December 15, 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

Quidditch is the Name of the Game

Chestnut Hill College enjoyed a flurry of media mentions after the College’s Quidditch team emerged 3rd best at the Collegiate Quidditch World Cup at Middlebury College this past October. From NPR to MTV, local (and not so local) news outlets highlighted the rise of this unusual sport, and the "small but mighty" Chestnut Hill Quidditch team.

Empty Bowl Dinner Feeds Many for Good Cause

Chestnut Hill College raised more than $10,000 for the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network at the 10th Annual Empty Bowl dinner held at the College. Chestnut Hill College received recognition from several local papers and blogs:

The Empty Bowl Dinner was also mentioned in articles in the Leader, The Roxborough Review, The Germantown Courier, and the Mount Airy Times Express.

Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D. Pens Articles for Busted Halo

Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., associate professor of cultural anthropology, penned two new articles for the Busted Halo Web site, "The Obama Gap" and "God Doesn’t Need an Invitation." Malloy is a frequent contributor to Busted Halo and to other media outlets.

Chestnut Hill College Lectures receive Mind Menu Nod from Inquirer

Two lectures held at Chestnut Hill College recently were published in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s selective Mind Menu listings. David Contosta’s lecture, "Campaigning for the Presidency: An Historical Perspective" and The Reverend Donald J. Moore, S.J., Ph.D., lecture, "Possibilities for Peace in the Holy Land: Current Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives" both were included in the October 26, 2008 edition of the paper.

Faculty Member’s New Non-Profit Featured in Pottstown Mercury Article

The Pottstown Mercury wrote an article about Joan Kellett, an instructor at Chestnut Hill College, and her new non-profit, Don’t Dine Alone, which aims to let people enjoy good cuisine and company at local restaurants in the area.

David Contosta’s "Rebel Giants" Reviewed by Star Ledger

David Contosta, Ph.D., professor of history, had his latest book, "Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin" included in a round-up of books written about Abraham Lincoln in conjunction with his 200th Anniversary of his birth in The Star Ledger. "Rebel Giants" was also mentioned in Newsweek Magazine in July and other media outlets.

Alumni in the News

Alumna Nancy Loving ’68 Joins YWCA USA Senior Executive Staff

Nancy Loving ’68 was named Director of Communications and Marketing at the YWCA, a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to social service, advocacy, education, leadership development, and racial justice. Loving is also the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor bestowed upon a graduate of the College for a history of accomplishment in their business or profession or in civic, philanthropic, or other volunteer activities.

Time Out For Sports

CHC Cross Country Coach Wins Harrisburg Marathon

The Penn Live Sports Blog, which is part of The Patriot News, wrote an article about Cross Country Coach Lowell Ladd, who won the 36th Annual Harrisburg Marathon on November 9, 2008.

Jesse Balcer on Al Woods Radio Show

Chestnut Hill College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jesse Balcer recently went on The Al Woods Show to talk about athletes being recruited to college basketball programs. The Al Woods Show is an online radio show and blog that covers high school and college sports.

Rachel Steinberg Interviewed by The Sports Capital

Rachel Steinberg, a senior on the tennis team at Chestnut Hill, was recent interviewed by The Sports Capital, an online college sports blog.

Chestnut Hill Local Covers Men’s and Women’s Hoops

The Chestnut Hill Local wrote a short preview of the men’s basketball season in the November 28, 2008 edition of the paper, as well as an announcement of the new women’s basketball coach, Kiesha King.

Did You Know? – College Decorating Night

soaring Celebrating its 81st year, the Christmas Decorating Night tradition was introduced in 1927 by the first graduating class of the College as a Senior Class activity where the students would present a Christmas tree to the faculty (whom at the time, were mostly Sisters of St. Joseph). Over the years, this tradition has expanded to become an all-night decorating event, where students from each class year come together to create elaborate-themed displays of decorations before the traditional Carol Night concert the following evening. Themes from over the years have included Victorian landscapes, A Dickens Christmas, Christmas in the Woods, and Candyland. Every class at the College is now responsible for decorating an assigned area, each with a different theme and look to the decorations, which are planned months in advance.

Students over time have also added their own humorous touch to tradition- they now sing Christmas Carols outside the President’s residence in the early morning hours when they are finished decorating.

This year, due to overwhelming requests from first-year students, the Alumni Relations Office held a Fireside Chat for students and alums, inviting students to learn more about this tradition and getting involved. Patricia Canning ’70, director of alumni relations at Chestnut Hill College, organized the chat and has reported a renewed interest in the tradition. "This tradition is the equivalent to "comfort food" for students," she said. "They are very interested in where they fit in, and how they can be part of the tradition as well." Decorating night took place on the evening of December 4, 2008.

Upcoming Events:

Continuing Studies Information Session

Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10 a.m.
The School of Continuing Studies will hold an information session for prospective students in the Social Room of Fournier Hall.

Montessori Program Dinner and Speaker

Friday, January 16, 2009
There will be a dinner and keynote address by award-winning photographer and author Joanne Dugan at the College.

School of Undergraduate Studies Saturday Visit

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Continuing Studies Information Session

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6 p.m.
The School of Continuing Studies will hold an information session for prospective students in the Social Room of Fournier Hall.

School of Undergraduate Studies Saturday Visit

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Lecture: Jay McDaniel

Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Professor of Religion, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas
The Prophetic Witness of Chinese Spirituality for World Christianity
Social Room, Fournier Hall

College Hosting PHENND Conference

Friday, February 27, 2009
Chestnut Hill College will host the PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) Conference.

Continuing Studies Information Session

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The School of Continuing Studies will hold an information session for prospective students in the Social Room of Fournier Hall.

Spring Biomedical Speaker

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Randall W. Culp, M.D., one of the region’s "Top Doctors" and a rising star in the field of hand surgery will speak at the College.

An Emerald Evening
Casino Night and Fundraiser

Saturday, March 14, 2009

School of Undergraduate Studies Saturday Visit

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Master's Level Information Session

Sunday, March 21, 2009
The School of Graduate Studies will hold an information session for prospective students in St. Joseph Hall.

Public Lecture: John Dear, SJ

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Inaugural lecture for the College's Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation