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In Memory: Dorothy Pontious, Class of 1935

By: Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., President
May 26, 2010

To the Chatham Community,

I am sorry to inform you that we have lost one of our dearest alumnae, benefactors and friends – Dorothy Pontious, Class of 1935. Dorothy always sought to enhance the academic experience at Chatham through the memory of her parents, who had helped her attend Pennsylvania College for Women during the Great Depression. She established the Charles and Ida Pontious Endowed Scholarship, the Charles and Ida Pontious Distinguished Endowed Chair, and just last December to mark our 140th anniversary, the Pontious Distinguished Lecturer. Our students and the entire campus community benefited from her generosity.
Dorothy’s obituary and funeral arrangements are reprinted below from today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sadly, this fall would have marked her 75th reunion year. She was an incredible woman with a wonderful personality and a charming wit, and we will truly miss her.

Sincerely,
Esther B.

Dorothy A. Pontious, 95, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010 after a brief illness. Born July 12, 1914 in Pittsburgh’s East End, she was the daughter of Ida Poehlmann and Charles Storey Pontious. Dorothy graduated from Peabody High School and from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in 1935. A life-long employee of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she was a data processing manager and is credited for automating the company’s recordkeeping prior to her retirement in December 1979.

As a student during the Depression, Dorothy was acutely aware and appreciative of the difficulties her parents faced in sending her to college. Because of this, in 2002 she undertook to honor her parents by establishing the Charles and Ida Pontious Endowed Scholarship at Chatham University. Dorothy explained, “Because of my parents’ commitment, Chatham left me with many wonderful memories. Times were difficult when I entered PCW, so the fact that I was able to attend college at all was a great gift from my parents.” In August 2004, she established the Charles and Ida Pontious Distinguished Endowed Chair at Chatham. “Dorothy Pontious was quietly and gracefully generous in her gifts to Chatham. She endowed the Charles and Ida Pontious Professorship, which I am honored to hold, yet she always directed the spotlight away from herself. She was truly modest and humble,” noted Dr. William Lenz, professor of English and recipient of the Pontious Chair.

Dorothy was honored at Chatham’s 140th Anniversary Celebration on December 3, 2009, at which time author Linda Lear, the inaugural Pontious Distinguished Lecturer, presented “A Tale of Two Victorian Rebels: Beatrix Potter and Rachel Carson.” Chatham President Esther Barazzone expressed her gratitude, saying, “Dorothy was a leader, in intellect and in her work life. She was one of the earliest women to work in technology and computers and had a great interest in international travel. Chatham was the grateful beneficiary of her memorial to her parents and their belief in her, and in education for women, with her many gifts to the University, most notably the Charles and Ida Pontious Endowed Chair.”

Dorothy will be remembered for her generosity of spirit as well. Dr. Marlin H. Mickle, a friend of Dorothy’s for more than 30 years, stated, “Dorothy was a most dignified lady and an outstanding friend whom I will cherish all my life,” a sentiment echoed by those who knew her. Dorothy was an avid traveler and reader. She was a faithful member of Albright United Methodist Church and was active in Zonta International and Pacers and the Monday Luncheon Club. Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother and father and an infant sister. She is survived by her dear friend Marlin Mickle. Friends will be received on Friday, May 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh (412-621-1665). Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at theTemple of Memories at Allegheny Cemetery, 4734 Butler Street.

Dorothy’s online guestbook is available here.

Chatham students among college Democrats and Republicans offering suggestions to improve civility

By: Allegheny College
May 20, 2010

MEADVILLE, Pa. (May 20, 2010) … Student leaders of College Democrats and College Republicans organizations — representing 14 schools in nine states — released a joint statement today for elected officials and their constituents:

“Ten Tips to Improve Civility”

1. Listen willingly to opposing views.
2. Seek shared values with political opponents.
3. Acknowledge the legitimacy of your adversaries.
4. Identify the problem at hand and focus on it rather than on larger conflicts.
5. Avoid political caricatures, labels and generalizations that may not truly represent the views of your adversaries.
6. Acknowledge disagreement genuinely without suppressing your own positions.
7. Ask clarifying questions before responding.
8. Recognize the value of solutions beyond those offered by traditional party platforms.
9. Recognize that your words and actions will have consequences.
10. Be personally accountable for your political actions.

The students developed the list as one of the culminating activities of Pathway to Civility, a national conference hosted this week by the Center for Political Participation and the Civic Engagement Council at Allegheny College.

“We intended this conference to serve as a pilot program, an early step in our ongoing efforts to look for creative ways to enhance communication between young Democrats and Republicans,” said Daniel M. Shea, political science professor and director of the Center for Political Participation.

“Our idea was to encourage students from both sides of the aisle to work together to examine the serious issue of civility in politics, establish a high bar for the respectful exchange of ideas, and, in the process, perhaps begin to develop some lasting friendships.

“We were quite impressed both with the students’ passion for issues and with their determination to work together to create opportunities to reach consensus where possible. Civility, it seems, may be one of those areas for agreement.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Pa. 3rd District, was the keynote speaker. Participants included students from Allegheny College, Louisiana State University, Catholic University, Central Michigan University, Macalester University, Chatham University, Hiram College, Indiana University – Purdue University, Slippery Rock University, SUNY Fredonia, Thiel College, California University of Pennsylvania, Winthrop University and the University of Florida.

“The conference was very interesting,” said Amanda McCann, a political science major at Indiana University-Purdue University and vice president of the College Republicans on her campus. “It changed my perception of civility, really deepened my understanding of the concept.”

According to Shea, the need for a conference on civility emerged as the American health care debate turned ugly in recent months. The robust political activity that surged among youth in the 2008 election already has substantially declined, Shea said, and many young Americans have turned away from active political engagement.

“I hope our conversation will continue on Facebook, maintaining both its passionate yet civil tone and allowing students to participate from different parts of the country,” said Matt Lacombe, an Allegheny senior pursuing a double major in economics and political science and a minor in philosophy.

Late last month the Center for Political Participation released results of a study on civility and compromise in American politics, “Nastiness, Name-Calling, and Negativity,” which revealed widespread concern over the deterioration of the tone of political discourse.

About the Study
“Nastiness, Name-Calling, and Negativity,” one of the first comprehensive studies of how Americans view the tone of political discourse, was released on April 21 and found that some 95 percent of Americans believe civility in politics is important for a healthy democracy, and 87 percent suggest it is possible for people to disagree about politics respectfully. It sprang from a comprehensive telephone survey of 1,000 adults nationwide, developed and commissioned by the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College. The poll was conducted by Zogby International during the last week of March, immediately following the historic health care debate. The complete report, which includes dozens of charts and graphs that illustrate the survey results, is available at www.allegheny.edu/civility. The findings yield a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awards Chatham with rain garden grant

By: Susan Rickens, DEP
May 18, 2010

HARRISBURG (May 18, 2010) … Chatham University is among 95 schools, universities, non-profit groups and conservation districts that will receive more than $382,000 in Environmental Education grants for projects to educate Pennsylvanians about important issues such as renewable energy, water conservation, air quality and climate change, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today.

“It’s important that we make environmental education a life-long learning experience,” said Hanger. “These grants will fund innovative projects and workshops aimed at conservation and resource management that provide young adults, families and communities with the tools and resources they need to be successful stewards of our environment.”

Grants announced today will fund such projects as conducting teacher workshops and developing curricula on alternative energy, installing rain gardens and barrels to demonstrate stormwater management practices, and coordinating native plant workshops for homeowners to promote the use of native plants in residential landscaping.

The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. Since then, DEP has awarded more than $7 million in grants to support the environmental education efforts of schools, county conservation districts and other nonprofit organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

Among the grants distributed within Allegheny County, Chatham University will receive $6,285 to develop a rainwater management education program by installing a rain barrel and rain garden, creating a campus map of stormwater management practices and developing a course.

Chatham selects David Zinn as new Athletic Director

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
May 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH (May 10, 2010) . . . The Chatham University Athletic Department announced that David Zinn was named new Athletic Director, starting in the 2010-11 school year. Zinn comes to Chatham from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where he served as the Assistant Professor, Assistant Athletics Coordinator, Academic Advisor, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the past year. He has taught and worked in athletics in multiple roles for the past six years at Meredith, an NCAA Division III women’s college.

Zinn received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University and his Master of Science in Human Performance and Sport Studies from University of Tennessee, as well as his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Cumberland College.

Zinn has taught for over ten years and also had significant involvement and experience as a basketball coach for both girls and boys camps during that time. He has also been involved in numerous professional developmental workshops, clinics, and conferences over the years, including, most recently, the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Orientation Workshop in Charlotte, NC.

“David’s extensive experience in collegiate athletics, as well as his professional experience will prove to be a vital asset to the Athletic Department at Chatham University. I am confident that he will be a tremendous addition to the staff and will continue to build upon Chatham’s existing athletics programs,” notes Dr. Zauyah Waite, Chatham’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship selects two Master of Physician Assistant Studies students as Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

By: Patrice Taddonio, Communications Manager, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
May 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH (May 5, 2010) … The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)announced today that two Chatham University students have been selected as 2010-11 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, these two emerging professionals will join approximately 200 other 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health-related needs of underserved individuals and communities:

• Danielle Almony and Sara Ward, Chatham University – Physician Assistant Studies Program, 2nd Year

Danielle and Sara aim to improve the health of underserved individuals by developing and delivering a wellness program for patients participating in the East Liberty Family Health Care Center’s Outreach Program. Their program will include individual and group sessions focused on nutrition and exercise, making better choices, and substance abuse.

Upon completion of their initial Fellowship year, Danielle and Sara will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

“I suspect that our nation’s health care crisis will persist for years as the new legislation gradually becomes implemented. In the meantime, health suffers,” Sara says. “And health suffers more in the underserved, under-educated, under-employed than in the more wealthy segments of the population. At the same time, compelling medical literature indicates again and again that a large margin of disease is due to lifestyle choices. Daily habits are something that can be addressed before the insurance predicament is solved.”

“This program will hopefully work with disadvantaged individuals on developing individualized health plans that will address their chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension,” Danielle says.

About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a national nonprofit that translates idealism into action, supporting 230+ Fellows from the nation’s top health and human service schools as they develop and implement service projects with a direct — and lasting — impact on the health of underserved communities. Annually, U.S. Schweitzer Fellows deliver more than 40,000 hours of health-related community service. A number of Schweitzer Fellows also work at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa, providing skilled care through over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations annually for patients from all parts of Gabon. When Fellows’ initial year ends, they carry their commitment to lifelong service forward as members of the Fellows for Life network, now more than 2,000 strong.

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.

Chatham’s Master of Landscape Architecture program hosts 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium with new Garden Marketplace

By: Nancy Knauss, Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
April 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2010) … The 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium will be held Saturday, April 24 at Chatham University. Attendees will be treated to an entire day of presentations by nationally acclaimed educators and authors.

These horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics including garden design and installation, new and choice varieties of trees and shrubs, tropicals, infusing your garden with personality, and sustainable landscape management. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch as well as plenty of time to shop for plants and garden-related products at this year’s newly expanded Garden Marketplace.

For the very first time, the Garden Marketplace will be open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium. Open from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m., the Marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find annuals, perennials and shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, garden accessories, water features, botanical tiles, note cards, and more. Browsing and shopping the Garden Marketplace has never been easier, as it is entirely indoors, located in the Athletic and Fitness Center on the Chatham University campus. Plan to come early and shop for your garden and your Mother’s garden! Mother’s Day is May 9.

You can register for the Symposium by calling Phipps Garden Center at (412) 441-4442. Registration fee is $110. There is no charge to visit the Garden Marketplace. For further details, visit www.landscapesymposium.org.

Parking for the Garden Marketplace only is conveniently located in the East Lots via Laughlin Residence Hall. Click here for a campus map and locations. Click here for directions to the Athletic and Fitness Center.

The Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium and Garden Marketplace are presented by Penn State ExtensionPhipps Conservatoryand Chatham University.

Symposium speakers this year:

Scott Aker is Gardens Unit Leader at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Having earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Horticulture, today Scott oversees some of the most notable plant collections in North America.

Pam Baggett, a free-lance author and photographer, is a contributing editor for Horticulture magazine. Her book, Tropicalismo! Spice Up Your Garden with Cannas, Bananas, and 93 Other Eye-Catching Tropical Plants showcases her expertise in tender and hardy tropical plants.

Florence Boogaerts received her training as a landscape designer from the New York Botanical Garden. Today, with twenty-plus years in the business, she manages her own design and installation firm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Bruce Fraedrich, Vice President of Research at the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company and Director of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, has keen interest and expertise in the diseases of landscape plants, tree risk management, vegetation management and planting.

Tovah Martin gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. Not only is she a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, Tovah’s areas of specialty also include decades of experience with tropicals. Her passion for all things growing and encased in glass has led to her most recent book, The New Terrarium, one of more than a dozen titles that Tovah has authored including Tasha Tudor’s Garden. Tovah has appeared on the CBS “Early Show” as well as many other broadcasts including the PBS television gardening series “Cultivating Life,” where she served as editorial producer.

Vincent Simeone, ornamental horticulturist, studied with well-known professors and experts, Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. He is the Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York. He has written and published four books in the past five years: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape.

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.

Chatham featured by The Princeton Review and U.S. Green Building Council in the newly published Guide to 286 Green Colleges

By: Paul Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 20, 2010) … Chatham University was named today as one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges by The Princeton Review as the education services company selected Chatham for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges . Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC, www.usgbc.org), the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

Chatham joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives. The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Rating” scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review’s Green Rating is a numerical score from 60 – 99 based upon several data points. In that first Green Rating Chatham University scored 98 out of 99, the highest score in Pittsburgh.

In 2008 The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave “Green Ratings” to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on their “Green Rating” scores.

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd), the Guide – which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide – profiles the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses. From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using USGBC’s LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.

The free Guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.

“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. “According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this Guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Chatham focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process.”

“Beyond the cost savings to an institution, even the simplest aspects of a green campus, such as increased use of natural light, have been found to improve student learning and quality of life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs. Higher education is a top priority market segment for USGBC because graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities.”

The Princeton Review noted that another unique aspect of the Guide is that it provides important information on schools that have dedicated environmental studies curriculums. “By many accounts, there are going to be a lot of job opportunities related to the environment and sustainability,” commented Franek. “For those who are interested in working in this growing sector, the Guide highlights the schools that are doing an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals.”

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 private 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 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. The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education. Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu), which are headquartered in Scranton, PA.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,500 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion in U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 – 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, teachers and students. Building in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green buildings has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs in America.

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.

Internationally-known author and speaker Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame will discuss human potential to affect change at special lecture on May 11

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 20, 2010) … Noted author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen will speak at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 1:30 pm. Mr. Hansen, an enthusiastic crusader of what’s possible to make the world a better place, will address human potential and how we can work together to effect powerful change.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5.00 and on sale at the doors which open at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Parking is free. The Campbell Memorial Chapel is located on Chapel Hill Road, accessible from the University’s entrances, either from Wilkins Avenue or Fifth Avenue. Signage will offer directions to the event. For information, call Chatham University at 412-365-1286. Directions and campus information is available at www.chatham.edu/campusmap.

Reshaping Our Vision to Effect Change
Focused solely on helping people from all walks of life reshape their vision of what’s possible, no one is better respected in the area of human potential than Mark Victor Hansen. Creating powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide for over 30 years, Mark delivers proven messages of possibility, opportunity and action. Established as a cultural icon in 1990, Mark and his business partner Jack Canfield created what Time magazine called, “the publishing phenomenon of the decade,” with over 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold worldwide – one of the most successful publishing franchises of all time.

Internationally known keynote speaker and personality
With his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful authority of his work, he time and again receives high accolades from his audiences as one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers of our time. Having spoken in more than 60 countries, Mark has shared his message of opportunity and action and created powerful transformation in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Best Sellers
While the Chicken Soup series has achieved phenomenal success, Mark’s other bestselling books include The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win and The Power of Focus. Mark has recently written Richest Kids in America and You Have a Book in You. He has also co-written Cash in a Flash with Robert G. Allen. Mark has also developed an extensive library of audio and video programs in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, publishing success and personal and professional development.

Media
His endearing and charismatic style captures audiences’ hearts as well as their attention in person, on television or radio and in print. His appearances include Oprah, CNN, The Today Show, and countless television, print and radio interviews, and he has been quoted in articles in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, New York Times, and Entrepreneur.

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.

Students and faculty capture five awards at American Marketing Association’s International Collegiate Conference

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

PITTSBURGH (April 14, 2010) …The Chatham University Marketing Association (CMA) fared well during this year’s appearance at the International Collegiate conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 8-10, capturing a total of five awards for overall chapter excellence, team performance, and individual accomplishments.

The CMA case team won Third Place in the final round of the International Case Competition, sponsored this year by UNICEF’s Tap Project. The ten finalist teams included competitors from Kent State University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Arizona, among others.

CMA’s overall chapter excellence was recognized with an Outstanding Small School award (out of those schools with less than 5,000 students) and a Distinguished Collegiate Chapter award (representing the top 7% of all 200 collegiate AMA chapters).

Deborah DeLong, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Chatham, scored the Hugo G. Wales award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor, which is awarded to two advisors out of the 200 collegiate chapters each year. Ashley Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), CMA President, won Honorable Mention Student Marketer of the Year, which is awarded to 3-4 student marketers each year out of the more than 1,300 students who attend the annual conference.

The Chatham University Marketing Association has been an affiliated collegiate chapter of the National American Marketing Association and of the Pittsburgh AMA Professional Chapter since 2008. Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., the Chatham Marketing Association’s faculty advisor, is a 15-year AMA member and is an assistant professor of marketing at Chatham University. Prior to teaching at Chatham, DeLong served as a Clinical Professor of Marketing at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and worked in corporate and agency settings.

The Chatham Marketing Association is led by officers Ashley Paterra (President), Jenna Ammer (Pittsburgh), Lauren Gelli (Cheswick, Pa.), Alexandra Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.), Rachael Bane (McKeesport, Pa.), and Melanie Yellowday (Pittsburgh). Other team members included Jesse Brant (Jeannette, Pa.), Alexandra Reinhardt (Johnstown, Pa.), Christina Casciato (Pittsburgh), and Jordan Pro (Monongahela, Pa.).

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

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

The AMA collegiate programming offers many other opportunities for students to compete and hone their marketing skills throughout the year as well as on-site at the conference. Competitions pertain to chapter strategic plans, annual reports, business simulations, video production, website design, fundraising drives, exhibits, community service, membership campaigns, applied projects, and other activities designed to expand students’ marketing expertise.

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.

Full-time Chatham employees now eligible for bicycle commuter benefit

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 12, 2010) … As part of its effort to promote sustainable practices and healthy living, Chatham University will now offer full-time employees the opportunity to receive a bicycle commuter benefit, according to an announcement by Walter Fowler, vice president for finance and administration. Included as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, this benefit will reimburse full-time employees who commute to work by bicycle for reasonable expenses up to $20 a month. The reimbursements will be excludable from an employee’s gross income and not subject to federal income tax.

“As a charter signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we continue to offer incentives for our employees to reduce their carbon footprint and also maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Mr. Fowler said. “We wanted to take advantage of this incentive to encourage more bicycle commuting. Since we also subsidize free public transportation, those employees who live further from campus can take advantage of the Port Authority’s Rack n’ Roll program.”

The bicycle commuter benefit is offered as part of the University’s Fit for the Future® program, which promotes health and wellness initiatives across campus. Established in 2004, the Fit for the Future program has actually helped the University better control its employees’ healthcare premiums with its provider, UPMC.

According to IRS guidelines, employees who sign up for this benefit will not be permitted to have a campus parking permit as they are required to certify that cycling is their primary mode of transportation to and from work during the time frame in which they receive the reimbursement. An employee may be reimbursed on a tax-free basis for reasonable expenses incurred during the calendar year for the purchase of a bicycle, improvements, repair and equipment (i.e. helmet) provided that the bicycle is used regularly to travel between the employee’s residence and the three University campuses. This benefit does not cover bike clothing. Employees can be reimbursed on a quarterly basis (April, July, October, and January) for expenses incurred over three months by submitting a check request form and attaching proper receipts. The maximum reimbursement is $20 per month or $240 over a calendar year.

Chatham and the Environment
Chatham University emphasizes environmental awareness as part of its curriculum, including:
• As a Charter Signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment, Chatham has conducted an inventory of its carbon footprint and is developing ways to reduce its environmental impact. The Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
• The University’s new Eden Hall Farm Campus in Richland Township will serve as a living laboratory where students will engage in a broad range of studies including programs aimed at improving the lives of women and addressing issues of environmental sustainability. Given by Eden Hall Foundation, the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus establishes Chatham as the largest university campus with respect to acreage in southwestern Pennsylvania.
• Sustainability is a part of the University’s curriculum and informs many of its academic programs including botany, environmental science, environmental studies, interior architecture, and landscape architecture.
• Thirty-two acres of the University’s Shadyside Campus were designated an arboretum by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA, now known as the American Public Garden Association (APGA), in 1998). The arboretum maintains elements of Andrew Mellon’s estate designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers and includes 117 different species of trees.
• Chatham purchased the first hybrid police car in the City of Pittsburgh in 2008. The Toyota Prius patrols the Shadyside Campus.
• Old cell phones are recycled through HopeLine, Verizon’s nationally-recognized domestic violence prevention initiative which provides unused wireless phones to organizations assisting victims of domestic violence. Obsolete computers are recycled through Senior Computer Associates of Latrobe, Pa. which refurbishes the computers and provides them to senior citizens and local school children in the greater Latrobe area.
• To commemorate the 40th anniversary publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 2004, Chatham eliminated the use of chemical-based herbicides and pesticides on campus, and switched to toxic-free cleaning products. It also began purchasing ten percent of its power from alternative sources, and today purchases 15 percent from wind-generated energy.
• Food waste from the University’s dining hall is composted by AgRecycle Inc. and cooking oil is recycled as biofuel. In 2009 Chatham recycled more food service organics than any other participating school in the national Recyclemania competition.

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.