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For the 4th Year in a Row, Chatham Admitted to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

PITTSBURGH: For the fourth consecutive year, Chatham University has been admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Honorees are selected based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. Chatham University’s community service is diverse and extensive. Recent examples include:

Educational Community Service

  • Words without Walls
  • STEM Stars Program
  • As part of an elective course, OT students and faculty traveled to Ecuador to provide therapy services to under served populations

Interfaith Community Service

  • Multi Faith Council
  • All Faith Gathering
  • All Faith Living Learning Community

Commemorative Community Service

  • RISE:  Light of Life Ministries Volunteer Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Caps for Cancer
  • Reading across America
  • Empty Bowls
  • University Community Service Day
  • Relay for Life Campaign

“We are grateful and proud to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth year in a row,” says Zauyah Waite, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. “This honor is a testament of Chatham students and their commitment to providing outstanding service to the community.”

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollThe honor roll has been overseen since 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council of Education, Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

About Chatham University
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability; and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Report”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. More information at