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Chatham earns national diversity award for its All Faith Worship Service

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March 17, 2010

BOSTON (March 17, 2010) – Diversity has long been an integral part of many events at NACA’s National Convention, and during the Association’s 50th Anniversary celebration in February 2010, diversity awards were presented to individuals and campus programs within the Association that have moved NACA’s diversity initiatives forward through various activities and programs.

One of those awards, the 2010 NACA Outstanding Diversity Achievement Campus Program Award, was presented to Chatham University for its “All Faith Worship Service.”

NACA is a membership-based association that links the higher education and entertainment communities in a business and learning partnership, creating educational and business opportunities for students and professional members.

The NACA Outstanding Diversity Achievement Campus Program Award is presented to an institution for a program that fosters meaningful relationships between diverse student groups, challenges stereotypical perceptions of diverse populations, helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds and generates awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.

In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on the role of Higher Education to provide opportunities for students to embrace spiritual needs. Chatham’s weekly, student-led service is a time for all students, faculty and community members of all faiths to come together to worship. The service, initiated in 2009, provides opportunities for spiritual reflection and meditation for all participants of varying faiths.

The All Faith Worship Service community embraces the diversity of religious and spiritual beliefs, and this assists students in having an increased understanding, tolerance, and respect for all global religions. For many Chatham students, the All Faith Worship Service has provided an outlet to develop and mature their own spiritual beliefs in addition to learn about the beliefs and traditions of other faiths besides their own.

The All Faith Worship Service is a collaborative effort between Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and the Interfaith Council. The service has been led by a multitude of individuals from these different areas that spend their Sunday evenings with Chatham’s new All Faith Worship Service community. In the beginning, the service was primarily run by different religious presiders, faculty, staff, and student leaders; at this point, the service has become student led.

The NACA National Convention is an annual gathering of more than 2,500 event bookers and campus activities professionals from NACA member colleges and universities who come together to network, book talent, receive training and develop the services that they are able to offer the student body at their home colleges and universities. NACA marks 50 years of advancing campus activities in higher education in 2010.

Other diversity-related activities taking place during the Convention included:
• HBCU Connections, a program designed to introduce delegates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to programs, services and resources available to them through NACA, while also allowing them to network with other delegates;
• Diversity Mix & Mingle – LGBTQIA, a social networking event designed specifically for delegates who affiliate themselves with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, questioning, intersex and ally interests;
• Educational exhibits built around the theme “Everyone is Cultural” to share information about the history of NACA diversity initiatives; and
• Coffee and Conversations Exchange, a morning opportunity for interested delegates to exchange ideas about diversity issues over morning coffee.

NACA’s entertainment showcases have always featured ethnically diverse artists performing in equally diverse genres, ranges from hip-hop and jazz to country music and comedy. A special entertainment component of the Convention is the NBC Universal Stand-Up for Diversity showcase, which features seven comedians from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. All were selected through the annual Stand-Up for Diversity Talent Search and will tour the U.S. throughout 2010.

Since 1960, the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) has evolved into the nation’s largest collegiate organization for campus activities. Its membership is composed of 1,000 member colleges and universities nationwide, and more than 800 associate members doing business in the college market. Associate members include talent agencies and performers representing more than 8,800 artists and specialty product items.

For more information, contact Jason Darby at jasond@naca.org, or visit www.naca.org.

Chatham welcomes Woodrow Wilson Fellow Julius Coles to campus March 15-17; campus reception planned for March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
March 14, 2010

(March 14, 2010) … As part of its Global Focus Year of Africa, the Chatham University community welcomes Professor Julius Coles, President Emeritus of Africare and Director of Global Education and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. Professor Coles is the University’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

During his visit from March 15-17, Professor Coles will meet with Chatham University faculty, including Fulbright Scholar Professor Tompson Makahamadze, as well as students. He will also participate in several Global Focus Year of Africa events on campus, and also tour the University’s Olkes Collection of African Art, the largest of its kind in western Pennsylvania. A special reception will be held for Professor Coles on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room. For more information contact the Office of the Dean of Chatham College for Women at 412-365-2467 or freed@chatham.edu

Chatham’s Global Focus program engages students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations. The University’s community of scholars promotes the acquisition of sustainable global competencies through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe every year.

About Professor Julius Coles
Julius E. Coles has been Africare’s president since mid-June 2002. An Africare supporter since the organization’s beginning, Professor Coles served as a Board member from 1997 until assuming the presidency. Africare is committed to being the premier Africa-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues.

From 1997 to 2002, he was the director of Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. He served as the director of Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center from 1994 to 1997.

Most of Professor Coles’s previous career, spanning some 28 years, was as a senior official with the United States Agency for International Development. He was mission director in Swaziland and Senegal and served in Vietnam, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal and Washington, D.C. Professor Coles retired from the U.S. government’s foreign service in 1994 with the rank of career minister. His foreign service-related awards include the Distinguished Career Service Award (1995) and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award (annually, 1983-1986).

Professor Coles’ numerous other awards have included Princeton University’s James Madison Medal (2007), Morehouse College’s National Alumnus of the Year (2006) and the Amistad Achievement Award (2003). He was decorated by then President Abdou Diouf of Senegal as Commander in the Order of Lion (1994).

Professor Coles is a member of the Boards of InterAction, the Alliance Française (Washington, D.C.), the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs at Morehouse College, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and the Society for International Development. In addition, he is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee and the UNESCO International Commission on the Gorée (Senegal) Memorial.

He received his B.A. from Morehouse College (1964) and his master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1966). He also has studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, the U.S. Department of State Foreign Institute’s Senior Seminar, the Federal Executive Institute and Institut de Français in Paris.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Professor Coles is the father of two grown daughters and lives with his wife, Jean in Vienna, Va.

About Chatham
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Local Food Showcase on March 11 moves to Anderson Dining Hall

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
March 2, 2010

(March 2, 2010) … Because of overwhelming interest by the region’s food producers and purveyors, the first annual Local Food Showcase: A Grower / Buyer Event will be moved to the Anderson Dining Hall in Mellon Center on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus. Sponsored by Chatham University’s new Master of Arts in Food Studies program, Penn State Extension – Allegheny County, and Parkhurst Food Service, the event will be held on March 11, 2010 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Designed as a tradeshow to foster networking among producers and purveyors, the event will also be open to the general public for $5.00 admission. Visitor parking will be available in the University’s Library/Theatre Lot accessible via Murray Hill Avenue. For more information contact Heather Mikulas at 412-473-2540 or hem12@psu.edu. For directions and parking information visit www.chatham.edu/campusmap.

The current list of vendors includes:

American Health Group (Farm to Table)
Backyard Gardens
Chatham University Master of Arts in Food Studies
Cherry Valley Organics
Clarion River Organics
Curran and Taylor
Dillner Family Farms
East End Food Coop
Enrico Biscotti
European Desserts
Frankferd Farms
Friendship Farms
Grow Pittsburgh
Harvest Valley Farms
Herbal Delights
Hillspring Farms
Jamison’s Farms
Kretchmann Farms
Latimer Valley Organics
Le Ara Farms, LLC, Wilson Family Farms
Logan Family Farms
McElhaney Family Farm
Milestone Specialty Produce
Najat’s Cuisine
Parkhurst Food Service
PASA
Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Schramm’s Farm
Six Penn
Standing Chimney Breads
Studio 4 Cooking
Sturges Orchard
The Purple Spoon Jams
Turner Dairy
yumpittsburgh.com

About Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is one of the few graduate food studies programs in the U.S and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. Students will study how food, from farm to table to compost, shapes people and the global environment. The curriculum connects real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential knowledge, offering concentrations in food politics, history and culture, and food markets and marketing.

Dr. Barazzone participates in Institute of International Education delegation of U.S. higher education leaders to India

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
February 25, 2010

(February 25, 2010) … Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D., president of Chatham University, will take part in a delegation of U.S. higher education leaders to India led by Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter to promote U.S. higher education and to enhance and expand linkages with institutions in India. The weeklong visit will take place from February 28 to March 6.

In addition Dr. Barazzone, presidents and senior officials from the following colleges and universities will participate in the delegation: Bryn Mawr College, Case Western Reserve University, City University of Seattle, Lehigh University, Louisiana Community and Technical College, Miami Dade College, Michigan State University, New York Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rollins College, University of Kentucky, and Washburn University.

Since 2001/02, India has been the leading place of origin of international students in the United States, representing slightly more than 15% of the total international student population in the United States, according to IIE’s annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. In 2008/09, there were more than 103,000 international students from India studying in the United States, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year.

The number of students from the United States studying abroad in India has also increased rapidly in recent years, although from a much smaller base. In the 2007/08 academic year, more than 3,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities received credit for study abroad in India, an increase of almost 20 percent over the previous year.

Given this growth in exchanges and study abroad among U.S. and Indian students, colleges and universities from both countries are looking to each other for innovative and effective ideas as they seek to develop institutional partnerships.

To help develop these U.S.-India higher education relationships, the delegation will meet in Bangalore with higher education institutions such as the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the global IT company Infosys. From there, the group will travel to Pune, where they will meet with senior officials at prominent universities, notably the University of Pune, which hosts the largest number of international students at any higher education institution in India, and with Symbiosis University.

The delegation will then visit New Delhi to meet with representatives of the Government of India as well as the U.S. Embassy and the United States-India Educational Foundation (Fulbright Commission). The delegates will attend and participate in a plenary session at the Emerging Directions in Global Education (EDGE) Conference, a three day event that brings together policy makers, and global and Indian educational institutions and businesses, to address issues pertaining to excellence in education, and forge cooperative and collaborative programs to further knowledge exchange and internationalize education. The delegation will conclude with visits to universities including the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. In New Delhi, the delegation will take part in a roundtable hosted by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), on the topic of “U.S.-India Partnership: Cementing Relationships through Education.”

IIE has recently launched a new Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, which will focus initially on fostering partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions through the International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). IAPP will develop an international partnership service for a pilot group of twenty U.S. institutions seeking partners in India, conduct study tours to India and China to explore partnership opportunities, convene an expert advisory group, and create an online International Academic Partnership portal to provide training materials and information resources on establishing institutional partnerships.

“This delegation, along with the many scholarship programs that IIE administers, the work of our New Delhi office and our newly created Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, reflects IIE’s deep commitment to supporting U.S.-India higher education exchange,” says Dr. Goodman. “We are confident that these collaborations will continue to yield benefits for both countries and the world in the coming decades.”

IIE will host a reception in New Delhi on March 3 to mark the release of its new book, International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. The book, which IIE produced with sponsorship from the AIFS Foundation, features discussions by thought leaders from across the United States and India on the most current trends and topic in higher education exchanges between two of the world’s largest democracies. It is the only comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a critical moment in this important relationship. International India’s chapters address subjects from trends in student mobility between the two countries to best practices in institutional partnerships, as well as current issues like entrepreneurship and engineering education.

IIE India Director Ajit Motwani will welcome the delegation and deliver an introductory briefing on higher education in India. According to Mr. Motwani, “Recent changes in India point to a new era of higher education development for the country, which will be accomplished through various forms of international partnerships such as twinning, exchanges, internships and the presence of credible foreign providers. This delegation will make a significant contribution to the process.”

International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S. is available for purchase at www.iiebooks.org.

To learn more about the Center for Academic Partnerships, please visitwww.iie.org/cip.

About IIE
The Institute of International Education (www.iie.org) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.
The Institute of International Education has been engaged with higher education in India for over 50 years and has had an office in New Delhi since 2005. IIE India works closely with businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations in the region, and has developed and implemented a strong set of activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields, including energy.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Student and faculty member in Chatham’s Low-Residency MFA program receive book award nominations

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 24, 2010

(February 24, 2010) … A student and faculty member in Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program recently were nominated for two national book awards, according to Peter Oresick, program director.

Adjunct faculty member Kathleen George was one of only six authors nominated for The Edgar Awards’ Best Mystery Novel of 2009 presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Her novel “The Odds” is set on Pittsburgh’s North Side and was published last June. Entertainment Weekly noted that “If anyone’s writing better police thrillers than George, I don’t know who it is.” Ms. George lives in Pittsburgh and is a native of Johnstown, Pa. and her website is http://www.kathleengeorgebooks.com.

Student Christopher Barzak, a native of Youngstown, Ohio and faculty member at Youngstown State University, is a member of Chatham’s first cohort of Low-Res MFA students and will earn his degree in May 2010. His book “The Love We Share Without Knowing” (Bantam) was one of six nominees in the Novel category for the 2009 Nebula Awards presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His website is http://christopherbarzak.wordpress.com/.

“We’re very proud of Kathleen and Chris, and grateful for the contributions they have made to the program,” Mr. Oresick said. “Our faculty, staff and students wish them the best of luck and we’re looking forward to both award ceremonies.”

Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA program is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of 10 days each. The program is very similar to Chatham’s highly acclaimed residency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students take mentorships with a publishing writer. Also, low-residency students must complete two residencies of ten days each in their first and second summers on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus in Pittsburgh.

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Cougars basketball team upsets #3 Grove City to earn first playoff game in team history

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
February 23, 2010

(February 23, 2010) . . . In the only upset of the opening round of play in the 2010 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, the Chatham University women’s basketball team earned their first playoff game in school history with a road win against #3 Grove City College. The Cougars upended the Wolverines by a final score of 63-54.

Grove City led by three at the half, 26-23, but Chatham outscored their opponent in the decisive second twenty minutes of play 40-28 and would go on to earn the quarterfinal victory. The Cougars finished the contest shooting 45.8% from the field (22-48), 25% from behind the three point arc (4-16), and 75% from the foul line (15-20). Both teams finished with 35 rebounds apiece also.

For Chatham, leading the way was red-shirt junior Brittany Brown (Bellefontaine, OH/Bellefontaine) with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior Kayla Hilko (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) and Lizz King (Cabot, PA/Knoch) added 14 and 13 points in the scoring column for the Cougars, respectively.

Four Wolverines finished in double figures tonight, led by sophomore guard Megan Gebrosky (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley) with a team-best 14 points. Senior Krista Beechy (Winesburg, OH/Berlin Hiland) also added a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double for her team.

Chatham (11-15, 5-11) will travel to Crestview, KY this weekend to compete in the semi-finals of the PAC tournament against #1 Thomas More College on Friday, February 26th at 8 pm. The winners of the other quarterfinal contests tonight – #2 Washington and Jefferson College (W&J) and #4 Westminster College – will face off at 6 pm. The winning teams from Friday night’s contest will then compete for the PAC Championship title on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, also in Crestview, KY.

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Chelsea Mummert ’10 qualifies for NCAA Division III B-Cut Championships

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department
February 22, 2010

(February 22, 2010) . . . Chatham University swimmer Chelsea Mummert ’10 (York, PA/Central York) had an outstanding weekend for the Cougars at the 2010 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimming and Diving Championships at Grove City College. Mummert became the first Cougar in school history to win a PAC Championship in the 100 Backstroke and also qualified for the NCAA Division III B-Cut Championships with her time of 59.53 in the lead off leg of the 400 Medley Relay.

On the final day of PAC Championships, Mummert swam to a 4th place finish in the 200 Backstroke with a school record time of 2:12.82 and also finished 12th in the 100 Butterfly. She also contributed to the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 and 800 Freestyle Relays; each of these relay teams took 4th place.

This Central York graduate is looking towards a strong summer as well as a successful senior year with the Cougars as she looks to achieve two cut times next season. Mummert was a PAC Player of the Week this season – the week of November 9, 2009 – and is anxious to find out next week if she will be attending the NCAA Championship meet for her qualifying B-cut time in the 400 Medley Relay.

As a team, the Cougars came back from behind and finished fourth overall at the PAC Championships with a total of 326 points behind Grove City College (862.5), Westminster College (PA) (674.5), and Washington and Jefferson College (W&J) (661).

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

WINTER STORM UPDATE: Campus will be closed on Thursday, February 11

By: Walter Fowler, Vice President for Finance and Administration
February 11, 2010

(February 10, 2010) … For the safety of our commuter students as well as our faculty and staff who drive to work, Chatham University will be closed on Thursday, February 11. Parkhurst will continue to provide food service at Anderson Dining Hall and limited service at the Weathervane snack bar and Cafe Rachel.

Please remember that many city streets – both primary and secondary – in the East End neighborhoods around Chatham and elsewhere are still treacherous. Also, many suburban streets are now in poor condition because of the blowing snow conditions this evening. Please use caution if you must drive.

If you must visit campus, please have patience with our facilities crews and the heavy equipment in use.

Walt Fowler

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship’s Feb.12 Breakfast Series Canceled, Rescheduled to Feb. 19

By: Anne Flynn Schlicht, CWE Assistant Director
February 10, 2010

(February 10, 2010) … Due to the winter snow storm this week, the array of closures and challenging road conditions in the City of Pittsburgh, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will postpone the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series for this Friday, February 12 until next Friday, February 19th. The CWE will automatically transfer your reservation to Friday, February 19th.

Participants who cannot attend next Friday should contact the CWE at (412) 365-1253 or email womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu for a full refund.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY 19 EVENT. Online registration is available at www.chatham.edu/cwe.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Friday February 19th, 2010 (NEW DATE)
7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University
Cost: $25.00 per breakfast.

Networking and a continental breakfast will precede the presentation.

“Keys to Recruiting and Retaining Exceptional Employees”
Speaker: Holly Maurer-Klein, Founder & Owner HMK Associates

In the current economic downturn, it seems as if it would be easier to recruit exceptional employees, but somehow the number of qualified candidates who meet your business needs doesn’t seem to be increasing. What are some creative strategies your business can use to find people and determine who is a fit? What are some techniques job seekers can use to set themselves apart in these tumultuous times?

Holly Maurer-Klein founded HMK Associates, Inc., in 1993 to provide practical human resource solutions, including recruiting, policy development and compensation assistance to a diverse array of growing organizations in industry and non-profit. Her firm has worked with hundreds of industry and non-profit CEO’s and executives to help them manage their organizations more profitably through more effective utilization of their greatest resource – the talent and energy of their amazing staff.

This event is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times and Verizon.

Chatham hosts city’s first Local Food Showcase: a Grower/Buyer Event

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 3, 2010

(January 21, 2010) … Penn State Extension, Chatham University, and Allegheny County and are proud to announce the first annual “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event”. This event brings together Western Pennsylvania farmers, value added producers, food industry purchasers, and consumers. The event will be held on March 11, 2010 from 1-4 pm at Chatham University in the Mellon Board Room.

This first-of-its-kind event for Pittsburgh offers local sources of fresh and processed foods for retail, restaurant, CSA (community supported agriculture), wholesale, farm markets, and home use. The goal of the “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event” is to foster economic development through business relationships between farmers and chefs, retailers, wholesalers, institutions, for the upcoming 2010 growing season and beyond. It is part of a larger effort to strengthen the local food infrastructure in Western Pennsylvania.

The Showcase features a trade show format to foster networking. These local food producers will display their products and seasonal availability to potential customers. In addition, there will be demonstrations, tastings and educational information on local farms, biofuels, composting and gardening.

Pennsylvania agriculture yields an amazing variety of food. The full spectrum of locally produced foods will be represented including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces and salsas.

This year Chatham launched its new Master of Arts in Food Studies, one of the few graduate food studies programs in the U.S and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. Students will study how food, from farm to table to compost, shapes people and the global environment. The curriculum connects real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential knowledge, offering concentrations in food politics, history and culture, and food markets and marketing.

Farmers and vendors can register for this event through Penn State Extension, Allegheny County by contacting Heather Mikulas at 412-473-2540 or hem12@psu.edu. Registration deadline is February 26, 2010. The public is invited to attend; the entrance fee to the event is $5.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.