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ISSUE 3 I 2016






The President's New Cabinet

NCAA Division II active membership
WSCUC re-accreditation

The 27th International Humor Conference Comes to HNU
Faculty honored for fifty years of service
Tsze Tsang, PhD, helps discover new drug treatment for melanoma

Dams and development alter water access in Lesotho
Visiting SNJM Scholar Discusses Organic Theology and Liturgy

ISSUE 3 I 2016

HNU Today is published by the Office of

Marketing and Public Relations at Holy Names University.

Kevin Hyde, university communications manager
Lesley Sims, director of marketing and public relations

Maria Theren, university graphic designer

Kevin Hyde, university communications manager
Alan Liebrecht, vice president for enrollment management
Kelsey Lindquist, development coordinator
Alison Mundy, leadership gifts officer
Sister Carol Nicklas, SNJM 64, volunteer
Theresa Nelson, university advancement consultant
Lesley Sims, director of marketing and public relations
Jeanie Watson, PhD, HNU interim president
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The Bill Hannon Foundation

Mary Coykendall 48
The DeLuca Rose Garden


Will Newsome



Jeanie Watson, PhD, HNU interim president
Michael Groener, vice president for finance
and administration
Lizbeth Martin, PhD, provost and vice president for
academic affairs
Michael Miller, vice president for student affairs
and title IX officer
Alan Liebrecht, vice president for enrollment management
Carol Sellman, SNJM 69, MM 78, EdD, vice president for
mission integration


Ana Raphael-Scott 89
Holy Names University is a private, co-ed university located
on 60 acres in the hills of Oakland, California. An academic
community committed to the full development of each
student, HNU offers a liberal arts education rooted in the
Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for
leadership and service.

On the Cover: HNU Students on the
balcony of McLean Chapel.

Presidents Message

I have the pleasure of introducing the new issue of HNU Today,

which also gives me a chance to introduce myself to the wider HNU
I have now been at HNU for almost a full semester and am delighted
to be part of this wonderful University. Upon my arrival here in
August, one of my first impressions of HNU was how significant the
central mission of social justice is and how pervasive it is throughout
the Universitys operations. The entire community here has been
welcoming, warm, and friendly. The students are hard-working and
inquisitive, the faculty and staff are dedicated and loyal, and the
alumni are engaged and supportive.
During my career, I have worked at both public and private colleges
and universities. I served as president of Nebraska Wesleyan University
in Lincoln, Nebraska, for nine years and held leadership roles at Tulane
University in New Orleans, Louisiana; Hamline University in St. Paul,
Minnesota; and at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
My primary goal at HNU is to provide the kind of leadership that the
University needs and deserves at this juncture in its history, and I want
to help build a strong, unified team to move the University forward.
To that end, I am happy to announce some of the recent changes and
additions at the cabinet level. Over the summer, Michael Groener and
Alan Liebrecht joined the University as the vice president for finance
and administration and the vice president for enrollment management,
More recently, Lizbeth Martin, PhD, accepted a promotion to become
the provost and vice president of academic affairs. This expansion
of Beths responsibilities will place the operations of University
Advancement under her supervision.
In addition, I am pleased that the Board of Trustees has extended my
contract through the 2017-2018 academic year. This will allow the
University sufficient time to conduct a national search for a permanent
president to lead HNU. You can learn more about the HNU cabinet
on page two.
The theme of this issue of HNU Today is Looking Forward, which is
fitting for this moment in the life of the University. As you will learn
from the articles in this issue, it is a time to be optimistic about HNUs
future. The University has been re-accredited and has joined NCAA
Division II as an active member. Our students are ambitious and

President Jeanie Watson, PhD

The University holds a special

place in higher education: it has a
history of resilience, adaptability,
and evolution; and it helps make
our world a better place.
conscientious. HNU faculty members provide an
outstanding education for HNU students and are
committed to doing work that makes a difference.
The presence of the Sisters and their charism
continues to shape the culture and character of
the University. The philanthropic support of our
generous donors helps ensure that HNU has the
resources it needs to grow and continue to offer an
excellent and accessible education.
I am so pleased to be here at Holy Names
University. The University holds a special place
in higher education: it has a history of resilience,
adaptability, and evolution; and it helps make our
world a better place.


Campus Highlights
This summer the HNU community welcomed two new vice
presidents, Alan Liebrecht and Michael Groener. These two
seasoned, talented professionals join Jeanie Watson, PhD; Sister
Carol Sellman 69, MM 78, EdD; Beth Martin, PhD; and
Michael Miller to complete the University cabinet.
ALAN LIEBRECHT assumed the role of vice president
for enrollment management, overseeing the Universitys
admissions, financial aid, and marketing departments. A
30-year veteran of the enrollment field, Liebrecht came to
HNU from Marymount California University in Rancho
Palos Verdes, California, where he served as dean of admission
services. His long resume includes similar roles in Virginia,
West Virginia, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Maine.



MICHAEL GROENER, vice president for finance and

administration, brings more than 35 years of experience
in higher education finance. A California native, Groener
returned to the West Coast after serving as CFO and vice
president of finance at Drew University in Madison, New
Jersey. He has also worked for Occidental College in Los
Angeles, California, Claremont University Center in Claremont,
California, and, earlier in his career, as a trust officer for Bank
of America.
BETH MARTIN, PhD, promoted to provost and vice
president for academic affairs, takes on responsibility for the
operations of the University Advancement office as well as the
academic programs of the University.



MICHAEL MILLER, vice president for student affairsand

Title IX Officer, takes on responsibility for NCAA membership
and the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement.
president for mission integration, has held over 10 different
positions at HNU, each with the same inspiring dedication,
service-oriented leadership and student-centered perspective.



Holy Names University successfully completed the NCAA

membership process and is now one of the newest members of
NCAA Division II.
HNU Director of Athletics Debbie Snell, EdD, was thrilled when she
heard the news. We knew Division II of the NCAA and the Pacific
West Conference were the right places for HNU Athletics. Their
philosophy balances athletic achievement with commitments to
educational development and community service, which align well
with our commitments to the full development of all student-athletes
through their engagement in the total educational experience. As
our motto says: Our promise to you: academic success first, athletic
success always, service to others forever.

The University had been a member of the National Association

of Intercollegiate Athletics and a founding member of the
California Pacific Conference. Moving forward, NCAA membership
complements participation in the Pacific West Conference
(PacWest), the largest NCAA Division II conference in the West
HNU Athletics was established in 1994 and is an integral part of the
University. For more than two decades the programs have impacted
hundreds of students, helping them succeed through intercollegiate
competition, academic pursuits, and an emphasis on the full
development of ones potential.
HNU Athletics now offers 13 varsity sports (seven female and six
male) including baseball, softball, mens and womens tennis, mens
and womens soccer, mens and womens basketball, womens
volleyball, mens and womens golf, and mens and womens cross
country. In 2017-2018, HNU will also offer men's and women's
outdoor track and field. All teams compete in the PacWest.


This summer, Holy Names University
received an eight-year accreditation
renewal from the WASC Senior College
and University Commission (WSCUC).
This renewal is a mark of confidence in
the University, and HNU was especially
commended for the guiding role of the
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and
Mary, and the schools commitment
to providing access to high-quality
education for a richly diverse student
body. The report noted that HNU
has addressed the three core
commitments of WSCUC: the schools
goal is successful student learning; the
school has a clear purpose and schoolwide student goals; and the school
engages in external and internal
evaluations as part of continued school
improvement to support student



Provost and Vice President for

Academic Affairs Beth Martin, PhD, led
the WSCUC re-accreditation process,
along with Annette Tommerdahl,
associate dean for institutional
effectiveness and accreditation
liaison officer for HNU. Together they
marshalled student data, financial
information, personal interviews, and
program success rate information to
meet the very detailed review process
of the WSCUC review team.

On September 2, 2016, HNU began athletic competition as an active

NCAA Division II member when the womens volleyball team played
Notre Dame de Namur University.


Faculty Watch
The 27th International Humor Conference Comes to HNU
HNU hosted the 27th International Humor
Conference of the International Society for
Humor Studies (ISHS) in the Valley Center for
Performing Arts (VCPA) from June 29 through
July 3, 2015. The conference was organized by a
committee of ISHS members, which was led by
Martin Lampert, PhD, professor of psychology
and chair of the division of social sciences at
HNU. Lampert also serves as executive secretary
for the ISHS. This was the second time HNU
has hosted the conferencethe 1999 edition
was held on the Universitys campus and was
organized by Lampert.
The International Humor Conferences have
served, since 1976, to advance humor scholarship
and research in the arts and humanities as well
as in the biological, medical, and social sciences.
In 1988, the ISHS was formed to promote humor
research, and in 1989, under the auspices of the
ISHS, the conferences became annual events.

Martin Lampert, PhD, (at podium) welcomes attendees to the International Humor
Conference at HNU.

This year, the conference featured more than 150

presentations, workshops, and performances
from scholars and professionals representing 26
countries and 31 states within the five
thematic areas: cognition and creativity; culture,
gender, and community; health and well-being;
individuals and individual styles; and public and
private discourse. In addition, the conference
included an improv competition, a stand-up
comedy competition, and a performance of the
play Lend Me a Tenor.
The first general session of the conference,
which focused on judiciary humor, was chaired
by Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan 70 of the
California State Supreme Court, and featured
Christie Davies, PhD, professor emeritus of
sociology at the University of Reading, England;
Marc Galanter, professor emeritus at the
University of Wisconsin Law School; and Pamela
Hobbs, PhD, attorney. The four panel members
discussed humor about judges and by judges,
the distinctions between jokes about attorneys
and those about judges, and how judiciary
humor in the U.K. differs from that in the U.S.
One of the main events of the conference was
a roundtable discussion of humor in animation


From left to right: Austin Madison, Jeff Pidgeon, Andrew Farago, Christian Roman, and
Craig Good discuss humor in animation. Madison, Pidgeon, and Roman work for Pixar
Animation Studios, and Good is a former Pixar employee. Farago is the curator of the
Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

art, which featured Craig Good, a former employee of Pixar

Animation Studios, Austin Madison, Jeff Pidgeon, and
Christian Roman, current employees of Pixar Animation
Studios, and Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art
Museum in San Francisco. The panel members spoke in
depth about the role that constraints play in humor writing,
the evolution of certain types of jokes, how clichs can
be refreshed in new contexts, and how important it is for
any humorous narrative to contain substantive emotional
elements in addition to gags, jokes, and set pieces.


Two HNU faculty members dont need to imagine that scenario,

because theyve actually done it. In 2016, Sheila Gibson, PhD,
professor of philosophy, and Maureen Hester, SNJM 57, PhD,
professor emerita of psychology and faculty development
coordinator, each celebrated 50 years of service to Holy Names
University. The HNU community honored Gibson during its
Founders Day celebration in April, while Sister Maureen was
recognized at Convocation in September.

Sheila Gibson receives her 50-year pin and a crown from Josh Hammer 16. One of
the things I really love about Holy Names is its ability to keep a constant core while
re-inventing itself and becoming new, Gibson said. Every year theres something the
same and something different. I still get exhilarated by walking into the classroom."

Prior to his appointment as an assistant professor of

chemistry at Holy Names University (HNU) in 2010, Tsze
Tsang, PhD, worked as a senior scientist in the medicinal
chemistry department at Exelixis, a biotechnology
company in South San Francisco, California. As part of a
team working on new cancer drugs discovery at Exelixis,
Tsang helped discover cobimetinib (brand name Cotellic),
a drug for the treatment of advanced melanoma. After
a favorable initial clinical trial (phase I) in 2006, the drug
was licensed to Genentech, who oversaw all subsequent
clinical trials (phase II and phase III). On November 10,
2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
announced the approval of Cotellic to be used to treat
patients with advanced melanoma.
As co-inventor, Tsang was the first person to synthesize
Cotellic, and the potency of the drug in shrinking tumors
was confirmed in animal studies in December 2005. The
drug then went into clinical trials in 2006. When asked
about the development process, Tsang explained that,
It took 10 arduous years and the efforts of hundreds of
dedicated professionals to realize the lifesaving potential
of Cotellic.
The FDAs approval of the drug was the culmination of a
long-term effort for Tsang. I felt wonderful [upon hearing
the announcement] knowing that I have contributed my
part to helping relieve the pains of cancer patients and
saving lives, Tsang said. Cotellic offers a new hope and
viable choice of recovery for melanoma patients who are
in that dreadful and desperate condition.

Sr. Maureen Hester 57, PhD, at Convocation 2016. In 2015, Sr. Maureen celebrated
60 years as a vowed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Even after spending
50 of those years at HNU, she still savors the unexpected. Things will happen that
surprise me, she said. All my religious life, Ive prayed that Id be open to the new,
open to whats happening today. The student population has changed a lot, and I have
changed a lot with them. So theyve shaped me. I have learned a great deal from them,
and Im grateful for them.

As a professor, Tsang hopes his work can encourage

students. Now that I am an educator, a teacher of science
classes, I want the success of the Cotellic story to inspire
students to pursue science, he said. Perhaps in the
future, their scientific knowledge, no matter what field it
may be from, can make a difference for humanity.




SNJM Updates
As part of a workshop caf series held by the Sisters of
the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at HNU, Sister Bathilda
Heqoa 15, a graduate of the Sophia Centers Culture and
Spirituality certificate program, spoke about her home
country of Lesotho, in southern Africa, and the harmful
effects of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).
The LHWP consists primarily of dams, tunnels, and transfer
systems that have been constructed in the mountain
regions of Lesotho for the purpose of providing both
water for certain areas of South Africa and revenue for the
people of Lesotho. The LHWP is a multi-phase project,
and the initial phase, which included the construction of
two dams and transfer systems, has been completed. Five
dams in total are due to be constructed, and if the project
continues on schedule, it will be finished in 2026.
However, as Sr. Bathilda explained, the LHWP has
already caused a great deal of damage. Many mountain
communities in Lesotho have been displaced by the
construction of the dams.
All the dams are up in the mountains where a lot of
people depend on farming and animal husbandry. They
also depend on fish from the fresh water originating in the
mountains, Sr. Bathilda said. These dams are dividing the
water from the rivers in the mountains through tunnels into
South Africa. Because a lot of that water goes into South
Africa, less flows downstream where people used to make
their living from the water that was flowing. As a result, a lot
of people have been affected. Most of them have lost their


property, their houses,

their fields, their grazing
land, all sorts of food,
and their connections. I
mean everything.
The Lesotho Highlands
Development Authority
(LHDA), which is in charge of managing the LHWP, offered
compensation to communities that were displaced, though
this too is not without complications. The other piece that
is sad about this project is that many people have not been
compensated for what they have lost, Sr. Bathilda said.
Money cant replace everything. They were promised
that theyd be given enough money to sustain them for 50
years. But what about if they live for over 50 years, what will
In addition, on account of the large geographic footprint
of some of the dams and reservoirs, many highland villages
that were once separated by a narrow river are now
reachable only by way of a long, circuitous journey.
Sr. Bathilda offered some hope, though, by explaining the
work thats being done by the Transformation Resource
Centre (TRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated
to helping the displaced mountain communities in
Lesotho. The TRC has pressured the LHDA to make the
promised compensation payments to displaced families
and communities, and has successfully brought legal
proceedings against the authority to that end.

The Katse Dam in Lesotho


Sister Janet Walton, EdD, a visiting SNJM
scholar, was welcomed to campus during the
week of October 12, 2015. Sr. Janet, a professor
of worship at Union Theological Seminary in New
York, offered lectures to eight different classes
during the week and met with faculty and staff.
During her visit, Sr. Janet spent time speaking
with students in many different classes. She
participated in classes about communications;
Latin American cinema; world wisdom traditions;
the contemporary world; mysticism; printmaking;
the intersection of gender and communications;
and folk music.
In the mysticism class taught by Sophia Park,
SNJM, PhD, Sr. Janet first engaged the students
in a lively discussion of a short essay and then
led the class through a wonderful exercise
regarding the origin and meaning of sacred
objects. Everyone in the class, including Sr.
Janet and Sr. Sophia, showed the group an
object that they considered sacred and, during
the exercise, spoke about why the object was
sacred for them. Sr. Janet asked the students to
identify similarities between the objects, and the
students found that love, connection, protection,
and hope were among the most common
reasons for an objects sacredness.


Sister Janet Walton

God is transcendent in the space

between you and what you do.
Sister Janet Walton, EdD

changes. And it includes something transcendent. God

is transcendent in the space between you and what
you do. Its possible to understand transcendence and
connections in the spaces among us. We also look for
what has been left out, and what has been left out often is
womens stories. We also look for what is true. And what is
true is probably not the same for all of us at every moment
of our lives. Dynamic expressions of theology and liturgy
are very important.
Sr. Janet graduated from Catholic University, received
her masters degree from Indiana University, and her EdD
from Columbia University. She is a past president of the
North American Academy of Liturgy, a Henry Luce Fellow
in Theology and the Arts, and a recipient of the Berakah
Award, a lifetime award for distinctive work in worship
given by the North American Academy of Liturgy.
Sister Janet Walton

During the latter half of her discussion, Sr. Janet

discussed organic theology and liturgy with the
students. Another colleague and I thought that
what we were learning theologically in school
and what we were actually teaching in school
about theology was not enough, she said.
That is, it felt like it was too abstract. It felt
like it didnt reach into the pits of our lives. So
we made a commitment to actually investigate
what we call organic theology. Organic in the
way in which were using it here means living.
Something living. What does it mean to have
living theology? We just did it [in the class
exercise earlier about sacred objects]. We talked
about God through lived experiences.
Sr. Janet also explained some of the main
concepts of organic theology and liturgy.
Organic theology and liturgy depend on and
expect the competence of every person, she
said. Its also assumes dynamism. That is, it


Giving News
Holy Names University students have big dreams. Dreams
of bettering themselves, serving others, and making a
difference in their communities.
Bill Hannon knew exactly how these students feel. In
1933, he and his mother asked the president of Loyola
University to
admit him,
despite his
lack of funds,
if he promised
to repay the
school for his
once he got
a job. This
Elaine Ewen
Close friend of Bill Hannon
deal inspired
his lifelong
to supporting not only his own alma mater, but Catholic
high schools, colleges, universities, and healthcare
organizations throughout the state of California.

... the foundation emulates

the humility of its
namesake to this day.
We just prefer to be
quietly helpful.

Since 2003, the Bill Hannon Foundation has provided

scholarships for hundreds of Holy Names University
students, many of whom are the first in their families to go
to college. Foundation president Elaine Ewen, a former
attorney and close friend of Hannons, loves hearing
students heartfelt stories of what the scholarships have
meant to them. These first-hand accounts, she said, assure
her that Hannons resources are still achieving what he
always intended.
The foundation made significant gifts to HNU in the
early 2000s, supporting both the Student Center and
the Nursing Simulation Lab, but Ewen said that making
contributions that directly benefit students in need has
always provided the greatest satisfaction.
Bill Hannon was an accomplished real estate entrepreneur
and a devout Catholic, who loved his family and was
passionate about California history. He died in 1999, but
his generous spirit lives on through his two philanthropies:
The Bill Hannon Foundation, based in Los Angeles,
California, and the William H. Hannon Foundation in Santa
Monica, California.
His major contributions he usually made in honor of
his mom. He didnt want to take the gloryhimself,
Ewen said. As Ewen explained, that's why the foundation
emulates the humility of its namesake to this day. We just
prefer to be quietly helpful.

I had no idea that this is
what people did, said Mary
(McDonald) Coykendall 48
when asked how she became
a leadership donor at her alma
mater, Holy Names University.
But about a year after I got
married, my husband, who
donated to his own alma
mater, asked me, Have you
given to Holy Names yet?
Coykendall made that
donation and has been a regular donor to HNU ever since. When
her mother died, leaving a house in Portola, California, Coykendall
decided to sell the house and donate the proceeds to HNU. But the
house didnt sell. Instead, she and her husband sold some stock,
totaling about $50,000, and donated the entire proceeds to HNU.
It was really my mother and my husband who motivated me
to become philanthropic, Coykendall said. My mother always
emphasized the importance of education, and my husband
emphasized giving. The combination of these two concepts turned
me into an HNU donor. Coykendalls donations started small, then,
as her family income and assets increased, her donations increased as
well. Today she is a valued leadership donor and beloved friend of the
University. The amount isnt what matters, its giving that matters,
she said.
Coykendall recalls reading that a classmate had donated $100,000
to HNU. She was astounded. Her classmate had never married or
had children, so when she sold her housewhich had increased in
value over the yearsshe donated the proceeds to HNU. These
classmates also inspired me, Coykendall said. If they could do it, I
could, too. I dont particularly care if my name is on the donation, nor
do I seek recognition. But if doing so inspires anyone who knows me
to do the same, then, I say, use my name.
Coykendall has an endowed scholarship at HNU. She has also recently
engaged in creative strategizing to stimulate enrollment, underwriting
a campus visit day to HNU from a local Catholic high school in
Stockton, California, where she lives.



the DeLuca Rose Garden

In 2014, Janet Moran 67, MA 95, and her husband,
Thomas Moran, made a gift to HNU in memory of her
parents, Frank and Rosa DeLuca. The Morans' gift
established the DeLuca Rose Garden within one of the
courtyards of Founders Hall.
After graduating from HNU in 1967, Janet Moran obtained
an elementary teaching credential and taught for five
years. She married and raised three children. When her
children were older, she fulfilled a long-time dream by
starting a restaurant.
She returned to HNU in 1991 to pursue a graduate degree
in counseling psychology. She received her masters
degree and became a licensed psychotherapist.
Moran decided she wanted to give back to the University,
and she chose to do so in a way that was both meaningful
to her and representative of the values of her parents.
All these years later, remembering and appreciating the
love, encouragement, and support of my parents and
teachers, I decided to honor them both by dedicating
a garden at HNU, Moran said. It is named the DeLuca
Rose Garden after my late parents Frank and Rosa DeLuca.

The garden consists of several plants, mostly roses. That

flower represented an important, sentimental anniversary
ritual my parents had each year for 62 years. My father, on the
date of their wedding anniversary, would send my mother
long-stemmed red roses to equal the number of years they
were marrieda sweet tradition that lasted 62 years.
During the planning of this garden, I had the pleasure of
working with [Vice President for Mission Integration] Sister
Carol Sellman and [Assistant Vice President for Facilities
and Events] Luis Guerra, both dedicated individuals at the
University. The same warm welcome and professionalism
greeted me again. Their enthusiasm for the project and the
consistently prompt response to every question reminded me
of what a gem this school is, where people are always willing
to listen and be personally involved. It remains an amazing
Moran hopes that students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other
members of the HNU community will make frequent visits to
the garden. There, you will find a place to sit and listen to
the soothing fountain, enjoy the flowers and trees, and be
reminded of the beauty that HNU offers, she said.

... you will find a place to sit and

listen to the soothing fountain,
enjoy the flowers and trees, and
be reminded of the beauty that
HNU offers.
Janet Moran 67, MA 95
Donor of DeLuca Rose Garden


Student Stories
By the age of eight, Will Newsome knew he wanted to
go to college. Growing up, Newsomes mother always
emphasized the importance of education. Newsome
wanted a different outcome for himself than what he was
accustomed to seeing in his hometown of Richmond,
California. People who make it out of Richmond typically
do so because of athletics. Or they fall through the cracks,
ending up in jail, or they're forgotten, Newsome said.


His promising basketball

career derailed, Will Newsome
overcomes adversity at HNU.

As a high-performing student at Pinole Valley High School,

Newsome excelled academically and athletically, playing
varsity basketball and maintaining a 3.5 GPA over all four
years. By senior year, his sights were set on some of the
most prestigious schools in California. However, that winter,
Newsome learned he had a serious heart condition and was
told that his basketball career was over.
Undeterred, Newsome regrouped and applied to Holy
Names University. Based primarily on his solid academic
record, Newsome was admitted to HNU and enrolled early,
but he kept his heart condition a secret. Newsome wanted
basketball to be part of his college experience.
Newsome found the home he was looking for at HNU. Academics and basketball were his entire focus as he entered
his freshman year, and he was still determined to play. After
two weeks of pre-season conditioning, it became obvious
to HNU Mens Basketball Coach Omar Sanchez that Newsome was struggling. Newsome came clean, and Sanchez
offered him two options: stay on the team in a support (i.e.
non-playing) role, or come back and play when cleared by
a doctor.
The doctors refused to clear him to play, and Newsome
could not bear to sit on the sidelines. He found himself with
no choice but to give up his basketball dream for good,
but he was determined to start over and make a name for
himself at HNU.
Since then, life at HNU has been a blessing, according to
Newsome. "HNUs small, supportive community made me
feel like somebody, even without basketball, he said. I felt
valued as a student, not just a dollar signwhich would've
been the case with basketball at a big school.
Today, Newsome serves in a variety of leadership roles on
campus, including student ambassador, college mentor,
peer mentor, orientation team leader, Black Student Union
publicity coordinator, and publicity coordinator for Associated Students of HNU (ASHNU). Every day Im trying to
make an impact, he said. Newsome will earn a Bachelor of
Arts in Communication Studies in May 2017.



Alumni News
Holy Names University celebrated Homecoming on
November 4-5, 2016, drawing many alumni back to campus
for one of the most successful Homecoming weekends in
recent history.
Homecoming 2016 was a great event for several reasons,
stated Frances Renty Williams, Director of Alumnae/i
Relations. We had great participation from the 50th
reunion classthe Class of 1966who were celebrating
their golden anniversary. There was a focused effort to
include more family-friendly activities during the afternoon
hours and to improve the quality of each and every event
over the two-day period. Mix those key ingredients
and you have a recipe for a successful and enjoyable
Homecoming for all.
Beginning on Friday, alumni, friends, and family gathered
for the 43rd Alumni Awards Ceremony at the Valley Center
for the Performing Arts. This year, the Alumni Awards
Committee honored Martivn Galindo, PhD, professor
of Latin American and Latino/a Studies, with the Faculty
Award; Diane Zennie Gilfether 63, MM 84, with the Alumni
Recognition Award for Service to the University; and
Sister Marianne Viani, SNJM 66, MEd, with the Alumni
Recognition Award for Professional Achievement.
Saturday morning Homecoming attendees enjoyed a
continental breakfast then proceeded to McLean Chapel
with the 50th reunion class for Mass, which was celebrated
by Father Salvatore Ragusa, HNU chaplain and co-director
of campus ministry. Many alumni walked over to the
Mealey Living Room afterwards for a strawberries and
champagne reception, where they had a chance to meet
HNU Interim President Jeanie Watson, PhD.
During the catered luncheon honoring the Class of 1966,
there was laughter and smiles all around as alumni shared
stories and memories. After lunch, alumni got together
for fun class photos. The Homecoming concert later in
the afternoon was well attended, as was the reception
that followed.

Left to right: Diane Zennie Gilfether 63, MM 84; Anne Dunlap-Kahren

88; Sister Donna Maynard 50; and Marianne Landis 75.

Martivn Galindo, PhD, receives the Faculty Award from Ann Alderman
93, PhD.

Sister Marianne Viani, SNJM 66, MEd, delivers her remarks after
receiving the Alumni Recognition Award for Professional Achievement.

To close out the weekend, alumni and friends joined

the HNU community to watch as the alumni competed
with current students in basketball games in the Tobin
Gymnasium. Face-painting and a BBQ picnic dinner
were a big hit with alumni and families as well. Mark
your calendars for HNU Homecoming 2017, which is
scheduled for November 3-4, 2017.

Alumni gather for the alumni luncheon in the Public Market.


Class Notes
Sheila Perkins Moura 51 attended the 90th
birthday celebration of Margaret Houlihan
Focha 51 on July 23, 2016. A great time
was had by all.

KAZUAKI TAKANO 80 made his kids a

promise to take them to his hometown in
Japan. The older three of his six children
had been to Japan twice before, and
the youngest child had been there once
previously, but the two others had not yet
visited. Takano and the three youngest
children (two of whom are in their 20s)
flew to Japan this past summer and met
their Japanese relatives: a 90 year-old
grandmother, an aunt, and some cousins
and their kids. They visited several
landmarks, including the summit of Mt.
Fuji, where they saw the sun rise and blew
soap bubbles.

JAMES G. MCMORRIS 89 decided

to become a writer in 2002. Since then
he has become an accomplished,
published writer and copywriter with a
strong business, teaching, and technical
engineering background. He has
successfully written books on topics
ranging from cancer recovery and health,
employment, and politics, and has written
children's novels too.


husband, Victor Alm, moved to Maryland
Heights, Missouri, this summer. Olivia is an
academic advisor in the college of arts and
sciences at the University of Missouri, St.
Louis, and Victor is a zoological manager
at the St. Louis Zoo. Olivia reports that
the family is looking forward to their first
Midwestern winter.


08 works at Playworks in Oakland as the
director of partner experience. He is a
father of four, and his two older children
(Nina, 10, and Xavier, eight) both attend
nearby Redwood Heights Elementary and
frequently share their love for HNU, as
both he and his wife, Anna Segarini 11, are
alumni. In 2015, he went to Istanbul for the
wedding of Bora Kara 06 and Tiana Davis
06. In November 2016, that same group,
Bora, Tiana, Anna, and Hector, are going


to Italy! He has been a Bay Area DJ for the

last 13 years, mostly at Oakland venues
such as Parliament, Liege, Somar, Era,
Ozumo, and New Karibbean City.


LISAMARIE GIBSON 05 got engaged

Strauss in September 2016.

to Raymond Chavis on July 9, 2016, at the

Tenuta Winery in Livermore. Congrats to
the engaged couple!


ZOBAIRI 06 has signed a multi-book
deal with Pen and Sword Books in the U.K.
Her first nonfiction book will be released
in 2017 and will focus on animals in 19th
century history. After graduating from
HNU, Mimi attended the University of
California, Hastings College of the Law,
where she earned a JD. She was a member
of the Animal Law Society and wrote and
researched extensively on Chancery Court
dysfunction in Victorian England.Her
articles on 19th century history have been
published on various academic and history
sites, including the Victorian Web, and are
also syndicated weekly at Bust Magazine.
She is represented by Serendipity Literary
Agency in New York City.


her title changed to supervising public
health nurse. She is working towards a PhD
in nursing education at Capella University
and is currently finishing her eighth
quarter. Her initial dissertation research
plan was recently approved. Her first
grandchild was born on July 10, 2016.

ALEXANDER SING 12 has been

working as an information and referral
specialist at the Center for Independent
Living, in Berkeley, for four years. He
recently became engaged to fellow HNU
attendee Amanda Harrinauth. They have
been together for four years now. Two
years ago he received his masters degree
in media communications from Academy
of Art University in San Francisco.

F. NINA DIAMZON 12 works as an

associate right of way agent for Caltrans,
and within acquisitions and condemnation
for District Four. She became a
grandmother to Zayel, born October 29,
2014, who she says is "her heart."

Negine Mansour Sewitsky on August 12,


HOLLI LEE STRAUSS 14married Sean

MADELINE HORN 15 just began a
new job this summer at Portia Bell Hume
Behavioral Health and Training Center. She
is ready to go back to grad school.


engaged to Vinson E. Johnson 15 on
September 5, 2016, on the Golden Gate
Bridge. Congrats to the engaged couple!

JARED CARR 16 began working as

a veteran affairs coordinator with the
Associated Students ofOregonState
Universityon September 6,2016.

MIA TURNER 16 is continuing her

graduate studies in psychology at The
Wright Institute in Berkeley, and is
pursuing her MAand PsyD.

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Jill T. Bascom, MSN 08, April 3, 2013
Rita Mary Craig McCann 55, April 12, 2013
Marianne T. Prader Kentzel 56, March 28, 2014
Jean M Welch 72, October 2014
June Lynch, 94, December 14, 2014
Laurie Rader Ratto 84, January 2014
Gloria M. Dillon (former student), January 6, 2015
Gary D. Cummings
(brother of Kathi Cummings-Jordan 64), January 11,
Patricia Ann Donovan Nilson 47, January 17, 2015
Vivian Boersig Fauria 51, January 18, 2015
Andrea Cosgrove Morse (former student 63-65),
January 20, 2015
Mary Frances Shanley Judge 50, January 24, 2015
Dorothy Dati (former student), February 1, 2015
Regina Hesse Paulus 67, February 5, 2015
Bernice York Gilardi 47, February 8, 2015
Melbalane Marilyn De Coux
(mother of Marcus DeCoux, graduate student),
February 17, 2015
Juanita Annabelle Dreier Hurlbutt 42,
February 24, 2015

Concha Connie Castellanos Deitrick 57,
February 26, 2015
Harriet Tip Baker Altmix (friend of HNU),
March 15, 2015
Rita M. Burman 54, March 15, 2015
Norine Erreca Thiercof 42, March 23, 2015
Patricia Margaret Trish Keane 73, March 29, 2015
Elizabeth McCrory Frei 51, March 30, 2015
Mary Elizabeth Doherty, SNJM 44, April 6, 2015
Trisha Stanionis 70, April 11, 2015
Msgr. Ted Krause (former campus minister and chaplain),
April 13, 2015
Mildred E. Bender 89, April 13, 2015
David Aaron Lampert (brother of Martin Lampert, facuty),
April 21, 2015
Mary Mackessy, SNJM 66 (Margaret Therese),
May 4, 2015
Mary Ann DeFrancesco, SM, (Dominica Maria, former student),
May 11, 2015
Mary Anselm Edwina Grover, SNJM 42
(former faculty), May 15, 2015
Shirley Sexton , SNJM 52 (Maureen Theresa),
May 16, 2015
Edward McGowan (Upward Bound student),
May 19, 2015
Sam Rodriguez (director of HNU Career Services),
May 25, 2015
Colleen Gestring Gianella, (former student),
May 30, 2015
Jim Ross (brother of Grayce Ross, SNJM 64),
June 1, 2015
Deacon Michael Murphy (son of Patricia McCarthy Lautze 55),
June 11, 2015
Mary Harrigan Liapis 71, June 14, 2015
Robert Barrows 76, June 17, 2015
Chrystal E Hendrich Sission 73, June 26, 2015
Elaine Finck Trujillo 70, June 27, 2015
Robert Feist (husband of Marge Feist, former student),
July 11, 2015
R. Joseph Franek (former staff), July 14, 2015
Larry Aswegan (father of Elizabeth Aswegan, HNU staff),
July 16, 2015
Gemma Fisher, SNJM 50 (Arthur Mary),
July 23, 2015
Charlene Marie Drury (former student), July 23, 2015
Carolyn Simonic 41, July 23, 2015
Alan Musante (father of Brian Musante 18),
July 24, 2015
Margaret White Stengel 75, July 24, 2015
Juanita Leguineche Olechia (former student),
July 25, 2015
Hilda Kleiner (grandmother of Catherine Cheng 15),
August 2015
Kathryn Blair (sister of Dianne Fagan, SNJM),
August 15, 2015
Gino Martinucci (father of Teresa Martinucci Hurlbut 75),
August 31, 2015
Julia Morrell, September 2, 2015
Peter Petrov (father of Nicoletta Critchlow, faculty),
September 20, 2015
Doreen Crossett Elizabeth Miriam, SNJM 55,
September 21, 2015

Noreen Cavanaugh Brown 60, September 26, 2015

Merridy Dally Galloway 63, September 28, 2015
Dorothy Carol Girard 48, September 30, 2015
Ann Dunlap Foley 55, October 3, 2015
Mary Christine Eileen Fleitz, SNJM 38 (aunt of Carol Fleitz,
SNJM 64, and former staff), October 10, 2015
Elenore Elizabeth McGorty 39, October 10, 2015
Susan G. Lynott (sister of Stephanie Lynott 77),
October 15, 2015
Michael Petrini 77 (former staff),
October 24, 2015
Vivienne Claire Feiteire Holman, 42 (mother of Angela Korpela
85 and sister of Norma Feiteira Harrison 46), October 29, 2015
Carmel Tapiro (friend of HNU), October 31, 2015
Tom Ludwig (brother of Bob Ludwig, former staff),
November 1, 2015
Mary Louise Guenther, SNJM 41 (M. Regina Rose),
November 16, 2015
Patricia Foehring McGrorey 59, November 18, 2015
Margaret Peggy Daly Toffoli 53, November 19, 2015
James T. Quinn
(husband of Joyce Ramacciotti Quinn 64),
November 21, 2015
Joan Jordan Moore 64 (sister of Margaret Jordan 65, RIP),
November 23, 2015
Tarie James Whitehurst Barry 47, November 26, 2015
Bill Herrington (husband of Kathy Kusters Herrington 64),
November 28, 2015
Mary Geraldine Jeri Hould 55, December 15, 2015
Helen Wong Lum 53, December 22, 2015
Olive Lowe Libbey 41, December 29, 2015
Gayle E. McCue, MA 91, 2015
Ellen Armington Leftwich 72, January 1, 2016
Peter Hurd (former faculty, husband of Victoria Hurd, former
faculty), January 3, 2016
Rudy Tapiro (friend of HNU), January 4, 2016
James Bushnell Corison (father of Debora Kilborn, faculty),
January 4, 2016
Carolyn Gelhaus Martinez 59
(cousin of Elana Hunter Hall 60), January 11, 2016
Rose Adele Gianella Tuschka Marsh 35,
January 13, 2016
Elizabeth Betty D. Peters (mother of Corinne Peters Chavez
86), January 17, 2016
Mary Sumption Girard 73, January 20, 2016
Louise Bond, SNJM 66 (M. Jeanne Dolora, former staff),
January 26, 2016
Diane Carroll, OP (former student), February 5, 2016
Margaret Spiller, SNJM 69 (Jonathan Mary, former HNU
Regent and sister of Mary Anne Spiller Barnheiser 70 and Henry
Spiller, MM 94), February 6, 2016
Lisa Beth Newark Larson, MM 75, February 11, 2016
Betty Scanlon Sammon 47, February 13, 2016
Annette Garin Warren 51, February 20, 2016
Jack Lindquist (grandfather of Kelsey Lindquist, staff),
February 28, 2016
Kathleen McDonough, SNJM 55 (Eileen Catharine),
March 5, 2016
Barbara Brandt Agee (student 73-74), March 8, 2016
Adele Kathryn Jacklin Murphy 56, March 18, 2016
Maureen Anne OBrien Scannell 56, April 4, 2016
Alfred Astore (husband of Marilyn King Astore 64), April 6, 2016

Ramona Bascom, OP (former student), April 6, 2016

Kathleen McMorrow Walsh 43, April 7, 2016
Bernarda Gilfether 62, April 14, 2016
Virginia DeLucchi Maffeo (mother of Angela Korpela 85 and
sister of Norma Feiteira Harrison 46), April 16, 2016
David Michael McKeown (former student 85-91),
April 24, 2016
Victoria Sue Jeung, May 1, 2016
Deborah A Fuller 93, May 13, 2016
Lucy Maria Nelson (mother of Maria Nelson, faculty),
May 15, 2016
Tomasa Sanchez (grandmother of Omar Sanchez, faculty),
May 19, 2016
Marilyn Jean Kane 58, May 19, 2016
Carolyn Wall (formerly Catherine Louise, SNJM),
May 22, 2016
Sydney Ann Mitchell Gregg 63, May 25, 2016
Rachel Beth Lampert Stirrat (sister of Martin Lampert, faculty),
May 27, 2016
June Annetta Meader Walters 51, June 1, 2016
Melvin Haynes (father of Carmen Haynes 92),
June 3, 2016
Mae Rosalie DePauli Ferro 82, June 21, 2016
Claudia Harshner Johnson 58, June 2, 2016
Johanna Pahl Conroy 72 (wife of Jay Conroy 72, sister of Frances
Pahl Ailing 67 and Mary Pahl Retchless 70, and niece of Mary
Grace Dykzuel, SNJM 61), July 9, 2016
Gene Cotter 96, July 11, 2016
Marilu Bertolero Bruno 69, July 12, 2016
Guadalupe Maria Johnston, SNJM 60, July 23, 2016
Sarah Schmidt Diemert (mother of Suzanne Cunningham Oswald
81), July 24, 2016
Lillian Agosti Favetti 37, July 30, 2016
Seymour Lampert (father of Martin Lampert, faculty),
August 29, 2016
Barbara Davey Hawkins 71, August 15, 2016
Margaret Bendorf Callahan 48 (mother of Claire Callahan
Goodwin, former student 71), August 27, 2016
Maureen Wrin Marty 61, August 29, 2016
Barbara Haran Tardieu 48, August 30, 2016
Carol Jean Bettancourt 04, September 8, 2016
Angela Linda Mutulo Johnson (former student),
September 20, 2016
Margaret Ann Burns McNew (former student), September 24, 2016
Lorrain Janet Lynch 55, October 2, 2016
Mary Larkins Domonoske Doherty 56, October 6, 2016
Nora Christian, SNJM 56 (Thaddeus Mary), October 20, 2016
Anne Sanchez Fleming 59, October 26, 2016
Lenora O'Sullivan (former student), October 27, 2016
Virginia Smith McKenna 42, October 27, 2016
Reverend Thomas Moran (former faculty), November 11, 2016
Rosemary Thomas (mother of Jerrie Ann Thomas Reining 68,
Nicki Thomas, SNJM 71, Kathie (Kip) Thomas Dettmer 73,
Michelle (Tootie) Thomas von Dollen 76, and Michael Thomas,
former student), November 27, 2016
Miriam Jeanne Murphy, SNJM 46, November 29, 2016
Linda Cheryl Rae 92, 2016


Last Word
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HNU Scenes
SISTER Mary Eucharia
Mitchell was a member
of the faculty at Holy
Names from the early
1930s until 1975 and
taught courses as
varied as vertebrate
anatomy, geology,
physical anthropology,
and physiology. Her
wide-ranging expertise
came in handy when,
in the 1960s, she was
alerted to the existence
of some intriguing
animal bones found at
a highway construction
site in Pleasant Hill,
California. After
months of excavation,
Sr. Mary Eucharia and
Holy Names students
were able to extract
the entirety of the
specimen, which was
later identified as
a species of woolly

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