November 11, 2008

The Griffin News Update, a new e-newsletter created by the Office of Communications, features College mentions in the news, faculty highlights, events, and little-known facts about CHC.

Chestnut Hill College in the News
Lynn Brandsma mentioned in music story in Phlare Magazine
Lynn Brandsma, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed in Phlare Magazine, a publication for Philadelphia business women, on "Music and the Monster Within."

Rick Malloy Reviews "A Persistent Peace" for The Huffington Post

Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and cultural anthropology, reviews Jesuit John Dear’s new book A Persistent Peace (Loyola Press 2008) on The Huffington Post.

In addition, Father Malloy’s article from America Magazine in July, "Religious Life in the Age of Facebook" was picked up and reprinted in a journal published by the Dominicans, Religious Life Review, out of Dublin, Ireland. Religious Life Review is widely disseminated among English speaking religious orders across the globe.

Former Chestnut Hill History Professor Speaks about Alexis de Tocqueville
John Lukacs, former history professor at Chestnut Hill, was profiled in a story in The Evening Bulletin about the contemporary relevance of Alexis de Tocqueville in democracy.

Dr. Lukacs was also profiled in a September 19th article of The Evening Bulletin, "Retired History Professors Flays Populism in U.S., World."

Mount Saint Joseph Academy Celebrates 150 Years
Chestnut Hill College is mentioned in the Roxborough Review story as the founding site of Mount St. Joseph Academy, and Chestnut Hill’s involvement in their 150th anniversary.

Chestnut Hill College event chosen as Citypaper "Agenda Pick"
"Achieving a Nuclear Weapons-Free World" with speaker Hans Blix on October 22nd at the College was named an "Agenda Pick" by the Philadelphia Citypaper, and featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Alumni News
Chestnut Hill Alumnus to Return to Sudan to Reunite with Mother
Chestnut Hill alumnus James Lual was featured in a story in The Fingerlakes Times while visiting schools in Central New York and speaking about his experiences as a "Lost Boy" of Sudan. He will be returning to Sudan for three months to reunite with his mother.

Susan A. Fisher promoted to Charitable Trust Officer of Univest Corporation
Susan A. Fisher, an alumna of Chestnut Hill’s graduate program, was promoted to charitable trust officer of Univest Corporation. The Pottstown Mercury ran the announcement in the October 13, 2008 edition of the paper.

Student News
Chestnut Hill Graduate Student Coaching Springside Hockey
The Chestnut Hill Local wrote a story about Tara Maguire, Springside’s field hockey coach, who is also a student in the School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill.

Local Newspapers Recognize National Chestnut Hill College Phi Beta Lambda Winners
Deborah Monsey was recognized by her hometown paper for her win at the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference this summer. Phi Beta Lambda, the collegiate chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, is the largest student business leadership organization in the country.

Amanda Cappelletti and Megan Smith were also mentioned in The Pottstown Mercury for their national wins at the Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference.

Event Spotlight:
empty_bowlEmpty Bowl Dinner
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This annual event, held at the College every November, goes to the heart of the mission of Chestnut Hill College: to help and serve. The Empty Bowl Dinner is the annual fundraising dinner for the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide food and shelter to local homeless families. Local businesses, schools, and potters donate clay bowls, while local restaurants donate soups, breads, and desserts. For a small fee, diners can select a hand-crafted bowl and enjoy fare from over 56 restaurants and bakeries in the Philadelphia area. At the end of the evening, diners take home their empty bowl as a reminder of those who face hunger every day. Chestnut Hill students donate their time and talents to serve soup and help run the event, which has raised more than $10,000 for the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Want more information? Contact Lisa Mixon at

Upcoming Events:
Fall Fair Trade Event
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chestnut Hill’s Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Giving Event will take place in the music corridor, St. Joseph Hall.

Empty Bowl Event
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Come enjoy soup and delights from local restaurants at Chestnut Hill’s 10th Annual Empty Bowl on November 12, 2008 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. in Sorgenti Arena.

Fall Science and Religion Lecture
Friday, November 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Keith Ward from The University of Oxford will present the lecture "The Big Questions in Science and Religion" on November 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Room.

Fall Undergraduate Open House
Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Noon
The School of Undergraduate Studies will hold a Fall Open House on November 22, 2008.

Carol Night
Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Chestnut Hill College’s Annual Carol Night will take place on December 5, 2008 in the Rotunda of St. Joseph Hall.

Undergraduate Saturday Visit
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10 a.m.
The School of Undergraduate Studies will hold a Saturday visit for prospective students on December 6, 2008.

Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 3 p.m. and
Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m.

Chestnut Hill will hold its annual Christmas Concert on December 6 in St. Peters Church in Lafayette Hill and on Sunday, December 7 in the Motherhouse Auditorium.

Continuing Studies Info Session
Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 6 p.m.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will hold an information session on Thursday, December 11, 2008.

Did You Know?
Chestnut Hill College plays Quidditch!
Photo credit: Andrea Fernandes '09
Quidditch, better known as the wizarding sport played on broomsticks in the beloved Harry Potter series, has leapt off the pages of the fantasy book- and onto college campuses. Muggle Quidditch, which was created at Middlebury College in 2005, consists of components of several sports: football, dodgeball, and a game of hide and go seek, although all elements from J.K. Rowling's tale are fully represented, including riding broomsticks. The first CHC Quidditch tournament was held at the College in early October, and a team of CHC students went to the Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup held at Middlebury College in Vermont on October 26, 2008. Chestnut Hill tested their Quidditch skills against fourteen other schools, including Princeton University, Vassar, Amherst, and Boston University and came in third place. Go Griffins!
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