Chatham News

Chatham University’s 2nd Annual Eden Hall Campus Summer Series Kicks Off on June 5th, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The 2nd annual 2015 Eden Hall Campus Summer Event Series will run June – September 2015 at Chatham University’s net zero Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA .  The series kicks off June 5th with a free performance by the Pittsburgh Opera in the Hilda H. Willis Outdoor Amphitheater. The series brings a variety of musical and theatrical performances, farm-to-table events, sustainability-themed workshops and a kids’ festival to this one-of-a-kind venue in the North Hills this summer. The 2015 event calendar includes:

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Secretary of the U.S. Interior, The Honorable Sally Jewell, to Receive Honorary Degree and Speak at Chatham University’s 2015 Commencement

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s 2015 Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held on Monday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Secretary Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. The Department of the Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

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Chatham MFA Film Student Debuts Film/Installation April 27 in Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH:  MFA Film and Digital Technology candidate, Jeremy Holdorf, will be debuting his film/installation titled Cathexis from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, in the Woodland Art Gallery on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus.   Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Cathexis is a film and installation created with the inten­tion of engaging the viewer’s perceptual emotive qualities. The film and installation allude to memory and trauma collectively, while attempting to identify with the viewer on a personal level, thus bridging the gap between the subjective and objective, memory and history.

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday until Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  The Chatham Art Gallery is located on Woodland Road, next to Cafe Rachel on the large quad of Chatham University.  The gallery is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



The Princeton Review lists Chatham as one of the “Top 50 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH:  The Princeton Review has ranked Chatham University as a Top 50 Green College and one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools in its annual Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. This is the fifth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

The guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Published a few days before the April 22, 2015 celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be downloaded at

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship presents talk on lack of women leadership roles

PITTSBURGH – The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University will host Tacy Byham, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Development Dimensions International (DDI), for the discussion and presentation, Lead Like a Girl, a talk focused on the lack of women in leadership roles despite their ability to create higher levels of financial performance when in these positions.

The event May 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside campus of Chatham University.  The event is open to the public as part of CWE’s monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series.  Register on the CWE website.

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Undergrad Literary Magazine, The Minor Bird, Holds Launch Party on Sat, Apr 11

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University’s undergraduate literary magazine The Minor Bird will be hosting its annual Launch Party this Saturday, April 11th, at 7:00 pm in the Welker Room, Laughlin Music Center, on the Shadyside Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The launch will feature readings from guest speaker D. Gilson, along with numerous Chatham students that have published original work in either the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 edition of The Minor Bird. Student artwork from both editions of The Minor Bird will also be on display at the event.

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Chatham Welcomes Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy to Business Program

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is pleased to welcome Stephan Liozu, Ph.D. to the Shadyside campus as Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department.

Dr. Liozu will teach the Strategy & Entrepreneurship course (among others).  The course provides an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and overall concepts concerning strategy development and implementation.

“Entrepreneurs need to understand key concepts to design and execute their dreams into tangible businesses.” Through this course, students will accomplish this by integrating their entrepreneurial perspective with concepts in management, finance, law, and marketing to develop an overall strategic outlook,” states Dr. Liozu.

Dr. Liozu is the Founder of Value Innoruption Advisors. He specializes in disruptive approaches in strategy, innovation, pricing and value management. Dr. Liozu has over 20 years of global business experience, working for both Fortune 500 companies and family-owned businesses. Most recently he served as President & CEO at ARDEX Americas and was voted 2012 CEO of the year for mid-sized companies in the Pittsburgh area and was widely recognized as a community leader sitting on boards of various non-for-profit organizations.

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Presentation on Environmental Implications of Dietary Guidelines with Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. on April 16

PITTSBURGH:  The Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability Food Studies Program is hosting a presentation on Thursday, April 16 at 2 PM by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., who serves on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability and Safety.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Free parking is available in the lot off of Murray Hill Avenue.  For additional information on this event, please call 412-365-1347.

About the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability & Safety
New in 2015, the Subcommittee on Food Sustainability and Safety collected data on the environmental implications of different food choices and considered these findings in their dietary recommendations.  This has created a robust dialogue and some controversy within the government in regards to the incorporation of agriculture production practices and environmental factors into nutrition-related guidelines. Here more about this important issue during this talk.

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Dr. Natalie DiNicola to speak about sustainable food systems on March 30 at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus

PITTSBURGH:  The Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University is hosting a Leaders Engaged in Advancing the Dialogue (L.E.A.D.) “Dig-in Dialogue” event on March 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Lodge at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, located at 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. The event will provide the opportunity to engage in conversation about sustainable food systems, nutrition and modern agriculture and meet others in the community who are interested in discussing and learning more about these topics, as well as networking and dialogue with Natalie DiNicola, Ph.D., Vice President of Sustainable Agriculture Partnerships, Monsanto. Event is by invite only. 

In her work leading Monsanto’s sustainable ag partnerships team, Dr. DiNicola oversees the development of public-private partnerships to improve food security, conserve natural resources and improve the livelihood of farmers around the world through the adoption of technologies and practices. She has worked with Monsanto for 13 years in several roles, including global environmental stewardship, government affairs and global regulatory structures. Previously, DiNicola was a Federation of Animal Sciences Societies Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she worked on issues related to agriculture and environment, and focused on the use of science in policy-making.

Dr. DiNicola has a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental biology from St. Mary’s College.


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