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Reunion Weekend @ Home Events

Missed the reunion? Visit our Alumni Reunion Weekend site to catch up.

Return to your alma mater from the comfort of your home.

Join us for some of your favorite Reunion traditions with a virtual twist, including class parties, hands-on activities, faculty speakers, and the beloved Mimosa and Bloody Mary Brunch! After Reunion, check back for recordings of the webinars and events.  

The first 300 alumni who register will receive a complimentary Alumni Reunion Weekend swag box to help you celebrate in style. Register before Monday, September 28th to receive it in time for Reunion Weekend!

All events require registration and will be conducted via Zoom. After registering for an event, you will receive a unique Zoom link for that event via email. 

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series Livestream, featuring Georgena Terry ‘72 “Don’t Talk Yourself Out of a Good Idea” 

Lots of entrepreneurs start their businesses because they are passionate about an idea. How do you keep the passion going when the going gets tough? Georgena Terry, Chatham Alumna ’72, started Terry Precision Bicycles for Women with the simple idea that the bicycling industry wasn’t serving women bicyclists. Join us to hear about her company’s founding, keeping it going through good times and bad, and staying engaged and growing. 

9:30 a.m. – Welcome from President Finegold

Kick off Alumni Weekend @ Home with a welcome message from Dr. David Finegold!  

10:00 a.m. – Yoga with Sue Finegold  

Relax and rejuvenate with our favorite Chatham Yoga Instructor, Sue Finegold. This yoga class is suitable for all. It’s recommended that you have the following props available; an upright chair (dining- or kitchen-style), a yoga strap (or belt, or long scarf), and a yoga blanket (or thick towel). It’s good, but not essential, to have a yoga mat.   

Sue Finegold qualified as a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2008. She taught in studios and homes in and around Princeton for 8 years until coming to Chatham. She teaches community sessions within Chatham, and at a few city venues. 

12:00 p.m. – Admissions Update and Student Panel Discussion with Vice President for Enrollment Management, Amy Becher and the Admissions Student Ambassadors 

Join Amy Becher, Chatham University’s Vice President for Enrollment Management, for an update on how Admissions has navigated through the pandemic and launched new majors for this year's graduate and undergraduate students. Also, hear from our panel of Chatham’s Student Ambassadors.  

2:00 p.m. – Chatham University's Centers for Women Panel Discussion featuring Dr. Dana BrownExecutive Director of PA Center for Women’s and Politics; Dr. Jessie Ramey, Director of Women’s Institute; Anne Flynn Schlicht, Director of Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship; and moderated by Dana Donaldson ‘05 (Live)

6:00 p.m. – Class Parties (2020-1990) and Live Cooking Demonstration with Chef Jen O'Donnell and Chef Chris Galarza of Parkhurst Dining 

Classes of 1990-2020, join Shadyside’s Executive Chef Jen ODonnell and Eden Hall’s Head Chef Christopher Galarza for an interactive cooking lesson! Follow along to make a miniature crab cake appetizer before being sorted into your Class Party at 6:30 p.m. Download the Crab Cake recipe card to follow along from home!

6:00 p.m. – Sip n’ Paint with Paint Monkey

Create a work of art (with a Chatham twist!) and receive virtual assistance from paint instructor Bob Groom during this 90-minute interactive class! Registrants will receive a pre-sketched canvas and paint kit by mail. Register by Monday, September 28th, 2020 (space is limited!).


Paint Monkey is a locally owned painting studio here in Pittsburgh. Their studio is located at The Waterfront and was started by husband & wife team Joe Groom & Mary Lou Bradley. They've been in business for nearly nine years. They offer programs including in-studio painting, virtual classes (like this one!) and special events like “Paint Your Pet” (painting a portrait of your pet with their help). All canvases are pre-sketched, which helps create a better painting and helps ease any anxiety—making it a better creative experience.  

Fee: $40/person 

9:30 a.m. – Breathe, Stretch, and Relax with Dr. Marylloyd Claytor MLA ‘00  

Take time to relax and work on deep breathing to improve relaxation and circulation with Dr. Marylloyd Claytor MLA ‘00. Participate in this 30-minute Pilates styled stretching session for flexibility. 

Marylloyd Claytor is a modern dancer trained in Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, and Duncan techniques at Mount Holyoke College and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She creates original choreography which she presents through her nonprofit MCDC on cable and internet. Her educational training at Chatham University, California University of PA and Northcentral University informs her through the educational research arm of her nonprofit RCG Research Consulting Group. She is interested in career strategies in the arts and humanities and development of her unique movement system and dance technique. 

11:00 a.m. – “At Home” Mimosa & Bloody Mary Brunch Live Demonstration with Drew Cranisky, MAFS ‘14

Follow along with Chatham’s Food Studies Alum, Drew Cranisky as he shows you how to make the “perfect” Bloody Mary or simply enjoy your favorite cup of coffee while connecting with friends and classmates during this beloved tradition.   

Drew is a Pittsburgh-based writer, bartender, and Chatham Food Studies alumni. He writes for many publications in Pittsburgh including Table Magazine and NEXT Pittsburgh and is a bartender for the Independent Brewing Company. 

To follow along from home, download the recipe cards for the Bloody Mary cocktail and Negroni Sbagliato cocktail.

1:00 p.m. – Update and Q&A with Dr. Finegold  

Please join the Office of University Advancement for a live Campus Update and questions and answers session with Dr. Finegold.   

2:00 p.m. – Alumni Award Ceremony

Chatham University’s Alumni Awards were established to honor the contributions and achievements of our alumni. Each year, the Alumni Association’s Awards Committee works to identify and research nominees, and the finalists are selected through a vote of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Tune in at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th to watch this year’s Alumni Awards Ceremony here. 

3:00 p.m. – Faculty Research Panel and Q&A moderated by Dr. Lisa Lambert, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Learning & Professor of Biology 

Join us for a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Lisa Lambert. Following the updates and panel discussion will be a live question and answer session with faculty.

6:00 p.m. – Class Parties (1989-1960) and Sustainable Wine Lesson with Sandra Taylor, Falk School Professor of Socially Responsible Business and CEO of Sustainable Business International   

Classes of 1955-1989—before being sorted into your class parties at 6:30 p.m., wine expert Sandra Taylor will review her wine recommendations, favorite food pairings, and explain how sustainability has developed in the wine industry. Purchase Sandra’s wine selections ahead of time to follow along at home or enjoy the beverage of your choice. Download the Wine Tasting Sheet and Sandra's Wine Recommendations to follow along from home.

Sandra E. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability in supply chains, and corporate philanthropy. Currently she is president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting business she founded that assists companies at various stages of environmental and corporate responsibility practice. In addition, she is the Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   

Sandra has a lifelong passion for wine, has studied wine extensively for many years and completed the French Wine Scholars course in 2010. She is a member of the prestigious Magnum Club, based in Europe, composed of women leaders in the global wine business, including winery owners, wine distributors, writers and critics, importers, and retailers, who strive to support and inspire women in the industry worldwide. Her first book, The Business of Sustainable Wine, was published in 2017. She is a columnist for Wine Review Online and a frequent public speaker on various topics related to sustainability and leadership in the wine business.   

Sandra has a BA degree in French from Colorado Women’s College, JD from Boston University School of Law and MBA in Wine Management from Bordeaux School of Management in France. 

6:00 p.m. – Trivia Night with host Dana DePasquale MAID ‘17  

Are you smarter than a college student? Put your Chatham knowledge to the test during this interactive Trivia Night hosted by our own Dana DePasquale MAID ’17—and have the chance to win Chatham swag, too!