Chatham News

2014 Commencement Details & Speaker

PITTSBURGH –Chatham University’s 2014 Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held on Monday, May 19th at 10 a.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

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Chatham University Selected as a Top Military-Friendly School by Military Advanced Education

PITTSBURGH – Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Chatham University the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its  2014 Guide to  Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, released in print and available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.
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Chatham University Undergraduate Student Selected As Newman Civic Fellow Award

PITTSBURGH – Jeannette Schollaert, a third year student at Chatham University, was selected as this year’s Newman Civic Fellow, an award coordinated by Campus Compact.

Schollaert is an active student leader heavily invested in women’s rights and gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. For the past two years she has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment and action at Chatham University, to advocate for equal opportunities among genders.
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Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics Lecture Gwen Ifill: Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Chatham University, Campbell Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the Public

Local media may attend the Speaker’s presentation (remarks and audience Q&A). The media may record the first three (3) minutes of the Speaker’s remarks for b-roll footage (video / no audio). No other recordings by the media are permitted.

The event begins with introductory remarks by President Barazzone and Deborah L. Acklin President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia, followed by the lecture, Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington by Gwen Ifill.

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Paul Bogard to Present his Book The End of Night at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH - Paul Bogard will read at Chatham University on Tuesday April 8th at 5:00 pm in the Welker Room. He will read from and discuss his book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. A book signing will follow the reading.

Paul Bogard is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown, 2013) and editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark (U of Nevada Press, 2008).  A native Minnesotan, Paul has lived and taught in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin, and Winston-Salem. A graduate of Carleton College, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada-Reno (PhD in Literature and Environment), Paul is now an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature.

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Chatham University Nursing Honor Society To Be Chartered As A Chapter of International Nursing Honor Society

Pittsburgh – The Chatham University Nursing Honor Society has been approved and will be chartered as Chi Zeta, an official chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) on March 26th at 6:30 PM on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  With Chatham’s nursing program offered in an online format, Chi Zeta will provide a full “virtual” chapter presence to its members nationally.

Membership in STTI is by invitation and is extended to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and professional nurses who have demonstrated superior scholastic, leadership and nursing achievements.

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An Exhibit On Water To Help Build Local Awareness and Stewardship

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University Master of Sustainability graduate students at the new Falk School of Sustainability have teamed with their professor to create an interactive, transdisciplinary exhibit that explores the complex pathways of water in Pittsburgh’s landscape and in local people’s lives. Ann Payne and Kristen Reynolds, both second-year graduate students, are co-designing the exhibit, called The Drop Project, as part of their final thesis project along with Chatham sustainability professor and ecologist, Dr. Molly Mehling.

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Orange is the New Black Author, Piper Kerman, To Speak at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH, PA – Bestselling author, memoirist, and prison reform activist, Piper Kerman, will speak at Chatham University on March 20, 2014 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Recently adapted into the hit Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, recounts the 15 months that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. The stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

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Chatham Faculty Member Charlotte Lott Named Among Women of Achievement by Celebrate & Share

PITTSBURGH – Charlotte E. Lott, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and business at Chatham University, will be honored by the organization Celebrate & Share at its 9th Annual Women of Achievement awards for her work in teaching women at Chatham University and for promoting financial access and entrepreneurship through her work with Oikocredit.

Celebrate & Share, sponsored by the Allegheny Health Network, is an organization founded to applaud the achievements of women in the Pittsburgh area and to raise funds for women and children in need.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Cribs for Kids Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, an organization that has been instrumental in preventing accidental, sleep-related infant deaths by educating parents and caregivers about practicing safe sleep for their babies and providing portable cribs for infants in need of safe sleeping environments. Lott will be honored along with other winners at an awards dinner, scheduled for March 6.

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Chatham to Study Coeducational Undergraduate Opportunities

PITTSBURGH — Following a series of studies by Chatham University committees made up of the board, alumnae, faculty and administration, the Chatham University Board of Trustees voted at the February board meeting in support of a resolution to: Further study and consider proposals to make all undergraduate education at Chatham University coeducational on or before its June 2014 meeting. Both the Board and the administration welcome input from the Chatham University community on this important issue.

The committees worked throughout 2013 to study the current state of undergraduate education at Chatham while looking at ways to maintain its high quality undergraduate offerings and to grow undergraduate enrollment across the university.

“Twenty years ago, Chatham College was a struggling, small, liberal arts undergraduate women’s college facing a dire financial and enrollment situation,” said Esther Barazzone, president of Chatham University. “As we have done for 145 years, Chatham adapted, innovated and emerged as a stronger institution through the addition of graduate programs for men and women, an expansion into online education, and by developing areas of excellence in the fields of health sciences and sustainability.”

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