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.
PITTSBURGH: The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host a broad range of speakers during the 2016 Fall Semester. All events will take place at 2 p.m. at the Esther Barazzone Center on the Eden Hall campus in Richland, PA. Events include:
“The Budding Aromas from Taco Trucks: Taste and Space in Austin, Texas” will feature Robert D. Lemon, MCRP, MLArch, PhD, department of geography University of Texas, Austin on October 28. Lemon is a visiting professor for Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University. He is a cultural and urban geographer with a passion for landscape studies. As an urban geographer and environmental designer, he has studied extensively the social practices and built transformations of cities through their aesthetic representation.
PITTSBURGH: On Thursday, October 27, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alice Walker, will be in Pittsburgh to speak at the premiere of a film which she narrated. The film, “Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil,” is by Pittsburgh Filmmaker Donna Roberts and will be screened as part of the Just Films series, sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation, and the Women’s Law Project.
Ms. Walker will speak on a panel following the screening in the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus at 6:30 p.m. Overflow seating is in the Eddy Theater. The event is free and open to the public with registration at www.justfilmspgh.org.
Lead support for this event is generously provided by Eden Hall Foundation.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has been selected as one of only 21 universities around the country for the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, which recognizes the most environmentally responsible colleges across the United States. Chatham earned a perfect Green Rating score 99 out of 99, which measures “a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution”.
Chatham University is also profiled in Princeton Review’s free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges“, which profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
PITTSBURGH: Ten new social justice films, most screening for the first time in Pittsburgh, will be presented as part of the new Just Films series which debuted in September. The Just Films series is the brainchild of four organizations committed to women, girls, gender equity, and social justice: the Chatham University Women’s Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation, and the Women’s Law Project.
As part of the series, one film a month will be shown on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus from September 2016 through June 2017. Films will be free and open to the public. Visit the Just Films website for the schedule and list of films.
Join us on October 27th, for the next film in the series: Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil. The film is narrated by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, who will be our special guest panelist following the Pittsburgh premiere.
PITTSBURGH: Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing will take place, October 22, 2016 starting at 9:00 a.m. in Mellon Board Room at Chatham University with programming until 6:00 p.m. With a $70 registration fee, participants pay for the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors, three craft workshop or panel sessions, one ticket for “Speed Dating with Editors”, a choice of one of the four featured books, one subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour.
This conference is organized by Barrelhouse Magazine and has been held for the past nine years in Washington DC, and the past two at Chatham University. All proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines. Please register online at www.writersconnectconference.com.
The Chatham University Music Program has announced the Fall 2016 Musical Performance calendar. Unless otherwise listed, all performances are open to the public.
For more information, please contact Pauline Rovkah, Director of Piano Program, at email@example.com or (412) 365-1679.
Fall 2016 Music Events
Sept 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m. James Laughlin Music Hall
Faculty/Guest Artist Recital series
Mark Snyder, composer & multimedia artist,
Playing accordion, tuba, clarinet, guitar, piano,
& electronics with Becky Brown, harp
Friday Afternoon Musicale series, 4:00 p.m., James Laughlin Music Hall
In honor of Chatham’s Global Focus Year of Canada, the Chatham University Music Program presents:
“Sounds of Canada” program, featuring Canadian musicians: violinist Jennifer Orchard (the PSO) and violist David Harding, accompanied by Russian-American pianist Igor Kraevsky.
Reminiscences: Works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy
Henry Spinelli, piano
Emeritus Professor of Music, Chatham University
Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Part V
Walter Morales, piano
PITTSBURGH: Distinguished Pittsburgh artist, Fran Venardos Gialamas, will open her latest exhibit, Chronicles of a Chatham Art Major, on September 1st at Chatham University. Running through October, the exhibit revisits her first solo exhibition which took place when she was a Chatham College junior in 1958 and features works spanning her career.
Gialamas has had numerous solo exhibitions at venues including the Rivers of Steel Bost Building in Homestead, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Jewish Community Center, and in recent years she had seven solo exhibitions at Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York City. Her work is included in the permanent collections of David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Grable Foundation, Rivers of Steel, the Pittsburgh Public Schools Friends of Art, and private and corporate collections throughout the country.
PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced that they have become a Charter Signatory of the Second Nature Climate Commitment to further commitments to carbon neutrality and resilience. The Climate Commitment, a signature program of Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, requires Chatham to set climate targets, report on progress publicly, and collaborate with the surrounding community, all while integrating sustainability across the curriculum. Chatham is also a charter signatory American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now called the Carbon Commitment), and received a Climate Leadership Award in 2013 from Second Nature for its efforts.
In addition to this latest commitment, Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Chatham beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 97 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,100 average American homes annually.
PITTSBURGH: Dr. Katie Cruger, Assistant Professor of Communication and Program Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University, has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place July 31–August 4, 2016, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Dr. Cruger was selected in large part for her leadership and work in directing Chatham’s First-Year Communication Seminar—Dialogues: Identity and Values. This course is required for all first-year students at Chatham, and aims to facilitate discourse around issues such as gender, faith, race, and how they contribute to identity.