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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 or contact the Office of International Affairs at (412)-365-1388 or at

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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 for more information.



Student-Run Communications Firm Takes on Real-World Clients

By Erin Boudreaux, MCOMM ’19

Through a student-run social marketing and public relations firm called Flanagan Communication Consulting, students gain real-world experience while working for social good–all without leaving campus.

During Fall 2017, the first year of the firm, 14 graduate and undergraduate students from Chatham’s Master of Communication program, the Master of Professional Writing program, and the undergraduate Communication major combined their diverse academic and creative skills to create strategic plans, white papers and video content for two clients: community development and environmental health nonprofit GTECH Strategies and Chatham’s Civic Learning, Democratic Engagement and Community Service (CLDE).

In addition to client work, FCC staff completed coursework on public relations concepts, engaged in collaboration exercises, and developed branding for their brand-new firm.

The Flanagan Communication Consulting course is designed to teach through professional experience. Instead of attending lectures, FCC staff meet for weekly staff meetings and workshop days where student teams worked together on client projects. The staff also tackled one of the most fundamental parts of professional communication: pitching and presenting work to clients.

For FCC staffers on the GTECH team, the semester’s work consisted of 1) two promotional videos for the organization’s year-end campaign, and 2) a social media plan for their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Students working with the CLDE gauged student interest in volunteering through focus groups and a campus-wide survey, and created individual portfolios of their work throughout the semester, strengthening their prospects after graduation.

“It was great to see how dedicated the students were to these real client projects. While we practice many of these skills in other PR courses, this was an opportunity to bring their campaigning skills to life and see real outcomes,” says Assistant Professor and Communication & Professional Writing Program Director Katie Cruger, PhD

While staffers worked hard, they managed to have fun in the office environment. The inaugural staff celebrated two firm milestones, creating mission and vision statements and successful client pitches, with office parties complete with cake and pizza.

The mission is certainly worth celebrating:

Flanagan Communication Consulting strives to achieve excellence in the eyes of the public and of the organizations we aid while learning and growing as individuals and students. We aim to create mutually beneficial environments for the people who seek our services and the students who are acquiring these unique skillsets.

The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in business, marketing, communication, graphic design, or media arts. Along with looking for our next all-star staff, Flanagan Communication Consulting is also in the process of identifying clients for next year. For more information on the course or to recommend a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit to work with us, contact student manager Erin Boudreaux at

The first cohort of FCC staffers voted unanimously to name Flanagan Communication Consulting for a beloved and brilliant Chatham alumna, Mara Flanagan (’15, Arts Management), who passed away two years ago. Mara was a gifted writer and communicator, and an active mentor of other students within the English and Communication programs. 

Learn more about Chatham’s Masters of Communication, Masters of Professional Writing, and Bachelor of Arts in Communication programs.









Chatham Vegfest Hosted to Raise Awareness For Veggie Cuisine, Animal Rights, and Food Justice

PITTSBURGH: Chatham Vegfest will be held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28th at the AFC patio. Vegfest has been organized by several student organizations and will highlight the best vegan and vegetarian food in Pittsburgh. The event will also offer live music, shopping, and fun activities for attendees.

This event is free and open to the public. All questions can be directed to Nikki Mammano at

The list of vendors includes The Black Cat Market, Healthalicious Food Truck, Ash & Kris Food Truck, Wildflower Rising Jewelry Company, Just Harvest, Eden Hall Farm, and many more! The event is sponsored by Chatham Student Power, Black Student Union, Philosophy Club, Ukele Club, Chatham Activities Board and Student Activities.

Alumna profile: Abigail Gambino-Walker ’16

Tell us a little about your history and how you came to find Chatham’s program.

I am currently employed as a high-end residential interior designer here in Pittsburgh, and I graduated from Chatham’s Bachelor of Interior Architecture program. Over the course of a few years, I have worked on numerous scale renovations, new build constructions, and showhouses for Traditional Home Magazine across the United States. I am proud to have won first and second place in three international interior design competitions. Prior to my undergraduate education, I ran an online art business that I started in high school. So, I’ve been busy!

I came to find Chatham through my wonderful mother, Dr. Nancy Walker. When we were children, my mother would take us to play on Chatham’s campus in the summer. Applying to Chatham was a no-brainer because it was so familiar to me and the opportunity to complete the Interior Architecture program in three years was too good to pass up.

How was your experience in the program? 

I am not going to lie… The three-year Interior Architecture program was hard! It took a lot of dedication, even when all you wanted to do was anything but AutoCAD.

The coursework was rigorous, and professors were demanding, but the trials and tribulations were completely worth it in the end.

The handful of ladies that I graduated with were so incredibly talented and professional. From my dedication and instruction, I even landed a job before graduation and soon thereafter graduated with both confidence and peace of mind.

If I were to recommend anything to current students, it would be to first absorb as much information as you can and go the extra mile. Do extra brainstorming and research–a competitive edge never hurts. Second, the staff at Chatham are there to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or extra critiques. They also become great connections after you graduate. Third, and probably most importantly, is to go to events and network! I have my current job because I was in the right place at the right time and got my name out into the community. Trust me, it is so worth it!

Tell us about your professional experience today. Do you find yourself thinking back on what you learned at Chatham? 

Many of the skills I use daily are from a strong foundation that I built while at Chatham. When I began my undergraduate degree, I possessed an already strong customer-service background and wildly creative and curious mind. The formal education I received honed my existing abilities but also shaped new skills such as understanding building systems and codes; cultivating design concepts; and delivering knock-out presentations. Being a successful designer is all about being well-rounded and Chatham helped me to achieve a holistic approach to both work and life.

What would you say to a student considering the program today? 

I would say “just do it already!” Since being in the field for a few years, I have noticed that Chatham has a notoriously good track record amidst the interior design community in Pittsburgh.

In fact, my boss says she only wants interns from Chatham now because of how prepared the students are for real-life design application.

As a whole, the University is very progressive and tightly-knit, which is by design and to your benefit. There are so many ways to be involved, volunteer, perform, compete, explore, and engage locally, nationally, and globally as a Chatham student. If you have big dreams and aspirations or need help in understanding your best future and career goals then Chatham is the place for you.

Visit Abigail’s website

Chatham’s Bachelor of Interior Architecture is a professional interior design program that prepares students for practice in an interior design or architecture firm. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture was most recently accredited by the Council for Interior Design (CIDA) in 2017.