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Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene Receives Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Jean-Jacques Sene,  Associate Professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies; and Global Focus coordinator, at Chatham University was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to South Africa to work with Sol Plaatje University in South Africa and Dr. Jesmael Mataga on curriculum development to insert the Conflict Studies discipline in the curricular offerings of Sol Plaatje University and train a first cohort of 18 – 20 students in the fundamentals of the field “Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.”

Chatham University will eventually send, every year, students to Kimberley, South Africa, who would enroll in the program and simultaneously fulfill their 3-credit International Field Experience Core Curriculum Requirement with built-in service learning assignments.

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Two Chatham University Student Projects Win Merit Awards From American Society of Landscape Architects

PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University student projects were recipients of merit awards from the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the annual meeting of the organization held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa.

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Chatham’s Dr. William E. Lenz Publishes Ruins, Revolution, and Manifest Destiny

PITTSBURGH – Dr. William E. Lenz will give a talk at Chatham University on Tuesday November 19th at 4:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room. Dr. Lenz will speak about his new book Ruins, Revolution, and Manifest Destiny as well as the research and writing process. A reception will follow the talk.

William E. Lenz is Pontious Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities at Chatham University. Since 1992, he has traveled abroad with students to the Galapagos Islands, Haiti, Belize, and Guatemala. He is the author of Fast Talk and Flush Times: The Confidence Man as a Literary Convention (1985) and The Poetics of the Antarctic: A Study in Nineteenth-Century American Cultural Perceptions (1995).

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Sierra magazine ranks Chatham University as one of the top 25 greenest universities in the country

The magazine’s seventh annual ranking of the nation’s
“Coolest Schools” recognizes colleges for sustainable operations and shaping future environmental citizens, workers, and leaders

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 24th greenest university in its seventh annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools.” The rankings, published in the magazine’s September/October issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are taking dramatic steps to help protect the planet and its resources. Chatham is one of only two Pennsylvania institutions to make the top 25.

“Chatham University is proud to be recognized as one of the country’s top 25 greenest universities by Sierra magazine for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham.

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Christine Ward, founder of The Darfur Project, to talk about how women, girls, and entrepreneurship can change the world

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH (April 18, 2012) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) will host the founder of the Darfur Project Christine Ward as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on Friday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. Ward is a renowned social entrepreneur, known for being ambitious and persistent, tacking major social issues, and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Ward is the founder and CEO of Rockflower, an organization which seeks to connect large funders in developed nations with organizations investing in women and girls in underdeveloped nations to address some of the world’s economic and social challenges. In a presentation titled “Social Entrepreneurs: How women and girls can solve economic and social challenges,” Ward will discuss her path to creating Rockflower, which focuses on maternal and reproductive health, safety and security, education, economic empowerment, and access to water and food.

While at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative (as the founder and CEO of The Darfur Project, which has provided $17 million in medical relief to the area to date), Ward became interested in the idea of long-term investment funds to allow capital to support the improvements in livelihoods. Subsequently, she spent three years consulting experts in the fields of social investment, disaster relief, government, education, and health as she discovered how she could help women and girls achieve lives of fulfillment and prosperity.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session, which precede the presentation. A question and answer session will follow Ward’s presentation. For more information and to register, visit or call 412-365-1253.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE, call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

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