Chatham News

Politial strategists Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin to Give Public Lecture April 11 at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:  Lifelong friends, Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin,will deliver a public lecture at the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus at 6:00 pm on April 11, 2016. Brazille and Matalin are the featured speakers for the 2016 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics at Chatham University. Registration for the public lecture is available on the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics website.

The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by The Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and long-time political native. The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars, and activists to Chatham University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process. Recent honorees have included ABC news correspondent Cokie Roberts, NPR anchor Gwen Ifill, and Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Additional support for 2016 Hillman Chair lecture has been provided by Tom and Bonnie VanKirk `81.

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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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Art Exhibition at Chatham University features the work of Eun-Kyung Suh

PITTSBURGH: The new art exhibit, Unprecedented Voices, by Eun-Kyung Suh will be on display until March 3, 2016 at the Chatham University Art Gallery. The exhibit is a part of Chatham’s commitment to global education and use of the gallery to feature multi-cultural voices. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public. The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. The artist will attend, and there will be refreshments.

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship launches training and mentor program to assist in the transition stages of creating or growing a business

PITTSBURGH:    On March 1, 2016 The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is launching MyPath, a new program for women business owners in creative industries. MyPath is a four-month, customized, and immersive pathway program for women entrepreneurs in creative industries to prepare them to commercialize a product, secure financing for their business, or participate in an area accelerator.

The MyPath program provides intensive mentoring and consulting opportunities to guide women during the transition stages of creating or growing a product-based business. The initial cohort will consist of five women business owners.

The program was highlighted in the summer of 2015 as a part of the first-ever White House Demo Day, which welcomed a diverse group of entrepreneurs from all across the country – including women and minorities underrepresented in entrepreneurship – to the White House to “demo” the stories of their individual innovation journeys.

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Award-Winning Author, Jenny Nordberg, to Speak at Chatham University on February 23

PITTSBURGH: The Women’s Institute at Chatham University welcomes Jenny Nordberg, the praised author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, to campus on February 23, 2016 at 6PM for the Raizman Lecture in the Campbell Memorial Chapel. The event includes a book signing, and is free and open to the public.  Visit the Women’s Institute website for more information and to register.

The Raizman Lecture is made possible by the generous support of former Chatham Trustee and alumna, Dorothy Raizman ’68. The Raizman Lecture has brought noted authors, poets and playwrights to campus. Former speakers have included Edward Albee, Jill Kerr Conway, Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez.

Nordberg’s book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, is based on her extensive research and reporting inside a war zone in Afghanistan. It describes Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected by adult age to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. The book has been published in more than 10 countries and has won numerous awards, such as the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, A Salon 2014 Author’s Favorite Book,  and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014.

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Chatham Ranked a Top-10 Safest College Campus in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has been ranked 7th in Pennsylvania and 60th nationally in Niche 2016 Best Colleges: Safest College Campuses ranking. Niche analyzed 1,712 colleges through various factors using mostly U.S. Department of Education data, and top ranked campuses “offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, and alcohol usage”.

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Tree Pittsburgh to host Tree Identification Walk on Chatham’s Arboretum

PITTSBURGH:  TreePittsburgh is hosting its first Tree Identification Walk of 2016 at the Chatham University Aboretum on May 3, 2016. Led by Tree Pittsburgh’s ISA Certified Arborists, a Tree Identification Walk teaches participants basic tree identification skills and about the unique variety of Pittsburgh’s trees.  Walks last approximately two hours and the cost is $10 which includes a Trees of Pennsylvania mini guide to take home. Registration and a full listing of the walks scheduled throughout the Pittsburgh area can be found  on the Tree Pittsburgh website.

For more information, please contact Joe Stavish at 412-781-8733 or

About the Chatham Arboretum
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Chatham’s 39-acre campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum, featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.  In 1998, Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), now known as the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

Chatham’s Arboretum has been ranked as one of the top 50 most beautiful college arboretums in the country by Best College Reviews.  Chatham was ranked #38 in 2015.


Chatham’s Eden Hall Farm Receives Certificate of Organic Operation

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm has received a Certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic. This Certificate guarantees that the Farm is compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205), and that products grown on the farm meet all organic standards. This certification allows Eden Hall Campus to continue its expansion as a teaching tool for students interested in organic certification, or for local growers wanting to know more about the certification process.

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