Chatham News

Chatham University offers new Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2013) … Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) is now accepting applications for its new 16-month Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership program for professionals looking to strengthen their ability to advance sustainability in a range of professional settings. This 30-credit program can be completed in under two years, is designed for those who want to advance their careers or transition to careers in sustainability, and combines online coursework with period visits to Chatham’s new, zero net energy Eden Hall Campus. Graduates will be equipped to apply the fundamental principles of sustainability as they lead change and effectively communicate their efforts in the boardroom, to employees, and to consumers. Classes begin fall 2013.

Students will take courses designed specifically for sustainability professionals, along with courses within the Master of Sustainability program, Master of Business Administration program, communications, and other programs that will provide a broad sustainability education that focuses directly on real-world use and business application.

“Pursuing more sustainable practices is an increasingly important aspect of doing business in the United States and around the world,” says David Hassenzahl, dean of the SSE. “Clients, shareholders, suppliers, and governments are demanding that companies become accountable for their impacts on socio-ecological systems, such as air, water, waste, community health, and employee welfare.”

View admission requirements, apply online, and take a virtual tour of Eden Hall Campus at http://www.chatham.edu/EMSL. For more information about the Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership program contact Trish Golla at PGolla@Chatham.edu.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., stands as both a legacy and leader in the realm of sustainability. Long recognized for its contributions to the environmental movement, Chatham is now forging new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.”

Located on 388 acres of formerly undeveloped farm and woodlands about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health.

For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to host screening of independent film For the Next 7 Generations

PITTSBURGH (April 5, 2013) … Chatham University, Transformational Alliance Peaceburgh, and InterPlay Pittsburgh will host a public screening of independent film For the Next 7 Generations on April 26 in the Eddy Theater on the Shadyside Campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The community will be joined by the filmmaker, Carole Hart, and indigenous elders of Pittsburgh for a talkback session and celebration immediately following the screening.

Brought together by a common vision of peace, 13 tribal elders who are grandmothers from across the globe traveled to eight different countries to share one powerful message of hope. Five years in the making and shot on location from the remote villages of the Amazon to the steps of the Vatican, this award-winning film follows these women as they face a world in crisis. Produced and directed by the Emmy & Peabody Award-winning Carole Hart and Bruce Hart (Sesame Street, Free to Be…You and Me) and narrated by Ashley Judd, For the Next 7 Generations weaves a tapestry of tribal traditions and hope for the future. A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will support the work of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

 

Fundraiser for Words Without Walls to feature readings on the theme of society’s “Outsiders”

PITTSBURGH (April 2, 2013) … Are you an outsider? With a nod to “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will host a public fundraiser on Friday, April 12, for Words Without Walls that will feature readings on the theme of society’s outsiders. Words Without Walls is a creative partnership between Chatham creative writing graduate students and the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ). Students from Chatham teach creative writing courses to male and female inmates at ACJ, organize readings of their work, facilitate community workshops after their release, and publish their work in an annual anthology. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Braddock’s Unsmoke Systems Artspace, located at 1137 Braddock Ave. Admission is $20 ($10 for students).

At the fundraiser, local writers Sheryl St. Germain, director of the MFA in Creative Writing program; Heather McNaugher, and Lo Williams will give readings alongside two former Words Without Walls students Stephan Hayes, recent inmate who is finishing his first play for fall production, and Ashley Petty, a Words Without Walls student-poet. The evening will also feature entertainment by DJ Fernando Hammer, a silent auction, a drawathon, poetry for $1 on vintage typewriters, and wood-fired pizza from the Braddock community oven.

Words Without Walls inspired the launch of a similar partnership that the MFA in Creative Writing program leads at Sojourner House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing faith-based addiction treatment for mothers and their children to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction. The new program Make Mine Words: Writing Your Way to Recovery helps to acquaint residents with the spiritual healing that can be experienced through writing.

Find out more about our program at www.wordswithoutwalls.com.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, while encouraging them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “4 top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/mfa or contact Sheryl St. Germain at sstgermain@chatham.edu.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Ugandan women to share stories of overcoming extreme poverty through the art of beads

PITTSBURGH (March 29, 2013) … Chatham University will host Ugandan women Joan Ahimbisibwe and Teddy Namuyiga, who will tell their stories of overcoming poverty through opportunities provided to them through the nonprofit BeadforLife. The organization helps impoverished women in Uganda by locating global markets for recycled paper jewelry and shea products. Members earn fair trade wages, receive entrepreneurial training, and open their own small businesses. Today, Ahimbisibwe and Namuyiga are among 74 percent of BeadforLife’s artisans that have started businesses — and their overall success rate is almost double that of start-ups in the United States. The free public event BeadforLife: Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time is part of BeadforLife’s six-city Opportunity Tour and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Center on the Shadyside Campus.

More information about BeadforLife’s Opportunity Tour and other upcoming events is available at www.beadforlife.org. Chatham University’s social work department, SWIRL Social Work Club, and Student Activities are sponsoring the April 12 event. Contact Melissa Bell, assistant professor of social work, at mbell@chatham.edu for more information.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe to give public lecture at Chatham University on April 15

The evening is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and the Hillman Foundation

PITTSBURGH (March 26, 2013) … Senator Olympia Snowe, widely known for her efforts to build bipartisan consensus on key issues, is Chatham University’s Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics for the 2012-13 academic year. The Elsie Hillman Chair is an honor that is awarded by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University with financial support from the Hillman Foundation. As such, she will deliver a public lecture at the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus at 6 p.m. on April 15. Snowe will offer her perspective on the current environment in Washington and what can be done to fix the broken system. Registration is available on the PCWP website.

About Olympia Snowe
After announcing in March 2012 that she would not seek reelection in the November election, Snowe retired at the end of her third term as a U.S. Senator from Maine on January 3 of this year. Throughout the years, her dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. Calling her “The Caretaker,” it wrote of Snowe: “Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is in the center of every policy debate in Washington, but while Snowe is a major player on national issues, she is also known as one of the most effective advocates for her constituents.”

With her election in 1994, Snowe became only the second woman senator in history to represent Maine, following the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who served from 1949-1973. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote. Before her election to the Senate, Olympia Snowe represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than anyone since World War II.

Focusing her attention on efforts to build bipartisan consensus on key issues that matter to Maine and America, Snowe has built a reputation as one of the Congress’ leading moderates. In 1999, she was cited by Congressional Quarterly for her centrist leadership, and was co-chair with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) of a bipartisan, consensus-building group in the Senate called the Common Ground Coalition — a forum for communication and cooperation between Senate Democrats and Republicans.

During her time in the Senate, Senator Snowe worked extensively on a number of issues, such as budget and fiscal responsibility; education, including student financial aid and education technology; national security; women’s issues; healthcare, including prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients; welfare reform; oceans and fisheries issues; and campaign finance reform.

During her tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, she co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues for 10 years, and provided leadership in establishing the Office of Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. She also served as a member of the House Budget Committee and House Subcommittee on Human Services.

She served in both Houses of the Maine Legislature, first elected to the Maine House – representing her hometown of Auburn — in 1973 to the seat left vacant by the death of her first husband, the late Peter Snowe, in an auto accident. She was re-elected in 1974, and was elected to the Maine Senate representing Androscoggin County in 1976.

About the Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics
The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by The Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 to honor the Pittsburgh, Pa., native and long-time political native. The chair serves as an inspiration and role model for students, as well as other members of the university community and citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars, and activists to Chatham University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.

The first center to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues.

The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast byU.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to present The Best of the MFA Series with free public screening of a film by Chris Nicholson

Event is hosted by Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program

PITTSBURGH (March 26, 2013) … Chatham University will present a free public screening of “Haunted States of America” by local filmmaker Chris Nicholson, MFA ’12, at 7 p.m. on April 11 in the Eddy Theater. The screening is part of The Best of the MFA Series, hosted by the Graduate Film Society and the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program; the series aims to share the power of cinema with the community. A Q&A session with the Pittsburgh Paranormal Society will follow the screening.

Nicholson is an award-winning filmmaker with an MFA in Film from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He is an independent filmmaker, video production specialist in the Pittsburgh adverting industry, and a video production instructor at Robert Morris University. Nicholson’s upcoming projects include writing, producing, and directing the short romantic comedy “Speed Dating,” and handling directorial duties for a horror feature film this fall.

Nicholson has won the Pittsburgh Film Workers Association Creech Award for best short film in 2010 for his multiple festival-winning film “Jack Ale Lantern” and was also finalist in 2011 for “Fortune Cookie.” He was awarded a Telly Award in 2009 for the short documentary “Ben Geyer’s Geo Bee Challenge.” Nicholson’s films “Bray Road” and “A Creeping Fear” have been screened at national film festivals with “A Creeping Fear” named a finalist for the best short film at this past year’s Midnight Black International Festival of Darkness in Los Angeles. His commercial work includes TV & web commercials, viral videos, corporate videos, and a featured documentary “Sean Jones Artist of the Year Tribute” for the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative and the August Wilson Center Theatre in Pittsburgh. For more information about the screening, contact Summer Marsh at smarsh1@chatham.edu.

About Chatham University’s MFA in Film and Digital Technology program
The MFA in Film and Digital Technology program is focused on advanced project work in a range of media production areas, principally film/video, DVD and the Web. It is designed to extend and develop students’ experience and knowledge in the field of media production and their understanding of creative and critical practice within the media industries. Students in this MFA graduate program are encouraged to explore the ways boundaries between previously separate forms of media production are blurring. Students will focus on developing their understanding of how emerging concepts such as interactivity, connectivity and convergence of emerging technologies such as DVD and interactive video are creating new creative possibilities, production processes and delivery systems for more traditional forms of media production, such as film and video.

About Chatham’s Graduate Film Society
Chatham’s Graduate Film Society is a student-led organization that encourages people who are passionate about film and cinema to watch, discuss, and enjoy movies with fellow film lovers.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today. For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Food, Farm, and Field: Chatham University now registering students for hands-on summer sustainability course at Eden Hall Campus

PITTSBURGH (March 15, 2013) … Chatham University is now registering students for its second annual summer food and sustainability course to be held at Eden Hall Campus from July 28 through August 10. During the two-week summer program titled Food, Farm, and Field, students will gain a deeper understanding of issues relating to sustainability and the environment while living at the University’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, Pa.

Students live on campus throughout the course, exploring the critical relationships among food, farm, and environment. The program blends classroom learning, group discussions, community field trips, and lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen. One day of the course may start with a breakfast discussion about the importance of agro-ecology as it relates to the farm and its surroundings. From there, students spend the rest of the morning learning sustainable growing methods while working in the Eden Hall Campus’ organic garden. After a lunch break, students attend lectures and discuss important literature about sustainable farming, food sheds, and more. Other days may take students off the farm as they visit a variety of local businesses where they will learn first-hand about locally sourced cheeses, foraged foods, the importance of organizing and supporting farm markets, and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare locally sourced dishes and compare them to meals sourced from Wal-mart. Each day will include time for recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, yoga, and time for reflection through writing, video, and photography.

“I am truly grateful for those two weeks in Pennsylvania,” says Julia Pope, an anthropology and fine arts major at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. “I learned so much about what we covered in the course material, but I learned far more about myself and my place in the world around me, building lasting relationships as I went. I could never replace what I was given during my time with the group, I am infinitely thankful for the direction in which the entire experience has propelled me.”

Last summer’s Food, Farm, and Field class documented the experience on a blog that can be viewed at http://foodfarmfield.tumblr.com/.

“Because we take an interdisciplinary approach in this program, we can provide a whole range of perspectives on the way our food moves through our environment and our communities,” says Alice Julier, director of the Master of Arts in Food Studies program at Chatham.

“The program at Chatham involves hands-on experiential training at our Eden Hall site, but also engagement with practitioners throughout Pittsburgh. This connection between the agricultural and environmental landscape and the communities where food is prepared and consumed is our innovative approach to this course.”

Instructors will include Chatham University’s renowned faculty in sustainability, food studies, film and digital media, agro-ecology, and creative writing. Local farmers, chefs, and food suppliers will also provide their perspectives as guest lecturers. Current undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study who are enrolled in accredited institutions or those who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are encouraged to apply, as well as are those interested in agritourism or working in the food service industry.

Students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The cost is $3,000 and includes all course materials, academic credits, lodging, meals, and activities. For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/sse/ or call 412-365-1498 to speak with someone about the program. To register, visit http://apply.chatham.edu/ccps to create an account. Once created, select the “Food, Farm, and Field” option and provide the necessary information. Space is limited.

Chatham is also registering for its first Food, Farm, and Field summer course for high school sophomores and juniors. For more information about high school programming at Eden Hall Campus, contact Jessica Mooney with the School of Sustainability and the Environment at 412-365-2705 or jmooney@chatham.edu.

About Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE)
Chatham’s SSE currently offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies (MAFS) degree that attracts students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds seeking experience and training in intellectual and practical skills related to all stages of the food system. The SSE also offers a Master of Sustainability degree, a two-year, full-time cohort program that focuses on identifying and finding solutions to real-world sustainability challenges and developing an academically sound, yet professionally oriented understanding of how to simultaneously improve economic development, social justice, and the biophysical environment. Additional degree and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students will be offered starting in 2013.

About Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus
Eden Hall, gifted to Chatham University in 2008 by the Eden Hall Foundation, integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Located in the township of Pine-Richland on a 388-acre site north of Chatham’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall Campus will serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources neutral, zero net energy integrated facility.

The initial stage of construction consists of the development of field labs, classrooms, a café, an amphitheater, a mosaic garden, and infrastructure development to be complete by fall 2013. A dining hall and two residence halls supporting 150 beds are scheduled for completion in 2015. Costs for these stages of the project are estimated at $40 million.

By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating existing land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one of kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, Eden Hall will be a place of learning, research and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University is recognized as 2012 Tree Campus USA

The national program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation

PITTSBURGH (March 13, 2013) … Chatham University has been recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA. The national Tree Campus USA program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Chatham obtained the Tree Campus USA distinction by meeting the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by the program, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student-learning projects.

Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”

With elements designed for the Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s 39-acre campus encompasses a 32-acre designated arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including dawn redwood, bald cypress, yellowwood, katsura tree, cucumber magnolia, and Carolina silverbell. The arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students in the University’s Landscape Architecture and Landscape Studies programs and an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.

In 1998, Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, now known as the American Public Garden Association (APGA). The APGA for North American public gardens and staff strengthens public gardens by supporting and promoting their work, value, and achievements in horticultural display, education, research, and plant conservation.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

This year, Chatham was one of just 21 colleges to be named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates   10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the United States.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit toyota.com/philanthropy.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today. Widely recognized for its commitment to the environment, Chatham’s new Eden Hall Campus, opening in fall 2013, is the first campus in the world to be built from the ground up as a living and learning laboratory for sustainability. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, students will have the opportunity to explore and discover next generation solutions in the areas of energy and climate, water, food and sustainable agriculture, planning and design, and community and health.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to present The Best of the MFA Series with free public screening of a film by Zakk Heaps

Event is hosted by Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program

PITTSBURGH (March 13, 2013) … Chatham University will present a free public screening of “The Ocean Breathes” by local filmmaker Zakk Heaps, MFA ’11, at 7 p.m. on March 21 in the Eddy Theater. The screening is part of The Best of the MFA Series, hosted by the Graduate Film Society and the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology program; the series aims to share the power of cinema with the community.

With a constant desire to increase his knowledge of filmmaking and production, Heaps opted to further his education and went on to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University. His work revolves around the environment and human interest. Heaps’ MFA thesis documentary “The Ocean Breathes” focuses on the unique wind conditions of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The film explores how these winds have aided in the establishment of this distinct community and how they might carry the region into the future, with wind power as a renewable energy source. The film premiered at the Hatteras Island Surf Film & Music Festival in July of 2012 and is in the process of submission to different festival circuits.

Heaps is a director and cinematographer for the auto TV series “Open Throttle 360.” In addition, Heaps has worked commercially with clients such as American Eagle, Creed, Giant Eagle, and The American Cancer Society.

For more information about the screening, contact Summer Marsh at smarsh1@chatham.edu.

About Chatham University’s MFA in Film and Digital Technology program
The MFA in Film and Digital Technology program is focused on advanced project work in a range of media production areas, principally film/video, DVD and the Web. It is designed to extend and develop students’ experience and knowledge in the field of media production and their understanding of creative and critical practice within the media industries.

Students in this MFA graduate program are encouraged to explore the ways boundaries between previously separate forms of media production are blurring. Students will focus on developing their understanding of how emerging concepts such as interactivity, connectivity and convergence of emerging technologies such as DVD and interactive video are creating new creative possibilities, production processes and delivery systems for more traditional forms of media production, such as film and video.

About Chatham’s Graduate Film Society
Chatham’s Graduate Film Society is a student-led organization that encourages people who are passionate about film and cinema to watch, discuss, and enjoy movies with fellow film lovers.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Chatham University to host Annual Spring Carnival on March 30

Proceeds to benefit Haitian Families First

PITTSBURGH (March 12, 2013) …  Chatham University will host its free family-friendly Spring Carnival on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Athletic and Fitness Center patio, which is located on the Shadyside Campus. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales and photos with the Easter Bunny will benefit local nonprofit Haitian Families First, founded by local women Jamie and Ali McMutrie. The organization was selected to receive the proceeds because its foundation of women’s leadership and civic engagement aligns with the Chatham mission to empower the women of tomorrow.

Also at the public carnival will be the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Magician Lee Terbosic, craft and activity booths, prizes, face painters, balloon artists, food, and more.

About Haitian Families First
Haitian Families First is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the children of Haiti by strengthening their communities and nurturing their families. HFF assists families by providing formula for infants, helping with medical expenses and other health-related costs, and by giving tuition assistance to school-aged children. HFF works with families to assess their individual needs and help them achieve their goals of family preservation and self-sufficiency.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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