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Chatham’s Creative Writing Program Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

PITTSBURGH: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a awarded a grant to support the Make Mine Words Reading Series, part of the Words Without Walls program, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing Program, Allegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for mothers and their children.

The NEA grant will allow Chatham to host three nationally recognized authors featured in the anthology Words without Walls:  Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration for public readings and book signings to the Pittsburgh community.   Sheryl St. Germain, director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and co-founder of the Words Without Walls program, leads the Make Mine Words series. For a full listing of speakers and other events, please visit

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Harvard Professor and award-winning author to speak at Opening Convocation

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has announced that Harvard Professor and award-winning author, Richard J. Light Ph.D., will speak at Chatham’s 2015 Opening Convocation ceremony on Sunday August 30th at 4 PM in the Campbell Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Light is the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Making the Most of College. Built around ten years of student interviews, the book asks, “Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities?” Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life.

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PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the hiring of Leonard Trevino as the Director of Athletics. As Director of Athletics, Trevino will oversee the university’s NCAA Division III athletic program, which includes eight women’s and six men’s sports that are launching their inaugural seasons in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Trevino comes to Chatham from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as Associate Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. As Associate Athletic Director, Trevino oversaw staffing and hiring, team scheduling, operations of the sports and recreation center, corporate fundraising and budgeting.
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Sierra Magazine ranks Chatham as one of America’s “Greenest Colleges” for the 3rd year in a row

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 22nd greenest university in its ninth annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” This is the 3rd year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor. The rankings, published in the magazine’s latest issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are weaving sustainability into their culture and upholding high environmental standards. .

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PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is once again named as one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review in their annual “Best in the Northeast” recommended schools list. You can access the rankings at the Princeton Review website.

“We chose Chatham University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,”  said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.
“The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.”

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