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.
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.
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 chatham.edu.
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.
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.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University was ranked as a Top 50 (# 31) institution for undergraduate student participation in Study Abroad in the latest Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. The report was released November 16th by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and shows that five percent more American students – a total of 304,467 – studied abroad for academic credit from their U.S. colleges and universities in 2013/14 as compared with the prior year. This is the highest rate of growth in study abroad in five years, and reflects building momentum after the two percent growth reported last year.
Every year, Chatham students study and intern in as many as 20 countries abroad. Chatham offers six to eight short-term programs administered by the University each year, as well as several programs offered in conjunction with Chatham exchange partners and to direct enroll institutions overseas. All Chatham undergraduate students receive a $1200 voucher toward study abroad and students completing an International Studies certificate focusing on one of five regions of the world receive an additional $1800 voucher toward study abroad. Nearly 40% of Chatham students study abroad before graduation, much higher than the national average for all colleges and universities, currently below 10%.
Pittsburgh: Environmental activist and eco-hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez will speak at Chatham University on November 12, at 5PM in Eddy Theater on Shadyside Campus. The event is a part of Native American Heritage month and Chatham’s Global Focus: Year of Climate Change -program. There is no fee to attend, and registration is on chatham.edu.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University Arboretum has been ranked as one of the top 50 most beautiful college arboretums in the country by Best College Reviews. Chatham was ranked #38 in this year’s list.
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Chatham’s 39-acre campus 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 for students, as well as 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).
PITTSBURGH: The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) is releasing preliminary findings from a statewide research project (including a survey of Pennsylvania voters) that details inadequacies in childcare policy in the state and voter attitudes toward state policies.
PCWP Assistant Director, Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman, will present the preliminary results of the research report and the survey of Pennsylvania voters at Chatham University’s launch of its new Women’s Institute on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The full report, Is This the Care We Need?: An Examination of Childcare Policy in Pennsylvania, will be released in early 2016.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced that Dr. Jeff Bukowski has been named as Assistant Dean in Chatham’s School of Arts, Science & Business.
In this role, Dr. Bukowski will be working with Chatham’s undergraduate students and faculty on academic integrity issues, as well as advising. He will also work with other university departments to enhance undergraduate student experiences throughout the university.
Dr. Bukowski earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, where he has also worked as an administrator for the last seven years. His past work and research interests have focused on equity and inclusion for underrepresented student populations.