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Take Charge of Your Life Partnership launches new campaign with screening and reception at Chatham U

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH (November 8, 2010) — Research shows that when their values and wishes are discussed in advance, individuals and families fare better when a crisis occurs, such as a life threatening illness. The biggest challenge, however, is to get these types of conversations started. With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Take Charge of Your Life Partnership has created a series of videos and toolkits to empower people with skills and confidence to “Just Talk About It.”

Just Talk About It will officially launch on Monday, November 15 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a very special screening and reception at Chatham University’s James Laughlin Music Hall, featuring producers and actors from the videos. The screening is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Individuals should RSVP by November 11 by calling 412-365-1859 or emailing info@takechargeofyourlife.org. Online registration is also available by clicking here. The toolkits and videos are also available on Take Charge’s website – takechargeofyourlife.org.

The Just Talk About It series contains one-minute videos covering an array of subjects that were identified in Pennsylvania as those the public could most benefit from learning and talking about: advance care planning, especially choosing a health care agent; providing care for loved ones; considering hospice and palliative care; and, managing pain.

The project’s co-directors are Dr. Peggy Stubbs and Cynthia Pearson, both founding members of Take Charge and co-authors of Parting Company: Understanding the Loss of a Loved One — The Caregiver’s Journey (Seal Press, 1999). Creating story lines with Take Charge board members, they worked with Greater Good Productions in Lawrenceville, which helped complete the scripts and then cast, shot and edited the videos.

Take Charge’s board chair, Maryanne Fello, Director of Forbes Hospice, says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to get our message of improving end-of-life care to everyone in Pennsylvania — and beyond.”

About the Take Charge of Your Life Partnership
Take Charge is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to educate, support and empower all people to deal with end-of-life issues through an innovative network of consumers, professionals, community organizations and corporations.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship hosts Women & Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet for next Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH (November 5, 2010) … According to the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, mentoring is one element vital to the development of women entrepreneurs. Recruiting and retaining women who view each other as resources for growth rather than competitors can often enhance the overall workplace. To explore these issues and more, CWE will welcome Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, as its next speaker in the popular Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series. “Women: Our Best Asset. How We Can Work Together to Achieve Business Success” will be held on Friday, November 12 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside Campus.

Individual tickets are still available for $25 per person and include a continental breakfast. More information is available at www.chatham.edu/cwe, by calling 412-365-1253 or emailing womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu.

“Heather is a leader in supporting women and inspiring them to energize each other and reach their potential,” notes Rebecca Harris, the CWE director. “We’re thrilled that she is bringing her passion and expertise in this area to the business community.”

About Heather Arnet
Heather Arnet is Chief Executive Officer of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF), a non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA with a mission to achieve increased gender equity through strategic investments in public policy initiatives. Arnet was selected to be the Foundation’s first Executive Director in 2004, and promoted to the title of Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Arnet is a tireless advocate for women and girls rights locally, nationally, and internationally, and serves as a regular Op-Ed writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Business Times, and commentator to local and national media regarding women and girls rights and economic development. At WGF, Arnet has spearheaded efforts to decrease the gender wage gap and increase women’s representation on public and corporate boards. Heather and the Foundation received National and International media attention for their successful “Girlcott” of Abercrombie & Fitch in 2005. Arnet has been interviewed on NBC’s Today Show, CNN Headline News, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, Fox News “Hannity & Colmes”, MSNBC “Scarborough Country,” ABC and CBS Nightly News as well as National Public Radio, and the BBC.

In 2006 Arnet and the Foundation received awards from the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the International Women’s Funding Network (WFN) for the Foundation’s triumphant youth-led Girlcott and for Arnet’s work in energizing a new generation of women leaders. Arnet has been identified as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top 40 under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine, as one of the “Top Twelve Noteworthy Business Leaders of 2006” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and received the Diamond Award, for “Outstanding CEO Leadership” by the Pittsburgh Business Times in April 2008.

Previous to her position at WGF, Arnet served as the Director of Development for City Theatre, and Senior Vice President of Marketing for BulldogResearch.com leading a $3.5 million marketing budget and helping to secure over $15 million in venture capital funds.

Arnet serves as a Board Member of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and on the Advisory Boards of WQED Multimedia and The Forbes Funds. Arnet served as an elected Board Director of the Pittsburgh Public School Board 2007-2009 and served as the Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund 2005-2007.

Arnet is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and has her BA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Literary and Cultural Studies with a minor concentration in Directing through the Drama department. In addition to her work at WGF, Arnet also writes and directs feminist theatre. Currently she is directing a new world premiere play by Vanessa German for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture which will premiere at the First Voice: A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival in May 2010. Arnet will be directing a reading of “Root” this summer at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard and a full production of “Root”’ for The Ensemble Theatre in Houston in 2012. Arnet’s play “Yo’Mama!” (which she wrote and directed, about the challenges and joys of modern motherhood) was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Sprout Fund and has been produced in Pittsburgh, Seattle, Chicago, and Alaska.

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.

Tickets still available for Rosalind Wiseman speaking engagement at Chatham this Friday, November 5

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
November 1, 2010

PITTSBURGH (November 1, 2010) … The producers of Rosalind Wiseman’s Girl World Book Tour have announced that tickets are still available for this special Mother-Daughter event on Friday, November 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel. In partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Chatham University, the Girl World Book Tour is an interactive, 90-minute mother-daughter workshop that engages parents and girls in conversation and laughter about common triumphs and challenges during the tween and teen years.

The $40 per mother-daughter pair includes: admission to the event, one copy of each of Rosalind’s latest books, and a gift bag featuring free samples of Dove go fresh deodorant and information from local partners. Tickets are available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in-store at 510 South 27th Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side, or over the phone at 412-381-3600. (Additional tickets may be purchased for $20 per person (also includes a book and gift bag.)

Moms & daughters (ages 8-14) are invited to join Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally-recognized author, mom and expert on teens & parenting for a fun-filled evening of mother-daughter bonding. Rosalind Wiseman is perhaps best known for her New York Times bestselling book “Queen Bees & Wannabes” which was the basis for the movie Mean Girls, and remains a leading resource for parents and educators on raising tween and teen girls. In addition to celebrating Rosalind’s latest books, the tour will feature an interactive discussion about confidence, friendships, common mother-daughter challenges, and concrete strategies for parents and girls to navigate conflicts with dignity. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. The two-hour event is sure to get mothers and daughters talking, laughing and connecting.

Moms will receive Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World and daughters will receive Rosalind’s debut young adult novel Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials.

Recap the mid-term election on Nov. 3 with some of Pittsburgh’s political experts

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 27, 2010

PITTSBURGH (October 27, 2010) … With this year’s mid-term election promising to be a nail-biter until the last returns come in, the morning-after analysis will be just as intriguing. That’s why the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy at Chatham University will present “The Morning-After Breakdown” on Wednesday, November 3, an analysis and discussion of the local and state-wide results, as well as the national implications for the Senate and House of Representatives. The Morning-After Breakdown, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mellon Hall on the University’s Shadyside Campus and begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast followed by the panel discussion from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Moderated by Dana Brown, the Center’s director, the panel will include:
• Jackie Filla, Ph.D., Chatham University assistant professor of political science
• Heather S. Heidelbaugh, election law specialist
• Tony Norman, columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Online registration is available at www.chatham.edu/events. For more information contact the PCWPPP at 412-365-1878 or asteckel@chatham.edu

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was originally established in 1998 as the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania through the generosity of The Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. The Center provides programming on contemporary policy issues, promote political awareness, develop leadership skills for college and community women, encourage the development of networks, link curricular and co-curricular activities for students, and foster the application of knowledge to politics and policy.

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.