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New Police Officers

Greg Kotchi, Brianna Addison and Gina DavidsonTwo CHC alums and criminal justice majors were recently commissioned into the Philadelphia Police Department. Shown in uniform are Greg Kotchi and Gina Davidson. Brianna Addison, center, is another criminal justice major who is currently employed with Martin Law in Philadelphia. Three other graduates — Sean Gil, Seamus Radtke and Renee Davis — have recently completed the Philadelphia Police Academy


Campus Ministry News

Thirteen students joined Sister Joannie Cassidy, director of campus ministry, and Lacie Ann Michaelson, assistant director of campus ministry, in mid-September for a weekend trip to the SSJ retreat house in Cape May, NJ. This First-Year Getaway retreat consisted of conversations around CHC’s mission and the first-year experience. Walks on the beach and time for reflection rounded out their time in Cape May.

Lacie Michaelson, Meghan Malvoisan, Liz Legesse and Sister Joannie

Two seniors, Meghan Malvoisan and Liz Legesse joined Sister Joannie and Lacie Michaelson at the Catholic Immigrant Refugee Coalition Convening, which included representatives from the diocese, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Social services and local Catholic colleges. The group discussed what is being done and what else can be done on issues of immigration and with refugees.


Travelers Bring Kenya Experience Home to Campus

In May, a group of CHC students led by Professor Jacqueline Reich, took part in a service immersion trip in Kenya as part of a partnership the college has with ASEC - African Sisters Education Collaborative.

During the trip, the students volunteered at HIV/AIDS centers, orphanages, and refugee centers, in addition to tutoring and working with homeless orphans, known as "street boys." The Griffins also had a chance to spend time experiencing the outdoor beauty of Kenya, by climbing a volcano and visiting the Nairobi Wildlife Refuge.

In early October Reich and three of the students shared their experiences with the college community and talked about their joy in having spent the time making a difference in Kenya and with ASEC.



Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D.
Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D., professor of criminal justice, has been asked to serve in a national leadership role on the planning group for the Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses. In a message to the campus community, President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., said, “Dr. Kitchen is the perfect choice for this leadership role. Her expertise will provide transformative value in the development of this national Catholic higher education initiative. She will represent Chestnut Hill College at the table with professionals from Notre Dame, Loyola University, University of San Diego and St. Mary’s University in California.” CHC added a minor in Restorative Justice last year.



Psy.D.  CongratulationsDawn Haaz


Dawn Haaz, who earned her Psy.D. in 2014, was recently chosen as an Emerging Leader in Bucks/Eastern Montgomery County. Haaz is the CEO/Founder and ASDMI Program Coordinator of Girls Empowered and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County.



Year-5 student, Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, has received the 2017 El-Hibri Foundation Peace Award in the category of Community Builder. TheKameelah Mu'Min Rashad

El-Hibri Foundation supports building an inclusive America by advancing peace and respect for diversity inspired by the universally shared values of Islam.
Rashad is the president of the Muslim Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit organization she founded in 2011, which is dedicated to reducing stigma associated with mental illness, addiction and trauma in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training.

She received the award for her innovative work to build the capacity of American Muslim communities, to improve mental health and wellness and promote more inclusive norms. 


Vincent DyerVincent Dyer, a year-4 student in the Psy.D. program has won the inaugural Black-White Institutional Racism Award from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP) for his essay, “Systematic Racism in Education.” Dyer will be recognized for this achievement at the PCOP award luncheon on October 21.



Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychology, director of clinical training, and chair of the department of professional psychology, has received the 2017 Alumnae Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. The award recognizes alumni “who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.”Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP

Sister Carol wrote in an email: “Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rothery on this well-deserved honor. We are grateful for her stellar leadership of our Psy.D. Program and her positive contributions to the College community.”


The Power of “The Talk” 

As part of the new “Bring Your Own Lunch” series, Juliana Mosley, Ph.D., college officer for diversity and inclusion, invited staff and faculty to gather for an in-depth conversation on the new Procter and Gamble ad, “The Talk.” The ad features several black mothers throughout the decades, talking to their children as they face racism in their young lives. It was created as part of the company’s “My Black is Beautiful” campaign.

After the powerful ad was shown, the group held a conversation where individuals shared their own experiences and talked about how the ad and its message made them feel. While this event was just for faculty and staff, Mosley understands the importance of the message and showed the ad to students as part of an open house on October 12, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Student Union.


Upcoming Events to Watch

Fourth Annual Harry Potter Academic Conference

Friday, October 20, Rotunda and Parlors, all day.
This interdisciplinary academic conference provides a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of J.K. Rowling's popular, best-selling series. For more information, visit the Conference Website. 

Eighth Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup
Saturday October 21
Chestnut Hill College campus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Quidditch returns to the Hill for the eighth year in a row. More details about the Brotherly Love Cup can be found here


Third Annual CHC-HTCIA Cyber Security and Forensics Conference
Friday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf
Featuring presentations on topics in digital forensics and cybersecurity.

Register (free) on the conference Eventbrite page here.


Learning to Forgive in Order to Heal

CHC’s Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation presents:
Forgiveness: A Path to Heal Both Victim and Offender
Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m., Redmond Room

Vicki Schieber, a promoter of restorative justice and criminal justice system reform shares her unique brand of activism.

Free. Registration requested at forgive@chc.edu

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