Chatham News

Chatham’s Creative Writing Program Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

PITTSBURGH: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a awarded a grant to support the Make Mine Words Reading Series, part of the Words Without Walls program, 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.

The NEA grant will allow Chatham to host three nationally recognized authors featured in the anthology Words without Walls:  Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration for public readings and book signings to the Pittsburgh community.   Sheryl St. Germain, director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and co-founder of the Words Without Walls program, leads the Make Mine Words series. For a full listing of speakers and other events, please visit

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Harvard Professor and award-winning author to speak at Opening Convocation

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has announced that Harvard Professor and award-winning author, Richard J. Light Ph.D., will speak at Chatham’s 2015 Opening Convocation ceremony on Sunday August 30th at 4 PM in the Campbell Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Light is the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Making the Most of College. Built around ten years of student interviews, the book asks, “Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities?” Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life.

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PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the hiring of Leonard Trevino as the Director of Athletics. As Director of Athletics, Trevino will oversee the university’s NCAA Division III athletic program, which includes eight women’s and six men’s sports that are launching their inaugural seasons in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Trevino comes to Chatham from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as Associate Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. As Associate Athletic Director, Trevino oversaw staffing and hiring, team scheduling, operations of the sports and recreation center, corporate fundraising and budgeting.
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Sierra Magazine ranks Chatham as one of America’s “Greenest Colleges” for the 3rd year in a row

PITTSBURGHSierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 22nd greenest university in its ninth annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” This is the 3rd year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor. The rankings, published in the magazine’s latest issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are weaving sustainability into their culture and upholding high environmental standards. .

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PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is once again named as one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review in their annual “Best in the Northeast” recommended schools list. You can access the rankings at the Princeton Review website.

“We chose Chatham University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,”  said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.
“The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.”

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Kevin Fortwendel Hired As Chatham University’s Vice President of University Advancement

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the hiring of Kevin Fortwendel as Vice President of University Advancement.

Fortwendel has over 15 years of experience and leadership in the higher education development and alumni relations field. He spent 9 years at DePaul University in Chicago, IL in a variety of senior development and alumni relations leadership roles most recently serving as Associate Vice-President, Principal Gifts and Stewardship. Prior to DePaul, Fortwendel served as the Director of Major Gifts at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Chatham President Barazzone to retire in the summer of 2016

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University President Esther Barazzone has advised the University’s Board of Trustees of her intention to retire in the summer of 2016. The announcement was made ahead of Chatham’s Board of Trustees June 5, 2015 meeting. When she steps down as President, Barazzone will have served nearly 25 years in the position, and end her tenure as one of the longest serving private college presidents in the country.

During her time as President, Barazzone led the transformation of Chatham from a small, financially struggling, undergraduate women’s college of 500 students to a fully coed, internationally recognized university with enrollment of over 2,100 graduate and undergraduate students; an endowment of over $80 million dollars (increased from $35 million in 1992); and three campus locations—the historic Shadyside Campus, the Eastside Building in the East End, and the net zero Eden Hall Campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh—making Chatham the largest academic university by acreage in Allegheny County…

Visit for the full release, timeline of President Barazzone’s tenure and other information related to Chatham, her presidency and updates on the transition.


The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics to host annual women’s leadership institute May 31-June 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2015 will be held Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5, and will bring 43 students from 30 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.

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Business and Management Programs Receive Acceditation

PITTSBURGH: The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)  announced at its meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on April 12-14, 2015, that Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was granted first-time accreditation of the business and management programs offered through its College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The business programs that were accredited by the IACBE include: Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in International Business, Bachelor of Arts in Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.

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