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Chatham University presents sustainability leadership lecture series titled “Pathway to Sustainable Careers”

PITTSBURGH (October 1, 2012) … Chatham University’s Office of Career Development and the Rachel Carson Institute are sponsoring a series of sustainability leadership lectures to illustrate the pathways environmental leaders have followed to success. The lectures, held from 5 to 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April in the Welker Room of the Laughlin Music Hall on the Shadyside Campus (unless otherwise noted), will discuss career opportunities in environmental fields.

The schedule of lectures and speakers follows below.

• October 30: Andrew Butcher, CEO and Founding Principal, GTech Strategies

• November 13: Lalit Chordia, President, Thar Industries

• December 11: Christine Mondor, principal, evolve EA

• January 8: Bridget McCourt, community relations manager, LANXESS (speaker subject to change)

• February 12: Tom Peters, executive vice president, Scalo Solar Solutions, LLC.

• TBA: Georgia Berner, CEO, Berner International Corp. and Berner Energy Recovery, Inc.

Butcher co-founded GTECH Strategies in 2007. He is an accomplished social entrepreneur with expertise in the fields of community development, renewable energy, social innovation, and environmental justice. Butcher holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.

Chordia has personally financed the 11-year presence of Thar Technologies with the help of one additional investor. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1980 and his doctorate in chemical engineering from CMU in 1985.

Mondor has taught architecture, landscape design, and sustainability concepts at CMU Slippery Rock University, and Chatham. She supports organizations that promote design and the environment and currently serves as vice president for the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors and is former board chair at the Design Center of Pittsburgh.

McCourt is the LANXESS community relations manager and previously served as the company’s communications and public affairs manager. She graduated from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame in 1993 with bachelor’s degree in history.

Peters coordinates the academic advisory team for the Sunscape Energy Demonstration Project, guest lectures at Penn State’s Solar Financing course for graduate architects and engineers, and will do the same this year for Duquesne University’s Sustainability MBA candidates. He is also a member of Chatham’s Rachel Carson Institute Committee, sponsoring the first ever roundtable forum on removing institutional barriers to renewable energy systems in Pittsburgh this year.

Berner is owner and CEO of Berner International Corporation and Berner Energy Recovery, Inc. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Women Impacting Public Policy. Berner graduated from Hollins University with bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degrees in English literature and social psychology.

Ava DeMarco, president of Little Earth Productions, LLC, kicked off the series on September 18. The Pittsburgh company transforms recycled tires and license plates into fashion creations that have been featured by media outlets like CNN, Inc. magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Lectures are open to the public; admission is $25. Chatham students and faculty can attend for free, though RSVP is requested. For more information contact Monica Ritter in the Office of Career Development at 412-365-1280.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University offers new sustainability track within its Master of Business Administration program

Chatham also welcomes the first Master of Sustainability cohort to its School of Sustainability and the Environment

PITTSBURGH (September 26, 2012) … Complementing sustainability programming within Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, the business and entrepreneurship department now offers a new sustainable business track in the Master of Business Administration. Specialized course work will include Business and Sustainability, Sustainability Assessment and Reporting, and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Students also have the opportunity to gain international field experience and work directly with sustainable business consultants. The program is now accepting applications for the spring and fall 2013 semesters.

“Becoming sustainable is an increasingly important aspect of doing business in the United States and around the world,” says Bruce Rosenthal, director of Chatham’s business programs. “Clients, shareholders, suppliers, and governments are increasingly demanding that companies become accountable for their impacts on socio-ecological systems, such as air, water, waste, community health, and employee welfare. The Chatham MBA in Sustainable Business provides students with the skills and knowledge to become essential members of the corporate strategy teams which address these all important issues.”

Coinciding with the new MBA sustainability track is the arrival of Chatham’s first cohort to its new Master of Sustainability program within the School of Sustainability and the Environment. Applying a problem-based learning approach, students study in cohorts across a variety of disciplines and explore material through case studies, required internships and group projects, hands-on problem solving, and systems-thinking strategies.

Sustainability principles are growing in importance from local to global scale and across social, political and economic sectors. Individuals and organizations increasingly seek the knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand and manage complex sustainability challenges. Through the Master of Sustainability program, Chatham educates leaders who can identify and solve these challenges. Through the program, students will develop an academically sound, yet professionally oriented understanding of how to simultaneously improve economic, social, and environmental well-being.

Members of the inaugural class have the unusual opportunity to help design Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus, which will eventually house the school. After taking courses in the foundations of sustainability, each student will then complete a summer internship and develop expertise in a focus area of interest. With both on-campus and online programs, graduate and undergraduate students will be equipped to solve complex, real-world sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of topics, including food studies, agriculture and land use, energy and water management, green development, social and economic issues, and the business of sustainability.

“Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment provides a teaching atmosphere of a liberal arts college, but approaches problem-solving and challenges in the same fashion as research universities,” says Michael Finewood, Ph.D., assistant professor of sustainability. “In this sense, it is the best of both worlds for professors and students.”

For more information about the Master of Sustainability or the Sustainable Business MBA track, contact Ashlee Bartko at abartko@chatham.edu.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Gerard LaFemina to give poetry reading at Chatham University on Oct. 4

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

PITTSBURGH (September 25, 2012) … Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Gerard LaFemina, award-wining authors, will be giving a free poetry reading to the community. The reading will be October 4, at 8 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.

Mazziotti Gillan was the recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Nobel Writers for Writers Awards from Poets & Writers. In 2008, she received the American Book Award for her book All That Lies Between Us. She is also the author of What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 and The Place I Call Home, which came out earlier this month. She has published
14 books of poetry and, with her daughter
Jennifer, co-edited four anthologies.

Maziotti Gillan is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey as well as editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also the director of the Creative Writing Program and professor of poetry at Binghamton University.

Gerard LaFemina

LaFemina has received the Bordighera Prize in Poetry, the Anthony Piccione/MAMMOTH Books Prize in Poetry, a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Grant, and a Pushcart Prize. Along with his six books of poetry, the latest on being Vanishing Horizon, he is the author of a book of stories and two books of prose poems. LaFemina not only directs the Frostburg Center for Creative writing, but also teaches English at Frostburg State University.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to host Hardy Girls Healthy Women training series

PITTSBURGH (September 21, 2012) …Chatham University, in partnership with the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host a series of Hardy Girls Healthy Women training events on Chatham’s Shadyside campus. Training events will take place October 4 and 18 and November 8 and 29 from 4-6 p.m. Additional trainings are planned for the spring semester.

Chatham is a member of the Girls Coalition, which provides staff and leaders of girl-serving agencies in the region with opportunities to share information, programming, new research, and training opportunities. Addressing the needs of girls in our region, the organization works toward strategic and effective collaboration.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Its vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives, while its mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower girls. Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources, and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development. Much of that research comes from the work of Hardy Girls co-creator and board member, Lyn Mikel Brown. Brown visited Chatham last spring as part of a course, Gender and Contemporary Issues, and this project developed out of that visit.

The training sessions will enable members of the Girls Coalition and Chatham community members, including students, to familiarize themselves with the Hardy Girls Healthy Women programs and consider ways to incorporate their approach and materials into existing programming.

Planning is also underway by the Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania to offer specific training for students to prepare them to deliver the Hardy Girls Healthy Women curriculum to Girl Scouts as part of a spring 2013 internship experience. The Girl Scouts will serve more than 800 girls in a variety of locations with an eight-week curriculum delivered by internship participants and other volunteers.

“We are hoping to build on this partnership so that Chatham students will to receive Hardy Girls training that will position them to work not only with the Girl Scouts, but with other Coalition member agencies as they adapt Hardy Girls programming and material into their ongoing work,” says Peggy Stubbs, Ph.D., program director and chair of the undergraduate psychology program at Chatham. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be learn about and participate in all of the good work being done on behalf of girls in our region by Coalition member agencies.”

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Stubbs at mstubbs@Chatham.edu.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Pittsburgh businesses to get “big” advice from women entrepreneurs and executives on “embracing the competition” at Chatham entrepreneurship forum

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship to host 7th Annual Think Big Forum on Oct. 19

PITTSBURGH (September 18, 2012) … While competition is no stranger to residents of Pittsburgh at the start of the NFL season, business owners and executives will be given a chance to re-think their strategies for handling tough markets and tougher competitors at the Seventh Annual Think Big Forum, “Embracing the Competition,” hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University on Friday, October 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.

This half-day forum features keynote speaker Chanda A. Bell, who co-authored the popular children’s book The Elf on the Shelf and co-founded the publishing company Creatively Classic Activities and Books with her mother and twin sister. Eight years later, more than two million copies of The Elf on the Shelf have been sold and the product line is now featured in thousands of retail stores across the United States and Canada. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Bell faces increased competition from seasonally minded competitors and will discuss how she stays one step ahead in her talk, “Santa and His Elves vs. the Competition Grinch.”

Other speakers will include Melinda Emerson, Pittsburgh’s own SmallBizLady and a national blogger for the New York Times, whose talk “How Social Media Can be Your Secret Weapon” will educate small business owners on how to gain a competitive edge using social media. Michele Fabrizi, president and CEO of MARC USA, a national advertising agency headquartered in Pittsburgh and one of the top 10 privately held agencies in the United States, will discuss how smaller companies can compete against industrial pocketbooks with her talk “Formula for Growth: Out-Thinking Your Competitors, Not Out-Spending Them.”

This year’s Think Big Forum also offers a new opportunity for registered participants to have one-on-one conversations with finance experts at the event, using a twenty-minute break to discuss lending, savings, asset protection, or even get a financial work-up of their business.

The cost to attend is $50 ($25 for students with a valid student ID). For more information or to register for this event, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253. Sponsors of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship include PNC Bank, UPS, Metlife, and UPMC Health Plan along with Baierl Automotive. Partners for the Think Big event include Comcast, Red House Communications, and Soul Pitt Media.

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’s historic Shadyside Campus, founded in 1869, is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to help students meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University welcomes students from Global Understanding Exchange Program from Pakistan

PITTSBURGH (September 18, 2012) … Chatham University welcomes three new undergraduate international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD- Pakistan).

Building diverse groups of youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan, the Global UGRAD- Pakistan program teaches students about civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding. The program provides leadership experiences and community engagements.

Students in the program stay for a semester exploring the United States culture and integrating into the community and on the campus. As exchange students, they develop a more well rounded understanding of U.S. values and culture. At the same time, these students serve as “ambassadors” for Pakistan, enriching the U.S. students’ learning experience on campus.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University receives $25,000 Dominion Foundation grant to support weather and microclimate monitoring technology at
Eden Hall Campus

PITTSBURGH (September 13, 2012) … A $25,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation will provide support establishing Chatham University’s weather and microclimate monitoring station at Eden Hall Campus, the future home of the School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE). Providing hands-on learning to develop expertise in environmental science and sustainability, SSE graduate students will be involved in the installation and monitoring process. Data will be incorporated into both undergraduate and graduate courses.

The grant is part of the Dominion Foundation’s Higher Education Partnership Program, which has awarded a total of $1 million in grants to 32 college and post-secondary schools across 10 states to help projects in renewable energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

Eden Hall Campus will be a demonstration site, modeling a variety of different building standards and ways to live. The buildings will incorporate high-performance, integrated design and will provide a laboratory for researching and testing best practices. Each building will be monitored to determine energy consumption and to see what methods work best.

During the 2012-13 school year, Chatham students will design and initiate environmental assessment and monitoring of meteorological, soil, and water conditions to establish baseline measures, to observe temporal and spatial patterns, and to inform sustainable development and environmental management decisions. Students will be actively involved in assessing and recommending best management practices. The datasets created by the system will be shared beyond Chatham to the benefit of teaching and design professionals in fields ranging from storm water engineering, to architecture, meteorology, and ecology.

Chatham is deeply committed to the regeneration of the landscape at Eden Hall, one of the largest undeveloped tracts of land in Allegheny County. The grant from the Dominion Higher Educational Partnership will allow Chatham students to be intimately involved in the site’s construction and development process through experiential, challenge-based courses and projects. They will determine the baseline environmental conditions of the site and monitor these conditions so as to inform the sustainable development and management of the site. In doing so, Chatham will educate students about the value of environmental monitoring and rigorous data analysis, and support research projects and food production conducted by faculty and students.

In the fall of 2012, the school will welcome its first cohort of students into the Masters of Sustainability program. This cohort will be composed of highly motivated, pioneer-minded individuals eager to take part in the Eden Hall Campus development process. As part of their first year experience, the students will begin research on the current conditions of the Eden Hall Campus landscape and will be continually involved in the evaluation of the development and management plans for the campus buildings and habitat.

About Dominion
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,000 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.

About Chatham University
Chatham University’s historic Shadyside Campus, founded in 1869, is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pa., on a designated urban arboretum within walking distance of some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. With accelerated bachelor’s and graduate programs, residential and low-residency degree programs, and comprehensive online programming, Chatham students can balance their personal lives while continuing their education. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest-growing in the region. In 2008, Chatham became the largest university in Allegheny County with the addition of its Eastside facility in East Liberty and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Pine-Richland, the future home of the School of Sustainability and the Environment, which will be a place of learning, research, and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

The Chatham College for Women is dedicated to fostering the next generation of women leaders with more than 40 majors, internship and study abroad opportunities, and an academic approach developed to help students think creatively and communicate more effectively. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham’s College for Graduate Studies and College for Continuing and Professional Studies offers co-educational post-baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Integrating strong community partnerships and innovative programming in such burgeoning fields as sustainability and the health sciences, Chatham programs are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy.

Chatham has demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment will be a place of learning, research and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

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