Spring Convocation 2009  

Release Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Erica Hart 

Chestnut Hill College Department of Chemistry and Physics award recipient Erica Hart receives her award from Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry at the College.


Anna BortnickAnna Bortnick, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and alumna of Chestnut Hill College delivered the keynote address to the Chestnut Hill College community at the 2009 Honors Convocation on April 26, 2009.


Anne PearsallAnne Pearsall received the Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Award at Honors Convocation (left) from Lisa McKernan, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology. Anne graduated on May 9, 2009 with a 4.0 G.P.A.  


Cora MahonCora Mahon ’11, an English and communications major, was awarded the 2009 St. Catherine Medal. Bestowed upon a sophomore or junior, this award recognizes an individual that represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education. The recipient is selected by faculty and classmates on the basis of leadership and service. 

April's Honors Convocation was highlighted by roll calls for academic, athletic, and departmental honors, as well as the highly anticipated annual scholarship and awards presentations.

The convocation address was delivered by Anna Bortnick, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and alumna of Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Bortnick graduated from Chestnut Hill College in 1997 summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. While at Chestnut Hill, she was a presidential scholar in the Interdisciplinary Scholars Program, served in student government as the vice president for academic affairs, and was awarded the St. Catherine Medal, the College’s highest honor for students. After graduation from Chestnut Hill College, Dr. Bortnick entered the combined M.D. and Ph.D. program at the College of Medicine at Drexel University with a full academic scholarship.

In 2005, Anna graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from Drexel University with an award for excellence in clinical and academic medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later went on to serve as chief resident at the West Roxbury Veteran Administration Hospital. Dr. Bortnick returned to Philadelphia in July 2008 to pursue a cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

The Dorothea E. Fenton '28 Memorial Medal was presented for the first time at the 1929 Honors Convocation for “qualities of cooperation and loyalty to the school;” in recognition of a senior’s “eager pursuit of all that pertains to the higher life of the spirit and gracious courtesy in the contacts of life.” The recipient of the award is a senior student nominated by staff and faculty for possessing the qualities of cooperation and loyalty to the school. Raul Angel Garcia ’09, a biology major and the recipient of this year’s award, is lauded by his peers as someone who “leads by example in all things, is responsible and accountable in the classroom, in the lab, on the Quidditch field, and is ready to serve others at a moment’s notice.”


Eileen WebbDistinguished Service Award recipient Eileen Webb, manager of employee relations (left), with Sister Carol Jean Vale.


Tetyana StulkivskaAmerican Chemical Society Philadelphia Chapter Chemistry Award recipient Tetyana Stulkivska (left) with Associate Professor of Chemistry Sheldon Miller, Ph.D.


Raul Angel GarciaRaul Angel Garcia ’09 recipient of the Dorothea E. Fenton ’28 Memorial Medal is congratulated by College president, Sister Carol Jean Vale.