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Poet Stacey Waite to give public reading at Chatham University on February 22

Waite’s works often deal with the subject of gender fluidity

PITTSBURGH (January 25, 2013) … Stacey Waite, genderqueer poet and former Pittsburgh resident, will read from a collection of poetry at 8 p.m. on February 22 in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. The public is invited to hear work from the author of four collections of poetry: Choke (2004), love poem to androgyny (2006), the lake has no saint (2008), and Butch Geography (2013). The free event is collaboratively sponsored by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program, the undergraduate Creative Writing Club, and the Office of Student Affairs.

Waite, a former student and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been the recipient of many honors, including an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship award, the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod, 5 AM, West Branch, Chiron Review, and Pearl, and often deal with the subject of gender fluidity. Of her most recent collection, the poet Kwame Dawes says, “…Waite is a pathfinder, charting with disarming honesty, humor, pathos, and willful perplexity the uncertain terrain of gender in ways that shatter assumptions, unsettle easy presumptions, and yet, through the sheer grace of her craft…open us to the beauty of our strange human enterprise.”

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 “Four top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of 10 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, 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 hosts Bridges to Other Worlds Annual Literary Festival on February 15

PITTSBURGH (January 17, 2013) … Chatham University’s nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will host its annual literary festival Bridges to Other Worlds on Friday, February 15, in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside campus. This year’s festival focuses on publishing.

The festival will feature two New York editors and one literary agent on the panel: The View from Above: Two Editors and an Agent Talk about Publishing. Simon and Schuster Editor Michael Szczerban, Simon and Schuster Assistant Editor Molly Lindley and Upstart Crow Literary Agent Danielle Chiotti discuss the state of book publishing. This discussion, which will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will include a “First Page” reading from a work of fiction or nonfiction and a Q&A.

Panels will also include Publishing 101: A how-to discussion on submitting work and manuscripts (noon-1:15 p.m.), First Books: a discussion of the road to that first publication (1:30-2:45 p.m.), and The Literary Life: a roundtable discussion about life in writing after graduation that might include more study, teaching, publishing, editing, or writing for profit (3-4:15 p.m.).

A reading and book signing will conclude the event (8 p.m.), along with book sales and a reception for all participants (6-7 p.m.).

The cost to attend is $50 to sustain quality programming. (Chatham students and faculty with Chatham ID may attend free of charge.) For more information, contact Libba Hockley at ehockley@chatham.edu.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program 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, 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 announces Chatham College for Women Dean’s List for fall 2012 term

Chatham University is pleased to announce the Chatham College for Women Dean’s List for the fall 2012 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. To view the full list, download the embedded PDF.

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 commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with day of service, faith, and diversity

PITTSBURGH (January 14, 2013) . . . Chatham University will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a celebration of his legacy on January 21; the day will highlight service, diversity, and faith.

Chatham’s annual MLK Commemorative Bruch will feature keynote speakers Pastor Frank Tillman, Jr., founder and pastor of Christian Fellowship Center Church of God in Christ, and Luci Dabney, executive director of Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise, which is an organization that strengthens nonprofits serving African American and disadvantaged communities.

In the afternoon, Chatham students and staff will honor Dr. King’s message of service by doing community service at Sojourner House, a nonprofit residential rehabilitation center for mothers with addictions and their children. (Chatham recently formed a community partnership with Sojourner House to advance the mission of breaking intergenerational addiction.)

At 5:30 p.m. in the PCW Room at Anderson Dining Hall, Chatham will host the Only Light Can Do That: A Queer Black Panel Discussion, which will bridge contemporary issues of being both black and a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/question or intersex community. The panel will discuss how this intersection of being from a multi-marginalized community affects concepts of race, gender, sexual orientation, access to opportunity, spirituality and faith, and life in Pittsburgh. The panel will feature community guests including Michael David Battle, director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force; Flecia Harvey, chair for Pittsburgh Black Pride; and others from the community. The panel is co-sponsored by the Garden of Peace Project, Project Silk, True T Entertainment, and Pittsburgh Black Pride.

At 7 p.m., Chatham will conduct the interfaith Prayers for Peace Ceremony to commemorate the many spiritual influences of Dr. King. The ceremony will be led by Rev. Dr. Gail Ransom of the First United Methodist Church, who serves Chatham as the All Faith Minister.

For more information about these events, please visit www.chatham.edu or email studentactivities@chatham.edu.

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Chatham University announces new community partnership with Sojourner House

Unique collaboration advances Sojourner House mission to break the cycle of addiction

PITTSBURGH (January 11, 2013) … Chatham University and Sojourner House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing faith-based addiction treatment for mothers and their children to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction, have launched a new partnership. Led by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the new program Make Mine Words: Writing Your Way to Recovery helps to acquaint residents with the spiritual healing that can be experienced through writing. The workshop participants will keep a creative journal and read and respond to creative writing prompts that will generate poems, stories, or memoir-like short essays.

This pilot workshop is led by Sheryl St. Germain, director of the Chatham MFA in Creative Writing program, and Sarah Shotland, a recent graduate of the MFA program; creative writing graduate students will lead future workshops.

“Creative writing is both a spiritual and healing activity that can offer fresh insights into drug and alcohol use, as well as provide tools to help with recovery,” says Sheryl St. Germain, professor and director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. “Chatham University believes that learning to write poems and stories about one’s life, and developing the habit of keeping a creative journal provides valuable tools to assist with substance abuse problems.”

This program designed specifically for women living at Sojourner House was inspired in part by Words Without Walls, the successful collaboration between Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and the Allegheny County Jail. Words Without Walls 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 works.

About Sojourner House
Sojourner House provides in-patient residential treatment to addicted mothers and their children. Located in East Liberty, Sojourner House provides 24-hour residential rehabilitation services for 14 families at any given time. Mothers can bring three children with them and stay up to six months while receiving intensive treatment for addiction. Sojourner House is proud to be the only program in Allegheny County that provides each family with their own apartment while the mother receives treatment. Mothers and children can begin to experience the joys and challenges of living as an independent, drug-free family while securely surrounded by round-the-clock support.

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, 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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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to present bi-partisan conference Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh on Jan. 12

PITTSBURGH (January 3, 2013)… For the second year, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is hosting a campaign school for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system. Attendees receive one-stop training on running for office or getting involved in public life and will learn from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, party officials, and policy experts. The January 12 one-day bi-partisan conference, Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Chatham’s Shadyside campus in the Mellon Board Room. The cost to attend is $65. Register online at www.pcwp.org.

“This campaign school is distinctive in that it is bi-partisan and does not cost participants a great deal of time or treasure,” says Dana Brown, executive director of the PCWP.

Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh will feature interactive media training with Chris Jahnke, a political communications specialist who has coached more women elected officials and candidates than any other trainer. Jahnke was an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and has played a large role behind the scenes at the Democratic National Convention. Attendees will also receive training on successful fundraising led by Nancy Bocskor, author of Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising. Bocskor is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and has served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years and chaired the school’s curriculum committee for five years. Other sessions will help participants to navigate Pennsylvania’s political parties and learn how to develop campaign plans.

“As of January 2013, Pennsylvania is ranked 38th in the nation when it comes to women’s representation,” says Brown. “That is an increase from last year’s rankings, but unfortunately we as a state have only improved our ranking because other states did worse. “We are still hanging around 17.8 percent of women in the state legislature, which is a very slight increase from last year. We have never had a female governor or U.S. senator. Moreover, the majority of our county governments are led by men.

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, 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 a historic, 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 as 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, received a STARS Gold Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is the alma mater of environmental icon and Silent Spring author, Rachel Carson (class of ’29).

For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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