Chatham News

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
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Tree Pittsburgh to host Tree Identification Walk on Chatham’s Arboretum

PITTSBURGH:  TreePittsburgh is hosting its first Tree Identification Walk of 2016 at the Chatham University Aboretum on May 3, 2016. Led by Tree Pittsburgh’s ISA Certified Arborists, a Tree Identification Walk teaches participants basic tree identification skills and about the unique variety of Pittsburgh’s trees.  Walks last approximately two hours and the cost is $10 which includes a Trees of Pennsylvania mini guide to take home. Registration and a full listing of the walks scheduled throughout the Pittsburgh area can be found  on the Tree Pittsburgh website.

For more information, please contact Joe Stavish at 412-781-8733 or

About the Chatham Arboretum
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Chatham’s 39-acre campus 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 for students, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.  In 1998, Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), now known as the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

Chatham’s Arboretum has been ranked as one of the top 50 most beautiful college arboretums in the country by Best College Reviews.  Chatham was ranked #38 in 2015.


Chatham’s Eden Hall Farm Receives Certificate of Organic Operation

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm has received a Certificate of Organic Operation from Pennsylvania Certified Organic. This Certificate guarantees that the Farm is compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205), and that products grown on the farm meet all organic standards. This certification allows Eden Hall Campus to continue its expansion as a teaching tool for students interested in organic certification, or for local growers wanting to know more about the certification process.

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Bestselling Author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, to Read at Chatham University for Words Without Walls Reading Series

PITTSBURGH:   Bonnie Jo Campbell will read on Wednesday February 17th, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Welker Room, Chatham University Shadyside Campus, as part of the Words Without Walls Reading Series.  A book signing and reception will follow the reading. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Foundation.  The reading is free and open to the public.

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the National Bestselling novel Once Upon a River (Norton, 2011), a river odyssey with an unforgettable sixteen-year-old heroine, which the New York Times Book Review calls “an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.” Her first novel, Q Road, delves into the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land.

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Chatham University receives Best Online Program Ranking

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Bachelor’s and MBA programs earned a Best Online Program ranking by U.S. News & World Reports in their 2016 Best Online Programs edition.

This year’s edition of U.S. News & World Reports Best Online Programs ranks schools on four categories—student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. Click on the link to view the details of Chatham’s rankings for 2016.


Chatham University announces Dean’s List for Fall 2015 term

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 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.


Chatham University Women’s Institute Presents Kassia Ensemble on January 23

PITTSBURGH:  The Chatham University Women’s Institute and Guest Artist Series presents the Kassia EnsembleFrench Liaisons, to be held in the James Laughlin Music Center, Shadyside Campus, on Saturday, January 23, at 3:00 pm.   Although the concert is free and open to the public, a $10 donation is suggested.

Ensemble Kassia 2016
Ensemble Kassia 2016

The concert will be preceded by an art show featuring local female Pittsburgh artists, curated by Fran Flaherty.  Artists to be presented will include:  Fran Flahery, Samantha Gibbs, Emily Miller, Sarah Keeling, Sasha Williams, Tatyana Williams, Julie Mallis, Dafna Rehavia-Hanauer, Megan Shalonis, Stephanie Armbruster, Kara Skylling, and others.  A reception will follow the concert.

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Chatham University MLK Day of Service Activities for 2016

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Honorary Breakfast, and a Luncheon/Workshop on Friday, January 15th and with activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr.  and University Day of Service on Monday, January 18th.

All events are open to students, staff, faculty and their friends and family. Registration on

Martin Luther King, Jr. Honorary Breakfast
Friday, January 15th
7:30 a.m.
Mellon Board Room

MLK Luncheon and Workshop
Friday, January 15th
11:30 a.m.
Mellon Board Room

Keynote speaker:  Writer and actor David Mills

MLK & University Day of Service
Monday, January 18th
Check-in from 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Mellon Board Room

Give back to the community in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. through service projects with 9 Mile Run, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and Friends of the Riverfront.