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The e-newsletter of Chestnut Hill College

July 2016

July 2016

Happy summer break to all our students!
We have chosen the top stories of the past semester to share with you this month and we hope you enjoy reading them again.
(News & Notes, Did You Know? and Alumni Connections contains new information.)
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Chestnut Hill College hosted the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) Honors Conference in April for the third time since its inception 18 years ago, bringing together some of the best and brightest young minds from the group’s member colleges and universities.

Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D., associate professor of education, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar grant and will spend four months in Serbia, teaching and doing research at the University of Belgrade, where she earned her master’s degree more than 30 years ago.

For the class of 2016, the journey to becoming the newest Griffin alumni began four years before with an orientation themed around the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Presented as if the next four years were the viewing of a film that was still in production, the credits on the Class of 2016 began to roll on Saturday, May 14.

Staff and faculty filled the Redmond Room on May 4 to say a bittersweet farewell to four retiring members of the Chestnut Hill College community. As Sister Carol said in her opening remarks, “Endings are seldom easy, but each step leads to new wonders.”

In 1994, just two years after beginning her teaching career at Chestnut Hill College, Lakshmi Atchison, Ph.D., professor of biology, brought her dream to fruition. That dream of an annual biomedical series in which top scientific professionals would give lectures to students and the community quickly won wide acclaim.

For the first time, Chestnut Hill College hosted close to 200 students from five area elementary schools as part of a uniquely tailored eighth grade admissions event.

Mary Xavier Kirby, SSJ, Ph.D. (Lucy Irene), the fourth president of Chestnut Hill College, passed away on January 26 at the age of 98.

At Chestnut Hill College you might learn to shoot a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen or produce your own newscast like Ron Burgundy (albeit with a greater sense of professionalism and without the salon-quality hair). You can explore other cultures — France, China, Germany and others — all while promoting unity and acceptance on campus. Or you may choose to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Chestnut Hill College’s Office of Career Development hosted a business networking and recruiting event in mid-February during which students had the chance to make connections and find potential internships.

Reunion Weekend 2016 was a rousing success. Photos are available now!

Alumni, staff, faculty and friends of CHC all enjoyed an evening of fun with a serious intent.

Showing Courage in the Face of Adversity
Most 21-year-olds don’t expect to be told they can no longer pursue their lifelong passion, but that is exactly what happened to Dexter Harris ’16, who was diagnosed with a blood-clotting disorder two years ago. 

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Sprandio '10
It’s all About Nourishing Relationships
Kate Sprandio ’10 likes to say that, for her, Chestnut Hill College is proof that one does not need to travel far from home to get a life-changing education. 

Kathryn Miller, SSJ, Ph.D., assistant to the president for administration and special projects, made her third trip to Africa in December. Representing the ASEC (African Sisters Education Collaborative) Board of Directors, she visited ministries and spoke at the graduation ceremonies of sisters from ASEC’s SLDI (Sisters Leadership Development Initiative) in Malawi and Zambia.

Fifteen artists joined instructor Liz Haywood-Sullivan during the week of June 13-17 in a Plein Air Workshop sponsored by Studio Incamminati on CHC’s campus. 

Alumni, faculty, staff and students continue to make news and local news outlets continue to take notice. Griffins in the News lists some of the noteworthy mentions in the past weeks.

In recognition of the successes of our student-athletes, the College hosts an annual banquet in their honor, reflecting on their most recent seasons and accomplishments both as individuals and as teams. Here are some of the pictures and honorees from this year’s event.

Did you know that Channel 6 ABC was recently filming on CHC’s campus?

Coming Events

A great place to keep track of all campus events, activities and public lectures at the College is through our community-wide calendar found at

We hope you enjoy reading Connections as much as we enjoy producing it! Please contact me with news and information from your department; about faculty or staff, a student or about an alum. I follow up on all leads!  Thanks.  Brenda Lange, associate director of communications, 215.248.7110.