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January 2017

January 2017

In this Issue

Fireworks on New Year's Eve

We have chosen the top stories of the past six months to ring in the new year, and we hope you enjoy reading them again.

Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D., President of Chestnut Hill College

Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D., will remain at the helm for another five-year term, having been reappointed as President of Chestnut Hill College by the Board of Directors on December 12.

Aaron Abdullah carries the American flag at CHC’s Commencement in May 2016. He earned his B.S. through SCPS and also earned his M.Ed. at CHC. Abdullah also is a military veteran.

CHC's School of Continuing & Professional Studies celebrates 20 years of educating adult learners.

Clement Hall classroom

For years, renovating the classrooms in Clement Hall has been on the College's capital improvement wish list. With the grant received from the Connelly Foundation last month, that wish can finally begin to come true.

high school group

Audience members were in for a treat on opening night of the 5th annual Harry Potter Academic Conference — the first time the conference has dedicated a day specifically for high schoolers. 

Qianna Snooks

Stephen Berk, Ph.D., ABPN, was a full-time faculty member in the Psy.D. program who was often considered a role model on how to balance a stellar career with being a dedicated father, husband and friend. After his death in 2012, The Stephen N. Berk Memorial Award was created to honor his life’s work.

The Griffins home opener game against Princeton in September 2015.

When Mike Pearson, head sprint football coach, first got the job in November 2014, he had a two-year plan in mind to build the program from scratch.

Sister Carol and Owen Frenia

Inspiring Youngster Throws out Ceremonial Pitch at 3rd Annual CHC Night at the Phillies
Sister Carol gives Owen Frenia a chance on the mound.

Election 2016 button

History may one day remember the election of President Donald J. Trump as a manifestation of the inevitable.
Guest editorial by Jeffrey Carroll, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science

Fall Convocation 2016

In 2020, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics, NASA will launch a mission to Mars and Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

CHC's website home page

Chestnut Hill College unveiled a new home page over winter break designed to appeal to a range of visitors while improving its message to the primary and largest audience--prospective students and their families. 

The class of 1966 was inducted as the newest Golden Griffins during Reunion Weekend 2016.

The Alumni Relations Office is an extremely busy place all year 'round. We take you back for a look at what's been happening in the last few months.

Deborah Breidinger Vicario ’73 visits St. Joseph Hall in August with her daughter, Terra and grandson, Jake.

Sharing the Wonders of CHC
On a warm, late August afternoon, Deborah Breidinger Vicario ’73 gave in to her grandson’s requests to visit Chestnut Hill College and drove to the campus from her home in North Plainfield, N.J., with her daughter, Terra, and seven-year-old Jake.

Griffins in the News logo

Alumni, faculty, staff and students continue to make news and local news outlets continue to take notice. Griffins in the News lists some of these noteworthy mentions.


The temperature is dropping and forecasts call for snow. Time to get shovels ready!