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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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Chatham University Forum to Dig into the Intersection of Business and Food

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment are hosting on Monday, November 13, 2017 a Business & Food Forum that will explore the intersection of our food system and the business world with demonstrations, tastings, and a keynote presentation by chef and restaurateur, Vimala Rajendran.

The event is being held at the Barazzone Center on Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA on Monday, November 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost of attendance is $50 per person, $25 for non-Chatham students with a valid student ID, and $10 for Center members.  Visit www.chatham.edu/cwe/networking/thinkbig/ for additional information and to register.

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Conversations & Connections Writer’s Conference to be Held at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:  Barrelhouse is excited to announce the Conversations & Connections Writer’s Conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and programming ends at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

The conference will welcome featured writers Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Geeta Kothari, Michelle Junot, and Robert Yune, and will feature more than twenty small presses and literary magazines and fifty editors and panelists. Conversations & Connections will also feature expert panels writing and publishing, including writing while parenting, time management, beginning short stories, and many other topics.

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$1.8 Million HRSA Grant Awarded to Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today that it has received a $1.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. The BHWET program is designed to increase the number of psychologists trained to meet the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and medically underserved populations and provide high quality care in an interdisciplinary setting.

With the grant, Chatham’s Counseling Psychology PsyD program will partner with five integrated care clinics at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  and two community integrated-care clinics serving the behavioral health care needs of vulnerable and medically underserved individuals.  This includes clients whose care is complex because of psychosocial pressures, required medical care, or both, such as LGBT youth, medically challenged youth, pediatric transplant patients, cancer patients, GI disease patients, and medically complex older adults.

The grant will allow Chatham’s PsyD program to build upon its existing partnerships with several clinics at UPMC, including the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Hillman Cancer Center (pediatrics and adult), Visceral Inflammation and Pain Center and Benedum Geriatric Center, to expand the number of practicum offerings focused on integrated care models across the lifespan.  The funding allows Chatham to double the number of advanced PsyD practicum training slots currently available in integrated care settings.

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Dept. of Social Work & Criminology to Host Speaker on Unsolved Murder Case

PITTSBURGH: On October 16th, Chatham University will host speaker, Bill Thomas, who will discuss the cold case of the Colonial Parkway Murders, a case that involves four couples brutally murdered from 1986 to 1989 around Williamsburg, Virginia. Hundreds of investigative eyes have looked at the cases, but they remain unsolved.

The Department of Social Work and Criminology and the Chatham Cold Case Group will be hosting this event at Beckwith Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

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Pittsburgh Promise Scholars to Receive New Housing Scholarship at Chatham

PITTSBURGH: Beginning in the fall of 2018, Pittsburgh Promise Scholars who attend Chatham University will qualify for a $2,000 housing scholarship as part of the Pittsburgh Promise Preferred College Partners Program.

The $2,000 housing scholarship is good for up to 4-years for full-time, on-campus Promise Scholars who graduated from high school in 2018 or later, and is in addition to their Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship and other merit and need-based aid received from Chatham.

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Inauguration of Chatham President Dr. David Finegold to Be Held October 13, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will celebrate a new era of education with the inauguration ceremony for its 19th president, Dr. David Finegold, on Friday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside campus.  An all-campus reception is scheduled to take place in the Athletic and Fitness Center immediately following the ceremony. More information at www.chatham.edu/inauguration.

“An inauguration is a milestone moment for a university, but it’s much more than celebrating a new president,” said Jennifer Potter ’66, Chair of Chatham’s Board of Trustees. “President Finegold’s focus is really about celebrating Chatham—honoring our history, the impact of our college community past and present and charting the future together.”

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Dr. Britney Brinkman Receives a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship Grant

PITTSBURGH: Dr. Britney Brinkman, associate professor of graduate psychology programs at Chatham University, has been selected to join Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL), a leadership development program led by the University of Minnesota with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The program is designed to produce research leaders who will create social change and promote health equity within the United States. The three-year fellowship includes funding for training in best practices for promoting evidence-based policy making, as well as grant funding for a research collaboration with Gwen’s Girls, a Pittsburgh-based organization working to empower girls. Dr. Brinkman was awarded the fellowship along with Dr. Kathi Elliott, Executive Director, Gwens Girls, Inc., and Dr. Sara Goodkind, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh. Continue reading