Chatham University

Chatham Ambassadors

Chatham Undergraduate Ambassadors 2013-14
Chatham Ambassadors are current undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about their college experiences and want to share them with you. We serve as representatives for Chatham University and help you by sharing our campus knowledge first hand. Our mission as Chatham Ambassadors is to provide prospective students with a positive experience, both on and off campus, and to give you with a true, authentic view of campus life.

What we do:

If you are interested in Chatham University, the Chatham Ambassadors offer several ways to help you learn more about the school:

Campus Tours

Undergraduate tours are Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. While you are visiting the campus, you can also meet with an Undergraduate Admission Counselor. Schedule a visit!

Overnight visits

We offer the opportunity to stay overnight on Chatham’s campus and to attend a class with an Ambassador. You'll stay in a mansion residence hall, attend classes, eat in the dining hall, check out the student activities, and just hang out with other students. Schedule an overnight!

Contact Us

There are several ways to contact a Chatham Ambassador:
By Phone: 1-800-837-1290
Mail: Chatham Ambassadors
Office of Admission: Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Our Ambassadors!

Abigail Beckwith '17

Abigail Beckwith '17

Extracurriculars: Scholar, Scholar Advisory Board, Resident Hall Council Communications Coordinator, Student Alumni Association member, “Minor Bird” Editorial Board member, Baking Club, Book Club, Creative Writing Club, Artist Collective Club

Favorite Faculty Member: I do not have a particular favorite faculty member yet. This year, however, I have met many amazing people. Dr. McNaugher, Dr. Lenz, Dr. Bruckner, and Dean Waite are some of my favorites. Being a woman majoring in the English department, I am sure to bond with these people more and more over my few years here.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: I am only a first year so I have not experienced many traditions yet, but I have looking forward to them for almost two years now; I am so excited. As of right now, my favorite tradition at Chatham University is the close-knit, family aspect of it. I have so many new friends and sisters. It is truly amazing.

Favorite Place on Campus: It is kind of cheesy, but I love my room. I live in Laughlin, the International Living Learning Community House with two foreign roommates and another girl from the Pittsburg area, like me. We keep out door open almost all the time; people come in and come out all day, bringing stories, laughter, and memories with them. I am able to focus on my studying here along with teaching my roommates some American culture and them teaching me some things from their cultures.

Why I Chose Chatham: Chatham University has so many things for me; it’s like my home away from home. I get my country love fulfilled, I get some worldly experiences, and it has an excellent creative writing program. I love everything about this place.


Chloe Bell '16

Chloe Bell '16

Extracurriculars: Undergraduate Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Cougar K-Nector, Scholar, Creative Writing Club, Battle of the Classes, Relay for Life

Favorite faculty member: My adviser, Dr. William Lenz, is my favorite faculty member. He taught my first year English class (when I was a biology major) and after, I was an English major. He introduced me to an awesome internship at Sampsonia Way and helped connect me with alumnae who had had similar major combinations. He is the best person to have on your team, and his office is pink.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: I love orientation and being an orientation leader; it is so exciting to bond with all of the first years and help ease their transition.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Athletic Fitness Center, because it is always cold and I always feel good when I leave; Rae Coffeehouse, because its walls are the epitome of Chatham's diversity and community; and the Carriage House student lounge, because the couches are heavenly.

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because I wandered onto the campus to see a friend and fell in love. Once I got here, I realized that the professors and Student Affairs staff are equally as invested in my dreams as I am. It's incredible to know that experts in your field want to do everything they can to help you.


Cory Doman '13

Cory Doman '13

Hello there!

My name is Cory Doman and I am a Senior at Chatham! I am also an Ambassador and wanted to see if you had any questions about student life or academics at Chatham!

I am a Professional Broadcast Communications and Public Relations major and Business Marketing minor! I love the Communications Department so much! Everyone is so eager to help and want to see me succeed! I have had two internships that the faculty members helped me to secure.

My first internship was at Penn Brewery in the North Side of Pittsburgh. I took photographs of the food, bottling process and brew masters for their social media websites and menu! I learned so much and made so many memories from this internship. Getting to taste test the menu items was pretty awesome too! I highly recommend their BLT… it has TWO kinds of bacon!

My second internship was at Phipps Conservatory. I was the photographer and videographer for the summer! I would not exchange this experience for the world. I had such an amazing time working with kids and made connections that will last me a lifetime!

I am involved a lot on campus! I am an Ambassador, Resident Assistant and Vice President of Chatham Marketing Association. I am also on the tennis team! I think Chatham is very unique in the sense that I can hold so many titles and still excel in my academics. I think that it is so important to have the support system Chatham offers.

One of my favorite experiences at Chatham was by far my study abroad trip! During Maymester my four best friends and I signed up to go to Indonesia for two weeks! We went with a small group from Chatham and two professors to Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Bali.

I think that Chatham University has such a dynamic and diverse curriculum that has helped shape me into one unique woman with a ton of stories to tell my future employers!

If you have any questions about life here, please do not hesitate to ask me! I will fill you in during a tour or an overnight! Maybe I will see you around soon!


Maryann Fix '17

Maryann Fix '17

Extracurriculars: Chatham College For Women Ambassador, Emerging Female Leaders Institute, Juggling Club, This is Me, SWIRL (Social Work Is Real Life), and Chatham Scholar.

Favorite Staff Member: I have a very special place in my heart for Brittani Uberti who was my admissions councilor. She was with me every step of the way, sending me cards of encouragement and never forgot to keep me in the loop with whatever was going on. She made me so excited for my time at Chatham with all of her warmth and enthusiasm and I have her to thank for working so hard to help me make Chatham a reality!

Favorite Chatham Tradition: I have to say, so far I am the most excited for the candle light procession and dinner.

Favorite Place On Campus: Chatham’s campus at sunrise and sunset is gorgeous and the most beautiful and breath-taking view on campus is from the parking lot overlooking the Pittsburgh hills.

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because it felt like home, simple as that.


Emily Kocian '14

Emily Kocian '14

Extracurriculars: Drama club, Student Alumni Association

Future school goals: I hope to go on to Chatham University’s Occupational Therapy program and Infant Mental Health program.

Career goals: I hope to become a pediatric occupational therapist.


Caitlin Miller '14

Caitlin Miller '14

Extracurriculars: Chatham University Ambassador, PSY CHI, Omnicron Delta Kappa, Student Alumni Association PR/Event Coordinator, Forensic Club VP of Finance

Favorite faculty member: Dr. Sarteschi who teaches in the criminology and social work department. Her class inspired me to educate people on mental illnesses. Dr. Sarteschi has helped me figure out where I want to go with my career and has tremendously helped me figure out how to get there.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: My favorite Chatham Tradition is Moonlight Breakfast. It’s breakfast for dinner that night and the faculty and staff are your servers! It’s the night before finals so everyone is stressed but it makes for a nice relaxation break.

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus is probably the quad at spring time. Pittsburgh tends to have haphazard weather and when it starts to warm back up everyone heads outside and studies, or even tans, out on the quad.

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because my mother went to graduate school here. She was actually having a major surgery done and I decided to apply to perk her up. After I applied I toured campus and fell in LOVE with the atmosphere. After meeting with the faculty and knowing that there was going to be a lot of one-on-one attention, I knew this was the school for me.


Kelly Nestman '17

Kelly Nestman '17

Extracurriculars: Scholar, Scholar Advisory Board, SAAC, Tennis Team, Strong Women Strong Girls Mentor, Mary Kay Consultant, STRONGER Executive and Business Owner

Favorite Faculty Member: I have a few faculty members that I really enjoy talking to and learning from. Dr. Lenz, who teaches my Scholars First Year Writing Seminar, is always willing to listen to my opinions. He always makes time to talk with me and encourage me to do as much as I can. Dr. Wardi is another favorite because she is my role model. She is an awesome woman who is able to have a family and a career that she loves as well. Finally, Dr. Rossbach makes learning fun because of his witty comments during class. He makes us laugh which keeps us engaged.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: My favorite tradition so far is BOTC (Battle of the Classes). I have never felt so close with a group of women in my life, and to be able to come together for a common goal gave me fulfillment. It was a challenge, but it was so cool to see how every class was able to pull something together that connected with everyone in the school.

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place is the Mellon sun porch. It is beautiful every time of year, and it is a great place to study. It is always quiet, so I can study there while feeling like part of the generations before me. I also like to walk around outside and try to picture Andrew Mellon’s carriages going to the carriage house in the same place that I’m walking.

Why I Chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that I needed to be here. It was a feeling I couldn’t describe. That’s what initially got me hooked, but the more I spent time here, I realized that we are all sisters who will build each other up and support each other in everything we do.


Shanai Sloan '14

Shanai Sloan '14

Extracurriculars: Chatham Undergraduate Ambassador! Student Transfer and Commuter Coordinator, Drama Club, Black Student Union, Resident Assistant, Cougar-K Nector, and R.I.S.E. Mentor

Favorite faculty member: Dr. Stubbs! She’s brilliant and she’ll tell you everything you need to know about your period and how to graduate fiercely!

Favorite Chatham Tradition: Opening Convocation! It's such an achievement and an amazing experience all in one! Can't say'll just have to come see for yourself...

Favorite Place on Campus: Besides my super cool room…Res life of course. Because there’s always something going on in res life!

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because for my college experience, I wanted to be around young women who want more for themselves, who are always willing and longing to strive towards not only a successful year, but gain exceptional experiences and opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else.


Erin Smith '15

Erin Smith '15

Extracurriculars: Chatham Ambassador Coordinator, Fickes Hall Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, P.A.C.E. Center tutor, Cougar K-Nector Mentor, Chatham Scholars Advisory Board: Service Director, Chatham’s Division III Volleyball Team, Relay for Life Committee member

Favorite faculty member: I’ve always had a special connection with Dr. Lenz. I’ve had several classes with him as both a Scholar and an English major, and I really enjoy his classes. He also serves as one of the committee members on my Self-Designed major, and I will always be so appreciative of his support for me in that academic project!

Favorite Chatham Tradition: Opening Convocation! Welcoming the school year with the entire Chatham community is one of my favorite moments of the entire academic year. I love school and college life, so this tradition always holds a special place in my heart.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Carriage House is my favorite place on campus. As an aspiring Dean of Students, I really look up to the Student Affairs staff. The Carriage House is where I relax and enjoy the company and guidance of my mentors and friends.

Why I chose Chatham: I was fortunate enough to build some relationships with faculty and staff prior to applying to Chatham. I knew that I wanted to be a student in their classes and be a part of this community. I also loved the beautiful campus and all the opportunities I could pursue for leadership and academic and personal success.


Ashley Traynor '15

Ashley Traynor '15

Extracurriculars: Chatham Ambassador, President of Exercise Science Club, President of Student Alumni Association, Resident Assistant, Cougar K-Nector Mentor

Favorite faculty member: Dr. Frasier, because he was so amazing to have in class. He sang, acted out ridiculously hard concepts, and always was able to bring Anatomy to a level that made complete and perfect sense to me.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: Eggnog. Typically I never have a date to Eggnog and so my younger sister comes and spends the weekend with me here and we have a blast. I have so many wonderful memories with my sister on campus.

Favorite Place on Campus: This would be a tie between the sunroom in Mellon and the soundproof practice rooms in Laughlin Music Hall. The sunroom is beautiful and quiet, and typically no one uses it. But I also love practicing in the soundproof rooms. No one can hear me practice, and occasionally, sing along with my songs.

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because of the small class sizes and the small community it had. It seemed as if everyone knew each other and I really loved that. I didn’t want to be lost as a number in classes, I actually feel noticed here.


Tahmina Tursonzadah '17

Tahmina Tursonzadah '17

Extracurriculars: Chatham Ambassador, Chatham’s Division III Soccer Team, Class Student Government, Chatham Drama Club, Muslim Student Association, and Student Alumni Association.

Favorite faculty member: Dr. David Rossbach because I always learn new and exciting things in his class everyday! He loves to talk about everything, no matter what the subject will be.

Favorite Chatham Tradition: I am only a first-year here at Chatham, but so far my favorite Chatham Tradition has to be the Global Focus Picnic. I like that Chatham focuses on being globally aware because many universities do not branch out all over the world like Chatham does.

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus has to be the private study cubicles on the 2nd floor of the library. It is a great place to clear my mind and have complete silence for the time being!

Why I chose Chatham: I chose Chatham because the university offered my major, Political Science. Chatham makes me feel special in many ways. They believe that I can change the world and that is one of my life long goals.


Stephanie Vituccio '14

Stephanie Vituccio '14

Extracurriculars: Chatham Student Government Class of 2014 Vice President, President of Chatham Forensics Club, Mortar Board, Chatham Undergraduate Ambassador, Undergraduate Budget Committee Vice Chair, Cougar K-Nector Mentor, Chatham Drama Club Member, Minor Bird Editorial Board Member, SWIRL.

Favorite faculty member: My tutorial and academic advisor Dr. Deborah Rubin has been a voice of reason and support through my three years at Chatham! She has so much knowledge about my area of study and has been a great tutorial advisor so far!

Favorite Chatham Tradition: It’s so hard to choose because there are so many great traditions! However, if I were to pick one that is my absolute favorite tradition is the Chatham Candlelight, which is at the end of the semester. Candlelight is held in the chapel and marks the first day that first year students can have overnight guests. It’s a beautiful experience and its especially nice hearing the choir sing!

Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus would have to be Laughlin House. This year I decided to live in Laughlin Intercultural House (for the first time). It’s such a beautiful residence hall (and house) and it’s also an incredibly welcoming and engaging community! Everybody leaves their doors open and hangs out in the living room downstairs. My three roommates and I proudly call Laughlin our home away from home!

Why I chose Chatham: I choose Chatham because of the small class sizes, diverse community and beautiful campus. I wanted to go to a school that would provide opportunities that would challenge me and foster my growth, and Chatham had just that!