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Chatham University Launches Rachel Carson (Class of ’29) Healthy Planet Awards Program and Scholarship

PITTSBURGH:   Chatham University today announced a new awards program and scholarship for high school and community college students that celebrates the legacy of scientist, author, environmentalist and Chatham alumna Rachel Carson, class of 1929.

The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to one deserving student nominated from each high school and community college throughout the United States, who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Healthy Planet Award recipients will also receive preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship to attend Chatham University.

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Chatham University Earns National Recognition at Colleges of Distinction

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced that it has earned recognition as  a Colleges of Distinction for its innovative application of high impact educational practices.

Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

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Chatham University Named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has been selected as one of only 21 universities around the country for the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, which recognizes the most environmentally responsible colleges across the United States. Chatham earned a perfect Green Rating score 99 out of 99, which measures “a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution”.

Chatham University is also profiled in Princeton Review’s free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges“, which profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

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New film Series, Just Films, Inspires Audiences to Action

PITTSBURGH:  Ten new social justice films, most screening for the first time in Pittsburgh, will be presented as part of the new Just Films series which debuted in September. The Just Films series is the brainchild of four organizations committed to women, girls, gender equity, and social justice: the Chatham University Women’s Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation, and the Women’s Law Project.

As part of the series, one film a month will be shown on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus from September 2016 through June 2017. Films will be free and open to the public.  Visit the Just Films website for the schedule and list of films.

Join us on October 27th, for the next film in the series: Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil. The film is narrated by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, who will be our special guest panelist following the Pittsburgh premiere.

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Chatham Expands Sustainability Commitments & Recognition

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced that they have become a Charter Signatory of the Second Nature Climate Commitment to further commitments to carbon neutrality and resilience. The Climate Commitment, a signature program of Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, requires Chatham to set climate targets, report on progress publicly, and collaborate with the surrounding community, all while integrating sustainability across the curriculum.  Chatham is also a charter signatory American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now called the Carbon Commitment), and received a Climate Leadership Award in 2013 from Second Nature for its efforts.

In addition to this latest commitment, Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Chatham beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 97 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,100 average American homes annually.

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Chatham Dedicates The Esther Barazzone Center at Eden Hall

PITTSBURGH, PA:  Chatham University has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of its Eden Hall Campus, and celebrated this milestone on Thursday, April 28, 2016 with the official grand opening and dedication of the new Esther Barazzone Center, which has been named in honor of Chatham’s retiring President, Dr. Esther Barazzone.

Spanning 23,000 square feet and two floors, The Esther Barazzone Center is a multi-purpose campus hub designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and serves as the dining hall and main gathering space of this “first in the world” sustainable campus.

The Esther Barazzone Center features an innovative commercial and teaching kitchen where food from Eden Hall’s gardens and greenhouses will be prepared using 100% inductive heating, recycled through a heat loop. Power is generated from a mix of solar panels and two, highly efficient natural-gas powered micro-turbines generating electricity into the campus grid to offset use and model transitional carbon energy working in conjunction with renewable sources. In the center of the building is a large staircase, marking an aesthetic center point of the campus. The walls are earthen—using soil from the campus—with images of native trees and wood for the reclaimed from an old bowling alley.  Other features include:

  •  A large cafeteria and student lounge space with seating for 250 people.
  • A green wall of living plants—an installation that automatically waters itself. Herbs from the green wall will be used in the kitchen in the future.
  • A large, tiered classroom with advanced media technology and a digital data display of Eden Hall’s various systems for students to analyze.
  • A root cellar, with wood flooring that opens to the ground.

The dedication featured a lunch prepared in the Barazzone Center’s commercial teaching kitchen with keynote remarks by Barton Seaver, executive chef and sustainable seafood expert on “a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner.” Seaver is the author of four books; was a Fellow with the Explorer Program at the National Geographic Society; and is the Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, he is a member of the United States Culinary Corps, where he helps develop international conversations about sustainability and the role of culinary in resource management and public health.

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Chatham Announces Addition of NCAA DIII Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the addition of men’s ice hockey to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports for the 2017-18 academic year. At the time of this announcement, Chatham will be the first DIII men’s ice hockey team in Pittsburgh and only the fourth program across the entire state when it takes the ice in 2017.

“In 1996, Chatham was the first college in Pennsylvania to put together an NCAA women’s hockey team,” said Athletic Director, Leonard Trevino. “We are excited to build on our proud hockey tradition and once again be the first to bring a DIII hockey team to the Pittsburgh region with the addition of men’s ice hockey.”

In December of 2015, Chatham announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse. With the addition of these teams and men’s ice hockey, Chatham will field 16 varsity DIII sports.

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Chatham University Launches New Masters of Healthcare Informatics Program

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has added a completely online 18-month Master of Healthcare Informatics (MHI) program, with applications now being accepted for the fall 2016 semester.

Healthcare informatics is the harnessing of technology and application of data to make the best clinical or organizational decisions possible. According to Department of Labor statistics, it is one of the fastest growing areas of the healthcare sector with job growth, depending on the specific Health IT position, estimated to be between 15-37% from 2012-2022.

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