December 18, 2009
The Griffin News Update, an e-newsletter created by the Office of Communications, features College media mentions in the news and events.

Chestnut Hill College in the News

Empty Bowl Dinner Breaks Records

Chestnut Hill College's Empty Bowl Dinner hosted more than 1,200 people and served over 235 gallons of soup, raising more than $12,000 for the Northwestern Interfaith Hospitality Network. An annual tradition at the College, many local newspapers and radio stations mentioned the dinner, adding to its success. Media mentions included an interview on KYW News Radio, a feature in the "What's Cooking" section of the Philadelphia Citypaper, a story in the Chestnut Hill Local, and numerous mentions in other local newspapers, such as Philadelphia Weekly, Glenside News, Times Chronicle, The Reporter, the Ambler Gazette, the Willow Grove Guide, and the Roxborough Review.

College Expansion Featured in The Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal wrote a follow-up story to their September 2009 story about the College's Master Plan expansion in the November 27, 2009 edition.

Fair Trade Event Included in The Philadelphia Inquirer

The College's fall Fair Trade Event was mentioned in the special events section of the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 13, 2009 and in the calendar on the Philadelphia Weekly website.

College Student Generates Headlines with Summer Research Work

Senior Anitra Babic spent the summer working as a research assistant at Rutgers University researching how to create better security questions for Web sites that use passwords for access. Ms. Babic helped to present the research findings at the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer and Communications Security in November, and has been mentioned in articles by Rutgers University, the My Central Jersey Web site, Tech News, and the National Science Foundation.

Rick Malloy Answers Questions on Busted Halo as Part of Spiritual Experts Panel

Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and cultural anthropology answered a readers question about dating and becoming a priest as the prayer and sexuality expert for the Busted Halo Website.

Time Out For Sports

College Tennis Team Rated in Top 10 of Division II

The College's tennis team is tops in their division, ranking in the top 10 teams on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association DII East Regional Team Rankings. The announcement was published in the November 19, 2009 edition of The Chestnut Hill Local.

David Contosta Interviewed on WRTI About Links Between Darwin and Lincoln

David Contosta, Ph.D., professor of history was interviewed by Susan Lewis for a three-part interview on WRTI-FM-Radio (90.1) about his recent book, "Rebel Giants" and the links between Lincoln and Darwin's lives.

Chestnut Hill College Quidditch Makes Headlines At Vassar College

The College's newest addition to collegiate sports made its own headlines in New York when Chestnut Hill played a match at Vassar College, with The Poughkeepsie Journal mentioning the College in two articles about the game.

Chestnut Hill College Christmas Concerts Mentioned in Local Papers

The Chestnut Hill College Community Chorus was included in a November 5, 2009 story in The Colonial about the Fine Arts Series at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill. The story was also featured in North Penn Life.

Chestnut Hill College Computer Forensics Program Mentioned in Philadelphia Inquirer Article

The College's accelerated six-course program in computer forensics and electronic discovery offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies was mentioned in a December 3, 2009 story.

Chestnut Hill College Building Named "Top 10 Scariest in the Northwest" by the Chestnut Hill Local

Fournier Hall, located on the campus at Chestnut Hill College was included in a list of "Scariest Places in Northwest Philadelphia" in the Chestnut Hill Local.

Chestnut Hill College Alumna Publishes Op.ed. in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jean Love Robinson '07, the oldest graduate in the history of the College, wrote an opinion piece published in the November 2, 2009 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the abuse and death of Charlenni Ferreira.

Chestnut Hill College Adjunct and Sports Memorabilia Expert Interviewed on World Series Merchandise

Ted Taylor, adjunct professor of communications and owner of STAT Authentic, a sports memorabilia and authentication company, was interviewed extensively for his expertise during the World Series. Ted was included in articles in the Times Chronicle and in other local papers, and was also interviewed by NBC-10, KYW News Radio, and Action News.

Help Eleanor Emlen Elementary Create a Library for Their Students!

As the holidays approach, please consider dropping off a book to help the Emlen School! Chestnut Hill College is actively seeking donations of new and gently used books (K-6) to help create a library for Eleanor Emlen Elementary in West Mount Airy, Philadelphia. The Kappa Delta Epsilon education honor society is working on the creation of the library as a service project, with other clubs, faculty, and staff members pledging their time and support. Boxes will be located outside Rm. 11 in the basement of St. Joseph Hall and at the security desk in Fournier Hall for on-going donations.

Emlen Elementary has been a Professional Development School Partner with Chestnut Hill College for several years, and the Emlen School mentors Chestnut Hill education students during practicum and student teaching experiences. Help Chestnut Hill College give the gift of a library to Emlen! Please contact Jessica Kahn at regarding any questions or donations.

Upcoming Events:

Montessori Dinner and Lecture: Effective Communication: At the Heart of Education
Speaker: Pamela J. Holland

January 8, 2010 at 6 p.m.
Rotunda, St. Joseph Hall and Social Room, Fournier Hall
Information: 215.416.2320

Seminar: Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning
Instructor: Pamela Livingstone

January 15, 2010, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Room 216, Martino Hall
Information: 215.248.7008

Faculty Colloquium: "Catholic Intimacy: Integrating Appreciation of Sexuality and Science into Our Practices of Prayer and Faith."
Speaker: Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.

January 27, 2010

Speaker: Susan Retik, Beyond the 11th Organization

March 1, 2010
Information: 215.248.7184

17th Biomedical Lecture
Speaker: Dr. Mary Brandt, Center for Disease Control

April 10, 2010 at 4 p.m.
East Parlor
Information: 215.248.7159

Student Spotlight: Fishing for a Championship

For some, fishing is a relaxing hobby, but Chestnut Hill College sophomores Adrian Avena and Troy Eikenberry take their fishing very seriously. As founders of Chestnut Hill's fishing club, they placed in the top five in the National Guard FLW College Fishing tournament in New York, and went on to North Carolina to compete for $50,000 at the northern regional championship November 7-9. They placed 17th out of 40 in Maryland in June, and 13th in New York in other summer tournaments. In the future, they hope they can increase the club's membership and send more teams to fishing tournaments next year. The National Guard FLW College Fishing is a nationwide competitive bass-fishing program that is open to all full-time students of four-year colleges and universities. For more information visit See more information in the articles on and the Davidson News.