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Black History Month and Lunar New Year Celebrations Highlight Upcoming Month at CHC

Thanks to several groups including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Black Student Union, La Voz Latina, and the Office of Global Education, the month of February will feature several events to celebrate black heritage, as well as Asian heritage in a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

  • Feb 13 – Catch These Vibes: Poetry Unfolded (featuring nationally acclaimed poets Jessica Care Moore and Ursula Rucker)
  • Feb 19 – Black Grandma in the Closet: Black in Latin America Review – Watch and learn about the African diaspora in Mexico and Peru from the PBS Series: Black in Latin America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. The episode, Black Grandma in the Closet, will be explored and there will be a discussion about the issues presented. Traditional Afro-Latin refreshments will be provided.
  • Feb 22 – Roots! Come Find Yourself: DNA Ancestry Testing and Racial Identities by Justin Garcia, Ph.D.
  • Feb 23 – Another Spike Lee Joint: Spike Lee Movie Marathon

Lunar New Year

  • Feb 15 – Year of the Dog – The college will be ringing in the Lunar New Year by featuring special items in the dining hall for lunch as well as a celebration to commemorate 2018 as the Year of the Dog. Our students from China, South Korea, Vietnam and Japan will talk about how their cultures celebrate the new year. Traditional refreshments from these countries will be provided.


New opportunities for students

Pam King, instructor in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department and Digital Forensics Program, presented information at the quarterly meeting of the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia chapter meeting of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) on December 6.

She discussed the Senior Seminar/Research Methods projects/papers done by CHC’s digital forensics students last fall. King also discussed the need for internships and jobs for CHC students during the summer. After the meeting, two attendees from law enforcement and private industry offered CHC students new opportunities for internships and will contact her.

She also brought back new information on Apple/MAC forensics which she will share with her students this semester.


“Responsible Griffins” Win Video Contest at NCAA Conference

Recently, Macailagh Smith, Hunter Irvin, Chris Dachowski, and Kevin Clancy, joined Krista Murphy, Ph.D. and Jess Day, at the NCAA APPLE Conference. As part of the conference, schools were asked to submit student-made videos that emphasized the detriments of drinking and driving. Thanks to all of the support from the Chestnut Hill College community, who watched, liked and shared the “Responsible Griffins” video on social media, the video had a combined 3,293 views, likes and retweets, which was the most of all of the participating DII institutions at the conference. As a result, each of the members of the Griffin team were awarded with their own VR headsets.

You can watch the video here.


Chestnut Hill College Supports Catholic Schools Week

Last week was Catholic Schools Week, the annual, national week dedicated to celebrating the values of a Catholic education in the United States. The week allows primary and secondary schools to show their Catholic pride through fun and educational activities. And while colleges and universities don’t traditionally take part, Chestnut Hill was proud to support all of our students, both past and present, who teach in Catholic schools and who helped make the week a success.


Congratulations to —

Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP

Associate Professor of Psychology

     to Professor of Psychology

Effective July 1, 2018



Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

    to Associate Professor of Psychology

Effective July 1, 2018

Dr. Methikalam also will be awarded tenure the following year, effective July 1, 2019.



Congratulations to Sister Anne Myers, Congregational President of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia, who has been honored by Pope Francis with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface, one of the highest honors the Pope can bestow.

Sister Anne was recognized for her dedication and exceptional service to the church.  Sister Anne, a former CHC faculty member, has served on the college Board of Directors for 19 years and is currently Vice Chair of the Board. Pope Francis bestowed papal honors on 28 women and men in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which were conferred by Archbishop Charles Chaput during a Vespers service on January 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Karen Dietrich, SSJ, a member of the Board and Chair of the Academic Committee, and CHC alumna, was honored by Saint Joseph’s University at its Catholic Education Awards ceremony on January 25.  The ceremony was held at The Cardinal Foley Center on the Maguire Campus of the University. 


Remember to check out what’s new and exciting at Logue Library.


Save the date and plan to attend Session 3 in the "Cultivating Compassion" series presented by The Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Sharon Browning, creator of "justlistening," distinguished presenter and practitioner, will present "Listening & Speaking to Each Other: Compassion, Empathy and Justice" on Tueday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the East Parlor.

The Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation also will present the author of "Mommy, Wake Up," Akea Pearson '13, who will share from her own experience as she addresses domestic violence and its collateral damage to families. She will make two presentations in the East Parlor on Wednesday, February 28, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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