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Chatham University Announces Dr. Karol E. Dean as new dean of Chatham College for Women and Professor of Psychology

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH(October 31, 2011) … Chatham University recently appointed Dr. Karol E. Dean as the new dean of the Chatham College for Women and professor of psychology; she will join the University in January 2012.

Karol E. Dean

Dr. Dean comes to Chatham from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Calif., a women’s college where she is professor of psychology and assistant provost in charge of institutional assessment and faculty development. At Mount Saint Mary’s, Dr. Dean formerly served as department chair and interim dean.

Dr. Dean is currently treasurer of the Association for Women in Psychology and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals, book reviews, and chapters in books on psychology and on assessment. Dr. Dean presents frequently at national professional conferences for the Association for Women in Psychology, the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among others.  In addition, she is a reviewer for two professional journals, Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles.

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Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program presents Bridges to Other Worlds,
Nov. 3-5

“Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing: The Essay in the 21st Century” is the theme of this year’s festival

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

PITTSBURGH (October 24, 2011) … Chatham University’s nationally-recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will present itsBridges to Other Worlds festival Nov. 3-5 at its Shadyside Campus. The theme of this year’s festival is “Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing: The Essay in the 21st Century.” In honor of Chatham’s Global Focus Year of Southeast Asia: Vietnam, poet John Balaban will kick off Bridges to Other Worlds with a discussion of Vietnamese literary culture and a reading from his celebrated translations at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Welker Room in James Laughlin Music Hall. Other guest speakers at this year’s festival will include Faith Adiele (nonfiction), Barbara Hurd (poetry and nonfiction), Lori Jakiela (nonfiction and poetry), Phillip Lopate (fiction and poetry), Dinty Moore (fiction and nonfiction), and Michele Morano (nonfiction).

Bridges to Other Worlds will feature panel presentations, small group discussions, and readings that celebrate the contemporary essay. For more information, contact Sheryl St. Germain at or 412-661-1809. All events listed below are free and open to the public.

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Chatham University celebrates Global Focus Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam with November film festival

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH (October 18, 2011) … Chatham University will celebrate its Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam with a film festival, to be held November 11-16. The Vietnam Film Festival will feature more than a dozen films from Vietnamese, French, and American filmmakers. Panel discussions with area filmmakers, scholars, and members of the Vietnamese-American community will follow several screenings. A full schedule of the festival and venue information is available at online. A public reception will be held Saturday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in the Eddy Theater on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.

Each year, Chatham University’s Global Focus Program concentrates on a country or region of the world in a campus-wide, cross-curriculum approach to global learning that is integrated into course work, activities, and events.

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Chatham receives $5 million gift from William S. Dietrich II

The generous gift from the businessman, scholar, and philanthropist will create an endowed fund for faculty excellence

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH (October 17, 2011) … Chatham University has received a $5 million gift from the late businessman, scholar, and longtime Chatham trustee William S. Dietrich II. The Dietrich Endowment for Faculty Excellence will be formed and supported by Mr. Dietrich’s generous gift.

The source of the fund that will ultimately benefit Chatham University is the Dietrich Charitable Trusts, created by Mr. Dietrich from assets principally generated by the 1996 sale of Dietrich Industries. As was Mr. Dietrich’s intention upon his passing it is anticipated that the assets of the trusts will fund a new charitable entity, The Dietrich Foundation, which will administer the fund benefiting Chatham University.

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