Chatham News

Banned Book Week Celebration at Chatham University on September 26

PITTSBURGH:  The third annual Banned Book Week Celebration will be held at Chatham University on Friday, September 26th, at 5:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room. The event will celebrate this year’s featured novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. The discussion of the novel will include remarks from Dr. Holly Jones, a professor from the University of Alabama-Huntsville specializing in Ethnic American literature. The event aims to raise awareness of censorship issues and the controversy surrounding “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, which has been banned in schools from Idaho to New York.

The Chatham University student organizations Beyond the Page Book Club, Artist’s Collective, Creative Writing Club, Minor Bird Literary Magazine, and Sigma Tau Delta sponsor this celebration. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at



Chatham Ranked as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report

PITTSBURGH, PA: Chatham University was once again ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Reports in their annual Best Colleges edition, earning the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015.

This year’s 30th edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including graduation rates, selectivity and freshmen retention.
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Chatham University to Host Rock for Human Rights as part of Southern Africa Year of Global Focus

PITTSBURGH:   Rock for Human Rights, a non-profit organization partnering with musicians to educate audiences about human rights, will make a stop at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus on Thursday, September 25 as part of their two-month national tour.  The event is part of Chatham’s award-winning Global Focus Program and will take place during the university’s Southern Africa Heritage Day Picnic (5:30—6:30 p.m.) on the Academic Quad on the Chatham University Shadyside Campus on Woodland Road in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Chatham University Hosts Free Public Exhibition of the Historical Buddha’s Relics

PITTSBURGH: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Pittsburgh on: Friday, Oct. 10, (6pm – 8pm); Saturday Oct. 11, (10am – 7pm); and Sunday Oct. 12th (10am – 5pm); at the James Laughlin Music Hall Chatham University Campus Woodland Road Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232.
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Author, Alix Ohlin, Visits Chatham As 2014 Melanie Brown Lecturer

PITTSBURGH – On Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing program welcomes Alix Ohlin as the Melanie Brown Lecturer. Melanie and Fred R. Brown established the Melanie Brown Lecturer at Chatham in 2008 to support a two-day campus visit by an established author whose fiction writing is guided by a strong sense of place.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact Erin Hutton at for more information.

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New Student Enrollment Increases at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH – On Monday, August 25th, 2014, Chatham University welcomed 761 new undergraduate and graduate students from 30 states and 8 foreign countries to the 2014-2015 academic year. This is an increase in new student enrollment over the previous year across the institution, including an 11% growth in new, first-time, first-year students entering Chatham.
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Chatham Psychology Professor Receives Fellowship In Support of Anti-Bullying Research

PITTSBURGH – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2014-15 American Fellowship to Chatham faculty member, Britney G. Brinkman, Ph.D. Dr. Brinkman is an Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, dates back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.
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Two Chatham Grad Students Receive Fellowships to Address Health Disparities in Under-Resourced Communities

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University graduate students in the Master of Arts in Food Studies and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs begin the 2014-2015 academic school year named 2014-2015 Albert Schweitzer Fellows. As part of the The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) program,  21 Pittsburgh-based graduate students will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (for whom their Fellowship is named), and spend the next year developing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities. The 2014-2015 Chatham University Schweitzer Fellows and their projects are:
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Chatham Announces First-Ever Men’s Basketball Coach

PITTSBURGH, PA — Chatham University welcomes Andrew Garcia who has been named Chatham University’s first men’s basketball coach. The Cougars will take the court for the first time in 2015 along with additional men’s sport programs in baseball, cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball.  He will also serve as Chatham’s Sports Information Director.
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Sierra Magazine ranks Chatham for the 2nd year in a row as one America’s “greenest colleges”

The magazine’s eight annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools” recognizes colleges for upholding high environmental standards

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 20th greenest university in its eighth annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” The rankings, published in the magazine’s latest issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are weaving sustainability into their culture. Chatham is ranked at number twenty this year, improving 5 spots over last year’s ranking. View the full listing.
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