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Chatham University to host second annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life on November 2

PITTSBURGH (October 29, 2012) … Chatham University will host its second annual Relay for Life from 5 p.m. on November 2 until 5 a.m. the following day in the Athletic and Fitness Center gymnasium on its Shadyside Campus.

In 2011, Chatham University started Relay for Life in honor of the late Professor Robert Cooley who passed away after serving the Chatham community for more then 34 years. Raising more than $12,000 in the fight against cancer, Chatham University is hoping to surpass last year’s fundraising efforts.

“Everyone is somehow touched by cancer one way or another, says Event Chair Rebecca Pressimone, who is a senior at Chatham. “Relay is an opportunity for the Chatham community to come together and promote cancer awareness.”

“I started doing Relay because community service is something I’ve always enjoyed taking part in,” says Event Co-chair Daeja Baker, graduate student at Chatham. “I also truly believed in the cause. Sometime during the early planning processes of our first Relay last year my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer. I then became very involved but chose not to share my story. I keep that struggle private but know in my heart why I relay.”

The Relay for Life fundraising efforts supports the American Cancer Society vision to create a world where cancer no longer threatens lives of loved ones. For information on creating or joining a team, visit Relayforlife.org. Contact Rebecca Pressimone, event chair, at rpressimone@chatham.edu or Chatham University Student Affairs at studentactivites@chatham.edu or 412-365- 1527 for more information.

About Relay for Life
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome during the Survivors Lap. During the Luminaria Ceremony, we remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The Fight Back Ceremony inspires Relay participants to take tangible action against a disease that has taken too much.

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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CEO Laura Karet to give Pittsburgh businesses exclusive insight into Giant Eagle at Chatham breakfast series event

PITTSBURGH (October 24, 2012) … While Giant Eagle’s new “low price lock” has been garnering the attention of shoppers, business owners and executives will be given an opportunity to look inside the workings of Giant Eagle from CEO Laura Karet on Friday, November 9, as part of the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. Karet will lead a discussion titled “Giant Eagle: Growth and Diversification.”

Karet will discuss the significant growth that Giant Eagle has experienced in its 81-year history, particularly during the past 10 years, which have included a focus on diversification. Giant Eagle now operates five different formats: the traditional Giant Eagle Supermarket, Market District, GetGo, Giant Eagle Express, and Valu King, which is currently being re-branded to Good Cents Grocery + More.

Attendees will learn how market segmentation, customer service, niche formats, simplified business strategies, differentiation, and integrated branding have led to Giant Eagle’s success. Karet will also talk about Giant Eagle’s customer value proposition and various new and exciting programs that are being offered to meet the diverse needs of customers and communities. From traditional and social media growth to blogger support, learn how Giant Eagle is continually reinventing itself and engaging new and existing customers and constituencies to battle numerous competitors.

The cost to attend is $25 ($12.50 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 event include the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

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, 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. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, 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, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to welcome All-Campus Author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, author of “My Soul to Take: A Novel of Iceland,” to give free public reading on November 5

PITTSBURGH (October 22, 2012) … Chatham University will welcome Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, author of crime novel My Soul to Take: A Novel of Iceland for a free public reading and signing at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 5, in the Eddy Theater, Shadyside Campus.

Sigurdardóttir is an Icelandic writer of both crime-novels and children’s fiction and is Chatham’s 2012 All-Campus Author. As part of the All-Campus Author program, first-year students at Chatham are studying My Soul to Take: A Novel of Iceland in preparation for her visit. Students and faculty across disciplines share in the opportunity to read the year’s book and interact with its author in an intimate campus setting.

This event is held in conjunction with Chatham University’s Global Focus program, which concentrates on one country or region of the world each year to enable the college community to engage in a comprehensive study of that region. This year’s region of focus is Scandinavia.

For more information, contact William Lenz, Pontious Professor of English and chair of the humanities at Chatham, at lenz@chatham.edu or 412-365-1186.

About Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
The Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir debuted as a crime writer in 2005 with Last Rituals, which is sold in more than 30 languages. My Soul to Take is already sold in 14 languages. Previously, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has written five novels for children and pre-teens, two of which have won Icelandic prizes for literature. She is married with two children and also works as a division manager for one of Iceland’s largest civil engineering companies.

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. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, 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, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

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Chatham University awarded Military Friendly Schools® title from Victory Media Inc.

PITTSBURGH (October 22, 2012) … Because Chatham University demonstrates leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, it has earned a place on the Military Friendly Schools® list, published by Victory Media. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. There are currently 40 student veterans enrolled at Chatham.

“As a military veteran, I have always valued being a part of something that is bigger than myself,” says Ryan P.J. Stocker, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Chatham. “Being a student veteran at Chatham University has provided me with the opportunity to continue being a member of a military friendly community that has not only enhanced my education, but has prepared me to continue to serve others.”

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Chatham University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” says Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” says Collins.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website feature tools to help military students find the best school to suit their individual needs and preferences. The 1,739 higher education institutions on this year’s list have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

“It is such an honor to be able to provide high quality education to military personnel who have served our country and world so selflessly. Hence, being listed as a military friendly institution is the best by-product an institution can receive,” says Zauyah Waite, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Chatham.

For more information on the student veteran experience at Chatham, visit www.chatham.edu/veterans/.

 Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

About Victory Media Inc.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly® lists can be found at www.gijobs.com/2012Top100, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, and www.militaryfranchising.com. Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals, and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.

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. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and 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.

 For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit http://www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to host Nov. 2 reading by authors Ruth L. Schwartz, Brian Brodeur, and Sharma Shields

PITTSBURGH (October 19, 2012) … On Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. in the Welker Room, Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing program, in partnership with Autumn House Press, will host a reading by three authors: Ruth L. Schwartz, Brian Brodeur, and Sharma Shields.

Ruth L. Schwartz’ newest collection of poems Miraculum was published by Autumn House in 2012. Her previous books include Dear Good Naked Morning, the winner of the 2004 Autumn House Poetry Prize; Edgewater (HarperCollins, 2002), selected by Jane Hirshfield as a 2001 National Poetry Series winner; Singular Bodies (Anhinga, 2001), winner of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; and Accordion Breathing and Dancing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), chosen by William Matthews for the 1994 Associated Writing Program Competition. Schwartz’s memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story was published by Michigan State University Press in 2004. Schwartz’ poems have reached a large audience through Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry and through Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. She currently lives in Oakland, Calif., where she has a private practice in depth hypnosis and shamanic counseling.

Brian Bodeur’s Natural Causes was chosen by Denise Duhamel as the winner of the 2012 Autumn House Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Other Latitudes (2008), winner of the University of Akron Press’ 2007 Poetry Prize, and the chapbook So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2007). Bodeur maintains the blog “How a Poem Happens,” an online anthology of over one hundred and 50 interviews with poets. He lives with his wife in Cincinnati where he is the Elliston Fellow in Poetry in the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature program at University of Cincinnati.

Sharma Shields’ collection of stories Favorite Monster was chosen by Stewart O’Nan as the winner of the 2012 Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields’ short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Fugue, and The Sonora Review. Her numerous awards include the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a grant from Artist Trust and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and now lives in Spokane with her husband and young son. As an information specialist for the Spokane County Library District, Sharma founded T.W.I.N.E. — Teen Writers of the Inland Empire — a writing club for area youth.

About Autumn House Press
Autumn House Press, publisher of more than 100 beautifully designed books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, is a nonprofit corporation based in Pittsburgh. As recognition for its work in literary publishing, the Autumn House community was recently honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented by Senator Wayne Fontana. The certificate reads: “What makes Autumn House so special is that it is a community of volunteers, modestly-paid staff, and supporters, all of whom believe that fine literature can make a real difference in our lives and our culture. The work of Autumn House Press ensures that American poetry is being published and, by its act, is nurturing the great American poetic tradition. Autumn House Press’ mission is a laudable one, and its leadership makes our community a better place in which to live. Autumn House has earned the admiration of the arts community.”

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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