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Poet and memoirist Dr. Bruce Weigl to speak at Chatham University on February 10

The event is held in support of the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam

 

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist

Dr. Bruce Weigl
January 31, 2012 

PITTSBURGH (January 31, 2012) … Chatham University will host poet and memoirist Bruce Weigl, Ph.D., for a free public reading at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10, in the Welker Room at Laughlin Music Building on its Shadyside Campus. A signing will follow. The event will support the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam.

Dr. Weigl, U.S. Army veteran, is the author of the best-selling memoir The Circle of Hanh (2000), which recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

After teaching at Penn State University for many years, Dr. Weigl returned to Lorain County Community College as its first distinguished professor. In addition to teaching, he founded a student veterans group and an online literary journal titled The North Coast Review.

Dr. Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including The Unraveling Strangeness (2002), Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems (1999), and After the Others (1999). He has also written several collections of critical essays, has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry, including Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences (1997) and Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948–1993; A Bilingual Collection (1998). Dr. Weigl’s own poetry has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Poetry (1994), The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985), Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (1993), and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006).

Dr. Weigl has won the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poem “Song of Napalm” (1998) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College, his Master of Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Alumna Rebecca Clever (MFA ’11) is the sponsor of the event. Ms. Clever is founder, editor, and publisher of Blast Furnace, an independent online literary press based in Pittsburgh. She was the first recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize in 2007, co-sponsored by Chatham University and the Academy of the American Poets. Ms. Clever is also nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, while encouraging them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In 2009, The Writer named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/mfa or contact Sheryl St. Germain at sstgermain@chatham.edu.

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.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commemorates 50th anniversary of Silent Spring with commissioned work by Steven Stucky

Photo copyright 2005 Hoebermann Studio
Steven Stucky

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie,
Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 26, 2012

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a commissioned symphonic work of the same name by Steven Stucky, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra composer in residence, will have its world premier at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 17. The event is held in collaboration with Chatham’s Rachel Carson Institute. On Wednesday, February 15, the Chatham community is invited to a discussion with Mr. Stucky in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. about how the themes of his composition are reflections of Rachel Carson’s writing.

Tickets to the premier of Silent Spring are available for purchase online under the event titled “Music as Inspiration.” The Chatham Group Code is 26942. For information on student discounts, contact Dr. Patricia DeMarco at 412-365-2702 or PDeMarco@chatham.edu.

Rebecca Harris, director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham, to be honored at the Pittsburgh Business Times’
2012 Women in Business Awards

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 26, 2012

Rebecca Harris

 PITTSBURGH (January 26, 2012) … Rebecca U. Harris, director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, has been selected as one of the winners of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2012 Women in Business Award. The 2012 Women in Business Awards, to be held at the Omni William Penn in Downtown Pittsburgh on March 15, honor the region’s most influential businesswomen at both for-profits and non-profits.

Ms. Harris is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and marketing specialist. Her own company—a group of monthly news magazines in the Toledo-Ann Arbor metro area—achieved the million-dollar revenue mark in just seven years.

“I am so honored to receive this award, and feel privileged to be working with business women in the greater Pittsburgh region,” says Ms. Harris. “There are so many exceptional women doing exceptional work, and it’s exciting to be able to provide these women with educational and economic opportunities that help enhance their businesses.”

Ms. Harris, who has led the CWE since April 2009, is passionate about using her experience to help women start and grow successful businesses. Ms. Harris develops strategic, innovative programs that are changing the way women do business in western Pennsylvania and empowering women entrepreneurs to take a leading role in driving our region’s economy.

Her accomplishments at Chatham include the launch of CWE Connect, an online membership business development and mentoring community that allows businesswomen to access customized programs on their own time and makes networking and mentorship more accessible for entrepreneurs in rural areas. In addition, Ms. Harris has enhanced CWE’s flagship event, the Think Big Forum for Women, which has now tripled in participation and corporate support.

Ms. Harris was named the National Association of Women Business Owners (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter) 2010-11 Member of the Year and was recently named to Mayor Ravenstahl’s PowerUp Pittsburgh Working Group, which seeks to stimulate the region’s economy. Her other honors include the Crystal Award of Excellence from Women in Communications; Marketer of the Year Award from the Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the American Marketing Association; and the Milestones Business Award from the Greater Toledo YWCA, which recognized her success in building her newspaper group into a million-dollar enterprise and highly regarded employer.

She received her MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

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. Aiming to increase the economic vitality of the region, the CWE, encourages women business startups, business growth, and increased employment.

Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  The Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation provided initial funding for CWE. 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.

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Chatham University associate professor to receive Distinguished Educator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association

Dr. Susan Perry

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH (January 25, 2012) …
Dr. Susan Perry, a Chatham University associate professor of physical therapy, will receive the Distinguished Educator Award from the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This national award, recognizes a physical therapy educator who has distinguished herself or himself through excellence in academic or clinical education at the national, regional, or local level, in addition to distinguishing herself or himself in a subject matter area as evidenced by publications or other appropriate demonstrations. The award will be presented to Dr. Perry at the APTA meeting in Chicago on February 10.

A physical therapy clinician for nearly 30 years and an educator/clinician for 20, Dr. Perry has been certified as a clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy for 18 years. She belongs to both the Education and Neurology Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association.

As curriculum coordinator for Chatham’s physical therapy program, Dr. Perry mentors new and existing faculty and integrates the curriculum in a way that builds from basic to complex knowledge. She also trains faculty in problem-based learning facilitation, which makes up approximately 50 percent of the curriculum.

Dr. Perry has been actively engaged in service to the physical therapy profession, with an emphasis on practice and education. Recently, she has served as vice president of the APTA Neurology Section (2006-present) and co-chair of the Education Committee for the Southwest District of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (2004-2006).

A researcher in neurologic rehabilitation and fall/fracture prevention, Dr. Perry has had multiple publications and presentations at the national level. In addition, she is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (formerly Neuro Report) and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has served on the Bottom Line Committee for Physical Therapy, and has published multiple annotations in the journal throughout the past several years.

Dr. Perry received her BS in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her Advanced Master of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham College.

About the Physical Therapy Program
As an integral part of Chatham University, the physical therapy program educates doctors of physical therapy who will advance the quality of human life through excellence in clinical practice. The program educates practitioners who will meet the challenges of a dynamic health care environment and supports scholarly activity that bridges science and clinical practice.

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.

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Chatham University to present “Fighting Like a Girl: Activism and the power to SPARK change,” a lecture by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.

Dr. Brown will confront the need for girls’ activism against their sexualization in media

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH (January 17, 2012)… Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., professor of education at Colby College, will speak about the cooptation of girl power through the sexualization of girls in media and the importance of engaging girls in creative forceful reactions to such media messages at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 23. For more information on the free public event, contact Peggy Stubbs, chair and professor of Chatham’s undergraduate psychology program, at MStubbs@Chatham.edu or 412-365-2962. Visit Chatham’s website for information on campus parking.

A community activist, author, and cofounder of the SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge) movement, Dr. Brown illustrates how girls involved with the movement, along with a growing coalition of progressive youth serving organizations, are generating forms of media and coordinating actions online and on the ground to create enabling conditions for girls’ rights to healthy sexuality.

She is coauthor, with Carol Gilligan, of Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girl’s Development (Ballantine Books, 1993), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that helped spark an international debate about the lives of girls and redefined society’s understanding of female development. Dr. Brown has written four additional books in which she investigates the relationship between girls’ anger and social class, examines the cultural phenomenon of “girlfighting,” and critiques the messages that media and marketers direct at both girls and boys. Her most recent work focuses on scaffolding girls’ resistance and activism. She cofounded Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW), a Maine-based non-profit that educates about and supports girls as social change agents and, in collaboration with HGHW’s Girls Advisory Board, created Powered By Girl (PBG), a media activism website for teen girls.

Dr. Brown received her doctorate from Harvard University in human development and psychology and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girl’s Development.

 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 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebration to include brunch, community service opportunity, and an all-faith worship service 

By Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2012)… The Chatham University community will gather at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 16, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Frank Tillman, Jr., the founder and pastor of Christian Fellowship Center Church of God in Christ, will give the keynote address at an honorary brunch in the Mellon Board Room. The brunch will also include student performances. Following brunch, there will be an afternoon community service opportunity.

At 5 p.m., an all-faith worship service in the Mellon Board Room will celebrate justice, compassion, perseverance, and unity. The service will showcase the teachings of many leaders and their respective faith traditions, including Rabbi Heschel, Gandhi, Bayard Rustin, and Dr. Howard Thurman.

All events are free and open to the public. Chatham students, faculty, and staff are asked to register in advance at my.chatham.edu. For more information, contact Sean McGreevey at smcgreevey@chatham.edu or 412-365-1824.

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.

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