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Chatham Receives Award for High Levels of Student Voting

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has been recognized as a university committed to increasing college student voting rates with the recognition of a “silver seal” award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Chatham was recognized at the ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held in October for achieving a student voting rate of 64.1% in the 2016 election (an increase from 58% in 2012).

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Physical therapy students and local women amputees assist each other

Shannon Jenkins, of Somerset, lets out a laugh while holding her balance with the aid of Chatham University physical therapy graduate student Brandon Maharaj. Maharaj was one of several physical therapists on hand to help evaluate women amputees.
Shannon Jenkins, of Somerset, lets out a laugh while holding her balance with the aid of Chatham University physical therapy graduate student Brandon Maharaj. Maharaj was one of several physical therapists on hand to help evaluate women amputees.

For the past eight years, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Melissa L. Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD has been taking students in Chatham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program to De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics to learn about upper extremity amputations.

This year, De La Torre approached Melissa about co-hosting a free event that provides Pittsburgh-area women amputees with an opportunity for connection and education.

And so it was that on October 21, over 25 women came to the event at Chatham’s Eastside location where they met some Chatham physical therapy students and alumni, De La Torre staff, and—crucially—each other. The event allowed participants to assess their mobility challenges and to share their joys and struggles with fellow amputees.

Medicare, Medicaid, and many other health insurance companies determine an amputee’s eligibility for coverage of prosthetics based on that individual’s K-level. The K-level reflects the degree of (and potential for) the individual’s mobility, and is determined by a series of tasks often conducted by physical therapists.

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The event was not to definitively determine the participants’ K-levels, but rather to provide some motivation, says Bednarek. “We took them through the tasks they’d need to do, and said ‘Okay, here’s what you’re scoring right now; if you’re looking to have a more expensive device covered, maybe think about these types of activities to help you improve your current level.’”

I had such a great time working with each participant and was honored to hear each of their stories! I was particularly inspired and humbled by their attitudes and outlook on their life’s path.” – Jill Claassen, DPT ’17

There was another goal, too: “sneaking in” some physical therapy, laughs Bednarek. “We wanted to give these women not just a chance to learn and connect, but also get them up and moving on a Saturday afternoon.”

The Chatham University Physical Therapy Program educates Doctors of Physical Therapy who will advance the quality of human life through excellence in clinical practice. The Program prepares professionals to meet the challenges of a dynamic health care environment and supports faculty scholarship that bridges science and practice.

Chatham Ranked As One of the 5 Best Online College in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s online programs were recently ranked  as one of the “Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017”  by The Best Colleges. Chatham earned a # 5 ranking across all accredited colleges in Pennsylvania that were reviewed.

The ranking highlights the history, culture, specialties, graduation rates, and costs of each college. Chatham’s School for Continuing & Professional Studies (CCPS) programs for degrees in business administration, healthcare and business management, and nursing stood out with “flexible online learning and low-residency formats” according to Best Colleges.

More information on Chatham University’s 2017 ranking and for a complete listing of ranked institutions can be found on their website.

Chatham Students Team Up to Support Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Donors

PITTSBURGH: On Tuesday, November 14th from 11AM until 2PM, Chatham University’s Love Your Melon (LYM) Crew will partner with Be The Match to host a swab drive in the Carriage House Main Lounge to find potential bone marrow or cord blood donors. Diseases treated by these donations include leukemias and lymphomas, bone marrow diseases, inherited immune system disorders, hemoglobinopathies, and inherited metabolic disorders.

Registering to be a donor is a fifteen to twenty-minute process that includes filling out medical history forms and having a cheek swab taken to be tested for compatibility with a patient. Donors between the ages of 18 to 44 are the best candidates eligible to donate for a transplant. For more information about donor qualifications, visit the Be The Match website.

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Launches Incubator Program for Women Businesses

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE) has launched IncubateHER: a free, competitive year-long business incubation program for early-stage women entrepreneurs with product or service-based businesses in the Pittsburgh region.

IncubateHER provides participants with industry-specific mentors, entrepreneurial education and training (through Chatham’s Women’s Business Center), a tailored growth curriculum, peer-to-peer mentoring through cohort meetups, and a year-long membership to the CWE for immersive networking opportunities. Through this membership, IncubateHER participants will also get free access to the Center’s Prototyping & Design Lab to use digital fabrication tools to ideate and create new products or expand their product lines. In addition, participants will receive a $1,000 grant at the successful completion of the program to help grow their businesses.

The program is limited to five participants in its pilot year. Applications are due by November 30th 2017 with interviews to be held in December. The program will start January 2018. Visit www.chatham.edu/cwe/incubateHer/ for more information and to apply.

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