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Spring 2017

Page by Page Professor and author Liz Moore discusses the life of a writer, balance in the classroom, and her three novels.

Holy Family University Magazine

Top of Her Class Holy Family University's Jayda Pugliese became the first recipient of the Milken Educator Award for 2016-17.

Healing Through Collaboration Arts and Sciences faculty create space for learning and healing for those struggling after pregnancy loss.

Food Truck Frenzy Holy Family University held its second annual Food Truck Festival, on Friday, September 16. The event was a wonderful evening for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community to come together and enjoy delicious street food provided by Phoebes BBQ, Short Order Mobile Cuisine, The Tot Cart, and more. Even on some tacos!

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Table of Contents


6  HFU Roundtable

8  In the Spotlight: Involuntary Pregnancy Loss Collaborative

In the News Short stories featuring people, events, and happenings from all facets of Holy Family University.

Faculty and staff share their thoughts on a timely topic. This issue: If you could collaborate with anyone from your field, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Three Holy Family University faculty members are taking their personal experience with pregnancy loss and turning it into improved scholarly research and a place for women to heal.

10  Top of Her Class


22  10 Things to Know About…Internships

24  What’s on Your Desk?

What seemed like just another day at Andrew Jackson School was anything but for EdD student Jayda Pugliese, who received one of the most prestigious education awards in a surprise assembly.

Page by Page A successful author and teacher, Associate Professor Liz Moore details the life of a writer, her three novels, the difficult writing process, and trying to balance life in between.

An informative list to help students prepare for important college milestones at any school.

Back Cover

A closer look at all trinkets, do-dads, and thingamajigs that adorn the desks of Holy Family University’s faculty and staff.

Then & Now Bringing Holy Family's past into the present with a side-by-side photo comparison.


President's Message Dear Holy Family University Community: hen we speak of The Value of Family or our motto, Teneor Votis, at Holy Family University, we are not paying lip service to esoteric concepts or taglines. Indeed our calling to serve family and community is part of the University's DNA. Another strand in our DNA is humbleness. When our faculty, students, and staff do great things, they often do it quietly. Expectations of reward, award, and renown are not the carrot, responsibility in action is. We are, after all, “bound by our responsibilities.” Our feature stories in this issue of the magazine showcase two such quiet, but amazingly impressive, members of our family. Jayda Pugliese—one of our EdD students—was awarded the Milken Educator Award, an incredibly prestigious national award for teachers. Associate Professor Liz Moore is also highlighted for her nationally acclaimed writing—her last two novels have been recognized by Oprah Winfrey’s magazine and numerous “Best of…” literary lists. Jayda and Liz provide just two examples of excellence at Holy Family. Look through the magazine and learn more about our new doctoral programs, our Taylor Award recipients, faculty research, and stellar nursing student outcomes. I hope you find that our humble University is full of amazing stories of great talent and accomplishment. Sister Maureen McGarrity, csfn, phd President

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In the News Nativity and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Brings Holiday Cheer Holy Family University rang in the holiday season on November 29, when the community gathered for the first annual Nativity and Christmas Tree Lighting in front of Holy Family Hall. More than 200 people turned up on the cold night to celebrate, as well as enjoy the beautiful chimes of Nazareth Academy Grade School. Father Mark Hunt blessed the event prior to the lighting. The night concluded with the lighting of the 15-foot Christmas Tree, the Nativity scene, and the Star of Bethlehem. There was also a special visit by Santa Tiger, who posed for photos throughout the event.

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Second Degree Nursing Students Placed in Top Hospitals in the Area Students with an urge to switch careers and enter the nursing field have found tremendous success in Holy Family University’s second-degree bsn fast track program. The 2016 graduating cohort consisted of 29 students, all of whom were offered full-time positions in top hospitals in the local area. “Our goal is to provide students with an education that focuses on patientcentered care and positive patient outcomes,” said Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, GNP-BC, RN-BC, bsn Fast Track Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor. “We are delighted with the high caliber of students we have attracted to our program. Prior to graduation, many of our students have had nursing positions offered and held for them until they

complete the program and take the nclex-rn nursing licensure exam. Our graduates have obtained jobs in very prominent hospitals in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland, and needless to say, we are very proud of them.” Hospital placements include Atlantic Care Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (chop), Jefferson Hospital, Christiana Care Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Naval Hospital/Fort Beaver, Beebe Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Temple University, and St. Luke’s University Health System. The nursing students have found special areas of the hospital to call home, including the Cardiac Intensive Care

Unit, Medical/Surgical Unit, Telemetry, Stroke Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The graduating fast track students have also had tremendous success on their nclex State Board exams in 2016. Two cohorts have now graduated from the second-degree bsn fast track for a total of 55 students. The pass rate for both of these cohorts stands at 90%. “The success of our second-degree bsn fast track program is a direct result of the commitment our faculty and administration have to the nursing profession here at Holy Family University School of Nursing,” Harkins said. “Our students’ willingness to make personal sacrifices, their commitment to work hard, and their passion for helping others is the reason for the many positive outcomes associated with our program.”


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Doctoral Programs Highlight New Offerings Throughout HFU Holy Family University has announced a collection of new programs throughout the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, School of Business Administration, and the Division of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. The new additions are highlighted by two new doctorate programs— Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Nursing Practice. “As a 21st century university, Holy Family seeks to continually provide our students with programming that is of the highest academic quality and professional value,” said Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “From our new doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology and Nursing to our undergraduate offerings in Computer Information Systems and the health sciences, we recognize the changing needs and interests of our students and respond with educational options that prepare our graduates to excel.” Doctor of Psychology

Beginning in Fall 2017, the Counseling PsyD program will be rooted in social justice and multicultural competence— two pillars of Holy Family University’s mission. Students in this program will be required to complete a dissertation before graduating. The doctoral program is designed to meet the standards of accreditation set by the American Psychological Association and will be seeking that accreditation when eligible to do so.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Division of Extended Learning and Continuing Education has revamped its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program for the Fall 2017 semester. For student’s with a Business Associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.), the program will follow a cohort model, which has shown to be a benefit for student learning and persistence in completing a degree, according to Robert McNeill, Executive Director of the Division of Extended Learning and Continuing Education. Eligible students will be offered a fixed tuition for continuous enrollment to complete their degree in a scheduled amount of time—20 months—ensuring an accelerated path to a bachelor’s degree. Pre-Physician’s Assistant

The curriculum for the Pre-Physician Assistant track in Biology is based on information and data provided by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association and meets the prerequisites required by the majority of professional Physician Assistant schools. This new track exposes students to topics they will encounter in graduate school, while granting them the opportunity to potentially gain admission into a professional degree program to pursue a Master of Medical Science degree. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue external internships, helping them accumulate required patient contact hours required by these postgraduate programs. Computer Information Systems

Doctor of Nursing Practice

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the dnp is the fastest growing program in Nursing, with more than 275 programs offering this degree. The program features three staggered entry-points: in Fall 2017, aprns can enter the program; in Spring 2018, msns can begin to enter; and in Fall 2018, bsns will be able to start.


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Computer Information Systems is an interdisciplinary program combining business administration and computer science, giving a student an understanding of how systems work, how to manage them, and how to create them. Students will also take courses in the liberal arts to cultivate critical, creative, logical, and ethical thinking, all of which are essential in today’s job market.

Library Research Lab Dedicated in Honor of Janet Mackiewicz In a ceremony filled with tears, shared stories, and laughter, the Research Lab in the Library was officially dedicated in the late honor of Janet Mackiewicz, a three-time graduate who lost her battle with cancer in 2014. Mackiewicz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/ Psychology in 1999 and her Master’s of Education in 2009. Remarkably, she finished an additional undergraduate degree in Art in 2014, just prior to her passing.

President Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, and Sandra Michael, Assistant Vice President of Athletics, were on hand to recount some of their favorite Janet stories. “Janet was a complex woman who never ceased to amaze me; yet she led a very simple lifestyle,” Michael said. “Janet was also a very caring person who was willing to help anyone in need. She was kind, smart, funny, silly, intelligent, and carefree—a joy to know. It was my pleasure to be in her company and I am so grateful that our paths crossed.” Mackiewicz created numerous

scholarships for Holy Family University students and was a member of the Teneor Votis Society. Her contributions helped match a grant awarded to the Science Department for a Zebrafish Research Lab. Mike Kelly, Mackiewicz’s partner, was on hand to thank everyone for their support and memories, as well as unveil the sign that now permanently dons Janet’s name.

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Biology Faculty Presented with Taylor Awards Three biology faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences were awarded Ray Taylor Grant Awards during Holy Family University’s Spring Meeting held in January. The Ray Taylor award program was established through an endowment created by Carol Taylor, RN, PhD, a former University faculty member who served from 1979-1987 and 1995-1997 in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Taylor and her family created the award to honor her deceased father, Raymond. Dr. Jaclyn Myers, Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Chris Carbone, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Stan Mauldin, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, were presented their awards by Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Myers’s research focuses on achieving a deeper understanding of Influenza A antigenic drift. According to Myers, Influenza A continually infects human populations, which results in surface proteins constantly mutating to evade the human immune system, a process known as antigenic drift.

“Antigenic drift presents a significant challenge each year for vaccine manufacturers who must decide which strains to include in the current vaccine,” Myers said. “Unfortunately, the strains must be selected one year prior to the flu season. Therefore, if we can understand the mechanisms involved in antigenic drift, we can contribute to accurately predicting changes in the circulating influenza viral strains.” The grant permitted Myers and her research student, Melissa Goodwill, a math major, to purchase a liquid nitrogen tank, ensuring proper storage of the laboratory generated influenza viruses. Mauldin’s work involves the study of the effect of ubiquitination and SUMOylation on cellular dna repair in the organism Dictyostelium discoideum, a highly resistant substance to many forms of dna damage and mimics cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy. His experiments require the need to transfect plasmid dna into D. discoideum cells and then explore the effect of the added dna on repair proficiency. The Taylor Award grant was used to purchase an inverted microscope, a necessary tool to study the transfected colonies. Carbone’s research entails using a Zebrafish model, which unlike other mammals, can regenerate their hearts since the cardiac muscle cells retain their ability to proliferate into adulthood. His research focuses on further elucidating the molecular pathways that regulate heart muscle cell regeneration. “This research could ultimately lead to therapeutic approaches designed to reinitiate cardiomyocyte proliferation in damaged human hearts,” Carbone said.


HFU Roundtable Each issue, the HFU Roundtable will pose a question for faculty and staff to reflect upon. Our favorites are printed below. Want to contribute to the Roundtable? Send in your response to the question below to Illustrations by Cayla Belser.

If you could collaborate with anyone from your field, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Shelley Robbins, PhD Dean and Professor School of Arts and Sciences

“I knew psychologist Albert Ellis (1913 – 2007) in the later years of his life. He was always a very colorful character whose work was tremendously effective. I would have loved to have collaborated with him on a piece of work related to working with older adults with functional limitations. Dr. Ellis was notorious for pointing out to people that they create their own limitations. I think this is very true of older adults who limit their activities, and therefore their access to pleasant events, because they feel they should not participate in anything risky. Once I can get them to let go of these artificial behavioral boundaries, their quality of life improves.”

“I’d like to collaborate with Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) because he and a group of friends founded the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731 when Franklin was 25 years old. It was America’s first lending library and can lay claim to being the predecessor of the free public library. Ben was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, MA, but he came to Philadelphia at a young age and adopted it as his permanent home. I was born on January 16 in Philadelphia and it has always been my home. I feel a kindred spirit to him, not just because we were born at the same time, but he was a person of wide-ranging knowledge and working at Holy Family gives me many opportunities to learn about things that I would not necessarily do if I did not work here. We also both wear glasses (bifocals) and funny hats. So if you ever see Ben, send him my way so we can sit down and discuss things that are different, or the same, from the time he lived to now.”


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Albert Ellis: LIAP Media Corp.; Benjamin Franklin: Wikimedia Commons

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Cathy Heilferty, PhD, RN, CNE Associate Dean School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

“If I am to work with someone in my field, living or dead, I relish the idea of being a part of Lillian Wald’s (1867 – 1940) New York City in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Like Florence Nightingale, Wald left a life of wealth and physical comfort to care for people she identified as being in need. In her case, in what we would refer to as an ‘observation visit,’ she went to the home of a woman in labor in a tenement in the Lower East Side, the first neighborhood immigrants settled into upon their arrival. The woman was in extreme distress, her other young children playing on the floor. Wald saw the woman, in bed in this one-room apartment, bleeding and in pain. At the time, Wald was already a trained New York Hospital nurse, enrolled in the Women’s Medical College. Her experience inspired her to leave school, move into a Lower East Side neighborhood, and provide nursing care among the community. Neighbors came to her apartment for help on health, education, jobs, and housing. This was the genesis of public health nursing. To work side-by-side with Wald would be a privilege. She was a woman who recognized a need, waited for no one to help her, and organized the public health care environment for all the immigrants in the Lower East Side. The sights, sounds, smells? The gift of partnering with people to improve their health? For 40 years? Sign me up. I’m ready to go.”

Lillian Wald: The World's Work, Wikimedia Commons; Augusta Lovelace: Wikimedia Commons

Bernice Purcell, DBA, MBA Associate Dean, Associate Professor School of Business Administration

“If I could collaborate with anyone from the field of computing, dead or alive, it would be Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852). Ada, as she is usually called, is considered the first computer programmer. She was ahead of her time in many ways. From a young age, she was tutored in math and sciences. Private tutoring was a perk of the rich, but math and sciences were not typically the pursuits of young girls. In her late teens, she met Charles Babbage and was intrigued with his Difference Engine. This lead to her involvement in his work on the Analytical Engine, which was proposed as a mechanical general purpose computer. Ada’s contribution was instructions for the engine to perform its tasks—the first computer program. Not only was Ada gifted in mathematics, she also had an aptitude for languages and translated notes on the Analytical Engine, as well as adding her own thoughts. I would love to collaborate with such a renaissance woman. Just to be able to talk over ideas and see how her thoughts develop, what triggers her creativity. A colleague once argued that programming is not a science, it is an art, and it would be wonderful to be able to create with Ada.”


In the Spotlight Healing Through Collaboration


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ject. We began to formulate an agenda. We set out to expand upon the current literature by conducting our own research and to make the literature more readily available to the general public by creating a blog. Our blog, iplcollaborative., is aimed at sharing the current literature, as well as sharing the stories of women who have experienced involuntary pregnancy loss.” The misconceptions and stigmas associated with pregnancy loss are numerous. It’s not uncommon for a woman to keep her pregnancy a secret for the first 12 weeks, waiting to make sure the baby is healthy and viable before announcing the big news.

1 in 4 women experience involuntary pregnancy loss “The unwritten cultural rule is that you’re not supposed to tell people that you’re pregnant until you’re past 12 weeks,” Grigg said. “The idea is, don’t tell people you’re pregnant, so that if you have a miscarriage, you don’t have to tell anyone. What happens then is that you have women who experience involuntary pregnancy loss who don’t feel comfortable sharing when they do have a miscarriage because society

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isconception and misunderstanding are often defining characteristics of pregnancy loss. Terminology can be confusing and inconsistent. Research on the topic is scarce and uncategorized. This lack of descriptive definition and response would suggest pregnancy loss is a rare occurrence, but it happens every day—more often than society acknowledges. The physical toll women experience is significant, and the emotional and mental distress can be devastating, especially without societal support. In response, three Holy Family University faculty members are doing their part to create more academic research regarding pregnancy loss, as well as create a place for women to share their experiences, open dialog, and heal during the stressful process. Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Jenai Grigg, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Stacy McDonald, Associate Professor of Psychology, have formed the Involuntary Pregnancy Loss (ipl) Collaborative as a way to shed some light on a dark topic. All three are able to speak about the topic candidly, as individuals who have overcome loss. “We began discussing involuntary pregnancy loss because it was something we have all experienced first-hand,” Grigg said. “We noticed large gaps in the literature and the limited access the general public has to empirical work on the sub-

not-so-subtly told them not too. These women suffer An increase in maternal age affects and grieve in silence or continue to go to work and act like everything is normal when it is not.” the chances of miscarriage According to Dasch-Yee, involuntary pregnancy loss is exactly as the name states—involuntary. However, Under 35 years old 15% chance of miscarriage women sometimes feel that they might be judged for not taking care of themselves enough, resulting in the 35-45 years old 20-35% chance of miscarriage loss. This feeling can cause individuals to not discuss their grief, when in reality, pregnancy loss is a common Over the age of 45 50% chance of miscarriage occurrence. Similarly, loss can occur during any stage of the woman’s pregnancy, with different terms being Source: used to describe it. “I think related to the stigma piece is that there is relationships. Specifically, we’ll be looking at how women this misconception that it means somebody did something grieve and perceived incongruent grief between partners and wrong,” Dasch-Yee said. “Pregnancy loss is really common. how that influences commitment and satisfaction.” One in four women have experienced a miscarriage. There “My research focuses on stress and coping,” Dasch-Yee is this idea of ‘I don’t want to talk about it because people said. “I’m looking at how the women coped with the pregwill perceive I didn’t take care of myself enough.’ You can nancy loss, and how they perceived their partner coped with do everything right, and it still happens. It happens to a lot of people at a lot of different times in a lot of different ways, the pregnancy loss, and how that relates to their sense of grief. I’m looking at what kinds of coping were most effecand it had nothing to do with you or how much you wanted tive in terms of grief.” the child.” “I’m focused on the environmental factors surrounding The trios work, titled “Breaking the Silence,” focuses on involuntary pregnancy loss,” Grigg explained. “How charwomen speaking up and bringing awareness to involuntary acteristics like cultural guidelines, maternal age, gestational pregnancy loss, creating more discussions and the opportuage, and recurrent loss mediate the impact of involuntary nity to speak freely on the topic without cultural stigma. pregnancy loss.” The term Involuntary Pregnancy Loss is a broad term, The ipl Collaborative website also features a blog, a safe encompassing loss experienced in the first trimester to the place where women can come together to share their stories last trimester. of pregnancy loss and healing. “This is sort of our personal mission to take our own loss, “I think creating more cohesive literature as a whole is and our pain, and turn it into something positive for other important,” Grigg said. “The goal is to help create a culture women,” McDonald said. “We’re trying to bring awareness that removes shame from women who experience involunabout how common pregnancy loss is. It’s about breaking tary pregnancy loss and allows people to openly grieve their the silence and bringing awareness so that people feel comloss. We’re hoping that increased dialog will help the culture fortable talking about it. It’s a unique kind of loss. People change.” are always afraid to ask somebody about it. People who have experienced the loss feel a little awkward in sharing that experience. Part of our mission was to create a comfortable space for people to share their stories and raise awareness—that it is ok to talk about this and we should talk about this.” Together, Dasch-Yee and McDonald, who are psychologists, and Grigg, a sociologist, are using their respective fields to create new academic research, as well as non-academic information related to pregnancy loss. Their research examines areas such as grief, relationships, stress, coping, cultural awareness, and more. “Previous research has shown that there are higher divorce rates among couples who have experienced pregnancy loss,” McDonald said. “Consequently, my aspect of the project examines the relationship, and how the pregnancy loss influenced women’s commitment to and satisfaction with their


Top of Her Class

Standing in the gymnasium of Andrew Jackson School, Jayda Pugliese couldn’t believe what a circus the day’s assembly was. TV cameras, photographers, and journalists were stationed along the walls of the room, where high-ranking education professionals roamed before taking their seats. As she took in the scene, one person in particular stood out. He was about to change somebody’s life; little did she know it would be her own. By David Pavlak


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Lowell Milken, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Milken Family Foundation, stood up and took the microphone. Jayda Pugliese was well aware of who he was and what his organization did. The Milken Foundation finds the best and the brightest teachers, transcending them from hometown hero to the national spotlight. Winning a Milken Educator Award is comparable to an actor winning an Oscar—the top of your class. “It gives me great pleasure to present the Milken Educator Award to a truly outstanding teacher,” he began, clutching both hands to the microphone as he spoke. “And that teacher is…” Time stood still as the name escaped his mouth.

Normal Wednesday

By her own admission, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 started out just like any other day. Pugliese's drive in to work was routine, if not mundane. She navigated her white Dodge Journey into a parking spot along 12th and Federal with the ease of knowing she was halfway through the workweek. She walked up the stairs of Andrew Jackson School, a public K-8 school in


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the Passyunk Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, a stone’s throw from the Italian Market and famed cheesesteak locales Pat’s and Geno’s. Teachers had been made aware of a special assembly touting “student achievement” for a month now, with Principal Lisa Kaplan making sure that nothing else was on the docket that October day. She knew what a momentous occasion this would be, though everyone else was left in the dark. “They had told the teachers a month prior that there was going to be a special assembly,” Pugliese said as she recalled the events leading up to the assembly. “The teachers are always asking what the assembly is going to be about, and the only thing they kept talking about was that it was for student achievement. We thought it was pssa related or

something towards the standardized tests. The teachers and I thought maybe the school did a good job and was winning an award. We also thought that our principal was winning another award because she had just won the Best in Education Principal Award the year before.” Pugliese’s class ended a little earlier that day to accommodate the start of the program. Once inside, important faces from Pennsylvania’s education community, including Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education; Dr. William Hite Jr., Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia; and Mayor Jim Kenny, roamed the orange and white painted gym. One face stood out in particular from the bunch. Wearing a navy suit, a white collared shirt, and a muted red tie, Lowell Milken had captured Pugliese’s attention.

Milken Foundation For 30 years now, the Milken Foundation has targeted the best and brightest teachers all across the country. According to the Foundation’s website, “the Milken Educator Award targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.” The selection process is shrouded in secrecy. Nominees are reviewed by

a blue-ribbon panel, selected by state departments of education. Those that move on from that stage are given final approval by the Milken Family Foundation. The award, accompanied by a $25,000 prize, is coveted. Milken representatives use a popular phrase when discussing the Educator Award: “You don’t find us, we find you.” Pugliese was well aware of Milken prior to his arrival at Andrew Jackson School. As a student in the Doctorate of Education program at Holy Family University—Pugliese had to make a difficult decision. Finances had become tight, too tight to continue her education even though she was three quarters

of the way through. On the urge of a fellow professor, she created a list of all the awards teachers could win, hoping the recognition might help finance the final steps of her education. One award stood at the top: Milken. Even with this information, Jayda’s educational aspirations were officially put on hold. She was out money. Pugliese dropped out in June 2016.

Fundraising the Future

Though she may not have had the appropriate funds to finish her doctoral degree, one of Pugliese’s goals was to make sure that her students would never be without the items needed for a proper education. As a fifth-grade math and science teacher in a South Philadelphia school, education budgets are tight. To help defer costs of items she wanted for her classroom, Pugliese holds fundraisers on behalf of her class, making a plea to the local community for any help.


Her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. In her time at Andrew Jackson, she has financed a 3d printer, new microscopes, electrical snap circuits, and a document camera. Her latest financing endeavor was for 3d printing pens, a $750 initiative, which was covered in full in one day. “I’ve had people donate to me that I don’t know and never met,” Pugliese said. “They’re ceos of companies that have donated because they agree with my vision for teaching kids. I’ve had family members donate because they liked my idea and wanted to see it in action. It just depends on the project.” It’s not always easy. With an education system in disarray and public schools in Philadelphia facing their own set of issues, talking money can be taboo. As budgets continued to be slashed, creating an environment where students wanted to learn became challenging. Basic supplies for teachers remained tough to come by, infrastructure continued to fail, and at times, nobody seemed to notice. “What the policy makers really need to know, is that teachers shouldn’t have to struggle for basic supplies to begin with,” Pugliese said. “I shouldn’t have to ask my students to bring in copy paper for us to use. The buildings are falling apart. We need a lot of help. It’s very easy to dictate things when you’re sitting behind an air-conditioned desk. Until you’re in front of an overcrowded classroom with your building falling


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apart and no air conditioning, or some buildings have no heat, you don’t know how hard it can be to do your job.”

“And the winner is…”

Back in the gym that October morning, a wave of emotion was about to crash down on Pugliese. “It gives me great pleasure to present the Milken Educator Award to a truly outstanding teacher, and that teacher is…Jayda Pugliese!” She swore time stopped as her name was announced. Like a character in a TV show that can break the fourth wall and talk directly into the camera as the scene remains frozen, for one moment in her head, she was by herself. The room, though filled with clapping, cheering, and audible screams of excited students, was dead silent. Snapping back to reality

in an instant, like she had woken out of a dream, all senses resumed as her hands covered her face to hide her tear-filled eyes and blushing cheeks. Her students made a beeline towards her, consuming her in congratulatory hugs. “When I think about it, time stopped. I didn’t even know where to look and I’m crying. I didn’t hear anything. It wasn’t until the news cameras came up to me. I remember telling my colleague about what was going to happen, and then they call my name, and I got embarrassed. I needed a moment. Then my kids came up to give me a hug. They were really, really excited.” In an instant, Pugliese’s life had flipped upside down. She was the first recipient of the Milken Educator Award in 2016-17. As cameras panned towards her, tears streamed down her face. She made her way to the front of the room to accept her award. The accompanying prize money meant that she no longer had to put off her education. She could finish her doctoratal degree and become Dr. Jayda Pugliese. Pugliese was handed a microphone and encouraged to say a few words. Caught off guard by the impromptu speech, all she saw was young faces with big, bright smiles staring back at her. Andrew Jackson boasts a widely diverse population, with student needs that Pugliese hadn't seen before—a challenge she welcomed on a daily basis, especially since she overcame her own set of hurdles when she was young. On top of being hearing impaired and struggling

in school at a young age, Pugliese was the first from her family to graduate high school, and subsequently, college— three times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Elementary Education; a Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Literacy; and a soon to be Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. “You don’t know what is going on at home with some of the students. You don’t know what environment they’re coming from. You might be the only positive role model in their life. I know there were times that I was the only positive role model some of these kids had. They would tell me that they go home and there is nobody in the house, nobody to help them with their homework. They’re making their own

breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re basically on their own, as young as fifth grade.” “I wanted to talk to the kids because it’s them who got me here. I reminded them that I come from a background where my family didn’t have much. They tried to do the best for me. No matter what your circumstances are in life or where you come from, you’ll be able to do anything you put your mind too, as long as you’re willing to work.”

Passion for Teaching… and Policy

In her classroom, Jayda is at home. A calming peace resides within her as she guides her students through various interactive projects and lab sessions. For now, she is happy—content to know that for this small group of students, she is making a difference. As for the future, a career in education policy is a real possibility. The Milken Foundation grants its recipients to speak on the foundation's behalf for a lifetime. They also arrange meetings in various institutions across the country so winners can learn how to

Molishus: John McKeith

Previous Holy Family University Milken Award Winner Jayda Pugliese is not Holy Family University's first Milken Educator Award winner. Maryann Molishus '00, a fifth-grade general elementary teacher at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, PA, received the award in 2008. She graduated from Holy Family with a BA in Elementary Education. “From social studies to math, former secondgrade teacher, and current fifth grade teacher, Maryann Molishus, makes the curriculum vivid through technology at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, Pennsylvania,” the Milken Educator Award website says. “Students learn to participate in webinars with, for example, authors of books they are reading, use digital photography and write and produce videos—projects that help all of her students meet district benchmarks

enact change at a higher level. Pugliese will make her first trip to Washington DC this summer. “For right now, I would like to stay in the school system. I would like to eventually grow into a principal position, but I need to better understand that role before I could decide on anything with policy. If you’re going to be a policy maker in regards to teaching and education, you need to be a principal. I would emphasize the importance of science, the importance of making sure that all students, regardless of disability, background, and income, have the same and equal opportunities as other students, who may not be able to afford private school.” The thought of eventually working in policy isn’t a new idea. It stems all the way back to her senior year as an undergraduate student at Holy Family when she had a conversation with Fr. James MacNew in his office—a discussion that still resonated with her today. In a reception for her award held by the School of Education, both Fr. Mac and Jayda shared the details of that conversation. Pugliese listed three things she eventually wanted to accomplish: become a teacher, get her doctorate degree, and travel to Washington to change education policy for the better. Seven years removed from that proclamation, she is well on her way.

in reading. Molishus has combined geography, current events and poetry as students track the mushers during the annual Iditarod. Students get to know the mushers the way some children know baseball players, with fifth graders serving as team sponsors. She involved her students in the Habitat Project, a yearlong collaborative effort during which small student groups investigate a specific habitat, culminating in eight-foot murals painted to include all animals and plants researched. Another hallmark Molishus project is a science unit on balance, culminating a five-day Science Circus Camp with a ‘Cirque de la Balance’ show for parents.”


Page by Page Thousands have read her books, as media outlets review her work in the pages of The New York Times and Washington Post to critical acclaim. For the Boston turned Philadelphia native, it’s an accomplishment years in the making. By David Pavlak • Photography by Julia Lehman-McTigue

It was evident that writing would be the

avenue Liz Moore would follow early on. A diary was a constant in her adolescent years, filled with poems, prose, and self-musings. She took after her mother, Christine, an avid reader and writer herself. At a young age, Moore immersed herself in books, trying to replicate the writing styles she found so compelling. “I always wrote,” Moore said amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy downtown Philadelphia café. “I kept diaries from the time I was very young. My mom encouraged me to write a lot. She wrote poems herself. I think she introduced me to the idea that you could do that. She was a big reader, and I read a ton when I was a kid. I think kids who are readers


naturally begin to be curious about whether they could produce what they’re taking in. I started writing poems and short stories when I was in elementary school and I always kept a journal.” Moore continued to read every day, taking in as much as she could handle while a full-time student at Barnard College—the women’s college of Columbia University. She also continued to write, and even took after her mother by studying English as an undergrad. Following her graduation in 2005, Moore spent a couple of years working at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, before deciding it was time to once again enter the classroom, this time as a professor—just like her mother.

Teaching & First Novel The Words of Every Song is an original debut novel in the form of 14 linked episodes, each centered on a character involved with the music industry in some fashion. There’s the arrogantly hip, 26 -year-old artist and repertoire (A&R) man; the rising young singer-songwriter; the established, arena-filling rock star on the verge of a midlife crisis; the type-A female executive with the heavy social calendar; and other recognizable figures. Set in the sleek offices, high-tech recording studios, and grungy downtown clubs of New York, The Words of Every Song offers an authenticity drawn from Liz Moore’s own experience and brings an insider’s touch to its depiction of the music industry and its denizens.

Moore began to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts from Hunter College in 2007, where she would get her first taste of being in the classroom. In June 2009, she would receive a Writer in Residence position at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, moving her from New York to South Philadelphia, where she would eventually accept an adjunct position at Holy Family University. She would spend a year teaching at Holy Family before being hired full time. “I loved teaching. I always thought teaching creative writing and composition would be a job that was nicely compatible with my own writing. I like teaching because I think it keeps me in the real world a little bit. For me, at least, I constantly need material to write about, not directly, but something that


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keeps me engaged in day-today life. I’m not sure I’d do that well if I were to be cloistered by myself and write all day. Even though teaching keeps you busy, so far I’ve been able to balance teaching with writing.” But what about that writing? It was during her undergraduate days that she began to pen what would eventually become her first novel, The Words of Every Song, a collection of short stories about the music industry that all subtly came together with one interconnecting link. “I started writing the stories for that book when I was a sophomore in college. I quickly realized that they all had connections between them. At that point, I began to think that maybe I could write a complete book of these stories. After I graduated, that was the most difficult part of it all. For the first time, I didn’t have anyone asking me to finish those stories. I no longer had classes to write them for. I think it was maybe a turning point too, it was the first time I had to use self-motivation to get stuff done at the end of the work day.” Published by Broadway Books, Moore’s first novel hit bookshelves and major online relators in 2007. Though her next novel wouldn’t come for the next five years, The Words of Every Song began to put Moore’s talent into the public eye.

Second Novel Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, 17-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives.

In 2012, Moore would close the door on her second novel, Heft. The title was appropriate. Just as the main character struggled with his weight, Moore was adjusting to writing

a complete novel for the first time. The process was long, the writing phase was difficult, and at times, the weight of finishing the novel seemed appropriate to the subject matter. Moore began writing the story as a graduate student in New York City and completed it after moving to Philadelphia, spending time between her quaint South Philly home and local coffee shops, to continuously perfect her latest work. It took four years of concerted writing—and rewriting— to complete. However, it was the completion of the book that started the path Moore is now on. “It was much more difficult,” Moore said when discussing the differences between her first and second novel. “The Words of Every Song was interconnected short stories, which felt much more manageable. With Heft, it was one story from start to finish and, therefore, required a lot more stamina and starting over a million times until I felt like it was working. It also took a lot more faith in what I was doing. With a novel, it either succeeds or fails, and that’s something that you work on for years and years. It’s always a little bit nerve-wracking.” Her dedication paid off. It might have taken a year for the book to get off the ground, but slowly and surely, Moore’s novel started to make headlines. People Magazine,

Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly—the reviews poured in. The book was a hit. “Maybe there were some immediate talking points. For one thing, the protagonist is suffering from an addiction to eating. I think our culture at this moment is really interested in issues surrounding food, eating, and obesity. I think both Heft and my most recent book have a slower arc. They don’t make a big splash initially, but they grow slowly through word of mouth.”

Third Novel and The Writing Process Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by 12, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon after, she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. With two novels now complete, Moore set out to release her third, and most expansive, novel to date. The 464-page piece, The Unseen World, was born out of a self-proclaimed love/hate relationship with the writing process. Pulling from personal experience, Moore crafted her latest novel with small remnants of her life, adding an authentic feel to all elements of the story. The main character, Ada Sibelius, was raised in a Boston suburb—similar to Moore. Ada’s father, David, was a scientist—much like her own father—and Ada spends her days talking to a computer program, Elixir, much like a young Moore did with the early AI program, Eliza. These details helped shape the narrative of The Unseen World, and much like its predecessor, the book achieved massive success. Released in July 2016, The Unseen World was named to the Best of 2016 list by Publishers Weekly,, BBC, and the New


Yorker in only six short months. “I think the saying ‘write what you know’ is a cliché at this point, but I do think when you write what you know, it tends to have a more vivid quality. I always tell my students that the specific is universal, so the more specific you can be with your writing, or more personal, the more universal it will feel and the more people will relate to it. What people are relating to when they’re reading, what they love, is a feeling of intense emotion on the part of the writer. I think that intense emotion comes out from one’s past and history. Even if it’s distorted, there is a kind of emotional need that is printed in the writing when you’re investing it with your own memories.” Though now a seasoned writer, the process isn’t always easy. Book ideas aren’t just hatched, and countless passes find their way to the cutting room floor. Any writer will tell you that naming a draft “Final…” is a surefire death sentence. The process of finding the right words, carefully crafting the narrative to meet the needs of not only the author, but the awaiting public, can be a daunting and stressful—something Moore isn’t shy about admitting. But when it clicks, it’s magical. “To put it simply, the writing process is pretty terrible to me. I hate 99 percent of it, but I love the one percent when it


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is going well—so much that it makes the terrible 99 percent worth it. I always relate it to exercise. Ninety-nine percent of exercise is terrible, but occasionally you feel so good doing it that it pays off. More than that, the rest of your life is so much improved by exercise that it makes it worth it as well. That’s very true for me too. The actual practice of writing is very laborious and kind of boring, and not that pleasant. But it so much improves the rest of my life, and that’s why I do it.” Through her frustrations, Moore’s novels continue to be well received, bringing her name to the forefront of young writers to watch for. More importantly for Moore, however, is the chance for people to read and enjoy her stories—an aspect she finds the most rewarding. “Of course it is rewarding when you get critical acclaim. I think more than the critical acclaim, it is rewarding when more and more people read the book, because that’s one of the reasons that I write. There are personal reasons for writing—it can be an emotional release in some way, but I write because I have always been so moved by the books I love the most. I want to connect with readers in a way that my favorite writers did with me when I was young. The lasting effect is that the books gets in the hands of more readers—and that is gratifying.”

Books Moore Loved Over The Years Childhood Years

Young Adult Years

for older kids like Deenie Gertrude Chandler Warner: The Boxcar Children series “I think these authors taught me what a story is, what fully-developed characters are. These were books about everyday kids dealing with everyday problems, and therefore they were extremely relatable. I also liked that they didn’t sugarcoat childhood, which can often be painful. I liked stories about kids having to fend for themselves for this reason, too.”

and Brief Portraits of Hideous Men Zora Neale Hurston : Their Eyes Were Watching God Katherine Mansfield : Collected stories “When I got to be an older teenager, I became more interested in Modernists and Post-Modernists. I became really interested in authors who played with language and breaking apart literary convention. I learned to love reading by reading a lot of ‘traditional’ stories and the fiction writers who kind of invented narrative tension and the three-act narrative arc; I learned to want to write by reading authors who broke that apart.”

Teenage Years

Adult Years

Beverly Cleary: The Ramona series Judy Blume : Everything from the Fudge series to books

Jane Austen : Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Brontë : Jane Eyre “Like a lot of teenage girls, I loved Pride and Prejudice for its romance and humor, and I loved Jane Eyre because it was the story of a smart underdog who wasn’t considered particularly beautiful. Both of those books emphasized the importance of intelligence and wit in women, as opposed to looks, which I guess counteracts a lot of messaging directed at young girls in popular culture.”

James Joyce : Dubliners David Foster Wallace : Consider the Lobster

Claudia Rankine, Tobias Wolff, Edward St Aubyn, Tana French, Joseph Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Edwidge Danticat, Rivka Galchen, Alexandra Kleeman “I love the work of a huge array of authors and am always trying to find books that I find transporting. Sometimes this requires going back in time—from 2014-15 when I lived for a year in Rome—I read classics that I had never had a chance to read. Sometimes it requires just reading broadly, picking up books by people I wouldn’t normally be drawn to, books outside my comfort zone. The longer I’ve been writing, the harder it is for me to find books that I can really lose myself in, without thinking, ‘I’d do that differently.’ When I do find a book like that, I treasure it.”


10 Things to Know About… Internships Getting in to college is tough. Sorting through the millions of checklists of things you need to know before you arrive is even more daunting. Our 10 Things to Know About... series is here to make your college prep experience a little less challenging. This edition's topic focuses on what you should know about internships. Compiled by Angela Cutchineal, Director of Cooperative Education


Internships are for everyone.

You will learn how to make a REAL résumé 4

There are some majors that require an internship to graduate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do one if your major doesn’t require it. You can check in with the Cooperative Education Department to find out what interests and is available to you.

Part of the Cooperative Education experience is building a good résumé that will help you land that internship. This résumé will be the starting point for your future career!

An internship might increase your chance of landing a job in your field after graduation. 2

In a poll, almost 91% of Holy Family University Cooperative Education employers responded they were likely or very likely to hire a student in a permanent position if they had completed an internship.

The Co-Op Department job searches WITH YOU. 5

Not only will you learn how to job search effectively on your own, but the Director delivers your résumé to employers all over the area to help you get an internship faster.

Job searching can be a fun experience if you are organized and prepared. 6

It’s true that job searching is work—but it can be fun if you have a plan! The Cooperative Education Department will work on that plan with you.

The Co-Op Department can help you grow as a professional.

Some students get hired as full-time employees at their internship site.

Students seeking an internship will be enrolled in a FREE Job Search Readiness Online Course. This will help you learn all the tips and tricks to finding an internship and a job later in your career.

It’s always a good idea to do your best at an internship— aside from a grade and academic credits, there is a chance you might land that lucrative first job based on your past experience!



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Your internship supervisor could be the source of a fantastic letter of recommendation. 9

If your intern location doesn't have a full-time position to offer—don’t feel down! After successfully completing your internship requirements, ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation. It is a valuable asset to have in your portfolio.


It’s not difficult to succeed.

If you follow the Director of Cooperative Education’s instructions and work hard, you will be surprised what great things you can accomplish as a young professional.

An internship is a chance to network. 8

You never know whom you are going to meet in your internship travels. This is a great opportunity to network and make a good first impression.

Do you have advice about internships that the HFU community just needs to know? Send us an email at Your tip could earn you some Holy Family University swag!

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join the 1954 Society.

The 1954 Society recalls the year that Sister Neomisia Rutkowska, Holy Family University’s founding President, made the courageous decision to establish the first faith-based institution of higher education for women in Northeast Philadelphia. Now, recognizing this transformational decision, the members of the 1954 Society will pledge an annual contribution of $1,954 to form a fund for use in special initiatives approved by the President.

join the initiative by contacting Staci Altomari 267-341-5007 /

What's on Your Desk? To be or not to be…that was the question. Finding inspiration in the work of William Shakespeare, Dr. Dan Mankowski, originally a Pre-Med student during his undergraduate days, dropped his medical aspirations to follow his true calling—the stage. Now a public speaking and theater professor, Mankowski has acted, directed, and produced numerous musicals, dramas, and plays throughout his career. His office is lined with theater keepsakes, from props to posters. We sat down with Dr. Mankowski to discuss his love of the arts, as well as the items that adorn his desk.


“At Saint Joseph’s University, I was registered as a Pre-Med Biology Major and succeeded in all of my courses. However, my interest shifted from science to literature, speech, and theatre when I was cast as a gentleman, aka a spear carrier, in Shakespeare’s King Lear. I saw how actors were directed to move on stage, how to rehearse, and how to grapple with Shakespeare’s language. The move from the biology laboratory to the stage was thrilling.” As an actor, director, and producer, what are some of your favorite memories from past performances?

“I have directed and produced more than 100 musicals, dramas, and oneact plays. Every show had its merits; however, the chemistry of certain casts and crews distinguished the productions and set them to the top of the list. When students eagerly rehearse, focus their energies, and grow artistically, the production soars. The audience can experience this transcendence since the energy is real.” Do you have any pre-show traditions or superstitions that you’ve done throughout the years?

“I never focused on traditions or superstitions; I concentrated on precise blocking—namely, the movement of the actors on stage—and the efficient setting of the scene. The audience deserves a fluid production with no interminable lapses and inconsequential movement. Therefore, each rehearsal is essential to the production.”


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Sword of Excalibur “The sword was presented to me by the cast and crew of my 2003 production of Camelot at Pennsbury High School. If you examine the signatures carefully, you will see Christy Altomare, who will be starring on Broadway this March in the title role of the musical Anastasia.”

Lily Tomlin Autographed Poster “My daughter, Becca, the best stage manager ever and now Assistant Dean at West Chester University, worked at McCarter Theatre in Princeton and gave this poster to me when Lily performed there.”

Comedy/Drama Award “The award was recently presented to me by a cast member of my 1983 production of Pippin—one of the transcendent casts that I mentioned above. This cast overcame production obstacles, worked together as one, and created a dynamic theatrical and musical experience for me, the audience, and every member of the cast and crew. Students of 1983 Pippin still cherish the production to this day, with many forming lifelong friendships.”

Red Porsche “This was presented to me by a member of the cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1986. I needed a lift; the Porsche gave me one. It still does.”

Photos: Clix Portrait Studios (top); David Pavlak (bottom)

What made you interested in theater? Was this a field you always wanted to pursue?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale Home of a historic Donald Ross golf course Shotgun Tee-off after Lunch • Space Limited Providing financial support to Holy Family University students

Responsibility in Action The Blue and White Fund impacts all areas at Holy Family University and our students, supporting technology, student financial aid, infrastructure, campus life, and student and faculty research. Gifts to the Blue and White Fund are deployed immediately to areas most in need. Your participation, at any level, makes you part of our family of donors—those who accept responsibility for advancing education for future generations.

Please consider making a gift to the Blue and White Fund today.

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Then & Now

As college basketball tournaments come to a close, it seems appropriate to look at how far basketball has come on Holy Family University’s campus. According to Sister Brendan O’Brien, HFU Archivist: “Holy Family’s first basketball team consisted of all women and was named the Hi Fi’s. The photograph above was taken during the 1962-1963 academic year when Holy Family was still an all-women’s school. In this photo, Holy Family was playing Chestnut Hill College at home, using the gym in Nazareth Academy High School. Pictured from left to right were Carol Pachucki ’65, Kathie McAndrew ’65, and Peggie Recupido ’63.”

Photos: HFU Archives (top); Stephen Pellegrino Photography (bottom)

Fast-forward to today, senior forward Abigail Iannotti led the Tigers on the court throughout the season,

Values - Spring 2017  

Holy Family University's Magazine.

Values - Spring 2017  

Holy Family University's Magazine.