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Cultivate 2012-2013 Report of the President

Table of Contents President’s Message


4 Academics 8 Student Life 12 Initiative

Communications Milestones


Financial Reports Dedication

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Board of Trustees




President’s Message


garden does not flourish simply because the seeds are in the ground. It must be nurtured and nourished, cared for and cultivated. The application of water and sunlight are well known for plant growth, but the enriching and overturning of top soil to keep water and light as well as air flowing freely below the surface of the ground can make all the difference for strong rooting. It is a delicate process. Dig not deep enough and the plant fails to thrive. Dig too deep and the roots are destroyed. Looking beyond the surface and enriching the roots will lead to thriving, healthy fruit. Cultivation requires dedication. It requires vigilance. It requires patience. It requires discernment. The return on these investments is great. When roots take hold and spread, the plant’s base strengthens. It gets taller. It sprouts new growth. Its color deepens. It yields sustenance. Tending to our mission as an academic institution follows much of the same pattern. We can not rest on our laurels, content to move forward doing what we always have. We must seize upon opportunity to evolve, to tailor what we offer and how we offer it to the contemporary student, who faces challenges very different than those of previous generations. In the spring 2013 issue of Holy Family University Magazine, we explored some of these changes in depth, and we will touch upon them in this Report of the President too. I am very proud of the strides that we have made in this year. I truly appreciate the dedication of our community to looking beneath the surface and letting light through to the roots, encouraging new growth in the forms of forward-thinking academic programs, evolutionary teaching delivery, and unique relationship building. Aiding this atmosphere of innovation was the fresh vision brought into upper levels of administration. As this past academic year finished, we had installed a new Vice President of Academic Affairs, and four new School Deans. Some are

new to the position; some are new to Holy Family; all are vital, experienced, and appreciated voices. We continue to support efforts outside of our immediate community. Globally, I was honored to attend the International Association of University Presidents Executive Committee meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October to report on the progress of our TeacherMateTM technology project in Tanzania. Nationally, we served as a model NCAA Division II institution. NCAA representatives visited our campus to interview our athletics staff and to get an inside look at a typical day in the department. Locally, we signed several partnership agreements with area high schools that encourage their students and their faculty and staff to pursue higher education and offer convenient and financially advantageous opportunity to do so. Cardinal Newman famously said, “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” This sentiment is both inspirational and aspirational. We change not only because we must, but we also change because we crave perfection in our quest to be more Christ-like. Each time we turn inward and examine our lives and change for the better, we are one step closer to God. Holy Family University has turned inward, examined, and changed for the better. God bless you,

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD University President



The year 2012-2013 revolutionized the way Holy Family University approached institutional change. While strategic planning remained paramount, representatives from across campus and across divisions and departments met to intensively evaluate our offerings and, in the process, forged new relationships and communications channels that allowed nimble and swift action.


Strategic Planning


he University community, led by the President, Senior Administrators, and the Strategic Planning Stewardship Team, continued to work diligently on implementing the strategic initiatives outlined in the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan. In addition to facilitating the strategies, the University continued to implement the framework of the Balanced Scorecard Strategic Planning and Performance Management System, which is a process by which the institution aligns its mission, vision, and strategy. The University’s four areas of focus are Students and Families, Stewardship and Financial Performance, Educational Processes and Support, and Organizational Capacity. In order to meet our strategic agenda, the University launched several new initiatives to support these four areas of focus. These initiatives were tactical in nature to support the organization’s strategies.

Fill the Seats Initiative


he Fill the Seats Initiative brought together 28 faculty, administrators, and staff whose responsibility was to identify ways to increase enrollments in sustainable ways in order to support short-term and long-term growth. Three workshops were held in February 2013, and the outcome of the efforts was the identification of 10 short-term and four mid-term initiatives for growth. Three of the short-term initiatives pursued were the new Partnership Agreements with Archbishop Ryan High School, Little Flower High School, and Franklin Towne Charter High School. The formal agreement consists of three components, including admissions and scholarship, a University and dual credit agreement, and continuing education. These partnerships support two of the University’s Tier One Objectives, “Increase and Improve Partnerships” and “Increase Enrollment.” One of the mid-term initiatives was a proposal from the School of Nursing and Allied Health to offer a daytime, full-time, accelerated, second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Newtown location. A Nursing Lab Simulation Showcase was held on June 19, 2013, at the

Newtown location illustrating the various new technologies available for instructional use in the nursing program. This proposed new program supports the University’s Tier One Objectives “Increase Enrollment and Student Quality” and “Diversifying Revenue Streams.” During their intensive brainstorming sessions, group members projected goals for program offerings, delivery systems, and enrollment. Since most campus offices were represented, rapid change was possible as solutions could be hammered out immediately. Within a week, a hybrid course initiative was born (with some classes converted by summer 2013), with support from all Schools. New degree program details were explored, including degree conversion programs—in which an existing bachelor’s degree is used to provide the basis for another bachelor’s for speedy degree attainment. Additionally, the possibility of an accelerated MSN program was analyzed, in addition to the revised 30-credit MSN program that launched in Fall 2013. Several new enrollment campaigns, designed to remind alumni of continuing degree requirements, were launched.

Fill the Beds Initiative


s the Fill the Seats initiatives were identified and progressed, parallel processes were underway to support retention activities at the University. The Fill the Beds Initiative brought together a small team of student life and enrollment services staff who were charged with identifying ways of attracting and retaining students to live on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia Campus and enhancing campus life. Initiatives identified from the efforts of this group included the launch of the Enriching Senior Experience, the establishment of a Service and Leadership Learning Community, and the design of a Transfer Year Experience. These initiatives also fulfill the University’s Tier One Objectives of “Improve Student Experience” and “Enhance Value for Students.” Realizing higher education is increasingly unaffordable and job opportunities are limited, the “Enriching Senior Experience” program invites first-time resident seniors to a greater connection to the University by providing an opportunity to


live on campus, becoming engaged in the various campus programs, and to focus on the end goal of obtaining employment. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and will be required to work closely with the Careers Services Center and attend variousworkshops focusing on job searches and job-seeking skills sponsored by Student Life or through other University partners. The Service and Leadership Learning Community will be a new living-learning community for sophomore, junior, and senior students who are focused on leadership development and service opportunities. This experience is to help foster leadership by building a community of first-time residents who will live and learn together to develop their leadership skills to incorporate within their prospective groups and the outside community. The Transfer Year Experience was created to integrate transfer students more fully and quickly into campus and residence life. By focusing on sophomore and junior students, the University hopes that the community of transfer students will cohere as they live on campus. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and attend various workshops throughout the semester dealing with technology, study skills, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, career and professional development, and living the Mission.

Dining Service


n response to student and community requests for new culinary diversity and options and as part of our yearlong commitment to reevaluate all processes, Holy Family University was pleased to newly partner with Parkhurst Dining of Homestead, PA. Two to three student representatives from each academic School at Holy Family and a handful of staff tested Parkhurst and competitor services in a secret shopping experience at local colleges. Parkhurst led every food and service category evaluated: variety, health, taste, eye appeal, speed, friendliness, arrangement, sanitary conditions, and overall appearance. Parkhurst fosters partnerships to support local farmers and to make local food affordable and accessible on the wholesale level. International foods will also be a focal point of dining services where students will be entertained by Parkhurst


culinary teams in action. Additional healthier selections include made-from-scratch soups and chili and a salad bar with organic locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade dressings.



ur orientation process was also reexamined and reworked this year. In June 2013, Holy Family University held the first two of four total orientation days for the upcoming school year. Led by the Student Life and Enrollment staffs, the program not only contained necessary information available at all previous orientations but also incorporated social media and video technologies in new ways. Incoming students and parents were treated to breakfast and lunch from the new dining service, learned how to navigate campus and financial aid, and met their future classmates in a festive atmosphere.

Leadership Renewal


here was extensive new leadership in Academic Affairs. Michael W. Markowitz, PhD, was installed as the incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs. His former position as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences was filled by Shelley Robbins, PhD. Ana Maria Catanzaro, PhD, assumed the role of Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health after serving as Interim Dean for most of the 20122013 academic year. Kevin Zook, PhD, accepted the role of the Dean of the School of Education upon the retirement of Leonard Soroka, EdD, following an extensive search. Lastly, J. Barry Dickinson, PhD, had been appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration in August 2012 and assumed duties for the newly integrated Division of Extended Learning this spring. Another significant academic change involved the restructuring and integration of the School of Business Administration with the Division of Extended Learning, where the accelerated degree programs will be housed administratively within the School of Business. This reorganization allows for integration of the business programs and will lead to shared administrative processes, shared faculties, and economies of scale.

Holy Family University signed multiple Educational Partnership Agreements with area high schools between March and June of 2013. The formal agreements consist of three components: admissions and scholarship for students, a University and dual credit agreement for students, and continuing education agreement for faculty and staff.

From Duplicating to Print Shop

Information Technology



ne of the most visible and exciting changes on campus was the complete revamping of the University Duplicating Center, taking the department from a copy center to a print shop. When department and division supervisors were asked to evaluate their area’s processes and functions, this area was identified for process revision as it was one in which cost efficiency would benefit Holy Family at large. The University made the decision to reallocate resources to the duplicating center allowing for greatly enhanced internal and external duplicating and printing capabilities and leading to cost reductions in printing expenses for internal publications and recruitment materials. Duplicating now boasts a commercial-grade printer, the Savin Pro C651EX—a color production system that delivers professional-quality resolution and speed. In addition, the department has a creaser for high quality folds and a sophisticated cutter that can slice through up to 3 inches of paper at a time. This massive upgrade has allowed Holy Family to move most of its printing needs in-house.

his year brought about major upgrades within the Information Technology (IT) department. The former storage system was replaced with a Dell Compellent storage system, which nearly quadrupled our storage capability (now 15 terabytes). IT also installed a backup power system in the Main Distribution Frame; this upgrade involved a new generator and transfer switch, along with an additional uninterrupted power supply. In addition, Cisco Clean Access for the student network log-ons was upgraded, and IT migrated all users to Active Directory, which allowed the older Novell services to be taken offline. These resource reallocations within the department supported increased efficiencies, and the emphasis on Business Systems drove further effectiveness. Additionally, the department was able to offer more technology training for employees across the University.



In the Division of Academic Affairs, the year 2012-13 was marked by unprecedented evolution in leadership and program assessment and delivery. In response to the Fill the Seats initiative, faculty and staff unified and laid the groundwork for academic programs that would meet the needs of the modern student.


School of Arts and Sciences


he School of Arts and Sciences took advantage of a year of introspection to fully assess its programs and determine which of its programs were viable and which would benefit from fresh perspective. The School also made increased communication among administration, fulltime faculty, and adjunct faculty a priority. In order to do this, Arts and Sciences implemented a strategy to use more fully Blackboard technology. All courses were required to develop a Blackboard shell. Specific Blackboard groups, called Math Folks and Science Folks, were instituted as a resource for adjunct faculty, a communal virtual space for sharing syllabi, sample exams, and project suggestions. Shelley Robbins, PhD, as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, offered increasingly complex “Brown Bag” lunches, designed to train faculty how to use the more sophisticated tools offered by Blackboard. After a comprehensive review of the undergraduate psychology program, a 4+2 option was approved and launched in Summer I (2013), allowing students in the Bachelors programs in Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Sociology to seamlessly pursue their graduate degree in Counseling Psychology. Additionally two new courses—Psychopharmacology and a History and Systems course—were developed and approved. Another exciting launch was the PreMed Club. Led by students, this club replaced the facultyled PreHealth Care Committee and enjoyed immediate recruitment benefits as well as expert mentoring from alumni and faculty. Finally, three blogs were developed to share division news: one covering math and sciences research and scholarship at the University (, one showcasing the exhibitions in our art gallery (, and one highlighting faculty scholarship in the Arts, Communications, and Humanities (http://

School of Business Administration


he 2012-13 academic year brought dramatic change to the School of Business Administration (SBA). There was a complete turnover in

leadership within the School, as Drs. J. Barry Dickinson and Bernice M. Purcell were appointed Dean and Associate Dean, respectively, at the beginning of the academic year. The SBA was merged with the formerly named Division of Extended Learning (DEL). A new academic unit rose from the reorganization, called the School of Business Administration and Extended Learning (SBAEL). This change brings plentiful opportunities for the future. Since the SBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the degree granting programs of the former DEL will now need to go through the accreditation process. The end result will be an enhancement of the academic rigor and program experience for the students and graduates. Furthermore, the reorganization will allow them to eventually share common classes, faculty, and events. This will give students more flexibility in scheduling classes, a more rounded educational experience through the broadening of the variety of professors from whom they learn, and an expanded social and professional network to tap for career opportunities. On the academic front, a number of new programs and initiatives were brought forward. First, the SBA successfully gained approval for its new business core. As of the Fall 2013 term, new business students in all concentrations will be required to take a new group of common courses. These courses will provide a more realistic business foundation for students and prepare them for the demands of today’s marketplace. The new core includes Introduction to Business, Management Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, International Business, and Project Management. The SBA also added a new Minor in Business, which will be available to all Holy Family students in the Fall 2013. Additionally, new dual-concentration programs were approved in Accounting-Finance and Management/Marketing-International Business. On the graduate side of the school, both the Master in Information Systems and Human Resources Management programs went through a major overhaul. New entrance requirements were added to ensure incoming graduate students have the expected business skills necessary to be successful. New applicants who do not have


an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take an online examination testing their business acumen. If they do not pass the examination, they will go through a series of online classes, and then be retested. Both programs also formalized a group of core courses and common electives from which students may chose. These changes will make the programs much stronger and easier to administer. Research productivity by SBAEL faculty was particularly high this academic year. Various faculty members’ research was accepted for publication in a variety of journals including the Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics, Journal of Technology Research, World Review of Business Research, Journal of Behavioral Studies in Business, Journal of Business Cases and Applications, Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, and the Journal of Management and Marketing Research. There were also a number of successful events that were either hosted by or in which the SBAEL participated. The School participated in the Emergency Disaster Incident Training Symposium in support of its Fire Science and Public Safety program. As part of its Annual Speakers Series, the School was fortunate enough to have Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, a lead forensics scientist with Notable Software, Inc., present her views on Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet. Dean Dickinson was the keynote speaker at the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce fall meeting, and representatives of the SBAEL also participated in a round-table discussion about Social Media, in conjunction with the Bensalem Business Association.

School of Education


his year, the School of Education developed an Autism Endorsement Program and obtained approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Teachers may add the endorsement to their existing Level I or Level II certifications. The endorsement requires completion of four courses, each with a 20-hour supervised field experience. This timely program has proved to be extremely popular with students. The School of Education also obtained approval for a new Health and Physical Education teacher certification program from the Pennsyl-


Eight hundred and fifty-four diplomas were awarded at the Academy of Music for our 56th Commencement Ceremonies. The University bestowed honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to Fire Captain Randy J. Coddington; nurse theorist S. Callista Roy, CSJ; and Philadelphia business leaders Dominic C. Marano and Robert E. Tepfer. vania Department of Education. Faculty in the School of Education worked collaboratively with the Athletic Department to design the program. Further work on program implementation will continue during the coming academic year to permit the enrollment of students in Fall 2014. It was an exciting year for collaborative learning as the School of Education hosted two important scholarly gatherings. The Honor Society of the International Reading Association, Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA), Beta Upsilon Chapter of Holy Family University’s MEd Reading program and the new doctoral program in the School of Education co-sponsored a literacy conference, Literacy Open Minds, on October 13, 2012. The keynote speaker, Sneed Collard III, gave an inspiring talk on his personal journey to become an award-winning author of children’s

science books and fiction. Full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, educators from our region, members of AUA, and doctoral students made presentations. The event was an opportunity for professional development for many community members including school district personnel, undergraduate and graduate students, and parochial, private, and charter school personnel. The School also sponsored a Law Symposium on Educator Ethics on November 3, 2012. Presenters for the symposium were Carolyn Angelo, Esq., Director and Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission, and Dr. Oliver Dreon from Millersville. Holy Family doctoral students, superintendents from local districts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and school principals were personally invited. The Superintendents of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (both Elementary and Secondary) brought 250 of their principals back to Holy Family in January to hear the presentation given during the Law Symposium.

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions


he academic year began with fanfare as, in October 2013, the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions (SNAHP) was informed by the PA State Board of Nursing that the Holy Family Class of 2012 achieved a 95.6% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The pass rate exceeds the PA and national first-time pass rate. Introspection and refreshed perspective were key in the SNAHP, too. Revision of the BSN curriculum to conform to the recently revised American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) BSN Essentials was completed and approved by the University Curriculum Committee in the spring 2012 semester. Additionally, the MSN curriculum was also reworked to conform to the recently revised AACN MSN Essentials and was completed and approved in the spring 2013 semester. The new MSN curriculum is a 30-credit MSN that focuses on quality, safety, and leadership. It was designed to provide a seamless progression to PhD programs, Advanced Practice programs

(e.g., Nurse Practitioner programs) at the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level, or post-Master’s certificate programs. The MSN program offers three 12-credit post-Master’s certificate programs: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and Public Health Nursing. Applications to the new MSN program are already above MSN applications in previous years. The RN to BSN program experienced significant growth during the 2012-2013 academic year, almost tripling its enrollment from 37 students in the 2011-2012 academic year to 96 in the 20122013 academic year. New cohorts of RN to BSN students are enrolled in on-site courses at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Holy Redeemer Health System. Students enrolled in these cohorts have expressed interest in continuing their studies in the Holy Family MSN program. In the Radiologic Science program, the School was thrilled to see a 100% pass-rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) national board examination Class of 2012 at the both the Associates and Bachelors degree levels. Additionally, the University Curriculum Committee approved a BSRS/Certificate track in Vascular Interventional (VI) so the proposal can move into Academic Council.



n May 18, 2013, Holy Family University conferred 494 bachelor’s degrees and 360 graduate degrees at a new venue–The Academy of Music in Center City Philadelphia. At the undergraduate ceremony, the University honored a fire department captain, Randy J. Coddington, who served in Ground Zero and Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and a professor and nurse theorist on the faculty at Boston College, Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, PhD, RN, who pioneered a model informing best practices for health care agencies. Both received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. At the graduate ceremony, Holy Family bestowed honorary degrees on Dominic C. Marano, President of Marano Truck Lines, Inc., and Robert E. Tepfer, First Vice President— Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. Both men were recognized for their service to the University, communities, and professions.


Student Life The Division of Student Life also embraced the future and worked to enhance Holy Family’s vibrant campus community. Bolstered by dedicated staff, Student Life embraced the Fill the Beds Initiative to craft new experiences for a well-rounded student.

Activities and Clubs


he 2012-2013 academic year began with the planning of our annual New Student Orientation showcasing the shared responsibilities of Academic Affairs and Student Life. First-Year College Success mentors met their prospective orientation classes while parents attended workshops that focused on University policies and procedures, transitional concerns, and topical issues, such as Map-Works, Academic Services, and personal safety. The day ended with a family-driven carnival, which included a magician, caricaturists, and our own Holy Family Tiger as well as picnic style food and music. Academic Affairs and Student Life worked closely with the Class of 2016’s First-Year program regarding transitional concerns as well as promoting and educating about the University’s mission and core values. A good deal of time was spent on the University mission and how it affects students, members of society, and citizens of the United States. Holy Family participated in the national effort to promote the United States Constitution. All institutions of higher learning receiving federal student loans were required to participate in this federal mandate. Our event included information about voter registration and polling places, a trivia contest with cash prizes, and a free “American meal” including hot dogs and chips. Students at Your Service (SAYS) had another eventful and active year. In the fall, during Family Weekend, they coordinated a Flea Market and Festival that was open to the public. They also hosted two blood drives, Breakfast with Santa, a Bunny Breakfast, and a spring event with Special People in the Northeast (SPIN Inc.). The Activities Office was excited and proud to host the Above and Beyond Awards reception in conjunction with Special Services Community Service Awards on April 24, 2013. Forty truly remarkable students were selected by club moderators and the campus community for this distinguished award. Certificates were distributed, and each nominator wrote short personal remarks. Student Life was pleased to report that there were 19 active clubs and organizations on campus, including two new ones that petitioned to be accepted: the Public Relations Student Society

of America and the Holy Family Fashion Club. In addition to Holy Family’s stellar Division II sports teams, there are four active club sports: Men’s Rugby, Ski Club, Cheerleading, and Dance. Seventy-eight students were inducted into the professional school honor societies, and an additional 94 students were inducted into the honor societies of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Health and Wellness


he Health Services Department treated approximately 440 students, faculty, and staff during this academic year. Counseling and emergency treatment was also provided to students, faculty, and staff on a variety of topics from nutrition and smoking to stress and sickness. As always, the department offered many workshops, speakers, and services. In addition to promoting the standards recommended by the American College Health Association, the Director of Health Services met smaller, individual goals such as providing a daily healthy snack stand outside of the infirmary, such as apples, oranges, whole-grain cereal, crackers and granola bars. The Director also distributed weekly informational tips on different health issues sent out by email to the campus community. These small, personal gestures along with the larger information sessions provided a supportive atmosphere for the University community.

Alternative Spring Break


he Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trip was a joint effort by many departments within Student Life and Academic Affairs. Students completed an application, interviewed before a committee of Student Life staff, and attended weekly workshops, which built community and provided open forums to discuss University policies and expectations, personal concerns, and reality checks of what they were going to experience. Staff, faculty, and students organized all aspects of the Taos, New Mexico, trip along with various fund-raising activities throughout the late fall and spring semesters. Holy Family University remains one of four campus chapters in the Philadelphia area and joins schools like


Drexel University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a campus chapter, we sent groups of 10 students to work with the Philadelphia Habitat for Humanity program to renovate homes in South and West Philadelphia.



oly Family had 10 teams qualify and compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournaments this past academic year. The Tigers claimed conference titles in women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse for the second straight year. The women’s basketball team defeated Caldwell College, 66-56, to claim the team’s eighth CACC Title. As a result, Holy Family earned the conference’s automatic qualifying bid into the NCAA Division II Tournament as the Tigers made their 10th straight NCAA appearance. Holy Family advanced to the East Region semifinals for the eighth consecutive year. The women’s lacrosse team also won back-to-back titles as the Tigers defeated cross-town rival Philadelphia University, 12-10, in this year’s championship game. It marked the Tigers’ fourth straight CACC tournament appearance in the short fiveyear history of the program as Holy Family improved to 2-1 in the CACC Championship game. Additionally, Holy Family had 24 studentathletes earn All-CACC honors this past year, including senior Erin Mann who

Holy Family’s Alumni and Parents department works diligently to bring our graduates together. This year, the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions honored distinguished alumna, Carol Taylor ‘75, PhD, MSN, RN. Taylor directs an innovative ethics curriculum for advanced practical nurses at Georgetown University.


was named the CACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. The Athletics Department donated more than 600 new books to the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in late November. It marked the seventh annual “Build-A-Library” community engagement event. Since then, the department along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has donated over 9,600 new books to nine Philadelphia area schools. SAAC also sponsored events to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, such as sponsoring an Octoberfest and the Wish Upon A Paw 5k-Run/1-mile Fun Walk in mid-April. In March, representatives from the NCAA visited Holy Family, in particular the Department of Athletics, to get an inside look on a typical day of a model NCAA Division II institution. The NCAA had the opportunity to sit down with a staff member from each area (administrative, daily operations, sports information, athletic training, etc.) to discuss what each member does on a daily basis. It also gave the athletics department staff a chance to have one-on-one interaction with a member of the NCAA. The main purpose of the visit allowed the NCAA to learn from the department and also how the NCAA could better serve its member institutions.

Student Ministry


ampus Chaplain Father James “Mac” MacNew likes to call Campus Ministry a “leadership lab forming students as leaders for the Church and society.” Indeed, over the course of the past year, students have of their own initiative increased ministry’s presence on campus and beyond. In fall 2012, the ministry students decided to take their biweekly gathering and make it weekly. Students directed each meeting to present, discuss, and share their faith, dealing with such topics as “Ethics in Business and Finance,” “The Courage to Lead,” St. Francis de Sales, “The Seeker Experience,” and St. Therese of Lisieux. The Jesus All-Nighter remained a popular and cherished tradition. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for 24 hours overnight, with a menu of rotating devotional activities every hour. Students choose, plan, and direct these devotions. Each All-Nighter begins and ends with liturgy,

A revamped New Student Orientation was launched in June 2013. In order to give our incoming students more flexibility in dates and a more engaging atmosphere, Student Life and Enrollment, banded together to provide a festive and informative day for our Class of 2017 and Transfers and their families. and this year, student leaders organized the first Night Rosary to coincide with it. Seventy students participated in the Night Rosary, praying the rosary on the illuminated soccer field. The Ministry group also looks outwardly as servants to the larger community and nation. Of particular focus are pro-life efforts. Campus Ministry travels to New York City to be trained by the Sisters of Life, who look to teach their coworkers to sensitively and competently support women and couples in crisis pregnancy. Ministry collects clothing for the women the Sisters serve throughout the school year. Additionally, in January, Holy Family sponsored a large group to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, as it does yearly.



n 2012–13, the Careers Service Center added new programs under the guidance of Center Director Don Brom. As always, the Center worked with students to help them shape their resumes and sharpen their interview skills. Careers also networked extensively with Philadelphia-area companies in order to place students into their chosen career path. In order to reach more students, the Careers Director participated in a Job Hunt Boot Camp, sponsored by Dr. Bernice Purcell and Dr. Don Goeltz in May. It taught students job seeking skills such as resume/cover information, how to brand/sell themselves during the interview,

behavioral interviewing, informational interviewing, job search strategies, and the importance of obtaining field experience within a major. Two joint revenue-generating initiatives were introduced in the past year. The Careers Center worked collaboratively with Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and hosted a Summer Jobs & More Virtual Career Fair. This virtual career fair ran for three weeks from March 15 through April 5. The numbers posted were impressive. The total number of hits onto the virtual career fair website was 3,830, and participants posted 953 resumes to employer accounts. The fair should run twice next year. Secondly, the Careers Center offered a Career Management Series event—“How to Obtain a Federal Government Job”—to the general public and as a free service for alumni. This event consists of a Certified Federal Government Career Counselor talk about how to apply successfully for Federal Government jobs and how to write a Federal Government resume/ cover letter. The event lasts for three hours and was conducted monthly (a week night and a Saturday morning) from January until May 2013. Lastly, the Careers Center was approved to develop a Career Advisory Board. The Board consists of local employers, such as project managers, supervisors, and hiring managers from a variety of companies, and they meet twice a year. Faculty and students will be invited, allowing students to know upcoming trends in their field so they can gain an edge when entering the job market.


Communications In a world of information immediacy, the way we cultivate our relationships with our own community and with the world around us grows increasingly important. In order to connect in a meaningful way, Holy Family strives for authenticity and honesty in its internal, local, and global projects.

Global Initiatives


n her role as Co-Chair of the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Prevention and Peace and Executive Committee member, IAUP, Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, attended the IAUP Executive Committee meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, from October 12-14, 2012. The meeting was hosted by Dr. Kakha Shengelia, President of Caucasus


University (Georgia), and chaired by Dr. Neal King, President of the IAUP and President of Sofia University (USA). Sister reported on the progress of the international project, Bridging the Technology Gap: Bringing TeacherMatesTM to Tanzania. Sister Francesca was happy to report that funding for this project was received from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation on August 16, 2012, upon the recommendation of the foundation’s

board member, Harry Carl Schaub, Esq., to allow for further educational projects in Tanzania. Additionally, Dr. Paul Kim of Stanford University and Founder of Seeds of Empowerment, and Jeungah (June) Kim, EdD student at Boston University and Project Associate for Seeds of Empowerment, returned to the Nangwanda Secondary School from October 8-12, 2012. They used the trip as an opportunity to assist Jiamini, an organization dedicated to helping Tanzanian chil-

dren in implementing a plan to be able to provide this valuable teaching resource to the students Jiamini will sponsor in future academic years. In this follow-up project, Dr. Kim and Ms. Kim assessed the development of students’ inquiry and evaluated the advantages and limitations of using mobile technology in a resource-poor rural area. The goals of the follow-up trip were to expand the initial intervention site from one school to two schools (Newala Day), to evaluate


the progress made at our initial intervention site and collect further evidence of student questioning, to continue teacher technology training to ensure project sustainability, and to develop a long-term model of school change, by working with school administrators and teachers to incentivize student inquiry.



s a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the University has benefited from the presence of the Sisters in leadership positions in the Presidency and extending to faculty and staff in all divisions and schools. When Sister Francesca became President in 1981, she began a sustained effort to cultivate among lay faculty and staff an appreciation for the mission, and to strengthen its impact as a key component of the corporate culture. She was successful to the point where Holy Family is acknowledged as a mission-driven institution. Her aim was to preserve mission-consciousness even as fewer Sisters were available to serve. But, this also was intended to enrich every aspect of University life, including the academic area, and student life. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools supported the University’s desire to build upon this record of success by creating a new position to focus solely on the mission. This occurred on July l, 2012, when attention to the mission entered a new phase under the leadership of our first Vice President for Mission. Former Vice President for Institutional Advancement Margaret Kelly was appointed to the new position. A recent survey of faculty, staff, and trustees celebrates mission-effective work in the area of student life, and cites, in particular, the spiritual outcomes of campus ministry activities supporting a growing student spirituality group, as well as increased student consciousness of the mission core values. Other comments cite how faculty extend themselves for students and how the warmth and helpfulness of staff are a mark of excellence. New projects for 2013-14 include strengthening the mission components in performance evaluations, adding video testimonials to the mission web pages, and developing mission orientation programs for adjunct faculty and


transfer students. Priorities and timelines will be coordinated with the Strategic Plan. The Vice President for Mission also serves on the Congregation’s new Mission Advancement Committee and is a liaison as the Congregation re-articulates its core values so that they can be communicated and disseminated among its various ministries, including Holy Family University. The University is revitalizing the Associates of the Holy Family lay prayer group at the Northeast Philadelphia campus and is developing a new Associates group at Newtown. The CSFN Congregation sponsors Associates groups where their ministries are active worldwide.

Supporting the Community


s always, the surrounding community remained a priority as Holy Family University partnered with our neighbors to provide services, education, and thanksgiving. The annual History Speaker series that Holy Family offers in conjunction with Glen Foerd on the Delaware was again popular, with a lecture on The History of Philadelphia’s Watersheds and Sewers, detailed by historian Adam Levine. Holy Family also held its seventh annual Blue Mass to honor the sacrifices of police and emergency responders who have died in the line of duty. The Blue Mass began with a processional of police honor guard and a bagpiper. Campus Minister Reverend James MacNew, OSFS, officiated, and police and fire officers from city districts and suburban townships attended alongside campus security personnel, composed mostly of retired police officers. This sober but affirming Mass is a cherished campus tradition.

Brand/Marketing/Print Shop


he Marketing and Communications department continued to work on integrating the brand into all communications, increasing its social media presence, and updating its publication processes and capabilities. It also launched a blog for the Holy Family University Magazine that included online exclusive content. The shift in the Duplicating Office’s capability

from a copy center to a print shop, complete with professional, high volume printing and finishing equipment, offered an exciting opportunity for Marketing and Communications. Many pieces, from business cards to booklets, can now be created from inception to delivery in house. This shift in paradigm allowed for new processes that helped efficiency and budget-consciousness. In other news, the Marketing and Communications department was honored to win three CUPPIE awards from The Association of Communicators in Education: a Silver Award for Public Relations/Media Relations Feature Article: “Learning by Doing” in the Holy Family University Magazine; a Bronze Award for Advertising/Single Print Ad: “Loaves + Fishes” in the Magazine; and a Silver Award for University Viewbook: “Perform with Purpose” (created by Snavely Associates of State College

in collaboration by the University’s Admissions and Marketing & Communications department). The creative, editorial, and web team produced hundreds of projects for campus clients, ranging from brochures and magazines to websites and social media campaigns.

Institutional Assessment


he year 2012-2013 marked the third 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 all three years of the grant in advance of the deadline of September 2013. Included among those objectives was the roll out of the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment System, a sophisticated software package that aids in the development of comprehensive

As University President, Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, often meets with state government officials. L-R: Jim Cawley, Lt. Governer of Pennsylvania; Dino Petrongolo and John Parsons, Bustleton Services, Inc.; Tom Corbett, Governer of Pennsylvania; Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN; and Dennis Colgan, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Holy Family University.


assessment plans and streamlines the tracking and reporting processes. One of the main features that was more developed this past year was two-fold; the e-portfolio product through Blackboard’s Content Collection system and the use of evidence collection. The System remains to be extremely well received by students, faculty, and staff alike. The number of Faculty Assessment Coordinators trained in using the Outcomes System has been increased from 4 to 12 to assure each academic and service area of the University will be able to benefit from the assessment process. The 16-member University Outcomes and Assessment Committee was reconfigured this year, with representatives including the Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Deans of each School, Extended Learning, full-time faculty representatives, administrative and professional staff representatives from each major division of the University, and one student representative from the Student Government Association. The committee is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive set of related policies and procedures for governing our assessment processes, and integrating it into the daily life of the University. The committee approved two major pieces of policy this year. First, they approved an institutional assessment policy and a timeline for implementation. Now those policies will be included in the University Handbooks and Policy Manuals. The committee worked hard this year to establish a cycle to be implemented in the 2013-14 year with the development of a rubric and process to provide feedback on programmatic (instructional and non-instructional) assessment to individual programs/ departments as well as maintain and look at assessment at the institutional level to see trends and larger issues that need more of a strategic response for improvement and change. Second, they also launched an improved 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 alumni preparedness and outcomes. The first two surveys—those for freshmen and for alumni five years out—were


Our highly anticipated Scholarship Ball is an annual gala designed to support financial aid for students. This year, Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, honored Beneficial Bank’s President and CEO, Gerard P. Cuddy, with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award, which honors a business person who models the values of family, respect, responsibility, service, and integrity. The Ball raised more than $242,000 in April 2013.

administered in fall 2011. This year, the University conducted the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. These parallel surveys will be used for us to look at student engagement both in the classroom and out-of-the-classroom from both student and faculty perceptions. The NSSE/FSSE will provide some key indicators for progress and growth of our strategic plan on the initiatives and objectives that deal with student learning and engagement. The University last conducted NSSE in spring of 2009 and so this year’s results will be compared longitudinally to the past administrations of the survey at Holy Family.

The emphasis placed on assessment by Holy Family is essential in today’s environment, where transparency and accountability are stipulated by regional and specialized creditors, and the U.S. Department of Education. The Blackboard Outcomes Assessment System allows for a streamlined process that easily integrates into daily institutional life at Holy Family and serves as an invaluable tool in setting benchmarks, evaluating student learning, and making data-informed decisions.



he 2012-2013 fiscal year was a good one for Development and Alumni at Holy Family. Total contributions to the University approached $2 million for the first time in recent years. In the fall, the 24th annual Golf Classic in October raised more than $53,000 for student aid as well as offering the Holy Family community a chance to golf at the impressive Spring Mill Country Club. At the University’s Evening of Donor Appreciation in November, Louis P. Canuso, Inc. and the Province of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth were recognized as members of Holy Family’s Founders’ Society for their respective cumulative contributions. The annual Scholarship Ball was once again a great success, raising more than $242,000 for student financial aid. At this year’s Ball in April, Holy Family honored Gerard P. Cuddy, President and Chief Executive Officer of long-time partner Beneficial Bank, with the University’s Corporate Leadership Award. Development was also pleased to create twelve new scholarships: Bensalem Business Association Scholarship, The Catanzaro Scholarship, The Dickinson Family Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies in Business Administration, Christine Gibson Scholar Athlete Scholarship, Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed Scholarship, Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed Scholar-Athlete Awards (4), Julia McNulty Scholarship, The Jeanette Sardella Narcisi Scholarship, Van Dyke Nursing Scholarship. Additionally, the James F. Higgins Scholarship, which had been annually funded, was endowed through a major gift by Professor Higgins. Finally, in the third year of the federal Title III

grant, total contributions to general endowment, which are being matched by the grant, have reached $203,920, which is 125% of goal.

Alumni Relations


he Office of Alumni and Parents hosted two school reunions in October. The receptions were held on campus, and both schools—The School of Education and The School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions—honored accomplished alumni in the fields of teaching and nursing. The third annual holiday luncheon for 50th Anniversary Alumni—Classes of 1958 through 1963—took place in Sister Francesca Onley’s dining room on November 29. More than a dozen members of the Classes of 1962 and 1963 attended, as well as several faculty and staff. Fall and spring networking events for recent graduates were hosted by the Alumni Office at Three Monkeys Café in the fall and Maggie’s Waterfront Café in the spring. Both gatherings were successful and attended by more than 60 alumni, who had an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates as well as several faculty and staff members. The Family and Friends activities included a presence at the August Freshmen Orientation for parents of new students, an afternoon tea in November, which raised $1,000, and a Bingo in March, which netted over $11,000. Additionally the group had three speakers meetings, closing out the academic year with a Mass and brunch. The 2013 Senior Legacy Campaign was closed with a dinner and pinning ceremony on April 24, 2013. The seniors were congratulated on their upcoming graduation and welcomed to the Alumni Association. The class raised over $5,000 to be used for renovation of the Campus Center chapel. At Commencement in May, members of the Class of ’63 celebrating their 50th Anniversary were honored. Commencement took place at the Academy of Music in Center City Philadelphia. Afterward, the women along with their husbands enjoyed a Reunion Dinner back on campus with Sister Francesca in attendance. Fifty years after graduation, these women love what Holy Family College once was and embrace what Holy Family University has become.


Financial Reports Revenues, Expenses, and Increase in Fund Balance For the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013

Total Contributions Unrestricted








Planned Giving Total

$91 $1,965

Restricted (31%)

Events (15%)

Unrestricted (26%)

Endowment (23%) Planned Giving (5%)





Tuition and Fees, Net of University Aid


Total Contributions (from Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Gifts, and Fund-raising Events)


Enterprise Revenues, Net




Financial Gains


Transfers from Restricted to Unrestricted Funds


Total Unrestricted Revenues, Net




Education and General: Instructional $20,411 Academic Support


Student Services


Institutional Support


Total Education and General Expenditures


Increase in Fund Balance

Total Contributions (from Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Gifts, and Fund-raising Events)


Other Grant Revenues Investent Earnings and Net Gains or Losses

Transfers from Restricted to Unrestricted Funds (1%)

Tuition and Fees (87%)

Financial Gains (2%) Investment Earnings and Net Gains or Losses (3%)

Student Services (14%)

Other Grant Revenues (1%) Enterprise Revenues, Net (2%)

Institutional Support (28%)

$596 Academic Support (11%)

Instructional (47%)


Dedication The Report of the President 2012-2013 is dedicated to the memory of four irreplaceable members of Holy Family University’s community who passed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013: faculty members Victoria P. Lombardi and Thomas McCormick, PhD, Development and Alumni staff Josephine “Jaye” Grochowski, and public safety officer Edward Nowakowski.

Victoria P. Lombardi ’69 died on November 4, 2012, after an 8-year battle with cancer.

Not only was Vicki an alumna of Holy Family, but she taught literature here for years. As faculty, she was the senior proofreader for Folio, Holy Family’s literary journal. At the center of her life was a deep devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. Lauded as a Renaissance woman by all who knew her, she was an accomplished musician, published poetry, and loved to travel with her husband, Professor Emeritus Thomas F. Lombardi, PhD.

Thomas McCormick, PhD, died on December 20, 2012. Tom taught World Literature

and General Writing at Holy Family University from 1971-2000. His kindliness and gentility are widely known among alumni who attended his classes and often appeared in his stories. He was a fixture in the classroom, as well as the cafeteria, always finding time to get to know students in all disciplines and to attend student activities. He was also a painter and enrolled in painting classes at Holy Family after his retirement, inspiring others to lifelong learning.

Josephine “Jaye” Grochowski died on June 18, 2013, following an illness. Jaye was known for her devotion to Holy Family University and her penchant for making students’ dreams come true through her scholarship fund. Always available with a story and a wry reminder of her age, Jaye was a ray of light to her coworkers, students, and alumni alike.

Edward J. Nowakowski died on May 6, 2013. Ed was a Purple Heart recipient during

the Vietnam War, and he also was awarded the Bronze Star among other honors. Ed was a retired corporal of the Philadelphia Police Department. He served as a Public Safety Officer for Holy Family University for seven years.

Non-Discrimination Statement Holy Family University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, employment, and service programs at the University and complies with applicable federal laws. For information regarding compliance matters, the University’s ADA/Section 504 and Title IX Compliance Officer may be reached at the Human Resources Department, Holy Family Hall Room 209, 267-341-3479.


Board of Trustees & Executive Officers Board Officers Dennis J. Colgan, Chair

Sister M. Rita Partyka, CSFN, ’65, Vice Chair

Sister M. Rosemarie Griffin, CSFN, ’63, Secretary

Albert T. Chadwick III

Loretta Hennessey ’71

Patrick T. Ryan

Dennis J. Colgan

Sister Marie Kielanowicz, CSFN

Anthony J. Szuszczewicz,

President, A.T. Chadwick Company, Inc. Chairman Emeritus, Barthco International, Inc. President, Cove Investments, LP

Kamal Dua

Lead Partner, Advisory Services, Mitchell & Titus LLP

Luz Duque-Hammershaimb, MD Retired Vice President, Clinical Development, MedImmune, Inc./Astra Zeneca

Anne M. Gallagher

Educator and Volunteer

Carl F. Gregory

Chairman Emeritus, Third Federal Bank

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

Senior Administration Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, ’59, PhD, President

Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, Provost John Jaszczak, BS, CPA Vice President for Finance and Administration

Margaret Swoboda Kelly, MA Vice President for Mission

President, L. Hennessey Associates LLC

Attorney, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

Sister Kathleen Maciej, CSFN

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of The Board Polonia Bank

Matthew G. McFillin, CPA, CFF

Albert M. Tantala Sr., PE

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Principal, Saint Adalbert School Managing Director, KPMG LLP

George W. Nise

Retired President and CEO, Beneficial Bank

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, ’59, PhD, ex officio

President, Holy Family University

Sister Rita Partyka, CSFN, ’65 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Mount Nazareth

Sister Gemma Pepera, CSFN

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Anne Marie Pettit ’69

Retired Principal, Towers Watson

Robert H. Lafond, MCIS

Vice President for Information Technology

Sister Marcella Binkowski, CSFN, EdD

Vice President for Student Life

Robert Wetzel, JD

President, Tantala Associates, LLC, Engineers & Architects

Albert W. Tegler Jr.

President, Tegler McHenry Associates Inc.

Matthew Topley

Senior Equity Trader Turner Investment Partners

Robert Truitt

Retired President, Beverage Division, Crown Holdings, Inc.

John W. Turner Jr.

CEO, Turner Industries

Mary Keirans Vassallo ’85 Community Volunteer

President’s Office Staff Danielle Dufner, MSEd

Special Assistant to the President

Patricia McAnany Executive Secretary

Christine M. O’Neill ’96 Executive Secretary

Interim Vice President for Development


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