Chatham News

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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Who helps the helpers? New research by Chatham University Psychology faculty and students explore usage of and attitudes toward counseling services by Catholic Priests

PITTSBURGH: With a shortage of Catholic priests for existing parishes and the demanding nature of the priestly role, research has found evidence of depression, stress, burnout, and loneliness among Catholic priests. New research out of Chatham University shows that priests have a positive attitude about seeking mental health services, and that nearly 60% of priests in the study had sought mental health services for support during their time in ministry.
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Chatham University Promotes Two Faculty Members to Program Director Positions

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the promotions of current faculty, Dr. Joe Schreiber and Dr. Kristen Harty to the position of Program Directors for the Physical Therapy and Education Departments.
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Letter to the Editor: Change or Perish

The following op-ed from current and former Board Chairs of Chatham University was submitted and published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in response to a June 29th article on Chatham.
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2014 Chatham University Alumni Awards Presented

PITTSBURGH – During the 2014 Alumnae Reunion Weekend held June 6-8 on Chatham’s Shadyside campus, Chatham University presented the Distinguished Alumna Award and four Cornerstone Awards to graduates who demonstrate professional success grounded in the ideals of their alma mater.
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Chatham University Is One of Six U.S. Schools Participating At Indonesian Workshop On Sustainable Environments and Resilient Communities

Pittsburgh– Chatham University representatives will travel to Indonesia from June 16-18 to join sixty educators and administrators from the United States and Indonesia at Gadjah Mada University for a workshop to develop new research partnerships, explore potential areas of collaboration, and initiate joint proposals in the areas of sustainable environment and resilient communities. The workshop is the first major activity planned by the USIPP Consortium, a bi-national group of twelve colleges and universities committed to advancing U.S. – Indonesia academic collaboration.

Delegates from Chatham include: Prof. Greg Galford, Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture; Dr. Molly Mehling, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Sustainability; and Dr. Darlene Motley, Dean, School of Arts, Science and Business.
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Art Exhibit: Jerry Caplan and Donna Hollen Bolmgren: Partners in Art

On display in the Chatham University Art Gallery, the exhibit “Jerry Caplan and Donna Hollen Bolmgren: Partners in Art” explores the intersection between their lives and their art through self-portraits by both artists and other subjects in oil, drawings in charcoal and pastel, handmade paper, and sculpture in ceramic and plaster.

The exhibit is on display in conjunction with a collection of photographs, documents and artifacts from the life of Caplan, who was an art professor at Chatham for nearly 30 years, on the first floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library.

Both exhibits can be seen through Aug. 22. The Chatham University Art Gallery is in Woodland Hall, next to Cafe Rachel on the large quad of Chatham University, Shadyside. The library, located opposite, is open from 7:45 a.m. to midnight daily, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission to each is free.

Details: 412-365-1670



Chatham University Promotes Long-Serving Professor to Dean of Undergraduate Innovation

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the promotion of Dr. Bill Lenz (with Chatham since 1980) to the newly created position of Dean of Undergraduate Innovation and Special Assistant to the President.

In the newly created Dean of Undergraduate Innovation and Special Assistant to the President role, Dr. Lenz will work with all constituencies of the institution to review current institutional practices and curriculum at the undergraduate level to determine ways in which Chatham can best serve students and society in a world in which “disruptive change” has become the norm in higher education. He will play a key leadership role in Chatham’s efforts to review programs and undergraduate offerings (curricular and co-curricular) in the context of potential adaptations to better address contemporary concerns about student work force preparedness, the ability for students to truly engage in life long learning, the cost of higher education, and other relevant topics.
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