Chatham News

Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus Wins Engineering Award for Sustainable Innnovation

PITTSBURGH: The American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh Section has presented Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus the 2016 Sustainability Award for Stormwater Management and Sanitary Systems. Previous winners of the award include Phipps Conservatory and Etna Green Streetscapes Project. Civil & Environmental Consultants, Biohabitats and Interface Engineering are the project engineers.

The Sustainability Award is made annually to an engineering project in recognition of creativity in the form of innovative sustainability. Projects must demonstrate innovation in sustainability, first and foremost, demonstrating adherence to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The criteria used to evaluate projects are: (a) the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability; (b) the promise shown by the innovation to extend future developments in sustainability; (c) the degree to which the project extends public understanding of sustainability in construction; and d) the anticipated advantages to be obtained as a result of the project.

For a full list of winners, visit the ASCE website.

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CHATHAM TO HOST PERC CONFERENCE APRIL 1, 2016

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University and the Falk School of Sustainability will host the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium’s (PERC) third annual 2016 Student Sustainability Symposium on April 1st from 9 am – 5 pm at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.  The conference theme is “A Climate for Change,” and over 100 students from around the region are expected to attend the year’s conference.

The conference, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Green Colleges, will involve a series of panel sessions, roundtables, and poster competition. The event will also feature Mitch Tomashow, Sustainability Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest and former President of Unity College, presenting his “Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus.”

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Politial strategists Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin to Give Public Lecture April 11 at Chatham University

PITTSBURGH:  Lifelong friends, Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin,will deliver a public lecture at the Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus at 6:00 pm on April 11, 2016. Brazille and Matalin are the featured speakers for the 2016 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics at Chatham University. Registration for the public lecture is available on the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics website.

The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by The Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and long-time political native. The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars, and activists to Chatham University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process. Recent honorees have included ABC news correspondent Cokie Roberts, NPR anchor Gwen Ifill, and Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Additional support for 2016 Hillman Chair lecture has been provided by Tom and Bonnie VanKirk `81.

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Chatham University Launches New Masters of Healthcare Informatics Program

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has added a completely online 18-month Master of Healthcare Informatics (MHI) program, with applications now being accepted for the fall 2016 semester.

Healthcare informatics is the harnessing of technology and application of data to make the best clinical or organizational decisions possible. According to Department of Labor statistics, it is one of the fastest growing areas of the healthcare sector with job growth, depending on the specific Health IT position, estimated to be between 15-37% from 2012-2022.

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Art Exhibition at Chatham University features the work of Eun-Kyung Suh

PITTSBURGH: The new art exhibit, Unprecedented Voices, by Eun-Kyung Suh will be on display until March 3, 2016 at the Chatham University Art Gallery. The exhibit is a part of Chatham’s commitment to global education and use of the gallery to feature multi-cultural voices. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public. The Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. The artist will attend, and there will be refreshments.

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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship launches training and mentor program to assist in the transition stages of creating or growing a business

PITTSBURGH:    On March 1, 2016 The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is launching MyPath, a new program for women business owners in creative industries. MyPath is a four-month, customized, and immersive pathway program for women entrepreneurs in creative industries to prepare them to commercialize a product, secure financing for their business, or participate in an area accelerator.

The MyPath program provides intensive mentoring and consulting opportunities to guide women during the transition stages of creating or growing a product-based business. The initial cohort will consist of five women business owners.

The program was highlighted in the summer of 2015 as a part of the first-ever White House Demo Day, which welcomed a diverse group of entrepreneurs from all across the country – including women and minorities underrepresented in entrepreneurship – to the White House to “demo” the stories of their individual innovation journeys.

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Award-Winning Author, Jenny Nordberg, to Speak at Chatham University on February 23

PITTSBURGH: The Women’s Institute at Chatham University welcomes Jenny Nordberg, the praised author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, to campus on February 23, 2016 at 6PM for the Raizman Lecture in the Campbell Memorial Chapel. The event includes a book signing, and is free and open to the public.  Visit the Women’s Institute website for more information and to register.

The Raizman Lecture is made possible by the generous support of former Chatham Trustee and alumna, Dorothy Raizman ’68. The Raizman Lecture has brought noted authors, poets and playwrights to campus. Former speakers have included Edward Albee, Jill Kerr Conway, Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez.

Nordberg’s book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, is based on her extensive research and reporting inside a war zone in Afghanistan. It describes Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected by adult age to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. The book has been published in more than 10 countries and has won numerous awards, such as the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, A Salon 2014 Author’s Favorite Book,  and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014.

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Chatham Ranked a Top-10 Safest College Campus in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has been ranked 7th in Pennsylvania and 60th nationally in Niche 2016 Best Colleges: Safest College Campuses ranking. Niche analyzed 1,712 colleges through various factors using mostly U.S. Department of Education data, and top ranked campuses “offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, and alcohol usage”.

About the Rankings
Founded by Carnegie Mellon University students, Niche provides reviews and insights from students, parents and professionals on local neighborhoods, schools and colleges. Find out more: colleges.niche.com/

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