Chestnut Hill College Helped Determine Her Path
Jennifer Johnson Kebea '05, '08 SGS
Despite growing up in nearby Conshohocken, Jennifer Johnson Kebea '05, '08 SGS hadn't considered attending Chestnut Hill College until a family member announced her plans to attend. Kebea's cousin (one year older) announced at Thanksgiving dinner that she had received a full tuition scholarship to attend CHC, which got Kebea's competitive spirit going. Kebea then announced that she was going to do the same thing, and sure enough, she did just that. "I used to take myself to open houses and ultimately, Chestnut Hill was the only college I applied to because I just knew this was where I should go,” she says. "I'm a firm believer that the time you spend in college is transformational in your life and sets you on your path. CHC is so mission-driven and gives young people such a strong foundation to become active members of society. We all should recognize the part the College has played. And we should all want to ensure others have the same opportunity.” That inauspicious beginning has turned into a path significantly influenced by the spirit and mission of Chestnut Hill College.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in biology, Kebea worked in CHC's Admissions Office planning recruitment events, then in Institutional Advancement as special events and projects manager. These positions prepared her for a stint with Campus Philly, a non-profit group that works to engage with college students, recruiting from around the region and connecting them to various ways to become involved civically and socially, and ultimately, through employment in the Greater Philadelphia region. It was through Campus Philly that she found her current position with Drexel University as the director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, which connects students, faculty and community through both academic and co-curricular community engagement, where she's been for six years. Kebea is also completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership and management, with a focus on higher education, while working at the university.
Always active in college — freshman class president, college student body president in senior year, yearbook editor, admissions tour guide — Kebea now is active as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she chairs the outreach committee. "I'm responsible for reaching out to alums, encouraging them to attend events and volunteer and get involved,” she explains. "Students do everything together for four years. It's an impactful and transformational time of life, and I feel it's important that we now try to make sure that the same impactful experience is possible for others.”
Save the Dates!
Monday, Oct. 13: 32nd Annual Golf Invitational
Although it is too late to participate in this year's invitational, it is NOT too late to contribute to the Griffin Fund in support of CHC's student athletes. Donations are gladly accepted.
Saturday, Oct. 18: Stop by the alumni tent on campus during the Harry Potter Weekend for your free gift.
We'll also have limited edition CHC scarves for sale for $15, cash or check only. Student Activities is also selling items: CHC Blankets for $20, CHC Quidditch T-shirts for $10 to $15, and CHC Rugby Shirts for $50. Cash and checks only.
Sunday, Oct 26: Interdisciplinary Scholars/Honors Program Alumni Gathering.
Contact Sister Kathy Duffy for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-248-7197.
Thursday, Nov. 6: Join fellow Griffins at discount night at the Flyers. Click here for tickets.
Use discount code FLCHC
Friday, Nov. 21: Mask and Foil Alumni Reception
Friday, Dec 5: Carol Night and Holiday Cheer (Happy Hour)
Sunday, Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, May 16, 2015: CHC's 90th Anniversary Celebration