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They marched. Will they run? PCWP Records Increase in Women Candidates in Southeast PA

PITTSBURGH: Observers around the country have noted an uptick in the number of women running for political office, and some areas of Pennsylvania appear to be no exception to this trend with recent data collected by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University indicating that women ran for and won more Southeast Pennsylvania municipal offices in 2017 than in 2015.

In 2015, PCWP tallies revealed that less than a quarter of candidates (24.7 percent) in Southeastern Pennsylvania were women—Philadelphia (38.5 percent), Bucks (28 percent), Delaware (22 percent), Montgomery (21.5 percent), and Chester (26 percent). In the same area in 2017, 39.5 percent of candidates were women.

Preliminary results of data collected from the November election indicate that across Southeast Pennsylvania approximately 41.5 percent of the winners in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties were women. In Philadelphia, where only a few races were on the ballot, women represented 62 percent of those who won their races (8 women). Many more offices were contested in the collar counties; in Bucks County 45 percent of winners were women (142 women), while women represented 42 percent of the winners in Delaware (139 women) and Montgomery (167 women) Counties. Chester County’s tally was somewhat lower, with 35 percent (96 women) female winners. The 2015 and 2017 results are based, in each county, on candidates and results available in those respective election cycles.

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Nursing Programs Receive U.S. News Best Online Program Designation

Chatham University’s Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing programs earned a Best Online Program ranking by U.S. News & World Report in their 2018 Best Online Programs edition. Chatham’s graduate nursing programs, consisting of the MSN and DNP online programs, were ranked in the top 100 of all programs.

This year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs ranks schools on five categories—student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, admissions selectivity, and student services and technology. Click on the links to view the details of Chatham’s rankings for Best Online Nursing Programs and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

About Chatham University Nursing Programs
Chatham University offers nursing degrees delivered in convenient online formats including the RN-BSN, MSN and one of the “fastest-to-degree completion” DNP programs in the country. All programs focus on evidence-based scientific nursing practice, patient safety, and quality outcomes; and are designed to help nurses reach career goals and impact quality health care delivery in a variety of health care environments. Chatham nursing programs are known for graduating insightful, compassionate, and collaborative care providers interested in pursuing leadership, practice, education, and management roles in the nursing field. More information at www.chatham.edu/nursing

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Chatham Professor, Ryan Utz, Publishes New Research on “Freshwater Salinization Syndrome”

With winter seemingly here to stay, one of the most common sounds we hear is the familiar “beep beep beep” of salt trucks on our streets and highways.

But what is all that salt doing to our environment?

Scientists have long recognized that road salts can contribute to chemical changes in rivers and streams. But research by Chatham University assistant professor of water resources Ryan Utz, Ph.D. and his colleagues has determined that long-term salinization is occurring throughout most of North America and may be linked to chemical changes beyond salts, including chemicals that lead water to become more alkaline.

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Aliquippa Mayor, Dwan Walker, to speak at Chatham University Martin Luther King, Jr. Honorary Breakfast on Jan 12

PITTSBURGH: On January 12, 2018 at 10 a.m., Chatham University will host a breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Mellon Board Room on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. The keynote speaker is Mayor Dwan Walker of Aliquippa.

The cost for the event is $35 for individuals and registration is required.  Please register on Chatham’s website.  If interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing a table, please contact Diarra Clarke at clarke.diarra@chatham.edu.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, to speak at Chatham University on April 17th

PITTSBURGH:  World renowned historian and award-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, will deliver a public lecture at the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus at 6:00 pm on April 17, 2018.  Kearns Goodwin is the featured speaker for the 2018 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics at Chatham University.

Additional information and registration for the public lecture is available on the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics website.

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Author, Sheryl St. Germain, Celebrates the Launch of her Book, The Small Door of Your Death

PITTSBURGH:  On Friday, February 9th, at 7 p.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program proudly presents The Small Door of Your Death, a poetry collection written by Sheryl St. Germain, published by Autumn House Press.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Kelly Kepner, at k.kepner@chatham.edu for more information.

Sheryl St. Germain’s poetry books include Making Bread at Midnight, (Slough Press), How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade (both University of North Texas Press), and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press).

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Chatham University to Honor & Explore Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will honor and explore the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the month of January through a series of events under the theme,: “The Man Behind the Dream: The Complexities of Dr. Martin Luther King.” 

All events are open to students, staff, faculty and their friends and family. More info and registration on MyChatham.edu.

Dr. King, the Theologian
Diversity Dialogues: Faith & the Activism of Dr. King
Tuesday, January 9th
11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Mellon Conover Room

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council

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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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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.