not end this weekend. It continues. You emerge from your educational and spiritual incubation, strong, vibrant, sparkling, and full of promise and purpose. You are also saturated with the HNU Spirit. As such, just as I am the legacy of Virginia slaves, you are the legacy of HNU!


New Alumni Executive Board Members
To welcome the new Alumni Executive Board members, we invited each new member to reflect on HNU’s unique qualities and how they hope to contribute to the alumni community during their terms of service.
“The Holy Names University community has impacted my life in so many ways. The Sisters of the Holy Names are amazing. As an alumna, I appreciate the Sisters’ commitment to sharing the mission of service with myself and the University community. During my term, I hope to empower the alumni community to become actively engaged with the HNU community and its mission. ““The alumni community is unique, active and vibrant! I made this discovery last year when I co-chair the Class of 1964’s 45-year reunion. I already knew we were united as the “Girls of 64”; however, I was stunned by the 2009 Alumni Awards Ceremony. That night, I met alumni whose lives were changed by HNU. I met a diversity of students and alumni from what I only knew as an all-girls college. From a women’s college to a truly diverse institution, our Holy Names has changed. During my term on the Board, I will look to invigorate the Alumni community to give back to the University that empowers them to become who they are today.”

Thank you to our returning Alumni Executive Board members for their continued service to HNU.

Julie Nelson Echaniz ’75, President Michael Mosby ’88, Vice President Rebecca Hinkley ’97, Secretary Megan Norwood ’01, Committee Member

Tiffany Ho ’08, Enrollment Counselor
“The Holy Names community is rich and diverse beyond imagination. I hope to tap into the wide range of talent of nurse alumni as a way of garnering more support and achieving the goal of strengthening our bond to the community. My goal is to illicit the support and involvement of the large body of nurses in the external sector, educating them regarding the roles of alumni, and as a role model, demonstrating the wealth of ideas they can contribute. ”

Melanie Melewicz Blaha ’64, International Activities Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
“Our community is unique in a multitude of ways. Though we represent a wide diversity of generations and different backgrounds, we all share the experience of learning and growing within the Holy Names University community. Through my recent involvement as an undergraduate and now a graduate student and employee at HNU, I look forward to helping to strengthen the alumni community by contributing my own unique perspective to the Alumni Executive Board.”

Donna R. Ervin ’06 MSN/MBA,
Psychiatric Charge Nurse, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

“Holy Names University is a small school with a big heart. Its intimate atmosphere enhances the opportunity to build lifelong relationships within the college community. My goal is to help encourage a rekindling of friendships between alums and to cultivate their renewed interest and commitment to their alma mater.”

Jennifer Perkins ’08, HNU Enrollment Counselor

Carol Braves ’75, Administrative Director,
Architectural Foundation of San Francisco

FALL 2010



Fundr aising news

P in our Legacy, Passion for our Future ride

Striving Forward with Great Momentum
“I am the first person to attend college in my family. My desire to attend a private university with small class sizes and good academic programs is what inspired me to choose Holy Names. I am so thankful that I was chosen for a scholarship. Words cannot express my gratitude, it has really been helpful.” ~Sherry Williams, Junior “HNU actively helped to make my education financially possible. It has made it possible for me to chase and achieve not just my goals, but my dreams. I wholly and entirely appreciate the scholarship that I received. Thank you!” ~Jessika Hines-Schroder, Junior


enewed commitment

to the Annual Fund guarantees that students receive the necessary support to fully access the benefits of a 21 century HNU education, an education that fuels dreams, aspirations and civic engagement for all deserving students. Gifts to the Annual Fund inspire greatness in our students allowing them to pursue their dreams!

Ways to Give:
• Make a gift over the phone by calling the Office of Annual Giving at (510) 436-1014 • Give online via our secure giving website by visiting www.hnu.edu/donors • Maximize your donation by participating in the Employer Matching Gift Program by visiting www.hnu.edu/donors • Make a gift of securities (stock, bond or mutual funds) by calling (510)-436-1198


Dr. Neil W. McDaniel
October 6, 1916 – September 5, 2010


n Sunday,

September 5th, the Holy Names University community lost one of its greatest ambassadors, Neil W. McDaniel, HNU Trustee Emeritus. Neil’s affiliation with the Holy Names Sisters began when his daughters, Marianne and Joanne attended Holy Names High School. Born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington, Neil graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939. Neil spent much of his career working in the automotive after-market industries, becoming the President of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturer’s Association in 1969 and later President of the Automotive Presidents’ Council. Neil became an HNU Regent in 1983 and later a Trustee and member of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. He was vital in leveraging the University’s profile amongst the business community and was an instrumental fund-raiser. Neil provided leadership and strategic direction to the Valley Center

for the Performance Arts campaign, the Science Facilities Reconstruction Project, the campaign for the newly renovated Student Center in Brennan Hall, the 2006 Michael Feinstein Benefit Concert and the annual Red Rose Golf Tournament benefiting the Mission Scholarship Fund. Neil’s dedication to active volunteerism led him to share his gift of leadership with other community organizations, including the Clausen House, the Board of the Oakland Symphony, the Easter Seal Society of Alameda County and the East Bay Community Foundation. In addition, he was a generous benefactor of Northern Lights School and Next Step Learning Center in Oakland. In recognition of his contributes to HNU and the betterment of society at-large through his talents and enterprise, the University community bestowed upon Neil an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007. Holy Names University is blessed to have been the beneficiary of Neil’s wisdom for so many years. A generous, loving, and inspiring man who cared deeply for his family and friends, Neil was an inspiration to our community and will be deeply missed. Neil is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (a 1996 alumna of the HNU Sophia Program), his two daughters and seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

FALL 2010


sn JM news

Sr. Marcia Frideger, SNJM, Ph.D., will leave the HNU community to join the Province Leadership Team for the U.S. – Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). Throughout her tenure at HNU, Sr. Marcia has been influential in the growth and development of the Department of Business. Under her leadership, the Department experienced increased enrollment and developed new and innovative programs such as HNU’s MBA concentration in Energy and Environment. When asked what she would miss most, Sr. Marcia chuckled, “the people; everybody from the students, faculty and staff. There is a lot that is unique and special to Holy Names University.” Sr. Marcia’s reputation for being an effective leader, educator and an invaluable knowledge resource for Management and Organizational Behavior (her area of academic expertise) propelled her nomination to the Province Leadership Team on multiple occasions. As she recalls, in the past, when her name was pushed forward as a possible candidate, “I was either about to start a degree or just finished a degree. But, each time, I always said someday I will be willing


his winter,

sr. Marcia Frideger Joins SNJM Leadership Team
“I feel a commitment to the SNJM community and to sharing my gifts there at this time. For me, there is a sense that because the University is in a positive, healthy and growing state, it feels possible to carry my work forward.” The term for Sr. Marcia’s new position is five years. As a member of the Province Leadership Team, Sr. Marcia will join four other SNJM leaders and work on an array of initiatives supporting the SNJM community. When asked which areas of the Province Leadership Team’s responsibilities she holds closest to her heart, Sr. Marcia responded “emphasizing the importance of our ministry in the world and that we keep promoting the social justice dimension of our community and its values, while at the same time, we make sure that we care for our aging Sisters.” On behalf of the University community, Lizbeth J. Martin, Vice President for Academic Affairs, communicated HNU’s shared community-wide sentiment best, “This is a tremendous honor for Sr. Marcia and acknowledgement of her exceptional management skills. I am certain we will all count the days until Sr. Marcia’s return to our Holy Names University community.”

to serve the community in this way; if the time seemed right.” This year, the timing was perfect. All of the factors in Sr. Marcia’s life aligned, including her confidence in the well being of HNU. “I feel a commitment to the SNJM community and to sharing my gifts there at this time. For me, there is a sense that because the University is in a positive, healthy and growing state, it feels possible to carry my work forward in another arena.”


’09 Osprey Orielle Lake’s new book,

Class Notes

Kappa Gamma Pi

Uprising for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature, has just been released and can be ordered at amazon. com. Visit www.ospreyoriellelake.com for more information.

’68 Kathleen Rebello Collins has a new ’66 Marianne Viani, SNJM retired in

great granddaughter, Maliyah Leilani, born February 10th and a new great grandson, Jaxon, born in March.

National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society
The San Francisco/East Bay Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, is currently selling See’s Candies for their winter fundraiser. Multiple HNU Alumni are Kappa Gamma Pi members and actively embrace the Honor Society’s motto of “Faith and Service” by serving within their communities and supporting initiatives to improve literacy and alleviate hunger. The chapter is sponsoring a See’s candy sale to fund a Christmas project for St. Mary’s Center in Oakland and request your support. To purchase a box of See’s Candies to support the 2010 Kappa Gamma Pi Winter Fundraiser, call Kathleen G. Dunlap ’60 at (510) 886-4046 or email alumni@ hnu.edu. For more information about the work of Kappa Gamma Pi, visit www.kappagammapi.org/

Juris Doctorate degree on May 16th, from UC Hastings College of Law.

’06 Mimi Victoria Zobairi received her

June after 20 years as an Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and School Improvement for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

’04 Ruth Flores and her husband, Steven ’65 Anne Dinneen, SNJM was honored Spencer ’12, had a baby girl, Bella, on
May 23rd. Judy Simon Nguyen and husband, Pete, welcomed twins, Cabeb Charles and Madeline Elizabeth, on October 26th.


with the Children’s Choice Award by Saint Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland, CA, an organization she has been connected with since 1970. She received the honor at a Mardi Gras-theme dinner on March 5, 2010.

’62, ’82 Mary Ondreyco, SNJM

’98 Henry Gascon completed a Master’s

in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

’95 Seana O’Shaughnessy and husband,
Alex, gave birth to Quinn Karolyi on August 17th.

celebrated 20 years of service to Headstart in Watsonville, CA. The Headstart group recently celebrated Sr. Mary’s commitment to the children she serves. The legacy of ministry to children in labor camps is being carried on by volunteers trained by Sr. Mary and Sr. Inez Sherwood ’77.

for Contra Costa Christian Theater’s June production of “Godspell”.

’90 Bill Ludtke was Musical Director

minister, reports that her Holy Names training is still in use 50 years later.

’52 Mary Franck Starrs, a lay ecclesial ’49 Joan Atkinson reflects on the impor-

husband, Doug, are both enjoying retirement. Their youngest son is a Cardiac Care Nurse with Kaiser, their daughter lives in South Carolina with her husband and three kids and their oldest son lives in Virginia with his wife and two kids. The whole family participated in a family reunion in South Carolina in May.

’70 Joanne Hartensten Dickson and

tance of Holy Names to her by commenting “after graduating from high school, I came in out of nowhere to Holy Names College and asked Sister Rose Emmanuella for a scholarship. Sister said ‘Yes.” For this reasons, I have resolved always to say ‘Yes’ to Holy Names.”

’43 Barbara Hester Benson spent three

weeks visiting her twin sister, Sally Hester Wright ’43 in Santa Rosa, CA. In the fall, Sally will visit Barbara in Bethesda, Maryland. Both Barbara and Sally enjoy visiting friends and familiar places.

FALL 2010



Michael Wilson (Friend) May 5, 2009 C. Jean Bigelow (Friend) June 24, 2009 Rita McGinnis Boscacci (Friend) October 17, 2009 Louise Malloy (mother of Sheila Malloy ’67) December 9, 2009 Joyce Palm Pedersen ’91 January 2, 2010 Walter E. Rex (Friend) January 22, 2010 Robert W. Theren
(father of Maria Theren, Graphic Designer)

elizabeth “Bettie” ann Violich ’46
On April 26, 2010, Elizabeth “Bettie”
Ann Violich ’46 passed away at her home in Piedmont, California surrounded by loved ones. Bettie graduated from Holy Names College and went onto a successful 30 year career as an educator and Principal of the E. Morris Cox Elementary School, receiving the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute Award as an outstanding and distinguished educator. Devoted to her community, Bettie spent an enormous amount of time in the service of others, including serving as President of the Holy Names College Alumni Association from 1959 - 1961, board member of the Bellevue Club, the Ladies Home Society for the Matilda Browne Home, and multiple other organizations. A recipient of the University’s highest alumni honor, the Alumni Recognition Award, the University community recognized Bettie for her outstanding achievements and service to the church and community during the 1988 Alumni Awards Ceremony. An elegant and gracious woman, Bettie was a great friend and advocate on behalf of the Holy Names community. Those who knew her will deeply miss her and always remember her.

Michael Meyer Schneider
(father of Karen Schneider, Librarian)

May 23, 2010 Ambrose ‘Burt” Burton
(husband of Pam Burton, ’78)

May 2010 Mary Schmitt (Sophia Faculty) June 1, 2010 Helen Jeanette Soares Mariman ‘57 June 4, 2010 Patricia Kenny, SNJM ’51 June 9, 2010 Gerarda Marie Joubert, SNJM, MA ‘47 June 21, 2010 Mrs. Eleanor Estrella-Ruiz
(mother of Paul Mancilla, student)

February 6, 2010 Proserpina ‘Prose’ Morosin
(former staff)

June 29, 2010 Nicholas Bailey (student ’07-’08) July 4, 2010 M. Seraphica McLean, SNJM ’70
(former secretary of HNU Board of Directors)

March 13, 2010 Thelma Pfeiffer Takacs ’71 March 24, 2010 Robert Schwartz
(husband of Maureen O’Brien Schwartz ’69)

July 9, 2010 Kristine ‘Kris’ Bowman ‘99 August 2, 2010 Elba Rosa del Valle (Nena) David Purcell
(mother of Edward Purcell, Educ. Dept. student; former faculty-Spanish Dept.)

March 31, 2010 Mary Conlon
(sister of Rev. Jim Conlon, Chair of the Sophia Program)

April 18, 2010 Anna May Martelon
(sister of Marguerite Kirk, snjm, former staff)

August 5, 2010 Daniel A. Scannell
(husband of Maureen O’Brien Scannell ’56)

April 23, 2010 Lucy Rahman ’93 April 24, 2010 Sally McGettigan Wyatt ’44 April 24, 2010 Harold Berliner
(father of Ruth Berliner ’77)

August 19, 2010 Merna Thomas ’81
(former Director of Prep. Music Program and Music Dept.)

August 26, 2010 Norman J. Brown
(husband of Virginia Jurgens Brown ’55)

April 26, 2010 Cormac Murphy (Noel Francis), FSC ‘72 April 26, 2010 Elizabeth Ann ‘Bettie’ Erichson Violich ‘46 April 26, 2010 Catherine Muns McCormick ‘49 May 10, 2010 Veronica Hanlon, SM ‘97 May 10, 2010 H. James Schlader
(father of Joel Schlader ’08, Lecturer)

September 3, 2010 Neil McDaniel
(husband of Barbara Bonds McDaniel ’96, Former Trustee)

September 5, 2010 Carolyn DeMaria
(mother of Keith Hansen ’04, English Dept Faculty)

September 7, 2010 Sr. Mary Paul Gerard Gustafson ’48 September 24, 2010

May 8, 2010 Peter Batchelder
(nephew of Pat Woertner, faculty)


As President of the Alumni Association (1959-1961), Bettie Violich ’46 (far left) presented a plaque to commemorate the Lake Merritt Kaiser Center as the original site of Holy Names University.

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Moments in Time: Homecoming 2010
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