Chatham News

Chatham University dean of students
recognized for outstanding service with
regional NASPA award

Dr. Zauyah Waite is one of three Chatham staff members
recently recognized for outstanding service 

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

Dr. Zauyah Waite

PITTSBURGH(November 7, 2011)…  Chatham University’s Dean of Students Dr. Zauyah Waite was selected as the regional recipient of the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as Dean from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The award recognizes Dr. Waite’s sustained professional service in student affairs work, high-level competency in administrative skills, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing junior staff members, and leadership in community and University affairs. The award will be presented at the Annual Region II Awards Ceremony at the Regional Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. on June 11, 2012.

Since 2008, under Dr. Waite, the Office of Student Affairs has revamped their student government and honor code, as well as created an organized system for student organizations. The office has also created leadership, multicultural and community service programs, and developed strong relationships with departments across the University. Most recently, Dr. Waite has worked to create a new health services system that meets the needs of the students and is economical for the University.

Dr. Waite previously served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Toledo. She has also worked at University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she served in multiple capacities in higher education, including student services coordinator, assistant director, and director of student life. She has been honored numerous times by NASPA, the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and has served as a keynote speaker at many national conferences.

In addition to Dr. Waite’s award, two other Chatham University staff members were recently recognized for outstanding service.

Ruben Henao, assistant director of student activities, was selected to receive the Outstanding New Professional Award from the NACA Mid Atlantic Region. The award recognizes Mr. Henao’s commitment to students and contributions to the campus community.

Mr. Henao developed and executed Community Service Day, an event held each semester that brings more than 140 students, alumni, faculty, and staff together to volunteer in the surrounding community. In addition, he has also worked with more than 50 student organizations to develop organization constitutions, created a student organization policies and procedures manual, formed an event filing and budget process, and developed semester training for student organization leaders and advisors.

Mr. Henao came to Chatham in June of 2009 after obtaining a master’s degree in higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he received a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a member of NASPA, NACA, and Omicron Delta Kappa, National leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.

Emily Cerrone, a graduate administrative associate for the Office of Student Activities, was also recognized by NACA, with the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. Ms. Cerrone has contributed significantly the Office of Student Activities for the past year and a half. During her first year at Chatham, she took an active role in the logistics behind student organizations, program proposals, and event coordination. She is the point person for undergraduate students planning to start new organizations and for current student groups looking to facilitate an event. This summer, Ms. Cerrone filled a three-month temporary position working for the vice president of student affairs, handling departmental projects, student issues and concerns, and program implementation.

Ms. Cerrone holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Washington and Jefferson College, where she was an Academic All-American and a member of numerous scholastic clubs and societies. She is a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Chatham and plans to pursue a second master’s degree in higher education.

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