GRANT TO FUND EXPANSION OF WORDS WITHOUT WALLS
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 Humanities Access “challenge” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand Words Without Walls, a creative partnership between the Chatham MFA Creative Writing Program, Allegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for mothers and their children.
Chatham’s grant is among $16.3 million in funding approved by the NEH for 290 projects in 43 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico supporting a variety of humanities-based research and programs. The Humanities Access grant program provides grants to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. In order to receive the full amount, the institutions and organizations receiving this grant must match the NEH funds with the same amount of money raised from non-federal, third party donors. Donations to Words Without Walls in support of the matching grant can be made on Chatham’s online giving page.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Environmental Science, English and Art undergraduate programs were recently ranked as a Top 10 Best Value in the “2016-2017 Best Value Small Colleges Rankings.”
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University today announced a new awards program and scholarship for high school and community college students that celebrates the legacy of scientist, author, environmentalist and Chatham alumna Rachel Carson, class of 1929.
The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to one deserving student nominated from each high school and community college throughout the United States, who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Healthy Planet Award recipients will also receive preferred consideration for the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship to attend Chatham University.
PITTSBURGH: Joseph Bathanti will read on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 8:30 pm in Rea Coffee House at Chatham University as part of the Words Without Walls Reading Series. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. This project is supported in part by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The reading is free and open to the public.
Joseph Bathanti was born in Pittsburgh, on July 20, 1953, and grew up in an Italian neighborhood called East Liberty. His father was a steelworker and his mother was a seamstress, both children of immigrants who arrived from Italy and France in the early 1900s. As a teenager Bathanti held a number of working class jobs: he was a hod carrier for a contractor, carrying bricks in a box on his shoulder; a busboy; a dishwasher; a truck driver for a flower shop; a stock boy and a roofer.
PITTSBURGH: The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), a global organization comprised of more than 6,500 dynamic women leaders in thirty-five countries and seventy-six forums around the world, has provided financial funding to help support the 2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics event. The gift was made in honor of Elsie Hillman, who passed away in 2015.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University and Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) have entered into a partnership that enables ACM students to complete a bachelor’s degree in sustainability through Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment.
Housed at Chatham’s 338-acre Eden Hall Campus, the Falk School is the world’s first academic community built expressly for the study of sustainable living, learning and development.
Thanks to the “two-plus-two” agreement between the two institutions, ACM students who graduate with an associate degree in biology can transfer seamlessly into Chatham’s bachelor’s program in sustainability.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced that it has earned recognition as a Colleges of Distinction for its innovative application of high impact educational practices.
Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.
PITTSBURGH: Mark Nieson, associate professor in the MFA Creative Writing program recently published a memoir, Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape, which concerns the search for where identity, place, and heart intersect. The memoir opens with its Brooklyn-born narrator standing on his head outside an old one-room schoolhouse amid 500 acres of remote woodlands in Iowa, his new home. Why this Walden-like retreat? Is it to attend the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, or is he actually on the lam from love?
Nieson will be giving a number of readings in the Pittsburgh area this fall, including one on the Chatham’s Shadyside campus on November 9 at 8 p.m. along with Jenny Ashburn, Alison Taverna & Dakota Garilli, three recent MFA graduates who also have books/chapbooks coming out.
PITTSBURGH: On November 10-12, Chatham University will host Thinking Bigger Than Ever: Women in 2016. Thinking Bigger is a three-day conference featuring speakers and networking opportunities focused on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and gender equity. Conference events include:
- Thursday, November 10, 5:30-7:45 PM
The opening reception and a post-election analysis panel from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP)
- Friday, November 11, 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM
An entrepreneurship breakfast with Small Business Administration District Director Kelly Hunt and Filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano, hosted by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (Center) and its Chatham’s Women’s Business Center (CWBC)
- Saturday, November 12, 8:30 AM – Noon
A symposium of gender scholars entitled “Gender and Violence: Connecting Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Community” hosted by the Women’s Institute
Thinking Bigger 2016 is a collaboration between the Chatham University’s Women’s Institute, Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics, and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship with its Chatham’s Women’s Business Center.
More information, speaker bios and registration available at www.thinkingbigger2016.com.
Pittsburgh: Chatham University has achieved second place in Master’s Institutions’ Overall Top Performers category in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Chatham earned the second highest gold level rating with an overall STARS score of 75.8, with only one university earning the highest platinum level rating. Chatham also tied for first place in the Grounds category, which highlights achievement in campus land management and biodiversity of campus grounds and surrounding lands.
The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance developed by AASHE. With nearly 800 participating institutions, STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. 124 reports were submitted in the most recent calendar year, resulting in an 11 percent increase over the previous year and a third consecutive year of growth.