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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to host women’s leadership institute

PITTSBURGH (May 31, 2012) … The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.

This year’s program, which will be held Monday, June 4 through Saturday, June 9, will feature practitioner-in-residence former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, president of Women’s Campaign International (WCI), a group that provides advocacy training for women throughout the world. NEW Leadership 2012 will host 30 women from 16 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania.

The NEW Leadership Program is cultivating the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Modeled after a program established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women’s participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders, and action skills in advocacy and leadership.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.


Rebecca Harris selected as regional U.S. Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion of the Year

PITTSBURGH (May 16, 2012) …  Rebecca U. Harris, director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University, has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2012 Western Pennsylvania and Region III Women In Business Champion of the Year. Harris will be recognized at the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network Awards Luncheon on May 25 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel. Region III of the SBA includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

“The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is a nonprofit center that helps women start and grow businesses, endeavors that I am so passionate about,” says Harris. “I always tell women to take more risks and to ask for help because none of us can do it all on our own. We have developed CWE to help business women succeed.”

Harris is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and marketing specialist. Her own company—a group of monthly publications in the Toledo-Ann Arbor metro area—achieved the million-dollar revenue mark in just seven years.

Harris, who has led CWE since April 2009, develops strategic, innovative programs that are changing the way women do business in western Pennsylvania and empowering women entrepreneurs to take a leading role in driving our region’s economy.

Harris’ accomplishments at Chatham include the launch of CWE Connect, an online membership business development and mentoring community that allows businesswomen to access programs on their own time and makes networking and mentoring more accessible for entrepreneurs in rural areas. In addition, Harris has enhanced CWE’s signature event, the Think Big Forum, which has now tripled in participation, and headed the launch of the popular monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series.

Harris was named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2012 Women in Business, National Association of Women Business Owners (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter) 2010-11 Member of theYear, and was recently named to Mayor Ravenstahl’s PowerUp Pittsburgh Working Group, which seeks to stimulate the region’s economy. Her other honors include the Crystal Award of Excellence from Women in Communications; Marketer of the Year Award from the Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the American Marketing Association; and the Milestones Business Award from the Greater Toledo YWCA, which recognized her success in building her newspaper group into a million-dollar enterprise and highly regarded employer.

She received her MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.



Food, Farm, and Field: Chatham University now registering for hands-on summer sustainability course at Eden Hall Campus, July 8-21

PITTSBURGH (May 14, 2012) … Chatham University is now registering for its summer sustainability course to be held at Eden Hall Campus from July 8 through July 21. During the two-week summer program titled Food, Farm, and Field, students will gain a deeper understanding of issues relating to sustainability and the environment while living at the University’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, Pa.

In this dynamic course, students will live on campus for two weeks, exploring the critical relationship among food, farm, and environment. The program will blend classroom learning, group discussions, field trips throughout the community, and hands-on lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen. Each day will also include time for fun and relaxation with swimming, hiking, yoga, and reflection through writing, video, and photography.

“Because we take an interdisciplinary approach in this program, we can provide a whole range of perspectives on the way our food moves through our environment and our communities,” says Alice Julier, director of the Master of Arts in Food Studies program at Chatham.

“The program at Chatham involves hands-on experiential training at our Eden Hall site, but also engagement with practitioners throughout Pittsburgh. This connection between the agricultural and environmental landscape and the communities where food is prepared and consumed is our innovative approach to this course.”

Instructors will include Chatham University’s renowned faculty in sustainability, food studies, film and digital media, agroecology, and creative writing. Local farmers, chefs, and food suppliers will also provide their perspectives as guest lecturers. Current undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study who are enrolled in accredited institutions or those who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are encouraged to apply, as well as are those interested in agritourism or working in the food service industry.

Students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The cost is $2,400 and includes all course materials, academic credits, lodging, meals, and activities. To register, visit to create an account. Once created, select the “Food, Farm, and Field” option and provide the necessary information. For more information, visit or call 412-365-1498 to speak with someone about the program. Space is limited.

About Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment
Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies program and launching this fall is the Master of Sustainability program. Both masters programs take a transdisciplinary, systems-based approach to issues concerning sustainability and the environment. The SSE also offers an online Certificate in Sustainable Management, which provides a practical foundation in the fundamentals of sustainability and their application in diverse settings — government, the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

About Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus
Eden Hall, gifted to Chatham University in 2008 by the Eden Hall Foundation, will integrate sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Located in the township of Pine-Richland on a 388-acre site north of Chatham’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall Campus will serve more than 1,000 students in a carbon and water resources neutral, zero net energy integrated facility.

By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating existing land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one of kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, Eden Hall will be a place of learning, research and practicing sustainable behaviors that can be replicated elsewhere to make the world a better place.

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