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Poet Tyehimba Jess to give reading at Chatham as part of the Words Without Walls Black Writers Reading Series

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 15, 2012 

Tyehimba Jess

PITTSBURGH (February 15, 2012)… Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing program will host poet Tyehimba Jess for a free public reading and book signing at 8 p.m. on February 24 in the Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall, Shadyside Campus. A reception will follow.

The event is part of Chatham’s Words Without Walls Black Writers Reading Series, funded by the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The grant supports the visits of five black writers throughout the next year, who will present their work at the Allegheny County Jail for the inmates studying creative writing there through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program. While in Pittsburgh, writers give public readings of their work. More information about the series is available on Chatham’s news page.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Jess’ poetry bridges slam and academic poetry. His first collection, leadbelly (2005), an exploration of the blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s life, was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and was voted one of the top three poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review.

A two-time member of the Chicago Green Mill Slam team, Mr. Jess was also Chicago’s Poetry Ambassador to Accra, Ghana. He is the author of African American Pride: Celebrating Our Achievements, Contributions, and Enduring Legacy (2003), and his work has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Soulfires: Young Black Men in Love and Violence (1996), Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (2000), and Dark Matter 2: Reading the Bones (2004).

His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. A former artist-in-residence with Cave Canem, Mr. Jess has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, as well as a Lannan Writing Residency.

Mr. Jess has taught at the Juilliard School; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and the College of Staten Island in New York City. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA from New York University. Faith Adiele and Dwayne Betts spoke at Chatham as part of the series last year. Upcoming readings include Tim Seibles at 7 p.m. on March 23 in the Mellon Board Room, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley at 8 p.m. on April 6 in Welker Auditorium in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.

About Words Without Walls
Words Without Walls is a creative collaboration between Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing program and the Allegheny County Jail. It fosters and supports creative expression and personal growth by exposing men and women at the jail to literature, award-winning visiting authors, and the opportunity to publish their work. Words Without Walls grew from a residency program started by artist Sandra Gould Ford. Because of the program’s reach, Chatham University committed to continuing the program’s creative writing classes at Allegheny County Jail in June 2010. Because of its innovative approach to learning and teaching, Words Without Walls has received support from the A. W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, a partnership of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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 January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “4 top schools you should consider” and in 2009, 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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Chartiers Valley coach Lori Poe receives the Outstanding Coach Award at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and spring track and field at Chartiers Valley, received the Outstanding Coach Award. The award honors a coach who positively affects their school and their athletes’ experiences.

As a runner who competed in high school and on a collegiate level at Ohio State University, Ms. Poe expects hard work from her student athletes — and lettering is earned, not given. Her passion and experience in the sport is shared with the athletes, creating quite a few Chartiers Valley alumni who continue to compete at the college level. She has even created an annual alumni run.

During indoor track season, Ms. Poe spends Saturdays traveling with the team through snow to Edinboro University and Kent State. In the spring, the number of athletes competing on the track and field team continues to grow each year, as does the number of athletes continuing on to States.

In addition to coaching, Ms. Poe has served as a nutritionist to the school’s athletes. She created a label program to inform athletes which foods are beneficial for competition that day, helping them make smart diet choices. She also discusses good nutrition with teams and creates food lists to meet their individual needs.

Outside of the school, Ms. Poe also has served as the president of the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association and as a personal nutritionist for people looking to improve their lifestyles.

Also at Chatham’s celebration, four high school and collegiate female athletes of distinction received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award, named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

This year’s winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award included Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team; and Anna Albi, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore who plays soccer. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

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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Carnegie Mellon University Anna Albi sophomore receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

 PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Anna Albi received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the collegiate athlete category. The award, which is presented to an area sophomore, junior, senior, and collegiate female athlete of distinction, is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

Ms. Albi is the starting goalkeeper on and captain of the highly selective university’s soccer team – competing in what is considered to be the strongest athletic conference in Division III, the University Athletic Association.  She is a Dean’s List student pursuing a concentration in creative writing and maintains a 3.93 GPA. Her nominator Kim Kelly says, “Anna is the epitome of what an athlete should strive to be.”

Ms. Albi began serving the Student-Athlete Advisory Council her sophomore year and quickly became a leader within that organization — now serving as the chair of its community service committee.

Ms. Albi was a volunteer at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Pittsburgh and is a member of Lambda Sigma, an honor society that serves the campus and the greater Pittsburgh communities. In addition, Ms. Albi was a site leader at the YWCA for an initiative called 1000plus, during which the CMU community spends a day doing community service throughout the region.

She has also facilitated a field day for the children at the Pittsburgh YWCA for the Emerging Leaders organization. And in her hometown Cincinnati, Ms. Albi founded “Serving Up Hope,” a doubles tennis tournament that benefits the Susan G. Komen charity.

Ms. Albi’s commitment to serving others is international in scope. She has served in Guatemala for the Cooperative for Education organization and plans to spend her upcoming spring break teaching English to rural children in Costa Rica.

Other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; and Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team.

Chatham also honored Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and track and field at Chartiers Valley, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

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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Shady Side Academy senior Alexis M. Concordia receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Shady Side Academy student Alexis M. Concordia received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the senior category. The award, which is presented to an area sophomore, junior, senior, and collegiate female athlete of distinction, is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

Ms. Concordia plays on and serves as team captain of field hockey, lacrosse, and the swim team for Shady Side Academy, while maintaining a 3.61 GPA. Her nominator Karen L. Serdy says, “In the classroom, on the playing fields, or during involvement in community activities, Alexis Concordia constantly displays a focused sense of determination and high level leadership skills.”

Nominated to represent Shady Side Academy for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and selected as one of Pennsylvania’s ten female finalists, her coaches call her determination “contagious.” Her nominator says Ms. Concordia’s competitive drive and exemplary work ethic inspire teammates, classmates, teachers, and coaches.

Being involved in the community is a high priority for Ms. Concordia. She has served as freshman class vice president and sophomore class secretary/treasurer. As an Admissions Committee ambassador, she gives tours to prospective students and their parents. In addition, she finds time to participate in the Human Rights Club and serve on Untucked – an organization that raises funds for local charities through a benefit concert each spring.

An internship with Dr. Freddie Fu at UPMC recently inspired Ms. Concordia to consider orthopedic surgery as a future career. She will attend and play lacrosse for Wesleyan University in Connecticut in the fall.

Other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; and Anna Albi, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore who plays soccer.

Chatham also honored Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and track and field at Chartiers Valley, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

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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Penn-Trafford junior Chelsia Poole receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Penn-Trafford student Chelsia Poole received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the junior category. The award, which is presented to an area sophomore, junior, senior, and collegiate female athlete of distinction, is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

Ms. Poole plays several sports, including basketball, volleyball, cross country, and track – all while maintaining a 4.25 GPA. A high academic achiever, Ms. Poole is in National Honors Society and is on the high honor roll.

In addition to academic excellence, Poole is a determined athlete. As a sophomore, Ms. Poole was a state qualifier in the 800-meter run. And during her freshman year, she won the girls all-sports intramural award.

Not only is Ms. Poole active in athletics, she is also an active member of the community. She is heavily involved at her church – leading bible school, organizing events, and altar serving. Ms. Poole also devotes her time to the organization Students Against Drunk Driving, which provides peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.

She was recently accepted to attend a seminar at the United States Air Force Academy this summer. Overall, Ms. Poole is a dedicated student, athlete, and contributor to the community.

Other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team; and Anna Albi, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore who plays soccer.

Chatham also honored Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and track and field at Chartiers Valley, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

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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Penn-Trafford sophomore Francesca Ponziani receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 10, 2012

 PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Penn-Trafford student Francesca Ponziani received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the sophomore category. The award, which is presented to an area sophomore, junior, senior, and collegiate female athlete of distinction, is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

Ms. Ponziani plays softball while maintaining an impressive 4.5 GPA at Penn-Trafford. Nominated by Kerry Hetrick, Ms. Ponziani is ranked number one in her class of nearly 350 students. Her primary positions on the softball team are pitcher, second base, and outfield. In addition to playing on the Penn-Trafford varsity team, Ms. Ponziani practices several times per week with her travel team, the Pittsburgh Lady Bulldogs, and she hopes to continue playing softball at the collegiate level.

Ms. Ponziani’s talents and interests also include Tae Kwon Do, in which she is working toward her third degree black belt, and Haidong Gumdo, the art of Korean sword fighting, in which she has a black belt. She also dedicates much of her time to community service – serving as a mentor for a baseball league for people with disabilities and is involved with Penn-Trafford’s community action program, through which she enjoyed working with Toys for Tots this past holiday season. Ms. Ponziani plays clarinet for Penn-Trafford’s symphonic band and is a member of the school’s French Club and Book Club.

In 2010, she received an award for mathematics, placing her in the United States Achievement Academy. Ms. Ponziani plans to major in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science or accounting.

Other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team; and Anna Albi, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore who plays soccer.

Chatham also honored Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and track and field at Chartiers Valley, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

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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The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham to present nationally-renowned speaker and multi-national C-level executive,
Christine Robins

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

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 2, 2012) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University will host Christine Robins, chief executive officer of BodyMedia, Inc., as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on February 10, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. BodyMedia is a pioneer in developing and marketing wearable body monitors, and has leveraged that one product to form an industry-changing business.

Attendees will hear one of the area’s dynamic women business leaders share her insights into business growth as she describes the successes and challenges she faced in growing a successful one-product business in an established market. Ms. Robins will describe how BodyMedia has found a way to build a focused, compelling strategy that took a single product and leveraged it for significant year-over-year growth.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session, which precede the presentation. To register or for more information visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253.

About Christine Robins
Before joining the BodyMedia team, Ms. Robins was the CEO of Philips Oral Healthcare, where, she led the Sonicare® brand to significant sales and share growth. She spent 17 years at S.C. Johnson, and took this background in global management to BodyMedia. It was this, along with an entrepreneurial zeal and a passion for developing strategy, building teams, and driving innovation, that has led to her success at BodyMedia.

Ms. Robins is a noted speaker, presenting at Harvard and Duke Universities as well as major technology tradeshows such as CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and CTIA, an international wireless telecommunications tradeshow. She holds a degree in marketing and finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from Marquette University.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in all stages of businesses to start and grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and expertise. CWE programming is also designed to teach regional businesswomen how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity in the workplace. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students that help develop the skills needed to become successful businesswomen.

Founded in 2005, CWE has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.

Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  Initial funding for CWE was also 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.

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Renowned author Le Ly Hayslip to speak at Chatham about her non-profit work in Vietnam and screen brief documentary about her life

The free public event on February 9 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
February 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 2, 2012)… Chatham University will host a discussion by Le Ly Hayslip, philanthropist and renowned author of the memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (made into Oliver Stone’s film Heaven and Earth) at 6:30 p.m. on February 9 at Sanger Lecture Hall in Coolidge Hall on the Shadyside Campus. The free public event will be held in support of the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam. Prior to Ms. Hayslip’s discussion, there will be a screening of a short documentary about her life.

Ms. Hayslip’s memoir has been hailed as a previously neglected look at the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Vietnamese peasants. The author founded the “East Meets West Foundation” in 1988, which continues to help rebuild lives in Southeast Asia.

About the Global Focus Program
The Global Focus Program at Chatham University engages its “World Ready Women” and graduate students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations. Every year, Chatham’s community of scholars promotes the acquisition of sustainable global competencies through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe. The program concurrently reinforces cross-cultural ties and internationalization projects in Pittsburgh region and beyond.

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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