Chatham News

Kevin Fortwendel Hired As Chatham University’s Vice President of University Advancement

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the hiring of Kevin Fortwendel as Vice President of University Advancement.

Fortwendel has over 15 years of experience and leadership in the higher education development and alumni relations field. He spent 9 years at DePaul University in Chicago, IL in a variety of senior development and alumni relations leadership roles most recently serving as Associate Vice-President, Principal Gifts and Stewardship. Prior to DePaul, Fortwendel served as the Director of Major Gifts at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Chatham President Barazzone to retire in the summer of 2016

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University President Esther Barazzone has advised the University’s Board of Trustees of her intention to retire in the summer of 2016. The announcement was made ahead of Chatham’s Board of Trustees June 5, 2015 meeting. When she steps down as President, Barazzone will have served nearly 25 years in the position, and end her tenure as one of the longest serving private college presidents in the country.

During her time as President, Barazzone led the transformation of Chatham from a small, financially struggling, undergraduate women’s college of 500 students to a fully coed, internationally recognized university with enrollment of over 2,100 graduate and undergraduate students; an endowment of over $80 million dollars (increased from $35 million in 1992); and three campus locations—the historic Shadyside Campus, the Eastside Building in the East End, and the net zero Eden Hall Campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh—making Chatham the largest academic university by acreage in Allegheny County…

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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics to host annual women’s leadership institute May 31-June 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2015 will be held Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5, and will bring 43 students from 30 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.

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Business and Management Programs Receive Acceditation

PITTSBURGH: The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)  announced at its meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on April 12-14, 2015, that Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was granted first-time accreditation of the business and management programs offered through its College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The business programs that were accredited by the IACBE include: Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in International Business, Bachelor of Arts in Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.

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Chatham to Host National Food Conference June 24-28, 2015

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University and the Falk School of Sustainability will be hosting the “Bridging the Past, Cultivating the Future:  Exploring Sustainable Foodscapes” event from June 24-28th.  Chatham’s Shadyside campus and new, net zero Eden Hall Campus will serve as the locations for the Joint 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS). The conference will involve three days of academic and practitioner presentations; tours of sustainable communities, food, and agriculture; a banquet; and many activities and workshops.

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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.