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Special screening of the documentary Rachel is to be held on March 15

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 28, 2011) … The challenge of caring for a intellectually-disabled sibling who also wants to gain her own independence lies at the heart of “Rachel is,” a documentary about Rachel Glynn’s last year in school as chronicled by her sister, Charlotte. The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) program At Chatham University will sponsor a free screening of “Rachel is” and panel discussion on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eddy Theatre on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. For more information call 412-365-1878 or email

Filmed in Pittsburgh, “Rachel is” not only peers into Rachel’s life and travails but also allows Charlotte to see her sister in a new light from behind the camera lens. The movie is Charlotte Glynn’s directorial debut and presents intimate moments of her family’s life as Rachel wants to be self-sufficient but can’t be left alone, which pushes Rachel’s relationship with her mother Jane to the breaking point. The producers note that ““Rachel is” is an honest, heartbreaking, and funny film about parenthood, disability, and the universal struggle for happiness.”

Rachel’s mother, Jane Bernstein, is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University; Rachel’s sister, Charlotte is director/producer and spend her formative years in Pittsburgh before moving to Los Angeles and later, New York; and producer Henry J. Simonds is a Pittsburgh native and member of Chatham’s Board of Trustees.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics was originally established in 1998 as the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania through the generosity of The Hillman Foundation, Inc and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. Reconceived and endowed by The Hillman Foundation Inc. as The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy in 2003, the Center remains the first to focus specifically on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania. The Center seeks to increase the level of political participation of women in Pennsylvania through its mission of education, public service, and research, and conducts training programs in applied politics, offers a variety of community and educational programs and combines policy analysis with public activism to advance the status of women on the public agenda across the Commonwealth. The Center engages women in experiential learning activities including internships, mentoring programs, advocacy work and volunteer activities, and provides women of all ages with the information and skills to be politically active in society and to be candidates for public office.

About Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)
The Chatham University IM4Q Program began in 1999 with its main goal focused on improving the lives of individuals with developmental and/ or intellectual disabilities. The program originated as a result of recommendations made by Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs and the Planning Advisory Committee. Chatham University was selected as one of the pilot programs in the Commonwealth. Since the inception of the program, Chatham IM4Q staff have conducted nearly 10,000 interviews of individuals with developmental disabilities. The program serves individuals who receive services throughout Allegheny, Greene, and Washington Counties. These interviews have helped develop a knowledge base about the overall quality of life for people who receive support through Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and have had significant impact that has helped improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Chatham University IM4Q Program operates independently of, but in conjunction with, administrative county offices from the tri-county region. IM4Q outcomes have been the focus of several national presentations and publications.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship develops new online mentoring community for women business owners in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands

Virtual learning community is designed to help women business owners access customized entrepreneurship programs on their own time

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer 
February 24, 2011

Since its founding the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) has developed new and innovative programs to assist women in southwestern Pennsylvania develop and expand new businesses. Today CWE announced that it is seeking to bring economic growth and development to the Laurel Highlands with the launch of its new online business and mentoring community, CWE Connect.

Funded in part by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and developed in partnership with The Progress Fund, The Trail Town Program®, and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, CWE Connect is designed to provide an online nexus for women entrepreneurs and business owners to easily gain access to experienced facilitators, mentors, and resources to help women succeed in business.

“The Benedum Foundation is particularly interested in helping rural communities prosper. This is precisely the kind of program that brings the assets of an urban center like CWE to women entrepreneurs in small, often isolated, towns” said Jim Denova, Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

CWE is offering a three-month complimentary trial of its online programs beginning March 1, 2011 and running through May 31, 2011 which will include Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, a Kauffman FastTrac® Listening To Your Business Workshop™, and complete access to an online business resource library, the CWE Toolkit.

Interested participants can enroll in the trial program by either calling the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at 412-365-1253 or by emailing Membership in CWE Connect is from March 1, 2011 through February 28, 2012 and is $125. For more information visit

“As a nonprofit community development lender, we are reminded every day that running a small business needs to be done smartly. Women-owned businesses represent 43% of our client base and are a significant piece of the local economy,” David Kahely, President and CEO of the Progress Fund, declared. “To help them further succeed, we formed a partnership with The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship which provides these women with access to an incredible universe of business resources. CWE’s mentoring programs and peer-to-peer exchanges help these entrepreneurs skillfully apply critical knowledge to their own circumstances and situations. I could not be more pleased with our partnership and CWE’s commitment to the success of these business owners.”

“CWE Connect is going to make a difference in this region, bringing economic development and making accessible the kind of networking and business workshops that many women business owners in the Laurel Highlands simply don’t have easy access to,” Rebecca Harris, CWE Director, stated. “The Laurel Highlands has always been a destination for tourists, for example, and with the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage more opportunities will develop for women to start or expand their businesses. We want to give women the tools they need to take advantage of the growing business opportunities and have them be able to access those resources at their convenience.”

“Pick up any newspaper, read any blog, or watch this evening’s headlines and you can see that operating a business in today’s environment can be daunting and challenging. Every little bit of knowledge can give you an edge in advancing your investment,” Ann Nemanic, Director of the Laurel Highlands Visitor’s Bureau, explained. “That is why we are excited about our partnership with Chatham University and the opportunities through CWE Connect. We are confident that women will find benefit in the curriculum and the peer-to-peer connections they will make over the next twelve months.”

Components of the CWE Connect program include the following:

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program is designed to bring women business owners together in an environment of sharing, discovery, and learning. Participants work together and with the facilitator through informal online discussions. The participants help to form the agenda for these discussions and post their thoughts in the discussion groups when it is convenient for them.

One-on-One Mentoring
The One-on-One Mentoring program gives business owners insight, knowledge, coaching, and connections. Each participant will be paired with an individually selected mentor according to their customized needs.

Kauffman FastTrac® Listening To Your Business™
The award-winning Kauffman Entrepreneurial training program Listening To Your Business is offered as a series of virtual workshops. Listening To Your Business lets business owners work on their businesses – not just in their businesses. Taught by expert facilitators, the workshops will also be archived so participants can follow along on their own time and go at their own pace.

CWE Toolkit
CWE Connect includes an online business library, known as the “CWE Toolkit” with videos, PowerPoints, spreadsheets, and useful, easy-to-understand documents for business owners in the catego¬ries of Marketing, Finance, Legal, and Business Development.

“This is a great opportunity for women throughout the Laurel Highlands to either realize the dream of owning their own business, or expanding their current business beyond what they might think is possible,” Ms. Harris said. “We’re grateful to the Benedum Foundation for their support as well as for our new partnerships with The Progress Fund, The Trail Town Program®, and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau to help us reach a new group of women entrepreneurs.”
About CWE
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. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. 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. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

In Memory: Robert J. Cooley, Ed.D.

By: Laura S. Armesto, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
February 21, 2011

I am sorry to inform the Chatham family that Dr. Robert Cooley passed away on Saturday, February 19 after a battle with cancer. For 34 years Dr. Cooley taught generations of Chatham students about photography, composition and design, and was often seen leading groups of students to photograph the campus landscape and architecture while wearing his signature cowboy hat.

Dr. Cooley earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Steubenville, Ohio (now Franciscan University of Steubenville); his master’s from Fairfield University, Connecticut; and his Ed.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington. He was an accomplished photographer with expertise in grayscale and color photography, utilizing both traditional film and digital media. Through the years he exhibited his work on campus, most notably at the dedication of Chatham’s new Art and Design Center in October 2005 and at a 2009 exhibition in the Chatham University Art Gallery in which he showcased photography from his many travels around the country, especially his beloved American Southwest landscapes. Because he was passionate about student success, Bob created the Chatham Pet Calendar to fund the Student Emergency Fund and dedicated all proceeds from the sale of his photographs to the Fund.

We will miss him.

Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Jobe Funeral Home on the corner of Beatty Road & Route 48 North in Monroeville. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at St. Januarius Church in Plum.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review news obituary

Click here to leave a remembrance in Dr. Cooley’s online guest book.

Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at 220 Noel Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146.

Graduate psychology programs host Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now with Tempa Dukte Lama from Pittsburgh’s Olmo Ling Bon Center

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
February 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 18, 2011) … Chatham University’s graduate programs in psychology will welcome Tempa Dukte Lama from the Olmo Ling Bon Center in Pittsburgh and psychologists Jon Spiegel, Ph.D. and Stanley Perelman, Ph.D. for a weekend course – Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now from March 18-20, 2011. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors are invited to register for the course on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Continuing education credits are available for qualified participants.

Tempa Lama, who was born in and grew up in Nepal, founded the non profit organization Olmo Ling in Pittsburgh in 2007. At Olmo Ling Center, Tempa Lama is working to make the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition available and accessible for all who wish to bring a practice of compassion, healing and happiness into their lives. Central areas of his work include translations and commentaries on Bon teachings and practices, and the creation of an educational program geared toward the needs of psychologists and medical professionals in the areas of healing, compassionate care and spiritual support for the dying.

“Beyond Mindfulness: The Urgency of Now” will introduce participants to Bon and other Eastern Wisdom Traditions that describe the arising of afflicted states of mind, their effect on our surroundings and relationships, and the healing of affliction and suffering. Participants will explore the intimate connection between the health of the self and the health of the surroundings in the context of two threads of existence: the subjective experience of a person with a mind, body, emotions and certain potentials and limitations (“the conceptual karmic body”), and the transpersonal experience that is characterized by pure presence, open awareness, and the capacity for spontaneous, flexible action.

Dr. Mary Beth Mannarino, director of the graduate programs in psychology at Chatham, is delighted to host the course on campus. “Chatham’s graduate psychology programs recognize and embrace the complex relationship between well–being of individuals and the diverse environments touching their lives. We support our students toward becoming professionals who promote balanced, intentional, and healthy living through their work, and are grateful for the growth opportunity provided by this course.”

Click here for information about registration and about Tempe Dukte Lama, Dr. Siegel, and Dr. Perelman.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Mannarino, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Chatham’s graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, at 412-365-1196 or

About Chatham University’s Graduate Psychology Programs
Chatham University offers three unique graduate degrees in psychology — a Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) for students who are seeking education about human behavior either to enrich their work lives or to apply for doctoral study in psychology; a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) for students who would like to practice as licensed professional counselors; and a Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) for students interested in becoming licensed psychologists.

Chatham’s graduate programs in psychology are built upon the university’s rich history of commitment to diversity and global awareness, sustainability and the environment, and women’s health and well-being. These themes are woven into coursework and practical experiences.