RETURNING STUDENT E-NEWS – 2015 Aug. /Sept.
“Returning Students E-News” is an undertaking from the Office of Student Affairs with assistance from other campus offices and departments. This year’s edition is jam-packed with information and updates as we enter a year of firsts – from our new mission statement to the restructuring of the three academic schools, the newly renovated Carriage House and a new community of students made of the incoming new and transfer students and YOU. We hope you’ll be excited to see our continued dedication to Chatham’s rich legacy even as changes are made to support the growing student body and institution.
Enjoy getting updated and wishing you all the BEST!
Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Office of Student Affairs
Woodland Hall, 1st Floor
Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-365-2794 (p) 412-365-1620 (f) 419-309-7207 (cell)
Building Toward a Better You
Following the unveiling of our new mission statement this past March, the University has been developing effective ways for you to maximize your Chatham experience.
Chatham University prepares women and men to be world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work.
In addition to appropriate professional skills and liberal arts learning, Chatham believes that world readiness means being an informed and engaged citizen in one’s communities; recognizing and respecting diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and living sustainably on the planet.
With these in mind, Chatham’s academic programs have been restructured into three schools:
: School of Arts, Science, and Business, overseen by Dean Darlene Motley firstname.lastname@example.org
: School of Health Sciences, overseen by Dean Patricia Downey email@example.com 412-365-
: Falk School of Sustainability, overseen by Dean Peter Walker firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-365-2705.
On June 3, President Esther Barazzone announced that she will be retiring in June of 2016. As sad as we will be to see Dr. Barazzone leave after nearly 25 years of contributing to Chatham’s growth and excellence, we look forward to finding a new president who can lead Chatham forward while still respecting the institution’s storied history. More information about this transition can be found at: http://chatham.edu/barazzone2016/
True to Our Roots
Don’t forget that Chatham returned to our original university color of PURPLE this past May! The Office of Marketing and Communications said it best: “It’s one very visible way in which we will honor our past, and connect it to the future women and men who will extend the long purple line from 1869, as bold and bright as they are.”
New Program: BONNER LEADERS!
The Bonner Leaders program is a nationally recognized service leadership program that provides students with the opportunity to create meaningful impact on the local community during their time at Chatham. Students serve at a local non-profit for the duration of their undergraduate experience at Chatham. While in the program, students earn their federal work study money. For more information, contact Emily Fidago, Coordinator of Student Activities (email@example.com, 412-365-1527).
Meet the Chatham Undergraduate Student Government (CSG)
CSG Executive Board
Sarah Jugovic, Executive President Meg Scanlon, Executive Vice President
Nora Moorefield, Vice President of Finance Allison Albitz, Vice President of Communications
Hunter Milroy , 2016 Class President Jacquelyn Stanfield, 2017 Class President
Bethany Bookout, 2018 Class President To Be Elected, 2019 Class President
Heathir McIntyre, 2016 Class Vice President
VACANT, 2016 Class Secretary/Treasurer
Phoebe Armstrong, 2016 Class Representative
Chloe Bell, 2016 Class Representative
Natalie Sulava, 2016 Class Representative
Tahmina Tursonzadah, 2017 Class Vice President
Alice Shy, 2017 Class Secretary/Treasurer
Heather Catley, 2017 Class Representative
Maryann Fix, 2017 Class Representative
Maraena Testa, 2017 Class Representative
Odera Igwe, 2018 Class Vice President
Tessa Weber, 2018 Class Secretary / Treasurer
Teri Bradford, 2018 Class Representative
Katelyn Gularski, 2018 Class Representative
Be a part of Opening Convocation @ 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by the Global Focus Picnic on the Quad featuring the Year of Climate Change! Families and friends are welcome!
Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Meetings: The purpose of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is to improve graduate student life at Chatham University. Each program has two representatives whose purpose is to advocate for what Grad Students need and want. GSA meets the first Tuesday of every month; please contact Dean of Students, Zauyah Waite, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a part of GSA.
A History of Women’s Leadership
Chatham University Women’s Institute
Chatham’s historic commitment to women’s leadership is as strong as ever – evidenced by all of the great things to come from the Women’s Institute, which will now oversee the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Chatham is excited to work with new Director of the Women’s Institute, Dr. Jessie Ramey, who will be a key campus partner in this initiative.
The mission of Chatham University’s new Women’s Institute is to help overcome and eradicate the social inequalities facing women, and to advance women’s excellence through education, research and outreach in areas of modern-day social concerns. Launched over the summer with the arrival of inaugural Director, Dr. Jessie Ramey, the Institute will continue Chatham’s 145-year commitment to advancing the causes of women and gender equity. Serving as an umbrella to draw together our two centers of excellence – the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the PA Center for Women and Politics – the Women’s Institute will be working across campus and into the broader community, with a particular emphasis on students. So what’s in it for you?
Get funding! The Women’s Institute is the new home for the Hollander Student Award and will provide opportunities for recipients of the Heffer Family Scholarship. Both programs focus on outstanding undergraduate women. The Institute will also be offering funds, open to all students, to support research and creative projects as well as conference presentation grants. And we will be co-sponsoring lots of programs, talks, films, and artists on campus: if you have an event idea and would like some support, please come talk to us.
Get a degree or take a class! The Women’s Institute is developing a new certificate program in leadership as well as exciting new classes. We will be supporting women’s empowerment and leadership across the curriculum (look for a guest appearance in the new ENG 105 course!) and are working closely with the Women’s and Gender Studies program, where Dr. Ramey has a faculty appointment and will be teaching.
Get housing! This year students have the opportunity to live in the new Women’s Leadership Living Learning Community (LLC). Located in Fickes, the LLC will host a series of programs open to all students.
Get involved! As a Chatham student, you also have special access to the programs of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the PA Center for Women and Politics. And you are invited to come hang out at the Institute on Friday afternoons with faculty, staff, alumni, and community members for tea, coffee, and conversation about current gender events.
Get out there! Got an idea for an internship? Want to get engaged in the community? The Women’s Institute will be working closely with Career Development to support students. We will also be facilitating easier access to information about women’s and gender events in our region to help you get out there and take full advantage of your time here as a student.
Get in touch! The Women’s Institute is for you and we want to hear from you. Please feel free to stop by (Braun Hall, 2nd floor) or email Dr. Ramey (email@example.com).
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
Mission: “To increase women’s influence and leadership in public life in Pennsylvania and improve the quality of women’s lives by providing them with educational and training opportunities in politics and public policy.”
We are excited to announce a new PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) program in Washington, DC: “Women, Business, and Policy” October 1-3rd. The deadline to apply for a PCWP scholarship is September 8th. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join us at our first program, “Women in Advocacy and Action,” on September 16th in the Mellon Board Room from 6-8:30pm for a wine and cheese reception and meet women who are working as advocates in the community. Registration is available on my.chatham.edu
We will welcome 332 new undergraduate and 526 new graduate students this week. Of the incoming students, over 25% are men. We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome the new students and celebrate Chatham’s growing population!
Lead On, Be First: Chatham Athletics
Chatham is excited to cheer on our Cougars – both our women’s teams as they LEAD ON and our men’s teams who will BE FIRST in the next generation of Chatham Athletics. Three sports will start their seasons this fall – Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Women’s and Men’s Cross Country. You can find their schedules on the Athletics website.
Athletics is also proud to welcome the following new staff members to campus:
- Leonard Trevino, Director of Athletics
- Brian Urso, Assistant Director of Athletics
- Laura Dillaman, Head Athletic Trainer
Returning to Campus
Saturday, August 29
The opening for returning students is August 29th. Early arrivals are not allowed unless you are a member of an organization or sports team that is required to return early. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 412-365-1518. Below is specific information on when and how to pick up your key.
Returning Student Move-In
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Residence Life Office — Woodland Hall (Across from IT Help Desk)
There are MANDATORY Residence Hall meetings on SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th beginning at 1:30 p.m. in your residence halls and the All Residence Hall meeting at 2:15 p.m. in the AFC. Everyone is expected to attend for important announcements and information! After the All Residence Hall meeting, students will proceed to Class Meetings and Opening Convocation!
SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, August 30:
- Class Meetings, Opening Convocation, & Global Focus Picnic
- Class Meeting (3 p.m., AFC): Join your class to kickoff the year! Start planning class activities and/or plotting for Battle of the Classes. Wear your class t-shirt or receive a new one at the meeting for your official class photo!
- Opening Convocation (4 p.m., Chapel): Don’t miss the official opening of the academic year! Connect with faculty, staff and friends.
- Global Focus Picnic (5 p.m., Quad): Join us as we kick of the Year of Climate Change with delicious food and activities.
COMMUNITY HALL NIGHT – Monday, August 31:
Join your friends and hall mates by enjoying a welcome back celebration hosted by your RA staff. Each residence hall will be having a Block Party to kick off another academic year and get you excited for another great semester. The events will begin at 8:00 pm. Don’t hesitate to ask your RA for more details.
The Residence Life staff for this year includes:
GRD Chelsey Coudriet
RA Sarah Weinschenker
RA Tahmina Tursonzadah
RA Lauren Brown
RA Tiffany Schmitt
RA Emma Marik
RA Marisa Rosner
GRD Alexa Frankovitch
RA Odera Aquilla Igwe
RA Maura Creighton
RA Iman Morgan
RA Kelly Nestman (Women’s LLC)
RA Alice Shy
RA Krista Arena
Laughlin House & Rea House
GRD Rachael Dymski
GRA Tyler Earley (Environmental LLC)
SRA Brianna Young (Environmental LLC)
RA Olivia Bauer (Environmental LLC)
RA Nora Moorefield (Global LLC)
RA Phoebe Armstrong (Global LLC)
GRD Kaitlyn Bonzo
GRA Avery Walker
SRA Kaylee LaPosta
RA Teri Bradford
RA Penelope Smith
RA Christina Austin
RA Saron Belay
Introducing the newest members of Residence Life & Student Activities:
Jarrod Kinkley, Coordinator of Residence Life GRD Catherine Giles
Chatham will have students living on the Eden Hall Campus for the first time beginning with the 2015-16 Academic Year! Please join us in welcoming the new Eden Hall staff as we officially open Orchard Hall, the most recent addition to the Chatham Residential Community.
Eden Hall Campus
Speaking of the Eden Hall Campus, we are building a brand new website that will give you the story of new developments there – from the opening of Orchard Hall to the status of various university resources on the campus! The site is currently live and will continue to be updated here. Be on the lookout for activities taking place on the Eden Hall Campus.
Campus Beautification & Service Relocation
To keep you up to speed, here’s a list of just a few of the projects we worked on this summer:
- The Office of Student Affairs has moved to Woodland Hall and is now located next to Residence Life and the IT Help Desk.
- The Bookstore has moved to the ground floor of Woodland Hall.
- The Office of Career Development now occupies the first floor of Dilworth Hall. The Office of Career Development will harness the new Chatham Undergraduate Education Plan by spearheading the Chatham Plan Professional Edge to provide opportunities for professional growth. Visit the new Career Development Center on the first floor of Dilworth Hall to learn more about how programs from the office will assist you in building key skills and competencies – from Student Employment to the Career Pathways Speaker Series and other career preparation opportunities.
- The Falk School of Sustainability is now at home on the Eden Hall Campus.
- Chatham’s Post Office can be found on the ground floor of Mellon Center, just below Anderson Dining Hall.
- Not to mention – Anderson Dining Hall has a sleek new look and expanded seating in the PCW Room (which also features a brand-new flat-screen TV).
- The Athletics office suite has expanded to house the department’s growing staff.
- The Carriage House Student Center boasts a beautiful new patio, thanks to the Class of 2015 plus expanded student lounges, activities space and game stations and eventually a rotating student art exhibition.
- A glass door has been installed between Café Rachel and the Art Gallery to allow for beautiful views and easier access to event space.
- The Jennie King Mellon Library steps have been refurbished and the roof of Mellon Center has been updated.
Carriage House Student Center
Join us for the Grand Opening of the Carriage House Student Center, a full day of programming on Thursday, September 10! The new space has tons of room for student activities, meeting, lounging, and having fun. It will feature a 85”-screen TV and, soon, a smoothie bar. The center will be open to students from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the weekends.
Need a quick reminder of how to get around campus?
We continue to offer Chatham shuttles to get you around our campus locations and the Oakland area. You can find a full schedule of shuttles for Eastside, Eden Hall, and Oakland here.
We’re so excited for our current students to return and build on our strong foundation of traditions. Be sure not to miss the following events to plan your involvement in traditions this semester:
- Residence Hall/Apartment Floor Gatherings: Various Halls; Sunday, August 30; 1:30-3:00 p.m.
- Commuter Student Meeting: Carriage House Student Center; Sunday, August 30; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Class Meetings & Photos: AFC; Sunday, August 30; 3:00-3:45 p.m.
- And our first tradition of the semester, Opening Convocation: Campbell Memorial Chapel; Sunday, August 30; 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Followed by the Global Focus Picnic on the Quad featuring the Year of Climate Change!
And join the Office of Alumni Relations in welcoming the newest members of the Chatham community, the Class of 2019, at Student Alumni Association’s first traditional event of the academic year… Ice Cream Social (Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Anderson Dining Hall). This summer, the campus community bid a hearty welcome to Kevin Fortwendel, the new Vice President of University Advancement.
New!!! – Purple Power Fridays & 140 Things To Do Before YOU Graduate
We’ve got two new ways for you to be a part of the Chatham community
- Purple Power Fridays: On the hunt for more Chatham swag? Come to the Office of Student Affairs to exchange a non-Chatham t-shirt for a new Purple Power shirt! You’ll get to support the Chatham Cougars and the clothing you turn in will be donated to Goodwill.
- 140 Things to Do at Chatham: Updated to a new, interactive experience, the 140 Things to Do list is now available for pick up in the Office of Student Affairs. Come get your own to check items off and have a chance to win some great prizes! Completing 35 activities will win you a Chatham sweatshirt; 70: a Chatham blanket; 105: a Chatham bookstore basket including apparel, drinkware, and supplies; and 140: $75 Cougar Dollars added to your student account!
Two Campuses, Three Locations; Here to Support YOU
Let us help you manage your student account along with the help of new Director of Student Accounts, Julie Bechtold! Up until this summer, Julie served Chatham as Assistant Director of Financial Aid.
View all daily transactions for your student account online by accessing the CampusVue Student Portal at my.chatham.edu and selecting the Portal tab on the upper right-hand side of the page. Log in using the Student Portal Homepage. Select the “My Student Account” tab to make a payment or view your account online. To see a specific term use the “Registration “Bill” tab.
To Do List
- Pay Balance or Enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan by the Payment Due Date:
- August 15 for Fall 2015
- December 15 for Spring 2016
- Information regarding Billing, Payment Options, and the Tuition Payment Plan is available on the Student Accounts webpage: chatham.edu/campuslife/services/student_accounts.cfm
- Register for Electronic Student Refunds:
- Student refunds are issued within 7-14 days after your students account develops a credit balance. Refunds are processed electronically through Education Computer Systems, Inc (ECSI) and deposited directly into your bank account.
- Please go to ecsi.net/gateway/cu-erefund.html to register.
- Fulfill Student Health Insurance Requirement by Making Your Online Election:
- Complete the online enrollment or waiver by September 8, 2015.
- The University requires that all full-time students, both undergraduate and graduate, carry health insurance coverage. Coverage can be purchased through the University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan or through your own comparable health insurance plan. The University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost. The open enrollment/waiver period takes place at the start of each academic year and closes with the add/drop deadline. The premium is billed directly to your student account and split between the Fall and Spring semesters. A credit will be posted upon completion of the online waiver. More information is available through the “Student Health Insurance” link located on the myChatham homepage.
For additional information please visit the Student Accounts Office webpage:
Welcome back to the 2015-16 academic year!
If you have not completed your 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there is still time to complete the application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have already completed your FAFSA, you should have received your Financial Aid Award Letter, sent to your Chatham e-mail account. If you have not received the award letter, or have any questions, concerning the award letter please contact us at 412-365-2781 or at email@example.com.
We understand that some families may experience an unexpected change in circumstance, such as a reduction or loss of income, excessive medical expenses, or retirement. Please contact our office to see if these changes may affect your financial aid eligibility. We look forward to working with you this year!
Jennie King Mellon Library
The JKM Library is excited to welcome Molly Tighe, Archivist and Public Services Librarian. Molly is eager to answer your questions about Chatham history, primary sources, and more.
We have also recently added four new databases:
- Encyclopedia of Social Work is a continuously updated electronic encyclopedia providing detailed articles on a wide array of topics in social work.
- Historical Abstracts with Full Text contains materials related to world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 forward.
- Pronunciator is a language-learning tool that allows you to learn 80 languages, including English for non-native English speakers.
- Statista provides statistics and infographics in a variety of formats for easy inclusion in presentations, papers, etc.
Changes with Library Spaces:
As we mentioned, Career Development has moved to Dilworth. The four offices they vacated on the library’s third floor are being converted into group study rooms, bringing the total up to nine.
In addition, the 24/7 study space will be expanded into the large computer lab (lab 101) throughout the academic year. This gives you access to four printers, three computer labs, and a room with study space during the hours the library is closed. Eddy will remain unlocked for access to restrooms during these times.
Ask a Librarian!
And don’t forget, the JKM Librarians are available to help you with all your research needs! Don’t know who to contact? Check out the library staff directory or contact the Reference Desk by phone at 412-365-1670, text at 724-919-4645, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also chat with a librarian using the Ask a Librarian box on the library website.
Sad and exciting news for the fall of 2015! After 23 years of service to Chatham University, Janet James has retired! However, Cindy Kerr is now the Director of Disability Support Services & PACE Center and looking forward to working with you.
New staff member Shannon Brenner will join the PACE team on September 1st as the Coordinator, PACE Center & Disability Support Services. She will be here to assist you with all PACE Center services.
Kathy Perrone will be returning as our Writing Specialist. You can sign up for an appointment right outside her office door (308 JKM Library or KP0210@chatham.edu).
Barb Sahlaney returns as our Academic Counselor. Feel free to email her to set up a weekly appointment or appointments as needed throughout the semester (email@example.com). Her office is located on the third floor of the JKM Library—room 307.
As a refresher, here are some services that the PACE Center provides:
- TUTORING AND SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION
Tutoring services are provided free of charge and available for most courses at Chatham University. Just drop by the PACE Center or log on to your my.chatham account and fill out the “Request for Tutoring” form on my documents & forms. Supplemental Instruction is available for the more challenging courses including Biology and Chemistry. The instructors of these courses will make sure you have the information regarding times and locations of the Supplemental Instruction sessions.
- WRITING ASSISTANCE
If you are in need of writing support, stop by to sign up with a graduate writing mentor or with Kathy Perrone, our Writing Specialist. They will work with you on any stage of your writing – from brainstorming a topic to editing a final paper.
- ACADEMIC SKILLS
Facing some difficult academic issues such as managing your time or issues with procrastination? Stop by and make an appointment to meet with Barb, our academic counselor. She will teach you strategies for adjusting your study skills to meet college demands.
- DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
If you have a disability and need academic accommodations, please see Cindy Kerr (room 305 in the JKM Library). Cindy will work with you to determine what your needs are and help put accommodations into place.
Not quite sure what you might be in need of? Stop by and chat with any PACE Center staff member! We are located on the third floor of the library – our phone number is 412-365-1523 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminders: Key Rules and Regulations, Important Dates and Deadlines
Don’t forget the following key dates! You can find these and more in your Student Planner.
- Monday, August 31: First day of classes
- Tuesday, September 8: Add/drop period ends
- Tues-Fri, November 3-13: Registration for spring, Maymester, and summer 2016
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Office of Student Affairs & Dean of Students
The Office of Student Affairs is here to provide the opportunity for confidential discussions of personal matters, and to provide guidance to individual students in identifying, articulating, and resolving problems. If at any time throughout the year you are having concerns please call 412-365-1286, email email@example.com or stop by the Office of Student Affairs in the Carriage House. We encourage you to stop by early to get acquainted with our staff and let us know of any issues you may have.
This summer, we said goodbye to Hallie Arena after many years in the Chatham community as she accepted a new position at the University of Pittsburgh. On a happier note, we will welcome a new Assistant Dean of Students next week, Mary Utter!
Many of the Student Affairs staff has been assigned to serve as a liaison between particular student groups and the University in an effort to reach out and serve these students in the best way possible through regular communication and targeted programming and events. If students have any questions or need more information, the following are the staff contacts for each group:
Student-Athletes – Leonard Trevino, firstname.lastname@example.org
Commuters – Emily Fidago, email@example.com
Out of State – Stephanie Alvarez-Poe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer – Mary Utter, email@example.com
Gateway– Kimberlee Small, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate – Mary Utter, email@example.com
International – Mary Utter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident Students – Heather Black, email@example.com
Students of Color – Kimberlee Small, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Veterans – Stephanie Alvarez-Poe, email@example.com
Students with Families – Kimberlee Small, firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to pick up your welcome bag from one of the Welcome Booths located throughout campus on Monday, August 31st. Welcome Bags include a Student Planner, Student Activities Calendar and other goodies! Peruse the calendar and mark events that you would like to attend now! Remember – you could get a Purple Power tee if you turn in a non-Chatham t-shirt at the Welcome Booth you visit.
Office of Student Activities
Don’t miss out on Welcome Week events! Attend the Student Activities Involvement Fair featuring the Student-Athlete Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m. to connect with student organizations, campus departments, and meet your Cougar Student-Athletes. Check your student activities calendar and myChatham for all the co-curricular activities happening this fall!
The Student Organization Retreat will be on Friday, September 18 at 4 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to choose sessions that will help their organization and participate in the first Student Organization Forum. All student organizations must have one attendee, but organizations are able to send multiple students. Students looking to get involved are also encouraged to attend. Register on myChatham!
SAVE THE DATES
Intramural Kick-off: Bongo Ball
Thursday, September 3 * 4:00 p.m., Quad
Movie Under the Stars: Pitch Perfect 2 & Jurassic World
Saturday, September 12 * 8:30 p.m., Quad
Laser Tag on the Quad
Thursday, September 17 * 7 p.m., Quad
Battle of the Classes
Sunday, September 27 – Friday, October 2
Talent Show hosted by Comedian Phoebe Robinson
Friday, October 23 * 7:00 p.m., AFC