February 16, 2009
The Griffin News Update, an 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

Lawrence Little Lecture Highlighted on Chestnut Hill Local Web site

 “The Quest for Black Citizenship” was mentioned in the “People” section of the Web site for The Chestnut Hill Local and in the print version the week of February 9, 2009.

David Contosta interviewed for Lincoln/Darwin Bicentennial story in Danbury Times

David Contosta, Ph.D., professor of history, was recently interviewed for an article in The News-Times of Danbury, Connecticut about the Lincoln and Darwin Bicentennial. Dr. Contosta also spoke about his book, Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin at a lecture at the University of Connecticut on February 10, 2009.

In addition, Dr. Contosta spoke at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois where he participated in a round table discussion and was interviewed by C-SPAN. Later that evening he attended a celebration with a keynote address by President Barack Obama.

Chestnut Hill mentioned in Education story in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Chestnut Hill College was mentioned in a story in The Philadelphia Inquirer on January 27, 2009 about setting lower tuition raises for the upcoming academic year.

The Bulletin covers Archbishop Marchetto’s visit to Chestnut Hill

The Bulletin covered Archbishop Marchetto’s visit to the Philadelphia area and lectures at Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University. Archbishop Marchetto lectured on “The Love of Christ Towards Migrants” on Thursday, January 22, 2009. 

English Professor writes article for The Fitzgerald Review

Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, published the article "The American Dream Unhinged: Romance and Reality in The Great Gatsby and Fight Club" in The Fitzgerald Review. Dr. del Gizzo was also recently elected to a three year term on the board of The Hemingway Foundation. She will be responsible for the society's programming at large literature conferences, and serve as the liaison to The Hemingway collection stored at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts.

Time Out For Sports

CHC Men’s Basketball Coach interviewed on KYW Newsradio 1060

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jesse Balcer was interviewed by KYW Newsradio about taking a coaching position at Chestnut Hill College and his goals for the men’s basketball team.
Listen to the Interview (.mp3)

Chestnut Hill Basketball Player interviewed by The Sports Capital

Senior basketball player David E. Goode was interviewed about his collegiate playing career for a feature with The Sports Capital, an online college sports blog.

Did You Know?

John Kovach: Sociology Professor, Artist, and Motorcycle Enthusiast

John KovachJohn Kovach, associate professor of sociology at Chestnut Hill, is a motorcycle enthusiast and a metal sculpture artist outside of his classroom duties. Dr. Kovach rides about 15,000 miles a year on his bike, most recently taking a 16-day riding tour of the U.S. to Glacier National Park this past summer. He penned his travel experiences for the April issue of Motorcycle Cruiser magazine in the article, “Steel vs. Plastic.”

Dr. Kovach is also an accomplished metal sculpture artist, with an emphasis on sculpture for the sight impaired. In 2008, he received an award from LaSalle University’s Art Museum, and plans to create a piece of artwork that he will donate to the Overbrook School for the Blind. His artwork can be seen on his blog.

Dr. Kovach will have the opportunity to explore new countries this fall semester- he was chosen to participate in the Semester at Sea program, where he will teach courses in sociology.

Event Spotlight:

An Emerald Evening: Casino Night and Auction Fundraiser

March 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Don’t miss Chestnut Hill College’s annual Casino Night, a fabulous evening of food, fun, and prizes on March 14, 2009 in Sorgenti Arena. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you try your hand at slot machines, Texas Hold-Em Poker, Craps, Roulette and Black Jack. Later, turn in your winnings for raffle tickets to win prizes!
Tickets are $55 per person, and graduates of the College from the years 2003-2008 can get their casino tickets for a reduced fee. To order tickets and find out more details, please visit www.chc.edu/casino. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Hannan, events and project manager, at 215-753-3666 or e-mail hannanj@chc.edu.

Upcoming Events:

Public Lecture: Dr. Lawrence Little

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Associate Professor of African American History at Villanova University
"The Quest for Black Citizenship and the Future of America"

School of Undergraduate Studies Saturday Visit

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

Public Lecture at Woodmere Art Museum

Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 2 p.m.
Suzanne Conway, associate professor of art history at Chestnut Hill College will lecture on "Cecilia Beaux in France."

Tapestries of Kopanang Exhibit

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 through
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thirty-one embroidered panels tell the story of the Universe in this exhibit in the Dwight V. Dowley Gallery.

Spring Science and Religion 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 and Professional 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.

School of Undergraduate Studies Saturday Visit

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

An Emerald Evening
Casino Night and Fundraiser

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
May the luck of the Irish be with you at "An Emerald Evening," Chestnut Hill’s Annual Casino Fundraiser. Try your hand at Slot Machines, Black Jack, Roulette, and Texas Hold 'Em with the opportunity to win great prizes!

Master's Level Information Session

Saturday, 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
A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Non-Violent World
Inaugural lecture for the College's Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Lecture: Fernande Davis

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Musical: Fiddler on the Roof

April 3, 4, & 5, 2009
Chestnut Hill College Auditorium

Continuing Studies Information Session

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 6 p.m.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will hold an information session for prospective students in the Social Room of Fournier Hall.

Honors Convocation

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 1 p.m.

Music Colloquium

Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Edward Strauman, Ph.D., assistant professor of music will play excerpts from his new jazz recordings and speak about the compositional process he uses when writing music.