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Griffins in the News: October 2015

Griffins in the News: October 2015

CHC’s inaugural sprint football game was covered by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more at

CHC was part of an online Philadelphia Inquirer listing:  “What’s New on Philly and N.J. College Campuses.” Read the posting here.

Chestnut Hill College was included in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer for having steady enrollment during a challenging time for Catholic colleges.

President Carol Jean Vale SSJ, Ph.D., was named one of the five U.S. sisters Pope Francis should meet during his visit to the U.S. The National Catholic Reporter has the story.

Colleen Gibson SSJ, assistant director of campus ministry, shared her insights in the article “Nuns! Why They’re Suddenly Hot Again.” Read about it in The New York Times.

Chestnut Hill College was named “A Best in the Northeast” College by The Princeton Review on its website feature: “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Read more here.

U.S. News & World Report has listed Chestnut Hill College as among the best regional universities in the northeast. Read more here.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph and Sister Maria Kostka Logue were featured in the documentary, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia. David Contosta Ph.D., history and political science professor, and Mary Ellen O’Donnell, former assistant professor of religious studies, also contributed to the documentary. The film is available online at

Chris Matthews mentioned Chestnut Hill College and his aunts, Sister Agnes Shields and Sister Eleanor Shields, in “Chris Matthews on Growing up Catholic in Philadelphia.” Philadelphia Magazine has the story.

Michelle Lesher, SSJ, ’00, told her story of how she came to realize her vocation. Read Sister Michelle’s story in the Chestnut Hill Local.

The Philadelphia Tribune announced the official start of CHC’s sprint football season.

Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., ’99, is a visiting instructor of sociology at St. Joseph’s University and is featured on that school’s You Tube channel, where she talks about the power of young people, their role in shaping the future of the church, and Pope Francis' relationship with younger generations. View the video here.

Monica Vesci ’04, developed a “Camino Clutch” product for women with diabetes. The Chestnut Hill Local has the story.

Sandra González ’98, principal of Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia, recruited more than 200 volunteers to build a playground for the students at the school.  The story is found at CBSPhilly.

Sister Mary Jo Larkin, dean for library and information resources, gave advice as a leader in higher education. See what she had to say at

Kathleen Clarke Buch ’83 was appointed to the position of town administrator by the Darien Board of Selectmen. Darien Daily Voice has the story.

Sister Mary Theresa Shevland and Sister Sheila Kennedy were interviewed by Alicia Vitarelli of 6ABC News prior to Pope Francis’ Sunday’s Mass on the Parkway.

The Chestnut Hill Local featured a photo and caption of CHC’s Second Annual Night at the Phillies and Sister Carol’s first pitch in its September 10 issue.

The September 17 issue of The Chestnut Hill Local included a photo and caption of a student in last summer’s Forensic Sciences Camp.

A news crew from 6ABC filmed students during Move-In Day on August 21. The footage was broadcast during the evening news.