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A M A G A Z I N E F O R A L U M N I A N D F R I E N D S O F H O LY N A M E S U N I V E R S I T Y
HOME is where the is A celebration of the HNU community, near and far
HNUTODAY A MAGA ZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS FALL I 2017
Stephanie Silva, communications manager Sonia Caltvedt, director of marketing and communications Kelsey Lindquist, assistant director, annual fund
R adical Hospitality HNU's 2017 incoming class
Empowering women through softball
6 FACULTY WATCH
8 GIVING NEWS
J oanne K. Dickson’s Disabled Students Assistance Fund
9 SNJM ON CAMPUS Interview with Chris Patrinos, SNJM
10 ALUMNI NEWS Jackie Kennedy, Alumni Spotlight
11 STUDENT STORIES
Lillian Le, Student Spotlight
12 FEATURE STORY
6 0 years on the hill
14 FEATURE INTERVIEW
J ennine Capó Crucet, author of Make your Home Among Strangers
16 CLASS NOTES
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Stephanie Silva, communications manager Sonia Caltvedt, director of marketing and communications Kelsey Lindquist, assistant director, annual fund Sister Carol Nicklas, SNJM ’64, alumni relations volunteer Jeanie Watson, PhD, HNU interim president Alison Mundy, director of advancement Anne Laskey, professor emerita of music Maree Hennessy, director, Kodály Center The opinions expressed in HNU Today do not necessarily represent the views of the editors nor policies of Holy Names University. Comments for the editors may be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing to: Editors, HNU Today, Marketing and Communications Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619
UNIVERSITY OFFICERS Jeanie Watson, PhD, HNU interim president Michael Groener, vice president for finance and administration Lizbeth Martin, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs Michael Miller, vice president for student affairs and title IX coordinator Alan Liebrecht, vice president for enrollment management Carol Sellman, SNJM ’69, MM ’78, EdD, vice president for mission integration
ALUMNI EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT Ana Raphael-Scott ’89
HNU BOARD OF TRUSTEES Barbara Hood ’70, MPA, Chairperson of the Board; Steven Borg ’86, MA; Barbara A. Bray, SNJM ’68, MA ’89; Miguel Bustos ’93, MBA, MA, L.H.D. ’15; Steven A. Callaway; Cynthia Canning, SNJM ’68, MA; Honorable Carol A. Corrigan ’70, JD; Rachel O’Dwyer Flynn, MPA; Alan Hyman; Mary Pat LeRoy, SNJM ’68, MEd ’75; Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM, PhD; Nikki Maziasz ’01; Bryan R. Parker, JD; Martha Rolley, SNJM ’72, EdD; Kathleen Ross, SNJM, PhD; Loretta Reilly Smith ’87; Nicki Jean Thomas, SNJM ’71, MA; Jeanie L. Watson, PhD; Jayne W. Williams, JD; Agnieszka Winkler, ’67 MA, MBA, L.H.D. Holy Names University is a private, co-ed university located on 60 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. Cover photo by Edward Duncan
President’s Message THIS EDITION OF HNU TODAY is dedicated to the theme of home. During the
fall semester at Holy Names, “Home is where the hawk is” messages appeared throughout campus in hand-painted posters, event invitations, and in other displays. This unifying message reflects the spirit of our community beautifully, and it has set the tone for the school year. For those of you who studied here before the hawk represented a student at Holy Names, we consider all of you hawks, too. A hawk’s home may now be Arcata, CA; Bainbridge Island, WA; or Honolulu, HI. Wherever you are reading from today, please know that you will always have a home at HNU. Here in the Oakland Hills, hawks soar above us each day with a fierceness, a perspective, and a grace that quietly inspire the work of Holy Names. In our classrooms, we carry out the vision and inspiration of our founding Sisters by living out their core values, infusing these values into our teaching and campus community, and providing a rigorous education that leads to opportunity for our students in today’s economy. In service to this, it’s important that we provide a home for new ways of addressing society’s challenges, for risktaking, for personal growth, and cultural growth. A home where leaders are born. Nearly 150 years ago, the Sisters traveled several thousand miles to make a new home for themselves here in Oakland. This home was meant to be shared, and it has provided a place for countless people to fulfill their purpose and inspire others to do the same. In my Convocation speech this year, I asked our students, faculty, and staff to also remember our own origins and the journey we have travelled—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—to come to be here, right now, in this particular place, doing the work we do. And to recall the sense of courage and faith that journey has often required. I’d like to extend that invitation to remember to all of you, too.
Interim President Jeanie Watson, PhD
A hawk’s home may now be Arcata, CA; Bainbridge Island, WA; or Honolulu, HI. Wherever you are reading from today, please know that you will always have a home at HNU.”
Since becoming your interim president just over a year ago, I’ve been shown hospitality and a welcome that has made this community truly feel like home. It is a privilege to be a part of Holy Names University and to serve as your president. Read on to learn about people and projects that will make you proud to be a hawk.
Sincerely, Jeanie Watson, PhD, HNU Interim President
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Campus Highlights HNU STUDENTS EXPERIENCE SIGNATURE "RADICAL HOSPITALITY" FROM DAY ONE Holy Names University (HNU) asks all students to embrace the University’s core values of human dignity, radical hospitality, social justice, and service. While all of these values are integral to the Holy Names experience, radical hospitality is especially present during this time of year. Radical hospitality at HNU is, simply put, being welcomed as a member of the family.
During the first two days of orientation at HNU, parents and families are extended a welcome into the HNU family. While new students meet the sisters over dessert the first evening, parents and families have their dessert with staff and faculty separately. The dessert is special – it recreates the experience the sisters had when they arrived in Oakland in 1868 from Quebec, Canada, and were served strawberries by Father Michael King, pastor of Saint Mary’s Church. There are also special orientation sessions for parents and family members that help them understand how they can help students succeed in college.
HNU’s vice president for student affairs, and title IX coordinator, Michael Miller, explains it this way: “The concept of hospitality is well-understood, but radical hospitality is different. It’s about meeting others where they are, embracing them as who they are, helping them, and working with them. For students, it’s about welcoming them into our community of learners while being in their communities and part of their experiences. As educators, we help students prepare to be in the next place on their journey. Working with the Sisters for 12 years, I’ve 2017 Rite of Passage ceremony at Holy Names University learned that demonstrating radical hospitality is a critical means to striving for fairness and social justice.” This fall, HNU welcomed a record number of new undergraduate students to our campus. These students experienced an orientation that was infused with radical hospitality.
Students know that they are not a number here. No one leaves here thinking that they didn’t matter.”
Another component of radical hospitality is creating a safe space for people to take risks. This starts on day one, an hour after students check in for orientation. Student leaders emphasize that whatever students put into orientation is what they’ll get out of it, encouraging them to “put themselves out there” by introducing themselves to someone new.
Says Rhica Savella, orientation team leader and senior at HNU, “Our job is to make sure that students feel welcome, and that they know where their resources are. We are friends now, and I will be there for them throughout the year. This is my first year in this role. I couldn’t really imagine myself doing it when I was asked to, but the experience made me realize that I do have a leader inside of me.”
Heather French, dean for student development and engagement
Orientation activities began with the traditional “Rite of Passage” ceremony, in which incoming students climb the 106 stairs at the center of campus, cheered on by their families and the HNU community. Stairs are chalked the previous day by upper-class students, who inscribe them with each new student’s name. On the day of their graduation, students will see their names on the stairs again and process down them as a community out into the world.
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“Being intentional about including people here on campus is really important to us. The mission of student orientation is making the culture transparent here,” says Heather French, dean for student development and engagement. “Students leave the program feeling more prepared, included, involved - that they’re already part of campus.”
Says Heather French, “Students know that they are not a number here. They are ‘known’ by many staff and faculty on campus. If a student is struggling, someone on campus steps in to help. No one leaves here thinking that they didn’t matter.” This article first appeared in the September 4, 2017 edition of The Catholic Voice
LEARNING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: 2017-18 ASHNU COUNCIL All enrolled students are members of the Associated Students of Holy Names University (ASHNU). The ASHNU Council serves as the governing body of ASHNU and is composed of eight executive officers and eight members of the Class Council. The ASHNU Council educates students to be socially and civically engaged leaders on campus and in their greater communities. MEET OUR NEW ASHNU COUNCIL: From Left to right: Edtivia “Tay Tay” Rutherford, Student Body President; Elle Burland, Freshman Class Vice President; Allison Winet, Graduate Student Representative; Ylda Lopez, Communications/Publicity Coordinator; Shaniah Ritzie, Freshman Class President; Taylor Krouse, Campaign/Outreach Coordinator; Shaylah Ellis, Junior Class President; Lauren Rhodes, Junior Class Vice President; Jamila Gadlin, Commuter Representative; Kiana Evans, Sophomore Class President; Mattea Carveiro, Sophomore Class Vice President; Marcelas Perry, Senior Class Vice President; Makayla Evans, Senior Class President; Tucker Williams, Student Body Vice President Not pictured: Allie Sementelli, Student Life/Events Coordinator; Alexis Castanon-Mckelvy, Financial/ Budget Coordinator
HNU RANKED AGAIN BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Holy Names University as one of the Best Regional Universities in the West in its “Best Colleges 2018” guide, as well as a “Best Value” regional university. U.S. News uses criteria such as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving in order to rank colleges and universities. HNU was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most Ethnically Diverse Regional Universities in the West. Seventy-seven percent of HNU students are people of color. Eighty-one percent of incoming freshmen are people of color; and fifty-one percent are Latino.
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HNU's 2017 incoming class ON
71% were born in
45% ARE FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
195 live in the residence halls, 46 live off campus and commute
81% LIVE ON CAMPUS 19% LIVE OFF CAMPUS
Gender: 139 Female 102 Male
the most popular majors for the class of 2021 BIOLOGY
Women 58% Men 42%
OF HNU STUDENTS HAVE A NAME THAT STARTS WITH THE LETTER
HNU residence halls are at capacity this year.
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Where is the incoming class from? 11 STATES AND 9 FOREIGN COUNTRIES Washington Oregon
Hawaii Texas Florida
NEW FRESHMEN UNDERGRADUATES BY ETHNICITY
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
THE OLDEST STUDENT WAS
51 years old
WHEN THE YOUNGEST WAS BORN
Black or African American 13% Asian 11% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
MOST COMMON BIRTH MONTHS
American Indian 1%
JULY AND DECEMBER
Two or more 1%
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Faculty Watch CARINA GALLO PROMOTES A GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE PERSPECTIVE In May, Carina Gallo, PhD, assistant professor of criminology, traveled to Stockholm University to present a paper titled Gaining a Global Criminal Justice Perspective: A computer supported collaboration between students in Sweden and the United States. Gallo co-authored the paper with Julaine Fowlin, PhD, former HNU instructional designer, and My Lilja, PhD, director of the criminology program at HIG. The paper discusses a fall 2015 criminology course in which HNU students shared an online classroom with Swedish undergraduates from the University of Gävle (HIG). The course is part of a greater effort to globalize HNU’s criminology curriculum and to increase awareness and use of global learning technology on campus.
ROBERT SIMONS CELEBRATED IN A MAJOR ART EXHIBITION Robert Simons, MFA, professor of art, was celebrated in an art exhibition at the Mythos Fine Art, Firehouse Gallery in North Berkeley. The exhibition, Animal Spirit, offered viewers a rare opportunity to view a breadth of work from the famed Bay Area artist. The exhibition showcased 16 of Simons’ major works from the past three decades, pulling key pieces from different thematic periods.
ROBERT LASSALLE-KLEIN REPRESENTS THE U.S. AT THE NORTH-SOUTH DIALOGUE ON INTERCULTURAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY Last May, Robert Lassalle-Klein, PhD, professor of religious studies and philosophy, travelled to Seville, Spain to represent the U.S. at the North-South Dialogue on Intercultural Philosophy and Theology. The event was sponsored by Missio, the international Catholic mission organization of the German bishops. His talk, Responses to Migration, Mysterium Salutis or Mysterium Iniquitatis? will be published this fall in their journal. He also traveled to Rome where he met with the staff of Jesuit Refugee Service International with whom he is collaborating on his fifth book, Voices of Migrants and Refugees.
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ICK PATRICK’S PAPER ACCEPTED INTO THE R INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES IN BARCELONA, SPAIN Rick Patrick, MA, professor of art, recently had his paper, Democratization of Design: Speculation on the Future of Three-dimensional Printing, accepted into the Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices in Barcelona, Spain. The paper discusses the future of 3D printing, and the dramatic impact this technology will have on the production and distribution of consumer goods. Patrick’s research focuses on the arts as a source for understanding historic cultural transformations.
HANTILLY APOLLON CASE STUDY PUBLISHED C IN THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CASE STUDY TEACHING IN SCIENCE Chantilly Apollon, PhD, assistant professor of biological science, recently published a case study in the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, Is the Data Dirty or Clean? The Role of Experimental Design in Human Health Studies. The case study challenges students to differentiate between anecdotal evidence and sciencebased evidence related to human health. Designed for students in introductory biology courses, the activity could be useful for any course in which students need to differentiate between science and pseudoscience.
SISTER SOPHIA PARK COMPLETES TWO BOOKS Sophia Park, SNJM, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy, wrote two books that will be published in 2018. Her book of essays on Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and Trappist monk, follows the parallels of their spiritual journey, and will be published by The Crossroad Publishing Company. Her book on loss and grief will be published by Yellow Brick Publishing Company, in Seoul, South Korea and was inspired by her experience leading a women’s workshop in South Korea on healing and communication. The book explores the suffering, theory, and processing methods associated with loss.
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Giving News JOANNE K. DICKSON’S DISABLED STUDENTS ASSISTANCE FUND The Disabled Students Assistance Fund (DSA) was established in 2013 by Holy Names University (HNU) alumna, Joanne K. Dickson ‘70. Inspired by her own experience, Mrs. Dickson created the fund to help students with disabilities achieve their academic goals and flourish at HNU. Since its creation, the fund has supported numerous new services and programs. The founder, Joanne Dickson, was born in 1948 and grew up in Oakland, California. Due to complications associated with a premature birth and outdated medical practices she developed Cerebral Palsy (CP). CP left Mrs. Dickson mobility challenged -- she didn’t walk until she was five and used crutches before beginning to use a wheelchair eight years ago. These challenges didn’t stop her from pursuing her academic ambitions, and in 1968 she was accepted at HNU. As the first student with a disability at HNU, Mrs. Dickson laid the groundwork for greater campus-wide Family friend, John Allen understanding and accessibility resources.
Now you can fly–you can get a job and live your own life.”
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Mrs. Dickson took graduate school courses and also worked hard to finally get her driver’s license. It was this achievement that inspired her family friend, John Allen, to gift her with a specially-fitted car, telling her, “Now you can fly--you can get a job and live your own life.” Within six months Mrs. Dickson was hired to found and run the Disabled Student Program at Humboldt State University. Mr. Allen did not expect repayment for his gift, but instead he asked her to, “Help others and pay it forward.” Mrs. Dickson believed the best way to pay it forward would be to start the DSA fund at HNU, so that other students could receive the wonderful education she did, and it would be a little easier for them. ince its founding the DSA fund has supported many new programs S and initiatives at HNU, including: Launch of a smartpen lending program Installation of an accessible computing station Subscription to SensusAccess, software that converts documents into a range of alternative media Professional development for Disability Support Services (DSS) staff Individualized student support services In the future, Rebecca Whitney, disability support services coordinator, hopes to use the fund to support the adoption of
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additional text-to-speech services, expand the smartpen program, and with additional contributions, offer events to educate the community on disability issues, and improve accessibility across campus facilities. Mrs. Dickson hopes that others in the HNU community and beyond will be inspired by the mission of the DSA fund to help students with disabilities achieve their academic goals. She hopes that the fund will continue to grow and support even more students in the upcoming years. HNU community members interested in contributing to the fund are encouraged to contact Kelsey Lindquist, assistant director of annual giving, at email@example.com. Students and others interested in learning more about the services available may contact Rebecca Whitney, disability support services coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Left: Joanne Kinney Dickson Below: 1970 Budget Committee (left to right): Joanne Dickson, Mary Angeli, Chris DeRosia, Ann Chiappelone, Vicki Clares
SNJM on campus INTERVIEW WITH SISTER CHRIS PATRINOS '81, PHD Sister Chris Patrinos ‘81, PhD, is an HNU alumna and an associate professor of political science. Her courses include Dynamics of International Relations, Indigenous Peoples, and Power and Powerlessness. She also advises the Model United Nations and the Pacific Islanders Club, and has written or contributed to many works examining Hawaiian political and cultural history.
ON BEING A PROFESSOR AT HNU
ABOUT LIVING IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
When I came on board in 1995, there were four Sisters in the Department of History and Political Science: Sr. Ethel Mary, Sr. Mary Anderson, Sr. Deborah Church, and Sr. Barbara Williams, who I was replacing. I was so fortunate to have had these Sisters as guides and role models, and hope that I am continuing in their footsteps by fulfilling the mission of Holy Names University: to teach “in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions and empower a diverse student body for leadership and service.”
I lived in the residence halls for six years, and there were a lot of 2:00 a.m. moments. There was the young woman who couldn’t sleep and would ask me to stay with her until she drifted off, the students who were sure their dorm room was haunted, and the students with relationship troubles. I just listened to them, but if I’d given advice, it would have been, “Don’t do anything stupid.” Some of the residents in my hall were my students, and that was nice. When they needed help with their academic studies, I was there.
There was a great sense of community, and there was great energy between us. Today the same thing is true of our faculty: there is genuine excitement and collaboration to provide the best opportunities for our students. I’m always surprised by all the people who are attracted to HNU because of the values they find in our community. To me, it’s about being a light, doing our work diligently, taking the extra time to meet with our students, and listening to them. Having Father Sal here as a support for our students makes a big difference, too.
ABOUT TEACHING POLITICAL SCIENCE
ON THE STUDENTS AT HNU I’ve had amazing students. They’re smart and creative. I see so much growth during our time together, and I see them learn how to think critically. The students here are happy. We demand their best, but they know that we care and that we want them to succeed. In exchange, they are kind, and they are willing to share their gifts and their knowledge with others. Our students find careers that are personally fulfilling. In most cases, they choose positions that are service-oriented that help the community. HNU students graduate with a voice. They have the language to talk about what needs to be done, and then they do it.
When I begin my poli-sci classes, I describe politics with the story from Greek mythology of Sisyphus. The political process is the rock. It will likely fall back down again, but maybe it won’t. We do have to keep trying to make society better. God knows what is happening. All good things happen for those who love the Lord. It will be ok, and we will keep at this until we get it right. I think humor is really important in teaching, in being, in all of it. My students are funny. They teach me things all of the time. Sr. Chris was the faculty honoree at this year’s HNU Alumni Awards, held at Homecoming on November 3. She was celebrated along with Doreen Ferreira Jones ‘67, Ronisha Parker ‘13, and Cecelia Tutt ’62.
ister Chris S Patrinos (center) shares a light hearted moment with HNU students
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Alumni News JACKIE KENNEDY Jackie Kennedy ’00, MBA ’03 received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business management from Holy Names University (HNU). Having attended the business programs at HNU as both a working professional and a single mother, she credits the flexible schedule, the support of her professors, and the rigorous program for her career growth in the financial services industry. Kennedy lost both of her parents at a young age, and going to college right out of high school was not an option. Instead, she began working in a bank and became the mother of a young son. She attended an occasional community college class, but finding a
“I was glad that I had earned my bachelor’s degree, but I wanted the competitive edge that an MBA provides a working professional. I wanted another arrow in my quiver.”
program that worked around her schedule seemed impossible. At 30 years old and as a single mother, earning a college degree and securing her financial future became more important than ever. She researched numerous schools in the area and selected HNU because the program was tailored for working adults. Kennedy’s time at HNU helped her develop her writing and research skills, which she leveraged in her professional pursuits to seek new career opportunities. By the time she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and communications, she had transitioned from an executive assistant to a vice president, paving the way toward the financial security that she sought for herself and her son. “I was glad that I had earned my bachelor’s degree, but I wanted the competitive edge that an MBA provides a working professional. I wanted another arrow in my quiver,” Kennedy said. The MBA program helped Kennedy to gain a perspective of the global business environment, of how to drive and manage change, and to develop and lead high-performing organizations. Kennedy states, “I was so fortunate to be a working professional and MBA student, because I could integrate what I was learning directly into my work life.” After nearly three decades in the financial services industry, Kennedy retired to Bainbridge Island, Washington, a small island community in the Puget Sound area. Now happily remarried, she and her husband Jim spend their time hiking with their two dogs, Daisy and Carly, gardening, and exploring the sights of the Pacific Northwest. “I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have discovered HNU,” Kennedy stated. “My HNU experience changed my life in every way.” Kennedy is a shining example of how HNU empowers students to improve their lives through higher education and to lead lives of leadership and service.
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Student Stories STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Her father always wanted to become a lawyer, but life and family interrupted his academic ambitions. When Lily’s father passed away last spring, she decided to pick up where he left off and become a lawyer herself.
LILLIAN LE Lillian Le is a freshman at Holy Names University (HNU), and is one of the recipients of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) Scholarship this year. Le first learned about HNU when Sr. Carol Sellman, vice president for mission integration, and Alan Liebrecht, vice president for strategic enrollment management, visited her alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon. Their description of HNU—small class sizes, personal attention, diverse community—and the opportunity to continue learning in the SNJM tradition immediately inspired her to apply. An engaged student at St. Mary’s Academy, Le was deeply involved in a variety of clubs and activities. She was co-captain of the dance team, a student ambassador, and co-founder of the Women of Color Association, a group founded to promote diversity on campus and provide a supportive community for students. She is the first SNJM Scholarship recipient from St. Mary’s. Le, a first-generation college student, began the criminology major with a pre-law concentration at HNU this fall. Her entrance into the program marks the continuation of a family dream. Her father always wanted to become a lawyer, but life and family interrupted his academic ambitions. When Le’s father passed away last spring, she decided to pick up where he left off and become a lawyer herself. “[I’m] definitely not homesick yet...and glad to have experiences that would have been impossible back in Portland,” Le shares. “The view” tops her list of favorite things on campus. She finds the HNU community to be welcoming and vibrant, and is excited to take advantage of the internship and networking opportunities the Bay Area provides. Le is thankful that the SNJM Scholarship has allowed her to join the HNU community and has launched her onto the path toward an exciting legal career.
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60 years on the hill
SR. ALICE TOBRINER '43 RECOUNTS HER MEMORIES OF MOVING THE HNU CAMPUS
This was good-bye, this was the real leave-taking. This is God’s will for us. Now a great new symphony of love and prayer and education was beginning high on a hill in East Oakland." In 1957, the College of the Holy Names bid farewell to Lake Merritt, its home of nearly 90 years, and began a new journey on Mountain Boulevard. Sister Alice Tobriner ’43 kept a lively account, documenting the Sisters’ departure from the lake, their temporary lodgings at Mills College and the Sage Motel, and the modern delights of a brand new campus. Sixty years later, Sr. Alice’s memories, excerpted below, offer a poignant glimpse of HNU’s rich history and enduring legacy.
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Remembrances of the last days at Lake Merritt include packing and hauling and transporting and cleaning. Every time a van was scheduled for loading, the heavens opened in a torrent; It could have been humorous under other circumstances. The Sisters would come in the early morning from Mills and continue the work to be done. We would have lunch in our old refectory (dining room) with only its three permanent tables. For a while we had three benches—then one day we had only one—and we took turns sitting as we gulped our sandwiches and soup. Finally, the day came when there were no benches. Boxes, not already packed, converted easily into camp stools!
areas that no longer needed checking, we finally gathered at the bottom of the stairs, and left our home for the last time—strangely walking out without locking the door after us.
HNU campus under construction
McLean Chapel being built
McLean Chapel being built. On the left, Sr. Emily Marie McKernan, who oversaw the move and development of this campus, and on the right, her blood sister, Sr. Rita Josephine McKernan.
Left: First Commencement on HNU's new campus
The morning [of] the fateful last day, we had our last breakfast. There were no stoves left in the kitchen, so we heated the water for powdered coffee over a single gas burner (how often we had wanted to bless the man who invented such an easy way to make a cup of coffee!). There were oranges and boxed cereals, and doughnuts we had picked up at the shop on the way home from mass. Having checked the
The rain was pouring in torrents now as we got into the car, ready to drive over to the Mills graduate hall. This was good-bye, this was the real leavetaking. This is God’s will for us. Now a great new symphony of love and prayer and education was beginning high on a hill in East Oakland.
construction areas; But it simply had to be done—and so we did it. The bell and copper-sheathed cross atop the tower, to become as symbolic of the college as the old red-topped cupola downtown, was blessed on April 13. Because friends of the late Senator McCarran had contributed for the purchase of the bell, it was at their request christened ‘Patrick Anthony,’ his own baptismal names.
There were sights now that we had never seen before, but which will Men who knew construction problems presumably be part and parcel assured us that it of student life on this would be absolutely campus in the decades to impossible to come. The campus store Mind you, we were not have the [campus] opened, significantly, on unaware of the fact that we buildings ready for the first day of spring. our use by the first As time went along, it were moving into quarters part of February. made a valiant attempt which were, up to less than But, because we to become a reduced hours [before], considered simply had to have supermarket, carrying them ready, because drugs and cosmetics, construction areas; But it we were used to religious articles and simply had to be done— having ultimatums greeting cards, in addition and so we did it. like that presented to such college basics as to us and rarely textbooks and academic feeling as though supplies. It was here too the power of God was bound in by that came the ultimate in modern such declarations, we went on our way, differences with life as it once was lived preparing for the opening of classes quietly by the lake: Now, actually, there on February 4. were cigarettes sold over the counter! It is true that for the week preceding we had to hire the muscular power of boyfriends of students to help with all the moving and heavy sweeping which had to be done. Mind you, we were not unaware of the fact that we were moving into quarters which were, up to less than hours [before], considered
In the administrative building there was the college seal blazing on the floor in brilliant linoleum colors. The seniors with the prerogative of a class to be the first graduated from the new campus, decided upon a tradition to begin promptly: That no-one should ever tread upon this seal.
The seniors with the prerogative of a class to be the first graduated from the new campus, decided upon a tradition to begin promptly: That no-one should ever tread upon this seal.
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FINDING A HOME, AND FINDING YOURSELF AS A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT:
AN INTERVIEW WITH
Jennine Capó Crucet
INTERVIEWED BY HNU STUDENT JEFFERSON CORTAVE Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (St. Martin’s Press). The book is a New York Times Editor’s Choice, winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino and the Miami Herald. Crucet is a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and teaches at the University of Nebraska. Make Your Home Among Strangers is the 2017-18 University Common Reading for incoming students at Holy Names University. The book follows Lizet Ramirez, a first-generation college student, as she navigates her first year in college.
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“My hope for the book is that it’s a tool for empathy. I hope the novel convinces people of the humanity of people that are not like them.” Jennine Capó Crucet
Jefferson Cortave: How would you introduce your book to an audience that is not familiar with the story? Jennine Capó Crucet: Ultimately, it’s the idea of being somewhere you didn’t expect to be and figuring out how to make a home in that place. You dedicated your book to three students that you worked with at a non-profit, One Voice, in Los Angeles. How did they inspire you to write this story? Jose, Mark, and Angelica were three students I met while working as a counselor at One Voice. They Googled me, found out I was a writer, and
independently found my first book. After reading my book they started asking me for recommendations on books that would reflect the experience of going off to college, and being the first in your family to do so. I realized that the book I wanted to give them didn’t exist yet. I realized that I had to write it. It was a part of my job calling as a writer, and also as a counselor. Thank you for writing this book. I found the story so relatable for myself and fellow first-generation students. How did you find Lizet’s voice and character? Part of the process of writing any novel is learning about that main character. I wanted to figure out who Lizet was and the only way I could do that was to write the book. I imagined she was a friend of mine and she was telling me the story of a year in her life. It sounds a little kooky, but that is a lot of what writing is, listening to voices that you believe are real. Were there similarities between your own first year in college and Lizet’s? Did you draw inspiration from your experience? Yes, a lot of the feelings Lizet had I felt as well, but literal plot elements had nothing in common with my actual lived experience. I definitely felt her homesickness. My family wasn’t totally aware of what was happening while I was at school and that worry translated into a lot of guilt for me. I’ve been really lucky to have parents who support me in my education and life choices. Lizet’s family wasn’t as supportive. Do you have advice for first-generation college students whose families are not supportive? That’s part of why I wrote this book. My family was supportive but they didn’t quite understand what kind of support I needed. Often their form of support was telling me, “you can come home whenever you want.” That’s not a family's default response when you come from a college-going family.
I want students who are doing this to know that they are not alone. I wrote the book, not just for those three students at One Voice, but for myself. If I had found this book when I was 18, 19, or even 25, I would have known that this is normal. There are so many people going through this same thing, we need to find each other and offer each other support. My advice is to seek out other first-generation students so you don’t feel alone on campus. And understand that your experience is a valid one. At HNU we have an orientation workshop for first-generation college students. It was very comforting going to that orientation and knowing that I’m not alone, there are students that look just like me and have similar backgrounds. In the book, Lizet’s Dad tells her, “you’re not Cuban.” Can you speak about the tension you explore in your book about not being American enough and not being Cuban enough? In my writing, I put these questions out there and try to define them clearly so that readers can talk about them. I have a hyphenated identity as a Cuban-American. What’s interesting is how it’s context dependent. When Lizet is on campus she feels the Cuban aspect of her identity on the forefront, that’s the main identity category that she feels reflected back at her, but in Miami that’s not the case. That’s something I struggle with myself. Am I American? Or am I Guatemalan because that’s where my parents are from? I’m American on one side, but when people see me they see a Latino. They see all these different identities that are placed on us. College is a place where we start thinking about these questions because we are reading so much and we are meeting so many people that are like us or not like us. It’s a real exciting time. It’s also baffling.
In our current political climate, how do you feel this novel will resonate with readers? My hope for the book is that it’s a tool for empathy. I hope the novel convinces people of the humanity of people that are not like them. Lizet does not want to talk about [political issues] with anybody on her campus, she just wants to deal with her family. It comes to the forefront at the end of the novel that, that is political, it is a choice. The personal is very political, for all Americans. At various times Lizet thought “I’m Cuban, I should speak up for this,” but held herself back. I felt her internal struggle. Think about the stress that puts on someone. I know I felt that in college. Part of what I wanted to get across [in the book] is how much added stress is put on, not just first-generation college students, but students from lowincome families, and families of color. Did you feel like the shock of your first college experience prepared and shaped you for a professional life? I wouldn’t be where I am without the experience of going to college. College was a space where I was allowed to figure out who I was. I needed the freedom that came with that space. It was in college that I accepted and understood that I was a writer and that I could make a life out of it. Even if I didn’t make a career out of it, I could make a life out of it.
Jefferson Cortave will graduate in May 2018 from Holy Names University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a Sociology concentration. He is a Peer Mentor at HNU and is completing an internship at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). He is a firstgeneration college student. Interview edited by Stephanie Silva
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Class Notes 1948 SR. MIRIAM DANIEL FAHEY is one of 30 Holy Names Sisters residing at Merrill Gardens in Campbell, CA. She serves on the resident council, offers a Spanish class, presides at a communion service, and prepares a homily about once a month. She also enjoys knitting. She sends greetings to her many past students.
1961 SUE LADNER BOESEN and her husband are both retired and living in New Braunfels, Texas. She works occasionally as a sign language interpreter. One daughter just moved to Kobe, Japan with her son, who serves in the U.S. Air Force. Another is a graphic designer for the Oakland Museum of California. A son lives and works in Lincoln, NE. Sue’s youngest has two children, ages five and three.
1962 JOANNE ARCHIBALD HAWKE had an eight-year career at NASA, worked as a tech programmer, and spent 14 years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She retired in 2001. She travels quite a bit around the Bay Area and to visit friends. She says, “I’ve been [through] a lot, but still am very grateful for all the good that my God has given to me and my family!”
1964 JOANNE MAHONEY CARDER retired this year as the vice president of human resources and labor relations at KQED in San Francisco. She now works with a group on healthcare issues and job searches for those misplaced by technology. She recently enjoyed walking and hiking trips to Scotland, upstate New York, and Spain.
SR. CAROL FLEITZ celebrated her golden jubilee (50 years of religious vows) this year. In June, she visited Montreal with other Sisters celebrating their jubilees. In the same month, she traveled to Hawaii with 30 family members. Sr. Carol is active in her parish
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1971 as a eucharistic minister and member of the RCIA team and parish council. She occasionally hosts groups at the Sisters’ retreat house in Santa Cruz.
KATHY KUSTERS HERRINGTON sold her home in San Jose and moved to Northbrook, IL to be near her son. She now lives in a faith-based retirement community, where she is secretary of the resident’s council, enjoys playing dominoes, and participates in a group that reads old radio plays. In August, Kathy took a Grand Circle tour through Canada, traversing by train, bus, and boat.
ANN SANDERSFELD LAMBERT retired from the educational administration world in 2007, and has since found her niche helping the domestic violence shelter in her county. She is currently the board chair, helping women and their children break the cycle of violence.
1965 CAROLE NANNERY CHICOINE and her husband enjoy exercising, volunteering, and traveling. They volunteer with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Interfaith Food Closet, and their local parish. Carole also devotes her time to classrooms in three local public schools, and to a program for aged-out foster youth.
1966 SR. DIANNE FAGAN has lived in a “very nice” assisted living complex in Saratoga, CA, for the last two years. A few other Sisters live there with her. She feels “very well taken care of.”
SR. MOLLY NEVILLE celebrated her diamond jubilee (60 years of religious profession) this summer. Sr. Molly coordinates the spirituality program at the Sisters’ retreat house in Santa Cruz, and gives retreats, days of prayer, and workshops for parishes and schools. She recently visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to study scripture and to enrich her prayer life and ministry skills.
KATHY DONOVAN PEREZ is tapering off her role as professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is “going global,” making presentations to teachers in Asia, Africa, and South America. At home in Alameda, Kathy writes books (has published four so far) to share her passion for the teaching profession.
1972 ROSEANNE MUNDAY GAUMER CHAMBERLAIN retired from the El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission in 2006, and has since done similar work on a part-time basis. Her children and grandchildren live nearby, which allows her to hone her skills as a home chef using produce from her own garden. She volunteers with the League of Women Voters and enjoys listening to audio books.
1978 LYNN BENNETT-MULLIKIN, MA ’04 is a neuroscience service line executive for Sutter Health. She has five grandchildren. She found a beautiful sacred place in Cave Creek, AZ, where she plans to retire. Lynn is earning a doctorate degree in healthcare administration; She also enjoys weaving and textile arts .
1980 KAZUAKI TAKANO is “40% retired.” He has been married to Liz, a fellow HNU alumna, for over 36 years, and has two sons, four daughters, and one granddaughter.
The family enjoys running; So far, Kaz has run eight half marathons and five full marathons (and still counting!).
1983 JANI MACGREGOR MEDEIROS works in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. Her husband, Rick, works for the EPA. Jani and Rick celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary this year. They are rabid Athletics/Raiders/Warriors fans, enjoy volunteering, and are learning their native languages, Hawaiian and Irish.
1992 ANDRA KNECHEL STORMER is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She chose this area of study after becoming certified as a personal trainer and later, as a senior fitness specialist. She credits her hard work at HNU with her acceptance into such a competitive program. She and her husband have three sons, ages 23, 18, and 12.
1994 KAREN BAUER is the regional educational advising coordinator (REAC) for the Middle East and North Africa, based out of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. Karen supports 32 international student advisors in 19 countries throughout the Middle East. This summer, Karen and Scarlet Herzog Veigl met in Edinburgh, Scotland to run a half marathon.
1997 FRANCES THOMPSON retired three years ago and has enjoyed every minute of it. She loves to travel, is very involved in her community, and is the proud grandmother of two beautiful children.
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Ardmore, PA. She is “devoted to the arts”: She is working on a screenwriting project, enjoys keeping up her blog, and has started to reconnect with the piano and with songs she wrote many years ago.
2001 DENISE ELLIS AARON works for the City of Oakland as executive assistant to the human resources management director. She has traveled to Germany, Italy, London, and Nigeria, and this year, decided to explore Northern California and Arizona. She also helps people prepare to secure employment. She enjoys training others in customer service, leadership, and communication.
and referral specialist at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley. He remains good friends with fellow Hawk Amanda Harrinauth. He enjoys traveling locally, spending time with friends and family, and visiting the movie theater, the zoo, and the bowling alley.
2014 CRIZELLE SILVA celebrated 10 years with Sutter Health in October. She got engaged in Paris last year, and was married in Kauai on September 9. She and her husband honeymooned in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Maldives, and Dubai. They also bought their first home in June 2017.
2003 MICHELLE RILEY WALKER-WADE has worked with adult learners for over 16 years. She is currently completing a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Travecca Nazarene University. In May 2017, working with an independent publisher, Michelle published her first book, The Discipline of Kingdom Advancement – How to Move from Kingdom Talk to Kingdom Walk.
2010 SAMANTHA GAMBLES FARR is a surgical intensive care nurse practitioner at UC San Diego Medical Center. She also works at Loma Linda as a cardiothoracic intensive care nurse practitioner per diem. Samantha is pursuing a doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Arizona, and recently opened her own business, helping new nurse practitioners navigate the business of healthcare and make strategic career choices. She is married to the love of her life and has a daughter in college.
A bove: Crizelle Silva '14 and husband. Left: Crizelle dancing with fellow HNU alum, Jonathan Vazquez-Orozco '13
CARRIE VAWTER-YOUSFI recently bought a home in Rocklin, CA. She works in the digital marketing division of the Sacramento Bee, helping local business owners create and implement marketing strategies.
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IN MEMOR I A M 2012-2015 August Padula (friend), January 7, 2012 Beverly Jung Hoh ‘77, 2014 Helen Jankowski (friend), February 2, 2014 Melbalane Marilyn De Coux (mother of Marcus De Coux ’13), February 17, 2015
Jean Radford (consultant, Orchestra member), January 19, 2017 Bonnie Marie Selak Heuer (sister of Carol Selak, SNJM ’75), January 21, 2017
Fr. Raymond Kenny (brother of Patricia Kenny, SNJM, ’51) May 26, 2017
Kathryn Biltz Linehan ‘40, January 23, 2017
Dennis Desmond (husband of Cecelia Eifert Desmond ’61), May 30, 2017
Kathleen Baldinelli ‘67, January 30, 2017
Kay Muzzy, OP (former student), June 10, 2017
Betty Moffett Grady ‘43, February 1, 2017
Ronald Judson Vincent (former Board of Directors), December 6, 2015
Helen Madelyn Sullivan ‘72, February 2, 2017
Marilyn Flambard (sister of Elizabeth Davis, SNJM ’61), February 2, 2017
Janet Clark Daly (former student), March 10, 2016
Barbara Williams, SNJM ’52 (Sr. Roberta Marie, former faculty), February 12, 2017
Chris Carson (son of Mary Evelyn Lucey Carson ’44 and nephew of Julianna Lucey, SNJM ’54, former faculty), October 4, 2016
Tom Weis (brother of Jeanenne Weis, SNJM, ’53), February 17, 2017
William Bozzini (husband of Diane Ilardi Bozzini ’62, brother of Aldo Bozzini-former faculty, and cousin of Anna Giannelli Good ’83), November 21, 2016 Patricia Ann Bell Stott ‘86, December 1, 2016 Catherine Bareilles Ball ’60 (sister of Mary Ann Bareilles Quittman ’55), December 1, 2016 Janice K Costella ‘70, December 1, 2016 Mary Ann Stark, SNJM (Sr. Clara Mary, former student), December 20, 2016 Ramona Adams Davis (former student), December 22, 2016 Ruth Raftery, SNJM ’37 (Sr. Rosalia Mary), December 23, 2016 Nancy Parr Bey-Little ‘51, December 27, 2016 Marie Pedersen (mother of Frances Pedersen, SNJM ’70), December 28, 2016
2017 Joslin Stonewell ‘69, January 3, 2017 Lois Guettinger Seale ‘54, January 7, 2017 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Dean McPhee Reich ‘39, January 8, 2017 Virginia ‘Ginny’ Selak (mother of Carol Selak, SNJM ’75), January 8, 2017 James Moura (husband of Joan McGuire Moura and brother-in law of Shiela Perkins Moura ’51), January 13, 2017 Betty Lou Borg Johnson ‘76, January 14, 2017 Billiejean McElroy Durst ‘49, January 16, 2017 Richard Heaney Markevicz (father of Ericka Markevicz, former student), January 18, 2017
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McQuaid ’71), May 22, 2017
Regina McAdoo Wrin ‘50, February 23, 2017 Barry Drogmund ‘85, February 26, 2017 Lucillia Bezerra Boyd ‘42, March 5, 2017 Mary Heafey (wife of Ed Heafey, Jr., former trustee), March 8, 2017 David Ramm (husband of Georgia Johnston Ramm ’62), March 15, 2017 Deborah Elder (mother of Anne Yung, student), March 22, 2017 Roberta Margaret Ambrose Sotelo ’79, March 17, 2017 Sharon Fritsch, CSJ (former student), April 1, 2017 Lois Adele Steele Foster (former student), April 6, 2017 Karen Smith (mother of Joshua Smith ’11 and Adam Smith ’14), April 13, 2017 Marion Patrick Connors, SNJM (former student), April 14, 2017 M. Berchmans Trentacoste, SNJM ‘69, April 15, 2017 Kathleen Jones Moritz ’64, April 18, 2017 William Brusher (husband of Teresa Brusher ’43), April 21, 2017 T. Rogers (friend), May 2, 2017 Marsha Grigsby Anderson ’81 (mother of Pamela Anderson ’86), May 4, 2017
John Larrieu (husband of Ida Giubergia Larrieu ’62, brother-in-law of Joan Katheryn Giubergia, SNJM ‘58) June 20, 2017 Gayle L. Streuli Vonnegut (former student), June 20, 2017 Lois Akers Johnson ’53, June 23, 2017 Michael R. Hopkins (husband of Betty Jean Bloom Hopkins ’61) 2017 Margie Juanice Gary Mayfield (mother of Kimberly Mayfield ’94, faculty), June 26, 2017 Autumn Bryant Powell (daughter of Andrea Brearcliffe Bryant ’60), August 2, 2017 Sharon Abercrombie ‘93, August 5, 2017 Joan Kiefer ‘79, August 12, 2017 Clarence Edward Gilpatric (brother of Mary Russell ’51) August 18, 2017 Patricia Becker ‘76, August 26, 2017 Ramona Laureys Simpson ‘57, August 29, 2017 Rose Gayle Buck ‘89, September 21, 2017 Jane Meagher ’70 (daughter of Elizabeth McCormick Meagher ‘41, sister of Mary Meagher King ’67, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Meagher Cholerton, Rita Meagher Chappelle, Kathleen Meagher Clapp), September 10, 2017 Roschelle Zimmerman Fallos ‘87, September 14, 2017 Stephanie Ann Rivers (daughter of Mary Ann Marinak ’57), September 14, 2017 Ann Marguerita Souza, CSJ ‘43, September 21, 2017
Pamela Wothe Hansen, ’04, May 7, 2017 Nels Nelson (former faculty), May 7, 2017 James Flanagan (husband of Kathleen Carlisle Flanagan ’67), May 9, 2017 Robert Raymer (husband of Judi Raymer ’64), May 22, 2017 Joey Morse (daughter of Margaret ‘Peggy’ * Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing; however, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 510-436-1014.
HNU Fondly Remembers Eleanor "Toni" Locke By Anne Laskey and Maree Hennessy It is with fondness and gratitude that we think of Toni Locke, teacher, mentor, community organizer, researcher, story-teller, and friend of so many in the Kodály community. Toni passed away in February, 2015 at age 97. From 1974-85, she served as archivist in the Holy Names Kodály Program and taught folk music. Together with faculty and students, she oversaw the research, collection and selection of songs for HNU’s American Folk Songs for Teaching Collection, a collection of over 2,000 songs that was recognized as an archive by the Library of Congress in 1983. This collection provided the initial source material for HNU’s online American Folk Song Collection. Toni’s involvement in the Kodály movement began in 1969 when she spent a year in Hungary studying Kodály music education. It was there that she met Sr. Mary Alice Hein, founder of the Holy Names Kodály Program. Following her return from Hungary, Toni assisted Peter Erdei and Katalin Komlos in researching songs for 150 American Folk Songs to Sing Read and Play. In 1974, Sr. Mary Alice invited Toni to come to Holy Names College to help guide the selection of materials that was critical in adapting Kodaly’s vision for music education in American classrooms. Toni specialized in the folklore of songs, and HNU students were inspired by her stories of the characters and settings reflected in each folk song. She is widely known as the editor of Sail Away: 155 American Folk Songs to Sing, Read and Play, compiled from some of her favorite folk songs in the Holy Names Collection. The successor to 150 American Folk Songs, it was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 1981 and has provided quality materials for teaching in thousands of classrooms across the country.
Received January 1 – September 30, 2017 Gifts have been received in memory of the following (honorees listed in bold): Catherine Bareilles Ball ’60 Virginia Crinnion ’40 Arnold and Lillian Baranco Gordon Baranco Lucillia Bezerra Boyd ’42 Paul T. Boyd Tom Branson Margaret S. Branson ’62 Betty Moffitt Grady ’43 Patti Gant Marice George Leslie and Mark Hazelwood Elmer and Gloria Kaprielian Jacquelyn Phillips Frances Singer Jeanne Stark Marcia and Warren Sugrowe Sweeney Kovar, LLP Margaret Warnke Gertrude Mary Gray, SNJM Margaret S. Branson ’62 Michael R. Hopkins Betty Jean Bloom Hopkins ’61 Eleanor G. Locke Karen Woodward Arlen ’83 Neil and Amelia McDaniel The Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust Michael A. Petrini Julie ’75 and Thomas Echaniz David Ramm Georgia Johnston Ramm ’62 Margaret “Peggy” McPhee Reich ’39 Carolyn Moore The Piedmont Seniors Carol B. Sharon ’70 Cindy and Bud Smith James Weiking Stephanie A. Rivers Anonymous Angela Maffeo Korpela ’85 Tae Sawada Anonymous Marion Marshall Charles R. Sarno Barbara L. Slyker, MA ’96 Robert Slyker Kim-Thoa Vu Colette Van-Lan Vu Le ’80
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Hawk News EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SOFTBALL Alyssa Smoke, head softball coach and assistant director of athletics, leads her team in a chant of their creed before every practice and game. Their creed is personal. It was written by the team, for the team, and acts as a daily reminder of the As a coach, I try power they hold both on and off the field. to inspire these “As a coach, I try to inspire these women to be strong and resilient. Empower them to do and achieve what they set forth to accomplish in life,” Smoke said. The skills her players develop on the team, including effective communication and conflict resolution, will also help them succeed in school and work. Says Smoke, “college softball helps them prepare for the bigger world.”
women to be strong and resilient. Empower them to do and achieve what they set forth to accomplish in life. College softball helps them prepare for the bigger world.” Alyssa Smoke, head softball coach and assistant director of athletics
Smoke used the SNJM core values as a roadmap for activity planning throughout the year. She scheduled community service activities to inspire dedication to women and children. She established a welcome program to encourage radical hospitality. She helped organize a women’s Bible study group to respect their education in the faith, and the team is now learning how to pray together. Mattea Carveiro, softball player and sophomore class vice president, shared that Smoke encouraged her to take on leadership positions in the community. She said her time on the team has empowered her to push for change instead of accepting things as they are, especially as a woman. Carveiro frequently recites phrases from the team creed as inspiration throughout the day. Smoke was recently selected to be the Division II Student-Athlete Representative for the NCAA Mental Health Task Force to help develop guidelines to improve the mental health for all student athletes.
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Quotes from 2017 Convocation ceremony at HNU “I want you to take full advantage of HNU. Create relationships here on campus that will help you become the best version of yourself.” Omar Sanchez ‘02, M.Ed. ‘06, Men’s Basketball Coach
“R aise the bar for yourself and others, and in doing so, believe you can change the world.” Sr. Martha Rolley, ‘72, Director of the Learning Design Team at Apple
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