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In Solidarity with the Dear Neighbor Students, faculty, and staff gathered by the Peace Pole for prayer at the conclusion of the march.

Proudly displaying signs and wearing buttons reading simply, "You Are Loved," in several different languages, close to 100 students, faculty and staff marched down Germantown Avenue to the College's Peace Pole in solidarity with each other and the "Dear Neighbor," both far and near, on February 2.

The march was organized by the College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion in response to President Trump's recent executive order regarding U.S. immigration policy and how that has the potential to affect members of the CHC community. The march provided an opportunity for participants to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity for all and provided a chance for them to reflect on what that means in their own lives, both on and off campus.

Reflections were given by students, faculty, and staff representing various campus groups, prior to the march, which concluded with prayer, for our country's leaders and for all to have the courage to use their voices in the name of justice for all of our "dear neighbors" around the world. 

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Celebrating Faculty Accomplishments 

Nicole Monteiro, Ph.D., discusses her book "Global Insights: The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World," at the faculty book signing and reception.

The Department of Academic Affairs recently honored the accomplishments of some of CHC's full-time faculty for their achievements in the past year.

“Chestnut Hill College’s mission commitment to global education is reflected in the scholarship experiences afforded to faculty through the Fulbright program and sabbatical opportunities,” writes Kathleen Anderson, Ed.D., interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, in the annual Celebrating Scholarship 2015-16 booklet.

Adds Anderson, “Chestnut Hill College appreciates this community of scholars and the work they do to enrich the teaching and learning experiences. Their efforts support the high level of academic excellence that is expected in 21st century teaching and learning.”

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Chestnut Hill College welcomed John Braverman, SJ, Ph.D., to give a lecture as part of the Institute for Religion and Science (IRandS) annual lecture series. Braverman, an associate professor of biology at St. Joseph's University spoke on human origins and genetics, addressing the question of "Where did we come from?" using current scientic conclusions and framed around a dialogue of Catholic theology. 

John Braverman, SJ, Ph.D., spoke about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin during his lecture on human genetics.

IRandS will host two more lectures in 2017. Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D., assistant professor of pyschology, will speak on "Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?" in March, and John Haught, Ph.D., distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, will speak in October. His lecture is titled, "How Much Can Biology Explain? Charles Darwin and Bernard Lonergan, SJ."

For more information on these lectures as well as the Institute itself,  visit the IRandS website. 

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Alumna and CHC Board of Directors member, Maryanne Walsh ’98, ’02 SGS, has recently been promoted to Director of Marketing and Sales Operations at Myoderm.

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The Office of Career Development is hosting a Backpack-to-Briefcase program throughout the month of February. Workshops include the following topics: Students try to "Guess the Major" of famous celebrities at the Backpack 2 Briefcase Career Carnival kickoff.

  • LinkedIn – Feb 8, 2 to 3 p.m. in SJ 249
  • Internships – Feb. 15, 2 to 3 p.m. in MH 311
  • Mock Interview Week – Feb. 20 to 24 (sign up in Career Development)
  • Networking Night Prep – Feb. 27, 2 to 3 p.m., MH 311
  • Mocktail Networking Night – Feb. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., East Parlor

Every event is geared toward helping students become more professional and make the transition from student to the world of work. Seniors are strongly encouraged to attend, but all are welcome.

Contact Andrea Boyle at BoyleA@chc.edu or 215-248-7109 with questions.


Members of the College community engage in table discussion and shared insights during the MLK Day of Remembrance.

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The College Community joined together on January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through prayer, discussion and dreaming. Close to 80 members of the faculty, staff and student body were in attendance to engage in conversations about what his message has to say to us — as individuals, as a society and as an institution. At the end of the event, every attendee was invited to write an "I" statement, affirming their commitment to the College mission of making the campus a place of "active and inclusive love" for all. 

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A small group of CHC students and faculty joined the Women’s March on Philadelphia on January 21. The group was sponsored by the History Club and the Women’s Studies minor and led by Lorraine Coons, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the History and Political Science Department. 

CHC students marching in Philadelphia on January 21. From left: Alley Thomas, Giuseppe V. Galantuomo, Miranda Alli, Brianne Lindline and Brigid MacArthur-Thompson.

“We went to express our solidarity with other women across the country and to send a message to the new administration and members of Congress that women’s rights are human rights and that they will be held accountable for any violations committed on their watch,” says Coons.

Sister Lisa Olivieri, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and technology and chair of the department, Sister Betsy Schneider and Dr. Alexander Varias also attended the march.

Giuseppe “Joey” Galantuomo, senior class president, says he joined the Women’s March because of the rhetoric he has heard from Donald Trump throughout the campaign. “I am concerned about how the new administration will uphold female rights,” he says. “To me, the march was a message to the president that the people are not going to let him take away women’s rights without heavy resistance.”

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Lara Gross, a third-year student in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology was awarded the second Thomas E. Klee, Ph.D., Award late last year. The award is given annually to a student in Year III who demonstrates a commitment to modern psychodynamic theory as applied to psychotherapy. The scholarship is funded by Thomas Klee, Ph.D., who taught in CHC’s masters and doctoral psychology programs from 1987 to 2011. Lara Gross

Award winners are chosen based on their GPA, curriculum vitae, grades from the Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy Course and an essay describing their interest and activities in psychodynamic theory and therapy.

Gross chose CHC’s Psy.D. Program specifically because of its psychodynamic orientation. She has been an active member of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. She also has been a liaison between that organization and CHC in order to enhance and further psychodynamic learning and opportunities for other students.

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Residence Life & Housing Spring Dates

Halls close for Spring Break: Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m., and reopen Sunday, March 12, at noon.

Halls close for Easter Break: Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m., and reopen Monday, April 17, at noon.

Halls close for Semester: Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. for undergraduates and Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. for graduating seniors.

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Now in its second year, the Sophomore Year Experience Program has just announced the line-up for its Spring 2017 edition.

“Various departments collaborate on this month-long initiative to help increase sophomore engagement,” says Kim Cooney, Ed.D., director of Student Success. “All sophomores are invited to attend!”

If registration or RSVP is needed for an event, it will be indicated in the following list:

Friday, February 3:  ACE (Arts, Culture, and Enrichment) Day for Sophomores
“Hidden Figures” Movie Showing, (12:30 to 5 p.m.)
Contact Campus Ministry to sign up and to receive more information

Wednesday, February 8:  LinkedIn Workshop
2-3 p.m., Saint Joseph Hall Room 249
Sponsored by the Career Development Office

Wednesday, February 15:  Study Away Open House
2-3:30 p.m., Martino Hall Room 314
Sponsored by the Global Education and Registrar’s offices 

Wednesday, February 15: Internship Workshop
2-3 p.m., Martino Hall Room 311
Sponsored by the Career Development Office 

Thursday, February 16:  Dining with the Deans
with Sister Cecelia Cavanaugh, Ph.D., dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies
and Krista Bailey Murphy, Ph.D., dean of Student Life

12:30-1:30 p.m., East Parlor (lunch will be served)

Please RSVP to Kim Cooney (Kim Cooney) by February 10
Sponsored by the Office of Student Success  

Thursday, February 16:  ACE (Arts, Culture, and Enrichment) Day for Sophomores
12:30-5 p.m. in Philadelphia
Contact Campus Ministry to sign up and to receive more information.

Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24: Mock Interview Week
(Sign up for a time slot by visiting the Career Development Office.)
Sponsored by the Career Development Office

Wednesday, February 22:  Exploring Study Skills
2:30-3:30 p.m., Martino Hall Room 314
Sponsored by the Office of Student Success

Monday, February 27:  Networking Night Prep
2-3 p.m., Martino Hall Room 311
Sponsored by the Career Development Office

Tuesday, February 28:  Mocktail Networking Night
6-8 p.m., East Parlor
Sponsored by the Career Development Office

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