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Low-Res MFA program presents free reading and book signing by author Barbara Hurd on August 6

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … The Chatham University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program will mark its 2010 residency with a free public reading by author Barbara Hurd on Friday, August 6. The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the James Laughlin Music Hall, followed by Ms. Hurd’s keynote address titled “What We Talk about When We Talk about Nature Writing” from 7:30-9:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. For more information contact Peter Oresick at 412-365-1264 or poresick@chatham.edu.

August 2-11 marks the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing program’s second residency period, when students from the online program participate in intensive writing, studying and lecture sessions at Chatham’s Shadyside and Eden Hall campuses. Launched in 2008, the Low-Res MFA is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of ten days each. The program grew from Chatham’s highly acclaimedresidency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students receive mentorships with a publishing writer.

Barbara Hurd is the author of Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008); Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark (2003); The Singer’s Temple (2003); Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (2001); and Objects in this Mirror (1994). Entering the Stone was selected as a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year in 2003 and Stirring the Mud was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001.

Her essays have appeared in numerous journals including Best American Essays 1999, Best American Essays 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, two Pushcart Prizes, four Maryland Individual Artist Awards for Poetry, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, and a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the PEN/Jerard Award. Ms. Hurd teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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 www.chatham.edu.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies program hosts White Coat Ceremony for graduates this Saturday, July 24

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … This Saturday the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will continue a graduation tradition at Chatham University. After two years of wearing a short white medical coat, the members of the MPAS Class of 2010 will receive their long white coats on July 24, 2010. This tradition symbolizes the move from student to medical provider and has been a time-honored tradition for the program. Along with MPAS faculty members coating each member of the class, the ceremony will include award presentations and remarks by John Laird, N.D., associate professor of MPAS. The ceremony will close with another tradition, the recitation of the Oath of Geneva administered by Luis Ramos, MS, PA-C, MPAS program director.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at Chatham University provides academic and clinical training that prepares graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to the practicing physician, especially the primary care physician, in a competent and reliable manner.

Approximately 60 students per year are enrolled in the program. Students complete two didactic semesters at the new Chatham Eastside facility before beginning their clinical rotations at various sites in the greater Pittsburgh area, other parts of the US and around the globe.

Chatham welcomes Wendy Beckemeyer as new Vice President for Enrollment Management

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 21, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 21, 2010) … Chatham University has hired Wendy Beckemeyer as its new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Ms. Beckemeyer has 23 years experience in college or university enrollment management and started as an Admissions Counselor at her alma mater, California Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, CA) in 1987 while also serving as that institution’s Head Softball Coach. Over the years, Ms. Beckemeyer has frequently presented at national conferences and provided enrollment management consulting advice. She has 17 years experience as a senior administrator, including 14 years as a VPEM. Her past institutions include California Lutheran, Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.), and Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH).

At Chatham, Ms. Beckemeyer will be responsible for Enrollment Management, which includes not only recruiting students but identifying those who will succeed at Chatham and helping to retain them. Her previous success with retention initiatives and with data analysis, an area in which she is especially strong, demonstrates that she is very well qualified for that responsibility, according to the administration. Ms. Beckemeyer also will oversee Financial Aid at Chatham.

“I am delighted to join Chatham University’s dynamic, innovative leadership team,” Ms. Beckemeyer said. “Chatham is known as an institution with tremendous success and high aspirations. I look forward to the exciting work ahead.”

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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 www.chatham.edu.

Chatham University’s water polo team ranked first in academic achievement in ACWPA

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 8, 2010) . . . The Chatham University women’s water polo team ranked first in academic achievement in the overall cumulative GPA for all of the Women’s Water Polo teams in the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA). In total, eight water polo team members were honored by the ACWPA for their academic achievements.

Five Chatham students were leading academic standouts for the Cougars: junior Chelsea Mummert of York, Pa., who is majoring in occupational therapy; senior, Jenna Luek of Harmony, Pa., who is majoring in chemistry; sophomore, Elizabeth Morris of Verona, Pa., who is majoring in global policy; sophomore Allison Bodine of Frederick, Pa., who is majoring in film and digital technologies; and junior Paige Dunlap of Greenwood, Indiana, who is majoring in public policy. All were classified in the Outstanding Class Ranking with GPAs between 3.71 and 4.00.

The Cougars also had one player, sophomore Nathalie Burford of Temeculah, Ca., who placed in the Superior Class Ranking with a GPA between 3.41 and 3.70, and two players, first-year Sachelle Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, and sophomore Annelies Layton of Pittsburgh, Pa. , who placed in the Excellent Class Ranking with GPAs between 3.20 and 3.40.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help 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 Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.