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Kim Murphy

Last September, Kimberly Murphy ’12 SCPS was promoted to the position of assistant dean of academic affairs at Montgomery County Community College. 

Geri Lynn Utter

Geri Lynn Utter ’11, ’16, M.S., Psy.D., is the author of a forthcoming book about the opioid crisis, an epidemic whose effects she has witnessed both personally and professionally. 

Rhea Fernandes

Rhea Fernandes, M.S., Psy.D., ’00, ’12, the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, was recently admitted as a member to the Forum of Executive Women.


In September, alumna Jennifer Friel Papalitskas ’15 undertook a book project with her kindergarten students at Holy Innocents Catholic School in Philadelphia that helped create a connection between the children and the community.


In June, Kate Delany ’01 was named number three on InsiderNJ's list of the 100 most influential millennials in New Jersey politics.

Traprock Center

Patricia Hynes ’65 is working with an organization that uses books to empower young people in West Africa.

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An alumna of Chestnut Hill College recently received the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program grant. 

f45 training

Two alumni recently opened a fitness studio in Center City, affording health-conscious Philadelphians a fresh and innovative approach to exercise.


Two alumni, a mother and a son, created a program that employs a therapeutically designed role playing game to assist children with social differences.


Alumnus Christopher M. Ryan '13 is the latest recipient of the prestigious Pennsylvania VFW Eagle Award.

Raquel Lopez

Next year, Raquel Lopez ’19 will pursue her Doctor of Medicine degree at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

Malika Rahman '14

Alumna Malika Rahman ’14 SCPS is running for Philadelphia sheriff. If she wins, she would make history as the first woman to occupy the position.

Anna Abbot '16

Anna Abbot ’18 is currently studying for her master’s degree at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.

Kay McNulty

Alumna Kathleen “Kay” McNulty ’42 worked on the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, known as the ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer.

Helen M.

Helen Kenny Motzenbecker '50 played a pivotal role in transforming New Jersey’s affordable housing laws.

Judy and book

Judy Stavisky, M.Ed., SGS '91, co-authored a nonfiction book that recounts the lives of immigrant and refugee students.

Bud and Sue Ozar

As Susan Montgomery '80 prepares for the Christmas season in her suburban Philadelphia home, she’s also making sure children more than 7,000 miles away are not forgotten.

Baby Bureau

CHC is hosting a collection drive for the Baby Bureau, a non-profit organization which was started by an SCPS alum.

reunion weekend 2017

Big alumni events are on the horizon. Be sure not to miss them!

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The Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor two exciting events in February. Mark your calendars!

holiday cheer

The year drew to a close with a successful Holiday Cheer event on December 1 when dozens of CHC alumni and friends started the holiday season while mingling and reminiscing on campus.

Alexis Jansen

. . .  Alexis Jansen '15, Psychology major.

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Thanks to all who attended our Annual Fall Conference!

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Name: Cody Jett ’11  
Major: Criminal Justice and Elementary Education

Jennifer and children

Thoughtful, focused and determined, Jennifer McCollum Kugler ’97 took her time and followed her own path on the road to marriage, degree, children and career — more or less in that order.

Bamboo bike frame

When Georges Beyiha graduated from CHC in 2015 with a degree in International Business, Cultures and Languages, he did not yet know he was about to become an entrepreneur with a business that creates sustainable bicycles from bamboo.

Golden Griffins

Members of the Class of 1966 enjoyed their first Golden Griffins Brunch on April 23. 

Tomas and Neal

Tomás Greer ’16 found his way to the world of video documentaries quite by accident. With 45 college credits earned through his high school in New York City, Greer needed a core course, and video production was available. So he signed up.

Heather Dennis

Giving the Gift of Music — and More
Many of us say we want to “give back” to make our community a better place and to help others in various ways. Heather Dennis '07 SCPS has found a way to reach that goal.

Seth Jacobson '07

Seth Jacobson ’07 has been selected for the William Penn Fellowship, a two-year fellowship in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office beginning in August 2017. 


When Garfield Jackson ’04 SCPS, chose to return to school in his late 50s, he did so because of his two sons. Four years later, Garfield’s experience led his wife of 47 years, Doris Jackson ’08 SCPS, to choose the School of Continuing & Professional Studies as well.

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Annual Alumni Fall Conference Returns
After taking a break in 2015, the Annual Alumni Fall Conference has returned and will be held Saturday, September 17.

Abby Palko, Ph.D. '96

Commitment to Women’s Issues Began at CHC
Abigail Palko, Ph.D., ’96

Abigail Palko, Ph.D., ’96 recently was named Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia.

Christ scholarship

Carole Christ ’06 SCPS was not ready for college after graduating from high school, so she worked in accounting for many years until realizing that not having a degree was holding her back professionally.

Sister Carol and Kathleen

Often when one returns to their alma mater, they do so with a sense of pride and a desire to help other students experience the same level of education they did. This was how Kathleen Rex Anderson, Ed.D.

Continuing her incredible work in the community, Wasserman was recently awarded a technical assistance grant for board development from the Foundations Community Partnership in Bucks County.

As part of her senior seminar project, Fran Wasserman ’11 SCPS turned her passion for service and desire for helping underserved moms and their babies into The Baby Bureau, a non-profit with a heartwarming goal.

From L to R: Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D, president of the College, Kathleen Shea Pie, and Margo Mongil-Kwoka, alumni association board president,

This year's recipients were Kathleen Shea Pie '87, '92 SGS, of the Eleanore Dolan Egan '28 Award and Ritamarie Moscola, M.D.., M.P.H. '78, of the Distinguished Achievement Award.

CHC Challenge

Attention alumni! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take part in a new and innovative way of giving known as the CHC Challenge. 

Chris Allen

Growing up, Chris Allen ’13, an only child, had wanted just one thing: a brother. Now, after having professed his first vows as a member of the religious order of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (OSFS), not only does Allen have one brother, he has hundreds across the United States and around the world.

Alumni Spotlight: Nicholas Williams' Internships Led to Success in the Sciences

Nicholas Williams ’13 understood the importance of having an internship as a chemistry major. Now, as a student at the University of Chicago, Williams is thankful for his internship opportunities, as they are helping him succeed in the sciences.

2nd Annual 'CHC Night at the Phillies' a Huge Success

Chestnut Hill College celebrated its 2nd annual ‘Night at the Phillies’ event on August 29, as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3.

Kyle DeRiemer '09 Turns Internship with Philadelphia Soul into Career in Sports Management

Kyle DeRiemer '09, combined his experience from the CHC communications department and an internship with the Philadelphia Soul into a career with the Arena Football League and currently, with the athletic department at the University of Arkansas

Artist with painting of college

Former Griffins of all ages were invited to join the Chestnut Hill College Alumni Association in painting ‘Alma Mater,’ an original created and taught by Danielle Rossi ’97, at the College’s first Alumni Day Out at Painting with a Twist (PWAT) in Skippack, Pa.