Chatham News

Chatham University to host The Humanities and Technology Camp October 5-6

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University will host The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Pittsburgh on October 5-6 . This will be the first time the event has been held in the Pittsburgh region. Geared toward people with all levels of technological knowledge, the event is an open, affordable meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.

THATCamp Pittsburgh will include workshops on topics such as Omeka, WordPress, Network Analysis, Oxygen HML, social media, and digital preservation, among others. The conference keynote will be Dr. Patrick Juola, associate professor of computer science at Duquesne University, who has made national and international news recently as one of two analysts that helped to reveal J.K. Rowling’s authorship of Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling.

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Grants from the PNC Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation help the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University launch MyBusiness Startup and MyConsulting Corner programs

Programs aim to increase revenue and job creation in women-owned businesses

PITTSBURGH—Women-owned businesses are growing at one and a half times the national average, yet lack in revenue and job growth. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, with grant support from the PNC Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, is launching new programming designed to address that deficiency.

Women entrepreneurs face many challenges. Only 1.8 percent of women-owned businesses hit the $1 million mark, compared to the national average of 5.3 percent, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. In addition, the average women-owned business starts with only 64 percent of the capital of its male counterpart. This and the reluctance to tap outside financing throughout their lifetimes helps to explain why average women-owned businesses have 25 percent lower revenues than the typical firms owned by men in the same industries, according to a the 2010 report on women-owned businesses from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration.

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Chatham University to present free public screening of film by David Safin as part the
Best of the MFA Series

Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and Master of Fine Arts
in Film and Digital Technology program host the event

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University will present a free public screening of “The Birthday Present” by local filmmaker David Safin, MFAFDT ’13, at 7 p.m. on September 19 in the Eddy Theater. The screening is part of The Best of the MFA Series, hosted by the Graduate Film Society and the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program; the series aims to share the power of cinema with the community.

In the short film, Scott Frobel (Safin) is quite baffled by the odd birthday present given to him by his pregnant sister-in-law, Erica (Natalie Baverso). He does what he thinks anyone else would do in his situation: he gives it away. When his brother, Doug Jr. (Ryan Koenig) discovers his disdain for the gift, a chain of events is set in motion lands Erica in bed with temporary amnesia.

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Sierra magazine ranks Chatham University as one of the top 25 greenest universities in the country

The magazine’s seventh annual ranking of the nation’s
“Coolest Schools” recognizes colleges for sustainable operations and shaping future environmental citizens, workers, and leaders

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 24th greenest university in its seventh annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools.” The rankings, published in the magazine’s September/October issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are taking dramatic steps to help protect the planet and its resources. Chatham is one of only two Pennsylvania institutions to make the top 25.

“Chatham University is proud to be recognized as one of the country’s top 25 greenest universities by Sierra magazine for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham.

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Owner and founder of $100 million business Tastefully Simple Jill Blashack Strahan to give keynote at Chatham University entrepreneurship forum for business women

“Women Who Lead” is the focus of the 8th Annual Think Big Forum, hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University on October 18

PITTSBURGH—The eighth annual Think Big Forum hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will focus on “Women Who Lead.” Keynote speaker Jill Blashack Strahan, owner and founder of Tastefully Simple, Inc., started her business in a shed with no running water—using a pool table as her packing station. Strahan has since built Tastefully Simple into a $100 million enterprise with more than 23,000 independent consultants nationwide and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top CEOs by Inc., Fast Company, and Pink magazines. She continues her mission to lead and help others shine through Tastefully Simple as well as Inspirada Dreams, an online goal-setting resource and community she launched in 2012. She will share her straight-forward philosophy for building and leading a multi-million dollar business at the half-day forum, to be held on Friday, October 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at Chatham’s Athletic and Fitness Center on the Shadyside Campus.

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Chatham University’s Global Focus program hosts public Chilean Independence Day Celebration on Sept. 21

Celebration coincides with the program’s Year of the Andes: Chile

PITTSBURGH—The Chatham University Global Focus program and Chilean community leaders throughout the Pittsburgh region are jointly hosting a free public celebration of Chilean Independence Day, or Dieciocho. The celebration, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, will feature authentic Chilean cuisine, music, dance performances, and alpacas. There will also be Chilean-inspired crafting stations, face painting, and a Moon Bounce for children. All events will take place on the Shadyside Campus Quad, with the university’s Athletic & Fitness Center as the designated rain location.

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Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author, to give free public reading at Chatham University on September 13

Cash will speak as part of the Melanie Brown Lecturer Series at the event sponsored by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program

PITTSBURGH—Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will give a free public reading at Chatham University at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 13, in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside Campus. As Chatham’s 2013 Melanie Brown Lecturer, Cash will read from his works, including his upcoming book This Dark Road to Mercy, available from William Morrow/HarperCollins in January 2014. The event is hosted by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

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Recent Chatham University MFA graduate Christopher Nicholson wins two Telly Awards for documentary “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library”

PITTSBURGH—Christopher Nicholson, who received his MFA in film and digital technology from Chatham University in 2012, was selected as the winner of two Telly Awards for his piece titled “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library.”

Nicholson’s film won Telly Awards in two categories: Achievement in History/Biography Non-Broadcast Production Achievement in Low Budget Documentary. Nicholson’s film was selected from 11,000 national and international entries.

In the documentary, the filmmaker explores the legend of the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, Pa. Since the library was opened in 1903 the presence of paranormal activity has filled the rooms of the library. The film gives us insight about the legends, the experiences and follows investigators as they explore the “other” history of a historical landmark.

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To address the need for better workforce preparation, Chatham University launches Four Phases to Your Future to acclimate students to college life and for success in the job market

The Four Phases program will kick off August 22 with a speaker and workshop on the skills and confidence needed in the classroom and work environment

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University has launched a new four-phase program to help acclimate students to college life and prepare them for success in future endeavors in the workplace, community, and beyond. The program titled Four Phases to Your Future is offered through Chatham’s Office of Career Development – Student Affairs.

Zauyah Waite, vice president of student affairs and dean of students says, “Chatham University is eager to provide students with the tools they need to make the most of their college education. We want them to be successful as students, interns, employees, and community members.”

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Chatham hosts Summer Community of Writers Public Readings in August featuring writer BK Loren and others

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program hosts a series of summer readings from local and visiting writers as part of its 10-day Summer Community of Writers workshop. The events will take place on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus from July 31 to August 10.

The following readings are free and open to the public. Book sales, signings, and receptions will follow each event. For more information, contact Erin Hutton at

Wednesday, July 31: 7:30-9 p.m.
MFA Faculty Reading with Sherrie Flick, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Lori Jakiela, and Aubrey Hirsch
Mellon Living Room

Friday, August 2: 7:30-9 p.m.
Keynote Address and Reading by BK Loren
Rewilding the Mind: Why Place-Based Writing Matters Now More Than Ever
Mellon Board Room

Saturday, August 3: 7-8:30 p.m.
MFA Student Reading: MFA students read from current work, followed by open mic
Mellon Board Room

Sunday, August 4: 7:30-9 p.m.
Words Without Walls Reading & Reception: Words Without Walls graduates and teachers read from their work. Visit for more information.
Mellon Board Room

Tuesday, August 6: 7:30-9 p.m.
MFA Faculty Reading with Sheila Squillante, Sarah Shotland, and Robert Stevens
Mellon Living Room

Wednesday, August 7: 7-9 p.m.
New America Reading: James Tolan, Holly Messitt, Sheryl St. Germain, and Toi Derricotte
Mellon Board Room

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