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The e-newsletter of Chestnut Hill College

June 2016

June 2016

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. Saturday, May 14, saw the culmination of that journey.

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.”

Chestnut Hill College has announced the formation of the Center for Concussion Education of Chestnut Hill College, whose purpose is to create a nationally recognized interdisciplinary center for concussion education, research and policy.

Earlier this year, Chestnut Hill College lost a visionary — a woman who was far ahead of her time — former president, Sister Mary Xavier Kirby. Her legacy lives on in many ways, however, including the Montessori Teacher Education Program (MTEP) she helped bring to the College.

Over winter break, 10 students witnessed textbook lessons in action as part of a class on the U.S. Constitution
and criminal justice system.

The first induction ceremony of the CHC chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, was held April 19, with seven inductees. 

Twenty-four years ago, when Marie Conn, professor of religious studies, joined the faculty of Chestnut Hill College, she began to teach the course, Heart of the City, which she taught with various co-teachers until 2008. 

As any classroom teacher knows, theirs is a challenging profession. One does not simply walk into a classroom one day and begin to mold young minds. 

Student Spotlight: Layla Cruz ’17 Shows Ultimate Willpower in Spartan Race
Layla Cruz '17 gave her all in a Spartan Race and made an enlightening discovery.

In a perfect example of community collaboration and cooperation, once again, Bob Meyer, Ph.D., professor of biology, joined with members of the Senior Environment Corps from Germantown’s Center-in-the-Park to host a group of students from the John B. Kelly School.

The Redmond Room, East Parlor and Rotunda were full to capacity on Saturday, May 21, when CHC celebrated the 2016 Scholarship Gala, raising funds to support student academic scholarships. 

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

Athletic Directors Award winners Noel Hightower and Nicole Carney

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.

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.

Did you know that CHC’s Big Griff recently won SEPCHE’s Battle of the Mascots?

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.