Chatham News

Chatham University Receives $15 Million Gift From the Falk Foundation

The grant will support and accelerate the education, outreach and research mission of Chatham’s renamed Falk School of Sustainability.

PITTSBURGH, PA— Chatham University has received a $15 million grant from the Falk Foundation to support Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment. This grant, the largest gift Chatham has ever received in its 144-year history, builds upon the major gifts received to-date for Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment and the new Eden Hall Campus from individuals and foundations including The Eden Hall Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the McCune Foundation, Dollar Bank and PNC Charitable Trust among other supporters.

With this transformational capital gift, Chatham University will create the Falk Sustainability Endowment to support academic programs in Chatham’s interdisciplinary School of Sustainability & the Environment and help fund campus construction at Eden Hall Campus. In honor and recognition of this gift, Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment will also be renamed, the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University. Additional highlights of the initial Falk investments include:

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State Representative Brian Sims to speak about anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH—In recognition of LGBT History Month, Chatham University will host speaker State Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Rep. Sims will discuss current anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality at a public lecture in Eddy Theater. A meet and greet will follow in Mellon Center. Both events are free and registration is available at or 412-365-1878. The event is sponsored by the Chatham University Office of Student Affairs, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Chatham University.

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Chatham jumps seven spots in the US News & World Report rankings

PITTSBURGH: U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best colleges and universities has placed Chatham University #48 in the “Regional University North” category. This is seven spots higher than the 2013 ranking and the fourth year of improving ranks with Chatham having jumped 19 spots over the past four years. The new ranking makes Chatham the second-highest ranked institution in western Pennsylvania in the “Regional University North” category.

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Chatham University to host The Humanities and Technology Camp October 5-6

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University will host The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Pittsburgh on October 5-6 . This will be the first time the event has been held in the Pittsburgh region. Geared toward people with all levels of technological knowledge, the event is an open, affordable meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.

THATCamp Pittsburgh will include workshops on topics such as Omeka, WordPress, Network Analysis, Oxygen HML, social media, and digital preservation, among others. The conference keynote will be Dr. Patrick Juola, associate professor of computer science at Duquesne University, who has made national and international news recently as one of two analysts that helped to reveal J.K. Rowling’s authorship of Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling.

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Grants from the PNC Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation help the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University launch MyBusiness Startup and MyConsulting Corner programs

Programs aim to increase revenue and job creation in women-owned businesses

PITTSBURGH—Women-owned businesses are growing at one and a half times the national average, yet lack in revenue and job growth. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, with grant support from the PNC Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, is launching new programming designed to address that deficiency.

Women entrepreneurs face many challenges. Only 1.8 percent of women-owned businesses hit the $1 million mark, compared to the national average of 5.3 percent, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. In addition, the average women-owned business starts with only 64 percent of the capital of its male counterpart. This and the reluctance to tap outside financing throughout their lifetimes helps to explain why average women-owned businesses have 25 percent lower revenues than the typical firms owned by men in the same industries, according to a the 2010 report on women-owned businesses from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration.

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Chatham University to present free public screening of film by David Safin as part the
Best of the MFA Series

Chatham’s Graduate Film Society and Master of Fine Arts
in Film and Digital Technology program host the event

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University will present a free public screening of “The Birthday Present” by local filmmaker David Safin, MFAFDT ’13, at 7 p.m. on September 19 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.

In the short film, Scott Frobel (Safin) is quite baffled by the odd birthday present given to him by his pregnant sister-in-law, Erica (Natalie Baverso). He does what he thinks anyone else would do in his situation: he gives it away. When his brother, Doug Jr. (Ryan Koenig) discovers his disdain for the gift, a chain of events is set in motion lands Erica in bed with temporary amnesia.

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Sierra magazine ranks Chatham University as one of the top 25 greenest universities in the country

The magazine’s seventh annual ranking of the nation’s
“Coolest Schools” recognizes colleges for sustainable operations and shaping future environmental citizens, workers, and leaders

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 24th greenest university in its seventh annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools.” The rankings, published in the magazine’s September/October issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are taking dramatic steps to help protect the planet and its resources. Chatham is one of only two Pennsylvania institutions to make the top 25.

“Chatham University is proud to be recognized as one of the country’s top 25 greenest universities by Sierra magazine for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham.

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Owner and founder of $100 million business Tastefully Simple Jill Blashack Strahan to give keynote at Chatham University entrepreneurship forum for business women

“Women Who Lead” is the focus of the 8th Annual Think Big Forum, hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University on October 18

PITTSBURGH—The eighth annual Think Big Forum hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will focus on “Women Who Lead.” Keynote speaker Jill Blashack Strahan, owner and founder of Tastefully Simple, Inc., started her business in a shed with no running water—using a pool table as her packing station. Strahan has since built Tastefully Simple into a $100 million enterprise with more than 23,000 independent consultants nationwide and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top CEOs by Inc., Fast Company, and Pink magazines. She continues her mission to lead and help others shine through Tastefully Simple as well as Inspirada Dreams, an online goal-setting resource and community she launched in 2012. She will share her straight-forward philosophy for building and leading a multi-million dollar business at the half-day forum, to be held on Friday, October 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at Chatham’s Athletic and Fitness Center on the Shadyside Campus.

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Chatham University’s Global Focus program hosts public Chilean Independence Day Celebration on Sept. 21

Celebration coincides with the program’s Year of the Andes: Chile

PITTSBURGH—The Chatham University Global Focus program and Chilean community leaders throughout the Pittsburgh region are jointly hosting a free public celebration of Chilean Independence Day, or Dieciocho. The celebration, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, will feature authentic Chilean cuisine, music, dance performances, and alpacas. There will also be Chilean-inspired crafting stations, face painting, and a Moon Bounce for children. All events will take place on the Shadyside Campus Quad, with the university’s Athletic & Fitness Center as the designated rain location.

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Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author, to give free public reading at Chatham University on September 13

Cash will speak as part of the Melanie Brown Lecturer Series at the event sponsored by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program

PITTSBURGH—Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will give a free public reading at Chatham University at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 13, in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside Campus. As Chatham’s 2013 Melanie Brown Lecturer, Cash will read from his works, including his upcoming book This Dark Road to Mercy, available from William Morrow/HarperCollins in January 2014. The event is hosted by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

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