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CHC in the News 2015

CHC in the News 2015


Chestnut Hill College’s Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation hosted Mary Jo Leddy, an author, theologian, peace activist and Director of Romero House for Refugees in Toronto to deliver the lecture “Seeing the Dear Neighbor in Faces Not Like Ours.” The Chestnut Hill Local has the story. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that even with a decline in enrollment at smaller schools, CHC continues to maintain a steady enrollment by introducing new majors, internships and sports.

The Ambler Gazette published three CHC events in their News and Events section on November 15.

Kate Altman, Psy.D., ’07 uses multi-disciplinary, collaborative approaches to treat children. CBSlocal has the story.

Linda Lukiewski, SSJ ’81 worked tirelessly to have an incinerator removed from St. Joan of Arc worship site in Harrowgate. The Philadelphia Inquirerhas the story.

Time Out Philadelphia reported that The Women Veterans Civic Leadership Institute is hosting their Civic Leaders Training & Education Series at Chestnut Hill College.

According to Penn State News Jack Gulati, recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Chestnut Hill College, will speak at the fall commencement at Penn State, Berks.

The Chestnut Hill Local and The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on a discrimination suit filed by a former CHC student.

The Philadelphia Inquirer printed a story about a lack of diversity among the College’s administration, faculty and staff as part of a follow-up story on the discrimination suit.



The Northeast Times published a profile on sprint football player Kyle Johnson Hackett ’19.

ABC 4 announced the release of a new book, “Julian’s Gift,´written by Teri Wiedeman-Rouse, Ph.D., assistant professor of education.

Stephen Tamburo ’07 took the oath of office as a Lower Makefield police officer. The Advance has the story.

The Chestnut Hill Local promoted The Institute of Religion and Science’s event that welcomed Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology, to campus.

The Chestnut Hill Local profiled three of the College’s sprint football players.

Alumna Georgine A. Olexa '78, has been promoted to vice president, legal affairs at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. The Morning Call has the story.

Harry Potter Weekend returned and the College hosted its annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament and Harry Potter Conference. These venues had the story:
The Inquirer
Visit Philadelphia
News Works
Philadelphia Magazine
Chestnut Hill Local
Business Insider
Glenside News
The Retrospect
The Springfield Sun
The Times Leader
Fox 29


CHC’s inaugural sprint football game was covered by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more at

CHC was part of an online Philadelphia Inquirer listing:  “What’s New on Philly and N.J. College Campuses.” Read the posting here.

Chestnut Hill College was included in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer for having steady enrollment during a challenging time for Catholic colleges.

President Carol Jean Vale SSJ, Ph.D., was named one of the five U.S. sisters Pope Francis should meet during his visit to the U.S. The National Catholic Reporter has the story.

Colleen Gibson SSJ, assistant director of campus ministry, shared her insights in the article “Nuns! Why They’re Suddenly Hot Again.” Read about it in The New York Times.

Chestnut Hill College was named “A Best in the Northeast” College by The Princeton Review on its website feature: “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Read more here.

U.S. News & World Report has listed Chestnut Hill College as among the best regional universities in the northeast. Read more here.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph and Sister Maria Kostka Logue were featured in the documentary, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia. David Contosta Ph.D., history and political science professor, and Mary Ellen O’Donnell, former assistant professor of religious studies, also contributed to the documentary. The film is available online at

Chris Matthews mentioned Chestnut Hill College and his aunts, Sister Agnes Shields and Sister Eleanor Shields, in “Chris Matthews on Growing up Catholic in Philadelphia.” Philadelphia Magazine has the story.

Michelle Lesher, SSJ, ’00, told her story of how she came to realize her vocation. Read Sister Michelle’s story in the Chestnut Hill Local.

The Philadelphia Tribune announced the official start of CHC’s sprint football season.

Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., ’99, is a visiting instructor of sociology at St. Joseph’s University and is featured on that school’s You Tube channel, where she talks about the power of young people, their role in shaping the future of the church, and Pope Francis' relationship with younger generations. View the video here.

Monica Vesci ’04, developed a “Camino Clutch” product for women with diabetes. The Chestnut Hill Local has the story.

Sandra González ’98, principal of Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia, recruited more than 200 volunteers to build a playground for the students at the school.  The story is found at CBSPhilly.

Sister Mary Jo Larkin, dean for library and information resources, gave advice as a leader in higher education. See what she had to say at

Kathleen Clarke Buch ’83 was appointed to the position of town administrator by the Darien Board of Selectmen. Darien Daily Voice has the story.

Sister Mary Theresa Shevland and Sister Sheila Kennedy were interviewed by Alicia Vitarelli of 6ABC News prior to Pope Francis’ Sunday’s Mass on the Parkway.

The Chestnut Hill Local featured a photo and caption of CHC’s Second Annual Night at the Phillies and Sister Carol’s first pitch in its September 10 issue.

The September 17 issue of The Chestnut Hill Local included a photo and caption of a student in last summer’s Forensic Sciences Camp.

A news crew from 6ABC filmed students during Move-In Day on August 21. The footage was broadcast during the evening news.



Kathleen C. Wall ’71 owner of Senior Caregiving Solutions in Mount Gretna, was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Member Award by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Read the story in the Lebanon Daily News. reported that Rebecca Scheetz ’15 was awarded the Dorothea E. Fenton ’28 Memorial Medal at the College’s Honors Convocation in May. 

The Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors recently approved a land development waiver for sports field improvements planned by the Colonial School District. The centerpiece of the project is the renovation of the baseball complex. In addition, one of the Victory Fields will be upgraded to turf. Read the story in the Times Herald.

CHC adjunct professor Ellen Sheehan, archivist at the East Falls Historical Society, is working on a permanent Grace Kelly exhibit as reported in the Chestnut Hill Local.

Philip Reilly, head men’s and women’s track and cross country coach at Chestnut Hill College, has published a book titled “Chasing Ghosts.” printed the story.


JUNE 2015

Students at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences recently toured CHC. The Philadelphia Tribune has the story.

Members of the science faculty assisted with activities supporting the Philadelphia Science Festival during Astronomy Night and Discovery Day at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Chestnut Hill. The Chestnut Hill Local reported on the event.

Joe Kulkosky, Ph.D., professor and chair of the natural sciences department, showed a youngster some bones in a picture taken from Discovery Day. (See photo No. 9.)

Representatives from CHC attended a conference with other Philadelphia-area colleges in May to discuss sexual assault policies and improvements that might be made. previewed the event. gives a wrap-up of the event.

Father Paul F. Morrissey came to Chestnut Hill College in May to discuss issues of sexual abuse by priests and cover-ups by church authorities. The Chestnut Hill Local previewed the event.

Philadelphia broadcaster, Tracy Davidson, Chestnut Hill College alumna and 2014’s Commencement speaker, talks to about returning to work full time after undergoing cancer treatments.

Chestnut Hill College student, Cratissa Hammond and her 108-year-old great-grandmother, Fannie May Steward Ausby, were featured in a story in The Philadelphia Tribune.

Whitemarsh residents spoke out against a proposal between CHC and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School for a new baseball complex at the school at a May Board of Supervisors meeting. The Times Herald has the story.

Shea Wassel, a Montgomery County resident who graduated from York College last month with a degree in sports management, will intern at Chestnut Hill College in the fall. has the story.

Lucy Lopez, a Chestnut Hill College alumna, will campaign for one of five open seats on the Southeast Delco School Board. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College alum, Frank Reynolds, was honored as a new member of the College’s prestigious Libris Society, in May at the College’s 90th Anniversary Gala. These links have the story.


MAY 2015

Tamara Oakman, an English adjunct professor, talks about her poetry and how it helped her through some difficult times in her life. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College hosted the Third Annual Light it Up Blue event to promote awareness for autism with the faculty advisor for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Dr. Teri Wiedeman-Rouse. Read more in

Chestnut Hill’s new restaurant, El Poquito, hopes to collaborate with Chestnut Hill College in various activities such as Harry Potter Weekend. The Chestnut Hill Local has the story.

Plans for the construction of a new baseball field have been approved at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and it will be shared with Chestnut Hill College. Play on it will begin in 2016. Read about it in The Times Herald.

Shujaa Graham, a former death row inmate who was later acquitted, told his story at the College’s Third Annual Forgiveness Day on April 8. The Chestnut Hill Local previewed the event.

Jamie Gleason, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in an article that talked about college admissions approaches. has the story.

The College’s Harry Potter Weekend was mentioned in an article about the Chestnut Hill Business Association’s collaboration with area businesses. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College and Weavers Way hosted a program for participants to learn about sustainability methods during Earth Day activities at the College. promoted the event.

Chestnut Hill College freshman, Demetrius Isaac, was presented with a Phillies Jackie Robinson Scholarship at Citizen’s Bank Park prior to the game on April 21 with the Florida Marlins. This was done in conjunction with the “Jackie Robinson Salute” the Phillies did to honor Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947. previewed the event.

Faculty from the College’s Science Department participated in Philadelphia Science Week Festival activities in late April that included Astronomy Night and Discovery Day. Events were held at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Chestnut Hill. Read more in the Chestnut Hill Local


MARCH 2015

Chestnut Hill College President, Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., was recently mentioned in an article featuring women in the Philadelphia area who serve in leadership positions. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College will add women’s bowling as an intercollegiate sport beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Read more about it at

“Plant a Seed in Chestnut Hill,” a fundraising campaign for the students of Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences was recently begun. Some of the funds will provide students with opportunities to attend CHC’s Forensic Sciences Summer Camp. The Chestnut Hill Local has the story.

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy teacher and Chestnut Hill College alum, Patricia Hagan, SSJ, was recently honored with other colleagues who were instrumental in the school receiving the designation as a U.S. Department of Education 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Read more in the Chestnut Hill Local.

Chestnut Hill College is partnering with the African countries of Ghana and Nigeria to offer online learning classes starting in August 2015 for sisters pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education. The story can be found online at

Chestnut Hill College alumna, Alice Dachowski, M.D., a general surgeon, was recently selected as a “Super Doc” by Holzer Health System. The program recognizes outstanding physicians within the Holzer Health System. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College’s Janice Kuklick, chair of the department of physical education, talks about effective lunchtime workouts online at

Chestnut Hill College teams up with Neumann University, Cabrini College and Rosemont College to offer students at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill the opportunity to take college courses. explains.

Chestnut Hill College alum, Joan Smith Reese, executive director of the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield and Wellsboro, Pa., is a Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce nominee for its 2014 Business Person of the Year. has the story.   

Therapist and Chestnut Hill College alumna, Kielty Oberlin, Ph.D., recently spoke about eating disorders at a public forum held at the Grand Hotel in Wicklow, Ireland. has the story previewing the event.

Chestnut Hill College alumna Kathleen Daniel recently discussed her book, “Number 223 Second Street, Beach Haven, New Jersey,” at the public library in that town. Daniel was inspired when she discovered her childhood diary, rescued from her home destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The book is a recollection of her youth and the beach town during the 1940s. Read more at

Chestnut Hill College, in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, offers courses at that school’s University Center. Read about the impending retirement of its president, Karen A. Stout at

Maggie King, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Chestnut Hill College, recently bowled a perfect game at Clearview Lanes. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College was mentioned with other institutions whose students may spend spring break on Florida’s beaches. has the story.



Chestnut Hill College hosted its 38th Annual Carol Night holiday concert in the Rotunda, St. Joseph Hall. previewed the event.

Chestnut Hill College alumna, Mary Stitt ’97, recently became the new commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Procurement. has the story.

Alumna Ellen Greenlee ’58, longtime head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, will retire from that post at the end of February 2015. Greenlee served there for 40 years and has been its chief defender for the last 25 years. The Defender Association of Philadelphia provides legal representation to thousands of low-income people annually. has the story

Owen Frenia, 10, a baseball lover from Girard Estates in South Philadelphia, became an honorary member of the Griffin baseball team on October 13, 2014. The event was set up by Team IMPACT, an organization uniting collegiate athletic squads with children contending with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Since the age of 2, Owen has battled neurofibromatosis type I, a tumor disorder affecting the nervous system. In December 2014, a member of the baseball team and fellow Girard Estates resident, Dom Raia, caught up with the youngster at his home. The South Philly Review has the story.

Philadelphia police officer and Chestnut Hill College criminal justice student, Roslyn “Roz” Talley, organizes a unique holiday gift exchange between police officers and kids with disabilities called Widener Heroes. It takes place at Widener Memorial School, a school for kids who are medically fragile and physically disabled. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College’s Emily Schademan, director of student activities, talks about the College’s annual holiday tradition, Christmas Decorating Night. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College agreed to an historic deal with ESPN Williamsport to broadcast Griffin basketball games with professional quality web-based broadcasts. has the story.

Chestnut Hill College is listed in a recent article in as one of the many reasons the city of Philadelphia ranks high in areas such as food, music, travel and education.

A father of one of Chestnut Hill College’s students wrote an essay about his experiences at last fall’s Harry Potter Weekend to Philadelphia RowHome Magazine.

Chestnut Hill College recently joined institutions such as the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Chestnut Hill Community Association in partnership with the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Science’s Ignite Program. It is an online education program where students from the Jenks Academy for the Arts and Science can continue learning during the summer months and Chestnut Hill College is proud to assist by offering various educational activities. The Chestnut Hill Local has the story.

Chestnut Hill College student, Patrick Sullivan, was recently quoted in USA Today, on how technology can improve the world and one’s mind.