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January 2023
CALL FOR CLASS NOTES! All alumni are invited to regularly submit their personal and professional news and their updated contact information via the Alumni Update Form or by emailing [email protected].

To be featured in the Class Notes section of the upcoming Holy Family University Magazine, updates must be received by Friday, February 10.
Happy Birthday, Holy Family!
On February 11, 1954, the Pennsylvania Department of Education signed the legal charter to establish our alma mater, Holy Family College (now University)!

All are welcome to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion, Holy Family's 69th birthday, with a special Mass on Friday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Chapel or virtually via Zoom. Click here to add the event and Zoom details to your Google Calendar.
To make a gift to the University in honor of Charter Day, please visit holyfamily.edu/giveonline, or contact the Office of University Advancement at 267-341-5005. Thank you for your generosity!
Habitat for Humanity Bingo
Holy Family University's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be hosting their annual Bingo on Saturday, February 18 at 6:00 pm in the Campus Center gym. The event will raise funds to support our students on their upcoming trip to build homes in North Carolina over Spring Break. See complete details here.

Tickets cost $25 and include 18 rounds of bingo. There will also be concessions, raffle baskets, and a 50/50. To purchase tickets, please contact [email protected].
Save the Date! Tigers on the Loose
Join us on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at The Academy of Natural Sciences, the oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere, for a scholarship celebration to raise critical funds for student financial aid.
The evening will be held in the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall, where attendees will eat and mingle among over 30 species of extinct dinosaurs. A reception will feature food stations, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar in the Academy’s exhibition spaces. Following a short program in the auditorium, attendees are welcome to explore the first floor’s exhibits.

To purchase your tickets or for more information, please visit holyfamily.edu/tigersloose. Special discount available for recent Holy Family graduates.

Be a sponsor! Your sponsorship includes tickets and other benefits. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 267-341-5005 or [email protected].
Campus News
  • Holy Family welcomed Wendy K. Parsons, CFRE as the new Vice President for University Advancement. Wendy is an advancement leader with more than 25 years of experience, and comes to Holy Family from Albright College where she served as vice president for advancement. Read the full announcement here. Welcome to the Family, Wendy!
  • We are saddened to report the passing of Sister Jeanette Lawlor, CSFN, '63. In addition to her many years of service at Nazareth Academy High School, Sister Jeanette served Holy Family University as Board Chair from 1989 to 1995 and in other roles in the Registrar's Office and the Finance Office from 2003 to 2006.
  • Five Holy Family University professors (listed below) are recipients of the 2023 Ray and Mildred Taylor Awards to fund four important research initiatives. The award program was established through an endowment created by Carol Taylor '75, H'22, RN, Ph.D., a former University faculty member who served from 1979-1987 and 1995-1997 in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. 
  • Donald Goeltz, DPS (School of Business & Professional Studies)
  • Patricia Griffin, Ph.D. (School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Jenai Grigg, Ph.D. (School of Arts & Sciences) *not pictured*
  • Elizabeth Carroll, Ph.D. and Edward Waddell, Ph.D. (School of Arts & Sciences)

  • Tiffany Watson Ed.D.’17 and Brian Berry, Ph.D., professor of Education at Holy Family's School of Education, were recently honored by the Journal of Special Education Technology, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal published by the largest professional organization for special educators, the Council for Exceptional Children. Their article was selected as the Research Article of the Year.
  • Holy Family students, Sister Rita Fanning, CSFN, '89, vice president of Mission and Diversity, Jill Snyder, director of Campus Ministry, and Father Timothy Tarnacki, OSPPE, campus chaplain, joined representatives from several Philadelphia colleges and universities for the second Synod on Synodality with Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez at Neumann University on January 24.
Athletics News
  • Holy Family Men's and Women's Basketball head coaches Ryan Haigh '05 and Bernadette (Dickson) Laukaitis '00 hosted former Tiger athletes at the double-header game on Saturday, January 14. The Alumni Day festivities also included a reception at Maggie's Waterfront Café.
  • Melissa (Murphy) Witner '03 was honored during halftime of the January 25th women's basketball game. Melissa, a soccer alumna, recently became the third individual Tiger to be inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

  • Go Tigers! Visit athletics.holyfamily.edu for updated team schedules, livestream information, and other news stories.
Last call to share your feedback!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Holy Family Alumni Engagement Survey! The survey will be closing on January 31, 2023.

If you haven't already, please share your feedback to help us plan future alumni programs, events, and communications.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and, as a thank you for your time, you can choose to be entered into a raffle for one of five (5) $100 Amazon gift cards.
Calling All Holy Family Entrepreneurs!
Are you a business owner? If so, we may feature you in an upcoming edition of Holy Family University magazine. Complete this quick form to tell us your name and your business. We look forward to highlighting your success!
Distinguished Writers Series
On March 28, Holy Family University will host a Distinguished Writers Series featuring Sara Nović, author of the of The New York Times Bestseller TRUE BIZ. The event will be held in Campus Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
Holy Family Travel Opportunities
Holy Family’s Study Abroad program is excited to announce two programs coming in 2023 that are open to the entire Holy Family community:

  • March 2023 – Join Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, for a 10-day tour of Costa Rica, exploring rain forests, environment and culture. See complete details here.

  • May 2023 - Join Dr. Melissa Rampelli, Associate Professor of English, for an 12-day, Grand Tour of Italy, including Venice, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, and Rome. See complete details here

  • May 2024 - Join Dr. Jenai Grigg, Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, for an 11-day intercultural tour of South Africa, including Johannesburg, Kruger National Park area, and Cape Town! See complete details here.

All tours are hosted by EF Tours, Holy Family’s travel partner for over a decade, and are subject to evolving health and safety policies, restrictions, and precautions. View previous study abroad itineraries and photos here.
Holy Family to Host Mayoral Candidates
On Tuesday, April 18, Holy Family University will host a 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Debate, sponsored by the Northeast Times and the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

All are invited to join us as were hear from the 2023 Mayoral Candidates and learn of their vision for the City of Philadelphia. The structured debate will be moderated by Tom Waring, Editor of Northeast Times, and Daniel McElhatton, Esq., of the Law Offices of Daniel P. McElhatton, PC and member of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

For more information to reserve your seat, click here.
The Alumni Office is pleased to announce that Reunion 2023 will be held on-campus on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Click here to add this event to your Google Calendar.

All are invited to join us as we celebrate the 2023 Reunion Classes (those ending in a “3” or an “8”), the Golden Alumni Society, and the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award winners.

Special recognition will be given to the Class of 1973 (50 years), the Class of 1998 (25 years), the Class of 2013 (10 years), and the Class of 2018 (5 years)! Stay tuned for more information.

To volunteer as a Class Representative or event host, please contact Julie Rempfer ’10, Director for Alumni and Parent Relations, at [email protected] or call (267) 341-5017.
Apply for Federal Student Loan Debt Relief
The Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program seeks to provide eligible borrowers with a one-time full or partial discharge of their loans. Federal Pell Grant recipients may receive up to $20,000 in debt relief and others may receive up to $10,000 in debt relief.

See complete details and updates about the program and see if you qualify at: studentaid.gov/debt-relief. The online application is live and accepting submissions through December 31, 2023. Apply today!
Alumni Benefit Spotlight: Franklin Institute Discount
As a member of The Franklin Institute's Affiliate Ticket Program, alumni and friends of Holy Family University can save up to 20% on museum admission - including tickets to Disney100: The Exhibition, which opens in February 2023.

Follow the instructions below to purchase discounted tickets:

  • STEP 1: Visit the Affiliate Ticket Program website: fi.edu/affiliates
  • STEP 2: Login and enter organization code: FAMILYGRP
  • STEP 3: Select the date/time, purchase and print discounted tickets.
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