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Game Changers
HNU starts Early Admit Program with College Mentors

Pandora Founder Tim Westergren & CEO Joe Kennedy speak at HNU

Also in this Issue

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Game Changers

William J. Hynes, Ph.D. – President


said Nicole Taylor, Executive Director of the East Bay Community Foundation and HNU 2010 Commencement speaker, when she first heard about HNU’s new Early Admit Program (EAP). Three major barriers block local urban high school students from going to college: first, urban schools often have a high dropout rate – 37% of Oakland high school students do not graduate. Second, too many urban students believe that they cannot be admitted to college. Third, even if they were admitted, they know that they could never afford to pay for college. The HNU Early Admit Program changes this situation by challenging 9th graders to pass a set of pre-determined, college preparatory high school courses. If they graduate with a 2.7 GPA or better, then Holy Names University has already admitted them to college with a minimum of a $9,000 scholarship. If they have additional economic need and/or academic or athletic skills, the scholarship can double. I hope you will read HNU Today’s lead article about EAP. We believe that this program is a game changer. This issue of HNU Today features a variety of other game changers. For example, there is an article about Pandora (an Oakland-based company) which describes how this company is leading a game change in the music industry. When Tim Westergren, the founder, and Joe Kennedy, the re-founder of Pandora, shared their story as speakers in the new HNU James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, participants saw how Pandora is revolutionizing the music industry by

t’s going to be a Game Changer!”

allowing users to legally create their own online music stations which play exactly the kind of music they enjoy. Another game changer was the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum which HNU hosted for the City of Oakland. This forum highlighted how creativity and innovation are helping businesses, large and small, and the nation, to change different kinds of games every day. In this way, this national forum has encouraged others to become game changers and has underlined HNU’s history and commitment to being a change agent for the common good. Dr. Julie Henderson, Assistant Professor of Education, received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the second largest such grant in California. This innovative program will certify or recertify 150 culturally diverse teachers to teach and become game changers in high-need, urban schools in the East Bay. There is also a wide array of other news in this issue that can provide you with a good feeling for how HNU continues to live the charism and core values of the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. If you have ideas for future issues, please direct these to Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, or John McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations.

William J. Hynes, Ph.D. President

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Pandora Comes to HNU
Pandora Founder Tim Westergren & CEO Joe Kennedy speak at the James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

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 arts education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service. The opinions expressed in HNU Today do not necessarily represent the views of the editors nor policies of Holy Names University. Comments for the editor may be sent via email to: sims@hnu.edu Or in writing to: Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Holy Names University 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619 Update your contact information online at: www.hnu.edu/alumni UNIVERSITY OFFICERS William J. Hynes, Ph.D., President Richard Ortega, Vice President for University Advancement Stuart Koop, Vice President for Finance and Administration Lizbeth Martin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs Carol Sellman, SNJM, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness ALUMNI EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT Julie N. Echaniz ’75 HNU TODAY STAFF This issue of HNU Today is directed and published by the HNU Marketing & Public Relations Department. EDITOR Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations CONTRIBUTING WRITERS William J. Hynes, Ph.D., President Martivón Galindo, Faculty & HNU Study Abroad Coordinator John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations Brian O’ Rourke, Dean of Recruitment & Admissions Sr. Carol Sellman, Vice President of Mission Effectiveness Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Deirdre Spencer, University Web Manager Lisa Thuer, Assistant Director Athletics CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Maria Theren, Designer Saul Bromberger-Sandra Hoover Photography DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Maria Theren, Designer

HNU Receives $5 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
A five-year Transition to Teaching Grant is awarded to HNU – one of five in California


Early Admit Program Mentors speak with President William J. Hynes

2 Campus News 4 Student News 6 Staff & Faculty News 9 SNJM News 10 Feature Story 14 Hawk News 16 Alumni News 18 Class Notes 19 Last Word 20 In Memoriam
On the cover:
HNU’s Early Admit Mentors in St. Francis Courtyard at HNU

The Game Changers
HNU Starts Early Admit Program with College Mentors

The Hawks Athletic Department Fall Report
Highlights of a remarkable fall performance

A Piece of Venice
HNU Graduate provides a “Touch of Italy” in Oakland





The White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum
The timing was right. President Hynes was the right connection.


he White House came to HNU’s campus. In mid-August, HNU President Dr. William J. Hynes was contacted by Jose Corona, CEO/Executive Director for Inner City Advisors in Oakland. Corona said, “The White House is holding Urban Entrepreneurship Forums throughout the country and they are looking for an entrepreneurship school to host.” As an advocate for entrepreneurship, who is authoring a book on the subject, President Hynes was delighted to offer HNU’s facilities and support.
The White House forums grew out of President Barack Obama’s desire for the U.S. to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world, a vision critical for America’s cities. Since entrepreneurship plays a central role in creating jobs and economic opportunities, the Obama Administration has created public-private partnerships to support current entrepreneurs and to spark a new generation of urban entrepreneurs. The focus of the forum was to showcase the resources available to local entrepreneurs that can help them grow and address local challenges. Oakland’s Vice Mayor Desley Brooks, along with support from the Oakland Inner City Advisors and the Oakland Citizen’s Committee for Urban Renewal, was responsible for bringing the Forum to the Bay Area. Dr. Hynes said, “HNU was thrilled to host Oakland’s Urban Entrepreneurship Forum on our campus and to serve as a resource to entrepreneurs, particularly in the Bay Area.” The timing of the forum also provided a springboard for Dr. Hynes to announce the launching of HNU’s James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

Clockwise from top: Participants in the White House Forum meet and greet; Joe Tuman, Professor, Author and Political Analyst asks a question of the panel; (bottom: left to right) Ari Matusiak, Executive Director White House Business Counsel, Joe Kennedy of Pandora Radio and Dr. William J. Hynes, President of HNU.



Holy Names University

James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

The James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series will feature student entrepreneurs and add new guest speakers throughout the year. This series is named in honor of beloved HNU Professor James Durbin, Director of the MBA Program and Chair of the Business Department, who recently passed away.

Pandora’s Top Leaders Speak at HNU
The 2011-2012

James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series was launched in the fall, 2011. Dr. William J. Hynes, HNU President, and Anitra McCain, HNU Senior, created this series to unite students (who have a dream to start their own business) with entrepreneurs who have already fulfilled their dreams and want to share their stories and the nature of entrepreneurship. Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren and Joe Kennedy, Pandora’s Chief Executive Officer & President, shared the stage for the first “guest presentation” for HNU. President Hynes reflected on the presenters and their backgrounds, “Joe and Tim embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and they come about it from two perspectives – one from the original idea and founding vision, and the other from re-founding and recapitalizing a dynamic organization in today’s market.”
CEO Joe Kennedy (l) & Pandora Founder Tim Westergren (r) speak at the James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Joe was also a panelist at the Urban Entrepreneurship Forum, sponsored by The White House Office of Public Engagement, the City of Oakland, the Oakland Inner City Advisors and the Oakland Citizen’s Committee for Urban Renewal. The forum was held at HNU in August (see article on page 2).

Gwen Ifill to Deliver 2012 Commencement Address
Dr. William J. Hynes, HNU’s President, announced
that the commencement address for the graduating class of 2012 will be delivered by Gwen Ifill, moderator of Washington Week and moderator, managing editor and senior political correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Ms. Ifill is the first African-American woman in U.S. history to host a prominent political talk show on national television.  Her journalism career includes stints at the Boston Herald-American, the Washington Post, the New York Times and NBC News, where she was a colleague of Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert. She chairs the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards and is a board member of the Harvard Institute of Politics.
Gwen Ifill speaks with President Barak Obama


“We are very fortunate that Gwen Ifill will honor us by coming to Holy Names University, particularly since she only accepts two such invitations a year,” said President Hynes.


Changing a


Marylou Hinajosa Holy Names University Graduate Student


In the beginning Marylou Hinajosa did not know who made it possible for her to attend college, but the financial support she received, first from Cornell Meier and then Albert & Elizabeth Mullen-Selfa (HNU Donors), set in motion the beginning of her educational dream. She explains it in her own words.
the elementary public school systems, reaching out to all of the children is most important. In the future I hope to find an opportunity that will allow me to give back to the community that I grew up in. Graduating from college was a great achievement for me and for my family. I come from an immigrant family and I am the first one in my family to graduate from college. My successes have become my family’s successes, too. I was born, raised and continue to live in Oakland. When I was growing up, I attended an elementary school in the heart of Fruitvale. My academic experiences as a child have motivated me to continue my studies. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I decided to continue my graduate studies. At this moment I am student teaching and learning as much as I can in order to become an effective teacher. I value the education I received from HNU, but I realize, too, that HNU symbolizes the area that we live in. The diversity of the student body gives students an advantage as they go into the world. Students learn to understand different cultures and how to get along when they get in the world of work and how to relate to people with different backgrounds. I deeply appreciate the economic help that I have received. I am grateful that people like Cornell Meier and Albert & Elizabeth Mullen-Selfa make education possible for others. As a result of their generosity, I hope to make a difference in the lives of many.”

y name is Marylou Hinajosa. Teaching is a passion that I’ve always had. Just as my education has been important to me, I want to give my students the same message. I want to implement the message about the importance of education with parents and students.
My high school was small and I wanted to attend a college of a similar size. I wanted to go to college, but I also wanted to stay close to my home. What attracted me to Holy Names University was the small class sizes and the professors’ dedication, help and availability. I loved how I was assigned to one counselor during my four years. If I had not had the guidance and support from my counselor, I would have been lost and frustrated. The major factor that made it possible for me to attend HNU was the financial aid that I received. It was a great economic help that made a big impact and a huge difference. I received a scholarship that allowed me to complete my bachelor’s degree in 2007. If you had asked me when I knew I wanted to be a teacher, I would have to say that it was when I was working in the Oakland public school system, tutoring small groups of children (grades 3-5) in the after-school program. I loved working with the kids. I realized that I had found my career when I was reaching out to kids who needed the most help and support. I knew that many of these children didn’t have support at home or that they had a serious language barrier. In


HNU Celebrates Diversity with an Expanding International Student Body
Students, staff, faculty and alumni stepped into
a global “mixer” in September that welcomed 57 international students from 23 different countries. Pianist Doug Jones created a festive ambience with a selection of music from each of the countries represented. This event, jointly hosted by the Student Success Center and the Cushing Library, celebrated the growing multi-cultural community at HNU. and special places that HNU students had visited.” Karen Schneider, Director of Library Services, provided guests with a tasty array of food from the home country of each international student. During the reception, HNU students were able to learn more about Study Abroad opportunities across the globe and how time spent studying, interning or engaging in service abroad can enrich their HNU experience. Ayazi reflected on her well-attended event, “I’m thrilled that so many people joined the celebration.”

Michelle Ayazi, International Student Advisor

Michelle Ayazi, Assistant Director of Student Success and International Student Advisor, decided to celebrate the differences that each culture brings to HNU. She opened with an ice-breaker of Mingle Bingo. Michelle said, “I wanted to welcome our international students to the HNU community and provide a setting for faculty, staff and students to become acquainted. I included a cultural slide show to showcase each country’s special attributes – from landscapes to architecture, sports, spirituality

Diversity in Graduate Education Forum
On Saturday, October 29, fifty HNU students hopped a
bus to the University of San Francisco to attend the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. The all-day forum was designed to provide first-generation, low-income, and other students from under-served populations, with information about the career and academic opportunities associated with advanced study in a wide range of disciplines.

The event founders wanted to develop a broader pool of new Students represent HNU at Diversity Forum Ph.D. candidates that would enable their campuses to recruit a future faculty as diverse as the student populations that they currently serve. The forum was designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master’s candidates from groups currently under-represented in doctoral-level programs. The event was an outstanding opportunity for students to think about their future beyond HNU. Over 150 schools from the U.S. and abroad were represented – from the University of Glasgow in Scotland to Harvard and Yale University.



Learning Spanish in Mérida, Yucatán
By Martivón Galindo, HNU Study Abroad Coordinator


entral College Abroad, a visit the program by its director Valerie partner of Holy Names University Study Grimsley. At the beginning of October, Abroad, offers a rich learning experience 2011, I spent eight days in the Casa in Mérida on the Yucatán peninsula. At Central, attending classes led by exceltheir comfortable lent teachers and “Casa Central,” taking my meals they welcome with the stuU.S. language dents. students who The school procome for a sevides opportunimester of study, ties for students placing them in to acquire expeclasses approrience working Archeology class includes visits to the many priate to their with communiMayan sites in the region proficiency level. ties in need. I visAlthough Spanish ited Indemaya, a language fluency may be their first goal, governmental organization that serves students also study the history of Mexico Mayan people. Students of Central as well as the art and literature of Latin College help with translations from America. Students are immersed in the Spanish to English. Spanish language, and experience the Central College students are encourMayan culture in a safe and welcoming aged to discover the beauty of Mérida’s environment. many cultural events and sites. HandAs the Holy Names University Study crafts and local products are sold on Abroad Coordinator, I was invited to Sunday in the Plaza Grande, a park located in the heart of the city. Many stalls sell all kinds of crafts, candy and beautifully embroidered huipiles, blouses and shawls. On Thursday evening, the square of Santa Lucía hosts the traditional “Serenade of Santa Lucía.” Valerie invited me to attend the event and listen to Yucatecan singers and enjoy traditional dances. Attendees of all ages sat under the stars on a perfect temperate evening to listen to romantic boleros and the skillful guitarists of Yucatan.
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versidad Marista de Mérida (also known as the Marist University of Mérida), and some Central College students take classes at the university. I also visited “Amor y Vida,” a nonprofit organization that helps abused and abandoned children. Central College students volunteer there as tutors, helping children with their homework. Mérida is at once old and modern, and it is full of life. Music can be heard everywhere on any given day. Free concerts, dances, museums and galleries contribute to a beautiful education environment.

Human “statue” in Plaza Grande in downtown Mérida

Strolling in Mérida, I was captivated by its beautiful mixture of styles: pre-Columbian, colonial and modern. I encountered students from all over the United States who are studying Spanish in this tranquil, historic city in southern Mexico.





HNU Receives $5 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
Holy Names University
was awarded a five-year, $5,073,800 Transition to Teaching Grant by the U.S. Department of Education – one of the five awarded in California. The Transition to Teaching Program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education. It helps these recruits to become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program also emphasizes the placement of teachers in high-need schools. This grant expands HNU’s teacher certification program by focusing on the recruitment and training of culturally and linguistically diverse undergraduate students. Another goal of the grant is to increase the number of teachers from under-represented groups in some of California’s highest-needs schools. The grant will also support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers for service in high-needs school districts, including the Oakland Unified School District, the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the Hayward Unified School District. Dr. Julie Henderson, Assistant Professor of Education and the project director and designer of the grant, said, “I pursued this grant because I learned a long time ago, both as a teacher and school principal, that it takes Julie Henderson 3-5 years of work in Assistant Professor of Education schools to become a really good teacher – the kind of teacher who knows and cares as much about their students and the community as s/he does the subject matter… and who considers this ‘job’ to be a spiritual vocation. Our undergraduates already embody that kind of caring and community commitment, so helping them to become teachers by giving scholarships and providing strong mentors is a win-win for everyone. Five years from now, we will have prepared at least 150 HNU graduates to be outstanding teachers for Oakland, Hayward and West Contra Costa.”

Dean of Admissions and Recruitment Brian O’Rourke and Director of Library Services Karen Schneider with their awards

On the 143rd

anniversary of Founder’s Day, HNU’s “Above & Beyond” awards were bestowed on Brian O’Rourke, Dean of Admissions and Recruitment, and Karen Schneider, Director of Library Services. This award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding HNU staff members. Brian and Karen were selected by their peers as individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the values and work of the University and who regularly participate in campus activities. They have also demonstrated a willingness to be of service outside of their specialized areas of responsibility; they are known campus-wide; and they have made a positive contribution to the life of the campus community. Both of these individuals were described by the people who nominated them as “committed to the HNU mission and the SNJM Core Values.” They are supportive of staff members who work for them; they have high expectations of those with whom they work; and they willingly become mentors to their staff – empowering them to succeed in their work. In addition to positive relationships with their staff, Brian and Karen have outstanding relationships with students. They are good listeners and are always striving to improve the educational environment for students.






Holy Names University welcomed a new Center
for Energy and Environmental Risk Analysis (CEERA) in the fall of 2011. CEERA seeks to become an international center of applied policy analysis for evaluating the risks of energy development on the environment. Paolo Ricci, Ph.D., Professor of Business and Decision Analysis, initiated the project. Dr. Ian Sammis, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at HNU, will Paolo Ricci, Ph.D., Professor of be responsible for the MathBusiness & Decision Analysis ematical and Statistical Laboratory.

The Environment

I have a strong interest in comparative criminology, and hope to increase the presence and visibility of HNU, not only within the community and in the United States, but also internationally.

New Faculty

Ph.D., Social Work, Stockholm University, Sweden, M.S.W., Social Work, Lund University, Sweden Carina Ljungwald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology

The Center’s unique focus on risk assessment and management provides the leadership necessary to assess and mitigate socio-economic and legal constraints that have an influence on national and international energy Ian Sammis, Ph.D., Assistant and environmental policy. Professor of Mathematics CEERA currently has projects in the United States, China, Italy and other members of the European Union. As the Center expands and generates funding from the United States, China and the European Union, summer scholarships will be made available to universities such as the University of Bologna, Xiamen University and Beijing Normal University. Dr. William J. Hynes, HNU President, welcomed CEERA to HNU’s campus, “The opportunity to educate leaders who can inspire positive improvements that diminish energy and environmental risks is deeply connected to the mission of HNU. The Center is representative of a student-focused community, developing critical thinkers and transformational leaders for Oakland, California, the U.S. and beyond.”

I believe that it is essential to remain current as a Nurse Practitioner in order to teach others. I practice in Cardiology and I have experience in Primary Care and Diabetes Management. RN, FNP, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, MA Debora Kilborn, MSN, FNP, Instructor of Nursing

I believe in interactive, transformative and student-centered instruction that recognizes the knowledge that students bring into the classroom. Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA M.A., Women’s Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida Laura Truxler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Integrated Studies Across Cultures

I believe that mathematical literacy is an important tool in the struggle for economic justice. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

Concetta Gomez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics




The 200th Birthday of

Marie-Rose Durocher O
By Carol Sellman, SNJM, Ed.D.

ctober 6, 2011 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Eulalie Durocher, Mother Marie Rose. She was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1811 in the village of St. Antoine on the Richelieu River. Eulalie was drawn to religious life as a young child, but her frail health prevented her entrance into a community. Eulalie’s mother died when she was 18 and her older brother, a priest, Father Theophile invited Eulalie to come and manage the household at his parish. As the housekeeper at the rectory in Beloeil and the facilitator of pastoral activities from 1831 to 1843, she understood the need for teaching youngsters, especially girls, who received little schooling.
At the request of Bishop Ignace Bourget, Eulalie and her companions, Mélodie Dufresne and Henriette Céré, founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on October 28, 1843. At the time of its founding in 1843, the Congregation was the first in Canada to focus on education. On February 28, 1844 they received the names of MarieRose, Marie-Agnes, and Marie-Madeleine. After six short, full years as Superior and Foundress, Marie-Rose died on October 6, her birthday, in 1849. She was 38. Her accomplishments during that short life led Pope John Paul II to beatify her on May 23, 1982, as a woman for all times.

On Saturday, April 14th at St. Mary
Catholic Church in Los Gatos, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary will celebrate and rejoice with their Golden Jubilarians: e Sister Cecilia Calva ’67 e Sister Patricia Doyle ’70 e Sister Marguerite Kirk: Assistant Treasurer (1964–1965) Director of Financial Aid (1966–1968) Instructor in Accounting (1973 –1976) Treasurer of the College (1976–1986) Member of the Board of Directors (1976–1994) Director of Planned Giving (1994 – 2000) e Sister Maureen Viani ’70 We congratulate these nine Sisters of the Holy Names who will be celebrating their Jubilee of Grace: 70 Years of Religious Profession e Sister Mary Elizabeth Doherty ’44 e Sister Mary Thomasine McMahon ’59 60 Years of Religious Profession e Sister Mary Ann Connell ’61 e Sister Miriam Irene Furrer e Sister Mary Leo Grijalva ’64 e Sister Mary Francis Rose Klos ’64 e Sister Donna Maynard ’50 e Sister Jean Morningstar ’63 e Sister Vera Ruotolo ’64

Throughout the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, celebrations were held on October 6th in memory of the lasting effect MarieRose Durocher has had in our world since 1843. Today the sisters minister in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario; in the United States; in Lesotho, Africa; and as missionaries in Brazil and Peru.






the lives of high school students in the East Bay. The Early Admit Program (EAP) is unique in providing college access to students from Oakland and West Contra Costa school districts, as well as selected Oakland Catholic high schools. Rooted in the Mission of the University which seeks to provide access to higher education for students from underserved communities, this program provides a framework to encourage more students to graduate from high school and attend college. By reaching out to local high schools, HNU is helping to further a college-going culture and improve high school graduation rates. Through EAP, high school students are admitted to HNU as 9th graders with a guaranteed minimum scholarship. These students are given a contract and guidance on the academic preparation needed to maintain their admission and what they can do to increase their scholarship amount. If

his past fall HNU launched a program to change

they have fulfilled the academic requirements at the end of their four years of high school, they are guaranteed a spot in HNU’s freshman class, or they may choose to attend another university. The academic contract is structured so that the students will be eligible for the University of California or California State systems as well as many private universities.  President Hynes explains, “While maintaining our admissions’ standards, we wanted to eliminate the significant obstacles that exist between urban students and their ability to go to college. In a family where neither parent may have gone to college, there is often no known path of how their son or daughter can get to college, let alone pay for it. EAP changes this landscape and opens a path to high school students, showing them a way to get into an affordable college. Now they have a specific set of goals. Achieve these goals and you can enter HNU with a scholarship. Even though EAP students are not obligated to come to HNU, we believe that

because ‘to know us is to love us,’ it is likely that many will come to HNU. In every case, however, the game will have been changed.” Hynes continues, “Because Holy Names University has been breaking down such obstacles in Oakland since 1868 – first for women, then for men, and now for a very diverse student body – HNU has experience in these matters. That is why half of our students are the first generation in their families to go to college, and why Holy Names consistently ranks among the top five small universities in the West for diversity.” Brian O’Rourke, Dean of Admissions and Recruitment, states, “The perfect environment for this type of radical initiative existed here at HNU and we wanted to take advantage to help our community. President Hynes came to me with a vision to simplify the college application process for 12th grade students from urban schools; as we began to put that together, an even larger initiative took shape, starting with the 9th grade.” O’Rourke adds, “EAP is a true testament to the belief in the HNU Mission by the entire university community. As Oakland’s premier coed university, we have a responsibility to promote a K-16 educational model. Not nearly enough students from urban centers go on to four-year colleges and I’m proud to say that HNU is doing its This HNU program opens part to reverse that a new door for youth in trend. We hope that other univerour urban centers to get a college education and gain sities will follow our path.” Tammy Dain (HNU ’09), Assistant Director of Community Outreach in the Office Nicole Taylor, Bay Area Community Foundation President & CEO of Admissions, oversees the daily operation of EAP. Dain explains, “The goal is to change students’ perceptions, to have the students know that someone believes in their potential and that college can become a reality. Then we provide mentoring and academic support over their four years of high school to keep them on track.” The EAP mentors are current HNU students, most of whom come from the partner high schools. Michelle Gomez, an HNU sophomore Psychology major is a mentor in West Contra Costa. She said, “When I was in school, we didn’t

EAP Program Features
• Students who meet the minimum requirements for the program are guaranteed a minimum scholarship in the amount of $9,000. • Students who exceed the Assistant Director of Community Outreach, minimum GPA Tammy Dain (left) briefs Student Mentors criteria may qualify for additional scholarship assistance money. • Students who demonstrate significant financial need may also qualify for additional tuition assistance grant money. The goal is that most or all of the cost of the tuition will be covered by a combination of HNU, state and federal gift aid assistance that students will likely qualify for.

the increased economic opportunity that goes along with it. We think it’s going to be a game changer.”

have a program like this. This program gives students something to strive for and an attainable goal. Students aren’t going to high school just to graduate from high school anymore. Students are going to school now to graduate and then go on to college.” Maria Martinez, a 9th grader at West County Community High School in Richmond, one of the students working with Michelle, said, “I joined because it’s a great opportunity and no other college offers a program like this. I especially like that there is tutoring and I feel encouraged to get good grades.” Nicole Taylor, CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, said, “This HNU program opens a new door for youth in our urban centers to get a college education and to gain the increased economic opportunity that goes along with it. We think it’s going to be a game changer.” If the East Bay could increase the graduation rate across-theboard from pre-school through college, it is estimated that this talent force would add 20 billion dollars to the local economy. EAP is a first step toward this goal.





My name is Ronisha Parker. I am a class of 2009 alumna of the Fremont Federation in Oakland. I am a junior at HNU. I am a first generation college student. I live for the day that I graduate because it will show others that it’s not impossible to be from an underserved community and still succeed. Not everyone has someone telling them over and over that they will attend college. As a mentor I am thankful for the great opportunity to not only support welldeserving students, but to also be able to better myself.

My name is Michelle Gomez and I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond. I really enjoy helping others and encouraging those who were told they wouldn’t make it. I was lucky that I had the support from both of my parents to go to college, but I didn’t have the right resources to help me get there. All of my life I doubted myself and now I’m going into my second year of college and absolutely loving it! Now that I have this opportunity to help someone else make a change, it honestly is the best thing that could be offered to me!

Psychology & Political Science

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Sports Biology

My name is Desiree Stewart. I grew up in East Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. I am in my senior year. I believe in education: it has the power to transform lives and create new opportunities. I am also a believer in programs like the new Early Admit Program. I am a product of a college-prep program myself, where continued guidance throughout my high school years was truly a blessing. This experience has taught me the importance of investing in our peers.

My name is Carmen Delgado Rodriguez and I am a Sports Biology major at Holy Names University. I am a freshman and plan to become a Physical Therapist. I am also on the women’s cross-country team at Holy Names University. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, but grew up in Salinas, California. My parents did not fully understand why I had to leave home to get an education but supported me anyway. I am grateful for the opportunities that HNU has given me and I want to help other students understand that going to college is such a great experience. I also hope to help parents and students of immigrant families understand the importance of getting a college education.

My name is Kathrine Hayes and I graduated from Holy Names High School. I am a sophomore at HNU. The Early Admit Program is a unique and exciting program that I am thrilled to be a part of. My goal as a College Mentor is to help students achieve their goals and to keep them on track to get to college. I know that high school can be tough, and the college application process is a little scary, but I am excited to help and to work with students during their high school years.

Hey everyone, my name is Leonardo Gonzalez. I’m from Livermore, California, where I graduated from Livermore High School, home of the Cowboys! I am currently working on my Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Management and Marketing. I am hoping to help other students in my community reach goals that they did not think they could reach. I once did not believe that I would be in a university like Holy Names, but with some help, I reached my goal! I believe everyone has potential, and anyone who works hard to get where they want – will succeed!

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My name is Kristine Hayes. I am a sophomore at HNU (with my twin sister). I am also a first generation college student, and I know, first hand, how difficult the college entrance process can be. This is the reason why I decided to become a College Mentor. I want to help high school students get into college and make a difference. Dean of Admissions Brian O’Rourke (left) with President William J. Hynes (right)

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My name is Fernando Gutierrez and I graduated from Freedom High School in Oakley, California. I am currently a junior at Holy Names University, with a double major in Multimedia Arts and Communication and Latin American Studies. I played sports such as football and soccer in high school and now I am on the cross-country team at Holy Names University. I am the second in my family to go to college and I hope to inspire and help EAP students work hard to achieve their goals. I believe everyone should have the chance to succeed and I am glad to be a part of the College Mentor program to help students realize their full potential and make it to college. I am looking forward to working with students in this program.

Multimedia Arts and Communication and Latin American Studies

HNU RECEIVED an award and a

“Congressional Recognition” from the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) which recognized the Early Admit Program partnership. Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent of WCCUSD, also expressed his gratitude for being one of the two school districts that have launched this program with HNU. President William J. Hynes and Brian O’Rourke, Dean of Admissions and Recruitment, have spearheaded this unique opportunity for high school freshmen.

My name is Carolina Rodriguez and I graduated from Dinuba High School in 2011. I am entering my second year at Holy Names which, at first, was a bit challenging. Now, it’s great! I love it here – the faculty, staff, and students and everything they have to offer. Coming to college is by far the best decision I have made. It has been a great journey. I am currently a Psychology major and plan to continue and get my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I love to help people and encourage them to strive to do their best and to “begin with the end in mind.” I am the first in my family to go away to college and it was hard because I did not know what to expect. The good thing was that I had the support of the people around me, which helped me stay positive. Now that I have the chance to help others to get where they want to be, I am more than happy to give it my all and to help everyone that needs it. I am looking forward to this new experience!

My name is Wesley Eggleston. I graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland and I am currently in my sophomore year at HNU. I was one of those students in high school who had to stay up late, re-read things more than once, do a couple extra math problems here and there until I could fully grasp the concepts I needed. With a myriad of people supporting me, I succeeded. I’m delighted to be one of those support people for Early Admit Students.







ball and the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams all had successful programs during the fall semester, 2011.  DirecHead Women’s Soccer Coach Nick Lusson was named the tor of Athletics Dennis Jones Head Coach of Men’s Soccer said, “The University continin August, 2011. Coach Lusues to attract outstanding stuson led both teams to successdent athletes and coaches to ful seasons. The men lost to its sporting programs and to 4 Menlo College in a final match teams competed in the post-season build on the successes of the qualifying competition that determined the Cal Pac past. The Athletic Depart2011 champion. Despite the Women’s Soccer ment is committed to enhancWomen’s Volleyball loss, four members of the team ing the student-athlete ex(Jesus Hernandez, Rasmus perience and celebrating the Women’s Volleyball Larson, Tomas Michael and 4 academic achievements of all in conference play Zlatko Tomic) were named to players.   The year ahead will the All-Conference Team and be especially exciting for ath- 4 seven players (Manuel Braenli, team and individual conference letes and Hawk fans with the championship titles Thomas Davies, Hede Gustafsaddition of Women’s Tennis son, Fredrick Hagberg, Oscar and Men’s Baseball.  Men’s Chroisty, Peter Wikman and 4 student athletes competed in the NAIA Tennis and Women’s Golf Victor Augustsson) earned a Nationals will be added to the program place on the NAIA All-Acin 2013.” ademic Team. Senior Jesus

en’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volley-

Fall Report
Pac Conference Championships and Diaz earned a spot on the NAIA All-Academic Team.

Athletic Department

Fall 2011 Hawk Report Card


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Fall Summary
Randy Rau was appointed as the new head coach for the

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student athletes named to Cal Pac AllConference teams

The Women’s Soccer team won the Cal Pac 2011 title and Men’s and Women’s Cross competed in an NAIA qualifier.  Country teams in SeptemJesus Hernandez named to the A loss in overtime kept the team ber, 2011. His coaching skills 4 from advancing further, but All-American team strengthened the performance four players (Aryana Brumfield, of female and male cross Rebecca Hernandez, Kayla Kacountry runners.  The team’s leiohi and Britney Macado-Pooutstanding players include Fernando Diaz, Agnes Silvestro, testio) were selected for the All-Conference team.  Kayla KaMaricruz Espindola, and Zack Holt who were awarded four of leiohi was recognized as Defender of the Year and four women the available six spots for the NAIA National Championships.  (Negine Mansour, Brittany North, Brittanie Perez and Linda Diaz and Silvestro also won the men’s and women’s California WikFors) were honored as NAIA All-Academic athletes.
student athletes named to the NAIA All-Academic team


Hernandez was named to the NAIA All-American Team.



The Women’s Volleyball team was undefeated during the regular season and traveled to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to compete in post-season play. Although their winning streak came to an end, five players (Kayla Coleman, Samantha Miller, Kathleen Murusich, Ashley Nickel and Rachel Vartanian) were named to the Cal Pac All-Conference team. Kathleen Murusich was named Freshman of the Year, and Ashley Nickel received the Cal Pac Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season and Kayla Coleman received the Libero of the Year award for the second time.  Nickel earned NAIA All-Academic honors, and  Coach Dwight Combs was named as the Cal Pac Conference Coach of the Year. The Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams have new leaders and the season is already underway. Catherria Turner has been named Head Coach of the women’s team and Omar Sanchez is the new Head Coach of the men’s team.   Women’s Softball is under the direction of new Head Coach Lisa Thuer. The softball team had a pre-season record of 6 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie. Coach Thuer said, “We are thrilled with the start of the season and proud that two student athletes have received academic honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Men’s Volleyball began their season in early January. In pre-season play, the Men’s Golf team won three out of three Cal Pac Preview meets. Coach Erik Stone is optimistic about the upcoming season.

New Teams at HNU
and Women’s Tennis will debut in 2013 at Holy Names University. These teams will join the University’s highly successful men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball and the men’s golf and women’s softball programs.
Men’s Baseball

Director of Athletics Dennis Jones said, “The excitement surrounding the addition of women’s tennis and men’s baseball are evident, not only on campus, but with prospective student athletes and their families. We are proud to have the opportunity to expand HNU’s positive student athlete experience through these additional sports and look forward to the impact the sports will have on campus life at the University.” These two additional teams will join a spring lineup that features men’s volleyball, men’s golf and women’s softball. HNU is securing facilities that will serve as both practice and competition sites. The two coaching positions for these teams will be filled this spring. Recruitment of student athletes for these programs will be on-going throughout the year.

Record of Success:
4 52 Conference Championships 4 40 NAIA National Tournament Appearances 4 25 Regional Tournament Appearances 4 2 Regional Championships 4 32 Conference MVPs 4 76 Academic All-Americans 4 31 NAIA All-Americans 4 26 Conference Coach of the Year Awards
The HNU Athletic Department was accepted into the Pacific West (NCAA Division II) conference last May. All HNU programs, including men’s baseball and women’s tennis, will compete in the PacWest in 2012-13. To learn more about HNU Athletics, please visit the department website at w ww.hnuhawks.com.


A Piece of Venice

HNU Graduate Provides a “Touch of Italy” in Oakland
pril Quinn ’09 and her husband Angelino SanThe decision to launch Gondola Servizio at Lake Merritt was right on the mark. Often referred to as the Heart of Oakland, the Lake’s central location between the Downtown Business District and the shops and restaurants of Lakeshore and Grand Avenue placed Gondola Servizio at the center of Oakland’s ongoing art, culture and culinary boom. “We have been part of the Oakland renaissance,” reflected April. “The community’s pride and support for local small business have contributed to our success.” During its first 10 years of operation, Gondola Servizio operated from the Lake Merritt Sailboat House. The passage of Measure DD in 2002 (the Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks) opened the way for the renovation and enhancement of park space and facilities around the lake, including Gondola Servizio’s current location. In addition to experiencing the allure and romance of an authentic gondola cruise, Gondola Servizio’s customers begin and end their Lake Merritt adventure in the company’s chic boutique gift shop. The boutique includes imported gifts direct from Italy and features a wide selection of whimsical items from local artists. For more information about Gondola Servizio visit www.gondolaservizio.com or call 1-888-SERVIZIO.

dri are the proprietors of Gondola Servizio, an Oaklandbased business that provides authentic Venetian gondola cruises on Lake Merritt. Established in 1999, Gondola Servizio operates out of Lake Merritt’s historic Pump House, where the company shares a dock with the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill. “Our goal is to offer an authentic Italian experience,” said April. “Our charming gondoliers have learned Venetian rowing, traditional songs, history and legends to combine both an informative and entertaining experience for all passengers.” An alumna of Holy Names University, April participated in HNU’s Single Subject Credential Program and holds a preliminary Single Subject Credential in English. She has been a teacher in Oakland area schools. April is responsible for overseeing Gondola Servizio reservations and customer inquiries, while Angelino rows and manages the company’s fleet of three gondolas. “The pride of our brand is authenticity,” commented April. “We focus on being an extension of Venice and want to share the history and culture with our customers. Our fleet consists of authentic hand-crafted Venetian gondolas, direct from the 400-yearold shop of Roberto Dei Rossi.”

Coyote Healer



Wondering what your classmates are doing now?
The Holy Names University Alumni Association
is preparing a new alumni directory that is scheduled for release November, 2012. This exciting, invaluable resource will include personal, academic and business information about Holy Names alumni. The HNU Alumni Association is working in partnership with Harris Connect. Alumni will receive an invitation to update and verify profile information for inclusion in the directory. When you receive a postcard with a toll-free number from HNU, please take a few minutes to call, update your information and order your copy of the directory. Most communication to alumni is by e-mail and online. If you don’t have a current email, you may be missing out on invitations to HNU events, activities and the latest campus news. The HNU Alumni Association represents over 7,000 alumni. Log onto HNALink, the Alumni Association’s online community, to reconnect with fellow classmates and submit class notes. Go to www.hnu.edu/alumni to join. For more information or to update your e-mail address, contact: Holy Names University, Office of Alumni Relations, call (510) 436-1240, email alumni@hnu.edu (include your name and class year) or visit the HNU website at www.hnu.edu/alumni.

Born with cerebral palsy, Mariana Ruybalid ‘71 was not expected to live for more than two weeks. At the age of four, she learned how to use an electric typewriter and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Holy Names University, a master of science degree from Stanford, a master’s in psychology from Antioch College West, and a master’s in Biblical Studies from New College Berkeley. Exploring the role of fantasy and imagination in our lives, Mariana’s newest book, Coyote Healer, Coyote Curandero, is a haunting vision of a country gone wrong and the lengths to which we must go to ensure our freedom. Visit www.createspace.com/3617176 to learn about Mariana’s latest novel.

The Reconstruction & Transformation of QUEENKAY
Local small business owner QueenKay ‘13 (aka Nkem “Kaykay” Amamgbo) operates downtown Oakland’s African-Caribbean Food Market. QueenKay is also an inspiring HNU alumna and is currently a student in the University’s MBA program. Through the autobiography, The Reconstruction and Transformation of QueenKay, QueenKay invites readers to experience her journey of discovering and losing love and how she found the courage to rebuild her life after losing her husband and business partner, Charles Amamgbo, to bone marrow cancer in 2007. Described by CLASSmagazine as “creative and stylish,” the book is a “wellspring of inspiration, insight and hope.” To learn more about The Reconstruction and Transformation of QueenKay and to view an exclusive interview with QueenKay, visit www.queenkay.com.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this important project!

Class Notes
Amyrose McCue Gill MM, became the Assistant to the Director at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. Wilfrid (Bill) Otterbeck was appointed Chief, Fiscal Intermediary & Contacts Oversight for the California Department of Health Care Services. As Chief, Mr. Otterbeck is responsible for administering all aspects of the Med-Cal fiscal intermediary. Since 2001, Mr. Otterbeck has served at the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) in various positions, including Regional Administrator and Change Management Project Executive/Senior Consultant. Cynthia (Cyndi) Casner shared that her family is healthy and that she and her husband Dennis celebrated their 20th anniversary on December 7, 2011. Their daughters Chelsea and Brigette are now 19 and 14 and their son Chandler is 14. (See photo below)



Cynthia M. LeBlanc MA, Ed.D., became the Chair of the National Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society. A recipient of the University’s highest honor, the Alumni Recognition Award, Cynthia’s induction was held at a special ceremony during the Society’s National Assembly Meeting on November 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Elaine Von Stade Parrish celebrated the birth of her granddaughter, Lauren Noelle Anderson, on April 17, 2011. Rita O’Neill Bucher shared with the Alumni Relations Office that Nancy Moran Buckley and Marianne Fry McLoughlin (also Class of ‘54) recently attended a football game at Bishop O’Dowd High School to watch their two freshman grandsons (from St. Ignatius High) participate in the game. An interesting coincidence was that Rita’s grandson, a freshman at O’Dowd, was playing in the same game. Joanne Cabitto Sciaroni MA is recovering from a fractured hip.


Special Announcement to Former HNU Cal Grant Recipients:
Current and future students of HNU need your help!


The Governor is proposing to reduce the Cal Grant awards for students attending California’s independent, nonprofit schools. This proposed change will place financially deserving, academically qualified students at risk of not being able to obtain a college education. The Governor’s proposed Cal Grant cut will apply to both incoming and returning Cal Grant students. We are asking the HNU community to help to defeat the Governor’s proposal. Below are actions you can take to let our state government officials know the importance of maintaining our Cal Grant at its current level and how it has helped many of our students pay for their college education. Reach out to your local legislators and let them know the importance of maintaining the Cal Grant for private institutions.
To reach out to your Legislative Representative:




www.gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php Leave an email on the web page or send a fax to (916)-558-3160. www.senate.ca.gov/senators www.assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers Please know that the Governor’s proposal is not final, and that all of us must work to ensure that the right things are done for California.
Thank you,

Murad Dibbini Dean of Retention and Student Financial Services



Dr. Richard Ortega Vice President of University Advancement


I am honored to join President Hynes’ staff and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, alumni and friends to achieve the goals to advance the University. My family and I are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the Bay Area and making it our home.”


Richard Ortega
served as faculty advisor with the Society of Hispanic & Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and Solar Racing teams. In accepting the position at HNU Dr. Ortega said, “I am honored to join President Hynes’ staff and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, alumni and friends to achieve the goals to advance the University. My family and I are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the Bay Area and making it our home.” HNU President William J. Hynes, Ph.D., said, “We are fortunate to have a highly respected community leader and accomplished fundraiser join Holy Names University. Like Holy Names University, Dr. Ortega has been at the forefront of advancing the hopes and dreams of diverse student populations.”

welcomed Richard P. Ortega, Ed.D., as the Vice President for University Advancement on September 1, 2011. Dr. Ortega has an outstanding track record in fundraising and in leading efforts to expand opportunities for students in under-served communities. Prior to joining HNU, Dr. Ortega was the Vice President for Advancement for Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he also served as the Executive Director of the Carroll College Foundation. Under his leadership, Carroll College raised $34 million in 39 months. Dr. Ortega’s background also includes development oversight for the Medical School at the University of Texas – Health Science Center at San Antonio and the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology. His California-based experience includes California State University, Sacramento, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has also

he HNU community




Dorothy R. Woods (friend) June 8, 2009 Roberta Malcolm Mills ’47 November 20, 2007 August Casqueiro (father of Antionette Casqueiro Boggs ’66) February 3, 2010 Mary Anne Thurston Patterson ’56 March 30, 2010 Antionette Casqueiro Boggs ’66 April 20, 2010 Janis Mae Schluckebier (friend) April 27, 2010 Marnie Cordero (husband of Saloma Guesnon Cordero ’62 and father of Melissa Cordero Hughes ’94) June 2, 2010 Kristine M. Bowman ’99 August 2, 2010 Timothy Farley (husband of Diane Davi Farley ’66) August 4, 2010 Margaret ’Peg’ Noonan MA ’97 November 10, 2010 Norman Patterson (husband of Mary Anne Thurston Patterson ’56) December 8, 2010 Ann Marie Rago (mother of Marian Rago Smith ’60) March 22, 2011 Jack Cacomanolis (husband of Elaine Fauria Cacomanolis ’79) April 17, 2011 Helen Sinnott McCarthy ’44 April 28, 2011 Alex “Bill” Von Stade (father of Elaine Von Stade Prrish ’75) April 30, 2011 William Kenney (husband of Peggie Singleton Kenney ’56) May 4, 2011 Patricia Ann Elder Feliz (former staff nurse) May 18, 2011 Rita Olsen Pister ’47 May 22, 2011 Carl W. Haaland (husband of Thelma Ross Haaland ’51) May 24, 2011 Marie Moffat-Capri ’71 May 27, 2011 Ben Van Norman (former Women’s Volleyball Coach) June 4, 2011 Elinora Joffroy Baffert ’44 June 23, 2011 Theodora Ruegg Cantanho June 24, 2011 Mary Healy Shiells ’38 July 16, 2011 Audrey Kemp Boyer (former staff) July 30, 2011 12/12/2011 David Ebbesen Savell (son of Cynthia Ebbesen Savell ’61) August 12, 2011 Mary Felicitas Supple, SNJM ’47 (Elizabeth Mary Supple) August 19, 2011 Marie Louise Haas Ibrahim ’87 August 23, 2011 Carol A. Berg August 30, 2011 Shirley Elizabeth “Beth” Thompson ’68 August 30, 2011 Daniel J. McNamara (husband of Mary Van Valkenburgh McNamara ’53) August 31, 2011 Estelle Alston Ricchiuto ’39 September 1, 2011 Professor James E. Durbin (Chair & Associate Professor/Director of MBA) September 11, 2011 Christine DaSilva ’81 September 16, 2011 Rita Francis Fraser, CSJ ’42 (Margaret Mary Grace Fraser) September 25, 2011 Priscilla Ann Price Barrow ’55 September 27, 2011 Joseph Mangini (brother of Karen Mangini ’88) September 30, 2011 Robert L. Johnson (husband of Judie Mitchell Johnson ’63) October 2, 2011 Robert Peiffer (widower of Monica Klimas Peiffer ’64) October 3, 2011 Corrinne Perrelli Filice ’47 October 7, 2011 Charlotte Pacheco Martinez Lundberg ’68 October 12, 2011 Thomas Dean Hull (grandfather of Justin Hull-Nye ’08) October 13, 2011 Patricia Mullen Pohl ’49 October 17, 2011 Frieda Mary Nassif (mother of Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, former President of Holy Names University) October 30, 2011 Elizabeth Nkhala Letsela, SNJM (former student) November 16, 2011 Rita Lynott (mother of Stephanie Lynott ’77) November 18, 2011 Thomas “Gerry” Kennedy (father of Margaret Kennedy, SNJM ’68) November 29, 2011 Alyce Tom (mother-in-law of Vicki Tom, President’s Executive Assistant) November 30, 2011 Catherine Guthrie Dunn ’43 (mother of Virginia M. Dunn ’70 and Mary Ann Piskun ’69, M.D.) December 6, 2011 Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, SNJM December 16, 2011 John Mahoney (husband of Carol A. Costa Mahoney ’69) December 6, 2011 Elizabeth B. ’Betty” Fielding (former faculty) December 8, 2011 Gloria Hermsen Edick ’66 December 10, 2011 Carol H. Callaway (mother of Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, ’66, Steven Callaway, Board of Trustees) December 14, 2011



The Holy Names University community mourns the loss

of Jim Durbin, who died unexpectedly September 11. Jim served the University as an Associate Professor, Director of the MBA Program and Chair of the Business Department. He had been a true colleague and friend to the HNU community since his arrival on campus in 1979. As the Director of Holy Names University’s MBA Program, Jim was responsible for admissions, advising, academic plans and graduation requirements. He was also an academic advisor for traditional undergraduate business students and adult business students. At HNU, he taught undergraduate and graduate students in accounting and marketing. In addition, he had over 20 years of professional business experience. Jim worked in middle and senior management positions with large organizations such as Arthur Andersen and Company, LLP, Bank of America, United States Leasing International (New York Stock Exchange), USL Capital Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Ford Financial Services, Mellon Bank and Mellon Financial Services. He had owned a privately-held $11 million building supply company where he also served as a principal, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Jim was also a California Real Estate Broker, having structured sales and financing for residential and commercial properties. In addition, he was a financial advisor to individuals, non-profit organizations, public schools and for-profit businesses.

The James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund
Holy Names University has established the James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Jim Durbin’s distinguished service and leadership at the University. Contributions can be made by sending a gift to: Office for University Advancement 3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619 (510) 436-1245 Please make your check payable to Holy Names University and indicate that it is for the James Durbin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Learn more online: www.hnu.edu/news/JimDurbinMemorial.html

In Memorium, continued
Mary O’Brien, SNJM (sister of Celestine Mary O’Brien, SNJM ’57) December 16, 2011 Margaret Fleitz Mercer ’35 ( sister of Mary Christine Fleitz, ’38, aunt of Carol Fleitz, SNJM ’64 and Roberta Fleitz ’69, sister-in-law of Gemma Sullivan Fleitz ’38 and Virginia Dowling Fleitz ’39) December 18, 2011 Grace Briare, SNJM ’68, Sr. M. Christa Rose (sister of Therese Briare Doherty ’65) December 23, 2011 Francesca Cabrini Weber, SNJM ’43 December 23, 2011 Mary Jeanne Cusick, SNJM ,M.A. ’69 December 26, 2011 Ian Hussey (cousin of Miriam Henry Hussey, SNJM) January 1, 2012 Patrick Grill (step-father of Cheryl Milner, SNJM, ’70) January 2, 2012 Frank E. Sabatte (father of Marianne Sabatte’ Westen ’64) January 5, 2012 Nancy Keavany Winchell ’58 January 5, 2012 Robert A. Walker (father of Cindy Walker Puppione ’69) January 9, 2012 Frank Smith (husband of Trustee Loretta Reilly Smith ’87) January 11, 2012 Alice Tobriner, SNJM ’43 (Sr. Marian Leona) January 31, 2012




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HNU Commencement May 12, 2012 Keynote Speaker: Gwen Ifill

Homecoming Save-the-Date Reunion Celebration Homecoming & Alumni
October 18 – 20, 2012
Mark your calendar for Holy Names University’s 2012 Homecoming and Reunion Celebration, culminating with the Saturday, October 20th Alumni Reunion. Other events will include the 39th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, the Alumni Basketball Game (Alumni vs. Current Students) and more. Visit www.hnu.edu/alumni or call (510) 436-1240 for more information. Formal invitation and schedule details coming soon!

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