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Secretary of the U.S. Interior, The Honorable Sally Jewell, to Receive Honorary Degree and Speak at Chatham University’s 2015 Commencement

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s 2015 Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held on Monday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Secretary Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. The Department of the Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

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Chatham MFA Film Student Debuts Film/Installation April 27 in Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH:  MFA Film and Digital Technology candidate, Jeremy Holdorf, will be debuting his film/installation titled Cathexis from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, in the Woodland Art Gallery on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus.   Light refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Cathexis is a film and installation created with the inten­tion of engaging the viewer’s perceptual emotive qualities. The film and installation allude to memory and trauma collectively, while attempting to identify with the viewer on a personal level, thus bridging the gap between the subjective and objective, memory and history.

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday until Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  The Chatham Art Gallery is located on Woodland Road, next to Cafe Rachel on the large quad of Chatham University.  The gallery is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




treecampus_usa_smallOf the approximately 9,452 institutions of higher education in the US, only 229 have been honored with the “Tree Campus USA” designation. For the third consecutive year, Chatham University is among them. We’re one of nine in Pennsylvania, and the only one in Western PA.

To become a Tree Campus USA, an institution must meet five criteria:

  1. Campus Tree Advisory Committee to help provide guidance for planning and outreach. Ours includes Mary Whitney from the faculty, Elise Richmond from the student body, Kirstin N. Spirl from facility management, and Lisa Ceoffe, City Forester for the City of Pittsburgh, as the community representative.
  1. Campus tree care plan that sets policy and clear guidance for planting, maintaining, and removing trees, communicating with the college community.
  1. Allocated funds for the plan. The organization recommends about $3 per full-time student.
  1. The campus must observe Arbor Day. This year at Chatham, this will coincide with University Day on May 1.
  1. Service learning project that provides an opportunity to engage students with projects related to trees. To fulfill this requirement, Chatham has one tree planting in spring, and another in fall. The 2015 spring planting will occur on University Day/Arbor Day (weather permitting).


With elements designed for the original Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree.

The Princeton Review lists Chatham as one of the “Top 50 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH:  The Princeton Review has ranked Chatham University as a Top 50 Green College and one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools in its annual Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. This is the fifth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

The guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Published a few days before the April 22, 2015 celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be downloaded at

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship presents talk on lack of women leadership roles

PITTSBURGH – The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University will host Tacy Byham, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Development Dimensions International (DDI), for the discussion and presentation, Lead Like a Girl, a talk focused on the lack of women in leadership roles despite their ability to create higher levels of financial performance when in these positions.

The event May 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside campus of Chatham University.  The event is open to the public as part of CWE’s monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series.  Register on the CWE website.

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