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Renowned Chatham University writing program opens its Summer Community of Writers residency event to public

The 10-day series of intensive workshops, craft lectures, and readings is led by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program

PITTSBURGH (February 28, 2013) … For the first time in the program’s history, Chatham University’s renowned Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is opening its summer residency program to the public. The 10-day event, beginning with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 and ending at 10:15 a.m. on August 10, is hosted on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. It will feature intensive workshops, craft lectures, and readings with award-winning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Each participant will also receive a 45-minute manuscript consultation with a workshop instructor. The program offers a supportive community of peers and published writers who can provide inspiration, feedback, and guidance on the revision of poetry and prose.

Previously, the opportunity to attend was only available to students enrolled in Chatham’s Master of Creative Writing low-residency program, which is entirely online with the exception of attending summer residencies, but is now open to any writers, beginning through advanced, who are interested in improving their writing. The core faculty will include BK Loren, fiction writer and keynote speaker, Lori Jakiela, creative nonfiction; Sean Thomas Dougherty, poetry, Sherrie Flick, fiction and food writing. Credit and non-credit options are available; it costs $500 to attend as a non-credit student. For more information and application instructions, contact Libba Hockley at EHockley@Chatham.edu or 412-365-1685.

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 10 programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program also leads Words Without Walls, a creative collaboration with the Allegheny County Jail that 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. 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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Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Race Director Patrice Matamoros to speak on race planning process at Chatham University Breakfast Series Event

PITTSBURGH (February 19, 2013) … Though Pittsburgh is still in the midst of winter, the race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Patrice Matamoros, is running toward spring. Matamoros will lead a discussion titled “Hosting an Event for 25,000 of your Closest Friends: Best and Worst Case Scenarios,” at Chatham University on Friday, March 8. The event is hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series.

Attendees will learn about the growth of the Pittsburgh Marathon from zero staff members to its current team of 11 full-time staff, three part-time staff, 10 interns, and 4,000 volunteers who support 30,000 runners. The impact of this marathon is often underestimated—to manage 26.2 City miles the race involves 240 police officers, 26 ambulance units, 200 security guards, a bomb squad, Homeland Security, and a full crisis communications team. Additionally, Matamoros manages a staff who work year-round securing sponsors, planning around city changes, and coordinating with more than 60 churches, among many other concerns. Matamoros will talk about this “Marathon reality show” and illustrate the staff challenges behind it as they prepare to make this the best day of their runners’ lives.

The cost to attend the breakfast 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 CWE include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS along with Baierl Automotive. PUMP is the CWE program partner for this event.

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 funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was also provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and 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 host Emmy, Peabody, and Tony award-winner Georgia ME in celebration of Women of Color HerStory Month

PITTSBURGH (February 18, 2013) … Chatham University will host a free public performance by African-American poet and spoken word artist Georgia ME (Tamika Harper) as part of the Women of Color HerStory Month Celebration on Thursday, February 21, at 8 p.m. on the Shadyside Campus in the Eddy Theater.

Nationally known poet Georgia ME is on a mission to inspire, motivate, and uplift with stories from peers and create spoken word pieces. She has performed across the country, including such major venues as the Radio City Music Hall, the Apollo Theater, and the Orpheum Theatre. Georgia ME has received a Peabody and Tony Award, as well as an Emmy award for “HBO Def Poetry.”

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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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University launches semi-virtual board mentoring program for women business owners

PITTSBURGH(February 12, 2013) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University is pleased to announce the successful January 2013 launch of the CWE MyBoardSM program. This program, funded primarily by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation with additional support from both the Alcoa Foundation and Bridgeway Capital, matches advanced women business owners with a team, or board, of experienced mentors. The CWE MyBoard program will help women entrepreneurs build capacity, gain confidence, and access capital, giving them the tools they need to take their businesses to the next level.

The program serves women business owners who need assistance with all areas of business development: from going through their first SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, to developing inventory control systems and implementing effective social media strategies. Designed with a virtual meeting capability, the program accommodates long-distance participation and busy schedules.

The launch of this blended virtual/in-person program complements current CWE product offerings and provides key means for women business owners in greater Pittsburgh region to reach the elusive $1M dollar sales mark.

For more information about this program, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe/myboard or call 412-365-1384.

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, with additional support provided by the Alcoa 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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