PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced that they have become a Charter Signatory of the Second Nature Climate Commitment to further commitments to carbon neutrality and resilience. The Climate Commitment, a signature program of Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, requires Chatham to set climate targets, report on progress publicly, and collaborate with the surrounding community, all while integrating sustainability across the curriculum. Chatham is also a charter signatory American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now called the Carbon Commitment), and received a Climate Leadership Award in 2013 from Second Nature for its efforts.
In addition to this latest commitment, Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Chatham beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 97 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,100 average American homes annually.
PITTSBURGH: Dr. Katie Cruger, Assistant Professor of Communication and Program Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University, has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place July 31–August 4, 2016, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Dr. Cruger was selected in large part for her leadership and work in directing Chatham’s First-Year Communication Seminar—Dialogues: Identity and Values. This course is required for all first-year students at Chatham, and aims to facilitate discourse around issues such as gender, faith, race, and how they contribute to identity.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University was notified on June 16th, 2016 that the United Steelworkers Union has withdrawn its petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to unionize the University’s adjunct faculty.
The voting was scheduled to begin on June 17th, but as a result of this withdrawal, no election will be held, and the Union will not be able to file for a new election for at least six months.
PITTSBURGH: Alice Julier of Chatham University delivered the inaugural keynote speech at the bi-annual Perugia Food & Sustainability Studies Conference, an international scholarly meeting held in Perugia, Italy whose theme was “Perspectives on Food and Landscapes.” Julier is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at Chatham University, as well as the Associate Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability. She is interested in social movements, domestic life, labor, consumption, and inequality in food systems; her pedagogical approach maintains a focus on training students to be actors and activists dedicated to making food systems more sustainable.
Two students in Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program also presented at the food conference. Elise Miranda presented her thesis work “Integrating Distillery Grain Waste into Consumable Goods as a Means of Food Waste Reduction.” Kate Laubacher, also an alumna of Umbra’s Food & Sustainability Studies Program, shared her thesis “Conviviality and Community: Third Places in the U.S. and Europe.” Laubacher will remain in Perugia for two weeks to continue her research as she observes third places throughout Perugia. Laubacher is taking advantage of resources available at the Umbra Institute’s library, access to which was made possible by an agreement between Chatham and the Umbra Institute.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. The full list is available here.
PITTSBURGH – Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus Summer Series, which drew more than 3,000 attendees to its next-generation, sustainable campus in Richland, PA, last season, will feature an expanded lineup for its third annual run this June-September. Presenting live performances against nature’s backdrop at the Hilda M. Willis Amphitheater, a KidsCan children’s festival and a series of educational farm-to-table gatherings, the series offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience art while immersed in the beauty of nature. Members of the public are invited to save the dates for the following Summer Series events:
Pittsburgh Opera: Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Classical Music Under the Stars: Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Bluegrass Festival in Partnership with Calliope: Sat., Aug. 13, 3-10 p.m.; Free. More info.
Singer/ Songwriter Jesse Daniel Edwards Featuring Nina Sainato: Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30-10 p.m.; Free. More info.
Donora: Sat., August 27, 7:30 p.m.; Free. More info.
Madcap Puppets presents Aesop Classic Fables: Sat., July 30, 10-11:15 a.m.; Free. More info.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company: Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. Adults, $23; Students, $18. More info and reservations.
PITTSBURGH, PA: Chatham University has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of its Eden Hall Campus, and celebrated this milestone on Thursday, April 28, 2016 with the official grand opening and dedication of the new Esther Barazzone Center, which has been named in honor of Chatham’s retiring President, Dr. Esther Barazzone.
Spanning 23,000 square feet and two floors, The Esther Barazzone Center is a multi-purpose campus hub designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and serves as the dining hall and main gathering space of this “first in the world” sustainable campus.
The Esther Barazzone Center features an innovative commercial and teaching kitchen where food from Eden Hall’s gardens and greenhouses will be prepared using 100% inductive heating, recycled through a heat loop. Power is generated from a mix of solar panels and two, highly efficient natural-gas powered micro-turbines generating electricity into the campus grid to offset use and model transitional carbon energy working in conjunction with renewable sources. In the center of the building is a large staircase, marking an aesthetic center point of the campus. The walls are earthen—using soil from the campus—with images of native trees and wood for the reclaimed from an old bowling alley. Other features include:
- A large cafeteria and student lounge space with seating for 250 people.
- A green wall of living plants—an installation that automatically waters itself. Herbs from the green wall will be used in the kitchen in the future.
- A large, tiered classroom with advanced media technology and a digital data display of Eden Hall’s various systems for students to analyze.
- A root cellar, with wood flooring that opens to the ground.
The dedication featured a lunch prepared in the Barazzone Center’s commercial teaching kitchen with keynote remarks by Barton Seaver, executive chef and sustainable seafood expert on “a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner.” Seaver is the author of four books; was a Fellow with the Explorer Program at the National Geographic Society; and is the Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, he is a member of the United States Culinary Corps, where he helps develop international conversations about sustainability and the role of culinary in resource management and public health.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s 2016 Spring Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held on Monday, May 16th, at 10:00 am at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. The event will also be streamed live for friends and family who cannot attend in person. More information is available on Chatham’s event website.
Speakers and honorary degree recipients at this year’s Commencement include: Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC and Chatham University Class of 1994 alumna; Elizabeth McCormack, Philanthropic Advisor to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity Washington University.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Board of Trustees has been awarded the John W. Nason Award for Board Service by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Chatham was one of six recipients at the 2016 AGB National Conference on Trusteeship held April 17-19 in Washington, DC.
The John W. Nason Award for Board Service recognizes governing boards that have demonstrated exceptional leadership
and initiative, unusual courage in the face of difficult circumstances, and significant achievement that benefits the institution, system, or foundation in ways that truly matter.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University was honored once again with Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the fourth year in a row Chatham has been honored with this designation.
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. Learn more about Chatham’s arboretum.