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Chatham University Spring 2016 Music Events Announced

The Chatham University Music Program has announced the Spring 2016 Musical Performance calendar. Unless otherwise listed, all performances are open to the public. For more information, please contact Pauline Rovkah, Director of Piano Program, at or (412) 365-1679.

Spring 2016 Music Events

January 15, 4:00 p.m.  James Laughlin Music Hall
Beethoven Project:  Piano Sonatas, Part V
Op. 10, No. 1 – Op. 14, No. 1 – Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”
Walter Morales, piano

January 23, 3:00 p.m.  James Laughlin Music Hall
French Liaisons:  A Harp with Strings
Works by Henriette Renie, Jacques Ibert and Andre Caplet
Kassia Ensemble

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Author Jimmy Guignard to Read at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:   Jimmy Guignard will read on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in Beckwith Hall at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Foundation.  The reading is free and open to the public.

Living on seven acres above the Marcellus Shale – an active gas play in Pennsylvania, Jimmy Guignard has witnessed the gradual transformation of the rural landscape his family calls home into an industrial sacrifice zone.

In his new book Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale, the English professor and experienced cyclist grapples with the meaning of place and the power of words.

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Former President & CEO of RTI International to Speak at Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

PITTSBURGH:  Dawne S. Hickton, former Vice Chair, President and CEO RTI International Metals, Inc.; a global leader in titanium and specialty metal products and services (acquired earlier this year by lightweight metals leader Alcoa); will speak at the January 8th, 2016 Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series. The topic of her talk will be: “Building a Business and Making the Billion-Dollar Sale.” 

This event will be held January 8th from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus as part of The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series, a monthly speaker series hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. In addition to the speaker, this event provides networking opportunities, a chance for attendees to meet the speaker personally, and a light continental breakfast buffet.

The cost to attend is $25. For more information or to register for this event, visit the event page at or call 412-365-1253.

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Chatham Adds Women’s & Men’s Lacrosse for 2016-17 Academic Year

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the addition of women’s and men’s lacrosse for the 2016-17 academic year. The addition of women’s and men’s lacrosse increases the number of Chatham’s varsity sports to 15.

A search for new head coaches will begin immediately, and Chatham will play in the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences (ORLC & ORWLC). These were formed in the fall of 2014 when the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) aligned to create these conferences for men’s and women’s lacrosse.

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Chatham University Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

PITTSBURGH:  In recognition of its sustainability achievements, Chatham University has received STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. There are currently 731 institutions participating in the STARS program, and Chatham now holds the fourth-highest score out of all 731 participating institutions across the US and Canada.

“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “Chatham University has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

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Chatham University to Offer Paid Paternity Leave

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced the adoption of a new Paid Parental Leave Policy effective January 1, 2016 for eligible full-time, male and female administrative staff and faculty. With this policy, the University will provide up to six (6) consecutive work weeks of Paid Parental leave to an eligible employee who is an eligible parent following the birth or adoption of a child, subject to the terms and conditions as noted in the University’s Paid Parental Policy.

This new Paid Parental Leave Policy is in keeping with a growing movement in Pittsburgh to make the city a family-friendly place by offering paternity/maternity leave. Chatham was also one of the very first institutions in the city to provide same-sex partner benefits for employees, and is committed to continue to adopt forward-thinking employee benefits in order to create a supportive workplace for its employees.


Chatham University Music and Arts Summer Day Camp receives accreditation

PITTSBURGH:   As it prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016, Chatham University’s Music and Arts Summer Day Camp announced that it has received American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation by the Keystone Regional Local Council of Leaders (LCOL).

Music and Arts Summer Day Camp is located on Chatham’s picturesque Shadyside Campus, and provides intensive music and art experiences to students Pre K – 9th grade.  Campers also enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as swimming and sports to supplement the core art, theater and music curriculum.

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Award-winning Author and Speaker on Interfaith Religious Cooperation to Give Public Lecture on December 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH:  Eboo Patel, the founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, a national movement promoting interfaith religious cooperation, will visit Chatham University on December 2, 2015 as the inaugural Karen Lake Buttrey ’67 Chair in Religion and Society Lecturer.  Patel will spend the day meeting student leaders and campus administrators; instruct an Interfaith Training session; and speak on Interfaith leadership at a public lecture, entitled: “Sacred Ground: Interfaith Leadership in the 21st Century.”

The lecture is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:30 PM in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside campus. A reception and book signing will immediately follow. More information and to register at

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Art Exhibition Opening December 4 as Part of Chatham University’s Global Focus Year of Climate Change Programming

PITTSBURGH:  The Opening Reception for the new exhibit, microcosm/MACROCOSM, will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Chatham University Art Gallery. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, December 7-18 and January 4-22. Admission is free and open to the public.

Defined by the Ancient Greeks, the words microcosm and macrocosm propose that the same patterns are reproduced at all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (the universe) to the smallest scale (the sub-atomic).  In other words, the very small can encapsulate in miniature the characteristics of something much larger. For this exhibition, the students of ART 378 Curating the Visual Arts invited members of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh to explore these concepts in works of art that are limited in size (no larger than 30 x 30 inches for 2-d work and 18 x 18 x 24 inches for 3-d work) but unlimited in imagination.

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Chatham Designated a “Bicycle Friendly University” for the 5th Year in a Row

Chatham University was once again selected as a Bicycle Friendly University (Bronze Level) by The League of American Bicyclists. Chatham has been a Bicycle Friendly University since the beginning of the program in 2011. There are currently 127 BFUs in the U.S.

Chatham was one of the first Pennsylvania employers to offer a $20 a month tax credit to workers who bike for a substantial portion of their commute. Another biking-friendly initiative is the Bike Collective, a subgroup of Chatham’s student-run environmental group Green Horizons. Bike Collective is dedicated to encouraging and enabling students to bike, rather than drive. With the help of the local organizations, Free Ride and Bike Pittsburgh, the collective guides students through the ins and outs of bicycle commuting. Bike Works, a free work-space available to all Chatham biking community members, offers shop hours and “hands on” workshops. These workshops focus on different aspects of bicycling that everyone who plans to ride needs to know about: basic maintenance skills, on-the-road repairs and how to ride safely.

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