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Chatham’s Master of Landscape Architecture program hosts 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium with new Garden Marketplace

By: Nancy Knauss, Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
April 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2010) … The 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium will be held Saturday, April 24 at Chatham University. Attendees will be treated to an entire day of presentations by nationally acclaimed educators and authors.

These horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics including garden design and installation, new and choice varieties of trees and shrubs, tropicals, infusing your garden with personality, and sustainable landscape management. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch as well as plenty of time to shop for plants and garden-related products at this year’s newly expanded Garden Marketplace.

For the very first time, the Garden Marketplace will be open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium. Open from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m., the Marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find annuals, perennials and shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, garden accessories, water features, botanical tiles, note cards, and more. Browsing and shopping the Garden Marketplace has never been easier, as it is entirely indoors, located in the Athletic and Fitness Center on the Chatham University campus. Plan to come early and shop for your garden and your Mother’s garden! Mother’s Day is May 9.

You can register for the Symposium by calling Phipps Garden Center at (412) 441-4442. Registration fee is $110. There is no charge to visit the Garden Marketplace. For further details, visit

Parking for the Garden Marketplace only is conveniently located in the East Lots via Laughlin Residence Hall. Click here for a campus map and locations. Click here for directions to the Athletic and Fitness Center.

The Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium and Garden Marketplace are presented by Penn State ExtensionPhipps Conservatoryand Chatham University.

Symposium speakers this year:

Scott Aker is Gardens Unit Leader at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Having earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Horticulture, today Scott oversees some of the most notable plant collections in North America.

Pam Baggett, a free-lance author and photographer, is a contributing editor for Horticulture magazine. Her book, Tropicalismo! Spice Up Your Garden with Cannas, Bananas, and 93 Other Eye-Catching Tropical Plants showcases her expertise in tender and hardy tropical plants.

Florence Boogaerts received her training as a landscape designer from the New York Botanical Garden. Today, with twenty-plus years in the business, she manages her own design and installation firm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Bruce Fraedrich, Vice President of Research at the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company and Director of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, has keen interest and expertise in the diseases of landscape plants, tree risk management, vegetation management and planting.

Tovah Martin gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. Not only is she a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, Tovah’s areas of specialty also include decades of experience with tropicals. Her passion for all things growing and encased in glass has led to her most recent book, The New Terrarium, one of more than a dozen titles that Tovah has authored including Tasha Tudor’s Garden. Tovah has appeared on the CBS “Early Show” as well as many other broadcasts including the PBS television gardening series “Cultivating Life,” where she served as editorial producer.

Vincent Simeone, ornamental horticulturist, studied with well-known professors and experts, Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. He is the Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York. He has written and published four books in the past five years: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Chatham featured by The Princeton Review and U.S. Green Building Council in the newly published Guide to 286 Green Colleges

By: Paul Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 20, 2010) … Chatham University was named today as one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges by The Princeton Review as the education services company selected Chatham for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges . Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC,, the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

Chatham joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives. The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Rating” scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review’s Green Rating is a numerical score from 60 – 99 based upon several data points. In that first Green Rating Chatham University scored 98 out of 99, the highest score in Pittsburgh.

In 2008 The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave “Green Ratings” to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on their “Green Rating” scores.

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd), the Guide – which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide – profiles the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses. From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using USGBC’s LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.

The free Guide can be downloaded at and

“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. “According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this Guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Chatham focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process.”

“Beyond the cost savings to an institution, even the simplest aspects of a green campus, such as increased use of natural light, have been found to improve student learning and quality of life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs. Higher education is a top priority market segment for USGBC because graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities.”

The Princeton Review noted that another unique aspect of the Guide is that it provides important information on schools that have dedicated environmental studies curriculums. “By many accounts, there are going to be a lot of job opportunities related to the environment and sustainability,” commented Franek. “For those who are interested in working in this growing sector, the Guide highlights the schools that are doing an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals.”

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website,, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education. Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (, which are headquartered in Scranton, PA.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,500 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion in U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 – 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, teachers and students. Building in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green buildings has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs in America.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Internationally-known author and speaker Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame will discuss human potential to affect change at special lecture on May 11

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 20, 2010) … Noted author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen will speak at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 1:30 pm. Mr. Hansen, an enthusiastic crusader of what’s possible to make the world a better place, will address human potential and how we can work together to effect powerful change.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5.00 and on sale at the doors which open at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Parking is free. The Campbell Memorial Chapel is located on Chapel Hill Road, accessible from the University’s entrances, either from Wilkins Avenue or Fifth Avenue. Signage will offer directions to the event. For information, call Chatham University at 412-365-1286. Directions and campus information is available at

Reshaping Our Vision to Effect Change
Focused solely on helping people from all walks of life reshape their vision of what’s possible, no one is better respected in the area of human potential than Mark Victor Hansen. Creating powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide for over 30 years, Mark delivers proven messages of possibility, opportunity and action. Established as a cultural icon in 1990, Mark and his business partner Jack Canfield created what Time magazine called, “the publishing phenomenon of the decade,” with over 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold worldwide – one of the most successful publishing franchises of all time.

Internationally known keynote speaker and personality
With his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful authority of his work, he time and again receives high accolades from his audiences as one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers of our time. Having spoken in more than 60 countries, Mark has shared his message of opportunity and action and created powerful transformation in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Best Sellers
While the Chicken Soup series has achieved phenomenal success, Mark’s other bestselling books include The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win and The Power of Focus. Mark has recently written Richest Kids in America and You Have a Book in You. He has also co-written Cash in a Flash with Robert G. Allen. Mark has also developed an extensive library of audio and video programs in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, publishing success and personal and professional development.

His endearing and charismatic style captures audiences’ hearts as well as their attention in person, on television or radio and in print. His appearances include Oprah, CNN, The Today Show, and countless television, print and radio interviews, and he has been quoted in articles in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, New York Times, and Entrepreneur.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Students and faculty capture five awards at American Marketing Association’s International Collegiate Conference

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 14, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 14, 2010) …The Chatham University Marketing Association (CMA) fared well during this year’s appearance at the International Collegiate conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 8-10, capturing a total of five awards for overall chapter excellence, team performance, and individual accomplishments.

The CMA case team won Third Place in the final round of the International Case Competition, sponsored this year by UNICEF’s Tap Project. The ten finalist teams included competitors from Kent State University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Arizona, among others.

CMA’s overall chapter excellence was recognized with an Outstanding Small School award (out of those schools with less than 5,000 students) and a Distinguished Collegiate Chapter award (representing the top 7% of all 200 collegiate AMA chapters).

Deborah DeLong, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Chatham, scored the Hugo G. Wales award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor, which is awarded to two advisors out of the 200 collegiate chapters each year. Ashley Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), CMA President, won Honorable Mention Student Marketer of the Year, which is awarded to 3-4 student marketers each year out of the more than 1,300 students who attend the annual conference.

The Chatham University Marketing Association has been an affiliated collegiate chapter of the National American Marketing Association and of the Pittsburgh AMA Professional Chapter since 2008. Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., the Chatham Marketing Association’s faculty advisor, is a 15-year AMA member and is an assistant professor of marketing at Chatham University. Prior to teaching at Chatham, DeLong served as a Clinical Professor of Marketing at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and worked in corporate and agency settings.

The Chatham Marketing Association is led by officers Ashley Paterra (President), Jenna Ammer (Pittsburgh), Lauren Gelli (Cheswick, Pa.), Alexandra Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.), Rachael Bane (McKeesport, Pa.), and Melanie Yellowday (Pittsburgh). Other team members included Jesse Brant (Jeannette, Pa.), Alexandra Reinhardt (Johnstown, Pa.), Christina Casciato (Pittsburgh), and Jordan Pro (Monongahela, Pa.).

The Collegiate Chapters Council of the American Marketing Association annually holds an International Collegiate Conference and Case Competition open to all undergraduate teams whose schools have a registered AMA Collegiate Chapter. Established in 1986/87, the case competition poses a marketing challenge submitted by a sponsoring organization. The purpose of the case competition is to provide AMA collegiate chapters with the opportunity to work together on a real-life marketing issue and to provide the competition sponsor with direct contact with the very best marketing students.

Each year a case competition sponsor provides a detailed marketing problem for which it is seeking a solution. Collegiate teams are asked to develop a marketing strategy and plan. Submissions undergo a blind review by AMA Collegiate Chapter Council Selection Committee which is comprised of senior level marketing professionals in industry. Eight to ten finalists are selected and invited to defend their case via an oral presentation at the Annual International Collegiate Conference.

The AMA collegiate programming offers many other opportunities for students to compete and hone their marketing skills throughout the year as well as on-site at the conference. Competitions pertain to chapter strategic plans, annual reports, business simulations, video production, website design, fundraising drives, exhibits, community service, membership campaigns, applied projects, and other activities designed to expand students’ marketing expertise.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Full-time Chatham employees now eligible for bicycle commuter benefit

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 12, 2010) … As part of its effort to promote sustainable practices and healthy living, Chatham University will now offer full-time employees the opportunity to receive a bicycle commuter benefit, according to an announcement by Walter Fowler, vice president for finance and administration. Included as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, this benefit will reimburse full-time employees who commute to work by bicycle for reasonable expenses up to $20 a month. The reimbursements will be excludable from an employee’s gross income and not subject to federal income tax.

“As a charter signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we continue to offer incentives for our employees to reduce their carbon footprint and also maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Mr. Fowler said. “We wanted to take advantage of this incentive to encourage more bicycle commuting. Since we also subsidize free public transportation, those employees who live further from campus can take advantage of the Port Authority’s Rack n’ Roll program.”

The bicycle commuter benefit is offered as part of the University’s Fit for the Future® program, which promotes health and wellness initiatives across campus. Established in 2004, the Fit for the Future program has actually helped the University better control its employees’ healthcare premiums with its provider, UPMC.

According to IRS guidelines, employees who sign up for this benefit will not be permitted to have a campus parking permit as they are required to certify that cycling is their primary mode of transportation to and from work during the time frame in which they receive the reimbursement. An employee may be reimbursed on a tax-free basis for reasonable expenses incurred during the calendar year for the purchase of a bicycle, improvements, repair and equipment (i.e. helmet) provided that the bicycle is used regularly to travel between the employee’s residence and the three University campuses. This benefit does not cover bike clothing. Employees can be reimbursed on a quarterly basis (April, July, October, and January) for expenses incurred over three months by submitting a check request form and attaching proper receipts. The maximum reimbursement is $20 per month or $240 over a calendar year.

Chatham and the Environment
Chatham University emphasizes environmental awareness as part of its curriculum, including:
• As a Charter Signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment, Chatham has conducted an inventory of its carbon footprint and is developing ways to reduce its environmental impact. The Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
• The University’s new Eden Hall Farm Campus in Richland Township will serve as a living laboratory where students will engage in a broad range of studies including programs aimed at improving the lives of women and addressing issues of environmental sustainability. Given by Eden Hall Foundation, the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus establishes Chatham as the largest university campus with respect to acreage in southwestern Pennsylvania.
• Sustainability is a part of the University’s curriculum and informs many of its academic programs including botany, environmental science, environmental studies, interior architecture, and landscape architecture.
• Thirty-two acres of the University’s Shadyside Campus were designated an arboretum by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA, now known as the American Public Garden Association (APGA), in 1998). The arboretum maintains elements of Andrew Mellon’s estate designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers and includes 117 different species of trees.
• Chatham purchased the first hybrid police car in the City of Pittsburgh in 2008. The Toyota Prius patrols the Shadyside Campus.
• Old cell phones are recycled through HopeLine, Verizon’s nationally-recognized domestic violence prevention initiative which provides unused wireless phones to organizations assisting victims of domestic violence. Obsolete computers are recycled through Senior Computer Associates of Latrobe, Pa. which refurbishes the computers and provides them to senior citizens and local school children in the greater Latrobe area.
• To commemorate the 40th anniversary publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 2004, Chatham eliminated the use of chemical-based herbicides and pesticides on campus, and switched to toxic-free cleaning products. It also began purchasing ten percent of its power from alternative sources, and today purchases 15 percent from wind-generated energy.
• Food waste from the University’s dining hall is composted by AgRecycle Inc. and cooking oil is recycled as biofuel. In 2009 Chatham recycled more food service organics than any other participating school in the national Recyclemania competition.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Newly dedicated Melanie and Fred R. Brown Special Collection of Literary Fiction adds nearly 3,300 volumes to Jennie King Mellon Library

By: Paul Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
April 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 12, 2010) … Chatham University’s Jennie King Mellon Library recently expanded by over 3,000 works of literature at one fell swoop thanks to the generosity of book collectors Melanie and Fred R. Brown. This month the University dedicated The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Special Collection of Literary Fiction consisting of 3,262 books, over 98 percent of which are first printings of first editions or advance reading copies. Housed in a new resource room on the Library’s first floor, the Collection will be utilized by faculty and students in the University’s nationally-recognized MFA in Creative Writing program and its other undergraduate and graduate writing programs. An additional gift of 300 books will be displayed at Lindsay House, home of the undergraduate and graduate literature and writing faculty.

“A once-in-a-lifetime gift, this collection will enhance our MFA program in many ways, and we are so grateful to the Browns for their generosity,” noted Sheryl St. Germain, MFA program director and professor. “We are looking forward to reading, studying and enjoying the collection with our students.”

Avid readers, the Browns began collecting contemporary American and international literary fiction and mysteries in the early 1980s. The Bethel Park, Pa. couple assembled the Collection through local bookstores and while attending various literary and reading events across the U.S. More than half of the books in the Collection have been signed by their respective authors and all have been maintained in “As New” condition. Signed books by Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Salman Rushdie, among many, many others are included.

“We are so pleased that our book collection has found such a lovely home at Chatham,” Mrs. Brown said. “Just as important for us is that the books will continue to be read and enjoyed, and will be used to educate future generations of writers.”

Mr. Brown added, “Melanie and I will continue to expand the Collection through a series of annual additions containing the most recent award winners, along with other works of contemporary fiction.”

The Melanie and Fred R. Brown Collection is incredibly eclectic and represents the works of award-winning authors. Melanie has a particular interest in mysteries, including many popular authors who publish series with continuing characters and so the Collection includes complete sets of signed first editions by Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Robert B. Parker, Walter Moseley, and Michael Connelly. Fred’s foremost interest is award-winning literary fiction, and his collection includes near-complete sets of fifty-five American and international literary awards including the Booker Prize, Critics Circle Award, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction.

The Browns first established their relationship with Chatham by funding the Melanie Brown Lecturer in 2008. Each year the endowed fund supports a two-day campus visit by an established author whose writing is guided by a strong sense of place. Past Melanie Brown Lecturers have been Michael Byers, Ann Pancake, and Debra Marquart.

About the MFA in Creative Writing
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, and encourages them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India and Germany. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five Innovative/Unique Programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings, while in 2009 The Writer named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

In Memory: S. Murray Rust Jr., father of the Chair of Chatham’s Board of Trustees

By: Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., President
April 6, 2010

To the Chatham Community,

Many of you know our chair of the Board, Murray Rust III. Murray’s father, S. Murray Rust Jr. passed away on April 6, 2010. Mr. Rust was a long term member of the Chatham Board, having been recruited by George Lockhart in 1959 (and served until 1980), and a distinguished leader in Pittsburgh as the accompanying draft obituary indicates. Mr. Rust was always a leader in philanthropy for Chatham, beginning with the family home on Murray Avenue, up to his establishment of Chatham’s first charitable gift annuity. The family is suggesting that Pittsburgh memorial gifts be made to Chatham.

There will be a memorial service in Pittsburgh on the 17th of April at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Mr. Rust’s obituary follows.

I know you join me in sending deepest condolences to the Rust family and can send notes to Murray and Shirley at 5505 Dunmoyle Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217.

Esther L. Barazzone

S. Murray Rust Jr. died quietly at his home in Orleans, Massachusetts on April 6, 2010 at the age of 97.

Mr. Rust led a full life as a businessman, civic leader, and most importantly as patriarch of a large and growing family of which he was most proud. He was blessed with two lengthy and happy marriages, first with Gladys Over from 1936 until her death in 1969 and then with Elinor C. Hill from 1970 until the present.

He and his twin sister, Mary Lee, were born on April 28, 1912 in Lowell Mass. The family, S. Murray Rust Sr., Mary H.C. Rust, elder daughter Alice, Mary Lee, and Murray Jr. moved to Pittsburgh in 1913 when Mr. Rust Sr. established the Pittsburgh office of the Rust Engineering Co., a firm he had founded with his two brothers. Murray Rust Jr.’s early education was at Wightman School, then subsequently at Shady Side Academy from which he graduated in 1930. He then attended Lehigh University where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in

Upon graduation he worked briefly for the Koppers Company as a field engineer on a construction site before joining the Rust Engineering Company in 1935. The Company under the guidance of Mr. Rust’s father was developing a growing presence in the design and construction of industrial facilities. After serving in various capacities on construction sites and in project management, he became
Assistant to the President, his father. After Mr. Rust’s father suffered a heart attack, his responsibilities increased dramatically and he became President of the firm in 1944 at the age of 32. At that time the Company was very busy building facilities needed for the war effort.

Under Mr. Rust’s leadership, the firm grew to employ over 3,000 permanent employees and many times that number of construction workers. In addition to its headquarters office in Pittsburgh, The Rust Engineering Company had a major office in Birmingham, Alabama and engineering offices in Tenn. and Montreal with affiliate offices in London and Brussels. The firm designed and built plants for a variety of industries including metallurgy, cement, tires, and food producers to name just a few. The Company also did major projects for NASA and the Atomic Energy Commission. The firm developed major expertise in the pulp and paper industry and became the largest engineer / constructor of pulp and paper mills in the country with over 160 projects to its credit.

By the mid 1960s, The Rust Engineering Company had grown to a point where its capacity was far greater than its capital base could comfortably support. A compatible “deep pockets” partner was sought. This effort ultimately led to the Company being acquired by Litton Industries in June 1967. Mr. Rust became Chairman of the Rust Engineering Company which became a Division of Litton Industries. He held this position until his retirement.

While busy directing the affairs of the Company, Mr. Rust found time to take an active role in the civic life of Pittsburgh. In the education arena he served as a Trustee of Chatham College (now Chatham University), and of his alma mater, Lehigh University. He was a Trustee and ultimately Board Chair of Shady Side Academy and also was appointed as a member of the Pittsburgh Board of Education. He was a long standing Trustee of Shady Side Hospital and was named its President in 1969. He was also a Trustee of the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation and the Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Always a generous philanthropist, he was a founding Trustee of the Rust Foundation, a family foundation, which now includes fourth generation Trustees and members.

In addition, he also served as a Director of Pittsburgh National Bank, The Bank of Virginia Co., Joy Manufacturing Company, Churchill Manufacturing and Southwest Forest Industries.

Despite Mr.Rust’s many professional commitments, he remained most involved with his growing family and all their many and varied activities. He kept up with the progress of all the children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. Murray always looked forward to the special times he spent with them and in hearing of their latest goals, dreams and achievements.

Mr. Rust was an avid student of both American and family history. His own family first arrived in this country in 1654. His great, great, great grandfather was Richard Henry Lee, author of the Lee Resolution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mr. Rust was the member of longest standing of the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh. He was also a past member of the Pittsburgh Golf Club, the Fox Chapel Golf Club, the Naples Yacht Club and the Hyannis Yacht Club.

After the death of his first wife, Gladys, he married Elinor C. Hill in Aug. 1970. The couple built a home on the Hill family property in Orleans, Massachusetts. They moved there in 1975 while maintaining a winter home in Naples, Florida which they kept until 1997.

In Orleans he continued his interest in civic affairs becoming a founding Director of the Community Foundation of Cape Cod, a Trustee and President of the Nauset Workshop(now Nauset Inc.)and a Trustee of the Orleans Conservation Trust.

Mr. Rust developed a love of sailing, and particularly sailing along the coast of Maine where his family has owned a summer home for seven generations. He also played tennis most of his life, especially in Maine, where he constructed a family tennis court which he named for his aunt, Avis Coburn Churchill. He also enjoyed travel having embarked on numerous trips to literally the four corners of the world.

Mr. Rust is survived by his wife, Elinor, his four children, Murray 111 and his wife Shirley, of Pittsburgh PA, James and his wife Jane, of Readyville TN, Molly Montgomery and her husband Donald, of Pittsburgh PA and John and his wife Peggy, of Leesburg VA , three step-children, Bruce Hill of Pittsburgh PA, Tim Hill and his wife Adora, of Woodland Park, CO. and Margot Ball and her husband Hiram, of Sewickley PA. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, thirteen
great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nephews and nieces and their offspring.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans at 2 PM. on April 10, 2010. A service in Pittsburgh with a reception to follow will be held on April 17,2010 at 2 PM. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 5801 Hampton St.

Chatham University names architectural team to lead Eden Hall Campus master plan

Richard King Mellon Foundation contributes $750,000 toward planning process, School of Sustainability and the Environment
By: Paul Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
April 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 5, 2010) … As Chatham University celebrates its 140th anniversary during 2009-2010, the institution is poised to lay the foundation for the future of its “green” Eden Hall Campus in Gibsonia, including the new School of Sustainability and the Environment that will be located there. University officials announced that it has hired the architectural team of Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell (BNIM) of Kansas City, Mo., which is partnering with landscape design firm Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia to lead the master planning process.

The University received a $750,000 gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation toward both the master plan and the University’s search for the dean of its new School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE), which will eventually be located at the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), also contributed funds for the master plan. Announced in June 2009, SSE is one of the first schools of sustainability in the United States, while the Eden Hall Campus will be one of the country’s first university campuses built from the ground up in the 21st century. It will complement the University’s historic 39-acre Shadyside Campus which is the city’s oldest original university campus and includes the new Chatham Eastside facility less than one mile east at Penn and Fifth avenues in East Liberty.

The PNC and Richard King Mellon Foundation gifts represent the first major gifts for the Eden Hall Campus since the University received the property from Eden Hall Foundation on May 1, 2008.

“This is a historic time for Chatham University and for the region as we embark upon planning not only a second campus, but also establishing an institution to address sustainability for the 21st century,” noted S. Murray Rust III, chair of Chatham’s Board of Trustees. “BNIM and Andropogon are preeminent designers of sustainable living and working environments, and are poised to make us think big about our campus’ potential.

“We are also grateful and honored that The PNC Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation, two stewards of green building and sustainable design in Pittsburgh, are supporting this process.”

“Chatham University’s commitment to establish the new school of study continues their legacy of support for sustainability and the environment,” said Eva Blum, president and chair of The PNC Foundation. “The planning of the new campus further expands Chatham University’s ability to address some of the most important issues facing this region and the world.”

The hiring of BNIM and Andropogon represents the culmination of hands-on research of other public and university programs around the country by University leaders, according to Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. One inspiration behind the planning and mission for Eden Hall Campus was the legacy of Chatham alumna Rachel Carson, Class of 1929 and founder of the modern environmental movement.

“Since receiving Eden Hall Campus as a gift from Eden Hall Foundation in 2008, our Trustees, faculty and administration have carefully and diligently researched sustainable practices and projects throughout the U.S. to help us understand how we could build a living and learning environment that would make our most honored alumna, Rachel Carson, truly proud,” Dr. Barazzone explained. “After reviewing proposals from several firms, we found that BNIM and Andropogon were set to challenge us to think beyond what we had learned and truly create a landmark institution unparalleled in higher education.

“We could have no better team than BNIM and Andropogon to lead us through the master planning process. Their commitment to its success has helped to generate interest and excitement in this project throughout the community, as evidenced by the support of The PNC Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation.”

The planning process is expected to continue until June 2010, after which the University, BNIM and Andropogon will present the master plan to the Richland Township Board of Supervisors.

About BNIM
BNIM Architects is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded in 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout its history, the firm has remained committed to its local and regional communities while establishing a national presence as an innovator of design methodologies, sustainability and new technologies in architecture, planning and workplace design. BNIM’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the owner, user and surrounding community through a balance of social, economic and environmental concerns.

The firm’s principal and project leader, Robert Berkebile, is also founder of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) National Committee on the Environment, Bob Berkebile and one of the central forces behind a new focus on sustainable building that has influenced thousands of architects and changed the face of green architecture in America. He helped to found both the U.S. Green Building Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. His sustainable design and planning projects extend from new developments to several restorative sites including New Orleans and Greensburg, Kan. In 2009 Mr. Berkebile was honored at the 15th annual Heinz Awards for his role in promoting green building design and for his commitment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning.

About Andropogon
Collaborating with BNIM is the landscape architecture and ecological planning and design firm Andropogon Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1975 to pursue an ecological perspective in landscape architecture, planning, and design, Andropogon is one of the leading environmental/sustainable landscape architecture firms in the United States. The firm is committed to the principle of “designing with nature,” creating beautiful and evocative landscapes inspired by the careful observation of natural processes and informed by the best environmental science. At the core of Andropogon’s practice is environmentally-responsible design, which is grounded in a philosophy that respects and builds upon the natural and cultural character of a site.

As one of the firm’s Principals, Jose Alminana, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, has been widely recognized in both the architectural and landscape architectural communities for his commitment to broadening the scope and expertise of the landscape architecture profession. In addition to his ground-breaking projects, Jose has also been instrumental in the development of professional standards and metrics that place landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement, most importantly for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, SITESTM. Representative projects include Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, the first LEEDTM Platinum certified school in the country; the Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes, designed to meet the rigorous criteria of the Living Building Challenge; and the Yale University Sculpture Building and Gallery which achieved LEEDTM Platinum certification and was included in the 2008 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Building List.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Keynote speakers set for 2010 undergraduate and graduate commencement exercises

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 1, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 1, 2010) … Chatham University will graduate its 138th class of undergraduate women and its 15th class of graduate women and men during two ceremonies on Sunday, May 23 in the University’s Athletic and Fitness Center in Shadyside. Trustee Chair S. Murray Rust III, President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura S. Armesto, Ph.D. will preside over the ceremonies.

The graduate ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. with keynote speakers Mark Roosevelt, Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and José Zaglul, president of EARTH University in Costa Rica. The undergraduate ceremony will occur at 2:00 p.m. with keynote speakers Alison Bernstein, 2010 William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor at Spelman College and The Ford Foundation’s Vice President for the Education, Creativity and Free Expression Program; and William Benter, Chairman and International CEO of Pittsburgh-based Acusis LLC and founder of the Benter Global Citizenship Initiative at Chatham. All four speakers will receive honorary doctorates of public service.

Graduate Commencement Speakers
Mark Roosevelt, J.D. was appointed Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools in August of 2005. Since his appointment, he has led the development and implementation of an aggressive academic reform agenda called Excellence for All and played a lead role in the planning and development of The Pittsburgh Promise, which provides a scholarship to all colleges and universities and many technical/trade schools in Pennsylvania for all Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates, regardless of income, who meet academic and attendance requirements.

As a Massachusetts state representative from 1986-94, Mr. Roosevelt chaired the state legislature’s Education Committee, where he co-authored and steered to passage the Education Reform Act of 1993, landmark legislation providing the equitable resources and accountability measures necessary for school improvement. The Act produced extraordinary gains in student achievement in Massachusetts.

Mr. Roosevelt holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College. He is a graduate of the Broad Urban Superintendent’s Academy, an intensive executive management program designed to prepare educators and professionals from other fields to lead large city school systems. He has taught Political Science at Brandeis University, where he was also the Director of the Gordon Public Policy Center and currently teaches a course on the intersection of American history and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy.

José A. Zaglul is the President of EARTH University, an international, private, not-for-profit institution in Costa Rica, dedicated to preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the tropics and to construct a prosperous and just society. Dr. Zaglul has been President of EARTH University since its inception in 1989 and has provided the vision and leadership for this innovative institution and its unique educational environment that encourages the development of responsible leadership based on values, social commitment, environmental consciousness, academic excellence and an entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit.

Born and raised in Costa Rica to parents of Lebanese descent, Dr. Zaglul obtained his B.S. in Agricultural Economics and M.S. in Animal Science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He later received a second M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a PhD in Meat and Muscle Biology from the University of Florida.

Prior to serving as EARTH University’s President, Dr. Zaglul was Head of the Animal Production Department at the Centro Agrícola Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica, an international center for tropical research and the oldest postgraduate school of agriculture in Latin America. From 1981 to 1985, Dr. Zaglul was a Food Science professor and later Vice President of Research and Extension of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR).

Dr. Zaglul is the former President (2005-2007) and a current Executive Committee member of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut and the Board of Directors of Citizens in Solidarity. He served as the co-chair of the five-year SEMCIT international seminar series (Sustainability, Education and the Management of Change in the Tropics) and travels extensively around the world to present EARTH University’s innovative educational model and raise funds for the institution.

Undergraduate Commencement Speakers
Alison R. Bernstein, recently named the 2010 William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor at Spelman College, served as The Ford Foundation’s Vice President for the Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program since 1996. She joined the Foundation in 1982 as a Program Officer and subsequently served as Director of the Education and Culture Program from 1992-1996.

A former Associate Dean of Faculty at Princeton University, Dr. Bernstein is the author of three books: American Indians and World War II: Towards a New Era in Indian Affairs (University of Oklahoma Press, 1991); with Virginia B. Smith, The Impersonal Campus (Jossey-Bass, 1979) and with Jacklyn Cock, Melting Pots and Rainbow Nations: Conversations about Difference in the United States and South Africa (University of Illinois Press, 2002).

She is a former member of the Presidential Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities and the Board of Advisors to the Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of American History. Dr. Bernstein is currently a Contributing Editor to Change Magazine, and serves on the Board of Project Pericles and the International Fellowships Fund. She graduated from Vassar College, and received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in History from Columbia University.

William Benter is Chairman and International CEO of Pittsburgh-based Acusis LLC, a leading outsourced medical transcription organization with hospital clients throughout the United States. The son of Chatham alumna Dorothy Benter ’45, Mr. Benter began his successful business career in high technology entrepreneurial software development.

Mr. Benter studied at Case Western University and the University of Bristol (England), is a visiting professor at the University of Southhampton (England), and has lectured at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Stanford University, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, City University of Hong Kong, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences (of the City University of Hong Kong), a leading research centre in the Asia-Pacific region, recently established the William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics in honor of Mr. Benter’s support of the University’s mission of conducting world-class research in applied and computational mathematics.

Long engaged in efforts to promote greater international understanding, Mr. Benter in 2006 funded the Benter Global Citizenship Initiative at Chatham which enables Chatham University faculty and students to collaborate on and develop programs that encourage experiential learning, international citizenship and greater awareness of global issues through active participation in other cultures. Mr. Benter serves on the board of the World Affairs Council and is a major donor to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the new Pittsburgh Middle East Institute.

About Chatham University
Chatham University provides its almost 2,000 students with a solid education built upon strong academics, public leadership and global perspectives. Chatham’s graduate programs, continuing education and certification programs provide women and men with advanced education for professional careers. Founded in 1869, the University includes Chatham College for Women; the College of Graduate Studies; and the College for Continuing and Professional Studies. The 35-acre arboretum campus is located on historic Woodland Road in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit