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Foun da tion o f Fa ith In Christian ministry, the two greatest commandments are Love of God and Love of Neighbor. At Holy Family University, the Student Ministry Group is putting flesh to our mission.





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A Foundation of Faith In Christian ministry, the two greatest commandments are Love of God and Love of Neighbor (Matthew 22:35-40). At Holy Family University, the Student Ministry Group is putting flesh to our mission—across campus, throughout the community, and beyond. By Barbara Link


Mission Practical: DEL Celebrates 10th Anniversary The Division of Extended Learning celebrates a decade of service and highlights student success and the curricular flexibility that makes it stand out among local accelerated programs. By Heather G. Dotchel


In to Africa: Changing Futures through Technology A partnership between Holy Family University, Stanford University, Jiamini, and UNESCO is bridging the divide of continents to bring Holy Family’s mission of service to Africa’s children through a device that can fit in their hands. By Richard Rys




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Q&A with Jack Kirnan, PhD, the new Dean of the School of Business Administration


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A message from the President


hile spring always offers promise of new life, these recent months seem especially awash with potential. Over the past decade, our University has experienced an ever-increasing pace of growth that shows no sign of diminishing. We are inspired by possibility, driven by purpose, and mindful of influence as we continue to impact our communities both locally and globally. As you read our magazine, you will see the seeds of possibility in a groundbreaking project in Africa. Holy Family is partnering with Stanford University to create different futures for Tanzania’s youth through a device that fits in the hand of a child. Dr. Paul Kim, the researcher responsible for this device, the TeachermateTM, has also established a non-profit organization called Seeds of Empowerment (, which specifically looks to tell the stories of those in underserved areas and to promote entrepreneurship by publishing these stories and returning profits to the authors. When I travelled to Tanzania in February with Dr. Kim, many of the team that I worked with were from this inspiring organization. We also look to home for inspiration. The sprouts of purpose are highlighted in this magazine through an article about the robust spiritual life of our current student population and their commitment to ministry. This dedication is a beacon of hope for the future as these young women and men lead by example. We also see the maturation and influence of our Division of Extended Learning as it marks its first decade and looks ahead to its next ten years. Non-traditional programs are so essential to the health of the University and our surrounding community. Seeds, sprouts, and maturation: These tropes of growth are echoed every May at our commencement ceremonies. Witnessing the metamorphosis of students from fledgling freshmen to accomplished seniors is perhaps the greatest joy we have in the academic world. It is a joy that we would like to share and one that we wish to sustain by working to keep Holy Family’s education attainable for all students. We were proud to be recognized in the Philadelphia Inquirer as maintaining the highest per pupil spending and one of the lowest tuition rates among similar Catholic private institutions along the Atlantic. The recognition served as affirmation of what we have always held true: Our University is here to serve, and our responsibility is to our students. Sincerely,

Art Director Jay Soda Contributing Writers Heather G. Dotchel Naomi Hall Barbara Link Bob Macartney Greg Pellegrino Richard Rys Kathy Warchol Robert Wetzel Contributing Photographers Michael Branscom Adam Cohn John McKeith Scott Nibauer Seeds of Empowerment Greg Pellegrino Stephen Pellegrino Sara Szymendera President S. Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement Margaret Kelly Director of Alumni and Parents Marie Zecca Holy Family University Magazine is published semiannually by the Division of Institutional Advancement. Please address all correspondence to: Editor Holy Family University Magazine 9801 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19114 215-637-7700 Letters to the Editor become property of the magazine. The opinions and views expressed in Holy Family University Magazine do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Holy Family University. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of published information.

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Out and about on campus

Faculty Embrace iPad Initiative


oly Family recently launched an iPad™ technology initiative to better equip students and faculty to function in a technology-rich environment. The iPads are tablet-sized, touch-screen Apple computers able to effortlessly perform a multitude of tasks and store huge amounts of data. iPad use is growing across industry but especially in the education and medical fields. There are close to 40,000 iPad applications for learning alone and close to 400,000 available applications total, according to Robert Lafond, Vice President of Information Technology. The iPad can function as a textbook through the e-reader application and also has video and editing capabilities. University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, envisions a campus with iPads in regular widespread use. In September 2011, she asked Lafond to implement a plan for iPad use among faculty and students. “The goal, ultimately, will be to have iPads used by all students, and that many—if not all—of the courses at Holy Family will use iPads in their delivery,” Lafond said. Lafond convened an iPad Review Committee that distributed about 65 of the devices to faculty in the fall and asked them to explore with it and develop proposals for

integrating iPad use in their courses. After four months of experimenting with iPads, faculty submitted proposals in March. The committee is using those proposals to determine which courses receive iPads for students in 2012-13. “These proposals will guide the committee in determining how many and which students receive iPads. Of course, we anticipate the number to grow each year as more courses are selected,” an e-mail from the iPad Review Committee stated. At $600 each, iPads are too expensive for the University to purchase for all students. The committee will look for the most efficient and cost-effective means of making them available, Lafond said. Faculty response to the iPad initiative is robust. In addition to the dozens of faculty who agreed to submit proposals for course integration, large numbers of faculty have attended iPad technology seminars that Lafond coordinated. “I think this project has energized a significant number of faculty from across the University to explore ways that they can introduce technology into their courses and curricula and has promoted partnering and interdisciplinary efforts,” said Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Some faculty members also meet regularly to discuss the technology. Rosemary Parmigiani, MS, Director of Special Projects in the School of Education, is part of a user group that meets to share iPad tips and applications. “Teachers will be able to upload things to a Wiki that students may access. Students could have access to videos related to the course. There are so many multiple ways it can be used by the students or professors. But the biggest thing is we’re building 21st century skills here,” Parmigiani said. A retired principal, Parmigiani said School of Education students will need to be proficient with the technology as classroom teachers. “We have to model the type of learning and pedagogy that we want them to use and use those same tools to teach, so when students go out the door, they are able to teach kids who may be better at the technology than they are,” Parmigiani said. – Naomi Hall

NCLEX Rates Soar Above State and National Standards


aculty, staff, and students in the BSN Program received amazing validation this year when the NCLEX scores for 2010-2011 were posted. Holy Family University students passed with a rate



of 93.62%, far above the first-time pass rate of the nation (87.81%) and Pennsylvania (87.66%). “Improving NCLEX-RN outcomes has been the result of changes in student admission and progression

policies, attention to curricular, teaching, and testing practices, and ongoing faculty support,” said Christine M. Rosner, RN, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Holy Family Receives $1.3 Million in State Aid


he Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted Holy Family University $1.3 million in aid that the University used to make improvements to the library. Senator Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) discussed this capital budget grant during a press conference in November in the Holy Family Library and presented a ceremonial oversized check to University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, Vice President of Finance

L-R: Terry Webb of Eureka Metal & Glass, Trustee Robert Tepfer, Senator Mike Stack, Peter Tantala of Tantala Associates, LLC, Lori Schwabenbauer, and Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD

and Administration John Jaszczak, Director of Library Services Lori Schwabenbauer, and students. The grant helped the University complete needed exterior and infrastructural repairs to the library. Most noticeable were the new windows, which were all replaced. The library improvements were supervised by consulting engineers, Tantala Associates, LLC, of Philadelphia.

First constructed in 1967, the Northeast Campus Library houses resources that are crucial to the academic success of students. The Library stands three stories, with roughly 42,000 gross square feet of space. It houses more than 110,000 items, including more than 2,500 DVDs and videos. The Library also provides access to more than 20 journal databases and includes the University archives. – Naomi Hall

Phillies Phans Phavor Costanzo



enior Nursing student Leigh Ann Costanzo achieved a life goal when she was selected this spring as the newest Phillies Ballgirl. Always a fan of the Phillies, Costanzo submitted a short video highlighting her softball skills and explaining why she wanted to be a Ballgirl. “I admire everything the Phillies Ballgirls stand for, and I feel they make such a positive impact on the fans and the Phillies organization,” said Costanzo, “I decided to pursue my dream.” Costanzo’s video was impressive enough that she was one of just 30 young women selected to come to Citizens Bank Park to tryout for the Ballgirl team. As a former member of the Holy Family University softball team, Costanzo had the skills necessary to pass the tryout, which included hitting, fielding, a short timed sprint, and on-camera interview, and a short quiz on Phillies history and knowledge. From there, the field was narrowed to 15 selected for a final formal interview. After the interview, Costanzo found out she was one of three who were to be selected for the final Ballgirl position by fan vote. After about a week of voting, she was notified that she had the most votes. The Phillies Ballgirls do more than just fetch errant balls during Phillies games. They are ambassadors for the Phillies on and off the field. They are all educated, athletic role models. They make over 150 off-field appearances per year in media, school and nursing home visits, tournaments, and other charitable endeavors like softball games and the Red Goes Green environmental initiative sponsored by the Phillies. – Heather G. Dotchel

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Out and about on campus

Exclusive RN-to-BSN program at Fox Chase Cancer Center


oly Family University began offering a special section of its RN-to-BSN program exclusively at Fox Chase Cancer Center in January 2012. The University’s program was chosen through a competitive process to provide on-site courses for Fox Chase staff members who desire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Located in Northeast Philadelphia’s Fox Chase community, the Center conducts a broad array of nationally competitive, basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. Founded in 1904, Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of the leading cancer

research and treatment centers in the United States. “The [Institute of Medicine] report on the Future of Nursing recommends that the American healthcare delivery system should embrace a goal of 80 percent BSN by 2020,” said Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services at Fox Chase. “The Holy Family on-site program is an ideal vehicle to provide ease in access for our staff to complete their BSN. Learning with your colleagues creates a team approach to learning,” Hambleton continued. The RN-to-BSN program is an accelerated program that focuses on development of management

and leadership skills, individual and family assessment skills, research in nursing practice, and development of cultural competence. The program is offered through Holy Family’s Division of Extended Learning, with curriculum developed through the University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. “It’s a good opportunity. Students are well prepared for graduate work when they are finished the program” said Mary E. Wombwell, EdD, CNE, RN, coordinator of Holy Family’s RN-to-BSN program. The RN-to-BSN program is also offered in Bucks County at Holy Family-Woodhaven and Holy Family-Newtown. – Naomi Hall

Four Faculty Members Receive Ray Taylor Awards


oly Family University awarded Ray L. Taylor Memorial Awards for Faculty Development to four faculty members on January 24. Associate Professor of Biology Stanley Mauldin, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Biology Dian He, PhD, received the award for their project that analyzes the structure and function of DNA in cellular slime mold. L-R: Dr. John Woznicki, Dr. Stanley Mauldin, Dr. Dian He, and Dr. Brian Berry Professor of Education Brian Berry, PhD, received the award to research educational services for people with services, or other costs associated with scholarly disabilities in other countries. Dr. Berry plans to publish research. The award program was established through a paper based on his findings. an endowment created by Carol Taylor, RN, PhD, Associate Professor of English, John Woznicki, PhD, a former University faculty member who served from received the award to fund travel and research 1979 to 1987 and 1995 to 1997 in the School of Nursing expenses for the development of a poetry anthology. and Allied Health Professions. Dr. Taylor and her family The Taylor awards are competitive grants that help created the award to honor her deceased father, offset the cost of travel, equipment, professional Raymond Taylor. – Robert Macartney




Fiction, Pop Culture, and History: Arts and Sciences Professors Recently Published

Liz Moore


n January, Elizabeth Moore, MFA an Assistant Professor of English, published her second novel, Heft (2012, W.W. Norton & Company). Heft is a story about love and family found in unexpected places, told through two voices—former professor Arthur Opp and teenaged baseball star Kei. The novel has garnered national attention and was reviewed by People and on, as well as being covered by feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Also a musician, Moore explored the lives

of artists and promoters in the music industry in her first novel, The Words of Every Song (2007, Broadway/ Random House Digital). Amanda McClain, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communications, published the book American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity and American Discourses (2011, Lexington Books), which analyzes how the popular TV show provides audiences with an idealized version of American culture. McClain is an expert of American pop-culture and reality television. She is also a chair on the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and is co-chair of the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. History Professor Cathlyn Mariscotti, PhD, wrote an article

that appears in the Dictionary of African Biography (2011, Oxford University Press), a major reference book of notable African men and women from all time periods, edited

SBA Now Official Chapter of Delta Mu Delta


oly Family University’s School of Business Administration became the Mu Gamma Chapter of Delta Mu Delta—the international honor society in Business Administration—at an on-campus installation ceremony in October 2011. Society President Dr. Charles Fazzi awarded the University’s plaque to Assistant Professor of Computer Management Information Systems Bernice Purcell at the ceremony. University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, then-Dean of the School of Business Administration Jan Duggar, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance Cao Jiang, PhD, and Purcell were inducted into the Honor Society at the conclusion of the ceremony. Delta Mu Delta membership is the highest national recognition a business student can earn. The Society promotes higher scholarship in training for business and recognizes scholastic attainment in business subjects. As a result of the installation, Holy Family students are now eligible for membership in Delta Mu Delta. – Naomi Hall

by noted Harvard University professors, Henry Louis Gates Jr., PhD, and Emmanuel Akyeampong, PhD. Mariscotti’s article explores the Egyptian scholar and writer Ai’shah Abd al-Rahman, whose pen name was Bint al-Shati. Born in 1913, al-Shati was considered an outspoken woman and wrote hundreds of books and more than a thousand articles. – Naomi Hall

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Out and about on campus

Holy Family Appoints New Business Dean


oly Family appointed Jack V. Kirnan, PhD, as the Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professor of Economics, effective December 5, 2011. Kirnan possesses significant leadership experience in academia and the corporate arena.

He recently served as Interim Dean of the School of Business at The College of New Jersey, where he led the School’s successful reaccreditation effort with AACSB and helped secure a first-ever ranking as “Best Undergraduate School of Business”

from Business Week. Kirnan also managed the full-time and part-time MBA programs for the Rutgers Business School where he helped develop a new MBA curriculum and guided the school to its first-ever ranking in the prestigious Wall Street Journal Survey of MBA Programs. Kirnan has taught finance and economics courses over the years at Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Fordham University, Monmouth University, Iona College, and other institutions. Prior to academia, Kirnan was one of Wall Street’s leading global automotive industry analysts. He earned recognition from leading financial journals like Institutional Investor Magazine and The Wall Street Journal while he was employed at Kidder Peabody & Co. and Salomon Smith Barney. After a career as an analyst in the automotive industry, Kirnan joined Credit Suisse First Boston as its director of U.S. equity research and led efforts to provide institutional clients coverage on more than 1,000 companies. Kirnan also spent time at Charles Schwab as its director of product marketing in its institutional equity unit. Kirnan earned a BA in economics and political science at Seton Hall University and holds an MA and a PhD in economics from Fordham University. – Naomi Hall

Nursing Chair Wins Prestigious Award


hair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Karen Montalto, PhD, (center) was honored recently with the Daisy Foundation Award for her efforts in improving undergraduate student performance in the BSN program. Dr. Montalto received the award during the December 2 Student Faculty Reception in the ETC auditorium. Recipients of the national Daisy Award are nurses and nurse faculty members, nominated by their peers to be honored for extraordinary service. Recipients receive a certificate, a hand-carved “Healer’s Touch” sculpture and other acknowledgments. – Robert Macartney



Speaker Series Underscores Philadelphia’s Civil War Significance, War of 1812


n 1861, Philadelphia was the second largest city in the nation and the closest urban center to the Civil War front. The city’s manufacturing base, heavy industry, and hospitals yielded weapons, rails, and medical services pivotal to the Civil War effort, according to Andy Waskie, PhD, a Temple University professor and historian. Dr. Waskie detailed how the city came to be known as the “The Arsenal of the North” in his presentation, “Philadelphia and the Civil War,” which took place in October 2011. Dr. Waskie has served as a historical consultant to many television, film and video documentaries, and museum projects. He sits on regional historical boards, including the Civil War Museum and Library, the Gettysburg Battlefield

Preservation Association, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He is founder and president of the General Meade Society of Philadelphia. Recently, he wrote the book First Volunteers to the Front about the Washington Brigade of Philadelphia, and he is currently

DEL Baseball Weekend Intensive Seminar


oly Family University’s Division of Extended Learning held a one of a kind course, “Baseball and Hollywood,” over the weekend of November 18–20. Students in the weekend extensive course explored baseball themes of myth versus reality, the game as sport versus business, and urban and rural connections. Students also analyzed classic films like Bull Durham, The Natural, Field of Dreams, A Winner Never Quits, The Curious Case of Curt Flood, and This Old Cub. To enhance the learning experience of these films, experts discussed their related knowledge. William C. Kashatus, author of Phillies books September Swoon and Almost a Dynasty, addressed the realities of one-armed MLB player Pete Gray between the film A Winner Never Quits and his book One-Armed Wonder. Law professor Mitch Nathanson, a consultant on the documentary The Curious Case of Curt Flood, addressed the lessons of baseball as a business through the lens of Flood’s legal battle against MLB owners challenging the legitimacy of the reserve clause in 1970. Indie filmmaker Jeff Santo discussed the skill of writing and directing both a documentary and feature film. Students prepared for the course by using Twitter to connect their thoughts and reflections at any moment’s notice. They also collaborated by creating partial scripts (three scenes) via Google Docs. Their biggest challenge was to “pitch” an original movie idea to their instructors, posing as Hollywood movie moguls. – Robert Macartney

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researching the regimental history of the 110th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Pulitzer prize-winning historian Alan Taylor, PhD, presented “The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies” on March 26. The War of 1812 was a three-year conflict between the fledgling United States and Britain over the restriction of trade routes and other British impositions. Taylor painted a riveting image of the war through the stories of common men and women of that time. His presentation unveiled a brutal, but sometimes comical, war that defined current-day United States and Canada. Dr. Taylor is a history professor at the University of California, Davis. In 1996, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic (1995, Alfred A. Knopf ). He has authored four other publications, including The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006, Alfred A. Knopf ). Waskie and Taylor’s presentations are part of a series of free public lectures the University history department launched in collaboration with Glen Foerd on the Delaware in 2007. – Naomi Hall



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by one, the students placed their rocks into the bag. On each rock,

the students had written what they hoped to f ind over the next three

days. Strength. Understanding. Vision. Peace. Love. Renewal.

Potential. Drive. Then, each student reached back into the bag and

retrieved someone else’s rock to call their own. Perhaps, they were told, they may—or may not—f ind what they came for, but surely, they would leave with something they need.

jwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwjwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwj And so began the first annual core values retreat for the Student Ministry Group at Holy Family University—a three-day excursion in August 2011 to the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, New York. Among the diverse group of students were athletes and musicians, freshmen and mentors, seekers and believers. In common was their quest to connect with the University’s core values as a group and as individuals. “We went on the retreat not just to learn more about the core values, but how to install them into our daily lives,” says Samantha Kiger ’14. “And not just to take them in, but to spread them out across campus and in the community.” Following three powerful days of prayer, sharing, and reflection, the students returned to campus with a newfound understanding, unprecedented inspiration, and an ambitious list of spiritual and service projects they would embark on over the course of the coming year.

The Church of Now Douglas Ulrich ’12 recalls the first time he heard Father James MacNew say those words. “I was kneeling at the altar,” says the rugby team captain, “and Father put his hand on my head. He said, ‘This is it Doug. You’re the church of now.’” “Father MacNew empowers all of us to live the mission,” echoes Jonathan Dick ’14. “He shows us we can make a change in the world. You can see it everywhere on campus—the



Student Ministry Group is leading by example, and people are following.” At Holy Family University, Campus Ministry includes Eucharistic celebrations, prayer services, scripture sharing, retreats, social justice

activities, and personal counseling. As the University continues to grow, so, too, does the number and strength of student ministry and related service organizations across campus. From the Student Ministry Group’s

spiritual retreat in Garrison came a list of 27 distinct initiatives the students would engage in over the coming year. Subdivisions would include the Music Ministry Team, the Eucharistic Minister Training Group, and the student-run Bible Study Group. Project teams would take on responsibility for planning numerous special events: Core Values Day, Mission Day, Picnic in the Park, Homeless Night Out, the Jesus All-Nighter, and the Music Ministry Glee Concert. In service, students would collect clothing for the Sisters of Life and volunteer their time in soup kitchens. In January, they would fill two buses for the National March for Life Washington, D.C. As always, all would be welcome.

“Not all religious experiences happen in church,” says Father MacNew. “I ask the students, where is God calling you? Just tell me, and we will make it happen.” It was on the Bear Mountain Hike— a weekend of camping and whitewater rafting for members of the Student Ministry Group, that Timothy “Bear” O’Driscoll ’12 recalls a pivotal moment. As Father MacNew explains, the climb to the top of Bear Mountain symbolizes the mountains in our own lives we have to climb. “We challenge ourselves and one other to the top,” he tells the students, “and we call upon God to help us.” On the summit of the mountain, Father MacNew conducted Mass. He

called it “church in the woods.” And it was there, Bear says, that Father told him, “It’s okay to pray anywhere.” “We were in God’s cathedral,” says Bear. “I have learned that faith is everywhere. I have learned that no matter where you are, you always throw a seed. You never know where it’s going to take root. It’s up to each of us to throw seeds—to spread Holy Family’s mission and core values.”

Teneor Votis The motto at Holy Family University is Teneor Votis. It means, “I am bound by my responsibilities.” This motto is powerfully reflected among the University’s core values, which include Service and Responsibility. At Holy Family, ministry, service, and responsibility are inextricably intertwined. Many members of the Student Ministry Group also belong to S.A.Y.S.—Students at Your Service— an active community service group created in 1994 by Linda DiGennaro, Director of Special Services, who serves its moderator. S.A.Y.S. organizes numerous activities each year, from hosting an “Unbirthday Party” at the Children’s Seashore House, to holding blood drives on campus, to raising funds for families in need. Krista Zerkow ’13, President of S.A.Y.S. and a member of the Student Ministry Group, says the strength of these groups and their connectedness drew her in and that her involvement has led to a rebirth of her faith. “We came to Holy Family for education, but we are meant to have a purpose on campus and in the community,” says Krista. “The work we do defines who we are.” In May, Krista will be among a dozen Holy Family students embarking on a missionary trip to Ecuador. The students—members of the University’s Rostro de Cristo Group—will spend ten days living within and serving the community, without the use of any technology or unnecessary material goods. “Our focus will be on God, on people, on what matters most,” explains



Student Eucharistic Ministers, Timothy “Bear” O’Driscoll ’12 and Sarah Stoy ’12, provide communion to fellow students at Mass in the Campus Center chapel.

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Krista. “We will be reminded to not take anything for granted. And we will bring that back to campus.” Says Father MacNew, “We are a holy family. And a family will call on its members to be their highest selves. Campus ministry is trying to create that family on campus. It challenges who we are. It allows us to embrace our core values and to put flesh on them.”

“I am amazed and in awe of the dedication of our students,” says Holy Family Newtown’s Learning Resource Center Assistant Christine Runowski, who serves as B.L.A. moderator. “At Newtown, ours is primarily a gradu-

ate student population. Students are working full-time and attending school at night. Many also have family responsibilities. And still, they want to give back. Their faith is unbelievable. “Giving back,” adds Christine, “is a huge part of ministering. Sometimes, the only Bible people read is you. The people who attend or benefit from our events can see Christ through our students.” Serving as responsible community leaders and citizens is part of the very fabric that is Holy Family University. And it is reflected everywhere. It can be seen in the student athletes who collect thousands of books through the Build-A-Library Program for children attending underserved elementary schools. And in Newtown’s Graduate Student Advisory Board, whose members regularly volunteer their time in the community preparing meals for those in need. It can be seen in small acts of kindness, from holding open a door to sharing a smile.

Believe. Lead. Achieve. At the Newtown location, the B.L.A. Group—an acronym for “Believe. Lead. Achieve.”—demonstrates their devotion to campus ministry and community service in parallel ways. From faith sharing, to hosting “BBBS Camp Day” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, to serving as event coordinators for the nonprofit fundraiser “Run for Life,” B.L.A. members—who include undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni—are committed to making an impact.



Adjunct Professor James Acton reads during Mass at the Campus Center Chapel. Mass is offered daily at 12:30 pm.

“Everything we do is tinged with implications of eternity,” says Father MacNew. “Everything we do is ministry. And we should do everything with a touch of excellence for God.”

The Ripple Effect

their religion and spirituality. At Holy Family, we live our values, and we are accepted for it. We want the kids to know that it’s okay to live their values, too.” Says Sarah Stoy ’12 of student ministry at Holy Family University, “What we have found, we bring to each other. We want to bring it to campus and the surrounding community. And when we graduate, we want to bring it to the world.” This year, Holy Family plans to


Putting Faith into Action, Officially

Since 2007, students at Holy Family University have participated in our Alternative Spring Break Service Trip, working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes—and hope—for families in need. From New Orleans to Spokane, our students have supported Habitat’s ministry, which is driven by the aspiration to give tangible expression to the love of God through the elimination of impoverished housing. In November 2011, Habitat for Humanity International named Holy Family an official Campus Chapter—a designation earned by only four other universities in the Philadelphia area. A Campus Chapter is defined as a student-led, studentinitiated organization that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to fulfill four key functions: building, fundraising, advocating, and educating. Instrumental in receiving chapter status for Holy Family was Ryan O’Driscoll ’13, who dedicated much of his time this past summer to steer the intensive process. Ryan compiled the extensive application, led the charge in establishing a substantial relationship with the Philadelphia Chapter of Habitat, raised funds for direct donation to the organization, and participated in interviews with Habitat representatives at both the local and international levels. How prophetic that on the spiritual retreat in Garrison, the rock Ryan pulled from the bag read “Responsibility.” “There is so much more to faith than going to church,” says Mike McNultyBobholz, Director of Student Activities. “When you look introspectively, it’s who you are, who you want to be. Community service gives students these experiences to draw from. It takes their faith, and puts it to the test, as leaders and as responsible citizens.”





When you toss a rock into the water, it creates a ripple effect. Beyond campus, the Student Ministry Group is sharing the University’s mission and core values in countless meaningful ways. Among these expressions is the special relationship that has grown between the members of the Student Ministry Group and the nearby parish of Our Lady of Fatima, where our students now lead the parish’s youth group. “We visit with the children every other Sunday,” explains Orlean Tunacao ’15. “We play games, we share with one another, we make the kids feel comfortable in embracing

launch the University’s first Young Alumni Association, a group built on the foundation of ministry and community service. “This is the very core of our University,” says Alumni Director Marie Zecca. “So many students attend Holy Family for this purpose, and we hope they will choose to extend their work in ministry and service beyond graduation as part of an active alumni group.” The inaugural members of the Young Alumni Association will include this year’s extraordinary graduating seniors, with the hope of drawing back alumni who have graduated over the past decade. While the group will be guided by Marie Zecca and Father MacNew, it is the members who will determine their own vision and mission-based service initiatives. “It’s up to each of us to continue to call one another to excellence,” says Father MacNew. “Every dimension of our University community— alumni, current students, Catholics, Christians, non-Christians, agnostics, searchers and seekers—must continue to live each day in imitation of the Holy Family of Nazareth. And we hope others will see the light of our example.”



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Rock Steady Every student who attended the Spiritual Retreat in Garrison last summer reports that they have closely held onto the rock they drew out of that bag. Some carry their rocks in their backpack or pocket; others keep them at their bedside. Bear, who serves as President of Holy Family University’s Student Government Association, sets his on the podium before every presentation he makes. It reads “Confidence.”





DEL Celebrates



By Heather G. Dotchel Portraits by Michael Branscom

The Division of Extended Learning celebrates a decade of service and highlights student success and the curricular flexibility that makes it stand out among local accelerated programs.


oyce Smilowski sat in her car in the parking lot and cried. It was the fall of 2002, and it was the first night for the very first class that was offered by Holy Family University’s newly formed Division of Extended Learning (DEL). “I actually considered turning around and going home,” recalls Smilowski. “I was scared to death. I had no college credits, graduated from high school in 1981, and I was not the smartest in my graduating class.” At the time, she was 38 years old, married, and a mother of three. She wanted to return to school to pursue a degree, and a colleague suggested Holy Family. The then-College was close to her home and about to begin an accelerated degree program. “The dream of going to college and obtaining a degree did not seem like it would take a lifetime to accomplish,” says Smilowski. “When I made contact with the Holy Family staff, they made me feel comfortable, and they gave me the confidence not only to talk about going to college but also to actually fill out the paperwork.”

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But she still needed to get out of her car and walk into her first class. She gathered her brand-new school bag, her books, and her pens; she left her car; and she entered the classroom. “Philip Moore was the facilitator. He smiled brightly, addressed me by name, and welcomed me to the class. I felt as welcomed the first night of class as I did throughout the entire program.” As a mother, a wife, and fulltime employee, Smilowski found the flexibility of DEL key to her success. She mentions that her personal responsibilities caused her to take a little longer to complete the program than some of her classmates, but she never lost her focus, and the Division did not allow her to become lost. At one point, she was between jobs and had to take a break from classes; DEL staff called just to check in and say hello. She returned to classes and graduated in 2008. Currently, Smilowski has just completed her MBA in Project Management and attributes her success to the dedication and flexibility of those in the Division of Extended Learning.

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lexibility is perhaps the greatest strength of DEL’s programs. While there are many accelerated programs in the greater Philadelphia area, Holy Family University offers one of the only noncohort-driven programs. DEL students at the Bensalem and Newtown sites can pick and choose their classes and their class order according to their needs, rather than having to follow a prescribed path. One advantage of this particular philosophy is the ability of staff to adapt curriculum at lightning speeds, allowing their degree programs to be ahead of the curve in learning practices. Courses can be developed as needed or, proactively, as anticipated. Additionally, DEL builds Special Topics courses, Global Seminars, and Weekend Intensives into the curriculum to be developed in a timely and individual manner. Philip Moore, Smilowski’s first DEL facilitator and Assistant Vice President of the Division of Extended Learning, describes the philosophy of these courses as “roll-up-yoursleeves classroom environments where all participants refuse mediocrity, and generative thinking rules the day.” “We believe what students learn in the classroom should be applied immediately to their professional careers,” adds Chris Quinn, DEL’s Director of Academic Services. Practical, direct, and timely application is invaluable to DEL’s students. Courses not only are applicable to their future career goals, predicated on the degree they are working towards, but they are applicable to their current careers, which run parallel to their studies. Donna Conrad, who teaches undergraduate and graduate management and human resources courses at DEL, thinks this emphasis on the practical makes a difference too: “The DEL staff takes tremendous pride in what they do and in constantly striving to improve the curriculum. As an entrepreneur and a consultant, I can bring my professional experiences into the classroom for discussion and this brings the coursework alive! It is this commitment to having DEL staff members stay current and active in the business community that plays a big part in the program’s effectiveness and success. The students believe it is an important part of their learning process.” Each year since 2003, students from DEL have



traveled abroad for an international business experience and personal growth as well. The group has visited London, England, seven times, and Dublin, Ireland, once. While there, they visit companies like Aberdeen Asset Management, CNN International, and Brown Brothers Harriman; the students are also encouraged to embrace and assimilate to a culture different from their own as an exercise in problem solving and perspective. “The study abroad seminar absolutely changed me! It made me so aware of how large the world is and the importance of seeing it all. The visit to Aberdeen Asset Management showed me a side of the corporate world that you don’t see everyday. This company has such a great internal corporate culture that you could feel it when you walked through the door. I became immersed in the culture. It was truly a changing moment in my life,” remembers alumna Jessica Guadalupe ’11. Weekend Intensives also provide a compact delivery system that serves the adult student well from a time management perspective (the weekend course provides three credits) and from a demanding and singular curricular perspective. The most recent was Strategic Issues 2012, which featured lectures from legislators on the local, state, and national levels as well as a judge, political consultant, and police chief. The Intensive focused on the upcoming presidential election and issues like national security, foreign affairs, the national economy, roles of state vs. federal government, and political parties. Other offerings have explored Baseball and Hollywood, Health Care in America, Case Studies in American Music, Crime and Hollywood, and the Global Marketplace, to name a few. “We want learning that is grounded in the real,” says Philip Moore.


s I think back to my first few months at Holy Family, I am amazed at how much was accomplished between March and September 2002,” recalls Honour Moore, Associate Vice President and founder of the Division of Extended Learning. “In that time period, a secretary, admissions person, and academic advisor joined the staff of two (myself and the Director of Continuing Education, who worked with non-credit programs only at the time). We developed a

curriculum; sought and received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer accelerated degree programs; developed promotional materials and advertising; established academic policies and procedures, in conjunction with the Provost (the late Dr. David Rice); outfitted a classroom at the NE campus; hired the first group of facilitators; developed a schedule of classes; and, most importantly, recruited 93 adult students for the first fall session.” She remarks that none of this would have been accomplished without the help and guidance of many people, but especially from Karen Galardi, Executive Director of the Newtown Campus. Moore states, “Her wise counsel helped me navigate the waters safely, and the initial success of the program owes a great deal to her support.” “When DEL was established, the University administration made the decision to house the division at the Newtown location,” explains Galardi. “It was an exciting time—the Newtown and DEL staff worked collaboratively to establish the infrastructure needed to support the program offerings within six months. We began planning in March 2002, and due to a tremendous amount of effort and teamwork, the division was able to offer the first courses in September 2002.” Moore points out that the original goals of the program are the same as the current goals—the vision has remained constant. The first goal was and is to open the Holy Family University experience to those who wanted to be part of it

but were not well-served by a 16-week semester program. Accelerated course work met that need. The second goal is to provide a theoretical, yet practical, education for the adult learner that is based in adult learning theory, built on the acclaimed Regis University model. The third goal is to give the best possible service for adult students in order to minimize distractions often found in traditional academic settings; this is accomplished by DEL’s Woodhaven location being able to handle everything from admissions and advising to registration and tuition payment all in one place with hours convenient to the adult student. Indeed, adult students are motivated by different factors than traditional students. Many cite life-changing events, current job demands, or desire for promotion as motivators. They also choose to go back to school, independent of the prescribed life path of high school and then immediate college.


harles McCoy, a Microsoft Certified System Engineer, was advancing his career readily: “Professionally, I was successfully moving up the ranks through demonstrating technical proficiency in my IT discipline. I believed I was well on my way to a successful career.” However, an innocent question from his nephew changed his view. McCoy’s older sister, a registered nurse, began to work nights in order to provide for her and her son. In order to make sure his nephew stayed on track with school, McCoy insisted that his nephew stay with him on school nights. “I continually stress to him the importance of education and all of the opportunities it affords you. One afternoon, while attending my younger sister’s college graduation, my nephew asked me when I graduated college. I went on to explain to him I went to college right after high school but that I did not finish my degree. The stunned look on his face almost floored me. At that point, I realized that I was being hypocritical, and even though I never asked him, I could tell from his response that he realized it too. I had been avoiding completing my undergraduate degree and decided that I needed to return to school to complete it,” says McCoy. McCoy enrolled in the Division of Extended Learning as a Business Admin LEFT: Phillip Moore, Assistant Vice

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voting Holy Family University in Bucks County (Woodhaven and Newtown) as a “Best of Bucks” in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards. And perhaps most telling, yearly student satisfaction surveys show that alumni and students are happy with their experience at Holy Family.

J ABOVE: Chris Quinn teaches adult students

at Holy Family University-Woodhaven.

istration major but soon realized that he enjoyed the technical discipline of accounting more than the management concepts discussed in the Business Administration classes. “Since changing to the Accounting concentration, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to benefit from a tremendous group of facilitators who work with me diligently to make sure I have grasped each learning concept and objective in my courses. I am excited about the way the Accounting discipline challenges my way of thinking. Looking to the future, upon completing my degree, I plan to incorporate my 15 years experience in Information Technology with my newly developed accounting skills,” says McCoy.


uccess is measured in both numbers and intangibles. DEL has graduated more than 600 from its undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2003, just a year after opening its doors as a program, DEL opened the doors on a new University site (Woodhaven) in Bensalem. In 2004, the Division was honored with the David Clarke, SJ Service Award from Regis University, for outstanding service to the adult learner. In 2006, its marketing campaign—“Wake Up Your Mind!”—received a Crystal Marketing Award honorable mention from the Association for Continuing Higher Education. Also in that year, the MBA program was offered in South Philadelphia. In 2010, DEL continued to expand with a cohort program offered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Additionally, DEL facilitators are hugely invested in the program, serving on committees, participating in University-wide events, and attending faculty workshops—dedication that many accelerated programs only dream of. The surrounding community is impressed,



ohn Kirby is one of those satisfied alumni. Kirby originally had enrolled in another Philadelphia-area university for its traditional MBA program. However, he did not find that it was responsive enough with its curriculum for the contemporary job market. Accelerated programs attracted him; he did not mind the longer class meeting time when the duration of the course was shortened. DEL’s curricular flexibility that allowed it to stay ahead of the market and its practical, grounded classroom delivery proved a winning combination. “One of the things that I valued tremendously and made me look forward to class were case studies, looking at why companies failed or succeeded,” says Kirby. This analysis helped him in his job at the time and continued to drive his success after he graduated. After graduation, Kirby approached Associate Vice President Honour Moore about establishing the Richard H. Galup Leadership Award. Richard H. Galup was Kirby’s uncle, a man who was highly influential to Kirby and a man who always provided for his family. As a way to honor him, Kirby wanted to create an award for a graduating MBA student who encapsulated his uncle’s traits. A committee was established to select a winner each year. Kirby and his family are invited to the annual ceremony, and they have been thrilled with the candidates who have been selected.


n the Spring of 2011, Holy Family University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission. This was significant because it included DEL for the first time as previous accreditations predated the program. “As I reflect on the last ten years, I am constantly reminded of how far we have come and how much more we hope to accomplish in the next decade. None of this has been done in a vacuum; I thank everyone at the University who has extended themselves to help make our programs successful,” says Honour Moore. “In looking toward the future, we are constantly looking for new opportunities that will further the mission of the University, such as new locations, new populations, and new educational offerings. The DEL remains a work in progress and looks forward to the next ten-year celebration.”

Create a Scholarship

It’s kinda like this, but different. The Sister Francesca Onley President’s Scholarship, first presented in 1998, was established to honor Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, President of Holy Family University and former principal of Nazareth Academy High School. The scholarship is awarded to an all-around student of high character, who excels academically, is service-oriented, exhibits commitment to an academic discipline or professional career path, has potential for success, and needs financial assistance. It is not difficult to set up your own personalized scholarship, honoring those important to you and helping those who might continue that legacy. While many named scholarships were established by individuals, a large percentage were established by groups of friends, families, or employees, coming together in honor of those, both living and passed, who touched them.

For more information, please contact Michael Domer at 267-341-3244 or

In to Africa changing futures through technology

A partnership between holy family university, stanford university, jiamini, and unesco is bridging the divide of continents to bring holy family’s mission of service to africa’s children through a device that can fit in their hands. by Richard Rys

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For many of us, the concepts of community building and helping the less fortunate are pursuits we carry out in our own backyards—volunteering at a local shelter, donating canned goods to food banks, or spending time at a retirement home. As the saying goes, charity begins at home. Perhaps that’s why you probably wouldn’t expect Holy Family University to carry its motto, Teneor votis (“I am bound by my responsibilities”) so far away, across the ocean to Newala, an impoverished district in southwest Tanzania. Or to team up with researchers from California to bring cutting-edge technology to African teachers and students, in the hope of giving them both much brighter futures. When Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley stepped off a plane in Dar es Salaam this past February, she knew she would have little time for sightseeing. After flights from New York to United Arab Emirates to Dar es Salaam on Tanzania’s east coast, and yet another south to Mtwara, she took a four-hour car ride along ragged, unpaved roads to Newala. There, she not only met the children and their teachers, but for the first time in person, her Stanford University friends and others who made this outreach adventure possible. What their team accomplished in Africa is only part of a story that crisscrosses the globe, as Sister Francesca united with dedicated volunteers and helped spread Holy Family University’s mission of service farther than ever before.



top: Dr. Paul Kim, Chief

Technology Officer and Assistant Dean at Stanford University’s School of Education below: Dr. Kim introduces students to the TeacherMateTM, a handheld instructional technology.

The seeds of the Newala education project were sown not in Northeast Philadelphia, but in Doha, the largest city in Qatar—a tiny Middle Eastern outpost that’s roughly the size of Connecticut and, thanks to its gas and oil reserves, the richest nation in the world. As a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents and as Chair of the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace, Sister Francesca flew there in 2009 to attend an education conference. One guest speaker she heard was Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean at Stanford University’s School of Education, who gave an impassioned presentation about using technology to help teach children

in the developing countries. It was one of those perfect storm moments that no one had anticipated. Through the IAUP, Sister Francesca knew that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had grant money available for a project that would promote international learning. Dr. Kim had just provided the game plan for that very same goal. “My interest is in empowering the children in the developing world,” says Dr. Kim. “Especially in places where they don’t get to realize their potential because there are no resources. They’re the hidden population. If they get the chance, they can make a difference for themselves and for society.” Inspired by Dr. Kim’s presentation, the next step

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President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, on her February trip to Tanzania. below: Dr. Kim and students. The contrast of poverty and technology is startling, but hopefully surmountable.

for Sister Francesca was to find a host country. She made contact at the conference with a man in Qatar who was interested in bringing an education program to Africa. It seemed like a perfect fit. “One of the problems in Africa and other poor countries, you don’t have the level of technology that we have in developed countries,” says Sister Francesca. “It’s sometimes due to the utilities they



have—in some places, they only have four hours of electricity per day.” Her contact in Qatar disappeared once she returned to Philadelphia, but Sister Francesca wasn’t prepared to let go of her vision so easily. Jen Andrews ’06, then a Holy Family graduate student (MEd’11), had served in the Peace Corps and worked with Jennifer Harding, who became the founder and Country Director of a group called Jiamini, named after the Swahili word for “believe in yourself.” The volunteer organization’s mission is to aid children in southern Tanzania, whether by helping orphans with the financial means to stay in school, buying textbooks, or through infrastructure improvements, such as installing water pumps and solar energy panels. Sister Francesca was exited by the prospect of teaming up with a group that was dedicated to the region. “Jiamini brings a sense of continuity to the project,” she says. “A lot of times, volunteers come into an area and then they’re gone. Jiamini is there, they’ve established a presence, and we feel that with that continuity we can help Newala beyond just two weeks.” The long-term educational challenges in Newala are significant. Although primary school is taught in Swahili, secondary school is in English, a shift that makes advanced learning difficult for most students and often limits any chance they’ll have of moving on to a university someday. It’s a setback that the children and their instructors are ill-equipped to overcome. Classrooms are spartan brick buildings with tin roofs. Some have electricity. The secondary school library is little more than a few bookshelves lined with aging texts. In assessing the individual needs of village children, the Jiamini volunteers evaluate their home environments. Is the floor concrete or dirt? Is the roof above their heads thatch or tin? When storing drinking water can be a challenge, preparing children for



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The paradox of children and play and military and guns is striking. middle: Students use the TeacherMateTM during a break from the classroom.

the rigors of high school or higher education is sometimes an afterthought. Dr. Kim’s plan to aid the children in Newala is designed to provide both technology and sustainability. While shipping a crate full of laptops to Africa might sound like a great idea, there are often complications—teachers without the proper training, a lack of software, and difficulties integrating computers into curriculum. According to Dr. Kim, of the 500,000 laptops that have been donated to Uruguay, only a quarter are still in use. “I call them Generation 1.0 projects,” says Dr. Kim of most traditional educational aid efforts. “They’re focused on hardware. A 2.0 project delivers hardware and software, but it’s still not complete. Teachers still teach the same way they have for years. I consider my program 3.0, because it’s hardware, software, and pedagogy. It teaches educators how to teach, to contextualize and address needs. It’s a change to the whole ecosystem.” The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-Based Learning Environment (SMILE) that Dr. Kim created in 2006 has grown from a research project into partnership with various technology companies to create educational products for students in developing countries. One such device is the TeacherMateTM, a handheld computer that small groups of children use to not only learn a variety of subjects but also to engage in critical thinking exercises—something that’s rare in school systems like Tanzania’s where rote learning is the norm. In drafting their funding proposal to UNESCO, Dr. Kim and Sister Francesca planned to deliver TeacherMates and a number of

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top: A classroom encountered by the Seeds of Empowerment team.

below: Students use both chalkboard

and technology side-by-side. University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, assists with lessons that include new mobile phone technology.

LG android phones that can run SMILE learning software to the children of Newala. Based on what Dr. Kim had already seen from his pilot studies in Argentina, Mexico, Indonesia, and Korea, he was convinced his program would help the kids learn English. As a bonus, it would also aid their instructors by introducing them to a new way of teaching. As Dr. Kim says, “They need a paradigm shift from passive to active learning.” From the conference in Qatar three years ago to approval for $20,000 in funding from UNESCO, Sister Francesca had traveled across the world and united like-minded folks from California to Africa who shared her passion for helping children in need, no matter where they called home. As February approached, Dr. Kim and



a small support staff from Stanford were ready. In Newala, Jiamini was preparing for their arrival. After all their hard work, it was finally time to put their plan into action. Sister Francesca boarded her flight in New York, looking forward to the adventure ahead and the opportunity to help educate both students and their teachers in a distant land.

Just a few days after her return to Philadelphia, Sister Francesca is sitting in her office at Holy Family University, nursing a cold and still exhausted from the trip. It only takes a minute of talking about her time in Newala to lift her spirits. “It was wonderful,” she says. “I felt satisfied that we brought something to those young children and their families that they hadn’t had before.” With temperatures in the triple digits and only the most basic amenities—showers were more like faucets set to a slow drip; classrooms were old abandoned military buildings— the conditions were challenging. But the children and teachers in Newala responded almost immediately to Dr. Kim and his team’s teaching aids. It also didn’t take long for a bond to develop between the kids—who were between 14 and 19 years old, but looked much younger—and Sister Francesca. Chairs at the school were in short supply, and after helping a table full of boys practicing English, Sister Francesca returned the next day and took a seat in the back of the room. One of the children approached her and motioned for her chair; she figured they needed her seat for a student and gave it to him. Moments later, the boy returned to take Sister Francesca’s hand and lead her to their table. They didn’t need her chair—they needed her. It was more than the heartwarming moments that made



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TeacherMateTM and mobile phone devices is not just for students. Dr. Kim (third from top photo) and his team spent two hours per day training the teachers on best ways to incorporate the technology in their classrooms.

this global effort worthwhile. With help from Dr. Kim’s nonprofit Seeds of Empowerment team, who hope to return to Newala before the year’s end, and by spending two hours a day training the teachers to incorporate the TeacherMates and smartphones into their lessons, Sister Francesca is hopeful that they’ve made a lasting impact in the region (the generator they donated will also help keep Newala out of the dark). When asked to look back at the path that led her to this moment— from Northeast Philadelphia to Qatar, a partnership with Stanford, and a journey to Africa and back again— Sister Francesca doesn’t sound so tired. “It was good for the soul,” she says. “There’s hope for the future there.”


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Familiarity Breeds Success

Georg Montag, former head assistant coach for the men’s soccer team, was named head coach in November. Montag’s history with the Tigers make for high expectations in the upcoming season as the local soccer star takes the helm.


he Holy Family University men’s soccer team will have a new head coach pacing the sidelines next season; however, he is no stranger to the program. Georg Montag, the Tigers head assistant coach the past seven years, will take over the reigns after being named the program’s fifth head coach. “ Well, it feels great,” said Montag about being named the team’s new head coach. “I am both humbled and honored to be the next head men’s soccer coach at Holy Family. As recruiting winds down, I am getting more and more excited between headline andthe body copy cap has height and thankfulspace that Sandy Michael and University granted me the opportunity to coach such wonderful student-athletes at a quality institution.” Montag’s soccer roots started at home. “It really wasn’t a surprising choice at all,” said Montag on his sport of choice when he was younger. “My father, a former professional player from Germany and a legendary coach from the Philadelphia area, only introduced me to one sport at an early age.” Montag played soccer at Archbishop Ryan and then went on to have a stellar playing career as a four-year starter at nearby La Salle University. At La Salle, Montag was a three-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection and a three-time All-Soccer Seven selection. A two-time regional All-American, Montag finished as the leading goal scorer in school history setting the mark with 37 goals and 97 total points. Today, Montag sits third all-time in goals and second in points in the Explorers’ record book. In 1997, the former Explorers standout was inducted into the La Salle University Athletic Hall of Fame after graduating in 1992 with a degree in finance. After graduation, Montag was drafted to play in the National Professional Soccer League. He would later be inducted into the Philadelphia Soccer and Archbishop Ryan High School Halls of Fame. Holy Family is coming off an 11-6-1 season where the Tigers advanced to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) semifinals. According to the first-year head coach, expectations will continue to be high along with success on the field and in the classroom. “Expectations should always be set high so I will tirelessly work hard to continue the success that was laid out the past seven years, with the intent on taking the program to new heights, while trying to maintain the current mission of graduation quality, successful student-athletes from the Philadelphia region and beyond,” Montag said. Montag has coached at Archbishop Ryan and with the Bensalem School District. He is an accountant and an information technologies manager in Newtown. Montag completed his course work for a master’s degree in Elementary Education at Holy Family. – Greg Pellegrino




The Holy Family men’s soccer team finished 11-6-1 overall this season and were 7-3-1 in conference play to earn the number five seed in the CACC Championship. The Tigers advanced to the CACC semifinals for the first time since 2008. Holy Family was also ranked in the NSCAA Division II East Region rankings for four consecutive weeks this year. The Tigers were ranked as high as sixth in the region at one point during the season.

Seydou Ba ’12

Three players received CACC postseason accolades as senior forward Seydou Ba was selected to the AllCACC first team, while junior Dodji Freitas earned All-CACC second team honors for the second straight season. In addition, freshman Nicolas Delgado was tabbed the conference’s top rookie, earning Rookie of the Year laurels. Ba also earned Daktronics, Inc. All-East second team honors and was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-East Region second team for the first time in his career.

Women’s Soccer

The Holy Family women’s soccer team finished 13-7-1 overall and 7-5-0 in conference play this season. The Tigers advanced to its 13th consecutive CACC Championship and

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came away with a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia University in the CACC Championship Final to win their first conference championship since 2009. It marked Holy Family’s fourth CACC championship title under head coach Mike Biddle as the Tigers have won the conference championship in 2005, 2007, 2009, and now in 2011. As a result, Holy Family advanced to its third ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Tigers previously advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2009. Holy Family had four players earn All-CACC postseason honors this year. Senior Lindsay Fisher and junior Melissa Benson received first team honors, while juniors Megan Tole and Kathryn Helkowski earned second team accolades. In addition, Benson and senior Dawn Curry each were named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-East Region team. Curry received first team honors, while Benson was named to the second team. Furthermore, Curry joined Fisher on the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-East Region team. Both players earned third team accolades.

The Tigers also advanced to the CACC Championship Final for the second consecutive season. Four players earned All-CACC honors this season, including senior Jillian Keeve who received first team honors. Senior Jordan Beland and sophomores Sarah Ambach and Chelsea Keegan all earned All-CACC second team accolades. Ambach also received Daktronics, Inc. All-East Region second honors. This season, Beland became the program’s all-time lead in total digs. She finished her four-year career with 1,966 total digs. Keeve capped her four-year career with 1,299 kills, Jillian Keeve ’12 which ranks second all-time in program history. In addition, head coach Scott Hibbs was voted the CACC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Tennis

The Holy Family women’s volleyball team finished the year with a 25-11 overall record as the Tigers won 12 of its last 13 matches. The 25 wins this season set a new program record breaking the old mark of 23 victories set in 2008. Holy Family was 18-1 in conference play and won its second straight CACC South Division Title.

The Holy Family women’s tennis team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule with a 9-7 overall record. The Tigers finished conference play with a 5-3 mark to earn the number four seed in the CACC Tournament. Holy Family advanced to the CACC semifinals against top-seeded Concordia College.




Reports from the court, track, and field

FALL SPORTS ROUNDUP Juliana Victoria ’12

2011 CACC Fall All-Academic Team

Twenty-two student-athletes from the fall were named to the 2011 CACC Fall All-Academic Team. A total of 187 student-athletes from the 14 conference institutions earned a spot on this year’s team. Men’s Cross Country Patrick Monteith (Jr., 3.68, Accounting)

Juniors Jin Querubin and Juliana Victoria were named to the All-CACC first team this season. It marked the third straight season that both players have been selected to the CACC All-Conference team. Victoria earned first team honors for the third consecutive year, while Querubin received first team honors for the first time after receiving second team accolades the previous two years.

Women’s Cross Country Latifah Porter (Sr., 3.69, Biochemistry)

Men’s Soccer Ira Woodruff

The Holy Family men’s and women’s cross country teams each recorded top-ten finishes at this year’s CACC Championship. The men finished fifth overall as senior Jeffery Kinkaid and sophomore David Richardson (below) each received All-CACC honors. Kinkaid finished 13th overall, and Richardson finished 14th overall. Kinkaid completed the 8k course in a time of 28:34.35, while Richardson crossed the finish line in a time of 28:39.45. On the women’s side, freshman Sarah Bariglio paced the Tigers to a tenth place finish. Bariglio was the first Holy Family runner to cross the finish line as she finished the 5k-course in a time of 21:15.80 to finish 17th overall. Bariglio finished the cross-country season with two top-three finishes. She



(Jr., 3.85, Elementary/Special Education)

Megan Tole

(Jr., 3.60, Criminal Justice)

Women’s Tennis Steicy Castro

(So., 3.50, Management Marketing)

(So., 3.68, Pre-Nursing)

Maja Pantelic

Women’s Soccer Melissa Benson

Juliana Victoria

(Jr., 3.54, Accounting)

Erin Blaney

(So., 3.63, Criminal Justice)

Dawn Curry

(Sr., 3.73, Criminal Justice)

Cross Country

Katie Maguire

Rachel Dillinger

(So., 3.85, Psychobiology)

Rachel Dunkle

(Jr., 3.51, Elementary/Special Education)

Lindsay Fisher

(Sr., 3.71, Elementary/Special Education)

Kathryn Helkowski

(Jr., 3.57, Psychobiology)

(So., 3.93, Accounting and Finance) (Jr., 3.50, Management Marketing/ International Business)

Women’s Volleyball Sarah Ambach

(So., 3.96, Management Marketing)

Mackenzie Bickes

(Jr., 3.55, Elementary Education)

Chelsea Keegan

(So., 3.74, Management Marketing)

Jillian Keeve

(Sr., 3.81, Math Secondary Education)

Christina Mastroeni

(Jr., 3.54, Communications)

Rebecca Tett

(Sr., 3.69, Management Marketing)

Kristie Koczodon

(Sr., 3.79, Communications)

won the Goldey-Beacom Invitational (20:55) and finished third in the Belmont Classic (22:03.92).

Academic Recognition: Holy Family had three players receive CoSIDA/Capital One Academic AllDistrict 1 first team honors for the fall season. Seniors Dawn Curry and Lindsay Fisher were named to the women’s soccer Academic All-District 1 team, while sophomore Sarah Ambach received the same recog-

nition for women’s volleyball. The Academic All-District 1 teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America members in the East Region. Also, the women’s soccer team was honored by the NSCAA as the Tigers received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for having a collective gradepoint average above 3.00 throughout the 2010-11 academic year. As a team, Holy Family registered a 3.30 gradepoint average during the course of the 2010-11 academic year.

A GOOD PLAN PRODUCES GOOD RESULTS. I learned the benefits of a good plan as a student at Holy Family and during a lengthy career in government. Of course, the best of all good plans is God’s plan. Holy Family was in God’s plan for me. This special learning community—drawing inspiration from the example and teaching of Jesus—helped prepare me for a life of personal accomplishment and service. So when I did my estate planning, I followed His example and included Holy Family in my plan. When I no longer need what He has provided, those resources will help future generations of Holy Family students. Just as others helped sustain His plan for me, my gift will help sustain His plan for others. Holy Family University’s students need your help, too. A planned gift isn’t hard to arrange, and you can enjoy the use of your resources for as long as you need them. For details on how to support Holy Family’s students with a bequest, life insurance proceeds, or a gift annuity or charitable trust, call 267-341-3428 or send an email to

Pamela Doyle-Penne ‘70


News for the alumni community

Class Notes

What you do is news to your fellow alumni and your alma mater! Tell us if you have moved, changed your phone number, updated your e-mail address, become engaged, gotten married, had or adopted a baby, reunited with a group of classmates, received an award or promotion, or changed jobs—or if you just want to say “hello!” Please forward details to the Office of Alumni & Parents, Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114-2009. You can also fax your information to (215) 637-2110, e-mail us at, or share your news through our Alumni Community at (you must be registered to access the site).


Mildred Copeland ’59 attended Florida State University’s School of Library/Information for four summers and obtained a Master of Science in Library Science in August 1979. Mildred has worked in the library at St. Brendan High in Florida since its founding date of August 25, 1975. At the school’s opening Mass on September 1, 2011, the Chaplain, Father Jose Alvarez, announced that he was going to bless the newly renovated library/media center. It would now be named the Mildred A. Copeland Library/Media Center. Mildred is very grateful for this honor/recognition.


Marie Leonard ’86/M’06 started as Assistant Director of Recruitment at Temple University’s School of Social Work in January 2012. Marie also was elected Chair of the Special People in Northeast (SPIN) Board of Directors in January 2012. Additionally, Marie and husband, Jim Stinsman, celebrated many family accomplishments in 2011. Their oldest child, Jimmy Stinsman, graduated from Temple Law School, and their youngest daughter, Becky



Stinsman, graduated Kent State University with a marketing degree and landed a job with Rothman Institute. Their middle children, Megan and Katie Stinsman, graduates of Holy Family University Nursing 2010 are working at Jefferson, and their youngest, Vince Gleason, is working on his bachelor’s degree and has been in the newspaper, TV, and radio through his involvement of the Ferko string band. Valerie Batezel ’89, PhD, MSN, CBN, CRNP, FNP, BC is the Surgery Program Coordinator/ Operating Room at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.


Diane Podolsky ’92 has been awarded one of the New Delphi Art Futures Residencies through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Diane will be working with high school students in Philadelphia. Ron Vitale ’92, who holds an English Literature/French degree

from Holy Family, had his book, Cinderella’s Secret Diary, published. Ron writes in his free time, focusing mostly on young adult novels. By day, Ron is the Associate Director for Website Communications at the American Association for Cancer Research.


Robert Quaile ’02 is happy to report that after undergoing cancer surgery last year he has been cancer free for one year. He is employed by Dollar Train in his hometown of Dushore, PA. Greg Jordan ’03 was featured weekly in a 6-part TV series called Philly Undercover on the National Geographic Wild Channel. The series featured Greg’s team of humane officers at the PSPCA going undercover and arresting dogfighters/ cockfighters/hoarders and other animal abusers in Philadelphia. Sara Bonner ’10 was recently hired as a Staff Accountant for the Philadelphia Flyers. Sara was President of Kappa Theta Epsilon, the National Co-op/Internship Honor Society, during her senior year at Holy Family.

In Memoriam Nancy L. Battle ’64 died September 24, 2011. Margaret M. Mueller ’66 died February 2, 2012. Peter Letenauchyn M’11 died August 11, 2011.

Response to Memory Lane and Haunted Holy Family, Fall 2011 issue


e were happy to hear from you after the last issue of the Holy Family University Magazine! We’ve selected a few emails to share with you below (some may have been edited for grammar, class year, length, and clarity). Hello. Thank you for sharing the “Haunted Holy Family.” I believe the witch on page 43 is Anita Derbyshire Grove ’83. I could be mistaken. Thanks, Vicki Lucas Ozarowski ’92

To whom it may concern, I recently saw in a publication from Holy Family University a picture titled “Mr. Holy Family.” The caption states that the contest ran from 1983–1991 and resumed again in 2006. Actually, the contest resumed in 2000, as I was the winner of Miss HFC and Paul Taggines ’01 was the winner of Mr. HFC. Sincerely, Robin McMenamin ’03

Hi! I remember this! I graduated in 1989 and was Class President—glad I am not in the picture! Mr. Holy Family—Joe Salvatore Back left with spiked hair— Dave Roller ’87 Behind Mr. Holy Family— Mike D’Angelo ’87 Right side—Eric Kuryluk Girl—Diane Lawson ’87 Talk about a blast from the past!!! Debbie Starr Novalski ’89

EDITOR’S NOTE: Holy Family’s archivist S. Brendan O’Brien looked into this, and it seemed that the contest did indeed occur sporadically between 1991 and 2006 when students wanted to continue the tradition. Thanks for the correction!


School of Education

Alumni Association Reunion Friday, September 21 in the ETC, 6:30 pm Award & Reception

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» Alumni Educator of the Year Award 2012 » Presentation by the Dean of the School of Education » Special recognition of former School of Education members » Reception and tour of the Education and Technology Center




News for the alumni community

Alumni Nursing Reunion and Distinguished Lecture Program


ursing faculty, administrators, and alumni gathered on campus for the first Nursing Alumni Reunion and Distinguished Lecture Program in October. During the reception, guided tours of the nursing simulation and practice laboratory in the Nurse Education Building were available to guests.

Attending registered nurses received a one hour continuing education credit. Dr. Dula F. Pacquiao (at near right, with Dr. Catanzaro and Dean Rosner), Director, Stanley Bergen Center for Multicultural Education Research and Practice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, presented “Recognizing the Changing Face of the Nation,” which addressed the demographically changing nursing workforce and patient population. Jane McCausland Kurz ’74, PhD (left, far), and Loretta Newsom ’83, MSN (right, far), were presented with the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award; both are accomplished nurses as well as commited volunteers and humanitarians. – Kathy Warchol

School of Business Administration Alumni Homecoming and Awards Ceremony


ohn Biasiello ’97/M’03 and Karen Fox ’94/M’08 (right) were awarded the Distinguished Business Alumni Award at the business school’s homecoming in October. This award is presented to School of Business Administration graduates who are accomplished in business as well as commited to community through volunteer service and humanitarian efforts. Special recognition was given to business school Dean Dr. Jan Duggar, as he retired from Holy Family. Roger Falloon ’97 (below), Business School Advisory Board member, spoke of Dean Duggar’s accomplishments during his time as Dean. – Kathy Warchol



2011 Senior Class Gift: Campus Center LobbyFurniture


he 2011 Senior Class Gift Dedication Ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, in the Campus Center Upper Lobby. Through fundraising efforts of the the Senior Class and the matching fund generosity of Senior Class Faculty Moderator Dr. Mary Kay Doran, new sofas, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, and table and chair sets were purchased for students and the Holy Family community to gather around for study and relaxation.

ABOVE: President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, and

Dr. Mary Kay Doran cut the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the senior class gift. BELOW: Students try out the new furniture.


24TH Annual Holy Family University

Golf Classic

Monday, October 1, 2012 Spring Mill Country Club, Ivyland, PA Proceeds Benefit Student Financial Aid

For details or more information, please contact Lorraine Borisuk at (267) 341-3377 or

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A nostalgic trip back in time

The Battle of the Classes (and the holding power of hairspray) In the autumn of 1986, a ferocious Battle of the Classes was waged. In addition to a mighty three-legged race, death-defying tea-swallowing, jello-eating, and ballon-tossing contests measured the mettle of the classes. The final feat was the tug-of-war featured above. Judgment was rendered, and the junior class won! (If you are in this picture, we’d love to know; please email us at



Your Portal to Connectivity Keeping track of social media can be time consuming; let us do that for you. The above QR code will take you to a page that lists all official Holy Family University social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and our YouTube channel. Review the list and then like, tweet, friend, subscribe, join, pin, or link. holyfamilyuniversity HolyFamilyU holy-family-university holyfamilyuniversity


Making a difference on campus


A Joyous Evening of Donor Appreciation Holy Family University honored its benefactors at an Evening of Donor Appreciation on November 18, 2011. The University presented Founders’ Awards to the Holy Redeemer Health System, Inc. and to Brenda M. Nadijcka-Higgins ’73 and Brian P. J. Higgins. The Founders’ Society was created to give grateful recognition to those who have invested $100,000 or more during their lifetimes.

A new award, The SisterPresident Onley Award was also unveiled at the dinner. This award recognizes those who have given $1 million or more in gifts-in-kind. Tantala Associates, LLC was the inaugural honoree for this award for its unmatched service to the University. University President S. Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, commended Dr. Roger Gee and Sister Julianna Tran, CSFN for their work with the English

Language project at St. Joseph Seminary, located in Xuan Loc, Vietnam (see the Spring 2011 issue of the Holy Family University Magazine). She also introduced the TeacherMate program in Tanzania (current issue, p. 22), in which Holy Family is partnering with Stanford University to bring technology and education to underdeveloped areas of Africa. Additionally, Dr. Robert Cordero, Dr. Dian He, and Dr. Stanley Mauldin presented their research as The Allelochemical Research Group (ARG), along with student researchers Javier Rivera ’12 and Victoria Wermuth ’12. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Cordero, the ARG is dedicated to research the isolation of the Hosta plant as a source of chemicals that can act as natural herbicides or pesticides. 1) Inaugural Honorees of The Sister-President Onley Award—Tantala Associates, LLC. L-R: Albert Tantala Jr., Albert M. Tantala Sr., Genevieve Tantala, Michael Tantala, and Peter Tantala.


2) H  onoree Holy Redeemer Health System, Inc., represented by S. Anne Marie Haas, CSR, Provincial of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer (left), and Catherine Egan, senior VP and CAO of Holy Redeemer Health System, Inc (right). 3) H  onorees Brenda M. Nadijcka-Higgins ’73 and Brian P. J. Higgins  -R: Dr. Robert Cordero, Javier Rivera 4) L ’12, Dr. Dian He, Victoria Wermuth ’12, and Dr. Stanley Mauldin  . Julianna Tran, CSFN 5) S 2

 he Dinner was held in the Lower 6) T Lobby of the Campus Center.








Golf Classic 2011 Golfers welcomed the sun and dodged the rain on a swiftly changing fall day, Monday, October 3, 2011, at the 23rd Annual Holy Family Golf Classic. The Golf Classic was held at a new course this year, the Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland, PA. Our golfers were pleased with stellar greens and new scenery. The Classic benefits student financial aid, and it netted more than $53,000 for Holy Family students.


1) T  he Polonia Bank Team took top honors! L-R: Scott Birchmeier, Hank VanBlunk, Board of Trustee member Anthony Szuszczewicz, and Bob Hennessy. 2) T  he change of venue this year provided new and beautiful sights on the course. 3) T  he Arthur J. Sweeney Golf Team: Brian O’Kane, Bill Pierce, Art Sweeney, and Matt Sweeney



Helping Hands: A Lifetime of Service


n 1970, two special education teachers, David and Trina Losinno ’67, decided to start a summer camp for children with special needs. They raised a couple thousand dollars, and the kids enjoyed a camping experience that would not otherwise have been available to them. That was the beginning of SPIN, Inc., the nationally recognized human services organization that the Losinnos built over the next four decades. David served as CEO. Trina was Executive Director. When they both retired last year, SPIN had an

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annual budget of $55 million and 900 employees. The organization provides a full range of essential services to thousands of clients. “It was time to go,” says David of the couple’s retirement. “We miss it, but it was time—after 40 years—to let others apply their vision and energies to the challenge. Kathy [Kathleen Brown McHale, the new CEO] and Judy [Judy Dotzman, the new Executive Director] are doing a great job.” In approaching retirement, David and Trina did quite a bit of planning. Part of their plan involves helping

Holy Family and its students by providing the University with a share of their residual estate. “Trina is a graduate, and we’ve both taught at Holy Family as adjuncts,” says David. “And so many Holy Family alumni worked with us at SPIN. The University’s been an important part of our lives, and we appreciate the difference it makes in the lives of so many in our community.” So what are David and Trina doing in retirement? According to Trina, “We have five kids and three grandchildren. They’re seeing more of Mom and Dad, and Grandpa and Grandma.” But the Losinnos are also beginning to consider some opportunities to teach and volunteer: “We’re helpers,” says Trina. – Robert Wetzel




Questions and answers with…

Jack Kirnan, PhD Appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration in November, Jack Kirnan has significant leadership experience in both academic and corporate arenas. Bob Macartney sat with him to get his take on economics in America and how he hopes to prepare the next generation of business leaders.

How do you take your years of knowledge from the auto industry and help to teach business values to a new generation of students to help build confidence in the American consumer again?

What was it about Holy Family that drew your interest, and what goals do you have for the School of Business Administration?

I think the first thing that struck me about the University is its Christian values and the mission. It was very easy for me to sign on to be a part of that—it is a big part of my life. The University really connects with traditional and non-traditional students from various backgrounds who need what the institution can provide. To be a part of that is something I am very excited about. As far as the goals go, they are pretty basic. We want to have the best business programs we can possibly have—at both the Undergrad and the Graduate levels. To do that, we want to make our current offerings better and more effective, while also considering new programs that are



more forward looking and try to do a better job capturing where the market is going in education. The student experience is critical in everything we do, and we can do a much better job getting more of our students involved in clubs, organizations, and research competitions to broaden their experience beyond the classroom. You had a very successful career in the corporate world, as well years of experience in higher education. What is it about higher education that appeals to you?

I always had a fascination with higher education. As I was going for my doctorate in economics, I knew education was something that was important to me. I imagine like a lot of people who go for a doctorate, the first thought is that I might teach the discipline at some point in my career.

When you look at what happened in the financial industry in 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, there is no question that many decisions made by key executives at big banks and financial service firms were driven by greed and an incentive compensation program that put way too much emphasis on the short term. In every down cycle of the American economy in our history, there are always examples where corporate behavior becomes misaligned from the proper values of business we hope to subscribe to. It is a real lesson to business school leaders responsible for the academic integrity of our programs to make sure that our curriculum teaches those proper values and ethics to prepare our students for the tradeoffs and challenges they will face in the workplace. You are an avid marathon runner, and you also compete in triathlons. What drives you to compete in those types of events?

I like challenges. I like to try new things. I believe running a marathon is one of the tougher assignments you can take on. It requires a brutal training regimen, but it teaches you that discipline is a good thing, that setting a goal and then figuring out what you have to do to achieve it is a healthy thing. My near-term goal is to run in the Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Marathon.

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A Foundation of Faith In Christian ministry, the two greatest commandments are Love of God and Love of Neighbor (Matthew 22:35-40). At Holy Family University, the Student Ministry Group is putting flesh to our mission—across campus, throughout the community, and beyond.

Mission Practical: DEL Celebrates 10th Anniversary The Division of Extended Learning celebrates a decade of service and highlights student success and the curricular flexibility that makes it stand out among local accelerated programs.

In to Africa: Changing Futures through Technology A partnership between Holy Family University, Stanford University, Jiamini, and UNESCO is bridging the divide of continents to bring Holy Family’s mission of service to Africa’s children through a device that can fit in their hands.

Familiarity Breeds Success Georg Montag, former head assistant coach for the men’s soccer team, was named head coach in November. Montag’s history with the Tigers make for high expectations in the upcoming season as the local soccer star takes the helm.

Holy Family University Magazine Spring 2012