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Celebrate the Chopin and Schumann dual bicentennial with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH (October 26, 2010) … In celebration of the dual bicentennial celebration of the births of composers Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann, the Chatham University Music Department will present a specialChamber Music at Chatham on Monday, November 1, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall.

This special presentation will feature Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and David Wehr, piano performing Chopin’s and Schumann’s masterpieces, including Chopin’s Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, op.65.

Admission at the door is $15 (free for Chatham faculty/staff/students). For more information contact Pauline Rovkah at 412-365-1679 or rovkah@chatham.edu.

Women’s rights advocate Lisa Maatz set to appear on campus Tuesday, October 12

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

PITTSBURGH (October 7, 2010) … The Chatham University Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy and the National Council of Jewish Women-Pittsburgh Section will present An Evening with Lisa Maatzon Tuesday, October 12 in the University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Ms. Maatz will present “Advocating for Women’s Economic Independence: Is Washington Listening?” This event includes a reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and lecture and Q&A from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $25. For more information contact the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy at 412-365-1878 or email asteckel@chatham.edu. Click here to purchase tickets online.

“This is a critical election with much at stake for women,” said Ms. Maatz. “I’m so pleased to be working with our partners at NCJW and Chatham University’s PA Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy to have this important conversation. I expect a lively evening.”

Lisa Maatz has served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at the American Association of University Women since 2003. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the Interim Director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. Since1881, AAUW has been the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for all women and girls.

As AAUW’s top policy adviser, Maatz works to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, through the executive branch, and in coalition with other organizations. Maatz is a sought-after speaker across the nation and on Capitol Hill, and provides leadership to several coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls. Recently featured in the book, Secrets of Powerful Women, Maatz has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy. She has done similar work for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Older Women’s League, and was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Her grassroots advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a battered women’s program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University, has two Master’s degrees from Ohio State, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Women and Politics Institute at American University. Honors include a Congressional Fellowship from the Women’s Research & Education Institute, and a mayoral appointment to the Washington, DC Commission on Women. Maatz has also been honored by the Women’s Information Network’s Young Woman of Achievement Award (she serves on that organization’s Advisory Council) and the Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network. To add to her many achievements, this year Maatz received the Karen Mulhauser Award, given annually to the WIN Advisory Council member who has gone above and beyond in contributions to the organization. Lisa is being honored for her tireless efforts in promoting equity and education for all women and girls, both as a professional as well as a volunteer, including mentoring numerous WIN members.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy
The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy (PCWPPP) is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues.

About the National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

About Chatham University 
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.

Bridges to Other Worlds: Imagining Nature features Edward Abbey biographer, Jim Cahalan

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH (October 4, 2010) … With a focus on the environment and sustainability, Chatham University’s nationally-recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will present Bridges to Other Worlds: Imagining Nature at Chatham’s Shadyside campus on Saturday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the University’s Shadyside Campus. Guest speakers this year include Todd Davis (poet); Ian Marshall (scholar); Kate Miles (nonfiction); BK Loren (nonfiction); and Jim Cahalan (Edward Abbey biographer).

Bridges to Other Worlds will feature panel presentations, small group discussions and readings about the place-based writing and the influence of western Pennsylvania’s diverse environments on literature. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available by emailing sstgermain@chatham.edu or calling 412-661-1809.

Schedule of Events
10:00- 11:45 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions with small groups of students (various locations)

Mellon Board Room:
12:00- 1:30 p.m.: Lunch with Jim Cahalan. “Ed Abbey in Appalachian Western Pennsylvania and the Desert Southwest: Imagining a Life in the Natural World; or, How to Stir up Trouble and Inspire Millions”
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Keynote Panel-Imagining Nature with Jim Cahalan, Todd Davis, BK Loren, Ian Marshall, Kate Miles. Sheryl St. Germain, Moderator
3:45-5:15 p.m.: Reading-Todd Davis, BK Loren, Ian Marshall and Kate Miles
5:15-6:30 p.m.: Reception and Book Signing

Guest Authors
James M. Cahalan’s
 ‘My People’: Edward Abbey’s Appalachian Roots in Indiana County, Pennsylvania won the 1996 Solon J. Buck Award for Western Pennsylvanian History, as the best article of the year in Pittsburgh History, from the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. His biography Edward Abbey: A Life received the 2002 Thomas J. Lyon Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies, from the Western Literature Association. A professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded IUP’s 1990 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

Todd Davis, winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and American literature at Penn State University’s Altoona College. He is the author of three books of poetry, The Least of These, Some Heave and Ripe. In addition to his creative work, Davis is the author or editor of six scholarly books, including Kurt Vonnegut’s Crusade, or How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanismand Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory.

BK Loren’s fiction and nonfiction have garnered many national awards including the Mary Roberts-Rinehart National Nonfiction Fellowship, an Atlantic Arts Fellowship, and a Ucross Fellowship. Her first book, The Way of the River, was published to shining reviews. Her shorter works have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Orion Magazine, Parabola, Berkeley Fiction Review, Yoga International, and The Best American Spiritual Writing of 2004.

Ian Marshall, professor of English and Environmental Studies at Penn State Altoona, is a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Working in the field of “ecocriticism,” or literary scholarship informed by ecological awareness, he is the author of Story Line: Exploring the Literature of the Appalachian TrailPeak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need and Walden by Haiku. He has also co-edited a collection of scholarly essays, Coming into Contact: Essays in Ecocritical Theory and Practice.

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning writer whose recent essays have appeared in Ecotone, Editor Unleashed, Connotations, Terrain, The Bioregional Imagination, PMLA, and Best American Essays. She is the author of Adventures With Ari and the long-running “Backcountry Bistro” column. Miles currently serves as director of the Environmental Writing program at Unity College, as editor of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability.

About the MFA in Creative Writing
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, and encourages them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India and Germany. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five Innovative/Unique Programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings, while in 2009 The Writer named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information visit www.chatham.edu/mfa.

About Chatham University 
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.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies program receives over $2 million in federal grants for education and scholarship

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
October 1, 2010

PITTSBURGH (October 1, 2010) … The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration announced this week that Chatham University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program was awarded approximately $2 million in grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Chatham’s MPAS program will receive $ 1,113,542 in funding for physician assistant training through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 and $880,000 for scholarships over five years under the Expansion of Physician Assistant Training (EPAT).

This June Chatham’s MPAS program also received from HRSA a one-year $110,872 grant to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students, $44,102 of which was ARRA funded, bringing the program’s 2010 fundraising total thus far to over $2.1 million.

Chatham’s awards are part of $130 million in HHS grants to support primary care workforce training ($42.1 mil), equipment to enhance primary care workforce training ($50.5 mil.), oral health workforce training ($23.9 mil), loan repayments for health professionals ($8.3 mil), health careers opportunity program ($2.1 mil), and patient navigator outreach and chronic disease prevention in health disparity populations ($3.8 mil).

“We are very proud of our MPAS program and I congratulate Luis Ramos, our program director, as well as our faculty and staff for receiving this grant,” noted Laura S. Armesto, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “The MPAS is one of Chatham’s most exemplary graduate programs and this funding will help to both enhance the academic component and provide needed tuition assistance to our students.”

“Physician assistants fill an important role in today’s medical community, whether in a busy doctor’s office or an underserved rural community that lacks basic care,” explained Mr. Ramos, MS, PA-C. “These grants will not only benefit our program and students, but also the millions of Americans that need quality health care.”

About Chatham’s MPAS Program
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at Chatham University provides academic and clinical training that prepares graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to the practicing physician, especially the primary care physician. Established in 1995, Chatham’s MPAS is a recognized leader in PA education and was the first in the United States to introduce Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as the primary methodology in post-graduate PA education. PBL utilizes self-directed learning, rather than classroom lectures, to prepare Physician Assistants with competency to practice as primary care providers. Self-directed learning enables students to rely on evidence-based medical knowledge as soon as they enter their clinical rotations and later serves them throughout their careers as healthcare providers.

Approximately 60 students are admitted per year to Chatham’s MPAS program, with a total full-time enrollment of 130. Students complete two didactic semesters at the University’s Chatham Eastside facility before beginning clinical rotations at various sites in the Pittsburgh region as well as around the U.S. and in other countries. Because of program growth and the need for physician assistants in Puerto Rico, this fall the University enrolled its first cohort of MPAS students in San Juan, Puerto Rico through a partnership with Universidad Metropolitana (UMet). The Puerto Rico cohort will complete two didactic semesters at UMet’s Bayamón Campus in San Juan, and clinical rotations at affiliated clinical sites in Puerto Rico.

The Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program (EPAT) is a five-year initiative that will invest over $32 million in training for primary care PAs. The goal of the program is to increase student enrollment in primary care PA programs and to produce 600 new primary care PAs by 2014. The program provides funds for student educational expenses, stipends, reasonable living expenses and indirect costs. For a maximum of two years, a total of $22,000 per year is allotted for each student. Tuition for Chatham’s MPAS is $11,799 per semester (not including books or equipment). The MPAS consists of 85 credit hours completed in 24 months.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted this week in Washington, DC that “My home state of Kansas and Mary’s [Mary Wakefield, HRSA] home state of North Dakota experience shortages that are typical of rural areas, but we know that the rural areas are not the only underserved areas. Today, millions of Americans live in those areas. The communities don’t just need doctors. They need mental health providers, dentists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. And while the shortage has been looming for decades, President Obama and the Congress and those of us here at HHS, working with our partners, are committed to closing this gap as soon as possible.”

About Chatham University 
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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.

Tickets still available for Think Big Forum featuring GNC executive Beth Kaplan

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH (September 30, 2010) … Beth Kaplan, President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer of Pittsburgh-based GNC Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Think Big Forum on Friday, October 22 at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Presented by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, Think Big features panel discussions with prominent women business executives and entrepreneurs who discuss the strategies that enabled their companies to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Individual tickets are still available for $45 per person or tables of ten for $450. More information is available at www.chatham.edu/cwe, by calling 412-365-1253 or emailing womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu.

“We are excited to have Beth Kaplan as our keynote speaker because of the tremendous growth that GNC has experienced over the past year through its innovative business strategies and its recent announcement to make an initial public stock offering,” noted Rebecca Harris, CWE director. “Her marketing and sales acumen has helped to position GNC as leader in the industry and so we are looking forward to gain Beth’s insight on the impact of innovation on sales.”

The event begins with a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by Ms. Kaplan’s presentation. The first panel discussion, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” features Amy Hancock, President and Owner ofAdvantageCare Rehabilitation, Advantage Home Health Services, and AdvantageCare Consulting, and Danielle Proctor, President and CEO ofAmelie Construction & Supply LLC, CEO and Owner and Founder ofhttp://www.corepilatesandyoga.com/ Core Pilates & Yoga, and General Manager of Fetch! Pet Care of North Pittsburgh. This panel will discuss specific strategies that these women used to grow their companies from ideas to multi-million dollar ventures, and how they continue to grow and use innovative strategies to stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Moderating the panel will be Nancy Polinsky Johnson, Publisher and Editor of SHADY AVE magazine.

The second panel discussion will address “Innovation & Media” and features Diana Block, Board of Directors, Former President and Co-Publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO-elect of WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh. This dynamic panel will address innovative strategies required by the media industry to maintain their competitiveness. Moderating the panel will be Lauren Lawley Head, Editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Sponsors for the 2010 Think Big Forum include:
Keynote Sponsor: UPMC Health Plan

Contributing Sponsors:
Enterprise Bank
Hurley Associates
UPS
Women’s Business Enterprise Council – WBEC

Media Sponsors:
Comcast
DUQ 90.5 FM
Pittsburgh Business Times

Tote Bag Donor: First Commonwealth

About Think Big
The mission of CWE’s Think Big Forum is to inspire women in business to think outside box and hear from women business leaders who are succeed at changing the way women think and do business. Innovation and risk-taking are encouraged by some of the Pittsburgh region’s most successful women executives and entrepreneurs in both the for- and non-profit sectors.

Attendees from the Think Big Forums held over last four years have hailed from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Over 60 percent of past attendees are women business owners who predominately represent service sectors (architecture, marketing, public relations, human resources, healthcare and therapy, legal and financial services, communications, training, commercial cleaning, etc.) and are the presidents and/or founders of the business. The remaining 40 percent of attendees are middle and senior management from the corporate sector, including representatives from law firms, insurance brokers, healthcare management, financial institutions, government organizations, and transportation companies.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and faculty expertise. CWE provides programming targeted toward local and regional women in business designed to advance and hone their professional skills. CWE teaches the art of thinking and acting entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of existing organizational environments. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which can help them learn the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and successful women in business.

The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Chatham U. selected as one of six U.S. colleges and universities to help build Indonesian educational opportunities

By: Leena Soman, Institute of International Education
September 28, 2010

NEW YORK (September 27, 2010) … Chatham University is one of six U.S. institutions to participate in the new Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) to help advance Indonesian higher education institutions’ capacity to provide high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates, according to an announcement by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education.

USIPP, a two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will bring together six U.S. institutions with six Indonesian institutions to develop new, innovative study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates in Indonesia and ultimately help Indonesian universities better prepare to host American students.

Over the two-year period, USIPP will work to develop and pilot six new study abroad programs for students from the United States. The initiative will interview the participating students and university administrators for feedback to identify lessons learned and next steps, so that institutions can provide high quality study abroad programs and prepare to host more international students in Indonesia. A final written report will serve as a hands-on tool for international education practitioners.

The six participating U.S. institutions are Chatham University, Lehigh University, Miami Dade College, Texas A&M University, University of Michigan, and University of Washington. Through IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and in collaboration with IIE’s Jakarta-based affiliate, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), the program will build a foundation for expanding academic partnerships between other U.S. and Indonesian institutions, enabling faculty and students at home and host campuses to deepen mutual understanding and broaden the ongoing exchange of individuals and ideas between the U.S. and Indonesia.

USIPP main goals are to help Indonesian institutions evaluate and improve their international capacity; identify both general and country-specific best practices in preparing for and building study abroad capacity, and disseminate these resources to the wider higher education community; deepen the academic engagement of faculty and institutions in the U.S. and Indonesia; and thus increase the number of U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad for credit in Indonesia.

According to IIE’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, also supported by ECA, more than 7,000 students from Indonesia were enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities during the past several academic years, while less than 100 U.S. students studied abroad in Indonesia in academic year 2007/08 (the most recent year for which data is available).

“Strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia through higher education is a critical goal for both countries, and it is an honor for IIE, in collaboration with IIEF, to facilitate constructive partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and Indonesia,” says IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman. “The Institute has made a long term commitment, along with ECA, to deepening this relationship and looks forward to having an effective, sustained impact.”

In July 2009, IIE, joined by United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the East-West Center, co-chaired a U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission to Indonesia to explore opportunities for expanding higher education programs under the planned U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. This year this coalition of leading non-governmental organizations released the findings of that mission in the Report of the U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission To Indonesia: Recommendations on U.S.-Indonesia Enhanced Cooperation In Higher Education Under The Planned “Comprehensive Partnership,” calling for a comprehensive re-invigoration of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship in higher education in 2010 through the combined efforts of the two countries’ public, private, university and NGO sectors.

New head volleyball coach ready to take on mother/sister duo this week

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
September 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH (September 13, 2010) … The Chatham University women’s volleyball team prepares to open up the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) portion of their schedule this week as they travel to St. Vincent College on Thursday, September 16th. For Cougars’ head coach Kristin Consuegra, however, this match is more than just another PAC match; it’s also a family affair.

As PAC rivals St. Vincent and Chatham prepare to face off this week, Consuegra sets up for a family reunion of sorts with a few twists. Her mother, Sue Hozak, has been the head volleyball coach at St. Vincent for 26 years. Consuegra is a graduate of St. Vincent and was also a four-year member of the team – playing four years under her mom and her senior year with her younger sister, Natalie Hozak.

Consuegra talks of the many similarities she and her mom share, including their game and practice mentality as well as, now, coaching style. As a new head coach, Consuegra is shaping her own philosophies after her mother, though having been an assistant coach at another school for the last two years has allowed her to make her own path too. Consuegra spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) before joining the Cougars’ staff, where she helped the Crimson Hawks post an overall record of 32-37 in two years.

Thus far under Consuegra, the Cougars have posted a 2-5 overall record, with victories over LaRoche College and Penn State University-Beaver. The team has already surpassed their total wins from last year’s season with these two victories (they finished with one victory during the 2009-10 season) and are well on their way towards a successful, record-breaking 2010-11 season.

“It will be fun to be on the same court with my mom and my sister again – only on the other side of the net this time,” Consuegra says.
Chatham’s (2-5, 0-0) PAC match-up against St. Vincent on Thursday is scheduled to start at 7 pm from Bearcat territory in Latrobe, PA. In addition to the September 16th match, the trio gets another shot at each other in a tri-match at Waynesburg University, scheduled for October 22nd.

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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.

Students enjoy new campus bookstore text rental program this fall

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
August 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2010) … Chatham University today announced that its campus bookstore will begin offering textbook rental services beginning this fall. Rent-A-Text will offer students a rental option on textbooks – savings that represent 50 percent or more off the price of new textbooks.

Chatham’s textbook rental program will be available to students in store and online with in-store pick up. The program is designed to allow students to choose a preferred form of payment and give students the choice to buy their textbook at the end of the term if they want to keep the book. Also, students will still be allowed to highlight and take notes inside the textbook, all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework.

Rent-A-Text will be offered through Chatham’s partnership with Follett Higher Education Group. The program is based on Follett’s comprehensive pilot program that saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester at seven schools. More than 90 percent of students surveyed, who rented textbooks, expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.

“We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century,” said Thomas A. Christopher, President of Follett Higher Education Group. “Helping to reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission and we look forward to working with Chatham University to deliver substantial textbook savings to students.”

Follett’s Rent-A-Text is expected to reach more than 400 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year. For more information, visitwww.rent-a-text.com or www.facebook.com/rentatext.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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.

About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading provider of bookstore services and the foremost supplier of used books in North America. Follett services five million students and over 400,000 faculty members through more than 850 stores. Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited ecommerce collegiate website, efollett.com, that provides services and products through a network of more than 900 campus stores.

About Follett
Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and today is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.

Presidents’ Athletic Conference names new board council leadership, names Chatham senior Brittany Brown president of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

By: Joe Onderko, Presidents’ Athletic Conference
August 17, 2010

WEXFORD, Pa. (August 17, 2010) … Dr. Kenneth Smith, president of Geneva College, will serve as the chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council in the 2010-2011 academic year. Smith replaces Dr. Esther Barazzone, president at Chatham University, who served as the chair of the PAC Presidents’ Council in 2009-2010.

With Dr. Smith assuming the chair of the Presidents’ Council, the other standing PAC councils will also be chaired by Geneva College representatives in the upcoming academic year. Geneva AD Kim Gall
will serve as chair of the PAC Athletic Directors Council and the PAC Senior Woman Administrators Council (SWAC) in 2010-2011, while the PAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Association (PAC FARA) will be
chaired by Geneva FAR Denise Murphy-Gerber.

The PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has elected senior basketball player Brittany Brown of Chatham University as President for 2010-2011. Washington & Jefferson College soccer player Hannah Shaner, a junior, will serve as PAC SAAC Vice President in 2010-2011.

Joe Onderko will continue to serve as PAC executive director in 2010-2011. Onderko, a member of the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee, begins his fifth year as executive director and tenth year
overall with the conference this fall.

Founded in 1955, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania,
West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member’s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women).

Chatham University named A Best in the Northeast college with a high green rating by The Princeton Review for 2011

By: 
August 3, 2010

PITTSBURGH (August 3, 2010) … Chatham University was once again named one of the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Reviewand is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition (Random House / Princeton Review Books, On Sale August 10, 2010, $16.99) and on its Best in the Northeastsection of its website feature, 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com.

In addition, Chatham again scored 98 in Princeton Review’s Green rating, the highest score in Pittsburgh. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallies in several categories based on institutional data provided by the colleges in 2009-10 and/or student survey data. Ratings of 60* (sixty with an asterisk) are given when the college has not reported a sufficient amount of the data The Princeton Review requested for a full score tally in that category.

Criteria for The Princeton Review Green Rating cover three areas: 1/ whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, 2/ how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges, and 3/ the school’s overall commitment to environmental issues. The institutional survey for the rating included questions on energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a non-profit environmental organization, in 2007-08.

Chatham is also included in the new free guidebook, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review calls the guide the “first free, comprehensive guidebook focused solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives.” The Princeton Review selected the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Ratings” received in summer 2009.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Chatham University to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best Northeastern Colleges” book and website list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated 152 colleges in the Midwest, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

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About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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 Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.