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Campus Community Profile: Kate Sheridan

Kate Sheridan is Associate Director of Career Development for the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment.

How long have you been at Chatham, and what brought you here?
I have been at Chatham for almost two years, having come from Carnegie Mellon University, where I provided leadership and organizational development for staff members. I really enjoyed it, but working with students is a much better fit and more vibrant space for me.

What services do you offer Falk School students?
My job is to provide a full-service professional development experience, from traditional services (e.g., resume and cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, job search resources) to opportunities such as workshops, student employment, and internships. I also work with our Employer Relations Manager to develop partnerships and host networking and other events.

Perhaps my favorite part of our approach is helping students explore and define their professional identities and the ways in which our careers can be an extension of ourselves and the values we hold.

What’s most exciting about your job?
There are many things I love about my job, and all of them relate in some way to its evolving nature. The position is new to the Falk School, so I get to help create and define it.  But in addition to that, the professional landscape is changing rapidly–our alums will have a direct impact on what jobs in sustainability and food studies will look like, and how they will create lasting change for our local and global communities.

I take so much pride in each job or internship students embark on, not because of any involvement I may have had– our students truly do the work of landing these opportunities – but because the potential for impact in these positions is so significant, and to know that I am even the smallest blip in the unfolding professional journeys of this population of students is easily the most gratifying and inspiring part of my job.

Is job-hunting for sustainability professionals in any way unique?
The biggest challenge is that it is still evolving, and jobs fit such a wide range of skills and experience. Sustainability professionals need to demonstrate not only technical knowledge but also what are sometimes referred to as “21st century skills”: interdisciplinary problem solving, the ability to integrate a range of perspectives, engage systems thinking, and work in truly collaborative spaces.

Students need to have an entrepreneurial spirit, be assertive and able to manage ambiguity in positions that might not be clearly defined, and develop large networks to advance professional opportunities. There is a lot of groundwork involved in job searching within these fields–I encourage students to attend as many industry events as possible, volunteer for every opportunity they can, and conduct as many informational interviews as possible to get insight into jobs and organizations, and also grow their networks. 

What is a misconception that people tend to have about landing a job or an internship?
That they will find them in traditional ways–seeing a position on a job board, blindly submitting an application, and getting a call. Certainly this does happen, but tapping into our networks, reaching out to organizations and individuals whose work inspires you, and attending events to meet professionals in your field are all important practices in finding that next opportunity, especially when it comes to internships, and particularly within fields related to food studies and sustainability.

Academic programs in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment  produce sustainability leaders through the Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS), Master of Sustainability (MSUS), Bachelor of Sustainability (BSUS), the dual-degree Master of Sustainability-Master of Business Administration (MSUS-MBA), and the dual-degree Master of Food Studies – Master of Business Administration (MAFS-MBA). 

 

 

Chatham University is Designated "Tree Campus USA" for the 6th Year in a Row

PITTSBURGH:  For the sixth consecutive year, Chatham University was honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

To obtain this distinction, Chatham University met the five core standards for an effective campus forest management, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
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Chatham University 2018 Commencement Details & Speaker

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The ceremony will be held on the Third Floor in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are required for admission. Please visit the Convention Center website for  directions and parking details.

The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be William Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC), and National Center for Arts and Technology. Mr. Strickland has created an educational model designed to create empowering educational environments for adults-in-transition, as well as urban and at-risk youth, enriching Southwestern Pennsylvania and the world.

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Chatham Announces English Language Scholarship Program for Students

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced a new scholarship program for local and international students who wish to  study  in Chatham’s English Language Program (ELP) over the summer of 2018. The scholarship program provides ELP scholarships to individuals currently residing in the Pittsburgh region and international students from outside of the United States. The scholarship will save students up to 50% off the cost of the program, and the deadline to apply is May 11th.

Students residing in the region currently, can choose to apply to study in Summer 1 (May 18th to June 29th), OR Summer 2 (July 2nd to August 10th), OR both Summer 1 and 2 (May 18th to August 10th).  Students from outside the United States will need to be enrolled in the full summer term (May 18th to August 7th) in order to receive an I-20. Students will have 20 hours of instruction per week

To find out more information about ELP and the scholarship program, visit www.chatham.edu/elp or contact the Office of International Affairs at (412)-365-1388 or at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

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Chatham Design Students & Faculty Recognized

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Graphic Design students excelled in this year’s highly competitive American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Pittsburgh annual design show, PGH365, with one student bringing home the Best in Show Award. Each year students and professionals from the western Pennsylvania area submit design work to this juried exhibition and are critically reviewed by national judges before being selected for the show. Along with work being chosen, an exclusive group of honors are awarded to both the professional and student entries.

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Chatham University is Hosting Music for Food Chatham Music Concert on April 14

PITTSBURGH:  On Saturday, April 14th, at 2:00 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, Music for Food will be performing.  Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.  “Our concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.” Chamber music masterpieces, featuring piano trios by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff will be performed by Catherine Cho, violin (The Julliard School faculty); Paul Katz, cello (New England Conservatory faculty); and Pei-Shan Lee, piano (New England Conservatory faculty).

The event is free and open to the public. Cash donations will be accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Contact Pauline Rovkah at rovkah@chatham.edu for more information.

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