Chatham News

The Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University Announces the 2016-17 Speaker Series

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:

October 28
“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.

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Author Alice Walker to speak at premiere of Pittsburgh filmmaker’s new film

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

Lead support for this event is generously provided by Eden Hall Foundation.

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Chatham University Named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll

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.

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New film Series, Just Films, Inspires Audiences to Action

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.

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Conversations and Connections Writing Conference on October 22

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

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Chatham University Fall 2016 Music Events Announced

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 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
September 16
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.

October 21
Reminiscences: Works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy
Henry Spinelli, piano
Emeritus Professor of Music, Chatham University

November 18
Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Part V
Walter Morales, piano

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“Chronicles of a Chatham Art Major” by Fran Gialamas Runs September 1-October 16 in Chatham Art Gallery

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.

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Chatham Expands Sustainability Commitments & Recognition

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.

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Dr. Katie Cruger Selected for Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar

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.

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USW Withdaws Petition to Unionize Chatham’s Adjunct Faculty

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University was notified on June 16th, 2016 that the United Steelworkers Union has withdrawn its petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to unionize the University’s adjunct faculty.

The voting was scheduled to begin on June 17th, but as a result of this withdrawal, no election will be held, and the Union will not be able to file for a new election for at least six months.

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