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Advocacy Days

The Office of Campus Ministry will offer Advocacy Days on selected Wednesdays throughout March and April, beginning after spring break.

Students will be at tables outside the Dining Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Information about current legislative issues will be available and members of the College community will have the opportunity to sign letters to their local representatives about topics of interest to them.

The full story was covered by Griffin News, the student-run weekly television broadcast. More episodes can be seen here.

 

Calling Young Science Students     

The Forensic Sciences Camp allows young students the opportunity to learn about crime scene investigation in a fun and interactive way.

For three years, CHC has operated a unique summer camp for students in grades 5 through 12 in which they are immersed in the world of Forensic Science.

Led by Joe Kulkosky, Ph.D., professor of biology and chair of the department, the students learn how to collect and analyze crime scene evidence such as serology, toxicology entomology, odontology and trace evidence.

The Forensic Sciences Camp also provides students — who uniformly give the course an “A+” —hands-on experiences in several professional techniques such as DNA typing, fingerprint classification, fabric and shoe print pattern comparisons and blood type testing.

Registration is open now. Information regarding registration can be found here.

See the story about last year’s camp in the current issue of the Chestnut Hill College magazine (page 14).

 

The Year of the Rooster      

In recognition of the Lunar New Year — January 28 to February 11 — the Global Education Office and its Travels at Teatime series sponsored a celebration on February 2.

Students shared their experiences and various traditions regarding the celebration of the Lunar New Year.

2017 marks the Year of the Rooster, specifically, the Year of the Fire Rooster, as each zodiac year is associated not just with an animal sign but also with one of five elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire or earth.

Element-sign combinations only recur once every 60 years, so this is the first fire rooster year since 1957 and is represented by characteristics of trustworthiness and a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. People born in rooster years also are considered to be observant, resourceful, courageous, talented and self-confident.

To ring in the Year of the Rooster on campus, two students, one from China and the other from Vietnam, shared their experiences and various traditions that relate to how the New Year is celebrated in their home countries.

Food, specifically dumplings, which are a very popular item during the Lunar New Year celebration, were shared, as were some red envelopes containing “lucky money,” which are typically given out by the elderly to the young in exchange for well wishes of good health, prosperity, wealth, happiness and more.

Another tradition often associated with the Lunar New Year is that of the Lion Dance. One CHC student had the opportunity to attend this year’s celebration in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. You can read about his experiences here.

 

Spreading the Love  

The Valentine's Day lab hosted by the chemistry club allowed students to color their own carnations using highlighter ink and food dye.

Love was in the air as student groups throughout campus planned fun and meaningful activities to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.
 
Fun-at-One, which is held by the Student Activities Office every Wednesday, hosted two holiday themed activities, the first which allowed students to make their own valentines and the second, which was a Valentine-themed ice cream bar, which of course, featured lots of chocolate.
 
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without flowers. People for Positive Lives hosted a fundraiser where they sold flowers for $1 each. In addition, the Chemistry Club hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed lab where students could tinge ordinary white carnations into vibrant colors by using a little bit of food coloring and highlighter ink.
 
The Waking Perspectives Club hosted three events as part of a series around love. “Men (Love) Talk” and “Women (Love) Talk” provided a unique opportunity for the two sexes to get together with their peers to have a private conversation about romantic partnerships and intimacy as both relate to love. The third part of the series brought the two groups together and, in conjunction with the Black Student Union, celebrated “black love” specifically as well.

 

Practice Makes Perfect 

The Office of Career Development wrapped up its annual "Backpack to Briefcase" series with two events designed to give students valuable interviewing and networking experience.

Students and alumni met in the East Parlor for some informal networking as part of the Backpack to Briefcase series.

Throughout the last week of February, students took part in mock interviews conducted by the Career Development staff. Students were reminded to attend their interview on time and dressed in proper business attire as well as to act professionally. The one-on-ones allowed the students to get real interview experience, receive tips and ask questions about the process.

The culmination of the monthlong spring series was a mocktail networking night where Chestnut Hill College invited more than 20 alumni representing various majors back to campus to give advice and make connections with current students. The event was open to all  students but focused on juniors and seniors as a way to give them an opportunity to do some in-house networking before graduating. 

"We stress the importance of networking and how it is such a critical piece of the job search and career success," says Nancy Dachille, director of career development. "By bringing in our alums it created a comfortable atmosphere for the students and let them talk to individuals who, not that long ago, were exactly in their shoes and allowed them to learn about career paths and opportunities in the field. It was a very successful evening both for alums and students."

Webinar Discusses U.S. Foreign Policy 

Jacqueline Reich, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and coordinator of the political science and global affairs majors, recently gave a webinar alongside Rob Busby, Ph.D., senior lecturer in politics with an expertise on American domestic and foreign policy at Liverpool Hope University, an articulation partner of Chestnut Hill College.

Students were invited to attend the webinar and ask questions following the presentations.

The webinar, which was sponsored by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope, was titled, "Donald Trump, U.S. Grand Strategy, and Forthcoming Prospects for War and Peace."

Both Reich and Busby gave approximately 20-25 minute presentations on the topic of American global leadership in the service of democracy and individual freedoms and the challenges that national interest, unilateralism and pragmatism pose for the U.S. and international relations for years to come.

Following their presentations, the floor was open for questions from attendees at both colleges.

 

Upcoming Lectures

“Language Across the Curriculum” will be presented by Timothy Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of languages at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Parlor.

On March 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Mark Pollack, Ph.D., Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Studies at Temple University, will present “The Promise and Challenges of the European Union” in the Redmond Room. A discussion will follow.

These presentations are open to all and are made possible by a Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on these events, contact Sister Mary Helen Kashuba at kashubam@chc.edu

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