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Rachel Carson Institute hosts first children’s health forum on Oct. 22

By: Amanda Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist

September 26, 2011

PITTSBURGH (September 26, 2011) … Young children are susceptible to environmental contaminants, and so it is critical that their early learning surroundings are safe, educational and fun. To explore ways to develop environmentally sound and economical learning environments, the Rachel Carson Institute will convene the Rachel Carson Forum: Creating Healthy Places to Live, Learn and Play on Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University’s Eddy Theatre.

This day-long conference and workshop for providers of early learning for young children will feature keynote speakers Phil Boise, author of Go Green Rating Scale (, and Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research at The Environmental Working Group( Act48 and PQAS credits (6 ceu) are available for educators. More information is available at, by calling 412-365-2702 or emailing Online registration is available at

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Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship to present “Investing for Your Future: A Necessity, Not a Luxury” on Nov. 11

The presentation is part of the CWE’s
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist

PITTSBURGH (October 27, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) will host a Nov. 11 Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series event titled “Investing for Your Future: A Necessity, Not a Luxury.” The discussion will be led by Kristina Watts, a Wall Street veteran, and Helen Collins, relationship manager at PNC Wealth Management. The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus.

“Women need to make saving for their future a priority—not an afterthought—especially as more women are starting and growing businesses and moving up the corporate ladders,” says Rebecca Harris, director of the CWE at Chatham.

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University to explore branding and the customer experience at 6th Annual Think Big Forum

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 19, 2011

PITTSBURGH (September 19, 2011) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University will delve into branding and customer experience at its sixth annual Think Big Forum, to be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, October 21, at the Athletic Fitness Center on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Registration is $45 per person and includes breakfast.

“In the world of targeted and niche marketing, developing strong brands and increasing brand awareness is essential — it’s all about relating to your customers and driving brand loyalty,” says Rebecca Harris, CWE director.

The Think Big Forum will feature keynote speaker Maxine Clark, chair, founder, and chief executive “bear” of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. The forum will also include a panel discussion with regional women executives and entrepreneurs about creating strong brands that drive greater engagement through meaningful customer interactions and ways to develop personal brands for greater business success.

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MFA program to host release party for eighth edition of its literary journal, The Fourth River on Sept. 23

By: Peter Oresick, Editor and Associate Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program (Low-Residency)
September 13, 2011

(September 13, 2011) … Chatham will celebrate the release of its eighth issue of The Fourth River at a free public reception in Chatham University’s Mellon Board Room at its Shadyside Campus on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The Fourth River is a literary journal produced by Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. The program, named among the top five most unique/innovative programs in the country by THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, is widely known for its environmental focus and emphasis on place-based writing.

The Fourth River is no exception—this issue showcases poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from regional and national writers who reflect upon landscape as culture, and culture as landscape. “A flesh begins as grass,” says Dayton Literary Peace Prize recipient Brad Kessler, in his interview about his memoir Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese.

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Chatham University to welcome journalist Sonia Shah, author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years with free public lecture on Oct. 4

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 12, 2011

PITTSBURGH (September 12, 2011) … Chatham University will welcome Sonia Shah, author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux, July 2010), for a free public lecture and signing at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Eddy Theatre, Shadyside Campus.

Shah, an investigative journalist and author of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics, is Chatham’s 2011 All-Campus Author. All first-year students are studying The Fever in preparation for her visit and will have the opportunity to attend a question-and-answer session with her prior to the public lecture. The Feveris based on five years of original reportage in Cameroon, Malawi, Panama, and beyond. Previous All-Campus Authors include Sefi Atta, Naomi Shihab Nye, Esmeralda Santiago, Medbh McGuckian, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Students and faculty across disciplines share in the opportunity to read the year’s book and interact with its author in an intimate campus setting.

For more information, contact William Lenz, Pontious Professor of English and program director at Chatham, at or 412-365-1186.

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Governor Christine Todd Whitman to keynote PA Center for Women in Politics and PA 2012 Project’s Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference on Sept. 23

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 7, 2011

PITTSBURGH (September 7, 2011) … In a statewide effort to increase the number of women in politics, the Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University will be the convener of the Pennsylvania 2012 Project’s Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference. The event, to be held Friday, Sept. 23, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, will feature a keynote address by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics.

The conference will begin with an expert panel discussion on redistricting, reviewing the process as well as its importance. Following the discussion, delegates will participate in a conversation on strategizing to increase the number of women in elective office in Pennsylvania—in the upcoming 2012 elections and beyond. As a capstone to the program, we invite you to stay for a keynote luncheon that will celebrate women in leadership, featuring the 2011 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics, Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

For more information, please contact PCWP Director Dana Brown at or 412-365-2725.

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Stewart O’Nan, 2011 Melanie Brown Lecturer, to give free public lecture at Chatham University on Sept. 15

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 1, 2011

PITTSBURGH (August 31, 2011) … Chatham University’s nationally-recognized MFA in Creative Writing program welcomes Stewart O’Nan as the 2011 Melanie Brown Lecturer with a free public lecture at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the James Laughlin Music Hall on the Shadyside Campus.

A native of Point Breeze, Mr. O’Nan worked in the aerospace industry before winning the 1993 Drue Heinz Prize for his story collection In the Walled City. Among the many novels he has written, three are set in Western Pennsylvania: Snow Angels (Butler), Everyday People (East Liberty), and Emily, Alone (Highland Park). His first novel Snow Angels was made into a film starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. Mr. O’Nan has served as a judge for both the National Book Award and the PEN Hemingway Prize.

For more information, contact Sheryl St. Germain at 412-365-1190 or

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