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Felix Rosado joins the Chestnut Hill College community as an inspiring and unconventional adjunct professor. Just two years ago he was serving a sentence of death by incarceration (more commonly known as life without parole), from which he was freed via governor clemency after 27 years. 

exerior shot of St. Joseph Hall

Chestnut Hill College is pleased to announce that it has received a $3.2 million gift from the estate of Regina M. Cuta-Papa, M.D. The generous contribution is the largest ever faculty-focused gift in the College’s history, and through it, will allow the creation of an endowed chair in the sciences, the College's first.

nursing students work together in a classroom setting

With an eye toward the future, on Friday, May 10th during National Nurses Week, Chestnut Hill College announced Pennsylvania Board of Nursing’s approval for two new nursing programs within its newly created Department of Nursing and Nursing Clinical Arts Center (NCAC). The first is a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program, and the second is an accelerated second-degree BSN pre-licensure program, designed for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and are looking to become registered nurses.

Pedro Vicente and Juan Molina, winners of the 2023 Griffin Tank, present at a podium.

During the semester-long project, students are paired with a local Chestnut Hill business to consult and develop business plans, which include completing a feasibility study, providingfinancial advice, and marketing recommendations. 

Students working on a treadmill activity in lab.
Chestnut Hill College proudly announces the establishment of its state-of-the-art exercise lab, situated adjacent to the bookstore on the ground floor of Saint Joseph Hall. Formerly a computer lab, this space has been transformed to cater to the needs of students enrolled in courses including Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Prescription, and Biomechanics.
image illustrating output generated by a machine learning system created by Valerie

Valerie Kalchenko, ’24 was selected by Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), the international honor society for professions in technology, as one of the winners of its prestigious 2024 Undergraduate Student Research Warner Award. The awards program, established in honor of William Everett Warner, the founder of EPT, is a planned annual competition open to all undergraduate students who are good standing members of EPT.

students standing with red flag inside building

On October 20, 2023, students Arne Bouckaert (foreign exchange student, Belgium), Peter Calandra `24, and Chris Velasco `26 headed to Washington, D.C. with Andrea Wentzell '15, M.A., instructor in computer science, to attend the Consortium for Computing Science in Colleges (CCSC) Eastern Region annual conference at Bay Atlantic University, taking fifth place in the conference's programming competition.

group photo of students inducted into Sigma Zeta Honor Society

2023 saw nearly 100 CHC students inducted into honor societies. Here you will find a round-up of those inductions.

students in the classroom

Launched in the summer of 2022 thanks to funding from a U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant, Chestnut Hill College has a free-to-attend four-week summer transition program that helps incoming, first-year students adjust to College by providing academic enrichment, community building, and experiential learning activities.

students in the classroom

One of the tenets of the NCAA's Division II philosophy is a strong focus on academics, not just athletics. This is a quality that Chestnut Hill College has long-embodied, even before going D2 in August 2007.

Saint Joseph Hall

As part of a new inclusive series of workshops with real-world impact, the Media and Communications program and the Center for Integrated Humanities recently welcomed investigative reporter, Claudia Vargas, to speak with students. 

From L to R: Professors Christine Fylypovich, Thomasina White, Sister Mary Helen Kashba, Sister Jean Faustman, and Carmen Villegas Rogers pose with the PSMLA Merit Award in acknowledgement of their great commitment to the study of world languages.

In celebration of a fervent commitment to the study of world languages, Chestnut Hill Chestnut is proud to be the recipient of the 2021 Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) Merit Award. Given annually, this award recognizes the dedication of individuals and institutions who have provided exceptional service in promoting and supporting the study of world languages both inside and outside of the classroom. 

science faculty giving lectures

CHC faculty are committed to new ways of thinking, high-quality research, and academic excellence. Their stories of hope, scientific progress, and positive student outcomes are brought to life through the most recent edition of the Chestnut Hill College Magazine. 

Women's Suffrage 101 graphic

March is Women's History Month! Integrated Humanities Center Chair, Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., takes the opportunity to interview Lorraine Coons, Ph.D., Professor of History and Co-Director of the Women's Studies minor, about the history of a women's right to vote in this "Suffrage 101" interview.

Students in classroom


CHC is delighted to announce that it plans to fully re-open its campus with in-person, on-campus learning for the fall 2021 semester, scheduled to start in late August.

black background with text: "impeachment 101 - an interview with CHC historian David Contosta - spring 2021"

Impeachment is in the news, but exactly what is it and how does it work?  Integrated Humanities Center Chair, Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., interviewed CHC History Professor, David Contosta, Ph.D., about the history and process of impeachment in the United States.

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Twice a year, Chestnut Hill College seniors have the opportunity to present papers, posters and offer presentations on research topics of their choice. This senior seminar is the culmination of a student's undergraduate career and represents the final milestone needed prior to graduation.


Chestnut Hill College and Lehigh Carbon Community College have entered into a new transfer articulation agreement that allows LCCC graduates to seamlessly transfer credits to CHC.

Sharon Benaderet–Cohen

Local author and teacher Sharon Benaderet–Cohen recently spoke to Chestnut Hill College’s 22 student teachers about her teaching career and her book, “Touch a Life.”

Illustration by Samantha Slade

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is the newest academic program for graduate students and the first offered entirely online. Developed alongside industry experts, the program, launching this fall, will open doors for students to one of the country’s fastest-growing job sectors.

Nora Madison

Nora Madison, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and coordinator of CHC's communication program, is the recipient of the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant.

Sr. Dorothy and class

This semester early childhood education students authored and illustrated children's books.

Nicole Monteiro

Nicole Monteiro, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, recently contributed to a global health workshop in Ontario, Canada.

Sister Carol with Sister Kathy Duffy, who is retiring after 30 years of service to the College.

Faculty and staff were recently honored at CHC's Annual Service and Retirement Awards Celebration.

Scott Browning

Psychology professor Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP, was re-elected to the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology.

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba

Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, DML, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2019 Nelson H. Brooks Award for her distinguished service and leadership in the foreign language teaching profession.

graphic novel project

A class of early education students from Chestnut Hill College collaborated over the fall semester with third-graders from the St. Genevieve School on imagining, writing, editing and designing graphic novels.

Maida Milone offered a talk about the basics of the judicial system.

Maida Milone, president of PMC, spoke about the ins and outs of the judicial system during her workshop.

Jeremy Black with students

Students recently traveled to Haverford to listen to a talk by Dr. Jeremy Black, a historian and an author from the University of Exeter, who discussed the political tumult currently affecting Europe and beyond.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Sisters of Saint Joseph Mission Fund, students in the School of Undergraduate Studies will be able to benefit from a new initiative, the lending library.

John E. Wetzel

This year, Secretary of Corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania John E. Wetzel will present CHC's commencement address.

Alpha Lambda Delta

With the end of each academic year comes recognition of the scholarly achievements made by students. This year, Chestnut Hill College was proud to induct more than 100 new members to the college's 20 honor societies.

senior seminar

Once again, the end of the semester rolled around quickly and Senior Seminar was held on April 26 in the Rotunda and in several classrooms.

Arms and Sickle

An expansive, interdisciplinary conference will take place next month, attracting presenters and participants from around the world.

ALD induction 2017

CHC recently received the 2017 Delta Gold Award from Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), the National Honor Society for First-Year Students, for its commitment to the academic success of its students.

Phage Hunters

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Benico with drawings

For one week at the end of June, 12 local students (of middle school age) immersed themselves in a summer science and art camp at CHC where they learned to observe and artistically reproduce diverse preserved and living organisms.

sister carol

In honor of Sister Carol's 25 years of service as president to Chesnut Hill College, CHC established the Sister Carol Fund for Academic Initiatives, which has now raised over $100,000.

senior seminar

Once again, the end of the semester rolled around quickly and Senior Seminar was held on April 26 in the Rotunda and in several classrooms.

Chris Lowney

Chestnut Hill College is proud to celebrate its 90th Commencement on Saturday, May 13, at which time 270 students will receive their diplomas. Chris Lowney will be the commencement speaker. 


Neumann University provided a quaint and inspiring setting for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education’s 2017 Honors Conference on March 25. 

RVCC agreement

CHC has signed an agreement with Raritan Valley Community College in N.J., allowing students to easily transfer from the two-year school after earning their associate’s degree.

Paul Offit, M.D.

Paul A. Offit, M.D., will present “How to Communicate Science to the Public—or Die Trying.”

IRS lecture

Is there a contradiction between what we learn from science and what we learn from theology? How can scientific discoveries enlighten religious beliefs? These are some of the questions asked and discussed by the Institute for Religion and Science (IRS) hosted at Chestnut Hill College.

EU minor

A new interdisciplinary minor in European Union and European Studies was recently approved by the College’s Curriculum Committee.

Bindu Methikalam

Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, has been selected to participate in the American Psychological Association’s Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholars Program.

Maurice Hall

Chestnut Hill College welcomed colleagues from institutions within the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) to this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Workshop at SugarLoaf January 28.

organizational leadership logo

Chestnut Hill College has added two majors effective this semester in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies and one that will be available in the fall 2017 semester in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Sister Carol Jean Vale

The Board of Directors of Chestnut Hill College reappointed Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., as President of the College for a sixth and final term of a maximum of five years, effective July 1. 

massey senior seminar

College is the culmination of four years of hard work, long study hours and students finding and pursuing a passion to one day turn into a career.

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.

SCPS Celebrates 20 Years of Educating Adult Learners at CHC

A typical Montessori classroom consists of five learning areas including practical life, which is depicted above

Seeing the need for an integrative elementary education program, Sister Mary Xavier enlisted the help of Sister Mary Harold, a CHC graduate with a master’s degree in Montessori Elementary Education from Xavier University. Thanks to her commitment, CHC became one of just six U.S. colleges or universities to support a Montessori education curriculum at the undergraduate level.

Group of students

Just before the beginning of the fall semester, a group of first-year and transfer students moved onto campus a week early. They're not here to get a jump on classwork, rather they're part of the Leadership, Engagement and Service (LENS) program.

Joey Galantuomo '17 and Sister Meg share a hug upon the presentation of the journals.

Students received a unique opportunity when they interviewed sisters living at St. Joseph’s Villa as part of last fall’s Death and Dying class taught by Marie Conn, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and fellow of thanatology, assisted by Shane McCarthy, service learning assistant in career development.

CHC and Temple students pose together following the debate.

A group of CHC students from the political science department traveled to the mayor’s reception room in City Hall for an informative and substantive debate with students from Temple University.

Ana Marjanovic Shane

Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D., associate professor of education, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar grant and will spend four months in Serbia, teaching at the University of Belgrade.


CHC hosted the SEPCHE Honors Conference in April for the third time, bringing together some of the best and brightest young minds from the group’s member institutions.

Commencement 2015

CHC will celebrate its 89th Commencement on Saturday, May 14, when nearly 400 students will receive their diplomas.

student success

Every student is different, of course, but it’s likely most can use a little help once in a while as they navigate through their college experience. The Office of Student Success helps students do just that through individual attention and support.

video conference

Students from Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will join CHC students for a three-part videoconference moderated by representatives from  United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Wayne Jacoby, co-founder of Global Education Motivators (GEM), an educational non-governmental organization located at CHC.

Ally and Sr. Carol

The undergraduate academic career of Allison Eberly ’14, a current doctoral candidate in the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt University, can be summed up in five words: research, research and more research.


Chestnut Hill College is proud to host the 18th Annual SEPCHE Honors Conference on Saturday, April 2. The Honors Conference is an academic symposium that showcases honors students as they present their research scholarship, performance and concluding work to peers across all eight member institutions. 


Thanks to an educational grant, CHC students have been able to receive a unique and beneficial student teaching experience that emphasizes individual development and mentoring.

Harald zur Hausen

Dr. Harald zur Hausen will present his evolving research on cervical cancer, and his current research on the role of novel viruses in cancers of the colon and breast, as well as in multiple sclerosis.

Jack Gulati

Jack Gulati, presented the lecture “Balancing Business and Family to Achieve True Wealth and Happiness.”

SEPCHE conference

SEPCHE recently hosted their fourth annual Diversity Conference. This year’s theme was Valuing and Embracing Diversity: Exploring Interfaith Dialogue.

PsyD poster session

Recently, 19 doctoral students in their third year of the five-year Psy.D. program, presented their research in the form of a poster session that was open to all students, faculty and staff on the College campus.

Sister Mary Xavier Kirby

It is with heavy heart that the College announces the passing of its fourth president, Sister Mary Xavier Kirby.

Carl Herberger

For the first time, Chestnut Hill College, in conjunction with the Delaware Valley High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), hosted a professional networking event and conference on cyber forensics and security.

Shatha Salemn '16 poses with her poster

Four years of hard work, education and learned experience in a particular field culminates in the opportunity for a senior to share his or her final assignment with the entire College community. Recently 93 seniors did just that, presenting posters in the Rotunda or oral presentations in the East Parlor. 

biomedical lecture

On October 21, the East Parlor filled with students, faculty and staff who wanted to learn more about the topic of Precision Medicine in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The lecture was part of the acclaimed Biomedical Lecture Series presented twice annually by the Biology Department.

Dr. Hunger will deliver the lecture “Precision Medicine in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. 

Psy.D. Program Earns Reaccreditation

In mid-May, the Department of Professional Psychology earned reaccreditation for its Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Articulation Agreement Signed by CHC and Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Biology Department at Chestnut Hill College has signed an articulation agreement for an Immersive Undergraduate Research Program with Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC), according to Joe Kulkosky, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department.