Honors Convocation 2007

April's Honors Convocation was highlighted by roll calls for academic, athletic, and departmental honors, as well as the highly anticipated annual scholarship and awards presentations.

Robert Young 

Dr. Robert C. Young, convocation speaker, sat down after his address to hearty applause led by President Carol Jean, Vale (far left) and cabinet members such as Elaine Green, Ed.D., dean of the school of continuing and professional studies (center).


Joan Lunney 
Winner of the 2007 Alumnae & Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award Joan Lunney, Ph.D. '68 (left), accepts congratulations from Regina Black Urmson '76, vice president of the Chestnut Hill College Alumnae & Alumni Association (right).

The convocation address was delivered by Robert C. Young, M.D., who for 20 years has served as president and CEO of the nationally recognized Fox Chase Cancer Center just outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Young assured the audience, "We are winning the war on cancer," and added, "I cannot venture a guess as to whether we are at the 'end of the beginning' or 'the beginning of the end,' but everyone in medicine and science knows that we will need all of the intelligence and creativity of your generation to see us to the end."

Joan Lunney, Ph.D. '68 received the Alumnae & Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award. She graduated from the College with honors in chemistry and went on to earn her Ph.D. in biochemistry from John Hopkins University in 1976. Dr. Lunney has become a nationally recognized research scientist, specializing in swine genomics, immunology, and infectious diseases.
She accepted her award with thanks to her "teachers at Chestnut Hill, in particular [the late] Mary Kieran, SSJ, Ph.D., my honors thesis advisor," She also reflected, "At Chestnut Hill, I took advantage of my liberal arts education. I used to think that English was not important for scientists-only math and science mattered. Now I know those writing courses that I dreaded have been essential to my career as I write grants and manuscripts."

The Dorothea E. Fenton '28 Memorial Medal was presented at Honors Convocation from 1929 to 1962 to the senior "chosen by the faculty for qualities of cooperation and loyalty to the school." (Fournier News, April 21, 1961) This year, the award was reinstated for presentation to a senior nominated by the faculty and staff: Seth Jacobson '07, a psychology major, plans to spend time after graduation in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.



Seth Jacobson 

Seth Jacobson '07, recipient of the Dorothea E. Fenton '28 Memorial Medal, with Sister Carol Jean Vale.

Williams Scholarship 

The Emily Williams '04 Scholarship, established by philanthropist Kal Rudman and his wife, Lucille, left and far left) in honor of Emily Williams,'04 (far right), awarded two $5,000 scholarships to students Sahar Porshahriari '08 (center) and Alexander Kowalski '08 (second from right).

Mary Steinmetz  Distinguished Service Awardee Mary Steinmetz, M.A., director of Psy.D. admissions and assistant to the chair of the department of professional psychology (right), with Sister Carol Jean Vale.
Heather O'Keefe  Heather O'Keefe '08 was awarded the 2007 St. Catherine's Medal, voted to a sophomore or junior who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education. The recipient is selected by faculty and classmates on the basis of leadership and service.
Cindy Shapiro  President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. (right) poses with Cindy K. Shapiro '07 (left), winner of the Matthew Anita MacDonald, SSJ, Ph.D. Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in education.