Chatham News

Chatham University Selected as a HIMSS Approved Education Partner

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University announced today that they have been named a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Approved Education Partner (AEP) as a result of meeting HIMSS’s rigorous standards for quality health IT and healthcare education, with Chatham’s Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.

As a HIMSS AEP, Chatham joins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare.

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Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Launches Entrepreneurship Hub

PITTSBURGH—Chatham University announced today the opening of a new 3,000 square foot Entrepreneurship Hub located at Chatham’s Eastside campus at 6585 Penn Avenue. The Hub is a partnership to serve women entrepreneurs run by The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (Center) and Chatham’s Women’s Business Center (CWBC), formerly located at Chatham’s Shadyside campus, and is funded through the support of The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation,, and the PNC Foundation.

The newly established Entrepreneurship Hub will become a nexus for mentoring, training, and networking events, and among the highlights, will offer new digital literacy programming and prototyping/design training in a new lab space open to women entrepreneurs and the Chatham community. The core components of The Hub include:

  • A Financial Literacy Program
  • A Prototyping and Design Lab
  • A Digital Literacy Program
  • Mentoring and Mentor Training Programs

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Center for Women & Politics Releases Study on Women in PA’s Legislature

PITTSBURGH:  The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University reports that while women hold only 19 percent of seats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly—magnifying the underrepresentation of women in American politics—the PCWP found that when women are elected to office, they are more likely to advocate for women’s issues, are more successful at guiding legislation through the legislative process and can help create a more collaborative lawmaking environment.

In a recent study, “Few But Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly” looked to answer the question “Could Pennsylvania stand to benefit from more women legislators? And “How does the underrepresentation of women in Pennsylvania’s legislature affect policy for women in the state?”

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Chatham University announces Dean’s List for Spring 2017 Term

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 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. The full list is available here.


National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Hosted at Chatham

PITTSBURGH– The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University recently hosted the annual National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students focused on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. NEW Leadership 2017 was held Sunday, June 4, through Friday, June 9, and brought over 40 students from 24 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to the Chatham University campus.

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Chatham Physical Therapy Professor and Alumna Win Industry Awards

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Joe Schreiber, chair of the Chatham University Physical Therapy Program, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  This Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to APTA through district, chapter, committee, task force or national activities.  Dr. Schreiber received this award at APTA’s national conference in June.

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Chatham Professor Explores the Psychology of Emojis

PITTSBURGH: Dr. Monica Riordan, an experimental psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh has published new research entitled,  Emojis as Tools for Emotion Work: Communicating Affect in Text Messages.

In her recent study, Dr. Riordan analyzes emoticon use in texts and finds that while prior research of emoji faces suggest their primary purpose is to convey affect, few have researched the communicative purpose of emojis of objects. In her current work, two experiments assess whether emojis of objects also convey affect.

Different populations of participants were shown text messages with or without different emojis of objects, asked to rate the message’s affective content, and indicate their confidence in their ratings. Overall results suggest that emojis of objects communicate positive affect, specifically joy.

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Eden Hall Campus receives American Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Design Excellence

PITTSBURGH: The American Institute of Architects and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have awarded Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus a COTE Top Ten Award. The Awards “highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance.” Submissions for the Awards required demonstration of how the project aligns with COTE’s criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The Eden Hall Campus was commended by the jury on its water management and treatment systems, and utilization of all buildings as possible classrooms.

The COTE Top Ten Awards are industry’s premier awards for sustainable design excellence. In addition to Eden Hall Campus, nine design projects from United States and Singapore were awarded for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

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Chatham University student, Maria Taylor, honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

PITTSBURGH: Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Chatham University Junior,  Maria Taylor ’17.

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Maria will be a part of a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“Maria is passionately invested in finding solutions to social problems faced by her community,” states Chatham President David Finegold. “This is a well-deserved honor and will help further her commitment to help support marginalized students, students faced with financial challenges, and sexual assault prevention policies.”

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Chatham University is Designated “Tree Campus USA” for the 5th Year in a Row

PITTSBURGH:  For the fifth consecutive year, Chatham University was honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University Shadyside campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Located on a campus founded back in 1869, Chatham’s 39-acre campus today encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom, as well, an inviting place to stroll and to meditate. In 1998 Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA, now know as the American Public Garden Association (APGA).

On Thursday, April 27th, Britt Ehlers, Arbor Day Foundation’s VP of Development and General Counsel, will be presenting a talk on the Foundation’s national and global tree planting programs.  Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of TreePittsburgh, will also be on hand to make a presentation on TreePittsburgh’s current initiatives.   These talks will take place on the Mellon Board Room patio, followed by a tour of the arboretum and a ceremonial tree planting. The event is free and open to the public.  Please register on myChatham.

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