March 18, 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

Chestnut Hill College Featured in KYW News Radio Stories

KYW News Radio 1060 featured Chestnut Hill College in two segments this month.

Matt Leon of KYW interviewed Jodie King Smith '94
, dean of enrollment management, on the large increase in the number of applications for the fall 2009 semester.

Lynne Adkins of KYW News Radio interviewed Sister Mary Darrah, SSJ, assistant to the president for mission and ministry, about the alternative spring break trip to Frenchville, Pennsylvania. During their week-long trip in Clearfield County, students embraced a simple lifestyle by abstaining from using cell phones, iPods, radio, TV, and not eating junk food.

Music Professor Interviewed by The Press of Atlantic City on Publishing Music Online

Edward Strauman, Ph.D., assistant professor of music, was interviewed by The Press of Atlantic City on the benefits and drawbacks of publishing music online.

Lawrence Little Lecture Receives "Mind Menu" Nod from The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Quest for Black Citizenship" lecture given by Lawrence Little at the College on February 17, 2009 was highlighted in the Mind Menu section of the The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Chestnut Hill College Presidential Service Award mentioned in The Roxborough Review

The Roxborough Review published an announcement about Chestnut Hill College receiving a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts to America's communities. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Times Chronicle and Glenside News Cover Student's Book Publication

Rachel Hildebrandt, a senior at Chestnut Hill College, wrote The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (Arcadia Publishing, 2009) with the Old York Road Historical Society. The Glenside News and the Times Chronicle both carried stories about the book signing and the importance of Horace Trumbauer's architecture to the Philadelphia area.

Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. Interviewed By The Evening Bulletin

Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. was interviewed by The Evening Bulletin for an article about the College's Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and John Dear's upcoming visit to the College.

Time Out for Sports

Philadelphia Daily News Profiles Chestnut Hill Men's Basketball Player

Julian McFadden, a junior on the College's basketball team, was featured in an article in The Philadelphia Daily News about his dedication to his young son, his studies at Chestnut Hill, and his success playing basketball.

Rick Malloy, S.J. Ph.D. Writes Feature Article on Service for Busted Halo

Rick Malloy, S.J. Ph.D., assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Chestnut Hill College, wrote "Making Friends in Real Low Places" about students considering service after graduation for the Busted Halo Web site.

Chestnut Hill Students Make the Grade

The academic achievements of Chestnut Hill College students receive plenty of recognition in their hometown papers. The following papers mentioned Chestnut Hill College Dean's List achievements:
Delco Daily Times (Delaware County)
Advance of Bucks County
Village Beacon Record (NY)
Intelligencer (Bucks County)
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre)
Hammonton News (Hammonton, NJ)
The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA)

Did you know?

Students and Alumni Use Artistic Ability to Benefit Local Hospital

Margie Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A., associate professor of art, adjunct faculty member Andrea O'Driscoll '97, and three Chestnut Hill College students decorated wooden chests that were donated to the "Chests for Hope" fundraising event. Benefiting the expansion of The Breast Care Center at Lankenau Hospital, the highlight of the "Chests for Hope" event was the live auction of hand crafted wood chests, in a variety of sizes from Lancaster County, which were decorated and hand painted by local artists. The three decorated chests donated from the College, inspired from scenes from Tuscany, the medieval/baroque era, and artist Frida Khalo, generated over $1700 for Lankenau Hospital.

Event Spotlight

John Dear, S.J. and the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

John Dear, S.J., peace activist, lecturer, and author will present the inaugural lecture of the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall. The topic of John Dear's lecture is "To Change the World, We Must Change Ourselves." Known for his decades-long work for peace and non-violence in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee's lecture is based on his recently published memoir, "A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Non-Violent Heart."

John Dear's lecture serves as the inaugural lecture for the College's Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, designed to be a learning laboratory for research and scholarship where forgiveness and reconciliation will be explored as alternatives to violence and conflict in our culture. For more information, please contact Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D., at 215.248.7099 or e-mail

Upcoming Events:

Harry Wedeen Master Piano Class

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.
Harvey Wedeen, chair of the Keyboard Department at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, will present a master class with piano majors of the College's music department.

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.

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

Fair Trade Event

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11 a.m.
Buy and sample Fair Trade Goods in the music corridor of St. Joseph Hall.

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.