Founders Day: Recap

October 4-8, 2009

Chestnut Hill College celebrated its 85th Anniversary this year with a week of Founders Day events and activities.

The week-long celebration held October 4-8, 2009, kicked off with the President’s Brunch for parents and students. The brunch included a presentation on the history of the College from Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L., professor of French and Russian and author of “Tradition and Risk,” and a presentation on the future of the College by College president, Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

On October 5, 2009, a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating 85 years of blessings was held for the College community in Fournier Chapel. A special 85th Anniversary cake-cutting ceremony and tribute to Chestnut Hill’s founder, Sister Maria Kostka Logue took place in the Piazza, with music and student tributes Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the event “A Gaggle of Griffins” was hosted by students Toni Ryan’10 and Pat Curtin ’11 in the Social Room that featured panel discussions with current students and alumni of the College. The spirited event included question and answer sessions about how the College is today compared to its earlier years, with presentations by Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L. and College president Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

Wednesday afternoon, the College hosted speaker C. Lowell Parsons, M.D., professor of surgery in the Urology Division of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine at the 85th Anniversary Biomedical Lecture. Dr. Parsons spoke about his research in the causes and frequency of bladder disease, and what challenges lay ahead in the medical field.

The week of activities concluded with a tour of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Heritage Room.

To commemorate the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the College, junior Leslie Anne Zemnick wrote the poem, “85 years” which was dedicated to Sister Maria Kostka Logue and was distributed at the Founders Day events. The poem detailed the rich history of Chestnut Hill College from its humble beginnings to its robust future and the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.