Chatham News

Chatham Professor Explores the Psychology of Emojis

PITTSBURGH: Dr. Monica Riordan, an experimental psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh has published new research entitled,  Emojis as Tools for Emotion Work: Communicating Affect in Text Messages.

In her recent study, Dr. Riordan analyzes emoticon use in texts and finds that while prior research of emoji faces suggest their primary purpose is to convey affect, few have researched the communicative purpose of emojis of objects. In her current work, two experiments assess whether emojis of objects also convey affect.

Different populations of participants were shown text messages with or without different emojis of objects, asked to rate the message’s affective content, and indicate their confidence in their ratings. Overall results suggest that emojis of objects communicate positive affect, specifically joy.

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Eden Hall Campus receives American Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Design Excellence

PITTSBURGH: The American Institute of Architects and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have awarded Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus a COTE Top Ten Award. The Awards “highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance.” Submissions for the Awards required demonstration of how the project aligns with COTE’s criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The Eden Hall Campus was commended by the jury on its water management and treatment systems, and utilization of all buildings as possible classrooms.

The COTE Top Ten Awards are industry’s premier awards for sustainable design excellence. In addition to Eden Hall Campus, nine design projects from United States and Singapore were awarded for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

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Chatham University student, Maria Taylor, honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

PITTSBURGH: Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Chatham University Junior,  Maria Taylor ’17.

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Maria will be a part of a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“Maria is passionately invested in finding solutions to social problems faced by her community,” states Chatham President David Finegold. “This is a well-deserved honor and will help further her commitment to help support marginalized students, students faced with financial challenges, and sexual assault prevention policies.”

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Chatham University is Designated “Tree Campus USA” for the 5th Year in a Row

PITTSBURGH:  For the fifth consecutive year, Chatham University was honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University Shadyside campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Located on a campus founded back in 1869, Chatham’s 39-acre campus today encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom, as well, an inviting place to stroll and to meditate. In 1998 Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA, now know as the American Public Garden Association (APGA).

On Thursday, April 27th, Britt Ehlers, Arbor Day Foundation’s VP of Development and General Counsel, will be presenting a talk on the Foundation’s national and global tree planting programs.  Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of TreePittsburgh, will also be on hand to make a presentation on TreePittsburgh’s current initiatives.   These talks will take place on the Mellon Board Room patio, followed by a tour of the arboretum and a ceremonial tree planting. The event is free and open to the public.  Please register on myChatham.

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Author and Ageism Expert to Lecture at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will be presenting a lecture by Ashton Applewhite on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at the Eddy Theater, on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Ashton, considered an ageism expert, has devoted herself to understanding the causes and cures of ageism – the socially accepted discrimination in our society, the “ism” no one talks about. With wit, insight and knowledge, she debunks the myths and stereotypes of declining cognition, health, and beauty in the over 40 population. Come be inspired and entertained. Lena Dunham loves her and so will you.

About Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. Read more about Ashton Applewhite at:


Chatham University Hosting International Higher Education Summit on April 18, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will host the International Higher Education Summit on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at its Shadyside campus in Pittsburgh. The event features panels and discussions featuring 11 presidents and senior academic leaders from universities in Canada, Pittsburgh and Europe along with representatives from Google and the City of Pittsburgh.

The event will kick off at 8.50 AM with keynote speaker, Professor Justine Cassell from Carnegie Mellon University. Her talk, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: Implications for Higher Education”, will be followed by four panel discussions.

Panel topics will include:

  • The future of higher education and the role of governments
  • Access, inclusion, and immigration
  • A university’s role in making the planet sustainable
  • Activism on campus

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Chatham University Launches an English Language to Undergraduate Degree Pathway Program for International Students

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has launched Pittsburgh Pathways, a new program that teaches non-native speaking students English, while also allowing them to earn up to 36 undergraduate credits towards a degree at Chatham University or another university.

Students enroll in Pittsburgh Pathways for two or three terms, depending on their language level, and receive a combination of English as a Second Language (ESL) and undergraduate academic courses of their choosing. Upon successful completion of the program, Pathways students receive guaranteed admission to a degree program at Chatham University or can transfer their credits to another institution.

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Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Callie Crossley, to Give Lecture and Receive Hollander Award for Women’s Leadership

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has announced that Callie Crossley is the recipient of the 2017 Barbara Stone Hollander ’60 Award for Women’s Leadership, presented by the Women’s Institute at Chatham University. Ms. Crossley will visit Chatham University to accept the award and give a presentation entitled “Unreality Check: Journalism in the Era of Fake News” on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7PM, in Eddy Theater on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus. The event is free of charge with registration. To register for the event, please visit

Ms. Crossley is a radio host and frequent commentator on WBGH in Boston, NPR, Beat the Press, and Basic Black. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post, NECN’s Broadside, CNN’s Reliable Sources, On the Media, the PBS NewsHour, and PRI’s The Takeaway. She was formerly a producer for ABC News 20/20. Crossley produced Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, earning her an Oscar nomination and an Emmy Award.

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Creative Writing Program Hosts “Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times” on April 6th

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will sponsor Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times on April 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  The event will feature readings and conversations with four authors, Li-Young Lee, Cornelius Eady, Danez Smith and Adriana E. Ramirez.

Writing in Divided Times will begin with readings and performance by Smith and Ramirez from 5:15-6 p.m., where books will be available for purchase. Following a 6-7:30 p.m. dinner on your own, readings by Lee and Eady will take place from 7:30-8:15 p.m.  A panel discussion featuring all authors is scheduled from 8:15- 9 p.m., with book sales and a reception wrapping up the evening from 9-9:30 p.m.  The writers will take questions that will address what poetry might accomplish in divided times, and how it might be used to navigate hostile environments, whether personal, cultural or political.

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