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past year has been one of intensive planning and thoughtful reorganization at Holy Family University. The completion of our decennial reaccreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education last year has ushered in a new era, as we carefully consider the Commission’s recommendations. In concert with the findings of our own self-study, we are beginning to implement meaningful changes that will allow the University to more effectively achieve our future goals and objectives. We created two pivotal new positions on our team of executive officers—Provost and Vice President for Mission. Both will be held by greatly respected members of our staff. We have also realigned the reporting structure across several departments to promote greater synergy and to ensure a singular focus on the critical area of development. The reaccreditation review is in no way a means to an end, but an important cog in the ongoing cycle of assessment and improvement. The year 2011–2012 provided a breathing space—a year to think, to listen, to define our aspirations, and to reinvest in our future. It was a year filled with quiet successes, punctuated by a number of unique events.


Among the most exciting occurrences was an unexpected request from a development group interested in reshaping a 32-acre tract of land in the city’s Holmesburg section—the former Liddonfield Section 8 housing site. We were extremely gratified to learn that the surrounding community had asked the group to engage Holy Family University as a member of the project. It was a magnificent declaration of the community’s faith in Holy Family—a belief that if the University was involved, the project would surely be of benefit to the neighborhood. While we have always hoped the community held the University in high esteem, this was surely an affirmation of their trust. Among my personal highlights this year was an extraordinary mission that took me to Tanzania, Africa. Through a partnership between the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and the nonprofit organization Seeds of Empowerment, developed by Dr. Paul Kim of

Stanford University, and with the support of UNESCO and the International Foundation, I was among nine individuals who travelled to the impoverished district of Newala. We were there to share an innovative learning tool called the TeacherMate. The handheld electronic device aids in literacy and math development, and for many of the students, it represented their first exposure to technology. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience—one that has made a significant difference in the lives of these students and in mine. Here at home, technology also played a significant role in advancing our offerings. We launched the iPad Initiative, introducing this popular tool to our staff and faculty before ultimately bringing it into our classrooms. This technology will be increasingly integrated into more and more of our curriculum. Always in step with the times, our Board of Trustees also embraced the iPad Initiative,

adopting a completely paperless system in their work on behalf of the University. I remain enormously grateful to our trustees for their skillful guidance and for their unwavering dedication to Holy Family University and our students. This has been a year filled with hard work and memorable moments, from the triumphs of our athletes to a particularly outstanding commencement ceremony. While 2011–2012 represented my 31st year as University President, to me, it seems as though hardly a day has passed. We have never paused to stay in one place. We continue to move forward, always mindful of meeting the evolving needs of our students and society and keenly aware of our mission and our responsibilities to those we serve. May God bless you! Sincerely,

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD University President



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year 2011–2012 marked a time of intensive planning

in the Division of Academic Af fairs at Holy Family University. In response to the growth we have achieved and in preparation for the growth we hope to achieve, we adopted new technologies, embraced innovative approaches to lear ning, and substantially enhanced our academic of ferings.

Technology in the Classroom In 2011, we launched the iPad Initiative, an intensive effort to infuse the most up-to-date technology into our classrooms. This past fall, we allocated iPads to 70 faculty members, based on formal submissions outlining their plans to incorporate technology into research and instruction. Through a second round of proposals, five courses were selected to receive a total of 100 iPads for student use, to be distributed in Fall 2012. The iPad Initiative, guided by a 10-member committee, is symbolic of the increasingly important role technology plays in education. It represents what is becoming a paradigm shift in the way classroom instruction is delivered— involving students more actively in their own learning. The use of iPads in college classrooms is viewed as particularly relevant in Schools of Education across the U.S., as rising teachers ascertain how to effectively communicate with their future students. Over time, Holy Family hopes to expand the iPad Initiative, strategically incorporating this valuable teaching and learning tool across the University.

Extending our Reach While technology continues to impact dynamics within the classroom, it is also impacting the very


idea of the classroom itself. We are on the cusp of a significant shift in higher learning, as more and more students express their preference for online learning. This year, the University made the decision to launch Holy Family Online— complete degree programs offered wholly through electronic means. Curriculum development for these programs will fall under the auspices of each School, in strict accordance with the high standards of the University.

School of Arts and Sciences In the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), the past year was one of substantial growth and program enhancement. Among the highlights was the introduction of a new undergraduate program in political science. This long-anticipated bachelor of arts degree not only presents an excellent option for students who are interested in pursuing law degrees but also could potentially serve as the springboard for the University to develop a comprehensive master’s program in public administration. The communications major was completely reengineered in 2011–2012, moving from multiple concentrations to two—public relations and digital communication. This allows for the most effective use of the University’s resources as we prepare students for successful careers in today’s marketplace. The creation of two new courses in communications theory and research methods

served as strong additions to the program as well. SAS also introduced a graphic design track for studio arts majors, an area of concentration that has been requested by our students for quite some time. Holy Family now offers a comprehensive and progressive roster of courses for students who wish to pursue a career in graphic design.

School of Business Administration

many of our graduate programs. This year, we received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for three graduate programs: a master’s degree with certification in PK–4, a master’s degree with certification in middle level 4–8, and a master’s degree in special education PK–8. Also developed and approved by the School of Education was a Post-Master’s Certificate in Higher Education Assessment, in connection with our EdD program in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies. Our doctoral program, launched in January 2011, continues to thrive, as we accepted our second group of doctoral students this past fall. Curriculum development for our Autism Endorsement certificate was completed and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for review. This certificate will be one of the first of its kind offered in Pennsylvania. We received final approval from the State for both our ESL program specialist certification and our master’s degree with certification in TESOL—

This year, the School of Business Administration introduced a new 4+1 program, giving students the option to accelerate the completion of their undergraduate and master’s degrees in Human Resources Management or Information Systems Management. Also introduced was a series of noncredit courses in cyber security in Newtown. This coursework was inspired by the increasing popularity of digital forensics and holds tremendous appeal for the growing number of professionals in this field. In accreditation news, the School of Business Administration received official approval from the International Fire Service Accreditation “Today’s generation of students has grown up in the age Congress for the undergraduate of technology and social media. We can no longer teach program in Fire Science and Public Safety Administration. students the way we were taught. It is our responsibility— In Fall 2011, the Student especially in the School of Education—to ensure that Managed Investment Fund Club our methods prepare the teachers of tomorrow to teach was created to oversee the business school’s student-run investment the students of tomorrow. We need to give our pre-service fund, presenting club members teachers the pedagogy—the strategies of instruction, with the opportunity to make as well as the content knowledge they need to integrate real-life trading decisions in an active brokerage account. technology into their classrooms. We must show them In Spring 2012, the University how to use these tools to produce installed a chapter of Delta curriculum and to succeed Mu Delta, the international honor society recognized by the in engaging the students of Accreditation Council for Business the future.” Schools and Programs.

School of Education In the School of Education, new state requirements called for the revision of curriculum across

Rosemary Parmigiani Faculty Member; Director of Special Projects, School of Education




marking the culmination of the three-year process required for approval in this area. The Life Connection Collaborative, an ongoing partnership between the University and the Philadelphia Office of Mental Retardation, once again supported the work of three graduate interns who rotate in the care of an adult with profound disability. Through this unique program, Holy Family students gain critical insights and experience by providing supervision and guidance in work, community, and recreational settings. The School of Education also continued its partnership with the Council Rock School District, providing a six-credit graduate induction program for every new teacher hired by the District.

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions The School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions completed numerous curricular revisions for its BSN program and began the revision process for the MSN programs, based on new guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The revised BSN curriculum will be implemented in Fall 2012.

In 2011, the BSN program experienced its highest first-time pass rates ever in the NCLEXRN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) exam, with nearly 94% of BSN graduates passing the exam on their first attempt, far above the first-time pass rate of the nation (87.81%) and Pennsylvania (87.66%). This success is attributed to several years of program adjustments designed to strengthen test preparation and provide additional support mechanisms. Students in the Class of 2012 earning their Associate of Science in Radiologic Science (ASRS) had a 100% pass rate on the AART (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam, the second consecutive class to do so. This is a result of increased standards for admissions and curricular revisions instituted several years ago. Seventy-five percent of the ASRS graduating class will continue their education in the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS) program this fall. The 2012 graduates of BSRS, with tracks in magnetic resonance, computer tomography, and mammography, also enjoyed a 100% pass rate on their certification exams. This class included the first graduates to earn their BSRS with a concentration in mammography.

“We continually look for innovative ways to engage our adult students, providing experiences that are meaningful and relevant. It is our responsibility to inspire students to think in a more generative and creative way, helping them cultivate the skills required for success in the 21st century—abstract thinking, complex problem-solving, and new ways of approaching challenges that can be applied anywhere. We are committed to providing this rich community of adult learners with the most beneficial and well-rounded experience possible.” Phillip Moore, MFA Assistant Vice President, Division of Extended Learning


Division of Extended Lear ning In November 2012, the Division of Extended Learning (DEL) celebrates its 10th anniversary. The past year has clearly demonstrated the extent to which DEL has evolved and flourished over the past decade. DEL’s Weekend Intensives, a series of three optional, weekend-long seminars, have shown particular growth, offering unconventional opportunities for learning. Special guest speakers—from a filmmaker exploring the love affair between Hollywood and baseball, to politicians discussing the upcoming elections— provided a myriad of perspectives and offered something for everyone. This past year saw a significant increase in the number of police officers enrolling at Holy Family to earn their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice, an ideal option for those interested in moving into management positions both on and off the force. Our accelerated programs also continue to appeal greatly to nurses. This year, DEL partnered with the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions to introduce a new special section in our Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program. Now, in addition to offering this program at the University’s Newtown and Woodhaven sites, RN-to-BSN classes are being offered onsite for nurses on staff at several area hospitals. In January 2012, 24 on-staff nurses began their coursework at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and another 24 nurses on staff at Jeanes Hospital will begin Holy Family’s RN-to-BSN program in Fall 2012.

Global Initiatives During the spring semester, Holy Family University hosted a visiting professor from China. Jennifer He of Guizhou University worked closely with our own faculty in her research efforts and served as a captivating guest speaker in classrooms and at special events throughout her stay. In conjunction with our ongoing partnership with Guizhou University, a group of five Holy Family exchange students travelled to China in the summer of 2011, studying on campus as part of their course, Language and Culture of China for Education. This summer, 12 students

from Guizhou University resided at Holy Family, taking classes in sociology and acting and visiting destinations of historic and cultural importance across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC. In March 2012, the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions embarked on its first international study tour, when a group of MSN students, clinical instructors, and faculty headed to London to spend a week learning about the British health-care system. Also travelling to London for a week was a cohort of students and faculty from the Division of Extended Learning. As participants in DEL’s 9th Global Seminar in May 2012, students toured several corporations and became immersed in the local culture. The Global Seminar offers our adult learners the opportunity to benefit from the type of life-changing travel experiences traditionally offered to undergraduate students. Holy Family has also been deeply involved in a unique project with the Huan Loc Seminary in Vietnam. The University has developed both online and face-to-face programs to teach English to seminarians who are studying to become Roman Catholic priests. A cohort of graduate students and faculty travelled to Vietnam last summer to work with the seminarians in developing their language skills and will visit once again this summer to continue their work.

Commencement On May 19, 2012, Holy Family University celebrated Commencement at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, conferring 430 bachelor’s degrees and 380 graduate degrees. The honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was presented to nationally syndicated cartoonist and humanitarian Robb Armstrong, a West Philadelphia native best known for creating the comic strip Jump Start, and to Reverend Richard J. Curry, SJ, PhD, founder of the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped and director of the Academy for Veterans at Georgetown University. At the graduate degree ceremony, honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters were bestowed on former Holy Family Board of Trustees members Dr. Luz Duque-Hammershaimb, Anne Gallagher, and George Nise in honor of their service to the University, their professions, the community, and other global causes.





Spring 2012, Student Services

at Holy Family of ficially became known as Student Life. The new name more accurately reflects the vitality of this Division and the increasing scope of the University’s holistic of ferings beyond academics. Activities and Clubs In 2011–2012, the Student Government Association (SGA) and our Resident Advisors significantly expanded their responsibilities, working in partnership with the Activities Office and Residence Life to spearhead a full complement of programs for the Holy Family community. From laser tag to whitewater rafting to the celebration of Constitution Day, student life activities—nearly 100 in all—reached across a broad spectrum of interests and appealed to residential and commuter students alike. The Resident Advisors challenged themselves to reinvent popular programs and incorporate new twists as they honed their planning, organizational, and leadership skills. A scary movie marathon on Halloween featured a lecture from a psychology professor who discussed how the brain processes fear, while a traditionally prepared meal and dance performance preceded an excursion to the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Students attended seminars on such topics as résumé building and resolving differences with roommates, and they spent time with Sister Francesca Onley and CSFN Sisters at Delaney Hall during “Snacks with the Sisters.” Three new clubs were launched this year— the Finance Club, the Pre-Med Club, and the Sisterhood—bringing the number of these special interest groups to 22. Nineteen honor societies complement the clubs, while the University’s three publications—Familogue, our yearbook; Folio,


our literary magazine; and Tri-Lite, our student newspaper—offer journalistic and creative forums. Our intramurals program continued to thrive, with 140 students, faculty, and staff competing in basketball, flag football, and volleyball. Thirtyseven students were involved in club sports, including the Ski Club, Cheerleading, the Swim Club, and the Dance Team, and another 22 students joined the newly created Rugby Club.

Rugby Sevens In Fall 2011, the University’s first-ever rugby team took to the field, much to the delight of an enthusiastic fan base. The formation of the Rugby Club was driven completely by students who spent the past three years developing the concept, drafting a proposal, and establishing a realistic budget for consideration by senior administration. Utilizing the increasingly popular “rugby sevens” format, the team features seven players instead of the typical 15, who play shorter, fast-paced matches in what is described as a more festival-like atmosphere than traditional rugby. Holy Family’s rugby team is led and coached by students, who manage all of the scheduling and administrative details. In its inaugural season, the team competed against a number of other colleges and universities and participated in several tournaments, earning a very respectable record of 11-6-1.

Winning Ways The Holy Family University Tigers enjoyed an impressive year, both on and off the field. The University’s athletes completed 2011–2012 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.16, while achieving outstanding accomplishments in their respective sports. Owning the spotlight was the women’s track team, who captured first place in the 4x400 race at the prestigious Penn Relays. Both the women’s basketball and soccer teams earned bids to

the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships as division winners, while the women’s lacrosse team took top honors in its conference. In partnership with the entire University community, two highly successful “Pack the House” nights were held at men’s and women’s basketball games in January and February. Created to inspire school spirit and encourage athletic support, the events were attended by nearly 900 students—all donning black tee shirts for Holy Family’s first “blackout” sporting events. Members of the Holy Family community were named by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) as player of the year, coach of the year, and rookie of the year. CACC also awarded the University grant monies in recognition of our diversity initiative, affording the opportunity to hire two minority students to work as interns in the athletic department. The department was also recognized for the second consecutive year by the NCAA with its Positive Game Environment Award. Our student athletes continued to represent the University in compelling ways, raising $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visiting with patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and gathering shoes for the Reuse Your Shoes campaign. Most notably, our athletes collected more than 1,000 books for John Welsh Elementary School through Holy Family’s Build-A-Library initiative, launched in 2006.

Our Spiritual Center The campus ministry team had an especially productive year, hosting numerous programs and events for students and in service to the broader community. The year began with a spiritual retreat to the Graymoor Spiritual Center in New York, where the team identified and committed to 28 key initiatives that would set the course for 2011–2012. They returned to New York again in October and November, climbing Bear Mountain to celebrate liturgy on the summit and to receive skills training from the Sisters of Life Visitation Mission ministry. Travels continued in January, when two busloads of students made the pilgrimage to Washington, DC, to participate in the March for Life. It was there, at the steps of the Supreme Court Building, where the campus ministry team enjoyed an unexpected

reunion with the Sisters of Life. In May, the annual Jesus All-Nighter was held under a tent at the center of campus for the first time, providing a spectacular venue for members of the University community to come together for 24 hours of prayer, faith sharing, presentations, and team-building activities.

Building Character In March 2012, our largest cohort of students yet travelled to not one, but two destinations to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Twentyeight students, accompanied by six chaperones, spent their spring break building homes in Brewton, Alabama and Tupelo, Mississippi. This marks the University’s sixth annual Alternative Spring Break Service Trip in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This year, Holy Family University was named by Habitat for Humanity International as an official “Campus Chapter”— a designation earned by only four other universities

“The creation of the rugby team is an amazing representation of what our students can accomplish when they put their minds to it. Our students turned their interest into opportunity, figured out how to make it happen, and got it done. Even when the answers weren’t always positive, they found ways through the road blocks. Not only are the team members benefiting from the extraordinary camaraderie that team play cultivates; the health and wellness component of such a strenuous sport; and the thrill of intercollegiate, competitive sports; they are learning so much about leadership, organizational structure, and group dynamics.” Matt Thomas Assistant Director of Activities; Moderator, Rugby Team




in the Philadelphia area. A Campus Chapter is defined as a student-led, student-initiated organization that has and continues to successfully partner with the local Habitat affiliate in building, fundraising, advocating, and educating.

At Your Service For nearly two decades, Students at Your Service (SAYS) has been making a difference through community service, hosting activities on campus and serving as volunteers. In 2011–2012, SAYS held two blood drives, hosted Breakfast with Santa and the Bunny Breakfast for neighborhood children, raised funds through the annual SAYS Festival and Flea Market, participated in the SPIN Walk, and encouraged volunteerism during Community Service Awareness Day. The first-ever SAYS Scholarships were presented this year to two SAYS members—an award that will hopefully become an annual tradition recognizing excellence in community service.

Going Green The Environmental Committee, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, continued to educate the University community about the importance

of recycling. The placement of recycling boxes for paper in every computer lab and the posting of signage in classrooms to turn off lights and projectors before exiting served as ongoing reminders across campus. Highlights of the committee’s work this year included Holy Family University Go Green Night at the Phillies and a weeklong series of educational activities during Environmental Awareness Week. From raising funds to buy recycling bins through the sale of items made with recycled materials to providing instructions on how to print double-sided, our Environmental Committee clearly demonstrated its dedication to keeping Holy Family green.

The HFU App Capitalizing on the preferred means of communication among today’s mobile generation, Student Life introduced the Holy Family University Application for iPhones in Spring 2012. Users could download the App to receive ongoing information and to register for campus activities, special events, and trips. Feeds launched to date include Activities, Athletics, Intramurals, Admissions, Orientation, and Alumni. At the close of the semester, more than 200 students had downloaded the App.

“Many of the students who are actively involved in SAYS and other individual service initiatives have their own challenges and struggles—some are working two or three jobs to pay their tuition. And yet, they still find the time and the energy to do more. They want to give back. Whether it’s creating a SAYS event, responding to a need in the community, or supporting a charitable effort, they are completely committed. These young adults live the mission of Holy Family University. It’s who they are naturally. And I could not be more proud of them.” Linda DiGennaro Director of Special Services; Moderator, Students at Your Service; Incoming Director of Special Events 10

Exploring Careers In 2011–2012, the Careers Center provided guidance to 543 students, alumni, and members of the community through individual appointments and personal contact. The Center hosted five job fairs on campus and participated in another four collaborative fairs at various colleges and universities. Eight panel discussions were held with potential employers, covering 13 majors. In addition to the educational and networking opportunities provided by these forums, a number of students were able to secure internships and part-time jobs. Special events and career exploration activities also included two presentations in conjunction with the Presidential Lecture Series and tours of four business venues, where several more students procured internships. In May, the Careers Center co-sponsored and hosted Veterans’ Employment Outreach Day. The event featured a presentation from the State Civil Service Commission regarding the process for applying and testing for State jobs and provided a forum for the University to offer one-to-one on career counseling to the 88 veterans in attendance.

Health and Wellness In November 2011, the University introduced a new physical fitness program aimed at keeping members of the University community physically active. Students, faculty, and staff alike flocked to the Campus Center to participate in weekly kickboxing and yoga classes. The program complements the University’s intramurals and club sports, with plans for future expansion. The Health Services Department treated 400 students, faculty, and staff in 2011–2012, while Disability Services delivered an increasing level of support to students with unique needs. The Counseling Center conducted an increasing number of sessions with members of the University community and delivered presentations to larger groups in classrooms, residence halls, and open workshops. In total, 29 presentations were made in 2011–2012. The center was also involved in vocational assessments, as well as crisis intervention. Group session topics included the importance of sleep, good nutrition, and more. Targeted activities highlighted National Disabilities Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness

Week, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and others. During Wellness Week in September, the University community enjoyed massages, meditation, health food demonstrations, screenings for blood pressure and body mass index, and a one-mile walk through campus. In October, activities supporting Alcohol Awareness Week featured a presentation by an intoxication specialist and a hypnotist who demonstrated the dangers of alcohol abuse. The TIPS program—an acronym for Training for Intervention Procedures—continued to gain momentum in educating faculty, resident assistants, students, and other members of the University community. During Lent, students were invited to embark on the University’s first-ever spiritual and physical “Journey to Jerusalem.” Participants were challenged to walk a combined 5,787 miles— the distance between Holy Family University and Jerusalem. The goal was exceeded by nearly 1,000 miles.

A Meaningful Goodbye Thirty graduating seniors were given the distinct honor of joining Philadelphia Mayor Michael C. Nutter and members of the Class of 2012 from neighboring colleges and universities on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the group ceremoniously tossed their caps into the air for a spectacular photo. In April, the participants in the Senior Class Legacy Program attended the 2012 closing Campaign Dinner and Pinning Ceremony. Each graduating senior was encouraged to bring a special guest from the University community who contributed to their success at Holy Family. Guests were acknowledged during a poignant appreciation ceremony. As the graduates departed from campus to begin the next chapter, they left behind a lasting contribution. Through an intensive fundraising campaign, the Class of 2012 presented the University with a legacy gift of its own choosing— the refurbishment of the campus gazebo, including landscaping, and new furniture for the second floor of the Campus Center. The Class of 2012 is the fourth class to participate in the legacy gift campaign. We know that our graduates have many more gifts to share with society as a whole, and look forward to hearing about their future endeavors.





our own backyard in Philadelphia all the way

to Tanzania, Africa, Holy Family University was as committed as ever in 2011 – 2012 to expressing its values, sharing important resources, and making a meaningful dif ference.

Bridging the Gap This year, Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley traveled to Tanzania, Africa, on a very special mission. It was back in 2009 that this mission first began to take shape, when Sister Francesca, in her role as Chair of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)/United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Prevention and Peace, attended the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar. There, she met and formed a relationship with Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer at Stanford University and Founder of the nonprofit organization Seeds of Empowerment. Dr. Kim had introduced the TeacherMate, a handheld, affordable, electronic learning device intended for use by students living in developing countries. Sister Francesca immediately saw the potential and approached a very receptive Dr. Kim about collaborating on an international project. The pair worked together to identify a host—Jiamini, a nonprofit organization located in Newala, Tanzania, which sponsors the education of orphaned and vulnerable children. Jiamini was discovered through Holy Family alumna and Peace Corps volunteer Jen Andrews ’06, now a teacher in Philadelphia. Funding for the project was secured through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Foundation.


In February 2012, a group of nine individuals, which included Sister Francesca and Dr. Kim, embarked on a journey to Newala to present 42 TeacherMate handheld computers and specially equipped cell phones to the Nangwanda Secondary School. The group would spend two weeks instructing 140 students and their teachers how to utilize the devices for literacy and math development, piano and guitar simulation, and as cameras, among other tasks. For many, it was their first exposure to technology. The group also presented the school with a sound system and a backup generator to ensure access to electricity. The TeacherMates were extremely well received by the students, who embraced every opportunity for learning with tremendous enthusiasm. The group will return to Newala in October 2012 to reinforce the program and to measure its success to date. For all involved, it has been a life-changing experience.

Good Neighbors Here at home, Holy Family remained dedicated to serving as a good neighbor and productive citizen. The University partnered once again with Glen Foerd on the Delaware to offer the History Speaker Series. This year’s presentations, open and free to the public, included “Philadelphia and the Civil War” and “The War of 1812.”

Holy Family again served as one of 54 designated sites in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide fingerprinting services for federal criminal history clearance, fingerprinting more than 16,000 people over the past year alone. The annual Blue Mass in May drew police and fire personnel from throughout the community, including the current class of cadets from the Philadelphia Police Academy. In June, our heroes in blue returned to campus when the University proudly hosted the Academy’s graduation ceremony, attended by Philadelphia Mayor Michael C. Nutter and several top-ranking police officials.

The Holy Family Brand

students, and golfers enjoyed a new venue at the Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland, PA. Even more impressively, the Scholarship Ball 2012, honoring John Conway of Crown Holdings, Inc, raised the second highest total in the event’s history! This event, like the Golf Classic, benefits student financial aid. Institutional Advancement secured a stellar nine new scholarships: Dean Anthony Akel Scholarship, Business Executive Advisory Board Scholarship, Bruce Conner Memorial Scholarship for History, The Gibson Student-Athlete Nursing Scholarship, James F. Higgins Annual Scholarship, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in America Merit Scholarship, The Mullin-Wombwell Nursing Scholarship, The Sue McLaughlin Parkes Memorial Scholarship, and The Albert W. and Louise M. Tegler Memorial Scholarship. The 2011–2012 fiscal year saw another increase in alumni participation rates and in the number of matching gifts. The Sister-President Onley Award

Throughout the year, we continued to roll out the University’s new brand identity, previously introduced with great fanfare in February 2011. From incorporating our new brand in radio and television advertising, to ensuring the inclusion of key messaging in all University documents, publications, “The TeacherMate program ties in so and recruiting and admissions materials, the consistent use of our completely with our mission at Holy Family new graphic identity and brand University and our core values, especially architecture remains of paramount the core value of Vision—envisioning importance. Our new brand and our new learning as a dynamic and fruitful exchange tagline—Make an Impact—have been between traditional sources of wisdom thoroughly embraced by students, and contemporary developments in potential students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the greater community. knowledge. Access to education for all is We will continue to find new and paramount, and this initiative reflects the innovative ways to express our importance of education on the international identity to these constituents, as well as demonstrate how we live the brand level. It resonates with everything we stand every day. for at Holy Family and aligns perfectly with Moving forward, our marketing the goals of the IAUP. I cannot imagine and communications efforts will employ an even greater focus on anything more the characteristics that uniquely meaningful.” distinguish Holy Family from other colleges and universities, aiding Christine O’Neill in our objective to attract students President’s Office Staff; from greater distances. Secretary,

Institutional Advancement

IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Prevention and Peace

In the fall, the 23rd Annual Golf Classic raised $53,722 for Holy Family




was established to honor those who have given $1 million or more in gifts-in-kind and was awarded to Tantala Associates, LLC, for their service to Holy Family University. In the second year of our initiative to raise endowment funds to meet the financial challenge of the federal Title III Matching Grant, we have realized more than 46% of our five-year goal. We are ahead of schedule, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, who contributed a challenge grant. Additionally, Chair of the Board Dennis Colgan added his own challenge grant, providing the opportunity for members of the Board of Trustees to multiply the value of their gifts again. As a result of these challenges and the federal match, donors’ gifts were doubled, quadrupled, and, in a few instances, each dollar given added eight dollars to the endowment. Grants received increased by 39% this year

and The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, a member of the Visionary Society, was able to increase its grant significantly. In addition to the great benefits that grants provided for student scholarships, funding supported the continuation of the Vietnam Program. Through this outreach, more than 126 students completed their first year studying English, and 90% received a satisfactory grade. Marketing and Communications continued to foster best use of the brand in media relations, online communications, editorial services, creative direction, and marketing and advertising. In the media, the most covered events were the publication of Assistant Professor of English and author Liz Moore’s novel, Heft, which received accolades from national venues like People magazine and, as well as Moore being interviewed by the Philadelphia

“Alumni relations truly is an extension of student life. It’s a continuum that shouldn’t end. We have so many alumni who are very attached to the University, and with the resurgence of residential life, our recent graduates feel an even stronger connection. Many of our alumni credit Holy Family for much of their personal and professional growth. And they are now sharing their talents with the University and giving back to the broader community. We are incredibly proud of their success and of the lasting relationships we have built along the way.” Marie Zecca Director of Alumni and Parents


Inquirer in “An empathetic pen.” We were also pleased to be recognized for our competitive tuition rates and for Sister Francesca’s work with Stanford University to help Tanzanian education with the TeacherMate program. Additionally, the proposal for the Liddonfield site development was covered all year, and media coverage was monitored and shepherded, when possible. The Holy Family University Magazine was honored with a Gold Cuppie Award from The Association of Communicators in Education for the feature “An Exercise in Inspiration.” In addition to the usual major publications, the department also teamed with Michael Tantala to create an archival document about Holy Family University’s evolution and growth, titled Mission: Legacy & Promise. The creative and editorial team produced more than 180 projects over the course of the last year for on-campus clients and also helped steward the new admissions publications suite for student recruitment. Online Communications developed multi-page microsites for the Doctor of Education, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, and Fire Science programs and also launched the Graduate Online Orientation page. Additionally, work was started on a new admissions homepage and a web assessment project.

Our Extended Family In the Office of Alumni Relations and Parents, a strong focus was placed on engaging the University’s alumni through their individual schools. In October, Holy Family hosted the first Nursing Alumni Reunion and Distinguished Lecture Program, combining a celebratory

reception with continuing education. Also in October, the School of Business Administration Alumni Homecoming and Awards Ceremony recognized accomplishments in business as well as humanitarian efforts. The University’s first Young Alumni Association began to take shape, as members of the senior class and several recent graduates participated in a series of meetings to discuss its formation. With an executive committee now in place, the first Young Alumni Association event has been slated for Fall 2012. This year, the organization known as the “Parents & Friends” officially changed its name to “Family & Friends,” more accurately reflecting its membership. The group’s fundraising activities in 2011–2012 included a welcome reception in September for the parents of new students, three events featuring guest speakers, a trip to the theatre in New York City, an afternoon tea, and a bingo tournament that alone netted nearly $10,000 in profits. At Commencement, Holy Family continued the tradition of honoring the 50th Anniversary Class. Nineteen of the 44 living graduates from the Class of 1962 participated in the graduation ceremony at the Kimmel Center and joined in activities throughout the weekend. It was an extraordinary representation of the unbreakable connection between the past, the present, and the future.



W ith


the perspective

gained through our decennial reaccreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Holy Family University embarked this year

Refining our Structure

on an intensive period of

As Holy Family evolves, so too does the structure required to remain as effective as possible. It is in this spirit that the University announced several significant changes in the responsibilities of our executive officers and across our overall reporting structure. These strategic adjustments were based on the recommendations of the Middle States Commission and input from members of the University community. The newly created position of Provost, to be held by former Vice President of Academic Affairs Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, will report directly to the President. Reporting to the Provost will be the new Vice President

planning and reorganization. From a thorough evaluation of our operating structure to the development of several exciting new initiatives, 2011 – 2012 can be defined as a year of renovation.

“Holy Family became a University in 2002, and the structure we developed at that time has grown to its limit, as it were. With the Middle States review as the impetus, we carefully examined what needed to come next. Building on these insights and armed with a decade of experience operating as a university, we are using all we have learned, blended with best practices and conventional wisdom, to define ourselves more clearly in a way that’s all our own. This marks a very exciting time in our growth and evolution.” Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD Vice President, Academic Affairs; Incoming Provost


for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Life, two symbiotic areas that previously reported directly to the President. The Provost will concentrate her energies on the internal, day-to-day operations of these two areas, allowing the President to apply much greater focus on the increasingly critical area of external relations. Also reporting to the Provost are the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services, the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Director of Foundation Relations and Government Funding, and the newly created positions of Director of Special Events and Director of Holy Family Online. A second newly created position—that of Vice President for Mission—has been on the mind of Sister Francesca and the University for quite some time. Stepping into this position is Margaret Kelly, who brings 33 years of experience at Holy Family to bear. The Vice President for Mission reports directly to the President and interacts with every member of the University community. The Office of Institutional Advancement has been reorganized to reflect the growing and necessary trend in higher education to create a singularly focused entity to guide and execute fundraising efforts. As such, the newly created position of Vice President for Development will report directly to the President, while Marketing and Communications will fall under the auspices of the Vice President for Mission. This new organizational framework will serve us well as we, along with institutions of higher learning across the country, cope with the realities of declining government funding and concentrate efforts on identifying new sources of support. At Holy Family, we have always prided ourselves on our ability to offer students a high quality, personal education at an affordable cost. It is more important now than ever that we work diligently to secure funding that ensures the cost of an education at Holy Family remains within reach of everyone.

Strategic Planning In 2011–2012, Holy Family entered into the second year of its four-year Strategic Plan.

“As a mission-driven institution, we are all committed to fully integrating our mission and core values into everything we do. Still, every important initiative requires a point person in order to be completely effective. It is now my role to view every aspect of Holy Family University through the lens of our mission, from our Strategic Plan to the Balanced Scorecard to every program and activity in which we’re involved. We are all willing collaborators, but I am assuming the responsibility of remaining the most vigilant in ensuring that we are truly living the mission and our core values every day, in every possible way.” Margaret Kelly Vice President, Institutional Advancement; Incoming Vice President for Mission

Objectives achieved over the past year include the continued advancement of University-wide assessment processes for our academic programs and the enhancement of our students’ social, emotional, leadership, and moral development through curricular, extracurricular, and co-curricular opportunities. The Strategic Planning Stewardship Team, a diverse representation of the University’s faculty and staff, continues to shepherd the plan’s implementation. Hand-in-hand with the Strategic Plan has been the development of our Balanced Scorecard, providing members of the University community with systematic methods to effectively implement and manage programs and measure accomplishments against goals and objectives. Newly introduced this year was the Strategy




Steps newsletter. These monthly reports are posted at, providing the opportunity for members of the University community to view our ongoing progress.

Institutional Assessment 2011–2012 also marked the second year of our Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, a $1.92 million award by the U.S. Department of Education. Holy Family met all of its stated objectives for the first two years of the grant in advance of the deadline of September 2012. Included among those objectives was the rollout of the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment System, a sophisticated software package that aids in the development of comprehensive assessment plans and streamlines the tracking and reporting processes using scoring rubrics and curriculum maps. This past year, the number of Faculty Assessment Coordinators trained in the Outcomes System was increased from four to twelve, ensuring that every academic and service area across Holy Family will benefit from the assessment process. The Outcomes Assessment System is a component of our Blackboard Learning Management System, employed by Holy Family for more than a decade. Additional functionality within the Blackboard suite of products includes the ability to communicate with the University community through an online portal, the delivery of online courses, and the opportunity for students to create and house electronic portfolios. The system has been extremely well-received by students, faculty, and staff alike.


The 16-member University Outcomes and Assessment Committee was reconfigured this year, with representatives including the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Deans of each school, and the Assistant Vice President of Extended Learning. The committee is responsible for establishing a comprehensive set of related policies and procedures to govern our assessment processes and to integrate those processes into daily life at the University. Also launched this year was a systematic cycle of surveys for every constituency in the University community—newly enrolled students, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The surveys measure such areas as student engagement and satisfaction and, also, alumni preparedness and outcomes. The first two surveys—those for freshmen and for alumni five years out—were distributed in Fall 2011. The emphasis placed on assessment by Holy Family is essential in today’s environment, where transparency and accountability are stipulated by regional and specialized accreditors and by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blackboard Outcomes Assessment System allows for a streamlined process and serves as an invaluable tool in setting benchmarks, evaluating student learning, and making informed decisions.

Powered by Google This year, the Department of Information Technology completed the monumental task of transitioning every student, as well as every faculty and staff member, to the Google platform. In addition to providing a more effective and sustainable e-mail system, new features for users include a calendar application and document sharing capabilities. The conversion will decrease our costs in this area considerably.

“Change happens because circumstances drive it. At Holy Family, continuous improvement has always been a priority. The openness of the University’s leadership to new ideas and opportunities has taken this institution to places that those who attended in the past would never have imagined. To provide the best services possible, we need to have the best structure possible. The latest changes are evidence of our ongoing commitment to growth and evolution—to ensuring that Holy Family University is the best it can be in every sense.” Robert Wetzel Major Gifts Officer; Incoming Interim Vice President for Development

Renewals In Spring 2012, the University embarked on the second phase of an extensive library renewal project. The first phase, completed last summer, involved replacing all of the original windows throughout the structure, built in 1967. Phase two of the renovations included the installation of new ceilings, lighting, electrical wiring, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Additional amenities for students include a new computer lab, group study rooms, a café area with coffee and vending machines, and handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Expanding our Horizons In December 2011, Holy Family was approached by real estate developer ABS—a joint venture of AP Inc, BSI Construction, and Synterra Partners— to become a member of a major transformational project—an endeavor that would immensely benefit both the community and the University. ABS was interested in developing a 32-acre tract of land situated just a mile away from our main campus, at the former Liddonfield Section 8 housing site.

It was at the strong urging of the surrounding community that ABS invited Holy Family to become a member in the project. This was a powerful expression of our neighbors’ trust in the University, knowing that our involvement would protect their best interests. Plans for the Liddonfield site include 20 acres dedicated to Holy Family athletics, including a baseball field and softball field, each with locker rooms and spectator facilities, as well as two multi-use fields suitable for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Also slated for the site are retail establishments, housing for students and faculty, and an affordable assisted living community, and ample parking throughout. The Liddonfield project—full of promise and possibility—is symbolic of what is sure to be a very bright future for Holy Family University. We look forward with great excitement toward what’s next to come.




O C TO B E R A former classroom is dedicated and blessed as a chapel in the Education and Technology Center.

A UG U ST University President Sister Francesca Onley is appointed to her post for three more years.

SE PTE M BE R Hurricane Irene delays move-in and orientation for the incoming Freshman class and transfer students.


As part of the campuswide iPad Initiative, the Board of Trustees is trained in the new technology.



In addition to our Founders’ Award, a new recognition called the Sister-President Onley Award is inaugurally awarded to Tantala Associates, LLC, for reaching $1,000,000 and above in Gifts-inKind to the University.

The University hosted a series of “Pack the House” events designed to support Athletics, encourage school spirit, and entice potential students to attend Holy Family.

FE BRU ARY President Sister Francesca Onley travels to Africa as part of the education partnership with Dr. Kim and Stanford University.

APRI L The very successful 19th Annual Scholarship Ball honored John Conway, CEO of Crown Holdings, Inc., with the Corporate Leadership Award.

The Women’s 4x400 Track Team wins first place at the prestigious Penn Relays.

Archival publication, Mission: Legacy & Promise, is unveiled during charter week.

MA RCH Holy Family gains official “Campus Chapter” status from Habitat for Humanity, one of the few Philadelphia schools to earn this honor.

M AY Phase 2 of the major infrastructural renovations to the library begin, overhauling wiring, ductwork, and ceilings. President Sister Francesca Onley honors five Sisters for their lifetimes of service at the 2012 Presidential Award Dinner.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist and humanitarian Robb Armstrong addresses the audience at Commencement.




REVENUES Tuition and Fees Federal, State, Private Gifts and Grants

$53,685,247 1,472,259

Fundraising Income (Scholarship Ball and Golf Classic)*


Interest Income


Net Room and Board


Loss on Investments


Other Sources (bookstore, vending, and room rental)


Satisfaction of Program Restriction


Total Unrestricted Revenues

Tuition and Fees (94%)


*T  he figures reported for the Golf Classic and Scholarship Ball represent net revenue for the events

Satisfaction of Program Restriction (1%) Other Sources (.5%) Net Room and Board (1%)

Fundraising Income (1%)

Federal, State, Private Gifts and Grants (2%)

Interest Income (.5%)

EXPENSES Instructional


Academic Support


Student Services


Institutional Support


Institution Based Student Aid


Change in Value – Swap Liability Total Education and General Expenditures

Institutional Support (22%)


Instructional (33%) $56,842,340

Total Education and General Expenditures


Decrease in Fund Balance



Student Services (10%)


FUND BALANCE Total Unrestricted Revenues

Academic Support (9%)

Change in Value – Swap Liability (1%)

Institution Based Student Aid (25%)



Restricted 663,138

Restricted (45%)

Events (37%)

Events 532,330 Endowment 147,395 Capital Planned Giving Total

17,938 $1,464,068

* The figures reported for the Golf Classic and Scholarship Ball represent gross revenue for the events.

Unrestricted (7%) Planned Giving (1%)

CONTRIBUTIONS BY CONSTITUENCY Alumni $117,762 Corporations













Faculty/Staff (2%) Corporations (27%)

Endowment (10%)

Foundations (11%)

Friends (22%)

$1,464,068 Alumni (8%) Organizations (3%)

Government (27%)





May 25, 2012, Holy Family University and President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Presidential Award Dinner by surprising five religious Sisters with lifetime awards. Each had more than 50 years of religious affiliation in different congregations, and their awards read, “In Grateful Appreciation of a Lifetime of Commitment.” Those honored were Holy Family’s own Sister Patrice Feher, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Sister Alma Rose Scholosser, Sisters of Saint Joseph; Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, Order of St. Basil the Great; Sister Bernadine Schmalhoffer, Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity; and Sister Nora Dennehy, Congress of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. “In honoring these Sisters, we’re also honoring their congregations,” said President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD. Indeed, we honor all Sisters and all of their congregations for the commitment, service, and unrelenting dedication to persons around the globe. Our motto, Teneor Votis—we are bound by our responsibilities—just touches upon the tremendous spirit and active vocation shown by religious Sisters everywhere. Their courage in the face of adversity, service and kindness to the most needy, and enthusiasm for the future merit not only recognition but also fanfare. We also remember, in particular, our own Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, who are called to extend the Kingdom of God’s Love by living the spirit of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, whose lives were centered in the love of God and one another. It is for all of these reasons that we dedicate the 2011– 2012 Report of the President to all women religious. L-R: Holy Family President S. Francesca Onley, CSFN; S. Alma Rose Scholosser, SSJ; S. Bernadine Schmalhoffer, MSBT; S. Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM; and S. Patrice Feher, CSFN



Board of Trustees Dennis Colgan Chair Sister M. Rita Partyka, CSFN, ’65 Vice Chair Sister M. Rosemarie Griffin, CSFN, ’63 Secretary Danielle Dufner, MSEd Assistant Secretary to the Board

Ray Angelo President and CEO, Westinghouse Lighting Corporation Albert T. Chadwick III President, A.T. Chadwick Company, Inc. Dennis J. Colgan Chairman Emeritus, Barthco International, Inc.; President, Cove Investments, LP Kamal Dua Lead Partner, Advisory Services, Mitchell & Titus LLP Carl F. Gregory Chairman Emeritus, Third Federal Bank

Executive Of ficers

Sister Rosemarie Griffin, CSFN, ’63 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, ’59, PhD President

Loretta Hennessey ’71 President, L. Hennessey Associates LLC

Sister Maureen McGarrity ’70, CSFN, PhD Vice President for Academic Affairs

Sister Marie Kielanowicz, CSFN Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

John Jaszczak, BS, CPA Vice President for Finance and Administration

Sister Kathleen Maciej, CSFN Principal, Saint Adalbert School

Margaret Swoboda Kelly, MA Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Dominic Marano President, American Helper

Robert H. Lafond, MCIS Vice President for Information Technology Sister Marcella Binkowski, CSFN, EdD Vice President for Student Services

Matthew G. McFillin, CPA, CFF Director, KPMG LLP Sister Teresa Mika, CSFN Accountant, Trinity Mother Frances Health System Frank J. Mummolo, PhD, PE President and CEO, TMI, LLC Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, ’59, PhD, ex officio President, Holy Family University Sister Rita Partyka, CSFN, ’65 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Sister Gemma Pepera, CSFN Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Anne Marie Pettit ’69 Retired Principal, Towers Watson Patrick T. Ryan Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP Anthony J. Szuszczewicz President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board, Polonia Bank Albert M. Tantala Sr., PE President, Tantala Associates, LLC, Consulting Engineers Albert W. Tegler Jr. President, Tegler McHenry and Associates Inc. Robert E. Tepfer First Vice President, Investment Officer, Tepfer/Ponte Group, Wells Fargo Advisors Robert Truitt Retired President, Beverage Division, Crown Holdings, Inc. John W. Turner Jr. CEO, Turner Industries Mary Keirans Vassallo ’85 Community Volunteer

CSFN Representative Sister Loretta Theresa Felici, CSFN President/CEO of the CSFN Mission and Ministry (MMI)

Trustee Emeriti Edward W. Micek, MD Retired Medical Director of the Industrial Clinic, Nazareth Hospital Walter McKeon Retired President, McKeon Company


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