Chatham News

Creative Writing Program Hosts “Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times” on April 6th

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will sponsor Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times on April 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  The event will feature readings and conversations with four authors, Li-Young Lee, Cornelius Eady, Danez Smith and Adriana E. Ramirez.

Writing in Divided Times will begin with readings and performance by Smith and Ramirez from 5:15-6 p.m., where books will be available for purchase. Following a 6-7:30 p.m. dinner on your own, readings by Lee and Eady will take place from 7:30-8:15 p.m.  A panel discussion featuring all authors is scheduled from 8:15- 9 p.m., with book sales and a reception wrapping up the evening from 9-9:30 p.m.  The writers will take questions that will address what poetry might accomplish in divided times, and how it might be used to navigate hostile environments, whether personal, cultural or political.

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Chatham University Launches Master of Science in Athletic Training

PITTSBURGH:  The National Athletic Training Association (NATA) Board of Directors, in cooperation with the commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) recently agreed to establish the professional degree in athletic training at the master’s level.  That means that the athletic training profession will require a Master’s degree for entry-level positions beginning in 2022.

In response to this change, Chatham University has launched a Master of Science in Athletic Training (3+2 program), allowing students to earn both a bachelor of science in Exercise Science and master of science in Athletic Training at the end of five years of study. Applications for fall 2017 enrollment are now being accepted.

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Chatham Faculty Member Co-Authors Research On Reducing Wrongful Criminal Convictions

PITTSBURGH:  According to research by the Innocence Project, eyewitness mis-identification of criminal suspects using police lineups is the most common cause of wrongful convictions of innocent people in the United States. A new research study highlighting how to improve this critical element of police work has been published by researchers at Carlow University, Chatham University and Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene Receives Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene,  Associate Professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; and Global Focus coordinator, at Chatham University was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to South Africa to work with Sol Plaatje University in South Africa and Dr. Jesmael Mataga on curriculum development to insert the Conflict Studies discipline in the curricular offerings of Sol Plaatje University and train a first cohort of 18 – 20 students in the fundamentals of the field “Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.”

Chatham University will eventually send, every year, students to Kimberley, South Africa, who would enroll in the program and simultaneously fulfill their 3-credit International Field Experience Core Curriculum Requirement with built-in service learning assignments.

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2017 Black History Month Events at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University is proud to sponsor the following activities and events in commemoration of Black History Month throughout the month of February. Additional information (and registration where necessary) is on the events calendar and

Black History Month Kickoff Lunch featuring African Drummers
Wednesday, February 1: 11:00 a.m., Anderson Dining Hall
Head to Anderson for lunch and enjoy listening and dancing to African drummers. Note, cost is normal meal plan or lunch cost.
Sponsored by Parkhurst & Office of Student Affairs

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Chatham University announces Dean’s List for Fall 2016 term

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. The full list is available here.


Chatham Professor of Music, Mike Boyd, Receives Award for Work

PITTSBURGH:  Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music at Chatham University, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the FETA (Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts) Prize in Sound Art for his work Confessional

The FETA Prize in Sound Art was established in 2013 to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts.  This year, 28 blind submissions were sent from artists residing in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the United States.  As recipient of the Prize in Sound Art, Professor Boyd will receive a $1,000 monetary award.

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The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment Announces Spring 2017 Eden Hall Speaker Series

PITTSBURGH:   The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host a broad range of speakers during the Spring 2017 semester.  All events will take place at the Esther Barazzone Center on the Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.  Events include:

Thursday, January 12, 3:50-5:50 p.m.
The spiritual and ethical case for sustainability
National leading child psychologist and professor at Tufts University, George Scarlett examines the relationship between spiritual development and the natural world.

Tuesday, January 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Film screening and discussion – Weedeater
A documentary about the social ecology work of Nancy Klehm, an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permaculture grower.

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Chatham University Receives Grant From Staunton Farm Foundation In Support of Words Without Walls

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced that it has been awarded a grant of $11,200 from Staunton Farm Foundation in support of the Maenad Fellowship, a new program within Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing ProgramAllegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House.

Beginning January 2017, the Maenad Fellowship will support women who are in recovery from substance abuse, including those who have graduated from Sojourner House, a residential treatment facility for addicted women and their children. The fellowship will encourage a continuing writing practice through a community of writers, and provide $500 Giant Eagle gift cards to each participant in 12-week writing workshops that will be held on the Chatham campus. Participants will craft a collection of  their own writing, which Words Without Walls staff will help them design and share in a public reading of their work at the end of the 12-weeks.

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Educator and author on School Choice issues to speak at Chatham University on January 17th

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University’s Education Department is proud to welcome Dr. Susan Uchitelle as she presents “Lessons Learned from Desegregation Programs that Apply to All Students and Teachers”.  This presentation will take place on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

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