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Students examine evidence during the week-long camp.
Brenda Lange

Forensic Sciences Camp 

Joe Kulkosky, Ph.D., professor and chair of the biology department, hosted more than 20 middle school and high school students during CHC’s second annual Forensic Sciences Camp. During the week-long camp, students learned how to extract pure DNA from their own cells, perform chemical analyses for residue left at a crime scene and how to determine time of death. They also studied ballistics and wounds incurred by sharp objects and did footprint, hair analysis and fiber analysis. 

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Sweet send-off to the Class of 2015.
Brenda Lange

Seniors Ended Their Stay in Style

The traditional senior farewell barbecue brought together members of the Class of 2015 and faculty and staff to enjoy a meal outdoors and celebrate their time as students.

The barbeque was just one of the events hosted by the Office of Student Activities for graduating seniors. The senior class also enjoyed a dinner in the Commonwealth Chateau at the SugarLoaf Campus and a day of bowling at South Bowl Philadelphia. 

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Meghan Guagenti '18
Linda Johnson


Forensic chemistry major Meghan Guagenti ’18 was awarded the College’s Chemistry Award for a first-year student at the College’s Honors Convocation on April 26. Due to the difficulty of the first-year chemistry courses, the College’s Chemistry Department recognizes a first-year student in the program each year who has shown superior achievement in the first year of study. At Convocation, Meghan received a copy of “The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.”

Amanda Sellers

And congratulations to Amanda Sellers, who is in year five of the Psy.D. program. She received the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation Education Scholarship for the second year in a row, and received the Samuel J. Knapp Education Award at the PPA Convention in Harrisburg in June.

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Harry Potter Conference 2014

Save the Date – Harry Potter Will Return in October!

The Harry Potter Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 16, and will be held in the Rotunda and adjacent rooms. An essay contest for high school students is also being held, with three CHC scholarships being awarded to the authors of the best essays. The conference is free, however, registration is required. Visit for information and to register.

Dr. Maria Tater, the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, will be a plenary speaker. Karin Westman, a professor at Kansas State University who has published an article on Harry Potter in the “Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature” also will be a plenary speaker. Loris Vezzali, a professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, will be a guest speaker. He has published original research in the “Journal of Applied Social Psychology” about how reading the Harry Potter books significantly improves tolerance in children.

The following day, the Quidditch Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Tournament will be held on campus as part of Harry Potter Weekend. More information will be available closer to the date.

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Bob Meyer, Ph.D., leads students in stream monitoring.
Brenda Lange

Bob Meyer Teaches Students About Water Testing

Each year, volunteers from the Senior Environment Corps at Germantown’s Center-in-the-Park join Bob Meyer, Ph.D., professor of biology, in hosting a group of 7th grade students from the John B. Kelly School in Germantown for a morning of hands-on education about stream monitoring at the creek below the summer house. Representatives from the Philadelphia Water Department and the Department of Environmental Protection and Meyer’s students help out by leading the students in various experiments and answering their questions.