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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.

View photos from Chatham’s Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony here »

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 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.