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News and Notes

News and Notes

CHC Sweatshirt and Teddy Bear
CHC's bookstore -- now operated by Barnes & Noble College -- continues to offer exciting CHC merchandise.
Brenda Lange

CHC's Bookstore Gets a Facelift and New Management

CHC’s bookstore was renovated and reopened over the summer break. Now operated by Barnes & Noble College, it continues to offer all the traditional Chestnut Hill College themed attire (as well as some new) and merchandise at reasonable prices.

Aisles are wider and displays are spread out, making it easier to find specific merchandise. The new bookstore also employs students and offers textbooks to rent as well as for purchase.

Perhaps the biggest difference is the opportunity to order anything in the store online, through CHC's Bookstore Website, and have it delivered (over the Summer) or pick it up at your convenience. Family members can even order items for their students, a welcome surprise at exam time — or anytime.

“I’m always open to suggestions,” says Cristina Lo Piccolo, store manager. “I love feedback and I’m always getting new things in.” Lo Piccolo adds that she will be bringing in more alumni themed merchandise and kids’ apparel soon.

The bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, except when it is open for special events on campus. Beginning October 27, the bookstore will remain open until 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lo Piccolo hopes to open the store on the first Saturday of each month in the near future. Details can be found on the bookstore's website or the bookstore's Facebook page for details.

Studio Incamminati Exhibit Draws Opening Night Crowd

“Face to Face,” an exhibit of portraits painted by artists from Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, previewed in the Dwight V. Dowley Art Gallery on the fifth floor of St. Joseph Hall on September 11. The exhibit is open to the public until October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

Artists worked with surgeons and psychologists from the Craniofacial Program at Children’s Hospital and the Edwin and Fannie Gray Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania to help young people dealing with the medical and psychological effects of craniofacial conditions. According to those involved in the project, the portrait process has improved the subjects’ self-image, enhanced emotional resilience and has helped them see themselves in a more positive light.

Learn more about Face-to-Face: The Craniofacial Project Portrait Program.

Sustainability Conference 2014 is Right Around the Corner

CHC's Third Annual Urban Sustainability Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Saint Joseph Hall. Keynote speaker will be Chris Crockett, deputy commissioner of planning and environmental services for the Philadelphia Water Department. Afternoon events will include student poster sessions, panels and lunch. The event is free; pre-registration is not required.

Fall Chestnut Hill magazine is out now

The fall 2014 issue of Chestnut Hill magazine is out now. Many of you have received a copy in the mail, and it can also be read online here. If you did receive a mailed copy and would prefer to read it online only, please contact us to opt out of the mailing list. Contact Brenda Lange at 215-248-7110 or email

Faculty News

Joseph A. Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Family Psychology (APA Division 43). He was one of only six family psychologists who were approved for APA Fellow status this year.

Associate Professor of French and Spanish, Jean Faustman, SSJ, DML, has been nominated for the Dr. David Pariser Faculty Mentor Award by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) for her commitment to living the core values of passion, resourcefulness, service, learning and sportsmanship promoted by National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II.

Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP, professor in the department of professional psychology, was named a diplomat in couple and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also presented a continuing education workshop on Treating Step families at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

In his first time entering the Sofia International Composition Competition in Bulgaria, Edward Strauman, associate professor of music, was awarded third place for his original composition, Voce Musicales di San Marco, a 7-movement suite. Strauman says that he took the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy, for his inspiration.


Meredith Kneavel, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, received The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies in May.


Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D., dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and associate professor of Spanish, collaborated on the Spanish translations in the book, “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads,” by Chris Lowney, former Jesuit seminarian. The book was published by Loyola Press.

Student News and Notes

Over the summer, two CHC students did intensive research with faculty mentors, thanks to competitive grants they received from the Henry Luce Foundation through the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) SEPCHE. 

Through the grant, Brenda Ho ’17 and Anne Renee Nash ’17 were named Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars. Ho is a forensic chemistry major with minors in criminal justice and French and conducted her research with Karen Wendling, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, and Kelly Butler, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry.

Nash worked with John Ulrich, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at Rosemont College, and David Dunbar, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Cabrini College, on a project titled “Propagation of Mushroom Anemones and Generation of Hybrids."

The Clare Boothe Luce program supports education of women in the fields of math, science and engineering.

Maci Kociszewski '16
Maci Kociszewski '16 displays her creation for the Art by Heart course.
Brenda Lange

Student Spotlight

Maci Kociszewski ’16 has always love to create. Majoring in Studio Art then seems like common sense and her minor in psychology is the perfect balance as she begins to look for graduate schools to pursue her goal of becoming an art therapist. If she had any doubts about that path, her decision was cemented last summer when she worked as an art therapist at a camp for grieving adolescents — youth aged 12 to 16 years who had lost a loved one.

Although the experience was relatively brief, in that week, she helped the youngsters make an envelope book, in which they could then put pictures, clippings and other memorabilia about the person they had lost. Then they created a special cover for the book.

“Their memorial journals helped break the ice between them as a group,” remembers Kociszewski. “Then they kept it going on their own. It sounds kind of cheesy, but it moved me more than just about anything.”

Kociszewski enjoys painting in oils and creating 3-D objects that engage the imagination. In the Art by Heart course, taught by adjunct professor Andrea O’Driscoll '97, students study art and artifacts from diverse cultures from around the world and then make their own piece of art that expresses their unique life experience. For her project, Kociszewski created a mask similar to those worn during the middle ages by doctors treating the plague. The bottoms of two plastic cups became its glasses, along with a piece of an old leather belt. Foil formed the nose, and manila folders, the hat. Much of the mask was then coated with Rigid Wrap, similar to a casting material that can be formed like clay when wet.

“The arts curriculum exposes students to diverse cultures and encourages them to experiment with media and techniques to develop their own expressive language,” says O’Driscoll. “Maci did a wonderful job by having a vision and in thinking creatively along each step of the design, ending up with a wonderful piece of art,” she adds.

Kociszewski presented her mask at the honors conference at Gwynedd Mercy College last year and earned positive feedback. “Even the dean liked it,” she says. “I love hearing that from non-professionals (artists),” she adds. “It’s just so heartwarming.”

For her honors project, Kociszewski will illustrate a children’s book based on Sister Carol Vale’s Labrador retrievers, Griffin and Kostka, written by Krista Bailey Murphy, dean of student life. Her goal is to have it completed and for sale in the College bookstore within two years.

Michael Melnychenko '14 (in sports jersey)
Michael Melnychenko '14 sports the jersey of his new team, the Buffalo Bandits, after the 2014 National Lacross League draft.

Sports Update

Lacrosse player, Michael Melnychenko ’14, the College’s all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, is the first Griffin to be drafted into a professional league in any sport. He was selected by the Buffalo Bandits in the 2014 National Lacrosse League draft at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre on September 22.

Melnychenko joined the team in 2011, one year after the program had begun. Almost immediately, he established himself as a rare talent, making 50 goals in his first season, en route to being crowned the NCAA Division II goals-per-game champion with 3.57 GPG. At the end of that season, he was named the East Coast Conference (ECC) Rookie of the Year and earned an honorable mention to the All ECC team with 57 points and a .532 shooting percentage. 

He finished his remarkable collegiate career as the program’s all-time leader in points (205), points-per-game (3.80), goals (154), goals-per-game (2.85), assists (51), shots attempted (351), shots-per-game (6.50) man-up goals (26), and games started (54), while ranking fourth in ground balls (124) and tying for fifth in caused turnovers (29).

“Mike Melnychenko was one of the best offensive players I have ever coached,” says Brian Dougherty, head men’s lacrosse coach. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed at the next level. He is a flat-out goal scorer and there aren’t a lot of those guys out there. I am excited to watch him continue his career in the pros and we are very proud here at Chestnut Hill College.”

With everyone back from one of the best seasons in program history, Eric McNamee, golf head coach, sees big things in store for the 2014-2015 Griffins. "I'm expecting continued forward movement of the golf program," McNamee says. "We had no losses to the roster but have added two players who could be at the top of our roster if they play to their potential. Our goal is simple: to win the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship."  Read more here.

Read the latest sports news on CHC's Athlete Website.