Chatham News

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 ehutton@chatham.edu.

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 www.wordswithoutwalls.com 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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Chatham University partners with EARTH University in Costa Rica to provide its graduates with exclusive one-year master’s degrees programs

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University announces a new exclusive partnership with EARTH University, an innovative international institution located in the heart of a tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. Graduates of EARTH University have the exclusive opportunity to enroll in one-year master’s degrees at Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE). Designed specifically for EARTH graduates, Chatham’s one-year Master of Sustainability (MSUS) and Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) programs will prepare students to address the complex sustainability and food system challenges facing individuals, communities, nations, ecosystems, and corporations around the world.

Chatham and EARTH University share many foundational principles. They both place a great importance on ethical values, entrepreneurialism, and a commitment to addressing environmental, social, and economic issues. Chatham’s sustainability and food studies programs are natural extensions of what is instilled at EARTH University. In coming to Chatham, EARTH graduates will be able to further develop their expertise in the U.S. context and complement their tropical experience with Chatham’s temperate setting.

 
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Chatham University receives international award for its comprehensive sustainability transformation

Chatham was the only North American institution to receive a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award at the International Sustainable Campus Network ceremony on June 19

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., accepted an award on June 19 from the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) for excellence in integration at the fifth annual ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony. Chatham was the only North American institution to be honored at the ceremony. The ceremony was held at National University of Singapore, the host of this year’s annual ISCN conference, which brings together thought leaders from top-tier universities around the world for the opportunity to exchange perspectives and form global partnerships in pursuit of sustainability.

These ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards recognize universities for exceptional sustainability efforts in campus planning, integration with academics, student leadership, and exemplary building projects. Matthew Gardner, of the ISCN Secretariat remarks, “This year’s award winners have clearly demonstrated that the energy and ingenuity found in higher education can be used to solve the challenges of sustainability. It is an honor for us to provide global recognition for universities leading us to a brighter future.”

Chatham’s efforts to-date are leading up to this fall’s opening of Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning. Designed to ultimately serve more than 1,500 students while producing zero carbon emissions and more energy than it consumes, Eden Hall will feature high performance green buildings and the latest in sustainable land, energy, and water management techniques. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism.

The ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award is the latest in a string of recent accolades Chatham has received for its sustainability efforts. Recent honors include the prestigious 2013 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, being listed as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada on the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll with a perfect Green Rating score for two consecutive years, earning an AASHE STARS Gold Rating, and receiving recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the League of American Bicyclists. Since becoming a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 and pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2025, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent.

The full list of this year’s winners of the ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards is as follows:

Excellence in Building: University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Excellence in Campus: Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
Excellence in Integration: Chatham University (United States of America)
Excellence in Integration: Anglia Ruskin University (United Kingdom)
Excellence in Student Leadership: Zhejiang University (China)

These awards are open to any college or university worldwide that has developed outstanding planning, construction, or educational projects that promote sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community.

About the ISCN The ISCN provides a global forum for universities pursuing sustainability across their educational and research missions, and operations. ISCN Members commit to sustainability principles and report their performance according to the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter, which was jointly developed with the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum. Founded in 2007, the ISCN features international awards, conferences, and working groups to promote best practice exchange. More information on the ISCN and its Members, can be found at http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/.

ISCN Secretariat Matthew Gardner can be reached at matthew.gardner@isc-network.org and 617-330-5001.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013. More information and a 3-D walkthrough available at www.chatham.edu/edenhall.

 

Chatham University cohosts the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University is cohosting the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference, which takes place June 19-22 at Duquesne University. Taking advantage of the social, geographical, and environmental opportunities that the greater Pittsburgh region has to offer, the AESS conference’s theme “Linking rural and urban societies and ecologies” will guide the exploration of social-ecological systems in an increasingly urbanized and politicized world — through food, architecture, climate change, water, business, energy, transportation, education, values, fairness, and wellbeing, among others. Fracking, food security, energy, and sustainability progress in Pittsburgh will be the focus of several panel discussions throughout the conference. More details about the AESS Conference, including the full conference program and schedule, are available at www.aess.info.

As part of the conference, a photography exhibition of the Aral Sea global disaster will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the lobby of Mellon Hall at Duquesne. This exhibition accompanies the two-part panel presentation titled “The Lessons of the Aral Sea Disaster: A photographic journey through loss and sad beauty,” which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The presentation will be led by Ambassador Dilyor Khakimov, permanent representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations and Mike Edelstein, professor and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The tragedy of the Aral, which in the space of two generations has turned from one of the world’s most beautiful deep blue seas into a shrinking, brackish water reservoir, is that it stands as a vivid example and evidence of humankind’s irresponsible attitude towards ecosystems, and then towards acknowledging and solving environmental problems. Uzbekistan and the entire Central Asia region are faced with the continuing deterioration of social, ecological and economic conditions in the wider zone of the ecological disaster. Over recent generations, the

Aral Sea shrank by seven times, the volume of water decreased 13 times, its mineralization increased tenfold, all of these making the sea an unsuitable place for living organisms.

Meteorological evidence already links the loss of the Aral with climate change in the region today. There are important lessons to learn from the environmental, socio-economic and technological decisions humans made in the Aral that tie into how we consider our responsibility to nature within large-scale projects. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during his travels to the Aral Sea area in April 2010, recognized that the problems that the Aral region suffers from have planetary-scale consequences. The Aral Sea used to be the fourth-largest inland sea on Earth, providing ecosystem services, climate control and enabling human habitation. Today it is almost completely desiccated; the resulting water, livelihood and contamination problems remain for millions of people living in this region.

About the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
AESS is an independent faculty- and student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving. Founded in 2008, AESS seeks to provide its members with the latest environmental information and tools to create better courses, strengthen research, develop more satisfying careers, harness the power of a collective voice for the profession, and enjoy each other’s company at national and regional meetings. A major aim of AESS is to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of environmental science, policy, management, ethics, history, and all of the other vital contributions of traditional disciplines. From its beginning, AESS has been envisioned as a community of environmental scholars and scientists, not a confederation of disciplines. Fundamental to its members’ embrace of higher education is the notion that broad advances in environmental knowledge require disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to research and learning.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013 and will be the future home of Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment, which offers such academic programs as the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, and coming Fall 2014, a Bachelor of Sustainability.

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Chatham University welcomes Timothy Bass as the new dean of Chatham’s online and continuing education programs

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University announced that Timothy Bass is the new dean of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies and online education, effective June 1. In this role, Bass will provide administrative oversight and leadership for Chatham’s endeavors in online and continuing education. Chatham University now offers 10 online degree programs. Of Chatham’s total enrollment, 17 percent are enrolled in one of these programs.

“Tim comes with tremendous business experience in developing online programs, and I am so excited about his leadership of Chatham’s continuing and online education,” says Wenying Xu, vice president for academic affairs at Chatham.

Most recently, Bass served as the director of new programs at Education Management Corporation (EDMC), where he was responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and development of differentiated education programs to drive student success across three major brands. Since 2009, he has been instrumental to EDMC’s growth in online degree programs and student enrollments. In addition, he has also taught organizational management and advertising and product marketing as an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Allegheny County.

Bass received his Bachelor of Science in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration in management from Robert Morris University.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region throughout the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility, and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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