From the Desk of Dean Waite

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Fall Festivities – Tips & Resources


Dear Students,


The fall season brings a variety of festivities to the city and on campus, such as: Chatham’s Annual Talent Show, Family and Friends Weekend, Harvest Fest, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I hope you have made plans to participate in some, if not all, of the festivities offered by Chatham and the City of Pittsburgh community.


As we come together to celebrate this season, the Division of Student Affairs would like to remind everyone of the following tips and resources to stay well, safe and healthy.


  • Remember to stay active but balance it with sufficient sleep, diet and getting that flu shot. Take sufficient break time and make sure you do not study for too long that you are sleep deprived. Also, continue to drink eight cups of water per day and have breakfast, dinner and lunch. Need a flu shot? Visit the Student Health Services in Woodland Hall or call 412-365-1714.


  • Be with a network of friends at social activities and parties. One of the strategies for being safe in on and off campus activities is to participate with a group of friends. Go in as a group and return in a group. Make a plan before you go and don’t leave a friend behind on their own.


  • As you are aware some college social activities involve alcohol. Be mindful of strategies for being safe and preventing impairment. Before attending these social activities, remember to eat a good meal, stay hydrated, stay with your group of friends, don’t take anything from strangers and always be aware of your surroundings.


  • Halloween costume choices and party themes. Do think about your costume choices and party themes. As you are aware, certain Halloween costumes and party themes may reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Do make Halloween costume choices and plan party themes that foster a community that values and respects diversity and inclusiveness.


  • Know how you are getting to and from events and activities. Remember to have your Chatham I.D. with you so you are able to use the Port Authority buses. Also, do check out the Chatham shuttle schedule and route on so you can utilize this service. Also, during the evenings., be aware of the Safe Ride Program. Safe Ride is provided to you by University of Pittsburgh in partnership with Chatham’s Public Safety Department. Safe Ride hours ae Fall and Spring: Sunday through Wednesday and holidays, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Contact Number: 412-658-2255. Do check the Safe Ride website for updated information,


Other important phone numbers to have available on your phones. Please do not hesitate to call if you need any assistance.

  • Chatham Public Safety: 412-365-1111
  • Residence Life Administrative On Call: 412-951-0003
  • Dean of Students Administrative On Call: 412-951-0002


Have a fun and safe Fall Season.


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)

@zwaite (Twitter & Instagram)


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