Chatham News

PCWP Report: Women Make Few Inroads to the General Assembly in Pennsylvania Politics

PITTSBURGH— When the dust settles from the 2014 Pennsylvania Primary Election, voters will find relatively few women among their choices in the general election this fall. Of the 94 Republican and Democratic women who sought their party’s nomination for state legislative offices in the primaries, 73 were successful and will move on to the general election. This number represents 22.7 percent of the total number of general assembly candidates.
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Chatham University Announces Initial Academic Reorganization Decisions and New Leadership Appointments

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University announced today initial academic reorganization decisions and new leadership appointments emerging from the resolution adopted on May 1, 2014 by Chatham’s Board of Trustees to “implement coeducation at the undergraduate level and reorganize Chatham University by academic units within vertically integrated Colleges and Schools.”

These decisions include leadership promotions for two, new Deans, the selection of an Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the creation of two new schools—a School of Health Sciences and a School of Arts, Science & Business—as part of the academic reorganization. The Falk School of Sustainability already exists within this structure. These may be subject to some revision, such as the final determination of the school names and/or programs contained within, as planning and implementation work proceeds with the University Committee and faculty.

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Chatham’s Counseling PsyD Program Receives Accreditation

PITTSBURGH – At its meeting on April 6, 2014, the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) voted to approve initial accreditation of the counseling PsyD program at Chatham University, with the next site visit scheduled 7 years from the date of the program’s last site visit. The 7-year decision is based on the CoA’s professional judgment of compliance or substantial compliance with all domains of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation (G&P).
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Thomas Stevick Joins Chatham University As Vice President of University Advancement

PITTSBURGH: Thomas R. Stevick joined Chatham University as vice president of University Advancement on May 4, 2014. Stevick possesses more than 18 years of experience in leadership positions in high functioning advancement offices, most recently at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where he served as vice president for Advancement and executive director of the EMU Foundation.

Since entering the advancement field as a senior development officer at his alma mater, University of Michigan Law School, he has held leadership roles in the advancement offices at the Arizona State University College of Law and Ohio Northern University.
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Chatham University Recognized Again As a Tree Campus USA

Pittsburgh - Chatham University was honored once again with 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the second year in a row Chatham has earned this designation.
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Two Chatham University Student Projects Win Merit Awards From American Society of Landscape Architects

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University student projects were recipients of merit awards from the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the annual meeting of the organization held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa.

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Chatham University’s Board of Trustees Approves Academic Reorganization and Admission of Men at the Undergraduate Level Beginning Fall 2015

New Chatham University Women’s Institute To Be Established With $8.5 Million Dollars In Funding

Chatham University’s Board of Trustees voted today in approval of a resolution that will set in motion a three-part transformation to open Chatham’s high-quality undergraduate education to more students, enhance the University’s ability to meet the educational needs of its students and the region for the future, and honor our 145-year commitment to advancing the causes of women.

The resolution, in part, states:

The Board of Trustees hereby approves: (1) the reorganization of Chatham University by academic units within vertically integrated Colleges and Schools; (2) the implementation of coeducation within all Chatham University Colleges and Schools; and (3) alongside the commitment to each student who will attend Chatham University, the creation of structures and programs to preserve Chatham University’s commitment to women’s education and leadership.

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Chatham Undergrads Attend Social Workers Advocacy Day in Harrisburg

PITTSBURGH – Social work students from Chatham University attended The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter’s (NASW-PA) annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on April 8th, 2014. The purpose of the day was to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery. The event had over 700 social work students and professionals in attendance to meet nearly 200 members of the General Assembly. Following the legislative meetings with the General Assembly, a rally took place on the steps of the capitol rotunda.
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Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics Releases Report: More Than 400 Women Running for Elective Office

PITTSBURGH—Pennsylvania has never elected a female governor, but in 2014 there are two women vying for the office in the Democratic Primary. These two women—Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery County) and Katie McGinty, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—join more than 400 other women in pursuing elective office in the state.

Of the 1143 candidates who have filed to run in the 2014 primary, 402 (35 percent) of them are women. Of this number, two (Schwartz and McGinty) have filed for their party’s nomination for Governor, 11 for U.S. House of Representatives (9D, 2R), 13 for State Senate (9D, 4R), and 81 for State House Representative (50D, 31R). These numbers represent 39 incumbents, four current or former officeholders seeking a new or higher office, and 64 new candidates. Another 144 and 151 women are seeking spots on the state’s Democratic and Republican State Committees, respectively. As is fairly typical nationwide, more women candidates for elective office affiliate with the Democratic Party (27 percent) than the Republican Party (16 percent) in the state.
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Chatham Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges”

PITTSBURGH–Chatham University has once again been selected as one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Chatham in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This is the fourth year in a row for Chatham’s inclusion in the guide.

 The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.  (Notes follow on how schools were chosen.)

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