April 30, 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 mentioned in Architecture Story in The Evening Bulletin

Chestnut Hill College was mentioned in a story about Philadelphia architecture in the April 17, 2009 edition of The Evening Bulletin.

Chestnut Hill College Adjunct Professor Featured in Story in Kane Republican

Tonia (Ansel) Kaufman, an adjunct professor of music at Chestnut Hill College, was featured in the Kane Republican on her accomplishments as a musician and her work as fine arts coordinator for Colonial School District and as band director at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

Chestnut Hill College President Quoted in Inside Higher Ed Article

Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., was quoted in Inside Higher Education about the relationship between a Catholic college and their local bishop and diocese.

Assistant Professor of Religion Lectures at Seattle University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of cultural anthropology, traveled to Seattle University in April and presented several talks and workshops on the practice of the Catholic faith in a university setting. He conducted workshops with Seattle University employees in the Student Development and Mission and Ministry divisions, and met in a variety of contexts with students and faculty to discuss his book "A Faith That Frees" (Orbis books). He also gave a Public Square Forum Lecture, "A Faith that Frees: Catholicism in an Era of Hope and Change." The Public Square Forum Lecture draws an audience from both Seattle University and the wider civic community. Father Malloy also gave a public lecture, "St. Paul and A Faith That Frees: Ways to Think About Catholicism in a Scientific Culture" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

His recent article, "Crying Uncle," was featured in the April issue of U.S. Catholic.

Chestnut Hill College Alumna Combines Service and Learning in Daily Local News Article

The Daily Local News in West Chester featured alumna Andrea Varricchio in a March 30, 2009 story about service learning initiatives for students learning Spanish at West Chester University.

John Dear, S.J. Visit and Lecture Featured in Evening Bulletin

Chestnut Hill College was featured in a story in the March 17, 2009 edition of the Evening Bulletin on John Dear, S.J. lecture at the College in late March.

Chestnut Hill College Choral Director Inducted into Hall of Fame

The Intelligencer of Bucks County wrote about Bill Naydan, adjunct professor of music and choral director at Chestnut Hill College, in the April 22, 2009 edition on his induction into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Philadelphia Daily News Article Highlights Students Work and Father’s Expertise

Dan Rendine, Jr., a student in the instructional technology program at Chestnut Hill, was featured in a Philadelphia Daily News story about a cooking segment he filmed of his dad for a class and then posted on YouTube.

Time Out For Sports

Chestnut Hill College Sticksters Drub Tigers

In the April 16, 2009 edition of the Chestnut Hill Local, sports reporter Tom Utescher recalls Chestnut Hill’s lacrosse victory over Holy Family University.

Chestnut Hill College Baseball Player Receives CACC Honorable Mention

The Phoenix covered George Kochu’s CACC Honorable Mention for baseball.

Woodbury Senior Mentions Commitment to Chestnut Hill Basketball in Inquirer Article

Woodbury High School senior Mark DiRugeris mentions his commitment to Chestnut Hill College next year in this March 29, 2009 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Chestnut Hill College Softball Team Wins the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award

The Chestnut Hill College women’s softball team received the Team Sportsmanship Award from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) the week of April 28, 2009.

Upcoming Events:

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.


Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2 p.m.

Event Spotlight: Commencement

Karen S. Kelly, J.D., chief counsel to the Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania and Deputy State Treasurer will deliver the 82nd commencement address at Chestnut Hill College on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2 p.m..

Gerald Straub, social activist and producer of documentaries on social justice issues will receive an honorary degree from the College. Mr. Straub, who produced hit television shows such as "General Hospital," "Capital," and "The Doctors," is also the founder and president of The San Damiano Foundation, which produces films that celebrate the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi.

Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, who was recently appointed as the Special Representative to the Secretary of State for Global Partnership, will receive an honorary degree from the College. She also has served as the Ambassador to Portugal (1994-1997) and as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Madeline Albright (1997-2001).
More Information on Commencement >>

Did You Know?

Graduating Senior Psychology Major Publishes History Book

hildebrantSenior Rachel Hildebrandt, a psychology major at Chestnut Hill College with special interests in architecture and history, is the co-author of "The Philadelphia Architecture of Horace Trumbauer" (2009, Arcadia Publishing) Ms. Hildebrandt collaborated with the Old York Road Historical Society to study and propagate the history of the communities along and adjacent to Old York Road.

Architect Horace Trumbauer (1868–1938) was a prominent American architect known for a wide range of residential, commercial, and civic structures that he designed in and around the Philadelphia area. "The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer" showcases the architect’s most significant works, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Keswick Theatre, the Widener Building, Whitemarsh Hall, Lynnewood Hall, and Ardrossan. The College hosted a book signing for Ms. Hildebrandt on April 16, 2009 to celebrate her accomplishment.