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Tickets still available for Think Big Forum featuring GNC executive Beth Kaplan

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
September 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH (September 30, 2010) … Beth Kaplan, President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer of Pittsburgh-based GNC Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Think Big Forum on Friday, October 22 at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Presented by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, Think Big features panel discussions with prominent women business executives and entrepreneurs who discuss the strategies that enabled their companies to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Individual tickets are still available for $45 per person or tables of ten for $450. More information is available at, by calling 412-365-1253 or emailing

“We are excited to have Beth Kaplan as our keynote speaker because of the tremendous growth that GNC has experienced over the past year through its innovative business strategies and its recent announcement to make an initial public stock offering,” noted Rebecca Harris, CWE director. “Her marketing and sales acumen has helped to position GNC as leader in the industry and so we are looking forward to gain Beth’s insight on the impact of innovation on sales.”

The event begins with a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by Ms. Kaplan’s presentation. The first panel discussion, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” features Amy Hancock, President and Owner ofAdvantageCare Rehabilitation, Advantage Home Health Services, and AdvantageCare Consulting, and Danielle Proctor, President and CEO ofAmelie Construction & Supply LLC, CEO and Owner and Founder of Core Pilates & Yoga, and General Manager of Fetch! Pet Care of North Pittsburgh. This panel will discuss specific strategies that these women used to grow their companies from ideas to multi-million dollar ventures, and how they continue to grow and use innovative strategies to stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Moderating the panel will be Nancy Polinsky Johnson, Publisher and Editor of SHADY AVE magazine.

The second panel discussion will address “Innovation & Media” and features Diana Block, Board of Directors, Former President and Co-Publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO-elect of WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh. This dynamic panel will address innovative strategies required by the media industry to maintain their competitiveness. Moderating the panel will be Lauren Lawley Head, Editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Sponsors for the 2010 Think Big Forum include:
Keynote Sponsor: UPMC Health Plan

Contributing Sponsors:
Enterprise Bank
Hurley Associates
Women’s Business Enterprise Council – WBEC

Media Sponsors:
DUQ 90.5 FM
Pittsburgh Business Times

Tote Bag Donor: First Commonwealth

About Think Big
The mission of CWE’s Think Big Forum is to inspire women in business to think outside box and hear from women business leaders who are succeed at changing the way women think and do business. Innovation and risk-taking are encouraged by some of the Pittsburgh region’s most successful women executives and entrepreneurs in both the for- and non-profit sectors.

Attendees from the Think Big Forums held over last four years have hailed from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Over 60 percent of past attendees are women business owners who predominately represent service sectors (architecture, marketing, public relations, human resources, healthcare and therapy, legal and financial services, communications, training, commercial cleaning, etc.) and are the presidents and/or founders of the business. The remaining 40 percent of attendees are middle and senior management from the corporate sector, including representatives from law firms, insurance brokers, healthcare management, financial institutions, government organizations, and transportation companies.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and faculty expertise. CWE provides programming targeted toward local and regional women in business designed to advance and hone their professional skills. CWE teaches the art of thinking and acting entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of existing organizational environments. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students which can help them learn the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and successful women in business.

The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Chatham U. selected as one of six U.S. colleges and universities to help build Indonesian educational opportunities

By: Leena Soman, Institute of International Education
September 28, 2010

NEW YORK (September 27, 2010) … Chatham University is one of six U.S. institutions to participate in the new Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) to help advance Indonesian higher education institutions’ capacity to provide high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates, according to an announcement by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education.

USIPP, a two-year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will bring together six U.S. institutions with six Indonesian institutions to develop new, innovative study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates in Indonesia and ultimately help Indonesian universities better prepare to host American students.

Over the two-year period, USIPP will work to develop and pilot six new study abroad programs for students from the United States. The initiative will interview the participating students and university administrators for feedback to identify lessons learned and next steps, so that institutions can provide high quality study abroad programs and prepare to host more international students in Indonesia. A final written report will serve as a hands-on tool for international education practitioners.

The six participating U.S. institutions are Chatham University, Lehigh University, Miami Dade College, Texas A&M University, University of Michigan, and University of Washington. Through IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education and in collaboration with IIE’s Jakarta-based affiliate, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), the program will build a foundation for expanding academic partnerships between other U.S. and Indonesian institutions, enabling faculty and students at home and host campuses to deepen mutual understanding and broaden the ongoing exchange of individuals and ideas between the U.S. and Indonesia.

USIPP main goals are to help Indonesian institutions evaluate and improve their international capacity; identify both general and country-specific best practices in preparing for and building study abroad capacity, and disseminate these resources to the wider higher education community; deepen the academic engagement of faculty and institutions in the U.S. and Indonesia; and thus increase the number of U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad for credit in Indonesia.

According to IIE’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, also supported by ECA, more than 7,000 students from Indonesia were enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities during the past several academic years, while less than 100 U.S. students studied abroad in Indonesia in academic year 2007/08 (the most recent year for which data is available).

“Strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia through higher education is a critical goal for both countries, and it is an honor for IIE, in collaboration with IIEF, to facilitate constructive partnerships between institutions in the U.S. and Indonesia,” says IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman. “The Institute has made a long term commitment, along with ECA, to deepening this relationship and looks forward to having an effective, sustained impact.”

In July 2009, IIE, joined by United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the East-West Center, co-chaired a U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission to Indonesia to explore opportunities for expanding higher education programs under the planned U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. This year this coalition of leading non-governmental organizations released the findings of that mission in the Report of the U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission To Indonesia: Recommendations on U.S.-Indonesia Enhanced Cooperation In Higher Education Under The Planned “Comprehensive Partnership,” calling for a comprehensive re-invigoration of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship in higher education in 2010 through the combined efforts of the two countries’ public, private, university and NGO sectors.

New head volleyball coach ready to take on mother/sister duo this week

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
September 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH (September 13, 2010) … The Chatham University women’s volleyball team prepares to open up the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) portion of their schedule this week as they travel to St. Vincent College on Thursday, September 16th. For Cougars’ head coach Kristin Consuegra, however, this match is more than just another PAC match; it’s also a family affair.

As PAC rivals St. Vincent and Chatham prepare to face off this week, Consuegra sets up for a family reunion of sorts with a few twists. Her mother, Sue Hozak, has been the head volleyball coach at St. Vincent for 26 years. Consuegra is a graduate of St. Vincent and was also a four-year member of the team – playing four years under her mom and her senior year with her younger sister, Natalie Hozak.

Consuegra talks of the many similarities she and her mom share, including their game and practice mentality as well as, now, coaching style. As a new head coach, Consuegra is shaping her own philosophies after her mother, though having been an assistant coach at another school for the last two years has allowed her to make her own path too. Consuegra spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) before joining the Cougars’ staff, where she helped the Crimson Hawks post an overall record of 32-37 in two years.

Thus far under Consuegra, the Cougars have posted a 2-5 overall record, with victories over LaRoche College and Penn State University-Beaver. The team has already surpassed their total wins from last year’s season with these two victories (they finished with one victory during the 2009-10 season) and are well on their way towards a successful, record-breaking 2010-11 season.

“It will be fun to be on the same court with my mom and my sister again – only on the other side of the net this time,” Consuegra says.
Chatham’s (2-5, 0-0) PAC match-up against St. Vincent on Thursday is scheduled to start at 7 pm from Bearcat territory in Latrobe, PA. In addition to the September 16th match, the trio gets another shot at each other in a tri-match at Waynesburg University, scheduled for October 22nd.

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