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Small Business Administration (SBA) Women Business Center to Launch at The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

PITTSBURGH:  The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) announced today that it has been awarded an SBA Women Business Center. CWE is working with the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on this initiative, including District Director Dr. Kelly Hunt and District Office Technical Representative for Women Business Centers Karan Waigand.

The newly established Women Business Center will be focused on the design and implementation of programming geared specifically to underserved populations of women and the challenges they face in starting, growing, and succeeding in business. In addition, the Women Business Center will provide programming, one-on-one and group mentoring, and counseling focused on business financing, access to capital, certifications for federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting.

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Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to give public lecture March 31

PITTSBURGH:   Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, will be giving a free public lecture at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Alley’s lecture, “Optimistic Opportunities in the Greenhouse: Energy, Environment, Ethics, and Our Future”, will be followed by a book signing.

The event is part of Chatham’s annual All-Campus Author series and is sponsored by the School of Arts, Science and Business and Chatham’s Global Focus program, which this year is celebrating the Year of Climate Change.

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April 9th Reading & Music Series To Explore Themes of Loss & Personal Struggle

PITTSBURGH: On Saturday, April 9th at 8:00 pm, Chatham will host Gray’s Skies, an annual reading and music series founded in honor of Gray St. Germain Gideon, a musician, composer and creative thinker who died in 2014 of a drug overdose. This series focuses on celebrating the works of writers, artists and musicians whose work uses the imagination to explore loss or personal struggle.

This year’s series will feature poet and singer-songwriter, Jen McClung and her band; poet and writer, Michael Walsh; and poet and Chatham MFA in Creative Writing Program Director, Sheryl St. Germain. The event is free and open to the public.

The series is funded through the generosity of Melanie and Fred Brown, and Margret and Tom Whitford, in collaboration with Chatham University’s MFA program.

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Chatham Announces Addition of NCAA DIII Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the addition of men’s ice hockey to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports for the 2017-18 academic year. At the time of this announcement, Chatham will be the first DIII men’s ice hockey team in Pittsburgh and only the fourth program across the entire state when it takes the ice in 2017.

“In 1996, Chatham was the first college in Pennsylvania to put together an NCAA women’s hockey team,” said Athletic Director, Leonard Trevino. “We are excited to build on our proud hockey tradition and once again be the first to bring a DIII hockey team to the Pittsburgh region with the addition of men’s ice hockey.”

In December of 2015, Chatham announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse. With the addition of these teams and men’s ice hockey, Chatham will field 16 varsity DIII sports.

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Chatham, Stetson universities partner on shorter time to law degree

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University in Pennsylvania and Stetson University in Florida have partnered to offer students an accelerated program to earn a law degree.

The 3+3 program, starting in fall of 2016, allows eligible Chatham University undergraduates to apply to law school at Stetson University in their junior year. Students admitted to the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year of law school courses.

High-performing Chatham students will earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. Students will spend three years at Chatham and three years at Stetson law school.

“This partnership builds on Chatham’s pre-law foundation by helping Chatham students save time and money with the accelerated 3+3 path to their undergraduate and graduate degree,” said Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “And, as a recognized leader in sustainability, Chatham is also thrilled by the opportunity this presents for our students wishing to pursue environmental law and policy.”

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World Affairs Council Hosts Unique Panel Discussion in Celebration of International Women’s Day

PITTSBURGH:  On Monday, March 14, 2016, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, will host a special panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day. The panel will address the impressive strides women are making around the world in education, entrepreneurship, and politics, as well as the critical role women play as Pittsburgh becomes a more globally-fluent region.

Featured panelists include:
Audrey Russo, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Solicitor & Chief Legal Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Prajna Paramita Parasher, Program Director, Film and Digital Technology, Chatham University

This event is open the public and will be held in the Welker Room at Chatham University. It  runs from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a pre-event reception. Refreshments are included.

To learn more about this event and to register, visit

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