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“Women Who Make & Create” is the focus of the October 14th, 9th Annual Think Big Forum, hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

“Makers” come to Chatham: Women who make highlighted at Chatham University entrepreneurship forum for women business owners

PITTSBURGH—The ninth annual Think Big Forum hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will focus on “Women Who Make & Create.” Speakers include Georgena Terry, CEO of Heart of Steel Bicycles, Chatham University Alumnae and creator of custom bikes for women; Lani Lazzari, CEO & Founder of Pittsburgh-based Simple Sugars, a national success and a “Shark Tank” star; and Heather Knight, founder and chief roboticist of Marilyn Monroebot, a pioneer in the intersection of robotics and entertainment. These amazing women will share their struggles, successes, and tips for building a business out of making at the evening forum to be held on Tuesday, October 14th from 4:30pm-8:00pm at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.
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Chatham University’s Nursing Program To Host The American Nurse Film on October 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University’s Nursing program’s Chi Zeta Chapter Honor Society of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International will be holding a screening of The American Nurse – Healing America on October 16, 2014 at 7:00pm in Eddy Theatre on the Shadyside Campus. The event will also include a networking session following the film. The event is free for participants and any nurse who watches the film will receive 1.50 CE credits through

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Chatham’s Creative Writing Program Receives Grant for the Make Mine Words Series

PITTSBURGH – The A.W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a grant to support the Make Mine Words reading series, part of the Words Without Walls program, a creative educational partnership between graduate students from the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham University and Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.

The grant will aid Make Mine Words in bringing twelve nationally recognized authors to Pittsburgh over the course of two years. The writers will give public readings and book signings to the Pittsburgh community at Chatham University, the Allegheny County Jail, and the Sojourner House (a rehabilitation facility for recovering mothers). Each member involved in the series will receive an anthology featuring all the participating authors. Sheryl St. Germain, director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and co-founder of the Words Without Walls program, will lead the Make Mine Words series.
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Chatham University to Host One-Day Writer’s Conference Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author, Roxane Gay

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University will host Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. The event will be held on Chatham’s Shadyside campus and will feature a full day program including keynote, three craft panels, a one-on-one meeting with an editor, your choice of featured book, and a subscription to a literary journal.

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Chatham Master of Accounting Student Wins Award for Paper On Sustainability Reporting for Investors

PITTSBURGH – Chatham Master of Accounting graduate student, Alexander Lake, was awarded first place in the 2014 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Student Writing Competition. Lake’s paper was entitled The Practice of Sustainability Reporting, its Challenges, and its Value for Investors, and is an important contribution to the discussion surrounding sustainability implementation.

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Art Exhibition: “BIRDHOUSE dialogues” Sept. 24 – Oct 22 in Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH: The Opening Reception for BIRDHOUSE dialogues will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Chatham University Art Gallery. This exhibition features the mixed media paintings of Susana Amundarain, teacher of painting in Chatham’s Department of Art, Design, and Communications, and the poetry of Carol Ciavonne. The paintings and poetry were the basis for a book of the same title published in 2013 by LaFi Publishers, and explore “the pathways of an imaginary bird.” In Amundarian’s abstract works “the eyes rest on the velvety drawings evoking the plumage of birds and the nimble velocity of their flights.” Ciavonne’s “poems traverse the page, inspiring as well as chasing the drawings.”

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday until Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The Chatham Art Gallery is located on Woodland Road, next to Café Rachel on the large quad of Chatham University, Shadyside. The gallery is open weekdays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

Please call 412-365-1106 for additional information.


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