Chatham News

School of Sustainability and the Environment welcomes first faculty

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
July 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH (July 14, 2011) … Ready to expand with new academic programming, the School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) at Chatham University today announced the names of its new faculty. Founded in 2009, the SSE is a transdisciplinary academic institution that provides sustainable answers to today’s regional, national and global social, economic, and environmental concerns.

The faculty will take the lead in developing SSE’s new Master of Sustainability and online Certificate in Sustainable Management, both of which launch in 2012. They will engage the University’s historic 39-acre Shadyside Campus and Chatham Eastside facility, as well as the recently acquired 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township as its living and learning laboratories, according to David M. Hassenzahl, Ph.D., the School’s founding dean.

Michael H. Finewood, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sustainability; Molly G. Mehling, Ph.D. is assistant professor of ecology and sustainability; Crystal L. Fortwangler, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sustainability and anthropology; and Allen G. Matthews, MS will be director and instructor of sustainable agriculture. Funding for the new faculty hires was provided by an anonymous donor. The four join Alice Julier, Ph.D., program director of SSE’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program, which welcomes its second cohort in fall 2011.

“I am pleased to welcome candidates of such caliber at this exciting stage in the development of the School,” Dr. Hassenzahl said. “The combination of their individual research and experience will be important in our work to develop tomorrow’s local, national and global leaders in sustainability.”

“In addition, we received hundreds of applications from around the world for these positions, so the interest for Chatham’s sustainability initiatives is attracting attention.”

Michael Finewood, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sustainability and joins Chatham from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he was visiting instructor, Department of Political Science and Geography. Describing himself as a human geographer and political ecologist with an explicit focus on critical geographies and justice, Dr. Finewood has instructed courses in various areas including Environmental Geography, Economic Geography and Map Use and Analysis. Recent presentations include Redeveloping Development: Considering Justice Through Discourses of Sustainable Development, Planning and Environmental Health Science, given at the 2010 Association of American Geographers annual meeting.

He holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from North Carolina State University and a master of arts in cultural anthropology and Ph.D. in human geography from the University of South Carolina.

Crystal Fortwangler, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sustainability and environmental anthropology and was a Mellon post-doctoral scholar at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. as well as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College in Ohio. Dr. Fortwangler’s field research has included environmental protection and social justice and she is currently working on a multi-year project in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands that explores protected areas, human-land-livestock relations in the islands, and the ecological and socio-cultural changes resulting from the introduction of the green iguana. She has written several articles regarding her research as well as other subjects, including book chapters on social justice and ecotourism.

She earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, a master of arts in international relations from the University of Chicago, and a master of arts in anthropology and a Ph.D. in anthropology and natural resources & environment from the University of Michigan.

Allen Matthews, MS is director and instructor of sustainable agriculture. Mr. Matthews returns to Pittsburgh after having served as enterprise coordinator/senior outreach research specialist for the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Vermont. A native of Washington, Pa., Mr. Matthews is a sixth-generation farmer operating Matthews Family Farm LLC, a 143-acre vegetable and greenhouse farm. He developed the first farmer-initiated research grant for the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and has organically certified several farms. Prior to his years at the University of Vermont, he served as the regional coordinator for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s Community FARM Initiative, where he established the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, which now counts over 30 farm members.

Mr. Matthews earned a bachelor of science in liberal arts from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.; and a master of science in community and organizational development from the University of Louisville.

Molly Mehling, Ph.D. is assistant professor of ecology and sustainability and most recently a visiting faculty member at Miami University of Ohio. Dr. Mehling is a science and sustainability photojournalist who founded SustainableFocus.org – a collaborative endeavor to fulfill the needs of the science-photography community. She is a freshwater ecologist whose research interests include sustainability science, global water resources, community ecology, and women’s and children’s environmental health. As a 2011 Research Ambassador Fellow, Dr. Mehling merged science and photography to teach preschoolers about aquatic biota. She also consulted with childcare providers to discuss methods for outreach and engagement for ecology and toxicology for care providers and parents of young children. She holds a bachelor of science in environmental biology from Mount Union College (now University of Mount Union) and a master of environmental science and completed her Ph.D. in zoology at Miami University in 2011.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Low-Res MFA program presents free reading and book signing by poet Mary Swander on August 5

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH (July 11, 2011) … The Chatham University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program will celebrate its 2011 residency with a free public reading by Mary Swander, poet laureate of Iowa, on Friday, August 5. The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room, followed by Ms. Swander’s keynote address titled “The Role of the Writer in a World of Peak Everything” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a book signing to follow. For more information contact Peter Oresick at 412-365-1264 or poresick@chatham.edu.

August 1-10 marks the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing program’s third residency period, when students from the online program participate in intensive writing, studying, and lecture sessions at Chatham’s Shadyside and Eden Hall Campuses. Launched in 2008, the Low-Res MFA is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of ten days each. The program grew from Chatham’s highly acclaimed residency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment, and travel writing. In lieu of writing workshops each term, students receive mentorships with a publishing writer.

Ms. Swander is a professor of English and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. She is the author of The Girls on the Roof, (2009); The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles, (2004); Out of this World: A Journey of Healing, (2008); Driving the Body Back, (1998); Parsnips in the Snow: Talks with Midwestern Gardeners, (1990); Succession, (1979); and Heaven-and-Earth House, (1994). In addition, she is the co-editor of Land of the Fragile Giants, (1994) and her work is included in the anthology The Healing Circle, (1998).

She has won numerous awards, including an Iowa Author’s Award (2006), a Whiting Award (The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, 1994), a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the Literary Arts (1986), two Ingram Merrill Awards (1980, 1986), the Carl Sandburg Literary Award (The Chicago Public Library, 1981), and the Nation-Discovery Award (The Nation magazine, 1976). Publisher’s Weekly named Parsnips in the Snow one of the best books of 1990, and the Garden Writers Association of America awarded Swander their Quill and Trowel Award for best magazine writing of 1993.

Ms. Swander’s poems, essays, short stories, and articles have been published in The NationNational Gardening MagazineThe New RepublicThe New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and Poetry magazine.

She received her M.F.A from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Dean of Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment to discuss managing uncertainty in environmental health

David Hassenzahl’s presentation will be part of Environmental Toxicity and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a conference to be held on July 15 in Morgantown, W.Va.

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 12, 2011

PITTSBURGH (July 12, 2011) … Nationally prominent doctors and researchers will gather on Friday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to discuss their views at Environmental Toxicity and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a conference to be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, W.Va.

The conference will include a presentation titled “Strategies for Making Health Decisions Under High Uncertainty” by Dr. David M. Hassenzahl, Dean of Chatham University’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment.

“While uncertainty remains one of the biggest challenges to making effective environmental and health decisions, we have developed methods to understand, describe, communicate, manage, and cope with uncertainty,” says Hassenzahl. “For managing the relationship between environmental toxicity and neurodevelopmental disorders, we should frame uncertainty as a management challenge that differentiates among hidden risks, surprises, and emerging and persistent controversies.”

In addition to Dr. Hassenzahl, the national speakers include:

• Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., professor of toxicology, The University of California, Davis School of Medicine;
• Raymond F. Palmer, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Department of Family and Community Medicine;
• Eric M. Roberts, MD, Ph.D., environmental health tracking program manager, California Department of Health Services;
• Stephanie J. Frisbee, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine;
• Scott Faber, MD, development pediatrician, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
• H.M. “Skip” Kingston Ph.D., professor, Duquesne University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and
• Bernard D. Goldstein, MD, professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

The conference is co-hosted by Duquesne University and The Children’s Institute, and funded in part by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health.

About the School of Sustainability and the Environment

The School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) at Chatham University was founded in 2009 after the tremendous gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall from Eden Hall Foundation. The SSE (which currently houses the Master of Food Studies program and the Rachel Carson Institute) is a transdisciplinary academic institution that provides sustainable strategies for today’s regional, national and global social, economic, and environmental challenges.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Director of Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship graduates from Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXVII

By: Amanda Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 30, 2011

(June 30, 2011) … Rebecca Harris, director of Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, recently graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s (LPI) flagship program, Leadership Pittsburgh (LP). The program’s highly competitive selection process brought together a diverse cohort of 60 senior leaders representing significant spheres of influence within their organizations and communities within the Pittsburgh region to form the 27th class of LP.

Since its creation in 1983 by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, LPI has evolved into an organization that serves as a national benchmark for community leadership identification, connection, and enhancement. According to LPI, more than 1700 LPI alumni are represented in every major business, academic, nonprofit, medical, legal, social service, government, and faith-based organization in the region and the impact of LPI programs can be felt in many areas of our community.

“My experience with Leadership Pittsburgh has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career,” says Ms. Harris. “The educational programming was challenging and high-level, the staff was dedicated and extremely hard working, and the guest speakers were people I would normally never have had a chance meet.”

Ms. Harris also notes, “My classmates were some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals I have ever met, and I can now call them colleagues and friends.”

The nine month long LP curriculum exposed participants to varied points of view about our region, helped them better understand critical community issues through a public policy lens and engaged them in multi-disciplinary approaches and solutions. The program exposed participants to our regions strengths and challenges in areas including government and public policy, regional economy, inclusion, human services, local government, and the arts.

Ms. Harris and her LP Class XXVII classmates reflected an array of backgrounds, professional disciplines, and organizations. In addition to Mr. Harris’ participation, Leadership Pittsburgh’s Class XXVII attracted senior leaders from such organizations as Bayer Corporation, Giant Eagle, PNC, UPMC Health Plan, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Pop City, The Hillman Foundation, FedEx Ground, and other top Pittsburgh businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions.

US SBA Administrator Karen Mills to host roundtable discussion for women-owned small businesses at Chatham

By: Janet Heyl, Small Business Administration (Janet.Heyl@sba.gov)
June 20, 2011

(June 20, 2011) … On Tuesday, June 21, U.S. Small Business Administrator (SBA) Karen Mills will host a women-owned small business roundtable titled “Barriers to Growth that Women Business-Owners Face” at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.

At 1:00 p.m. area women small business owners, lenders and support staff will have the opportunity to share their entrepreneurial experiences with Administrator Mills.

“This is a unique opportunity for local women to discuss small business barriers and exchange growth ideas with the Administrator,” explained Rebecca Harris, director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus. “We hope to share our success stories with her and ways to, perhaps, increase women’s business growth in the region.”

According to A. John Shoraka, the SBA regional administrator who oversees the Pittsburgh area, utilization of SBA programs is a step that many entrepreneurs, business owners and advocates often overlook.

“Our agency was created to help small business owners start, grow and succeed,” he said. “We offer counseling, access to capital and contracting opportunities to help businesses and always are interested in feedback from our clients.”

Note: If you would like to attend this event or speak in person or via telephone with Administrator Karen Mills or Regional Administrator A. John. Shoraka, please contact Ms. Janet Heyl at 412-395-6560, ext. 103

The U.S. Small Business Administration – helping small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Chatham University Archives now available online

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 17, 2011) … Chatham University’s Jennie King Mellon Library has recently completed its expansive digitization project with the Internet Archive. An array of publications from the University Archives are now available for viewing online, including Chatham’s entire collection of yearbooks (known as The Pennsylvanian from 1915 to 1955 and as The Cornerstone from 1956 through present day); issues of The Recorder, the alumni magazine, from 1883 to 1976; college catalogs from 1870 to 1991; issues of The Sorosis, the student news and literary magazine, from 1903 to 1921; The Arrow, the student newspaper, from 1923 to 1934 and from 1939 to 1948; The Minor Bird, the undergraduate literary magazine, from 1929 to 1936 and from 1958 to 1966, and the book Chatham College: The First Ninety Years by Laberta Dysart (1960).

“My overarching goal as the archivist here at Chatham University is to make resources on Chatham history more readily available,” says Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh, MLIS, Chatham archivist and public services librarian. “Before this digitization project, researchers often had to visit us here in Pittsburgh to make use of these materials. Now anyone with an Internet connection will be able to quickly access our most important publications in full-color with keyword searching capability.”

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative—a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country. Chatham received additional support from the Archives Cummins Fund.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover-to-cover and in full color. The archive can be viewed through a variety of formats—page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version. To view the collection, visit http://www.archive.org/details/chathamuniversity.

For more information about this project and the publications that have been digitized, contact Ms. Grove Rohrbaugh at 412-365-1123 or rrohrbaugh@chatham.edu.

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About Chatham’s University Archives
The University Archives, housed in the Jennie King Mellon Library at Chatham University, serve to collect, preserve and make available records and information of continuing value to the Chatham community. These materials document the history of Chatham University from a small women’s college to a thriving coeducational institution and highlight the activities of Chatham’s faculty, staff, students and alumni. In support of the university’s educational mission, the archive staff strives to work closely with faculty and provide students with opportunities to learn about the research value of archival materials. The University Archives are open to the public; interested researchers may contact the archivist at 412-365-1212 or rrohrbaugh@chatham.edu. For more information, visit http://library.chatham.edu/screens/archives.html.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Richland Township unanimously approves master plan for Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
June 16, 2011

(June 16, 2011) … Last evening on Wednesday, June 15, the future was set in motion as the Richland Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Chatham University’s master plan for its 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township. Originally submitted by the University in January 2011, the master plan received several hearings and community input before its final approval.

Development at the Eden Hall Campus was contingent upon the Township’s approval, and development plans for each phase must again be submitted to the Township. The University plans to announce the first proposed development at the site during summer 2011.

“This is a historic moment for Chatham, as well as for Richland Township,” noted Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “On behalf of our entire University, I want to thank the Township Supervisors for their guidance and approval. We promise to be great neighbors and to create a campus that the community can take pride in – the first university campus in the world to so completely link sustainable development, living and learning.”

Located 20 miles north of the University’s historic Shadyside Campus, Eden Hall will feature innovative climate-positive buildings and landscape design, and sustainability education and research will be incorporated into all facets of campus life. Eden Hall Campus will also be home to Chatham’s pioneering School of Sustainability and the Environment, founded in 2009 and under the leadership of David Hassenzahl, Ph.D., its founding Dean. Chatham’s 39-acre Shadyside Campus will continue to serve as the historic home for the University’s three colleges – Chatham College for Women, the College for Graduate Studies and the College for Continuing and Professional Studies – which currently enroll approximately 2,400 students. The initial population at Eden Hall Campus will be 150 students once the first phase is complete, and will eventually grow to 1,500 students.

Eden Hall Foundation presented the former Eden Hall Farm to Chatham in May 2008, and University leaders immediately set out to build a unique academic environment. With support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The PNC Foundation, the University engaged Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell (BNIM) of Kansas City, Mo. and landscape design firm Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia to develop the master plan.

Recently, BNIM received the 2011 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) because of its environmentally-friendly business practices. BNIM and Andropogon Associates studied and assessed the Eden Hall Campus property then created a Master Plan that pushes sustainability education and sustainable living to new levels.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

New dean & assistant dean to head College for Graduate Studies and College for Continuing and Professional Studies

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
June 14, 2011

(June 14, 2011) … Chatham University has named Sharon L. Fross, Ph.D. as dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies, according to an announcement by Laura S. Armesto, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition, Jenna K. Templeton, Ed.D., has been hired as assistant dean of the College for Graduate Studies and of the College for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Chatham’s coeducational College for Graduate Studies offers 19 certificate and degree programs through the doctoral level. The College for Continuing and Professional Studies offers ten certificate and degree programs through the doctoral level via online and hybrid formats.

“Dr. Fross’ broad experience at small and large institutions, both public and private, and with for-profit and non-profit makes her the ideal leader for the two Colleges,” Dr. Armesto explains. “While they remain separate Colleges, both will benefit from having one dean and assistant dean with the knowledge and experience to develop stronger collaborations between the two. Also, as enrollment continues to increase for both the on-the-ground and online programs, Dr. Fross and Dr. Templeton will be responsible for establishing more partnerships with other institutions around the world.”

Dr. Fross previously was Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Prior to that she served as Vice Provost for University Outreach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Director of Continuing Education at Penn State University-University Park; and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Charleston. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston/University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Charleston.

She has been a consultant and program reviewer for a variety of institutions such as Simmons College and Kent State University as well as a member of State committees and panels on planning and workplace equity and the status of women. Dr. Fross’ international activities include participation in the South Carolina State Partnership with Rhineland/Palatinate and Brandenburg, Germany; work with the Fundacion Xavier de Salas in Trujillo, Spain; and with South African initiatives.

Dr. Fross has presented on a variety of topics such as community partnerships, engagement, economic development, and outreach at numerous national conferences and State panels and is an active with the American Council on Education (ACE), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and University Professional and Continuing Education (UPCEA).

“Dr. Templeton and I look forward to making Chatham’s current degree programs available to wider audiences and to working with regional business and industry leaders to foster new development,” Dr. Fross says. “Having applied graduate and degree-completion programs on campus as well as online presents greater opportunities for Chatham University. I am struck by President Barazzone’s vision and commitment to the greater Pittsburgh community and region, and Dr. Templeton and I will work closely with her and others to develop bold new programs to meet emerging workforce needs.”

Jenna K. Templeton, Ed.D. previously was Director of Online Academic and Support Services at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Since 1998 at the Art Institute she also served as Associate Dean of Distance Education; Director of Student Life; Disability Services Coordinator; and Counselor. She earned an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership for Higher Education at Nova Southeastern University; an M.Ed. in Counselor Education for Rehabilitation Counseling and BA in Psychology at Penn State University.

Dr. Templeton also served as an instructor at both Penn State’s Beaver Campus and the University of Pittsburgh. She has presented on subjects including online learning, assessment of student learning outcomes, and social skills training for behavior-problem adolescents. She is active with University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.

Chatham University announces new graduate program in landscape design and development

The new master’s degree will be housed within the Landscape Architecture programs at Chatham Eastside

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 14, 2011) …Chatham University is now accepting applications for its new Master of Landscape Design and Development (MLD), which will be housed within the landscape architecture program at the University’s Chatham Eastside facility at Penn and Fifth avenues. The 48-credit program will begin this fall and includes core courses along three tracks: Landscape Design and Technology; Landscape Sciences and Management; and Landscape Construction and Operation.

According to Program Director Safei-Eldin Hamed, Ph.D., ASLA, the MLD will educate and train qualified professionals who can serve and be leaders in landscape contracting and land development industries. The MLD will also assist those in green industries including retail and wholesale nurseries, turf and seed operations, commercial timber growers, florists and foliage growers, grounds maintenance firms, horticultural chemical and fertilizer suppliers, and irrigation and interior plantscaping installers.

“We are responding to an emerging need for individuals who can cross the gaps between the fields of sustainable landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape sciences and land development,” Dr. Hamed explained. “The specialized tracks will help students better market themselves to these growing industries.”

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 412-365-1825 or gradadmissions@chatham.edu.

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About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu

Allegheny County Jail inmate in Chatham’s Words Without Walls program captures PEN Prison Writing Award

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 6, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 6, 2011) … An inmate who participated in Words Without Walls, a creative writing course led by Chatham University students at the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ), recently received second place in the fiction category of the prestigious PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Contest.

Lynne Schaffer-Agnew received the award in recognition of her short story “Sabrina,” which is about a cellmate’s sudden death from heroin withdrawal.

Ms. Schaffer-Agnew wrote the piece during the eight-week creative writing course led by students in Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program. In addition to being a real-world teaching opportunity for Chatham students, Words Without Walls provides an artistic pursuit for the inmates and a vehicle for examining their lives and reimagining their futures. A reading follows each session, with the best work selected for inclusion in a “chapbook” published each spring by Chatham’s independent literary publishing class.

According to the PEN American Center’s website, “the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative and rehabilitative power of writing, by providing hundreds of inmates across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. The program seeks to provide a place for inmates to express themselves freely with paper and pen and to encourage the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. The program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates whose writing shows merit or promise, conducts workshops for former inmates, and seeks to get inmates’ work to the public through literary publications and readings.”

Anyone incarcerated in a federal, state, or county prison in the year before the Sept. 1 deadline is eligible to enter the PEN American Center’s annual writing contest for prisoners. Prizes of $200, $100, and $50 are awarded for first, second, and third place, respectively, in the following categories: poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction.

Ms. Schaffer-Agnew also received the Sandra Gould Ford Prize for Creative Writing for “Sabrina”; Chatham awards the prize annually to a writer in the “Words Without Walls” program. The Prize, underwritten by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is named for Sandra Gould Ford, Homewood resident and former artist-in-residence at the ACJ who created the Words Without Walls program.

About PEN American Center

PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.

Throughout its 85-year history, PEN American Center has remained a writer-centered organization in which members play a leading role. PEN presidents, such as Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Salman Rushdie have, and continue to place themselves at the forefront of the struggle to oppose censorship and defend writers.

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.