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Chatham University’s Global Focus program hosts public Chilean Independence Day Celebration on Sept. 21

Celebration coincides with the program’s Year of the Andes: Chile

PITTSBURGH—The Chatham University Global Focus program and Chilean community leaders throughout the Pittsburgh region are jointly hosting a free public celebration of Chilean Independence Day, or Dieciocho. The celebration, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, will feature authentic Chilean cuisine, music, dance performances, and alpacas. There will also be Chilean-inspired crafting stations, face painting, and a Moon Bounce for children. All events will take place on the Shadyside Campus Quad, with the university’s Athletic & Fitness Center as the designated rain location.

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Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author, to give free public reading at Chatham University on September 13

Cash will speak as part of the Melanie Brown Lecturer Series at the event sponsored by Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing Program

PITTSBURGH—Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, will give a free public reading at Chatham University at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 13, in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside Campus. As Chatham’s 2013 Melanie Brown Lecturer, Cash will read from his works, including his upcoming book This Dark Road to Mercy, available from William Morrow/HarperCollins in January 2014. The event is hosted by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

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Recent Chatham University MFA graduate Christopher Nicholson wins two Telly Awards for documentary “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library”

PITTSBURGH—Christopher Nicholson, who received his MFA in film and digital technology from Chatham University in 2012, was selected as the winner of two Telly Awards for his piece titled “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library.”

Nicholson’s film won Telly Awards in two categories: Achievement in History/Biography Non-Broadcast Production Achievement in Low Budget Documentary. Nicholson’s film was selected from 11,000 national and international entries.

In the documentary, the filmmaker explores the legend of the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, Pa. Since the library was opened in 1903 the presence of paranormal activity has filled the rooms of the library. The film gives us insight about the legends, the experiences and follows investigators as they explore the “other” history of a historical landmark.

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To address the need for better workforce preparation, Chatham University launches Four Phases to Your Future to acclimate students to college life and for success in the job market

The Four Phases program will kick off August 22 with a speaker and workshop on the skills and confidence needed in the classroom and work environment

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University has launched a new four-phase program to help acclimate students to college life and prepare them for success in future endeavors in the workplace, community, and beyond. The program titled Four Phases to Your Future is offered through Chatham’s Office of Career Development – Student Affairs.

Zauyah Waite, vice president of student affairs and dean of students says, “Chatham University is eager to provide students with the tools they need to make the most of their college education. We want them to be successful as students, interns, employees, and community members.”

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