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Spring/Summer 2011

Liberating the Spirit

The Inauguration of William J. Hynes, Ph.D.


he term inaugural or inauguration commonly means the beginning

of something. Hidden in this Latin word is the Roman term augur for the person who could read and interpret the auguries in this case, the patterns of birds ying overhead. Of course, the object was to foretell what was coming. us, an inauguration marks not simply the beginning of something, but it takes its name from the auguries themselves that moment when people try to read where things are headed: where is this new person going; where is s/he likely to take us; and is it a place that we want to go!? American higher education typically inaugurates a new president within a month or two of his/her taking o ce a time so early in the persons new tenure that there has been little time for either the community or the new President to get to know each other. But some progressive institutions, such as Holy Names, are now scheduling inaugurations six to eight months after the President has taken o ce. By that time the new President and the community have begun to take each others measure, avoiding altogether the need for any auguries! Indeed our rst seven months together have been a busy time for everyone here Sisters, students, faculty, sta , alumni, Trustees, Regents, friends and the President, all getting to know each other. We have been aided in this process by the drafting and redrafting, discussing and re-discussing a plan to take us forward, completing our current strategic plan and leading us into another planning process. is plan is summarized in my inaugural speech which you can nd on our website either as a text or a video at: We believe that this plan will enable Holy Names University to attain its next level of excellence, ful ll our mission, cultivate our core values, liberate the spirit, and educate wise leaders who will work for the common good and social justice.

William J. Hynes, Ph.D. President

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Oakland Mayoral Forum
Students oer HNU-style hospitality at forum


Holy Names University is a private, four-year, co-ed, Catholic university located on 60 wooded acres in the hills of Oakland, California. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, HNU oers a liberal education rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service. The opinions expressed in HNU Today do not necessarily represent the views of the editors nor policies of Holy Names University. Comments for the editor may be sent via email to: Or in writing to: Holy Names University Attn: Alumni Relations 3500 Mountain Boulevard Oakland, CA 94619 Update your contact information online at:

Liberating the Spirit

The Inauguration of HNUs 17th President, William J. Hynes, Ph.D.

Beyond Basketball
A new chapter in intercollegiate basketball at HNU

Professor Lampert (right) at the Inaugural Community Service Day event.

2 Campus News 4 Student News 6 Feature Story 10 Hawk News 12 Faculty News 14 Alumni News 16 Fundraising News 17 SNJM News 18 In Memoriam 20 Last Word 21 Class Notes
On the cover
President William J. Hynes, Ph.D., at his Inauguration Cover photo by: Saul Bromberger Sandra Hoover Photography

Cynthia M. LeBlanc 70
American Cancer Society Honors Community Leader

UNIVERSITY OFFICERS Dr. William J. Hynes, President Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President for University Advancement Stuart Koop, Vice President for Finance and Administration Lizbeth Martin, Vice President for Academic Aairs Michael Miller, Vice President for Student Aairs Sr. Carol Sellman, Vice President for Mission Eectiveness ALUMNI EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT Julie N. Echaniz 75 HNU TODAY STAFF This issue of HNU Today is directed and published by the Oce of University Advancement. EDITORS John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations Lesley Sims, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Deirdre Spencer, University Web Manager CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations Maria Theren, Designer Sr. Nancy Tesky Saul Bromberger Sandra Hoover Photography DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Maria Theren, Designer

HNU Bids Adieu to University Senior Administrator

Dav Cvitkovic accepts job oer as CEO for the Friends of Canadas Museum of Human Rights

Inside cover (left to right)

Ronald V. Rosequist, JD, Chair of the Board, President William J. Hynes, Ph.D., Rabbi Shelley Waldenberg and Dr. Kenneth Wolfe




Students oer HNU-style Hospitality at Oakland Mayoral Forum

oly Names University hosted a mayoral forum on October 21 in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsors for the event included e League of Women Voters of Oakland (LWV), the Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) and Comcast. e event was moderated by Bob Butler, KCBS Radio reporter and VPBroadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists.
Ten HNU students took an active role in the event, o ering o cial hosting duties to the candidates. Each of these students contacted the campaign headquarters in advance of the Forum to get to know the candidates and learn more about each of the candidates platforms. Candidates responded to questions about their solutions to pressing local challenges and how they will shape Oaklands future. e audience also got a primer on ranked-choice voting which Oakland voters used to select Mayor Jean Quan.

Jean Quan speaks to audience during forum

From left: Marcie Hodge, Joe Tuman, Jean Quan, Don Macleay, Larry Lionel Young, Jr., Bob Butler (Moderator) Rebecca Kaplan, Don Perata, Greg Harland and Arnie Fields

e Cushing Salon:

Art, Music, and Dialogue!

nder the direction of Karen Schneider, HNU Di-

rector of Library Services, Cushing Library featured a variety of art, music, and book talks throughout the 2010 2011 academic year. Entitled the Cushing Salon, the series was an opportunity to spark dialogue and feature the various projects of HNU community members.

A sampling of this years featured works included: a talk by Dr. Marguerite Rigoglioso entitled e Oracles of Delphi and Dodona: Ancient Sites of Womens Wisdom and Gods Prophecy; a talk by Professor Ian Sammis entitled Transformational Art: e Beauty of Mathematical Mapping; an art talk by Professor Robert Simons entitled Simultaneous Contrast: An informal and very illustrated conversation about making art; and a talk by Professor Martivon Galindo entitled Imaginary Landscapes: Monoprints and Acrylics. According to Karen, the Cushing Salon series has been well received by the HNU community. Karen described the series as being very upbeat and said that she was pleased to learn recently that community participation in the series outperformed participation for a similar program at Claremont College.

Karen Schneider, Director of Library Services, in front of a painting by Professor Martivon Galindo

For the upcoming 2011 2012 academic year, Karen is planning another exciting series to match this years program. While dates for future events are not con rmed at this time, the 2011 2012 program will feature more artists, musicians and HNU professors, including an encore presentation from HNU Professor Robert Simons.

You can watch the segment on the Best of the Bay TV website:

Holy Names University

The Best of the Bay!

Holy Names has been featured on the Bay Areas KRON 4s Best of the Bay TV
as a 2010 Best University Viewers Choice Awards Winner. Each year, Best of the Bay awards one nominee as the Best in Northern California for each category of the Viewers Choice Award. HNUs segment includes interviews with Dr. William Hynes, President of Holy Names, as well as scenes of student life on HNUs beautiful campus. ASHNU President, Anitra McCain, also contributed to the segment, sharing her views on the importance of peer mentoring, diversity and friendship at Holy Names University.


John Kennedy

Rising Above
John Kennedy, a freshman at Holy Names University, was featured in Wendy Tokudas Students Rising Above program on San Franciscos CBS channel KPIX. e theme of this public services series highlights students who have Beat the Odds in facing major life obstacles and overcoming them. John helped to raise and protect his younger brothers through homelessness and a turbulent childhood; his life turned around when they found shelter at the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. e Students Rising Above Scholarship Fund now helps John to attend HNU.

is fall

Sharon Jones

HNU Student Receives Award

by Helen Shoemaker

e California Department of Mental Health initiated the statewide Marriage and Family erapists (MFT) Educational Stipend Program, and awards educational stipends to qualifying, graduating MFT students to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities. Holy Names University Counseling and Forensic Psychology Masters Degree candidate, Sharon Jones, received one of sixty $18,500 MFT Educational Stipends awarded by the state of California during the 201011 academic year.

Johnas Street

American Idol: Road to Hollywood

is winter, HNUs talented Johnas Street pursued his dream of a career in music as a contestant on American Idol, and he was featured in their online interview series, Road to Hollywood: San Francisco. Said Street, e person who inspired me is my Mom for raising ten kids by herself, without a (high school) diploma and barely any money.

HNU Students Continue to Rally Support for Haiti

On March 3, 2011, several HNU students volunteered and supported Magdalenes Embrace, a bene t for Haiti, featuring a service of choral music, prayer and sacred dance inspired by the life of St. Mary Magdalene. Presented by Sagrada, an Oakland-based store providing books and devotional items and co-sponsored by HNU, the event raised $7,400 for the Les Petities Soeurs de Ste. erese, an indigenous order of Haitian Sisters.
Les Petities Soeurs de Ste. erese has forty-two missions throughout Haiti, including the Riviere Froide School, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, killing an estimated 150 students, four teachers and the schools principal. On Monday, April 11, an HNU Campus Ministry update reported that the Sisters have decided that the funds raised will go towards the building of several classrooms at the school in Baraderes, Haiti. e children are still having classes under tarps and this will be such an improvement, especially with hurricane season around the corner, shared Mary Busby of Sagrada.

Children at the Riviere Froide School

See these stories and more on our website at:

AIDS Memorial Quilt Makes a Stop at the VCPA

e Holy Names InterfaithCouncil,incollaborationwithCampus
Ministry, Face AIDS, and the Sophia Center, hosted a World AIDS Day Access and Human Rights remembrance event in December 2010 at HNUs Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1987, e AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in making people aware of the need to prevent HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Each block (or section) of e AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately twelve feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. As the epidemic continues to claim lives around the world and here in the United States, the Quilt continues to grow and to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness and hope.

AIDS Memorial Quilt display




Liberating the Spirit

Hynes, Ph.D., combined traditional ceremonial pomp with a forward-looking vision. e festivities shared HNU with the Oakland community and displayed the Universitys ongoing traditions of educational leadership and civic engagement.

Inauguration Celebrates History of Traditions and Civic Engagement

Aric Crabb Oakland Tribune President William J. Hynes, Ph.D., Rabbi Shelley Waldenberg and Dr. Kenneth Wolfe at the Inauguration Ceremony.

he Inauguration and Investiture of William J.

Pomp and Circumstance

On Wednesday, March 16, the HNU community gathered in the Regents eater for the Inaugural Ceremony. e theater was lighted with pride from the ow of academic gowns to the stately inaugural procession featuring faculty and sta members, trustees, regents, alumni, two Bishops and delegates from other colleges. e ceremony began with a lively musical opening by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. e choirs energetic songs of praise permeated throughout the packed theater, moving the audience to clap and dance with joy. e Choirs performance set a joyous tone for the afternoons proceedings. e Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, 70, JD Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone gave the invocation, followed by greetings from the communities represented in the inaugural procession. His vision, I know very well, is driven by a deep commitment shaped by Catholic traditions that are increasingly relevant in our world, said Dr. Kenneth Wolfe in his greeting in which he shared insight from his 46-year friendship with President Hynes. His perception of what must be done here in Oakland, as he did in Denver, Moraga and Green Bay

Inauguration Eve
On the eve of the Inauguration, more than 50 guests gathered in the Valley Center for Performing Arts to honor President Hynes at the Inauguration Dinner. e spirit of the evening was celebratory. HNUs pride in its history and President Hynes ability to build on the Universitys core values and lead our community to new heights were both celebrated, shared Sr. Carol Sellman, SNJM, Vice President for Mission E ectiveness. To mark the occasion, President Hynes unveiled an iMovie presentation chronicling the history of HNUs commitment to empowering graduates to work for the common good. Produced by Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President for University Advancement, and John R. McCoy, Director of Alumni Relations, the iMovie featured HNU alumni who used their beliefs in human equality, social justice and civic engagement to liberate their spirits and transform our world. (Visit http:// to view the Inauguration iMovie).


has developed from what he has achieved before education driven by compassion. I believe it is a real con rmation of our work together and our ultimate decision that the recommendation of Dr. William Hynes as the 17th President of Holy Names University was unanimous and enthusiastic, said HNU Trustee Sr. Cynthia Canning, SNJM 68, of her work His perception of what on the Presidential must be done here in Search Committee. Following Sr. Oakland...has developed from what he has achieved Cynthias remarks, HNU Trustee before education driven Ronald V. Rosequist and Sr. JoAnn by compassion. DeQuattro, SNJM 66, formally invested President Hynes with the seal of the University. In his inaugural address, President Hynes leveraged the theme of Liberating the Spirit by introducing Carla Cravanas 09, a sixth generation HNU alumna (see All in the Family on page 8). Re ecting on the 143-year-old mission of HNUs founding Sisters, he recognized Carlas family as one of several living embodiments of HNUs legacy of empowering individuals and whole communities through education and transformational leadership. President Hynes provided his vision for what lies ahead for the University stating, As we plan for growth over the next decade, the University needs to invest in its personnel, its program, its facilities and its infrastructure. At the same time we need to assure our long-term viability, and we must grow our endowment. With this in mind, President Hynes publicly presented for the rst time, HNUs Next Steps, a communitybased plan featuring eight initiatives designed to help HNU achieve its next level of excellence. We are committing ourselves to these initiatives so that Holy Names can ful ll its most basic commitment: to free the human spirit in a familial context, empower graduates to work for the common good and to create other places for other people and communities to come fully alive as the Holy Names community does, stated President Hynes. In this way, with Gods grace and your support, we can all ensure that Holy Names will be able to continue to liberate the spirit in Oakland and the world for generations to come.
continued on page 8

On the eve of the Inauguration, more than 50 guests honored President Hynes at his Inauguration Dinner

from the City of Oakland

for President Hynes from Mayor Jean Quan

Representing the City of Oakland Lewis Cohen, Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Jean Quan Holy Names has been part of Oakland almost as long as theres been an Oakland. It is not only a jewel in our educational landscape, but it is a model of our highest and best aspirations. As one of the most diverse Universitys in one of the nations most diverse cities, it is a model for how we can realize the full potential through education of all people as learners, as scholars, and most importantly, as engaged citizens and leaders in the struggle for justice. So on behalf of the mayor, I would rst like to extend her congratulations to the Board of Holy Names for having found such an able and distinguished leader to take the helm of this University and to carry on the legacy of his remarkable predecessors. To Dr. Hynes, the mayor welcomes you and your family back to the Bay Area and offers her congratulations on this day, and she has prepared a proclamation in honor of Dr. William J. Hynes Inauguration as the Seventeenth President of Holy Names University in which she recounts your accomplishments. In doing so the mayor wishes to pay honor and tribute to you and calls upon all of the citizens of Oakland to do the same. Thank you and congratulations Dr. Hynes.



Civic Engagement
inaugural festivities concluded on March 17 on the shores of Lake Merritt, the founding site of the original Holy Names University campus. In the spirit of community service, HNU hosted a Lake Merritt Clean-up Day. e HNU community had 320 members, including students, faculty, sta , alumni and University friends participate in the massive volunteer e ort, rea rming HNUs commitment to Oakland. Returning to the shores of Lake Merritt for the service project symbolized not just a return to the Sisters historic roots, but also the enduring legacy of Holy Names Universitys commitment to Oakland, said Sr. Susan Wells, Director of the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement. She concluded, To end the inauguration with a community service initiative was a nice way to connect HNU with Oakland. It a rmed our commitment to the community, a commitment which is lived out every day by our students, faculty and sta as they volunteer in area schools and with local service organizations. e

All in the

Carla Cravanas 09 with President William J. Hynes, Ph.D., at the Inauguration Reception

Holy Names University is about family just ask Carla Cravanas 09. Carlas family has been part of the HNU community for over 60 years, a family tradition that began in 1951 with Carlas aunt Leontine Alexander Miles. As the sixth member of her family to attend HNU, Carla completed a self-designed bachelors degree in Philosophy and Social Science in 2009 and is currently working on a masters degree in Wisdom and Leadership. Were a close-knit family. For me, attending HNU was a tradition that those before me had embraced and spoke of with pride and joy, said Carla. During his Inaugural Address, President William J. Hynes, reected on the Universitys 143-year history of community building and educational transformation by acknowledging Carla and her family as one of multiple living embodiments of HNUs legacy in Oakland. President Hynes also announced that the seventh member of Carlas family, Taylor Austin, has been accepted to the University as a freshman for the fall of 2011. Carla said,I was thrilled and excited to be recognized by the President. I felt that my family actually participated in the history of the University.

HNU students participate in Community Service Day

The experience will always be special to me.


Community Service Day

HNU Community Cleans up Lake Merritt

Over 320 students, faculty, sta and friends of HNU volunteered, in partnership with the

Lake Merritt Institute,

for a Lake Merritt Clean-up Day to celebrate HNUs history of education, social justice and civic responsibility in the Oakland community.
HNU students clean up Lake Merritt during HNUs Community Service Day




Beyond Basketball
HNU Director of Athletics, Dennis Jones, moved from the Mens Basketball Head Coach position to devote his full attention to HNUs overall athletic program.

the beginning of a new chapter in the history of intercollegiate basketball at HNU. After 13 years of service (six years coaching Womens Basketball and three coaching Mens Basketball), Coach and Director of Athletics Dennis Jones, announced the passing of his coaching duties to Assistant Mens Basketball Coach, Omar Schanez. Coach Jones moved from the Mens Basketball Head Coach position in April to devote his full attention to HNUs athletic program. is move allows Coach Jones to have a positive impact on all athletic programs and a key leadership role for the next phase of the Athletic Department, said Michael Miller, Vice President for Student A airs. Coach Jones is not retiring, but expanding his sphere of in uence to better serve the HNU community in his ongoing role as Director of Athletics and Recreation.

he end of the 2010 2011 basketball season marks

Under Coach Jones direction, the Womens Basketball program won every conference and conference tournament championship in the California Paci c Conference for six consecutive seasons. As the Mens Basketball Head Coach, Coach Jones led the Mens Basketball program to the National Tournament and won the 2006 and 2007 Cal Pac Tournament Championship. Coach Jones said, is is a natural transition and one that keeps continuity in the Mens Basketball program at HNU. is was very important to me and the administration. Coach Sanchez is a Hawk through and through, and will continue to bring high energy and passion to the program and the department as a whole. I look forward to supporting all studentathletes as a means to continue moving the department and the HNU Athletic program forward.


explore NCAA status

next level of sports participation for University teams. In June, 2010, a Task Force was appointed to facilitate the exploration of alternatives for the institutions intercollegiate athletics program and changing its national a liation from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). HNU is currently seeking membership in Division II of the NCAA. HNU joined the NAIA in the 1994 1995 academic year and was a founding member of what is now the California Paci c Conference (CAL PAC). Athletic Director, Dennis Jones, re ected on the success of HNUs athletic teams during its membership in the NAIA, We have had an incredible record of success in the CAL PAC. It is really remarkable that we have been able to sustain the level of success of our teams. In the 2010 2011 academic year, seven of our 10 teams quali ed for National Competition, including: Mens and Womens Cross Country, Mens Soccer, Womens Volleyball, Mens and Womens Basketball, and Mens Golf. We have built a solid program here at HNU and are poised to be successful beyond the a liation change. As a guide for the future of the HNU Athletic Department, Coach Jones stated the departments vision: Holy Names

he HNU Hawks are quickly advancing toward the

University Athletics is committed to the successful balance of academic and athletic excellence. In order to support and sustain academic success, personal ful llment, and greater academic achievement for its students, the Department of Athletics emphasizes the education of the whole person by fostering individual growth in the areas of academics, physical well-being, leadership, spirituality and service to the community. e primary goal of intercollegiate athletics at Holy Names University is to support the vision and mission of the University by providing students with opportunities that will lead to their academic success and personal development as well as promoting self-ful llment through athletics. e spirit of this vision is evidenced by the outstanding academic performance of 17 Hawk Athletes who were selected as Academic All Americans for the 2010- 2011 year (see photo below). Further distinction was earned by dual All American titles in athletics and academic achievement by Ashley Nickell (who earned an Honorable Mention for her performance in Volleyball) and Lesley Vodicska (for Basketball), and the awarding of Stephen Edman as CAL PAC Golfer of the Year. HNU is honored to recognize the level of success attained by these star performers as well as each HAWK player who achieved their goals on the playing elds and beyond.

Top row left to right: Thomas Lupton, Gustav Lindell, Victor Augustsson. Middle row, left to right: Ashley Nikell, Kayla Coleman, Brittany North, Lesley Vodicska, Peter Wikman, Johnas Street. Front row, left to right: Markie Benavidez-Talbott, Erica Norris, Monique Reyes, Brittanie Perez, Lacey Parodi.




Department of Nursing
Ruth Ann Terry has joined the Holy Names
University family as Interim Chair of the Department of Nursing. Ruth was formerly the Executive O cer of the California Board of Registered Nursing. In that role, she came familiar with the California Nursing curricula and most of the registered nurses in the state.

Department of Business
has agreed to become Chair of the Department of Business, e ective January 1, 2011. Jim has worked at Holy Names University since 1979 and has been a full-time Associate Professor since 2003. Since 2005, Jim has been Director of the growing MBA Program and has recently spearheaded the introduction of HNUs new accounting major.

Jim Durbin

After ten very successful years as Chair of the Department of Nursing Dr. Fay L. Bower will be assuming a new position as Professor and Senior Counsel for Nursing at Holy Names University. In this position, she will recruit for HNUs nursing programs, develop new ventures, and develop funding proposals. She will also continue as the director of the LVN/BSN program and teach in the RN/BSN, LVN/BSN and graduate programs.

Dr. James Stryker has accepted the position of full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Business. Dr. Stryker is a licensed architect with more than 25 years experience in design, project management, and construction of corporate and high technology ofce and research facilities. He has both an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Management with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Organizational eory.

Department of Education
Beginning in August, 2011, Dr. ea Maestre, Chair of the Department of Education, will pass the baton of leadership to Dr. Kimberly Mayeld 94. Dr. May eld has been at the University for ten years as the coordinator of the Education Specialist program. Her work with the city of Oakland promises to invigorate the Departments vision for educators. She has worked closely with Dr. Maestre in many projects over the years, including the successful three-year Irvine Faculty Development program.

e 2010 2011 academic year marks 45 years of service to the University for Sheila ONeill Gibson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy. roughout her tenure, Sheila has made numerous contributions to the Philosophy Department, to the liberal studies major, to the ISAC program, to the various revisions of the General Education Curriculum and to the numerous committees on which she has served. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm for teaching have endeared her to colleagues and students alike. Sr. Carol Sellman said, We will always celebrate her ability to turn a phrase and capture a moment verbally. In recognition and gratitude of her 45 years of commitment and service, we salute and celebrate Sheila ONeill Gibson.

Celebrating 45 years of Service

History Recreated

Back to the

Lak Lake ke

isters on the Lake, the black and white photo of the Sisters of the Holy Names

rowing on Lake Merritt, has become an iconic symbol of the Universitys 143-year history in the Oakland community. Recently, faculty members within the Department of Education sought to recreate and capture the spirit of the Sisters photo.




American Cancer Society Honors Community Leader

Cynthia M. LeBlanc 70, accepts the St. George National Award from David F. Veneziano

has recognized HNU alumna Cynthia M. LeBlanc 70, M.A., Ed.D., with its highest national honor, the 2010 St. George National Award. Since 1949, the St. George Award has been given to outstanding volunteers who have made signi cant contributions toward achieving the American Cancer Societys mission to save lives. Cynthia is a powerhouse of activism and passion, said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. Her dynamic involvement ranges from helping the Society reach new and diverse communities across California to strategic planning for national issues like improving access to health care for cancer patients. Cynthia represents the best in volunteer leadership as a person of substance, talent and integrity. Her contributions have saved lives and created a world with more birthdays and less cancer.

he American Cancer Society

Dr. LeBlanc said, Receiving the St. George Award was quite an honor, as other American Cancer Society volunteers and sta are recognizing my service. But more importantly, this award also acknowledges my family and all of those people involved with my development as a person who is passionate about making a di erence in the lives of others. During her service as a volunteer, Dr. LeBlanc has held numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. She currently serves as vice chair of the Societys National Board of Directors, is a member and past chair of the Societys California Division Board and works as a legislative ambassador focused on tobacco control issues. On November 5, 2010, Dr. LeBlanc was appointed chairelect of the Societys National Board of Directors during its annual meeting in Atlanta. In November, 2011, she will assume the role of chair for the 2011-2012 scal year.


Memories of Reagan

The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan 70, JD, Presides over Moot Court Competition

he Honorable Carol A. Corrigan 70, JD, Associ-

ate Justice of the California Supreme Court, presided over the nal round of UC Berkeleys McBaine Moot Court Competition held on February 2, 2011. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit also served on the judicial panel. ese are three extraordinary jurists, said UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley. e participation of the prestigious trio in the James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition will serve as an invaluable learning opportunity for aspiring lawyers, he said. e event attracted 2,000 attendees, double the amount of previous Moot-Court competitions. According to Matt Krupnick of the Contra Costa Times, A past competition included Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, but Sotomayor, Corrigan and Fletcher outdrew him by plenty.

Madalena Martinelli 46 performs for President Ronald Reagan with fellow musician Lewis Ambrose (Uncle of Maria Theren, HNUs Graphic Designer).

February 5, the day before what would have been President Reagans 100th birthday, the Oakland Tribune featured Madalena Martinelli 46 in its weekly Senior Journal Spotlights column. Madalena, a veteran entertainer, performed for Reagan four times throughout a show business career spanning over 65 years. It has been over 44 years since Madalena rst performed for Reagan, however, time has in no way dimmed her enthusiasm, wrote Rob Dennis of the Oakland Tribune. According to Rob, One wall of her apartment is a shrine to e Gipper, featuring newspaper clippings and photos of the former President. In 1944 Madalena entered Holy Names University, then known as College of the Holy Names, where she majored in music before launching her career. I enjoyed receiving music training and have fond memories of the Sisters, she stated. My music was a little jazzy, and the girls in the hall would often say whos playing that music, Madalena chuckled. A variety of unique performances peppered Madalenas career. Yet, as Rob Dennis reported, With all shes seen and done on the stage, Madalenas fondest memory remains her performances for Reagan. Madelena said, He was so gracious and just such a pleasure to play for and sing with. It was a thrill. He just sang all the songs. It was great.

n Saturday,

The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan 70, JD




Nurse Alumni Reunion 2011

members lled the J.M. Long Foundation Student Lounge on Saturday, April 9, for the Universitys second Nurse Alumni Reunion. e theme of this years event, Bedside and Beyond celebrated over 50 years of nurse alumni contributions to the Bay Area and beyond. Donna Ervin 06 MSN, chair of the 2011 Nurse Alumni Committee, emceed the luncheon which spotlighted HNU Nursing Program Updates presented by Dr. Fay L. Bower, Professor and Senior Counsel for Nursing, and two featured speakers, Dr. Kimberly Horton, Chief Nurse Executive for Alameda

ver 45 HNU alumni, friends and community

County Medical Center and Lynn Bratchett, Assistant Director of ADN Programs at Merritt College. is years event raised over $1,200 towards student scholarship funds. Martha Berrier 11, a nursing student who graduated in May, spoke to attendees about the importance of supporting student scholarships. Today I stand before you and am proud to say that Ill graduate next month with my Bachelors Degree in Nursing. After taking a short break, I plan to pursue my Masters Degree. is wouldnt have happened had it not been for the generosity of the alumni here at Holy Names University, Martha said. As alumni, our gift helps dreams to come true, she emphasized.

Nursing Program Benets from Bill Hannon Foundation

tient simulation technology, thanks to the Bill Hannon Foundation. Widely known for its commitment to enhancing the welfare and education of students, the Bill Hannon Foundation committed $100,000 in support of the Universitys campaign to raise funds for an advanced Patient Simulation Model (PSM). e gift from the Bill Hannon Foundation completes the $136,147 campaign and ensures that the University will have a PSM system in operation by the start of the 2011 fall semester. Operated by computer software, the PSM, a SimMan 3G, bleeds, cries, vomits, talks, blinks, convulses and goes into cardiac arrest. Its technology measures the quality of CPR and provides real time feedback. It even applies the appropriate physiological responses to drugs administered by the students. In addition, its synchronized video and audio recording provides a valuable tool for critiquing mistakes and sharing the scenarios with classes. e new Patient Simulation Model will allow our students to develop, re ne and apply knowledge and skills in a realistic clinical situation as they participate in interactive learning experiences, said Dr. Fay L. Bower, Professor and Senior Counsel for Nursing. Simulation-based education has become a standard in nursing education as it challenges and tests students clinical and decisionmaking skills in realistic patient care scenarios.

he HNU nursing program will soon provide students with the latest in pa-


Social Justice Forum

in the Bay Area

people registered for HNUs rst annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum which was held on March 19, 2011. Even with a torrential rainstorm threatening the event, the Valley Center for the Performing Arts was alive with social justice advocates from Oakland and the greater bay area. e morning Keynote Speaker, Reverend Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice in Los Angeles, opened the forum with a powerful address, encouraging attendees to always be hope- lled in their ght for justice. She recounted stories about her experiences working with women in the streets of Manila in the Philippines and she shared that it can be di cult not to focus only on results that never seem to come, but they do come, as her experiences have taught her, and so we must continue in the ght. Participants also attended workshops o ered during the day, choosing from 13 di erent options on justice issues focusing on: Human Tra cking, Immigration, JustFaith, Peacemaking, Environmental Justice, Genocide, Water Privatization, Food Justice, Worker Justice and Living Simply. e afternoon Keynote Speaker, Joe Grant of JustFaith Ministries in Louisville, KY, closed the day with a guided meditation, re ecting on his vision of what a peace- lled world would be like. e forum was co-sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family Fremont, California; Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity Saint Francis Province; St. Anne Catholic Community; JustFaith Ministries; Stop Slavery Northern California Coalition of Catholic Sisters; and the Diocese of Oakland Global Solidarity Team. About 18 social justice organizations and HNU Community Partners had display tables for sharing the work they are doing locally and globally. Chair of the organizing committee, Sr. Susan Wells, stated, It was an incredibly powerful day to be gathered with so many people who are committed to making our communities and our world a better place! Our plan is to make this a yearly event. Mark your calendars for March, 2012!

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n Saturday, April 30, 2011

at the Convent of the Holy Names in Los Gatos, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary rejoiced with their Golden Jubilarians, all of whom are alumnae of Holy Names University. Sister M. Joan Katheryn Giubergia 58 Sister Frances Kearney 63 Sister Mary Ondreyco 62 Sister JoAnne Quinlivan 60 Sister Eugenie Rohner 59 Sisters who are celebrating 50 years from the date of their entrance into the community included the following: Sister Anne Burgard 69 Sister Catherine Ferguson e Jubilee of Grace was celebrated by nine Sisters of the Holy Names on May 21st at Convent of the Holy Names in Los Gatos and included these HNU alumnae: 75 Years of Religious Profession Sister Mary Gabriel Kennedy Sister Ruth Raftery Sister Mary Herbert Raphael 60 Years of Religious Profession Sister Sylvia Bartheld Sister Kathleen McDonough Sister Jacquelyn Slater Sister Mary Ann Stark Sister Maleada Mary Strange Sister Virginia Stuart

Nearly 200 people participated in HNUs rst annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum

Congratulations to all!

Joyce Palm Pedersen 91 January 2, 2010 Nancy Marie Kirby Munton 58 January 31, 2010 Franco Baltazar Pagila (husband of Cleotilde Pagila 05) February 12, 2010 Maryann OBrien Leal 57 February 15, 2010 Mary Richelli Scalvini 40 March 20, 2010 Michael Wilson (friend of the University) May 2010 Ruth Freitas 53 May 31, 2010 Kai-Yun Chiu 61 May 29, 2010 Mary Jane Johnson Little 44 May 30, 2010 Marnie Cordero (mother of Melissa Cordero Hughes 94) June 2, 2010 Helen Kramm Camacho 59 June 18, 2010 Dorothy Costello Jones 67 June 25, 2010 Eileen Burke Anderson 40 July 9, 2010 Dorothy Kerr Cohen 48 July 9, 2010 Betty Steidlmayer Ceragioli 57 July 9, 2010 Steven Butler 87 July 9, 2010 Barbara Lyons Collins 60 July 14, 2010 Sheryl Johnsen 87 July 14, 2010 Jean Eichelberger (friend of the University) July 21, 2010 Betty Heath 92 July 21, 2010 Michael Stengel 00 August 6, 2010 Abby Sobrato (friend of the University) August 11, 2010 James Fauria (son of Helen Erlwein Fauria 43) August 31, 2010 Molly Murphy-Crowley (friend of the University) August 31, 2010 Joan Marchiano Giammona 60 September 1, 2010 Anna Berlene McDonald (step-mother of Marisa McDonald, OSF 78) September 1, 2010 Nadine Nuccion Zeller 62 Sept. 13, 2010 Nancy Flaherty Greggins 61 September 5, 2010 David Durbin (brother of Jim Durbin, Business Faculty) September 15, 2010 Jennie Haydel September 17, 2010 Rita Fraser Henry 37 September 18, 2010 M. Paul Gerard Gustafson, SNJM 48 September 24, 2010 Henry Joseph Walker (husband of Nina Sklueff Walker 60) September 28, 2010 Geraldine Korth (friend of the University) September 30, 2010 Clotilde Cena, RSM 50 October 10, 2010 Diane Stafanson (former Nursing Faculty) October 13, 2010 Mary eresa Nessi (Sr. M. Theophane), SNJM 60 (former Music Librarian) October 23, 2010 George Cummings (friend of the University) October 23, 2010 Calvin Hatch (friend of the University) October 28, 2010 Edwin E. Raphel (former Regent and Board of Director; grandfather of Brian Raphel 10) November 3, 2010 Elizabeth Teri Bent (daughter of Mary Elizabeth Bent-Rooney 47) November 9, 2010 Joseph Delsol (father of Sheila Delsol Cahill 65) November 11, 2010 Deborah Willey McCabe 77 November 13, 2010 Patricia Callahan (daughter of Margaret Bendorf Callahan 48) December 2, 2010 Gertrude McCarthy Gaillard 37 December 5, 2010 Phyllis Multhauf (friend of the University) December 9, 2010 Mark Anthony Pritchard 82 (husband of Annette Buscho Pritchard 85) December 12, 2010 Joseph Focha (son of Margaret Houlihan Focha 51) December 13, 2010 Donald Tikalsky (friend of the University) December 15, 2010 Rosalind Ross 53 (former Sr. Maria Beata, snjm) December 25, 2010 Agnes C. Conrad 39 January 10, 2011 Jane Hunt Verzic 51 January 21, 2011 Marie Brignole Tira 55 January 24, 2011 Barbara McKinley Aolter 58 January 28, 2011 Mildred Rae Husser, OP 49 February 1, 2011 Robert Peter Andres (husband of Kathleen Cerruti Andres 67) February 3, 2011



Hawaiis Pre-eminent Historian Passes Away

Agnes C. Conrad 39 passed away on January 10, 2011, at the age of 93. In 2008, she received the Governors Award of Distinguished Achievement in Culture, Arts and Humanities the highest award given in the state of Hawaii.

Merna M. Thomas

May 25, 1925 - August 28, 2010

Merna M. omas passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Merna was one of the pioneers of the Suzuki Piano method in the United States. She introduced the Suzuki piano method to Holy Names College in 1974, blazing the trail for Suzuki piano in the San Francisco Bay area. She created a community of learners at Holy Names College that expanded the Preparatory Music Department from 30 students to over 400. She also was a founding member and rst President of the Suzuki Music Association of California Bay Area Piano Branch. Later she became the chair of the Music Department at Holy Names and was instrumental in the building of the Valley Center for the Performing Arts and in developing many music festivals, workshops, recitals and concerts. In Mernas honor, the HNU Preparatory Music Department created e Ralph & Merna omas Scholarship Fund. e HNU Preparatory Music Department faculty is pleased that Mernas legacy will continue by providing music education to students in the Oakland area.

Agnes moved to Hawaii in the late 1930s and worked as a librarian at the University of Hawaii. In 1955 she was appointed the territorial archivist, and served as state archivist from 1959 to 1982 when she retired. She is credited with creating the archives profession in Hawaii and instituted professional standards for archives and record management, according to the Association of Hawaii Archivists website. Conrad was recognized by many organizations and received the Living Treasure award by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission in Hawaii in 1987. e Association of Hawaii Archivists established an award in her name to recognize contributions by Hawaii archivists. In December, 2005, the Association honored her with the rst award.
Robert McLaughlin (husband of Judy Jakobs McLaughlin 66) February 11, 2011 Phyllis Wainwright Cred. (mother of Judith Wainwright 65) February 11, 2011 Howard Korth (friend of the University) February 15, 2011 Garnet Irene Braves (mother of Carol Braves 75) February 23, 2011 Jacqueline C. Souza Henzie 51 February 26, 2011 Frances Hart Cummings Paganini 74 February 27, 2011 omas Michael Pult (husband of Mary McGuire Pult 67) February 27, 2011 Elaine C. Carbone Regalia 50 March 1, 2011 Mary Jane Ball Morgan Cred. March 3, 2011 Gary J. Semonella (husband of Joan Corey Semonella 67) March 27, 2011

Louis A. Martinez (husband of Carolyn Gelhaus Martinez 59) April 4, 2011 Jesus Campos (father of Darlene Campos 98) April 8, 2011 Carletta Marie Anderson, snjm 39 April 12, 2011 Ruth Anne Baker (sister of Dana Kirkpatrick, HNU Director of Campus Safety) May 2, 2011 Rev. Steven Cakebread (husband of Anne Cakebread 91 and father of Robert Cakebread 97, former faculty) May 2, 2011 Craig William ONeill May 3, 2011 William C. Kenney (husband of Peggie Singleton Kenney 56) May 4, 2011 David Persons (husband of Lucy Atkinson Persons 60) May 6, 2011 Phyllis Stein Cotruvo 48 (Past Alumni Executive Board President) May 12, 2011




Whereas Dav Cvitkovic

has served Holy Names University with distinction since 2006;


she has introduced best

practices and professionalized the alumni relations, fund raising, marketing, public relations, publications and web design operations;

HNU Bids Adieu to University Senior Administrator

(left to right) Sr. June Kearney, SNJM, Judy Wainwright 65 and Dav Cvitkovic, Vice President for University Advancement, at the spring 2010 Student Center Dedication Ceremony

Whereas Whereas Whereas Whereas

she consistently under

promises and over delivers; she has led the Red Rose

HNUs Next Steps...

Invitational Golf Tournament to becoming a major fund raising venture; she has raised over $10

Vice President for University Advancement, accepted an o er to become the new Chief Executive O cer for the Friends of Canadas Museum of Human Rights. Dav joined HNU in June, 2006, and advanced the operations for alumni relations, major donor cultivation, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, marketing, public relations, web development, and development services. In her new position, Dav will be responsible for completing the Friends $150 million capital campaign and overseeing e orts to establish a $50-million endowment fund for scholarships, student travel and programming. While we rejoice in Davs achieving a major life goal to head a major nonpro t organization we are saddened that we will have to bid her adieu, said President Hynes. During her tenure at HNU, Dav raised over $10 million in solicitations, including $1.86 million in support of the new Student Center exceeding the campaigns original goal of $1.6 million. She also led the completion of the $4.9 million Science Facilities Reconstruction Campaign. In recognition of Davs contributions to the University, the Board of Trustees presented Dav with a special proclamation to celebrate and honor her contributions to the University (see sidebar).

av Cvitkovic,

million in solicitations; and she has lived the core

values of the Sisters of the Holy Names, especially radical hospitality, diversity, and social justice;

Therefore, we salute Dav Cvitkovic

for her numerous contributions to the well being of Holy Names University;

We wish her every success as the

Chief Executive O cer of the Friends of Canadas Museum of Human Rights; We bid her a fond farewell; and We count ourselves fortunate to continue to be her colleagues and friends.


Class Notes
Mimi Victoria Zobairi a 2010 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, passed the July 2010 California Bar Examination and was sworn in to practice law on December 1, 2010.


the Society for Technical Communication (STC) awarded its second-highest honorary rank, the rank of Associate Fellow, to Joseph J. Devney 93. An Associate Fellow is a senior member of the STC community who has been formally recognized by the Society for having attained distinction in the eld of technical communication. Joseph has been active in STC since he began his career in technical communication in the mid-1990s. He served as president of STCs Berkeley Chapter for three years and served as judge for the STCs International Technical Art Competition. Joseph credits his HNU experience for nurturing his decision to pursue a career in technical communication. In response to achieving the rank of Associate Fellow he said, My work judging the International Technical Art Competition was inuenced partly by what I learned in my Graphic Arts class at Holy Names. e presentations I have given via STC and elsewhere are easier because of the two classes in public speaking that I took at Holy Names University.

n May 17,

Dennis Jones, HNU Director of Athletics earned his 100th win as Mens Basketball Coach on December 20, 2010. Kimberly Mayeld Lynch, Ed.D., was appointed Chair of the Department of Education.


Cynthia M. LeBlanc, M.A., Ed.D., was recognized by e American Cancer Society with its highest national honor, the 2010 St. George National Award. Since 1949, the St. George Award has been given to outstanding volunteers who have made signi cant contributions toward achieving the American Cancer Societys mission to save lives. Sister Rosemary Delaney, codirectors of the Next Step Learning Center, were chosen for the KCBS Jefferson award for the week of December 22, 2010. Colleen Kern, SNJM was recognized by the St. Anselms School Community at a Mass at St. Anselms Church on Sunday January 30, 2011. Colleen taught at St. Anselms and later served as Principal.

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Sister Cynthia Canning and

Judy Onufrak Harvey wrote, e pictures from HNUs 2010 Christmas E-Card brought back warm memories of a wonderful, enchanted year at Holy Names College. Once retired, in a year or two, I plan to bring my husband to see Holy Names. It is a gorgeous setting amongst wonderful, kind and caring people.




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