Chatham University

Religion & Faith
12:52 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Buddhist Relics On Display In Pittsburgh

Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
Credit courtesy Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

This week Chatham University is hosting a traveling exhibition of thousands of Buddhist relics, including one that organizers of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour believe belonged to the religion's founder.

Most of the relics are of the type known in the Tibetan tradition as "ringsel," according to tour manager Amanda Karg.

"They look like pearl-like crystals or jewels," Karg said. "We only find these relics in the cremation remains of people who are highly realized and great saints."

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:37 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Going Co-Ed: Seton Hill's Past Plays a Role in Chatham University's Future

Buhl Hall Science Complex is just one of the buildings on Chatham University's campus that will have an increase of male students in its halls in the upcoming years.
Credit Daderot / Wikipedia


In the United States, single-sex colleges and universities have seen a steady decline in enrollment over the past few decades.

With fewer students, these institutions are struggling to finance their schools and many have had to change the makeup of the student population.

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Higher Education
5:20 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Chatham University To Accept Undergrad Men

For the first time in its 145-year history, Chatham University will accept men into its undergraduate program.

University trustees voted for the change Thursday. University President Esther Barazzone said it was not a unanimous vote, but it was close. The change will take effect in the fall of 2015 with recruitment efforts to start immediately.

Trustees cited the school's dwindling enrollment and the need to remain viable as the reason for the switch.

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11:35 am
Fri April 11, 2014

New Exhibit Centers Around Pittsburgh's Water

Chatham University graduate students, Ann Payne and Kristen Reynolds, and their professor have created an entire exhibit about water -- and they hope it has a rippling effect.

“The Drop Project” is an interactive exhibit that shows the relationship among Pittsburgh, its residents and water.

Molly Mehling, sustainability professor and ecologist, said they want to create a networking event.

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7:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Chatham Aims For Cancer-Free Campus, University President Says

Because of Chatham University’s commitment to a healthy campus, President Esther L. Barazzone participated on a panel in Washington, D.C. as part of National Cancer Prevention Day.

Barazzone said everything from their fields of study to their campus deals with lessening cancer.

The biggest project that Chatham is currently working on will be to build their new campus and make it cancer free.

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Higher Education
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Chatham University Lands $15 Million Gift

As officials at Chatham University prepare to open their new Eden Hall Campus with a focus on sustainability, it has received its largest monetary gift ever in the form of a $15 million dollar endowment from the Falk Foundation.

The school and the foundation have long had a partnership, according to Chatham President Esther Barazzone, “starting in 1952 Chatham had a Falk Hall and since then we have been close to the foundation and its trustees.  Sigo Falk, who is the current head of the foundation, has also been chair of the board of Chatham University.”

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3:30 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Chatham University Unveils New Zero-Emissions Campus

Chatham University will host a ribbon cutting for its brand new zero-emissions Eden Hall campus in the North Hills on Thursday.

“It’ll be a living-learning laboratory for sustainability, but it will also be a branch campus for the university in the North Hills, where we teach our full array of academic subjects,” said university President Esther Barazzone.

The campus will be fully self-sustaining, treating its own wastewater and producing energy through a variety of methods, with the greatest portion of the energy coming from solar panels on the roof of every building.

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1:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Local Universities to Mark Sept. 11th Anniversary

A pair of local universities will mark the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th in very public but very different ways. 

Chatham University will gather Wednesday afternoon on the quad for a moment of silence, a short speech from the Dean of Student Affairs office, remarks from a representative of the Wounded Warrior Project and a performance of the National Anthem by the Chatham University Choir. 

The goal of the event is not only to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2011, but also to salute the growing number of students on campus who are also veterans. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:25 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Internships: Drawing the Line Between Experience & Exploitation

Hundreds of students flock to this internship & job fair at Penn State University
Credit Penn State News / Flickr

Is scoring the ideal unpaid internship a boon or a financial burden for college students looking to break into the job market? A recent ruling by a New York court against Fox Searchlight Pictures over their misuse of interns has many questioning the value of doing unpaid work for credit or experience. And leaving employers wondering what sort of labor they can ask an intern to do.

According to Ben Bratman, an associate professor who specializes in employment law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, what separates an unpaid internship from exploitation is the learning element. While making copies from time to time isn’t illegal, what some firms are guilty of is using interns “to replace what an employee would normally do.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Business of Non-Profits

Rebecca Harris is the Executive Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Business Contributor Rebecca Harris and Peggy Outon, the Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University discuss the business of nonprofits, and how the nonprofit sector enhances the business environment in our region.

For statistics on earnings in the non-profit industry visit the United Way of Allegheny County  and Guidestar,  a resource for statistics on all things nonprofit

Essential Pittsburgh
9:07 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Building the Perfect Resume with Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris is the Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Graduation season is here and as a new group of college graduates enters the real world, how do you stand out in a tough job market? This week, business contributor Rebecca Harris offers suggestions for building the perfect resume. And find some surprising and not so surprising facts on new graduate employment.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Lean In: Can Women Really Have It All?

Our Business Contributor, Rebecca Harris is the Director of Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been on a media blitz since the release of her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Our business contributor Rebecca Harris takes a look at the controversy surrounding Sheryl Sandberg. Can all women have it all? Or just the privileged?

Essential Pittsburgh
10:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The History of Women's History Month

Business contributor Rebecca Harris connects Women's History Month to today's women in business.
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981. Business contributor Rebecca Harris, Director of Chatham University Center For Women's Entrepreneurship looks at the history behind this celebration and what it means for women in business. Find out more about Women's History Month events in Pittsburgh.

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Business of Event Planning with Rebecca Harris

Essential Pittsburgh business contributor Rebecca Harris lets you know what it takes to start an event planning business.
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Are you the one who always organizes get togethers for family and friends? Are you a social butterfly? From marathons to corporate gatherings, event planning is a highly profitable business, with a surprisingly low startup cost. And the industry has grown tremendously in the past decade. This week our business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of event planning.