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The hit musical “Godspell” opened off Broadway in 1971 and was turned into a film two years later. Based on parables taken mostly from the Gospel of Matthew, the show, full of inspiring, fun music and colorful characters, turned into a long-running success. 

CHC’s Music Department presents “Godspell” as its 2017 musical this weekend. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Motherhouse Auditorium. All faculty and staff may pick up one complimentary ticket to any of the shows from the music library in the music corridor between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday or by contacting Sister Kathleen McCloskey  at kmcclosk@chc.edu


Film Professor’s Documentary to Air at Ambler Theater

Neil Dhand on the set of "Crooked and Narrow."

Last summer, Neil Dhand, M.F.A., assistant professor of communications, premiered his latest project, a feature film called “Crooked & Narrow,” at the Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won an award for best editing. On April 13, at 7:30 p.m., his film will be shown again, this time locally, at the Ambler Theater in Ambler, Pa. 

“Crooked & Narrow” tells the story of Amy Walsh, who returns to Philadelphia after a long absence to join a heist crew and to see her father, a former police officer now dying in prison. In the midst of her journey, Warren Mercer, the crooked cop who put her father in jail, gets on her trail.

Dhand will host a Q&A after the film screening.

For members of the Ambler Theater, this event is free. Others can purchase tickets online in advance or at the theater’s box office.


Travels at Teatime Presents: Chile Chilean students led a presentation on their home country.

More than 75 international students study at Chestnut Hill College each year. Trachanda Brown, M.L.A., director of global education has always found it important that these students feel comfortable bringing their cultures, traditions and heritage with them.

To that end, the Office of Global Education has sponsored “tea-time” events throughout the year, giving the international student population a chance to share information about their home countries and cultures and samples of some of the food. Chile was the focus of the most recent event.

Two Chilean exchange students gave a presentation on some of the geographic elements of the country as well as some of its traditions and customs. Chilean snacks were served at the end of the event.


Networking Opportunities Students take advantage of networking opportunities at the career development event.

Chestnut Hill College’s Office of Career Development hosted an informal networking event for human services and criminal justice majors at the end of March, to help them become more aware of the opportunities available within these two fields.

In all, 21 agencies, including the Philadelphia Police Department and Main Line Rehabilitation Associates, Inc., set up tables in the Rotunda and East Parlor where they offered advice to the students. The event also provided a chance to make connections that might lead to internships or even to get a head start on their post-graduate careers.




Members of CHC’s Council on Exceptional Children and the College’s bowling team participated in a Special Olympics event in Philadelphia in late February. 

Promotions Announced

The following faculty members have been promoted effective July 1 and awarded tenure, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Lauren Barrow, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor of criminal justice
  • William Lauinger, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor of philosophy
  • Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor of psychology
  • Carmen Rogers, Ph.D., associate professor to professor of French and Spanish
  • Kathleen Szpila, SSJ, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor of art history
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