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Students Gather for Griffin Days

Every year, before incoming students are welcomed to campus for their move-in and orientation, Chestnut Hill College hosts them and their families at Griffin Days, where they get a taste of the CHC community.

The program began with registration as well as a student services fair, introducing the incoming Griffins to some of the student services such as career development, student activities, athletics and more. At the last Griffin Days in late July, students and their families were treated to a light breakfast and welcome before being split into groups for the rest of the day. The sessions included the math test, which all students take to test proficiency, an introduction to student success, a foreign language proficency test and getting their IDs. Students rejoined their parents for a money matters session led by Student Financial Services.


Kelly Wilson '11 and Anna St. Hilaire '12 Lead ATC in Third Season

For the third year in a row, Avenue Theater Company, run by Kelly Wilson '11 and Anna St. Hilaire '12, will put on a show. Adding to a list of successful performances already in "Into the Woods," and "Spring Awakening," this year's production will be "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which will run from August 11-14 at Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake in Philadelphia.

Music Theatre International describes the show as: "Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience."

Tickets can be purchased here. Consider attending the show and supporting your fellow Griffins!


Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., Signs Copies of his Book at Local Barnes and Noble

Coinciding with the release of the newest novel in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, recently signed copies of his book, "Into the Pensieve: The Mythology and Philosophy of Harry Potter," at the Barnes and Noble in the Christiana Mall in Newark, Del.

McCauley is a co-organizer, with Karen Wendling, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, of the Harry Potter Conference held at CHC in conjunction with the annual Harry Potter weeked in late October. McCauley's book tackles some of the academic themes and philosophical questions posed in J.K. Rowling's critically acclaimed series. In addition to signing his book, McCauley also led a thoughtful and engaging discussion on some of the themes during his presentation.


CHC Hosts LeadU Summer Leadership Initiative

While the students and faculty are gone for the summer, the campus is still buzzing with life as several programs are offered that bring new faces and new expreiences to the College.

"I think most people think we shut down for the summer but we don't," says Drew Westveer, director of event planning and facilities marketing. "This is one of the busiest times of the year for the events planning team."

According to Westveer, CHC hosts an average of eight to 10 summer camps and programs during the summer months, including most recently, students from St. Rose Catholic High School in Belmar, N.J., for a student leadership retreat known as "LeadU."

Created by J.D. Wilson and a team of young adult leaders, the goal of LeadU is to provide a place where student leaders come to discover their own unique leadership skills in an exciting, positive and self-reflective journey. They also learn how their leadership style can complement that of one of their classmates or peers.

This is done in a variety of ways, including through motivational exercises and reflective small-group discussions.The program, which is a three-day/two-night retreat, has been run at St. Rose for several years, and for the last three, the group has utilized CHC's campus. 

"We get loads of positive feedback every summer from the St. Rose teachers and chaperones and the LeadU team leaders," says Westveer, adding that as the group left, a program organizer and teacher at St. Rose said to him, "Save these dates for next summer, because we'll be back!"

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