Chatham News

Orange is the New Black Author, Piper Kerman, To Speak at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH, PA – Bestselling author, memoirist, and prison reform activist, Piper Kerman, will speak at Chatham University on March 20, 2014 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Recently adapted into the hit Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, recounts the 15 months that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. The stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

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Chatham Faculty Member Charlotte Lott Named Among Women of Achievement by Celebrate & Share

PITTSBURGH – Charlotte E. Lott, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and business at Chatham University, will be honored by the organization Celebrate & Share at its 9th Annual Women of Achievement awards for her work in teaching women at Chatham University and for promoting financial access and entrepreneurship through her work with Oikocredit.

Celebrate & Share, sponsored by the Allegheny Health Network, is an organization founded to applaud the achievements of women in the Pittsburgh area and to raise funds for women and children in need.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Cribs for Kids Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, an organization that has been instrumental in preventing accidental, sleep-related infant deaths by educating parents and caregivers about practicing safe sleep for their babies and providing portable cribs for infants in need of safe sleeping environments. Lott will be honored along with other winners at an awards dinner, scheduled for March 6.

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Chatham to Study Coeducational Undergraduate Opportunities

PITTSBURGH — Following a series of studies by Chatham University committees made up of the board, alumnae, faculty and administration, the Chatham University Board of Trustees voted at the February board meeting in support of a resolution to: Further study and consider proposals to make all undergraduate education at Chatham University coeducational on or before its June 2014 meeting. Both the Board and the administration welcome input from the Chatham University community on this important issue.

The committees worked throughout 2013 to study the current state of undergraduate education at Chatham while looking at ways to maintain its high quality undergraduate offerings and to grow undergraduate enrollment across the university.

“Twenty years ago, Chatham College was a struggling, small, liberal arts undergraduate women’s college facing a dire financial and enrollment situation,” said Esther Barazzone, president of Chatham University. “As we have done for 145 years, Chatham adapted, innovated and emerged as a stronger institution through the addition of graduate programs for men and women, an expansion into online education, and by developing areas of excellence in the fields of health sciences and sustainability.”

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Chatham Faculty Member Deborah Delong Named American Marketing Association Distinguished Educator

PITTSBURGH- The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association named Deborah DeLong, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Chatham University, as 2013 Distinguished Educator.

With more than 20 years of agency, consulting, corporate and academic experience. DeLong infuses her courses with experiential learning opportunities and an applied perspective to bring core marketing concepts alive. Her teaching and service philosophy emphasizes learning beyond the classroom to more effectively prepare students for the real world challenges of marketing practice.

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Chatham University announces Chatham College for Women Dean’s List for fall 2013 term

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University is pleased to announce the Chatham College for Women Dean’s List for the fall 2013 term. To be eligible for Dean’s List, students must carry a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credits for a letter grade. To view the full list, download the Fall 2013 Dean’s List.

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Author Readings at Chatham Jan 2013

PITTSBURGH-The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Chatham University will kick off 2014 with three readings this January. On January 14, Ashton Nichols will present his book Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting. Christopher Bakken and Katherine Ayres will follow on January 21 with readings from their latest books. Joseph Bathanti will round out the month with a reading on January 31. All events are free and open to the public. Contact Erin Hutton, Program Assistant for MFA Creative Writing,, 412-365-1685, for more information.

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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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Chatham University Receives $15 Million Gift From the Falk Foundation

The grant will support and accelerate the education, outreach and research mission of Chatham’s renamed Falk School of Sustainability.

PITTSBURGH, PA— Chatham University has received a $15 million grant from the Falk Foundation to support Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment. This grant, the largest gift Chatham has ever received in its 144-year history, builds upon the major gifts received to-date for Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment and the new Eden Hall Campus from individuals and foundations including The Eden Hall Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the McCune Foundation, Dollar Bank and PNC Charitable Trust among other supporters.

With this transformational capital gift, Chatham University will create the Falk Sustainability Endowment to support academic programs in Chatham’s interdisciplinary School of Sustainability & the Environment and help fund campus construction at Eden Hall Campus. In honor and recognition of this gift, Chatham’s School of Sustainability & the Environment will also be renamed, the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University. Additional highlights of the initial Falk investments include:

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State Representative Brian Sims to speak about anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH—In recognition of LGBT History Month, Chatham University will host speaker State Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Rep. Sims will discuss current anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality at a public lecture in Eddy Theater. A meet and greet will follow in Mellon Center. Both events are free and registration is available at or 412-365-1878. The event is sponsored by the Chatham University Office of Student Affairs, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Chatham University.

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Chatham jumps seven spots in the US News & World Report rankings

PITTSBURGH: U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best colleges and universities has placed Chatham University #48 in the “Regional University North” category. This is seven spots higher than the 2013 ranking and the fourth year of improving ranks with Chatham having jumped 19 spots over the past four years. The new ranking makes Chatham the second-highest ranked institution in western Pennsylvania in the “Regional University North” category.

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