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Artist Müyesser Demir uses collage to express stages of self-actualization in “Journey of Rumi”

Exhibition will close Chatham’s Year of Turkey, part of the University’s Global Focus Program

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 27, 2011

PITTSBURGH (May 26, 2011)…Through vibrant collages on display at the Chatham University Art Gallery through June 30, artist Müyesser Demir interprets selected verses from the works of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a popular figure in Islamic philosophy and Sufism, a mystical dimension of Islam. Rumi has deeply influenced philosophy, literature, mysticism, culture and art for centuries. His verses depicted in Demir’s works depict the stages of man’s evolution in his journey toward complete self-actualization. According to Demir, the works featured in the exhibition “Journey of Rumi” were created to contribute to worldwide efforts to spread the word of this important figure.

The Chatham University Art Gallery is located in Woodland Hall on the Shadyside Campus’ academic quad. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information call 412-365-1182 or email parasher@chatham.edu.

“Journey of Rumi,” sponsored by Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University’s Rumi Dialogue Club, and Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh, will close Chatham’s Year of Turkey, part of the University’s Global Focus Program. Each year the Global Focus program engages students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe. The University will celebrate the Year of Southeast Asia and Vietnam during the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information on the Global Focus Program, visit http://www.chatham.edu/globalfocus/.

Demir received her bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey). She is currently studying in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Duquesne University and working as a freelance designer. In addition to graphic design, Demir is interested in Ebru (water marbling), miniature painting and collage. Her portfolio is available at www.muyesserdemir.com. Chatham will offer Ebru classes during the month of June. For more information, contact SDemir@cmu.edu or parasher@chatham.edu.

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About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Offers Free Social Media Workshop to its Online Business and Mentoring Community

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 25, 2011

PITTSBURGH (May 25, 2011) … Since its founding, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) has developed new and innovative programs to assist women in southwestern Pennsylvania develop and expand new businesses. CWE recently announced the launch of CWE Connect, its online business and mentoring community, and is now offering its members a free social media workshop. “Jumpstart Social Media for Your Business” will be held on June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trenthouse Inn, 2008 Cooper Kettle Highway, Rockwood, Pa.

This hands-on workshop will instruct participants how to set up accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts and how to use these social networks to promote your business. Learn how to manage your limited time online to get the most out of social media marketing by adding social media to your current advertising. Computers will be available on site, but guests are permitted to bring their own. A lunch and peer-to-peer networking session will follow.

CWE Connect is a community of women business owners committed to supporting each other and working together to strengthen their businesses. In addition to a variety networking opportunities, free workshops, and advertising, members receive personal mentoring and access to a growing online business library. Funded in part by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and developed in partnership with The Progress Fund, The Trail Town Program®, and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, CWE Connect is designed to provide an online nexus for women entrepreneurs and business owners to easily gain access to experienced facilitators, mentors, and resources to help women succeed in business.

CWE Connect membership is renewable yearly, and the current membership year runs from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. To become a member or for more information on CWE Connect, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe/connect.

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About CWE

The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship presents “Guide to THRIVE: Four Steps to Body, Brains, and Bliss,” led by Vonda Wright, MD

The presentation is part of the CWE’s Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series; followed by a workshop by PNC titled “Cash Flow Solutions Workshop: Understanding Cash Flow to Grow Your Business” will immediately follow Dr. Wright’s Presentation

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 24, 2011

PITTSBURGH (May 24, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) will host Dr. Vonda Wright as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on Friday, June 10, 2011, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Wright, orthopedic surgeon and researcher, will discuss practical advice for getting the most out of life in her presentation “Guide to THRIVE: Four Steps to Body, Brains, and Bliss.” The topic of the presentation is also the title of her new book, scheduled to be released in September.

Dr. Wright specializes in sports medicine and has gained national recognition as an expert in active aging. She is also the creator and director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA), a program designed to maximize performance and minimize injury in recreational and masters athletes over the age of 40.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session, which precede the presentation. In addition, guests who bring an article of clothing to donate to Dress for Success will receive a copy of Dr. Wright’s first book Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age. To register or for more information visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253.

Immediately following Dr. Wright’s presentation, PNC’s Business Banking will present “Cash Flow Solutions Workshop: Understanding Cash Flow to Grow Your Business,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The workshop will discuss the five principles of cash flow while highlighting key areas of opportunity for businesses to make and save money in less time.

The cost to attend the workshop is $10 (all proceeds benefit Dress for Success® Pittsburgh). A $5 discount is available for those who register for both the breakfast and the PNC workshop.

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About CWE

The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visitwww.chatham.edu/cwe

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visitwww.chatham.edu .

MFA in Creative Writing program awards Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 24, 2011

Chatham’s distinctive Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program recently announced fellowship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information about the awards and recipients follows below.

Maryann Ullmann of Acton, Mass., has been named the 2011-2012 Margaret L. Whitford Fellow. As part of the fellowship, she will fulfill a leadership role within the MFA student organization. Ullmann brings with her thirteen years of experience as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, journalism and poetry, as well as five years of teaching experience. She is fluent in Spanish and spent four years in Argentina. She has dedicated much of her time to nonprofits in the fields of the environment and the rights of immigrants and indigenous peoples. Ullmann received her BA in cultural studies (2000) at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and her MS in Environmental Science, with a concentration in Environmental Advocacy & Organizing (2006), at Antioch University (Keene, N.H.). The Whitford Fellowship carries full-tuition remission for two years (approximately $12,000, dependent upon course load).

The Whitford is a two-year fellowship award; Sarah Leavens will be continuing as a Whitford Fellow. Leavens recently completed her first year in Chatham’s MFA program in poetry and creative nonfiction. She holds a BFA in painting and English writing from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). Prior to Chatham, she worked for four years at Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center in Ohio.

Gina Olszowski of Geneva, Ill., has completed her first year in Chatham’s creative nonfiction program and will continue as the Rachel Carson Fellow. In this capacity, she assists the MFA program director. Olszowski holds a BA in mass communications from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) and has worked as a freelance artist and designer. This research assistant fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend for one year, with the possibility of applying again for the second year.

Caroline Tanski, a native of Maine, has completed her first year in Chatham’s creative nonfiction program, and will continue as the Fourth River Fellow. In this capacity, Tanski serves as managing editor of The Fourth River literary journal. She holds a BA in creative writing from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Great Barrington, Mass.) and worked for four years as a technical services librarian at Harvard College Library in Cambridge. The Fourth River Fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend for one year, with the possibility of applying again for the second year.

Leah Brennan of Easthampton, Mass., was awarded one of two first year teaching assistantships. Brennan completed her BA in English at Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.), including study abroad at King’s College in London. After teaching English in France for two years, she taught English at the high school level at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Brennan currently works for Educational Testing Services, where she evaluates language arts instruction.

Tricia Dituro of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was awarded the second first year teaching assistantship. She completed her BA in English at Gannon University (Erie, Pa.) and her MA in English literature at John Carroll University (University Heights, Ohio), where she has been teaching Rhetoric and Composition.

D. Gilson of Springfield, Mo., has completed his first year at Chatham in poetry. He holds a BS in professional/technical writing and an MA in English from Missouri State University, where he has taught courses in composition and creative writing.

The teaching fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend for one year, with the possibility of applying again for the second year. Duties include assisting professors with undergraduate creative writing courses with the opportunity to work in the writing center.

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About the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Chatham University’s ground-breaking MFA focusing on nature, environment and travel writing is the premier graduate program for nurturing creative writers interested in the environmental imagination and place-based writing. Our program is inspired by the work of Chatham alumna, Rachel Carson, a creative writer whose work demonstrates both lyricism and social conscience. The heart of our program–nature, environmental and travel writing–honors Carson’s legacy, but expands the interpretation of environment to include any place-based writing and all genres-poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction-shaped by human relationship with place. For more information about Chatham’s MFA programs call 412- (412) 365-1190 or visit www.chatham.edu/mfa/.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu .

Chatham to host 19th biennial conference for the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research June 2-4

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 20, 2011

Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus will host the 19th biennial conference for the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research June 2-4. The three-day multidisciplinary conference for scholars, health care providers, counselors, public policy advocates, writers, students, teachers, artists, and others interested in the health of girls and women across the lifespan as it relates to the menstrual cycle will focus on the theme “Embodied Consciousness, Informed Choices: Critical Perspectives on the Menstrual Cycle.”

For more information about the 2011 conference, including registration details, fees, and full schedule, visithttp://menstruationresearch.org/2011conference/ or contact Dr. Peggy Stubbs, conference coordinator, at 412-365-2962 or mstubbs@chatham.edu. (Conference schedule is subject to change.)

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Sharra Vostral, Ph.D., associate professor of gender and women’s studies and history at the University of Illinois, on June 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanger Lecture Room of Coolidge Hall. Dr. Vostral is the author of Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (2008). Her address will focus on her current research—the innovation of Rely tampons and the emergence of Toxic Shock Syndrome. The concept of “biologically incompatible technology” will be used to explain the complicated relationship of constituent bacteria, women’s menstrual cycles and a reactive technology.

Other highlights of the conference include two plenary panels, “Menstruation and Stigma” on June 3 and “Re: Cycling and Sustainability” on June 4. Both will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Eddy Theater.

The plenary panel on the stigma associated with the stigma surrounding menstruation will include a presentation by titled “Stigma and Emotional Health” by Lawrence M. Nelson, M.D., head of the Integrative Reproductive Medicine Group, Intramural Research Program on Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Nelson will discuss education’s role in reversing the stigma associated with menstruation; evidence to be presented shows that stigma has adverse effects on emotional health.

The plenary panel on sustainability will feature a presentation by Megan White Mukuria, founder and CEO of ZanaAfrica, a nonprofit that seeks to alleviate poverty in Africa with tools that address health, education, and the environment, with a focus on gender and technology. Globally, menstruation keeps girls out of school, thus perpetuating cycles of poverty. Drawing on a decade of work with girls in Kenya, Mukuria will share a promising solution to realize a vision of all girls managing their menstruation with dignity while protecting the planet. American Friends of ZanaAfrica was recently awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant for Ground-Breaking Research in Global Health and Development, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The award will allow Mukuria and Lawino Kagumba, Ph.D., to pursue the development of sanitary pads that utilize an agricultural by-product as an alternative absorbent material. If successful, low-income women and girls across Kenya will have access to locally produced, affordable feminine hygiene products through a process easily replicated in other countries.

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About the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1977 by a multidisciplinary group of women who were pioneers in understanding the centrality of menstrual cycle research to women’s health. The organization’s mission is to be the source of guidance, expertise, and ethical considerations for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funding resources interested in the menstrual cycle. The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research offers a network of communication and support that spans discipline, professional responsibilities, and geography to provide woman-centered perspectives on menstrual experiences. For more information about the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, visit www.menstruationresearch.org.

About Chatham University 

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu .

Chatham University receives national recognition for community service

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
May 20, 2011

Chatham University has been admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The honor roll is overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service; the U.S. Department of Education and Housing and Urban Development; Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education; and the American Council on Education. For a full list of honored institutions, visitwww.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

“Being named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an accomplishment of which Chatham is very proud,” said Zauyah Waite, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. “Our students, faculty, and staff demonstrate significant dedication to improving the University’s surrounding communities, and we are very pleased to be recognized for these efforts.”

Honorees are selected based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Chatham University’s community service is diverse and extensive. Recent examples follow below.

• Students in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program participate in a project titled “Words Without Walls,” where they teach creative writing to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail.

• Through the efforts and coordination of the Food Studies program in the new School of Sustainability and Environment, students, faculty, and staff are able to volunteer in the University’s Organic Garden, produce from which has been donated to a local church and to the East Liberty Food Pantry.

• In the fall term of 2009, Chatham celebrated the first of two University Community Service Days in celebration of the University’s 140th anniversary. The event was designed to encourage the Chatham community to volunteer, and to partner with local organizations that were aligned with the University’s mission initiatives and core values. These organizations included Bethlehem Haven, a nonprofit organization that provides housing, employment, and health care services to women; Hearth, a nonprofit housing organization working to empower families to become independent, self-sufficient, and adequately housed; Hosanna House, which offers quality health and human services to youth, families, and individuals; and Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMs, which helps to rebuild families torn apart by addiction and poverty.