Chatham News

Renowned Authors, Frances Moore Lappe & Julie Guthman, to Speak at Food and Climate Change Conference on October 14, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host the Food and Climate Change Conference on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Esther Barazzone Center of Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.

The conference will explore the intersection between food and climate change, and feature a locally sourced breakfast and lunch, student research demonstrations, breakout sessions and keynote talks from renowned authors Frances Moore Lappé and Julie Guthman.

The conference is free and open to the public. Additional information and registration can be found here:

Funding for the conference is generously provided by The Eden Hall Foundation.

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Peace Corps and Chatham University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

PITTSBURGH: The Peace Corps and Chatham University today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program housed in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. The program offers up to five graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who have been accepted into the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, or dual-degree MSUS+MBA and MAFS+MBA programs. Returned Peace Corps volunteers selected as Coverdell Fellows will receive 25 percent off tuition cost and mandatory fees.

All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers. Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting while gaining valuable, hands-on experience and  furthering the Peace Corps mission.

Since 1961, Chatham University has had 57 Peace Corps volunteers.

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Chatham University 2017-2018 Music Events Announced

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University Music Program has announced the 2017-2018 Musical Performance calendar.  All performances are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Pauline Rovkah, Director of the Piano Program, at or 412-365-1679.

Musicales are held at 4:00 p.m. in James Laughlin Music Center

October 20, 2017
20-21 century Women Composers: works by Alwynne Pritchard,
Rebecca Sunders, Kyle Bartlett and Galina Ustvolskaya
James Iman, piano

November 17, 2017
Beethoven: Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VIII
Walter Morales, piano

February 16, 2018
An Afternoon in Vienna: works by Haydn and Schubert, featuring Faschingschwank aus Wien by Schumann
Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano

March 16, 2018
Beethoven: Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VIII
Walter Morales, piano
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Chatham University Women’s Institute Announces Nov. 4 Gender Scholars Symposium and Keynote Speaker

PITTSBURGH:  The Chatham University Women’s Institute and the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium (PCSC) will host a gender scholars symposium entitled: “Gender Equality in Pittsburgh: Making Intersectional Change Happen” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8 AM to 1:30 PM at Chatham University. The symposium will feature over 45 gender scholars and community leaders along with keynote speaker, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Chatham University Named Again to the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has once again been selected as one of only 24 universities for the Princeton Review’s  2018 Green College Honor Roll.  The Green College Honor Roll recognizes the most environmentally responsible colleges across the United States. This year, 629 colleges were ranked. Chatham earned a perfect Green Rating score (99 out of 99), which measures “a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution”.

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“Renewable Art Can be Beautiful!” exhibit now through October 13 at the Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH:  Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Co-Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), have provided examples of public art and sustainable design for display at the Chatham University Art Gallery through October 13, 2017.

The LAGI has become one of the world’s most followed sustainable design events and is inspiring people everywhere about the promise of a net-zero carbon future. LAGI is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed and natural environments.

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm until October 13, 2017.  The Chatham Art Gallery is located on Woodland Road, next to Cafe Rachel on the large Quad of the Shadyside Campus. Please call 412-365-1410 for additional information.

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Author, Margot Livesey, Visits Chatham as 2017 Melanie Brown Lecturer

PITTSBURGH: On Wednesday, September 20, at 8 p.m. in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will welcome Margot Livesey as the Melanie Brown Lecturer. Melanie and Fred R. Brown established the Melanie Brown Lecture Series in 2008 to support a two-day campus visit by an established author whose fiction writing is guided by a strong sense of place.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Kelly Kepner, at for more information.

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Sierra Magazine Ranks Chatham as one of America’s “Greenest Colleges”

PITTSBURGH:  Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 14th greenest university in its annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” This is the fifth year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor, and is the highest ranking the University has achieved to date. 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 and upholding high environmental standards.

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Undergraduate Business, Nursing and Education Programs Recognized

PITTSBURGH, PA:  Chatham University has been honored as a College of Distinction for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in its undergraduate Business, Education, and Nursing programs. Colleges of Distinction granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a track record for success.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate Chatham University for its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Building upon its extensive liberal arts curriculum, as well as its impressive engagement of High-Impact Practices, Chatham continues to stand out through its stance as a leader in professional education.”

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Chatham University Selected as a HIMSS Approved Education Partner

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced today that they have been named a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Approved Education Partner (AEP) as a result of meeting HIMSS’s rigorous standards for quality health IT and healthcare education, with Chatham’s Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.

As a HIMSS AEP, Chatham joins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare.

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