Holy Names University
|Holy Names University|
|Motto||Honor. Nobilitas. Virtus.|
|Motto in English||Honor, Nobility, Virtue.|
|Type||private, non-profit, coeducational since 1971|
|Religious affiliation||Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (Catholic Church)|
|President||Dr. William Hynes, Ph.D.|
|Students||1,331 total enrollment|
|Location||Oakland, California, US|
|Campus||urban: 60 acres (24 ha)|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II
Pacific West Conference
Holy Names University is a private, coeducational university located in Oakland, California. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is administered by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
The university was originally established as the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in 1868 by six members of the Sisters of the Holy Names, a teaching order from Quebec, Canada. They were invited to Oakland by Father Michael King, Pastor of Saint Mary's Church to establish a school for girls and to provide means to train future teachers.
The original site of the convent was to be the shores of Lake Merritt. By 1909 the convent began to offer classes at a post-secondary level and was renamed the College of the Holy Names. In 1949 the College became one of the Charter members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Graduate degree programs were added in 1951 and men were first admitted only as graduate students. Soon afterward in 1957, the original site was purchased by Henry J. Kaiser where he constructed the Kaiser Building, and the school moved to its present location in the Oakland Hills. In 1971 the college became coeducational and was renamed Holy Names College. The Julia Morgan School for Girls held classes for its first two years, from 1999 through 2001, at Holy Names. The school took its present name on May 10, 2004 and became known as the "newest Catholic university in California."
Holy Names University is located on a wooded, sixty-acre site in the Oakland Hills about 2.5 miles southeast of the Montclair district. To the north of campus lies the neighborhood of Woodminster, and the City of Oakland's 500 acre Joaquin Miller Park. To the south, Holy Names' campus is flanked with the Crestwood neighborhood to the east, and the Redwood Heights neighborhood to the west across the Warren Freeway. Redwood Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, lies about 2.2 miles east on Redwood Road.
San Francisco Bay Area architect Milton T. Pflueger, younger brother of the renowned architect Timothy L. Pflueger, designed the mid-century modern campus buildings, which were constructed from 1955-1958, and dedicated in 1957. Milton Pflueger designed many campus buildings at Cal Berkeley and Stanford University, but Holy Names is the only complete campus he designed. The first buildings constructed included the Academic facilities, the Student Center, housing, Gymnasium and pool, and McLean Chapel. The hillside location inspired a linear plan, with low-roofed buildings nestled along the slope. The site features panoramic views across the San Francisco Bay from San Jose on the San Francisco Peninsula to Mount Tamalpais on the Marin Peninsula.
The Valley Center for the Performing Arts was constructed in 1994, in the former location of the tennis courts. It houses two separate theatres; large audiences up to 390 can be accommodated in the Regents’ Theatre, while smaller groups use the Studio Theatre with movable seating for up to 125 participants.
HNU maintains small class sizes, with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, and more than 90 percent of the faculty hold the highest degree in their fields. In 2006, for the third year in a row, US News and World Report rated Holy Names University a "best value" among universities that do not offer doctorates on the West Coast. That same publication also ranked the university as the third most diverse university in the West. Fifty-one percent of the incoming freshmen in the Fall of 2006 were first generation college students and the student body represents 36 nations.
The university offers nineteen undergraduate degree programs, and five adult degree completion programs, including a Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN) degree awarded by Samuel Merritt University, in a partnership whereby HNU offers the liberal arts and science courses while Samuel Merritt offers the nursing courses. It added an LVN to BSN degree in 2010.
HNU offers eight master's degree programs in addition to a teacher education program leading to a California teacher's credential. Graduate degrees offered include several business degree concentrations (MBA in Energy and Environment Management, Finance, Management and Leadership, Marketing, or Sports Management), counseling psychology (MA), education (EdD and Credentials), English (MA), music (MA), nursing (MSN/MBA, MSN/MFP), and pastoral ministries (MA). The university added an MA in Forensic Psychology degree in 2006.
HNU Athletics was established in 1994 and is an integral part of the University, having positive impacts on hundreds of students in its nearly two decades; realizing success through intercollegiate competition, academic pursuits, and an emphasis on the full development of one’s potential. The Hawks compete in the Pacific West Conference which is the largest NCAA Division II conference in the western region. The university offers 12 varsity athletic teams:
- Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis & Volleyball
- Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer & Volleyball
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Recent commencement speakers 
- Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California State Supreme Court
- Rita Lavelle, EPA official during the Reagan Administration
- Dean Peterson, Director of The Missoula Symphony Chorale and Hellgate High School Choirs
- Agnieszka Winker, Founder of The Winkler Group; McCall and ADWEEK “Woman Advertiser of the Year” and author of Warp Speed Branding 
- Paul Conyers, Business Development manager, Petrochem Insulation, 2009-2010 Back to Back Dodgeball Champion, HNU men's volleyball all-time leader in assists.
See also 
- As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 22. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Holy Names University - HNU History
- Flickr - photo of Henry Kaiser accepting commemorative plaque from Alumni circa 1957
- Julia Morgan School for Girls - Where a Girl's Imagination Can Soar!
- Holy Names University's Founders' Day
- Google Maps
- Dinkelspiel Cerny, Susan (2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 1-58685-432-1.
- Pflueger, Milton; John Pflueger (1986). Time and Tim Remembered. Pflueger Architects. ISBN 0-9614133-0-1.
- Oakland 2010 Mayoral Forum, Hosts
- Holy Names University - HNU At a Glance
- Holy Names University - Undergraduate Programs
- Holy Names University Degree Completion Programs for Adults
- Holy Names University - HNU/Samuel Merritt University Generic Nursing Program
- Holy Names University - Degree Completion Programs for Adults > LVN/BSN
- Holy Names University - Graduate Programs
- Holy Names University Teaching Credential - Multiple and Single Subject
- Holy Names University MBA Program
- "Graduate Programs". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- Holy Names University Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
- UK Parliament - Alphabetical List of Members
- The Winkler Group Team