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Chatham marketing students invited to present at 32nd Annual International Collegiate Conference

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 19, 2010

(January 19, 2010) … The Chatham University Marketing Association (CMA) will make an international splash this April after placing in the 2009-2010 American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Collegiate Case Competition. Ten student AMA members worked on the case for nearly three months and have been invited to present their case to a panel of UNICEF representatives at the 32nd Annual International Collegiate Conference to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 8-10.

Out of 47 submissions, the CMA ranked in the top ten finalists alongside Kent State University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Arizona. Others who participated in this prestigious competition, but were not included in the top ten, were Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University and University of Maryland.

The Collegiate Chapters Council of the American Marketing Association annually holds an International Collegiate Conference and Case Competition. The case competition was established in 1986/87 and is open to all undergraduate teams whose schools have a registered AMA Collegiate Chapter. The case competition is made up of a marketing challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization, which brings the top marketing students together to solve the case. The purpose of the case competition is to provide AMA collegiate chapters with the opportunity to work together on a real-life marketing issue and to provide the competition sponsor with direct contact with the very best marketing students.

Each year a case competition sponsor provides a detailed marketing problem for which it is seeking a solution. Collegiate teams are asked to develop a marketing strategy and plan. Submissions undergo a blind review by AMA Collegiate Chapter Council Selection Committee which is comprised of senior level marketing professionals in industry. Eight to ten finalists are selected and invited to defend their case via an oral presentation at the Annual International Collegiate Conference.

Each year the AMA International Collegiate Conference brings together over 1000 students and their faculty advisors for three days of learning, networking, and fun. At the conference students learn about marketing career opportunities and network with representatives from such top companies as Walmart, Smucker’s, Pella, and Walgreens. Students expand their marketing knowledge with professional talks by industry leaders and by competing in a variety of competitions such as the SABRE Business Simulation, Northwestern Mutual Sales Challenge, Chapter Exhibits, Website and Video Competitions, and more.

The Chatham University Marketing Association has been an affiliated collegiate chapter of the National American Marketing Association and of the Pittsburgh AMA Professional Chapter since 2008. Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., the Chatham Marketing Association’s faculty advisor, is a 15-year AMA member and is an assistant professor of marketing at Chatham University. Prior to teaching at Chatham, DeLong served as a Clinical Professor of Marketing at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and worked in corporate and agency settings. The Chatham Marketing Association is led by officers Ashley Paterra (President), Jenna Ammer, Lauren Gelli, Alex Kemerer, Rachel Bane, and Melanie Yellowday.

Message from Dr. Esther Barazzone on Haiti earthquake relief

By: 
January 14, 2010

To the Chatham Community,

I am sure you have been following the tragic destruction and loss of life after Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. We have all been emotionally moved by the images and stories coming from the island, and now is the time for us to help. As with past natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian tsunami, the Chatham community has come together to assist in whatever way possible. Several initiatives are already underway on campus and will continue through Martin Luther King Day on Monday and beyond. Listed below is information on a few organizations in Pittsburgh and elsewhere that are assisting United Nations and United States relief efforts.

In a Washington Post op-ed this morning, former President Bill Clinton noted that this is “one of the great humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas” that could ultimately affect nearly a third of Haiti’s population. As we approach Monday’s holiday which honors the life and legacy of America’s greatest Civil Rights champion, we should remember the words of Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Please visit the sites below and help in whatever way you can, and thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Esther B.

Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti
Pittsburgh and Chatham have held a long-standing relationship with Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles. The Hospital was founded in 1956 by William Larimer Mellon Jr. on the site of a former banana plantation. He and his wife left Pittsburgh and dedicated their wealth and talent to serve the people of Haiti. Many Chatham trustees, faculty and students were involved with the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in the 1990s until dangerous conditions in the country prohibited further travel. Thanks to the Mellons’ generosity the hospital was built to higher construction standards than other buildings in the country and has survived the quake, and so it is now at the epicenter of treating the injured.

Please mark check for Earthquake Relief and send your check to:
Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer
6740 Reynolds St., 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Brother’s Brother Foundation
• Donations of toothpaste, non-liquid soap, toothbrushes, washcloths, and wet wipes/baby wipes are being collected for Brother’s Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh. (No clothes or medications will be accepted.) A list of donation guidelines can be found at http://www.brothersbrother.org/haitidonorguide.htm
• BBF is also collecting monetary donations. You can donate securely online from the online donation form using a credit card. Please mark check for “Haiti earthquake relief.”
Brother’s Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Contribute online to the Red Cross
For those interested in helping immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information 

Chatham’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations to include charity events for Haiti’s earthquake victims

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 14, 2010

(January 14, 2010) … As part of Chatham University’s celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Global Focus Program and the Office of Student Activities at Chatham University will sponsor a Haiti Relief Donations program on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18. Donations of toothpaste, non-liquid soap, toothbrushes, washcloths, and wet wipes/baby wipes are being collected for Brother’s Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh. (No clothes or medications will be accepted.) Collection boxes will be placed throughout Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. More information is available by calling 412-365-1527.

Monday’s campus events include:
MLK Celebration Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
Mellon Board Room, Mellon Hall

Cost – $7 per person, $70 for tables of ten. To register call 412-365-1527

MLK All-Faith Gathering
8:00 p.m.
Campbell Memorial Chapel

Free
This special service will feature different faith traditions celebrating the life of Dr. King. The service will include musical performances, spoken word, and dance by members of the Chatham community and greater Pittsburgh centered on the legacy of Dr. King’s life.

Monetary donations will also be accepted and will benefit Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti, directed by Dr. Leon Pamphile.

Directions to the Shadyside Campus and parking information are available at LINK TEXT HERE www.chatham.edu/campusmap.

About Chatham 
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

EVENT NOTICE: Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series postponed to January 15

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 7, 2010

(January 7, 2010) … Due to inclement weather forecast for this Thursday and Friday, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will postpone the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series scheduled for tomorrow morning, January 8, until Friday, January 15 at 7:30 a.m. Reservations already made will automatically be transferred to Friday, January 15. For more information, contact the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at 412-365-1253 or womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Friday January 15, 2010 (NEW DATE)
7:30 – 9:00am
Venue: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University
Cost: $25.00 per breakfast

Networking and a continental breakfast will precede the presentation.

Speaker: Mary Ann Dunham, Shareholder Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Topic: “Mentoring – Who, What, When, Why and How”

Mary Ann Dunham co-chairs the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. She helps leaders in the health care, advanced manufacturing, technology and service industries on a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings and joint ventures. Leveraging her broad corporate finance and general counseling experience, Mary Ann has developed a particular emphasis on helping women-led businesses grow by providing assistance on financial and managerial matters. In addition, in her capacity as chair of the firm’s Women’s Business Development Committee, Mary Ann is in charge of the firm’s practice development efforts for its female attorneys. In 2009, Mary Ann was named the 2009 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award recipient.

Dr. Esther Barazzone published in new book on use of technology in higher ed

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
January 6, 2010

(January 7, 2010) … Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. was among ten presidents selected to contribute a chapter to “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II” published by SunGard Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges and released this week at the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidents Institute in Florida.

In the book the Presidents try to answer a fundamental question: How can colleges and universities use technology to improve the business of higher education while still honoring their respective missions? The technologies considered run the gamut from social media to cloud computing to analytics. Dr. Barazzone’s chapter, “Using Technology to Further a Culture of Innovation,” cites examples from Chatham’s experiences with its new Eden Hall Campus and Chatham Eastside among others. All ten chapters of Volume II were distributed to CIC members at the January 2010 CIC President’s Retreat held earlier this week and are now available on-line atwww.cic.org. A print edition will be released in the near future.

President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume I, which addressed the strategic role of technology in transforming institutional operations, was published by SunGard Higher Education in 2005.

President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II features chapters written by CIC member presidents based on their direct experiences with technology. Jacqueline Powers Doud, Ph.D. president of Mount St. Mary’s College; Marylouise Fennell, Ph.D., former president of Carlow University and Senior Counsel at CIC; and Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., president of Bethany College, collaborated on the project. The foreword is by Dr. Richard Ekman, President of CIC.

The chapters authored by presidents include:

• “Beyond the Board Book: Internet Communication With Trustees” by Theodore E. Long of Elizabethtown College (PA)
• “To Improve Institutional Performance, Aim High and Go ‘BI’” by Larry Goodwin of The College of St. Scholastica (MN)
• “Technology and Students: ‘Call my Cell’” by Richard Artman of Viterbo University (WI)
• “Advancement: Connecting to Constituencies Inside and Out” by Christopher R.L. Blake of Mount Mercy College (IA)
• “Leveraging Technology to Increase Enrollment, Capacity, and Revenues” by Arthur Kirk of Saint Leo University (FL)
• “Standing Out in a Crowd of Peer Institutions: Leveraging Your IT Investments and People for Routine Innovation” by Kevin M. Ross of Lynn University (FL)
• “The Battle to do More with Less Takes a Turn for the Worse” by Kevin Manning of Stevenson University (MD)
• “The Role of Portals in Higher Education” by Michael Victor of Lake Erie College (OH)
• “Top Ten Things Presidents Should Avoid if Innovation is to Thrive” by Esther Barazzone of Chatham University (PA)
• “Retaining Learners…An Institutional Initiative” by Ruth Knox of Wesleyan College (GA)

Founded in 1956, CIC is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to:

• Support college and university leadership
• Advance institutional excellence
• Enhance private higher education’s contributions to society
CIC continues its steady membership growth and now serves over 600 independent colleges and universities, including liberal arts, comprehensive, four-year, two-year, and international institutions. Nearly 70 national, state, and regional organizations are Affiliate Members.

About Chatham
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Chatham hosts an all-faith gathering in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 5, 2010

(January 5, 2010) … In celebration of the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Chatham University’s Office of Student Affairs will host an All-Faith Gathering on Monday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on the Shadyside Campus.

This special service is open to the public and will feature different faith traditions celebrating the life of Dr. King. The service will include musical performances, spoken word, and dance by members of the Chatham community and greater Pittsburgh centered on the legacy of Dr. King’s life. For more information contact the Office of Student Activities at studentactivities@chatham.edu or call 412-365-1281. Directions to the Shadyside Campus and parking information is available at www.chatham.edu/campusmap .

About Chatham
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.