Chatham News

Chatham receives national recognition for community service for second consecutive year

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 27, 2012

PITTSBURGH (March 27, 2012) …Chatham University has been admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The honor roll is overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service; the U.S. Department of Education and Housing and Urban Development; Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education; and the American Council on Education. This is Chatham’s second consecutive year being named to the honor roll. For a full list of honored institutions, visit

“Being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll twice in a row is such an honor and truly exemplifies Chatham’s outstanding service to the community,” says Zauyah Waite, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students.

Honorees are selected based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Chatham University’s community service is diverse and extensive. Recent examples follow below.

  • Students in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program participate in a project titled “Words Without Walls,” where they teach creative writing to inmates at 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. 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.
  • Dr. Robert Cooley, much beloved Chatham University professor of photography, passed away in February 2011 after a battle with cancer. To honor him, the Relay for Life was planned by a committee of Chatham University students, advised by a staff member, and a representative of the American Cancer Society. The 12-hour over-night event was held on November 4, 2011, at the Athletic and Fitness Center on campus. More than 20 teams participated, raising a total of $12,000 and increasing awareness of cancer prevention. The student-driven Relay for Life event is expected to become an annual tradition at Chatham.
  • Chatham University continued monthly Selfless Saturdays, which allows students, faculty, and staff to give back to the community one Saturday each month. This semester, the Chatham community assisted at the Carnegie Arts Festival, in addition to the Habitat For Humanity Restore in Swissvale.

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

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