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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

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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.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, (www.PrincetonReview.com), the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review also partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

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.

Swimming and water polo student-athletes receive national academic honors

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
August 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH (August 2, 2010) . . . Chatham University’s women’s Swimming & Diving and Water Polo teams continue to add accomplishments to their record books. According to an announcement by Mike Meyers, coach of both teams, Chelsea Mummert, Class of 2010, was named by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as an Individual/Honorable Mention CSCAA Scholar All-American for the 2009-2010 academic year. To earn recognition as an Individual CSCAA Scholar All-American, each swimmer/diver must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be selected to participate in the NCAA, NAIA or JC Swimming and Diving Championships. Swimmers with an NCAA “B” time and a 3.5 GPA earn Honorable Mention status.

Also, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches recognized Sachelle Taylor as an All American-Honorable Mention in NCAA Division III, the first Chatham water polo student-athlete to receive that distinction. This comes on the heels of the Chatham water polo team ranking first in academic achievement in the overall cumulative GPA for all of the Women’s Water Polo teams in the ACWPA. In total, eight water polo team members were honored by the ACWPA for their academic achievements.

“I am incredibly proud of these young women and the accomplishments of both teams,” Coach Meyers said. “In the short six years since we began swimming and diving, and two years since starting the water polo team, our young women continue to set academic and athletic records. It speaks highly to their commitment to the sport and to their Chatham education.”

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.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship announces lineup for October 22 Think Big forum

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
August 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH (August 2, 2010) … “Innovation and sales are two of the most critical components to any successful business,” according to Rebecca Harris, Director for the Center of Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE), and these key traits will be the focus of CWE’s fifth annual Think Big Forum on Friday, October 22 at the University’s Shadyside Campus. Think Big will feature panel discussions with prominent local and regional women business executives and entrepreneurs who will address strategies that have enabled their companies to remain competitive in the marketplace.

The Think Big Forum will be held in the University’s Athletic Fitness Center from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is $45 per person and includes breakfast. More information is available at www.chatham.edu/cwe, by calling 412-365-1253 or emailing womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu.

Following a networking breakfast, keynote speaker Beth Kaplan, President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer of GNC Inc., will present on “Innovation and Sales.” Headquartered in Pittsburgh, GNC has been recognized for its innovative marketing and sales campaigns, and its efforts to improve its marketing toward women was featured in a November 9, 2009 article in The New York Times.

Following Kaplan will be the first panel discussion on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” with 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.

Attendees from the Think Big Forums held over last four years have been from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Over 60% of past attendees are women business owners. These women are predominately in 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% 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.

Low-Res MFA program presents free reading and book signing by author Barbara Hurd on August 6

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … The Chatham University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program will mark its 2010 residency with a free public reading by author Barbara Hurd on Friday, August 6. The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall, followed by Ms. Hurd’s keynote address titled “What We Talk about When We Talk about Nature Writing” from 7:30-9:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. For more information contact Peter Oresick at 412-365-1264 or poresick@chatham.edu.

August 2-11 marks the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing program’s second residency period, when students from the online program participate in intensive writing, studying and lecture sessions at Chatham’s Shadyside and Eden Hall campuses. Launched in 2008, the Low-Res MFA is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of ten days each. The program grew from Chatham’s highly acclaimedresidency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students receive mentorships with a publishing writer.

Barbara Hurd is the author of Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008); Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark (2003); The Singer’s Temple (2003); Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (2001); and Objects in this Mirror (1994). Entering the Stone was selected as a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year in 2003 and Stirring the Mud was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001.

Her essays have appeared in numerous journals including Best American Essays 1999, Best American Essays 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, two Pushcart Prizes, four Maryland Individual Artist Awards for Poetry, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, and a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the PEN/Jerard Award. Ms. Hurd teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

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.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies program hosts White Coat Ceremony for graduates this Saturday, July 24

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … This Saturday the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will continue a graduation tradition at Chatham University. After two years of wearing a short white medical coat, the members of the MPAS Class of 2010 will receive their long white coats on July 24, 2010. This tradition symbolizes the move from student to medical provider and has been a time-honored tradition for the program. Along with MPAS faculty members coating each member of the class, the ceremony will include award presentations and remarks by John Laird, N.D., associate professor of MPAS. The ceremony will close with another tradition, the recitation of the Oath of Geneva administered by Luis Ramos, MS, PA-C, MPAS program director.

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, in a competent and reliable manner.

Approximately 60 students per year are enrolled in the program. Students complete two didactic semesters at the new Chatham Eastside facility before beginning their clinical rotations at various sites in the greater Pittsburgh area, other parts of the US and around the globe.

Chatham welcomes Wendy Beckemeyer as new Vice President for Enrollment Management

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 21, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 21, 2010) … Chatham University has hired Wendy Beckemeyer as its new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Ms. Beckemeyer has 23 years experience in college or university enrollment management and started as an Admissions Counselor at her alma mater, California Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, CA) in 1987 while also serving as that institution’s Head Softball Coach. Over the years, Ms. Beckemeyer has frequently presented at national conferences and provided enrollment management consulting advice. She has 17 years experience as a senior administrator, including 14 years as a VPEM. Her past institutions include California Lutheran, Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.), and Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH).

At Chatham, Ms. Beckemeyer will be responsible for Enrollment Management, which includes not only recruiting students but identifying those who will succeed at Chatham and helping to retain them. Her previous success with retention initiatives and with data analysis, an area in which she is especially strong, demonstrates that she is very well qualified for that responsibility, according to the administration. Ms. Beckemeyer also will oversee Financial Aid at Chatham.

“I am delighted to join Chatham University’s dynamic, innovative leadership team,” Ms. Beckemeyer said. “Chatham is known as an institution with tremendous success and high aspirations. I look forward to the exciting work ahead.”

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.

Chatham University’s water polo team ranked first in academic achievement in ACWPA

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

PITTSBURGH (July 8, 2010) . . . The Chatham University women’s water polo team ranked first in academic achievement in the overall cumulative GPA for all of the Women’s Water Polo teams in the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA). In total, eight water polo team members were honored by the ACWPA for their academic achievements.

Five Chatham students were leading academic standouts for the Cougars: junior Chelsea Mummert of York, Pa., who is majoring in occupational therapy; senior, Jenna Luek of Harmony, Pa., who is majoring in chemistry; sophomore, Elizabeth Morris of Verona, Pa., who is majoring in global policy; sophomore Allison Bodine of Frederick, Pa., who is majoring in film and digital technologies; and junior Paige Dunlap of Greenwood, Indiana, who is majoring in public policy. All were classified in the Outstanding Class Ranking with GPAs between 3.71 and 4.00.

The Cougars also had one player, sophomore Nathalie Burford of Temeculah, Ca., who placed in the Superior Class Ranking with a GPA between 3.41 and 3.70, and two players, first-year Sachelle Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, and sophomore Annelies Layton of Pittsburgh, Pa. , who placed in the Excellent Class Ranking with GPAs between 3.20 and 3.40.

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.