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Kristallnacht Remembrance Interfaith Service on Tuesday, November 4, at 6 p.m., St. Joseph Chapel, Seton Hill University

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) at Seton Hill University will hold its annual Kristallnacht Remembrance Interfaith Service on Tuesday, November 4, at 6 p.m. The service, which is open to the public, will be held in Seton Hill University’s Saint Joseph Chapel, located in the Administration Building on the University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa.  Guest parking will be available in the employee parking lot; a shuttle will provide transportation to the Administration Building.


This year’s service will remember Kristallnacht nearly 76 years after the event. On November 9 and 10, 1938, the Nazis burned synagogues, looted Jewish homes and businesses and murdered individuals throughout Germany, Austria and other Nazi controlled areas in a pogram known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass.” The allusion is to the broken glass that littered the ground from the shattered windows of Jewish-owned businesses.  This state inspired and sanctioned night of violence resulted in the deaths of 91 Jews, the looting of 7,000 Jewish businesses, the arrest of 30,000 Jewish males and the desecration or destruction of 267 synagogues.


This year’s interfaith service will feature testimony from Holocaust Survivors Fritz Ottenheimer, Yolanda Willis, Shulamit Bastacky and Solange Lebovitz, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.


Seton Hill University formally announced the establishment of its National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education in November 1987 by commemorating Kristallnacht. For each year since, the University has marked the anniversary with an interfaith service where students gather with Holocaust survivors and remember with word, music and reflection.


The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) was established on the campus of Seton Hill University in 1987. Seton Hill initiated this national Catholic movement toward Holocaust studies in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the Shoah, the Holocaust, and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today.”   The NCCHE has as its primary purpose the broad dissemination of scholarship on the root causes of anti-Semitism, its relation to the Holocaust and the implications from the Catholic perspective of both for today's world. Toward this end the Center is committed to equipping scholars, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussion on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; shaping appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites; sustaining Seton Hill's Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies in Israel through a cooperative program with Yad Vashem, the Isaac Jacob Institute for Religious Law and Hebrew University; encouraging scholarship and research through conferences, publications, workshops for educators, and similar activities; sponsoring local events on the Holocaust and related topics in the University and the community and enhancing Catholic-Jewish relations.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:22:00 PM

Heidi Raak '89 Honored with Phoenix Award

Photo by Nick Krug

Every year, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission honors five local artists or arts-based organizations with the Phoenix Awards.Now in their 19th cycle, the awards are meant to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community. Heidi Raak '89 and The Raven Book Store is this year's winner in the creative spaces category. The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., is like a warm, cozy sweater in brick-and-mortar form. Nine employees, two cats and books from floor to ceiling share the 1,250 square feet that make up the store, a Lawrence literary institution for the past 27 years. At its helm is Heidi Raak, who took over the store in 2008, and, despite calling herself a modest and private person, has made it her mission to share her love of reading with all of Lawrence. Through events like author readings, book groups and the monthly Big Tent Readings (a genre sampling from various, mostly local, authors), Raak and her employees (she stresses it's a team effort) have worked to make The Raven a welcoming haven for Lawrence's book-loving community. She and her staff are deeply committed to literature in all its forms, deeply knowledgeable and absolutely to be trusted when they say, 'You'll love this book,' Judy Roitman says in her nomination of Raak. The Parcel literary journal, collaboration between Raak and editor Kate Lorenz, is one of the store's newest projects. Additionally, the Raven has continued to sponsor the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award with the Lawrence Arts Center for more than 15 years. For Raak, an avid reader since childhood, some of the best perks of the job come from day-to-day interactions with customers. Even though you're just acquaintances, there's this little connection, she says. We both know why we found that book special, and maybe there aren't any words to express it, but you have this instant mini-bond with a person when you can tell that there was this deep enjoyment of a book.

Monday, October 13, 2014 9:14:00 AM

US News & World Report Lauds Seton Hill Best Regional College


SHU Also Recognized as a Best Value College and Best College for Veterans
Seton Hill University was named a Best Regional College in the North Region in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The exclusive rankings are available online. 

Seton Hill was ranked No. 11 among Regional Colleges in the North. Regional colleges “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts … and in fields such as business, nursing and education,” according to U.S. News & World Report. 

In addition to the overall ranking, Seton Hill was honored as a Best Value College and as a Best College for Veterans. 

Seton Hill earned the No. 7 spot for Best Value among all Regional Colleges in the North for providing quality education at an affordable cost to families. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, “Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.” 

Seton Hill University is ranked No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans. 

The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members in order to help them pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Only colleges that are certified to accept the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium are eligible to be ranked in the Best Colleges for Veterans. 

"Seton Hill is pleased to again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the University’s academic offerings of the highest quality and the University’s efforts to remain an affordable choice for students and their families,” said Seton Hill President Mary C. Finger, Ed.D. “We are committed to offering distinctive programs in the health sciences, business and entrepreneurial studies and the visual and performing arts that are undergirded by a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for their future paths, whether it be graduate study or a career.” 

Dr. Finger continued, “Seton Hill is also pleased that our commitment to assisting veterans as well as members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families is being acknowledged. The University works to ensure that our veterans and service members can easily obtain their well-deserved benefits and provides the support necessary for them to succeed in their academic courses and to make a seamless transition into our University community.” 

The annual rankings, in which U.S. News classifies schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging decisions. The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 16 indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:05:00 AM

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