Chatham News

Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to give public lecture March 31

PITTSBURGH:   Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, will be giving a free public lecture at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Alley’s lecture, “Optimistic Opportunities in the Greenhouse: Energy, Environment, Ethics, and Our Future”, will be followed by a book signing.

The event is part of Chatham’s annual All-Campus Author series and is sponsored by the School of Arts, Science and Business and Chatham’s Global Focus program, which this year is celebrating the Year of Climate Change.

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April 9th Reading & Music Series To Explore Themes of Loss & Personal Struggle

PITTSBURGH: On Saturday, April 9th at 8:00 pm, Chatham will host Gray’s Skies, an annual reading and music series founded in honor of Gray St. Germain Gideon, a musician, composer and creative thinker who died in 2014 of a drug overdose. This series focuses on celebrating the works of writers, artists and musicians whose work uses the imagination to explore loss or personal struggle.

This year’s series will feature poet and singer-songwriter, Jen McClung and her band; poet and writer, Michael Walsh; and poet and Chatham MFA in Creative Writing Program Director, Sheryl St. Germain. The event is free and open to the public.

The series is funded through the generosity of Melanie and Fred Brown, and Margret and Tom Whitford, in collaboration with Chatham University’s MFA program.

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Chatham Announces Addition of NCAA DIII Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey Program

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University has announced the addition of men’s ice hockey to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports for the 2017-18 academic year. At the time of this announcement, Chatham will be the first DIII men’s ice hockey team in Pittsburgh and only the fourth program across the entire state when it takes the ice in 2017.

“In 1996, Chatham was the first college in Pennsylvania to put together an NCAA women’s hockey team,” said Athletic Director, Leonard Trevino. “We are excited to build on our proud hockey tradition and once again be the first to bring a DIII hockey team to the Pittsburgh region with the addition of men’s ice hockey.”

In December of 2015, Chatham announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse. With the addition of these teams and men’s ice hockey, Chatham will field 16 varsity DIII sports.

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Chatham, Stetson universities partner on shorter time to law degree

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University in Pennsylvania and Stetson University in Florida have partnered to offer students an accelerated program to earn a law degree.

The 3+3 program, starting in fall of 2016, allows eligible Chatham University undergraduates to apply to law school at Stetson University in their junior year. Students admitted to the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year of law school courses.

High-performing Chatham students will earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. Students will spend three years at Chatham and three years at Stetson law school.

“This partnership builds on Chatham’s pre-law foundation by helping Chatham students save time and money with the accelerated 3+3 path to their undergraduate and graduate degree,” said Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “And, as a recognized leader in sustainability, Chatham is also thrilled by the opportunity this presents for our students wishing to pursue environmental law and policy.”

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World Affairs Council Hosts Unique Panel Discussion in Celebration of International Women’s Day

PITTSBURGH:  On Monday, March 14, 2016, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, will host a special panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day. The panel will address the impressive strides women are making around the world in education, entrepreneurship, and politics, as well as the critical role women play as Pittsburgh becomes a more globally-fluent region.

Featured panelists include:
Audrey Russo, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Solicitor & Chief Legal Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Prajna Paramita Parasher, Program Director, Film and Digital Technology, Chatham University

This event is open the public and will be held in the Welker Room at Chatham University. It  runs from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a pre-event reception. Refreshments are included.

To learn more about this event and to register, visit

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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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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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