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Chatham University receives national recognition for community service

For the third consecutive year, Chatham was admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH (March 7, 2013) …Chatham University has been admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The honor roll is overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service; the U.S. Department of Education and Housing and Urban Development; Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education; and the American Council on Education. This is Chatham’s third consecutive year being named to the honor roll. A full list of honored institutions is available on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website.

“We are grateful and proud to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third year in a row,” says Zauyah Waite, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. “This honor is a testament of Chatham’s commitment to providing outstanding service to the community.”

Honorees are selected based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Chatham University’s community service is diverse and extensive. Recent examples follow below.

  • Students in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program participate in a project titled “Words Without Walls,” where they teach creative writing to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. It 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. Because of its innovative approach to learning and teaching, Words Without Walls has received support from the A. W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, a partnership of The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. This project inspired the launch of a similar partnership that the MFA in Creative Writing program leads at Sojourner House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing faith-based addiction treatment for mothers and their children to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction. 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.
  • Chatham University held its second annual Relay for Life, hosted by a committee of Chatham students and advised by a staff member and a representative of the American Cancer Society. This event will continue to be a treasured tradition at Chatham as the community comes together for a 12-hour over-night event to raise money and awareness of cancer treatment and prevention.
  • Chatham offers a variety of ways for students to get involved and give back to the community. Community service initiatives are incorporated into events through canned food and clothing drives, making blankets for a local shelter, volunteering, and activism. Throughout the 2012-13 academic year Chatham has approached service as community members who aspire to be civically minded professionals through leadership roles, community service, and civic engagement.  Students have had the opportunity to volunteer with Northside Common Ministries, Sojourner House of Western Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill, Tree Pittsburgh, and many more.

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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