Chatham News

Chatham Dedicates The Esther Barazzone Center at Eden Hall

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.

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2016 Chatham Commencement Details and Speakers

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.

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Chatham University’s Board of Trustees wins governance award

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.

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Chatham University is designated “Tree Campus USA” for 4th Year in a row

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.

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Chatham signs degree completion partnership agreement with BC3

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University and Butler County Community College (BC3) have signed a degree completion partnership agreement that provides BC3 students with the opportunity to earn a Chatham University Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Public Relations degree while remaining on BC3’s  main campus.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Women Business Center to Launch at The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

PITTSBURGH:  The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) announced today that it has been awarded an SBA Women Business Center. CWE is working with the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on this initiative, including District Director Dr. Kelly Hunt and District Office Technical Representative for Women Business Centers Karan Waigand.

The newly established Women Business Center will be focused on the design and implementation of programming geared specifically to underserved populations of women and the challenges they face in starting, growing, and succeeding in business. In addition, the Women Business Center will provide programming, one-on-one and group mentoring, and counseling focused on business financing, access to capital, certifications for federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting.

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Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to give public lecture March 31

PITTSBURGH:   Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, will be giving a free public lecture at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Alley’s lecture, “Optimistic Opportunities in the Greenhouse: Energy, Environment, Ethics, and Our Future”, will be followed by a book signing.

The event is part of Chatham’s annual All-Campus Author series and is sponsored by the School of Arts, Science and Business and Chatham’s Global Focus program, which this year is celebrating the Year of Climate Change.

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April 9th Reading & Music Series To Explore Themes of Loss & Personal Struggle

PITTSBURGH: On Saturday, April 9th at 8:00 pm, Chatham will host Gray’s Skies, an annual reading and music series founded in honor of Gray St. Germain Gideon, a musician, composer and creative thinker who died in 2014 of a drug overdose. This series focuses on celebrating the works of writers, artists and musicians whose work uses the imagination to explore loss or personal struggle.

This year’s series will feature poet and singer-songwriter, Jen McClung and her band; poet and writer, Michael Walsh; and poet and Chatham MFA in Creative Writing Program Director, Sheryl St. Germain. The event is free and open to the public.

The series is funded through the generosity of Melanie and Fred Brown, and Margret and Tom Whitford, in collaboration with Chatham University’s MFA program.

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Chatham Announces Addition of NCAA DIII Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the addition of men’s ice hockey to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports for the 2017-18 academic year. At the time of this announcement, Chatham will be the first DIII men’s ice hockey team in Pittsburgh and only the fourth program across the entire state when it takes the ice in 2017.

“In 1996, Chatham was the first college in Pennsylvania to put together an NCAA women’s hockey team,” said Athletic Director, Leonard Trevino. “We are excited to build on our proud hockey tradition and once again be the first to bring a DIII hockey team to the Pittsburgh region with the addition of men’s ice hockey.”

In December of 2015, Chatham announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse. With the addition of these teams and men’s ice hockey, Chatham will field 16 varsity DIII sports.

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Chatham, Stetson universities partner on shorter time to law degree

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University in Pennsylvania and Stetson University in Florida have partnered to offer students an accelerated program to earn a law degree.

The 3+3 program, starting in fall of 2016, allows eligible Chatham University undergraduates to apply to law school at Stetson University in their junior year. Students admitted to the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year of law school courses.

High-performing Chatham students will earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. Students will spend three years at Chatham and three years at Stetson law school.

“This partnership builds on Chatham’s pre-law foundation by helping Chatham students save time and money with the accelerated 3+3 path to their undergraduate and graduate degree,” said Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “And, as a recognized leader in sustainability, Chatham is also thrilled by the opportunity this presents for our students wishing to pursue environmental law and policy.”

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