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Posted on Mar 1, 2016 |

Chatfield Signs Agreements with The Athenaeum, XU — And Receives $1 Million Gift

Chatfield Signs Agreements with The Athenaeum, XU — And Receives $1 Million Gift

Representatives of Chatfield College and The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West sign an agreement accepting certificate graduates of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program as eligible for  credit at the school.

Representatives of Chatfield College and The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West sign an agreement accepting certificate graduates of The Athenaeum’s Lay Pastoral Ministry Program as eligible for credit toward an associates degree at the undergraduate school.

It’s been a big winter for Chatfield College, Greater Cincinnati’s Catholic institution offering associate degrees at campuses in the city’s urban core and in rural St. Martins (OH).

In January, the school announced an agreement with The Athenaum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West to award graduates who earn non-degree certificates from the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program up to 24 college hours toward an Associates of Arts Degree.

In mid-February, the college announced an atriculation agreement with Xavier University, which gives Chatifield students the opportunity to transfer into any related Baccalaureate degree program at the Jesuit college.

Representatives of Xavier University and Chatfield College sign an atriculation agreement.

Representatives of Xavier University and Chatfield College sign an atriculation agreement.

Also in February, the school received its largest-ever testamentary gift: $1 million from surgeon, religious sister, and philanthropist Sr. Mary Louis Jung, MD.

The gift will be used to create the school’s largest endowed scholarship.

“We are exceedingly grateful for Dr. Jung’s amazing generosity,” says Kip Heekin, Chair of the Chatfield College Board of Trustees.  “This is a transformational gift, one that will help students attend Chatfield for generations to come.”

Sr. Mary Lois Jung, whose  $1 million bequest is the largest testament gift Chatfield College has ever received.

Sr. Mary Lois Jung, whose $1 million bequest is the largest testament gift Chatfield College has ever received.

Sr. Jung was the daughter of George Jung, who invented the arch brace and knee pad and founded the Jung Arch Brace Company. She earned a degree in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from the University of Florida, where she had a fellowship in cancer research, before discerning a call to religious life and joining the Medical Missions Sisters. Because of her background the congregation asked her to become a surgeon, and following her medical training she served for 30 years in Pakistan, Micronesia, St. Lucia and the Papua New Guinea Highlands, before retiring in the late 1980s.

Before her death, Sr. Jung endowed a science chair at Chatfield in honor of her father, as well as making major contributions to educational and environmental charities, including The Nature Conservancy and the Save the Redwoods League.

One of the area’s fastest-growing institutes of higher education, Chatfield was founded by the Ursulines of Brown County and continues its mission to provide educational opportunity to people willing to work for it. In 2015, the school graduated its largest ever class (see our story here). The agreements with The Athenaeum and XU will help all three institutions reach a broader group of students.

“The formal articulation agreement between The Athenaeum and Chatfield is exciting for both institutions, and especially for our students,” says LPMP Director Dr. Susan McGurgan. “It acknowledges the rigor and quality of the LPMP Certificate as meeting undergraduate college equivalency. It also streamlines the process of applying the LPMP Certificate toward official college credits.

“We hope this news will encourage some graduates of the LPMP Certificate option to pursue an undergraduate degree through Chatfield and its four-year partner institutions” — which now include XU.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in rural St. Martin (OH) and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.  It is an open enrollment college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend, and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.

For information visit www.chatfield.edu or call 513-975-3344.

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