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Chatham University welcomes Terence Samuel, deputy national political editor of The Washington Post

Samuel to give lecture titled “The Disappearing Undecided Voter”

PITTSBURGH (October 12, 2012) … Award-winning journalist and author Terence Samuel will give a free public lecture titled “The Disappearing Undecided Voter” at Chatham University on October 23 at 6 p.m. The event, to be held in the Welker Room in James Laughlin Music Hall on the Shadyside Campus, is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University.

Samuel has more than 25 years experience as a reporter and editor at some of the nation’s best newspapers, magazines, and web journalism outlets. He is the deputy national political editor at The Washington Post and oversees White House and congressional coverage.

He is a former managing editor at National Journal and has worked as a correspondent at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and U.S. News & World Report.

He was the director of editorial programming for news, sports, and finance at AOL Black Voices and helped launch TheRoot.com, an online magazine of commentary and analysis aimed at an African-American audience. Samuel is the author of “The Upper House: A Journey Behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate” (2010) and is among the featured writers anthologized in the “Best American Political Writing” (2009).

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.

The first center to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.

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 breaks ground on next-generation sustainable campus; receives $7.5 million gift from Richard King Mellon Foundation

PITTSBURGH (October 11, 2012) … On Thursday, October 11 at 4:30 PM, Chatham University breaks ground on the $40 million initial phase of its new Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning.

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, Chatham is also announcing receipt of a $7.5 million gift from Richard King Mellon Foundation for Eden Hall, the largest contribution to date since the original land gift by the Eden Hall Foundation. Since 2008, ~ $28.6 million has been raised for the comprehensive sustainability project consisting of ~ $14.1 million for construction and ~ $14.5 million for planning, academic development, and programming.

Chatham University, a recognized leader in sustainability, is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, has been named to the Princeton Review’s 2013 Green Honor Roll as one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the U.S. and Canada, was recognized as a top green power purchaser by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is the alma mater of environmental icon and Silent Spring author, Rachel Carson (class of ’29).

Eden Hall Campus
Designed to ultimately serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources neutral, zero-net energy integrated facility, Eden Hall will feature high performance green buildings and the latest in sustainable land, energy, and water management techniques. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism.

“Eden Hall is a campus like no other—a next generation living laboratory where students will not only study sustainability, but be immersed in it,” says Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “This remarkable campus will be a model of advanced sustainability, a place of stunning beauty, and strengthen Pittsburgh’s continued leadership in green innovation and buildings.”

The initial stage of construction consists of the development of field labs, classrooms, a café, an amphitheater, a mosaic garden, and infrastructure development to be complete by fall 2013. A dining hall and two residence halls supporting 150 beds are scheduled for completion in 2015. Costs for these stages of the project are estimated at $40 million.

To realize its ambitious vision for Eden Hall, Chatham hired world-renowned leaders in sustainable planning, architecture and design including Andropogon and BNIM to develop the campus master plan and the architecture firm Mithun for building design.

Eden Hall is located on 400 acres in Richland, Pa., north of Pittsburgh.  Eden Hall will be only the second residential college campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and the first university in Northern Allegheny County. In addition to sustainability research and education, a range of online, low-residency and continuing education programs across a variety of topics and majors will be offered at Eden Hall beginning in 2013.

Eden Hall and Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment
Eden Hall will be home to Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE). A new model in sustainability education, SSE uses a transdiscplinary and systems-based approach to environmental concerns in which graduate and undergraduate students are equipped to solve complex, real-world challenges through immersion in a range of topics including food studies, sustainable agriculture, ecology, energy and water management, social and economic issues, and the business of sustainability. Students, faculty, and other researchers will develop and model sustainable design, technologies, and practices to replicate in communities everywhere. Students also have opportunities to take what they learn and apply it on a global scale through study-abroad opportunities and partnerships with international universities.

“Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and Eden Hall Campus will have worldwide relevance to the field of sustainability,” says Costa Rica’s EARTH University president Jose Zaghlul, Ph.D. “We are looking forward to a significant collaboration between EARTH University’s programs—serving students from 29 countries—and Chatham University.”

SSE currently offers a Master of Sustainability degree, a two-year, full-time cohort program that focuses on identifying and finding solutions to real-world sustainability challenges and developing an academically sound, yet professionally oriented understanding of how to simultaneously improve economic development, social justice, and the biophysical environment. Also offered, is a Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) degree that attracts students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds seeking experience and training in intellectual and practical skills related to all stages of the food system. Additional degree and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students will be offered starting in 2013.

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.

 

 

Chatham University to host signature event of the 50th anniversary celebration of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”

Chatham to receive a National Historic Chemical Landmark designation from the American Chemical Society during the 2012 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference

 PITTSBURGH (October 10, 2012) … As the signature event of the 50th anniversary celebration of alumna Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University will host the 2012 Rachel Carson Legacy Conference on October 26 in the Eddy Theater on the Shadyside Campus. During the event, the American Chemical Society will present Chatham with a plaque that designates the Legacy of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The American Chemical Society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks program was established in 1992 to honor seminal achievements in the history of chemical science and technology.

“Our Planet and Our Health: The Impact of Silent Spring after 50 Years” will feature panel discussions about preventing contamination of the planet and the evolution of chemistry practices throughout the past 50 years.

Francesca Santoro, Ph.D., Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO program manager, will give the keynote address “Messages from our oceans: A reflection on Rachel Carson’s predictions.”

Carson’s “Silent Spring” brought global attention to the consequences of unrestrained use of toxic pesticides such as DDT. Among the actions taken in response to her work was a ban on DDT by the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in 1976, more than a decade after Carson’s death.

The conference is open to the public. Registration costs $50. Students with a valid ID may register for $20. For more information visit www.chatham.edu/rachelcarson.

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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Salgado Maranhão and Alexis Levitin to give poetry reading at Chatham University on Oct. 18

PITTSBURGH (October 2, 2012) … Afro-Brazilian poet and songwriter Salgado Maranhão joins award-winning translator Alexis Levitin for a free poetry reading on Oct. 18 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Mellon Living Room on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Spend an evening with the provocative words of Salgado Maranhão from his latest book, “Blood of the Sun,” which was brought to life and translated to English by Alexis Levitin.

Publisher Milkweed Editions says, “Pairing one of the most celebrated poets in Brazil today with the premier American translator of Portuguese-language literature, ‘Blood of the Sun’ offers a richly multicultural and highly musical experience.”

Maranhão is the author of nine collections of poems. His recent volume of new and selected poems entitled A Cor da Palavra” (The Color of the Word) was named the best book of poetry by the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2011, which is Brazil’s highest literary award. Additionally, Maranhão has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. Sol Sangüíneo” (Blood of the Sun) is Maranhão’s first book to appear in the English translation.

Levitin has translated more than thirty books, mostly from the Portuguese language, including Clarice Lispector’s “Soulstorm” and Eugenio de Andrade’s “Forbidden Words.” A two-time winner of both the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship and the Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award, Levitin has traveled widely to work on his translations, with a focus on South America. He is a distinguished professor of English at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

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 converting successful Master of Science in Nursing program to fully online format

PITTSBURGH (October 2, 2012) …Chatham University will convert its current Master of Science in Nursing program to a fully online format beginning fall 2013. The current hybrid program format includes a strong online component. However, to allow more flexibility for working nurses, the program has been reformatted to be entirely online.

A local leader in nursing education, Chatham University has specialized in online nursing degrees with its RN to BSN programs since 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) since 2007. A total of 179 students are currently enrolled in nursing programs at Chatham. Program graduates have achieved success in their careers through promotions; acceptance to present their educational culmination projects on a local, regional, and national level; and new opportunities now available to them through advanced degrees.

“The focus of Chatham’s programs has always been in allowing working nurses the flexibility to complete the degrees no matter their schedule,” said Kathleen Spadaro, assistant professor of nursing at Chatham University. “Converting this successful program to an all-online format will allow nurses nationwide the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while not having to adjust their work schedules.”

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-accredited MSN program will offer three specialty tracks: Leadership, Education, and Informatics. In addition, the program has been adapted to provide a greater clinical experience, allowing students an easier transition into Chatham’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. In the past, the master’s program did not include many clinical hours, making it difficult for a student to qualify for DNP admission.

“Graduates walk away with not only a degree, but practical experience in their specialty areas with tangible results,” said Spadaro. “Graduates from our program have increased their involvement in their organization to improve healthcare and leadership and have advanced in their career through promotions to new positions.”

Courses build on each other from beginning to end and are designed to allow students some flexibility in scheduling, requiring approximately four days each week to complete. Students will gain an understanding of larger healthcare issues, building on the foundation of students’ bachelor’s degrees.

In addition to online coursework, students are required to complete 250 supervised clinical hours through individualized placements, and students are prepared for roles as leaders/administrators, educators, or informatics specialists in a variety of healthcare delivery and policymaking settings.

Students can complete the program, which meets the new competencies from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 16 months. Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in the fall 2013 cohort.

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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