From the Desk of Dean Waite

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

July 2, 2019
by a.oaks

July Letter to New Students: Newfound Independence

July 1st, 2019

Dear Incoming First-Year Student:

As we approach Independence Day, I wanted to take a moment in this communication to address a topic that I know is on many of your mind’s—your pending New Found Independence. For many of you, this will be your first time living away from home for an extended period of time, and it is natural to worry not only about homesickness and adjusting to the social climate at college, but also about how to balance new freedom and responsibilities. To help navigate these concerns, here is the conversation topic guide we promised in our last communication:

Share Hopes and Expectations: We’d love for you to take ownership of your independence and create your own college experience. Remember—your family and friends will have their own hopes and fears about what you’ll do now that you’re on your own, so do spend time with them to share your goals and expectations. Trust me, it may be awkward and difficult, but it is worth doing. Here are seven suggested topics you could cover:

  • Staying in touch . . . discuss what mode and how often you will talk with those at home. J While it may be difficult, avoid calling home too frequently or as every small issue comes up, as this might increase feelings of homesickness. Claim your independence and work with your Chatham resources to solve problems on your own.
  • Enjoy the weekends at Chatham … Work to get outside your comfort zone and attend events, make new friends, invite friends to Chatham, cheer on the Cougar Athletic Teams #RollCougs, get to know Pittsburgh, immerse fully and take advantage of all that Chatham has to offer seven days a week.
  • Spiritual, worship or religious practices . . . Discuss plans with your friends and family. Touch base with Dr. Randi Congleton ( to learn about local faith network via the Chatham Multifaith Council.
  • Common Yet Potentially Harmful Human Activities . . . Having a serious conversation with your family can help reassure them about how you plan to approach cigarette smoking, alcohol, and other illegal substances now that you’re on your own. They may be able to help you understand the varying social and legal acceptability of substances and what to do if you’re in a situation where you encounter these things for (maybe) the first time.
  • Exploration (a beginning / continued) of Social and sexual activities . . . This may be the toughest conversation to have, and one of the most important. Be open to hearing about your families’ fundamental values and expressing yours, as well. For many, college can be the first time you interact with people who have different backgrounds, beliefs, and values. Spend some time talking through this possibility. It is also important—however uncomfortable—to address the real possibility that you may explore your sexuality in college. Discuss resources for practicing safe sex and your intentions to respect your own body and others.
  • Personal and Professional Exploration – Year 1, Day 1 – Chatham is committed to your success at Chatham and beyond. This journey begins the 1st year you’re at Chatham and, to be successful, you should proactive and take advantage of all the Career Development resources and services available to you.
  • If living with a roommate(s), be prepared to have a conversation about one another’s expectations, daily chores/upkeep of the space, quiet time, etc. Also, plan to get to know your roommates and other residents in your residence hall.

Chatham Supports You: We encourage you to connect with these campus resources (using that Newfound Independence J) to solve problems on your own, rather than asking your family to do this for you. Due to FERPA regulations, most offices on campus will only be able to give details to YOU, the student. Rest assured that Chatham has many resources in place to help you through this transition, including:

  • Student Success Coach Program & Strategies for Success in College (SDE101): The SDE101 curriculum covers many topics relating to your growth in independence, including navigating conflict, making healthy choices, and adjusting to the academic rigor of college. In addition, you will be paired with two Success Coaches—your SDE101 instructor and a Success Coach GA, who will meet with you routinely to discuss and work individually with many of these areas. Let your Success Coaches know how they can best help you and collaborate with them for a great first semester—and beyond.
  • The Office of Student Engagement: This office oversees all campus clubs and organizations to provide plenty of exciting, healthy ways for you to explore interests, make friends, and develop your resume. In addition, the office coordinates with the student-led Chatham Activities Board (CAB) to provide various programs and events on campus to give you plenty to do! Want to get involved in clubs or CAB? Reach out to to learn how.
  • The Office of Residence Life: Students living on campus have a support network attached to their on-campus living experience. Their Resident Assistant can help with housing questions, roommate conflicts, and be a peer advisor for other challenges your student may face during the transition to college. In addition, our Residence Life Staff and Graduate Resident Directors are always available for emergencies through the On-Call phone number and staffing system so your student has the support they need, no matter what time it is needed.
  • Commuter Student Services: Not living on campus? We have a variety of resources available to commuter students, including commuter-specific programming, a commuter fridge in the Carriage House, and commuter student lockers. Reach out to your Commuter Student liaison, Dr. Mary Utter, at for more information.
  • Counseling Services: Whether you’re making arrangements for continuity of care or simply needs someone to talk to during a particularly difficult time (roommate conflicts, homesickness, class stressors, social concerns), our Counseling Services can provide one-on-one care free of charge.
  • Career Development: Along with independence comes work and mapping out your career path. Career Development can help you find campus employment, create or revise your resume, get connected with valuable internships, and more!

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs – Chatham University,

 Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

September 6, 2017
by zwaite

2017 Changes in the Student Health Services that You Need to Know

Dear Chatham Students,

In an effort to improve the quality of our services and provide a more comprehensive health care for you, effective September 4th, 2017, Chatham University and the UPMC-Urgent Care of Shadyside have partnered up to attend to your urgent health needs at their location, a few miles away from the Chatham Woodland campus, 5231 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (across from Shadyside Hospital).

Briefly, if you are a registered student, no fee is required for basic issues, listed in the attached handout. Major issues will be billed accordingly, to your insurance provider. Your student ID is required to be attended for services.


  • The Health Services will continue its operations by providing FIRST AID and guidance, when in need, to visit the Urgent Care facility.
  • If you decide to visit the Student Health Services because you are not feeling well, our Medical Assistant will help you navigate your way, when in need, to the UPMC-Urgent Care facility located in Shadyside. This staff member will aid you with the necessary arrangements for transportation to have a successful visit and will provide instructions when you are ready to return to campus.
  • The Health Services operations are as follow:
    • Office hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Woodland Hall, Ground Level
    • Phone number: (412) 365-1714
  • Other instances, in which by choice, you decide to go on your own or accompanied by a friend, to the Urgent Care facility, you may:
    • Call Public Safety at (412) 365-1230. Let the Staff Officer responding to the call know that you need a transport to the UPMC-Urgent Care facility. This staff member will respond accordingly and assist you with the needed transportation to the above facility. Instructions on how to return to campus will be provided by the staff member.
    • Arrange for personal transportation to visit the UPMC-Urgent Care facility. Uber and Z-Trip are usually the preferred for taxi transportation.
  • NOTE FOR CAMPUS RESIDENTS: If you do not feel well, you may utilize the Residence Life On-Call Protocol stipulated by your hall or apartment.


The UPMC-Urgent Care facility is located in Shadyside, a 10-minute ride from our main campus.

  • Address: 5231 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (across from Shadyside Hospital)

  • Phone: (412)623-4114
  • Hours of Services: 9:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m. every day/365 days of the year

For detailed information regarding this new student health services, please review the attachment carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Health Services, located at Woodland Hall or call 412-365-1714.


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)

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August 23, 2017
by zwaite

Returning Student E-News – Aug / Sept 2017


2017 August / September

Returning Students E-News” is an undertaking from the Office of Student Affairs and other departments to reach out to YOU about life at Chatham. This year’s edition is jam-packed with more information and updates as campus is more vibrant than ever – from being a fully co-educational institution, to having 18 thriving NCAA Division III collegiate sports teams, to welcoming a new community of students shaped by 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.


Reminders: Important Dates

Don’t forget the following key dates!

  • Monday, August 28: First Day of classes
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day – No Classes
  • Tuesday, September 5: Add/drop period ends
  • Monday, October 9 – 10: Long Break, No classes
  • Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classses
  • Monday, December 11-14: Final Exams

Please see the Academic Calendar on myChatham for additional dates.


NEW – Student Engagement Mobile App

Student Affairs is excited to launch the ChathamU Mobile App powered by Involvio!  The ChathamU App is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  Search ChathamU Mobile App and look for the Chatham C!  You can also  use these links on your mobile devices:


Please login using your Chatham username and password. Please note, use your username and not your full email (example C.Carson) It is important you only use your USERNAME (Example: Carson.Cougar) and do not add in  If you use your full email then it will cause an error.  You password is your Chatham password.  Forgot your password?  Reset it at myChatham.


The ChathamU App will replace the wall calendar of activities that Student Affairs printed each semester.  This will help us be more eco-friendly and put Chatham on a mobile platform for events and services.  The app has many exciting features that departments/offices can take advantage of to promote services, resources, and events.  The current app content was populated via the Calendar Callout in June on myChatham.  We are working with IT on an integration between the app and myChatham, but until then we will do callouts for bulk updates to the app. You can schedule a demonstration to learn about more about the app and how your department can utilize the platform and upload/edit any events.  During this demonstration we will brainstorm a plan for any content, events, and identify a staff member from your office who can be trained in updating the app.  Please complete the ChathamU Mobile App Demonstration Request Form to set a meeting up.  Please note, demonstration appointments will be available beginning August 28.  It is impossible to schedule demonstrations during orientation week due to student events and activities.


The ChathamU App can also be accessed via the web, but we strongly encourage using the mobile version if able.  The web version does not have as many features although more will be added in the near future.  You can access the web version by visiting and clicking login at the top right corner. Then, select the app and choose to login online.  From there, choose Chatham University and follow sign-in instructions.  Note, when using this option, you must use the guest email and set up a password. It will not sync with your Chatham credentials. There is a help/chat feature in the bottom right corner if you have any issues.


As previously shared, we are excited to launch the ChathamU Mobile App and eager to work with each of you. Over the fall term we will be working continuously to develop and improve the content.  Please be patient with us as we launch this new platform.  A special thanks to staff in University Marketing & Communications, Athletics, and Information Technology Services who assisted the Student Affairs staff with the implementation.


Finally, you will be asked to set up a profile. These questions are determined by the company that powers our app.  Currently, it only offers a female and male option. We are working on an update that will include a custom answer and ask about preferred pronouns.  Please note, these questions are optional and you do not have to complete them.  We will work to make the update as soon as possible and apologize for this issue.  We pride ourselves on being an inclusive campus and are happy the company is working to address this with us.


Please contact Heather Black at if you have any questions or complete the ChathamU Mobile App Demonstration Request Form to set up a meeting.

Student Health & Wellness

NEW! NEW! NEW! How Does Student Health Services Work?



  • In an effort to improve the quality of our services and provide a more comprehensive health care, Chatham University and the UPMC-Urgent Care of Shadyside have partnered this year to attend your urgent health needs at their location, a few miles away from our campus.


  • If you are a registered student, no fee is required for basic issues (listed below). Major issues will be billed accordingly, to your insurance provider.



  • The Health Services will continue its operations by providing FIRST AID and guidance, when in need, to visit the Urgent Care facility.
  • If you decide to visit the Student Health Services because of not feeling well, our Medical Assistant will help you navigate your way, when in need, to the UPMC-Urgent Care facility located in Shadyside. This staff member will aid you with the necessary arrangements for transportation to have a successful visit and will provide instructions when in need to come back to campus.
  • The Health Services operations are as follow:

o   Office hours:               Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

o   Location:                     Woodland Hall, Ground Level

o   Phone number:         (412) 365-1714

  • Other instances, in which by choice, you decide to go on your own or accompanied by a friend, to the Urgent Care facility, you may:

o   Call Public Safety at (412) 365-1230. Let the Staff Officer responding to the call know that you need a transport to the UPMC-Urgent Care facility. This staff member will respond accordingly and assist you with the needed transportation to the above facility. Instructions on how to return to campus will be provided by the staff member.

o   Take the shuttle that goes to Oakland and makes a loop in Shadyside into UPMC- Urgent Care.

o   Arrange for personal transportation to visit the UPMC-Urgent Care facility. Uber and Z-Trip are usually the preferred for taxi transportation.


  • NOTE FOR CAMPUS RESIDENTS: If you do not feel well, utilize the Residence Life On-Call Protocol stipulated by your hall or apartment.



The UPMC-Urgent Care facility is located in Shadyside, a 10-minute ride from our main campus.

  • Address: 5231 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (across from Shadyside Hospital).

  • Phone:                             (412)623-4114
  • Hours of Services: 9:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m. every day/365 days of the year.



The medical staff at Urgent Care is ready to help you with the following services:

  • History of the chief complaint;
  • History of the present illness;
  • Review of social and/or family history;
  • Review of appropriate systems and vitals as appropriate (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, etc.);
  • Physical exam by physician including Sports, Camp and Driver License Physicals;
  • Order appropriate diagnostic tests including pregnancy, EKG, rapid strep, rapid mono, and glucose testing, fecal blood hemocult, Pulse O2 and urinalysis. All others are to be paid for by the patient or patient’s insurance;
  • Review of test(s) results and diagnosis;
  • Review of treatment options;
  • Procedures needed including minor suturing, minor foreign body removal;
  • Discharge instructions;
  • Typical diagnosis included in full service visits includes: Minor Burns, Minor Gastrointestinal Disorders, Upper Respiratory Infections, Allergies, Sprains, X-Rays, Blood Draws, Abrasions, Insect Bites/Bee Stings, Ear Infections, Fevers, Poison Ivy, and Rashes; and
  • Refer to Health Department or Family Planning for any STD Related Testing
  • Follow-up visits are permitted and will include, but are not limited to, the review of test results, inspection of wounds and removal of sutures.



  1. If you are a registered Chatham student for this semester, you will be seen for the above services free of charge. No co-payment is needed for these services.
  2. If the services rendered result in additional health testing and procedures, the student’s health insurance will be charged or the student will be billed accordingly.
  3. If you are utilizing the Urgent Care facility, you, as a student need to provide a valid Chatham ID in order to be rendered the service.
  4. The above services will be the same for the Fall and Spring semesters. During the summer sessions, transportation will be provided by Chatham. However, all visits to the UPMC-Urgent Care facility will be billed to the students’ personal insurance.
  5. The Health Services will coordinate the vaccination clinics (Flu and Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative (PPD)/Testing for Tuberculosis). Clinic schedules will be announced throughout the academic year.
  6. In case of health/medical emergencies, please contact Chatham Public Safety at (412) 365-1231 or (412) 365-1111.
  7. For more information regarding the Student Health Services, please contact us at 412-365-1714.




2017 – 2018 Student Handbook

The 2017 – 2018 Student Handbook is now available on your Student Engagement Mobile App. Another location to obtain the 2017 – 2018 Student Handbook is, or at this link:



Greetings from Chatham’s Director of Multicultural Affairs

Greetings Chatham Community,


My name is Dr. Randi Congleton and I am the new Director of Multicultural Affairs. Multicultural Affairs is responsible for leading efforts to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes multicultural education and student success and retention. Multicultural Affairs supports Chatham University’s educational goals and strategic plan by embracing a social justice and intersectional identity approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Ultimately, we are working towards Chatham University’s goal of “building lives of purpose and fulfilling work” through the development of an active and engaged citizenry.


As I reflect on the last four months here at Chatham and in our country, I am reminded of the urgency that exists to engage across difference, work with campus partners to move equity goals forward, and the necessity of providing a supportive environment for students. My goal is that through one of our many initiatives and touch –points that each of you have an opportunity to learn something new that challenges your own notions and understanding of equity issues in America and abroad.


Multicultural Affairs will continue to support the great programming and initiatives that existed at Chatham while adding high impact practices that move inclusion goals forward. Here are a few of the exciting and engaging events for this fall:

  1. Diversity Dialogues- Diversity Dialogues are monthly lunch and learn style events that allow the Chatham community to come together and discuss current topics related to equity and inclusion. The Kick- Off event for diversity dialogues this year will be “Words Mean Things”: Responsible Use of Social Media. Social Media can be used as a tool for resistance, coping, and engagement across difference. Unfortunately, there are those who utilize social media, music lyrics, and an anonymous internet community to tear down and demean marginalized communities. We will take this opportunity to come together as one community to think about what words truly mean, engage in dialogue related to the power of social media as a change agent, and commit to truly thinking about how our actions online impacts others.
  2. Chatham Hair Expo- Celebrating and centering around natural curly, kinky, and coily hair, the Chatham Hair Expo will feature workshops, product demonstrations, and natural beauty resources focused on the connections between Black women’s health, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Workshop Facilitators will include Chatham alumna and local business owners. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Union. Afterwards, Dr. Tiffany Gill will kick off The Women’s Institute, Women’s Leadership Series by providing a prolific keynote. Dr. Gill is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians. The night will end with spoken word and an open mic night sponsored by Student Activities.


This is just a sample of the exciting year that awaits. I look forward to engaging with all of you this year. For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


Randi Congleton, Ph.D., Director of Multicultural Affairs


Office of Student Affairs – Woodland Hall, 1st Floor    412-365-2499 (p)

“ No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something” #GREENDOT



Enrollment Update

We will welcome 315 new undergraduate and 465 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.


Meet the Chatham Undergraduate Student Government (CSG)

CSG Executive Board

Diarra Clark, Executive President                                    Megan E. Cooper, Executive Vice President

Fernando Soriano, Vice President of Finance                   Scott Friedman, Vice President of Communications

McKenzie Gordon, 2018 Class President                        Liza (Tamara) Craddock, 2019 Class President

Vacant, 2020 Class President                                        To Be Elected, 2021 Class President



CSG Senators

To be elected, 2018 Class Vice President

Jodikaye Richards, 2018 Class Secretary/Treasurer

Maya Carey, 2018 Class Representative

Nikki Mammano, 2018 Class Representative



Rebecca Dunkleberger, 2019 Class Vice President

Madison Rubottom, 2019 Class Secretary/Treasurer

Sabrina Leggett, 2019 Class Representative

Chris Gonzalez West, 2019 Class Representative

Jordan Shultz-McArdle, 2019 Class Representative



To be elected, 2020 Class Vice President

Tara Teets, 2020 Class Secretary / Treasurer

Kaelin Miller, 2020 Class Representative

Kasey Neiderlander, 2020 Class Representative


To be elected, 2021 Class Vice President

To be elected, 2021 Class Secretary / Treasurer

To be elected, 2021 Class Representatives (2)

Delaney Gordon, 2020 Class Representative








Graduate Students

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, if you are interested in being a part of GSA.


The Commuter-Transfer Network

About The Commuter-Transfer Network

Are you a transfer student? A commuter? If so, you’ll want to check out the great events hosted by the Commuter-Transfer Network! The Commuter-Transfer Network connects commuter and transfer students with one another, hosting events throughout the semester.


Here are a few of our exciting events to kick off the semester:

  • First Commuter-Transfer Network Lunch & Learn: Monday, September 11th, 11:30am-12:30pm. This month’s topic is Mindfulness and Managing Change.
  • Commuter-Transfer Network Bowling: Wednesday, September 27th 5pm-8pm
  • First Commuter-Transfer Night Out: Wednesday, September 20th, 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Steel Cactus
  • Dine with the Deans: Tuesday, September 19th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. @ Dean Waite’s home (126 Woodland Road). Take advantage of this great opportunity to mix & mingle with the Deans while enjoying a complimentary dinner.

In addition, we are launching an exciting new Mentorship Program, in which current students are paired with incoming students to provide a contact point on campus, as well as someone to attend events with. New students identified as transfer or commuter students should receive an email about signing up for mentors soon, so stay tuned!

Want to be a voice for transfer and commuter students? Help plan events and speak up about issues unique to your Chatham experience by joining the Commuter-Transfer Network Committee! Our first callout meeting is Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00am.

Contact Amanda Kay Oaks (, Graduate Associate for Commuter, Transfer, and Gateway Programming with any questions.



The New Career Development

New Staff

As of August 1, the staff in Career Development have taken on new roles within the office. Join us in congratulating them!


  • Crystal Vietmeier– Director of Career Development
  • Kate Sheridan– Associate Director of Career Development – Falk School of Sustainability
  • Lesli Somerset– Assistant Director of Career Development
  • Lauren Tudor– Assistant Director of Career Development
  • New position coming… Employer Relations Manager


New Location

If you go to Dilworth Hall to look for us, you will only find beds, beds and more beds. Visit us in our new space… the basement of the JKM Library! We’re excited to see you!


Good-bye ChathamCareerLink, Hello Handshake!

Handshake is our new career management system that will give you access to more opportunities than ever before, using data to help you find jobs, internships, and employers that best match your interests. Use Handshake to search and apply for jobs, internships and on-campus employment…

  • Schedule appointments with a career consultant at your own convenience
  • Follow employers and receive notifications for updates on their companies
  • Access our resource library – informative articles, downloadable samples, and more
  • Register for our networking mixers, workshops and other events on and off campus
  • Access Handshake using your Chatham email and password
  • All appointments will now be scheduled through Handshake. Request one today!


Internship Program Updates

Participation in an Internship Preparation Workshop is now a requirement for the internship course. Multiple workshops will be offered at the beginning of each semester via my.chatham/Handshake. You only need to attend one workshop, prior to the start of your first internship experience.

With the recent staffing changes, Lesli Somerset will now be overseeing the Internship Program. She will be your go-to career consultant for anything internship related! You can reach her at or 412-365-1593.

Student Employment

It’s not too late to get an on-campus job or use your Federal Work Study! Keep

checking Handshake for newly posted positions. If this is your first time working on campus, please remember to sign up for a Student Employment Orientation, as attendance is required prior to the start of your new position.



Keep in mind Career Development is here to assist in every step of the way as you are carving out your career and professional goals. Come see us to get assistance with:

Career exploration                                                       Your Job Search

Resume and cover letter assistance                          Graduate School preparation

Finding and securing your internships                     Student Employment

Interviews                                                                  …and more!

Key Events

  • Student Activities & Student Employment Fair – Tuesday, August 29, 11AM – 1PM, Quad
  • Career Kickoff Party – Wednesday, September 13, 3PM – 5PM, JKM Library
  • Career Bootcamp: Gearing up for Graduate School – Friday, September 22, 4PM – 6PM, Career Development Classroom (CD Office)
  • WestPACS Job & Internship Fair – Wednesday, October 11, 10AM – 3PM, Monroeville Convention Center
  • Internship Week – October 23 through October 27, stay tuned for daily workshops and marquis events!
  • Career Bootcamp: Time to Job Search! – Friday, November 3, 4PM – 6PM, Career Development Classroom (CD Office)
  • Exploring Careers in Health Sciences – Tuesday, November 7, 5:30PM – 6:45PM, Welker Room
  • Etiquette Dinner – Wednesday, November 8, 5PM – 7PM, Mellon Board Room


Social Media

We will be doing a lot of engagement through our social media platforms this year! With contests, career tips, job postings, and student spotlights you’ll want to make sure you follow us so you don’t miss out!

Instagram- ChathamUCareers

Twitter- ChathamUCareers

Facebook- Chatham University Office of Career Development

LinkedIn- Chatham University Career Development (join our group to message with alumni and employers!)

Pinterest- Chatham University Office of Career Development

Use the hashtag #ChathamUCareers on Instagram or Twitter to rave about your career success or to help promote our events and services to your classmates!

Student Success Groups

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 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.


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 – Ron Giles,

Commuters – Mary Utter,

Out of State – Shawn McQuillan,

Transfer – Mary Utter,

Gateway– Mary Utter,

Graduate – Heather Black,

International – Zauyah Waite,

Resident Students – Shawn McQuillan,

ALANA Students – Randi Congleton,

Student Veterans – Stephanie Alvarez-Poe,

Students with Families – Mary Utter,



Chatham Athletics and Athletics & Fitness Center

Chatham’s brand new weight room is now officially open. The renovations have vastly improved the free weight area including additional squat racks and Olympic lifting platforms. All other weight training machines and cardiovascular equipment were replaced as well.

“We are extremely pleased with the upgrades being made to our facilities. We want to provide for all the students on campus,” Athletic Director Leonard Trevino says, “As a department, we are committed to provide our student-athletes with the best equipment possible. With the addition of so many student-athletes on campus, it was time to redo the space to be able to meet our needs. Chatham as a whole is committed to providing the best possible experience for its students whether it’s in the classroom or on the athletic stage.”

Chatham Athletics would like to thank Webster Fitness for providing the equipment and Marion Morton for painting the mural.


Women’s sports at Chatham include basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track & field, and volleyball. Chatham will add women’s lacrosse beginning play in 2017-2018. Chatham has added five men’s sports competing this academic year: baseball, basketball, cross country, swimming & diving, track & field. Chatham will add two more men’s varsity sports beginning play in 2017-2018; ice hockey and lacrosse.
Athletics is proud to welcome the following new staff members to campus!



Jessica Newham – Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach



Alyssa Batty – Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach (playing in 2017 – 2018)

Carter Crosby – Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Head Coach

Charlie Hauser – Diving Coach

Dylan Lasher – Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Jon Morrow – Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach

Michael Callan – Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach (playing in 2017 – 2018)

Phil Dodson – Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach (playing in 2017 – 2018)

Andrew Garcia – Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Betsy Warren – Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Sandy Rectenwald – Women’s Basketball Coach

Tim Banner – Baseball Head Coach



MaryDee Fisher (Nursing) – Baseball

Jim Pierson (Accounting) – Women’s Basketball

Ethan Block (Biology) – Men’s Ice Hockey



Dr. David Fraser (Biology) – Men’s Basketball

Dr. Debbie DeLong (Marketing) – Women’s & Men’s Cross Country

Dr. Charles Rittle (Nursing) – Women’s Ice Hockey

Dr. Lisa Lambert (Biology) – Women’s Soccer

Dr. Robert Lettan (Chemistry) – Softball

Dr. Susan Sterrett (Nursing) – Women’s & Men’s Swimming and Diving

Dr. Sherie Edenborn (Microbiology) – Women’s and Men’s Track and Field

Dr. Monica Riordan (Psychology) – Women’s & Men’s Volleyball



Women’s Leadership & Gender Equity Chatham University Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute works to eradicate social, political, and economic inequalities and to promote women’s leadership and gender equity. The Institute serves as a hub, drawing together the university’s broad range of gender initiatives, resources, and academic programs. Through education, research, and outreach, we work across campus and into the community with our affiliated centers and programs: The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, The Chatham Women’s Business Center, The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and The Women’s & Gender Studies program.

Here are some Fast Facts for students returning to campus:

  • Chatham was just ranked #3 in the country on College Magazine’s Top 10 list of universities for aspiring women leaders!
  • The Women’s Institute is still on the second floor of Braun Hall, at the end of the hallway, but we’ve moved to the right side of the suite. Come visit!
  • The Women’s Leadership Certificate program is open to students in all majors and includes the new Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century Course, offered in the spring.
  • The Women’s Leadership Lecture Series kicks off with the keynote for the Chatham Hair Expo on September 14th, featuring Dr. Tiffany Gill speaking about the history of Black women’s beauty, hair, health, and entrepreneurship as political spaces.
  • The Women’s Leadership Living Learning Community (LLC) is back in Laughlin this year, led by Deondra Benson, Madeleine Gierchak, and Kelly O’Donnell. Join us there for events throughout the year.
  • The popular Just Films Series will launch Season 2 with all new documentaries followed by incredible panel conversations about gender & justice, starting September 13th. Our partners this year are Gwen’s Girls, the Women & Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
  • Do you have an idea for a gender-related campus event or action? We love to co-sponsor with student organizations!
  • Every Friday at 3PM, come hang out with us for TGIF (Talking about Gender Issues Friday) – coffee, cookies, and conversation about current gender events.
  • ChathamWomensInstitute
  • (@WomensInst
  • b.ramey
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The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University ( creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Building on Chatham University’s tradition of educating women for 145 years, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.


Prototyping & Design Lab


Join us for “Maker Hour” on Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm starting this Fall at our Center’s new Entrepreneurship Hub at the second floor of Chatham’s Eastside campus! Our first “Maker Hour” will take place on September 7th and continue every week throughout the semester. Pizza and soda will be provided. All undergraduate and graduate students welcome!


During the “Maker Hour”, students will learn about upcoming demos and workshops at our Center’s Design & Prototyping Lab. The Lab will be outfitted with a 3D printer, microcontrollers (such as Arduino and LilyPad), robotics kits, and sewing machines as well as arts and crafts materials and small tools for design and prototyping. Share your business ideas, connect with other students, and get information about entrepreneurial networking opportunities in Pittsburgh. No registration required, but it is encouraged. Register on myChatham or just drop in! We look forward to meeting you!


If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact our Community & Student Engagement Manager, Nazli Saka at or at 412-365-1384.


Fall 2017 Semester Events – FREE for Students, Faculty & Staff


Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Friday, September 08, 7-8:30am

“Sew Accomplished: The Women Behind the Machines”

Wendy Downs, Owner/Designer/Manufacturer, Moop Shop

Rose Morris, Founder and President, Abram’s Bed – maker of the Safety Sleeper

Jen Rocket, Owner/Designer, JenRocketLLC

Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers, President, Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear


Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Friday, October 13, 7-8:30am

“The Food Waste Scandal and How It Impacts People and Planet”

Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue


Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Friday, November 10, 7-8:30am

“The Strategic Women Thinkers Behind Everyday Brands”

Lisa Nolen Birmingham, Vice President, Comcast

Stephanie Cohen, Vice President of Strategic Planning, FedEx Ground

Mary Kay Modaffari, Executive Vice President, Partner, Brunner


Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Friday, December 08, 7-8:30am

The Art of Asking for It! Negotiation Strategies for Women

Leanne Meyer, Director of Leadership Development, Tepper School of Business, CMU


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.”


The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.


We are excited for the upcoming semester and have opportunities for students to get involved with voter registration by signing up to volunteer.


Here is what you can look forward to this fall:


  • Newsday Tuesday: We are launching a new program for students with the Office of Student Affairs to help students keep abreast of current affairs. Join us every other Tuesday from 3:00-4:00pm in the Carriage House starting September 12th. Additional dates include: September 26, October 17, and October 31st.


  • PLEN Seminars in Washington, DC: Learn more about the PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) by attending one of our informational sessions on September 7th: Noon-1:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm at the Carriage House. PLEN offers a variety of seminars on women and public policy in various fields from STEM, the law, corporate, and global policy.



  • Advocacy Training: On November 4th in the Welker Room of the James Laughlin Music Center. The PCWP is partnering with Project Pericles again to offer our students an advocacy training. This year’s trainers are coming from the Midwest Academy, which has been organizing for social change since 1973. Learn how to develop and implement strategies for issue campaigns.



For more information about the PCWP, please visit our website: Or, visit us on the 2nd Floor of Braun Hall. We like being social! Connect with us on facebook and twitter. For more information about all of our programs, please visit our website: www.pcwp.orgor stop by our office on the 2nd Floor of Braun Hall.


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. Applications are distributed in the spring so that incoming and returning students can be accepted during the summer and start at the beginning of the academic year. For more information, contact Emily Fidago, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (, 412-365-1527).

International Affairs

Welcome back to the 2017-18 academic year! Events supporting the 2017-2018 Global Focus Year of Indonesia will begin with opening convocation. Please check myChatham for upcoming programming and contact the Office of International Affairs, or 412-365-1388 with any questions.

International students and scholars – for clarification on university and immigration policies and procedures, support in adjustment to the US, and maintaining legal status, please contact Kate Emory, International Student and Scholar Services Coordinator, at 412-365-1267 or

When will you study abroad?  Please visit the Study Abroad Library in Falk 011 to inspire your next education abroad experience. 2018 Chatham field experiences will be announced by late August. Contact Karin Chipman, 412-365-2714, for study abroad assistance.


Campus Living

Staff changes in Residence Life & Student Activities:

Shawn McQuillan serves as the Director of Residence Life & Student Activities.  Devin Fabian serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life & Student Activities.  Stephanie Poe continues to serve as the Associate Director of Student Activities and Residence Life. Also, please visit our newest staff:


  • Jessica Bartko, the new Coordinator of Campus & Residence Life – Eden Hall
  • Allie Frownfelter, Assistant Coordinator of Campus & Residence Life – Eden Hall
  • Simmone Bell, Coordinator of Residence Life – Graduate Students


Returning to Campus

Saturday, August 26

The opening for returning students is August 26th.  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 & Student Activities – Student Affairs at 412-365-1518.  Below is specific information on when and how to pick up your key.


Returning Student Move-In


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 27th beginning at 1:15 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 DATESunday, August 27:

  • Class Meetings, Opening Convocation, & Global Focus Picnic
  • Class Meeting (3:15 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 Canada with delicious food and activities.


COMMUNITY HALL NIGHT – Monday, August 28:

Join your friends and hall mates by enjoying a welcome back celebration hosted by your RA staff. Each residence hall will be having a joint Block Party to kick off another academic year and get you excited for another great semester. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Carriage House. Don’t hesitate to ask your RA for more details.


The Residence Life staff for this year includes:


Chatham & Pelletreau Apartments

GRD   Tricia Collins

RA      Jacy Clark

RA      Bailey Creamer

RA      Jeremy Witchel

RA      Corey Bulger

RA      Katelyn Gularski

RA      Molly Slusarick



Eden Hall Campus

Spanning 23,000 square feet and two floors, The Zone, as the Esther Barazzone Center has been nicked named, is a multipurpose campus hub that has been designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and serves as the dining hall and main gathering space for campus events. Come see all that Eden Hall has to offer and be on the lookout for activities taking place on the Eden Hall Campus.


Carriage House

The Carriage House is your student center and serves as the “living room” of Chatham University. If you are looking for a place to relax, study or just hang-out, the Carriage House is your destination. Join us for fun events throughout the year which include our Carriage House Fun Days, Comedy & Trivia Nights, TV viewing parties and more!


The Carriage House is open:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.


The Carriage House also feature a 24-Hour lounge that is available for student to enjoy.


Looking to get connected? The Office of Residence Life & Student Activities – Student Affairs is also located in the Carriage House on the second floor.  Stop by to inquire about student organizations, campus events, housing and if you have further questions or need assistance.


If you have questions about the Carriage House and what is available email


Campus Map

Need a quick reminder of how to get around campus?

Shadyside Campus, Woodland Road Location

Eden Hall Campus



Shuttle Schedule

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.


Dining Services

Good Afternoon –


Hope that you all had a wonderful summer.  We have had a very busy summer getting ready for the new school year and wanted to reach out with some new updates for the fall.


Important Dates to remember:

Meal Plans Start: Friday, August 25 at breakfast

Meal Exchange Starts: Monday, August 28 – the first day of classes

Sunday, August 27 – Dinner – Anderson is closed.  Dinner will be after the Opening Convocation in the AFC to celebrate the Year of Indonesia! – Please remember to bring your Chatham ID if you have a meal plan.

Tuesday, August 29 – Lunch – Anderson is closed.  Community Day Picnic at the Quad.  Please remember to bring your Chatham ID if you have a meal plan, cash, or credit card can be used in Cafe Rachel.  Anderson will re-open at 2:00pm.  (Inclement Weather Site: Anderson)


All 3 Campuses Updates:

  • Our monthly event calendars (found on my.chatham: will feature specials at each location throughout each month
  • Follow us on Instagram & Facebook – search: Chatham Parkhurst – we will feature pictures, specials, contests, and more!
  • We will be rolling out a new catering guide as well as an online catering ordering system soon – please look for a follow-up email early in the semester
  • Voucher Requests:  continue to email me and copy our office manager: Sharen Logesky – we also now require a business purpose for the voucher when you submit your request, in order for the business office to process.
  • Reminder – you can use your student meal plan, flex, and cougar dollars at all 3 campuses


Shadyside Updates:

  • We continue to support Chatham’s sustainability initiatives by offering pre and post-consumer composting in Anderson.  We are also planning on featuring more of Eden Hall’s produce in Anderson, as well as the Carriage House (more info below).  We’ve added some local specialty purveyors to our supplier list and will feature events for sampling.  All of our on-the-go! packaging remains compostable at each of our locations.  We will be offering the green re-usable boxes again (more info below).
  • Anderson – due to the increase in student enrollment, we need to begin tracking counts.  Therefore, we ask that everyone, whether you are dining in Anderson or not, provide their Chatham ID to enter.  If you are not dining, please notify our cashiers before giving your card, so we can account for you in our system.
  • Anderson Green Boxes – every student that has a meal plan may request a green box.  You must do the initial request for the box at Anderson.  Once you receive your “free” box, you must either turn in a box and collect a clean one or a 2017-2018 green box card, or turn in a 2017-2018 green box card to collect a clean box.  If you do not have a box or a card, and already received your first free box, the charge is $5.00 for a new one.  (With the receipt and the return of a box, the $5.00 will be returned to you.) Everyone who does not have a meal plan – the price of the box is $5.00.
  • Anderson – all of our V2 entrees are now vegan – or will be served vegan with dairy options on the side.
  • Carriage House – Again, due to the increase in student enrollment, we are expanding services in the Carriage House for lunch hours only.  We hope to eventually make this a permanent station where we can better feature Eden Hall and more local foods, but for the Fall Semester, we plan on offering two gourmet sandwiches every lunch – one vegetarian, one with protein – that can be a panini pressed sandwich.  You will be able to choose a side and a dispenser drink to complete your meal.



  • For the fall, we will be extending our hours due to night classes being offered.  We will be open Mon-Thurs until at least 7:00pm.  We will have the deli, salad bar, and on-the-go! items available!  Remember, you can use your meal plan!


Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  We will see you all soon.




Courtney Blood (McMahon) General Manager – Parkhurst Dining               P: 412-365-1659                      F: 412-365-1853

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Student Accounts

Let us help you manage your student account along with the help of Director of Student Accounts, Julie Bechtold!


View all daily transactions for your student account online by accessing the CampusVue Student Portal at 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.


Located on the first floor of Braun Hall, the Office of Student Accounts is available to serve you from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This office is responsible for overseeing the billing and collection of tuition, room, board, fees, and other university related charges.


For additional information please visit the Student Accounts Office webpage:



Jennie King Mellon Library


Staffing Changes

The JKM Library said farewell to Amy Lee Heinlen, Access Services Librarian, in February when she moved on to Duquesne University for an exciting new position. Kate Wenger, formerly the JKM Library’s Reference Librarian, is now the Head of Access Services. We are also excited to introduce you to our new Reference and Outreach Librarian, Jocelyn Codner, who joins us on August 14th.


New Resources

Over the summer, the JKM Library transitioned to a new library system called Koha. While we hope the transition will be seamless for you, but there are a few changes. When you search our catalog, you will notice it looks a bit different! In addition, we now check out DVDs and CDs for 14 days with one 14-day renewal. If you run into any issues with the new system or any other library resources, please don’t hesitate to ask us!


We also recently added a new database,, which provides access to 50 streaming psychology videos. This database replaces Counseling and Therapy in Video.


Ask a Librarian!

And don’t forget, the JKM Librarians are eager to answer your research questions! 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 You can also chat with a librarian using the Ask a Librarian box on the library website.


PACE Center

Cindy Kerr is the Director of Disability Support Services & PACE Center and looking forward to working with you.


Shannon Brenner is the PACE team 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


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 ( 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 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.


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.


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.


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



Purple Power Fridays & 140 Things To Do Before YOU Graduate

We’ve got two great 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: $50 Cougar Dollars added to your student account!


Twitter and Instagram Trivia

Twitter and Instagram Twitter begins now… Follow Dean Waite at @zwaite and share answers to the trivia presented in the First Year Newsletter and MyHappenings Newsletter for prizes!




Exploring Pittsburgh through Dates with the Dean and Fine Arts with the Finegolds












Fine Arts with the Finegolds:

September 28, 2017 Equus

October 15, 2017       Tosca

November 17, 2017   The Color Purple

January 17, 2018       Grupo Corpo

February 23, 2018     Bronfman plays Beethoven

March 7, 2018            Carnegie Museum After-Hours

April 18, 2018            Reflection Dinner w/ the Finegolds




Structural Changes & Navigating Campus

Many exciting structural changes have been happening on-campus. Residence Life is now with Student Activities in the Carriage House. Also, Multicultural Affairs has joined Student Affairs in the 1st floor of Woodland Hall. If you’re looking for vocational advice, Career Development has transitioned to the Basement level of JKM Library, and Dilworth is now a new residence hall on campus. For graduate students, the graduate psychology programs have moved over to Eastside campus, joining Health Sciences. Please see the maps provided below for your guidance.


  • Offices and Departments in the East Side Location

1st Floor: Occupational Therapy (OT) program, Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program, Physical

Therapy (PT) program, Academic Dean Office


2nd Floor: Nursing programs, Graduate Psychology programs, CWE, Continuing Ed programs, Information Technology (IT), Graduate Admissions, Cadaver Lab, Cafeteria


East Side Building Supervisor: Kevin Pilarski



August 8, 2017
by zwaite

2017 Letter to Family & Friends

Dear New Family & Friends of Chatham University,

Welcome to Cougar Country and the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year! The staff in the Division of Student Affairs is looking forward to welcoming and connecting with you throughout the year. Our office serves as one of the resources for parents and family members who may need assistance in understanding the transition to college and how to guide their students through these important years.

It is such an honor and privilege to serve all of you as Chatham’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Even after being here for eight years, I love every minute of being in Cougar Country. In my role, I do encourage students to get out of their comfort zone; to truly embrace the journey of discovery and to learn from one another, from new experiences and even from failures. While you won’t be here on campus to directly guide them, I am confident you have a built a great foundation for your student to excel at Chatham. In case you have not completed or discussed the following matters, here’s a gentle reminder of what you can do to help prepare your student for a rewarding college adventure.

6 Things to Do Between Now and Orientation:

  1. Health Checks and Wellness Routine: Has your student visited the Med+Proctor website, downloaded the Immunization Certificate and Meningitis Information forms for completion by your medical provider? Students should check their Chatham email in order to create an account and gain access to the forms.  Once completed an image of the forms should be uploaded to Med+Proctor for review. If your student is required to participate in ongoing therapy sessions or take any long-term prescriptions, please be sure that they arrange regular therapy sessions, a medication routine, and/or a plan for self-advocacy (as applicable) prior to beginning the school year. In fact, helping your student establish a routine to complete tasks on her/his own now is a good move – from waking up on time, to doing laundry, room-cleaning, and hygiene.
  2. Social Media: Ensure that your student is keeping his or her social media image in mind. Today, we’re all accessible at the click of a button – and the things we say online follow us. Encourage them to review their social media content and clean it up, if there is a need. Remind them they can begin getting connected with Chatham by following us on Twitter and Instagram (@ChathamU, @zwaite), Snapchat (chathamusnaps), Facebook (Chatham University Office of Student Affairs), and more.
  3. Share Hopes and Expectations: We’d love for you to give your student the independence to create their own college experience. Do spend time with your student to share your hopes and expectations. Ask that they take them into serious consideration as they continue to make more and more decisions on their own. Trust me, it may be awkward and difficult, but it is worth doing. Here are seven suggested topics you could cover:
  • Staying in touch . . . We’d suggest discussing what mode, how often, and a friendly reminder to answer their cell when it is mom or dad on the screen. 🙂
  • Enjoy the weekends at Chatham … encourage your student to make new friends, invite friends to Chatham, immerse fully and take advantage of all that Chatham has to offer seven days a week.
  • Spiritual, worship or religious practices
  • Cigarette smoking, use of alcohol and other illegal substances
  • Social and sexual exploration and activities
  • Career Exploration – Year 1, Day 1 – Chatham is committed to your student’s success while they are at Chatham and beyond. Remind your student that this journey begins the 1st year they are at Chatham and, to be successful, they must be proactive and take advantage of all the Career Development resources and services available to them.
  • If living with a roommate(s), they should be prepared to have a conversation about one another’s expectations. Plus, encourage them to get to know their roommates and other residents in her/his residence hall.

4.  Respect and Inclusion: Chatham prides itself as a campus that consistently affirms its commitment to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status in all its operations and practices. In recent years, our core value of being respectful and inclusive has been tested more than ever, particularly with current happenings that have impacted the diversity landscape and climate of our nation and the world. Do encourage your student to continue to explore the expanded topics in the area of diversity, prioritize respectful language as they address emerging issues, share ideas for positive growth, and contribute often to enhancing the values of respect and inclusiveness.

5. Got a Problem? Encourage your student to connect directly with me or any staff member of Student Affairs:,, or (412) 365-1286. Empower them to connect with us as the first step and immediately (do not wait till the end of the semester to do so), versus calling home for you to take care of the issue on their behalf.

6. Making Connections: Remind your student she/he has two key advocates built right into her/his academic schedule – an academic advisor and an SDE 101 (Strategies for Success in College) instructor. Checking in with these two advocates early-on and often can help your student integrate smoothly into the Chatham community.

I am excited to meet each of you at Family & Friends Orientation on Wednesday, August 23rd. If you haven’t done so already, please register online at We are also happy to provide guidance or answer questions before orientation as well. Feel free to connect with me directly at or 412-365-1286. Enjoy the rest of your summer with your student.  GO COUGARS!

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs – Chatham University,

Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.                                   

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

November 4, 2016
by Dean Waite

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)


June 10, 2015
by zwaite

Why Division III

 Why Division III

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Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Chatham University

I cannot imagine a set of values more at home in Chatham University’s close-knit community than those of Division III athletics. The DIII philosophy for students to discover their strengths, develop as well-rounded people, and dedicate themselves to achieving success is what makes this athletic program so perfect for our institution – simply put, we at Chatham believe in preparing our students to be world-Blog 2ready professionals who are aware of their talents and ready to meet their potential every day.

Our student-athletes make up such a great percentage of our student leaders. To illustrate, Sarah Jugovic, our student government president, is a member of the soccer team. Emma Marik, one of our resident assistants, is also on the swimming and diving team. Ava Iuliucci, a Chatham ambassador, plays volleyball.

These student-athletes who also take part in student development initiatives, coupled with their commitment to DIII values, are better prepared than the average student. These experiences complement each other strongly, allowing our student-athletes to gain any number of transferrable skills. They’re resilient, achievement-oriented, strong communicators, and great at time management. Most importantly, they know how to work in a team – the number one skill employers look for today, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.Blog 1

But it’s not just about those in positions of leadership. Chatham student-athletes prove to me every day that they’re dedicated to their community and to bettering themselves. Each year, we have student-athletes join the student affairs staff and attend leadership development retreats. They bring their determination and creativity to the classroom and common spaces, constantly pressing all of those around them to reach for and meet a higher standard.

When I attend a Chatham athletics event, I do so with pride. The women, and soon the men, on the court and on the field are some of the same students working to make a true difference on our campus. Based on the passion and leadership that they show, our Division III students athletes are prepared to build a better world as they move to the next phase of their lives.

May 30, 2013
by zwaite

Congratulations CHATHAM Graduates

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It has been an honor, and my pleasure to serve as your Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. One of the most important aspects of being “world ready” is having the innate ability to serve others.  Throughout your time at Chatham we’ve strived to contribute to your growth as a professional and to continue to be an engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learner, and a citizen leader for democracy.   Chatham has provided you with the venue to grow, reflect, experiment, fail, and above all else succeed.  It is with many ups and down that you refine who you seek to be in life in addition to recognizing the civic responsibility we all have to one another and to those we have yet to meet in life.   

Promise me that you will rise to the challenge of serving and the art of saying thank you. Do this…not for me…but for yourselves.


Please allow me to start – thank you for enriching my life and Chatham University.  The reason I love my job is because of students like you. I cannot begin to thank you enough for the academic vigor and excellence that you have added as a member of this very fine institution. In your very own way, each and every one of you have made Chatham a better place …you have played a critical role in the life and energy of the place we all call Chatham. Today, I honor you … today I say THANK YOU.  Chatham University is proud to have you as alumnae and look forward to all of the amazing things you will do in your life.  Stay in touch and remember to visit us as often as you can.  Finally, do keep the art of giving alive.

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Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.

April 23, 2013
by zwaite

Doing Kindness for Katie

Doing Kindness for Katie

Written by Leiba Estrin and Sara Weinstein

To contact Leiba and Sara please email


What do you do after the untimely death of a fellow student?

Katie Walters was a friend to many.  She was 20 years old, and a woman of convictions. She was both serious and spontaneous. She liked to have fun.  No one could forget her beautiful smile.  As one friend commented, “When you were with her, she had an incredible ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world.”


What do you do when a friend passes away?

“To everything there is a season

A time to live, a time to die…”

To everything there is a purpose under Heaven.”


We may never know the purpose of her death.  But we can learn from the purpose of her life.  Katie noticed others.  Everyone agrees that Katie was very kind.  As Esther L. Barazzone, the President of Chatham University, said at the recent Memorial Service for Katie,  “In Katie’s memory, stop and do an act of kindness for someone.  It may be the hardest thing to do.  It may also be the most important thing to do!”

Chabad on Chatham has chosen to do two special programs in Katie’s memory for Chatham students.

“Slips of Kindness” was a simple, but far-reaching idea to empower more people to do acts of kindness on campus.  On Tuesday, April 16, members of Chabad on Chatham gave out bags including a chocolate chip cookie and a slip of kindness.  These slips of paper each suggested a single act of kindness to do that day.  Examples included:download (4)

–         Call a friend to say hi today.

–         Smile at someone walking past you to brighten his/her day.

–         Thank a cashier who you encounter today.

–         Take time to listen to someone and be empathetic to their feelings.

–         Go out of your way to do something nice for

–         Take time to notice a friend.

–         Give charity to your favorite cause.

Students were really happy with the opportunity to be a part of this simple but meaningful activity.

The second program planned in Katie’s memory will take place on May 1st in the Mellon Living Room.  Called, An Evening with Leah Herman: A Jewish Feminist Perspective,” this program will bring together friends of Katie’s and hopefully, students from all backgrounds for an uplifting and inspiring perspective of womanhood.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

“As painful as Katie’s loss is, “ Chabad Student President, Leiba Estrin, asserts, “Chabad on Chatham will strive to do more acts of kindness for Katie.”   Pass it along.  It may be the hardest thing to do, but it may be the most important thing you CAN do!



March 19, 2013
by zwaite

What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. -William Shakespeare

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“Mommy!  Why are there so many kids named Emma?”  my eleven year daughter, Emma asked.

My answer, “I think a lot of parents like the name “Emma” plus Rachel on the sitcom Friends named her daughter Emma a month after you were born causing many Rachel fans to name their daughter Emma. I decided to find out how popular the name “Emma” is. A quick Internet search confirmed its popularity: also found out that ‘Emma” is originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element “emen” which means “whole” or “Universal.” I have to admit that I became interested in the topic of names because of my daughter’s constant questioning about her name plus a recent experience that I will remember fondly for many years to come.

I share today in honor of Emma and how proud I am of her. My hope is she will continue to enjoy working hard and giving her best in all of her endeavors regardless of the outcome . . .  the way she strived to win a basketball championship a month ago. Emma3The weekend before the championship, Emma and I went to an office supply store as I wanted to make some posters for the team. While waiting for me, Emma tried out pens by writing the following . . .

“This is Emma. I would like to share something with you as I wait for my mommy to decide on the boards and markers she wants buy to make posters for my basketball teammates. Last year, my basketball team lost the city 4th and 5th graders championship. For an entire year my teammates and I have been focused on one primary vision: to bring the championship to Colfax Elementary School this year. So far, we are undefeated and if everything goes as planned, we will be the city champions. What I have learned from this  experience is that it truly takes a team to put together an undefeated season. Every one of my teammates bring something unique to the court  which when put together has helped us be victorious each game. Our first win was followed by our second win, and so on and so on. We realized  that it was going to be a long and challenging season but we never gave up as every single one of us was focused on the vision we set for ourselves  after we walked off the court last year in second place. Although I am excited and we are now in the championship, the reality is that I know we  could lose. We will be very sad and disappointed but for now all I know is we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t because all of us made a  pack to win the championship a year ago.”

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Emma’s note was written a week before the championship game. Today, a month after the game, we know the outcome. Emma’s team lost the championship.

After waiting all year for this day . . . February 16, 2013 was a sad day. There were lots of tears. The opposing team led by 10 points before Colfax could score. Although the teams tied at 17 towards the end, Colfax could not end the game with a win. For a while, Emma blamed herself for letting the team down as she missed lay-ups, jump shots and foul shots. As a mom, I just could not say anything to make her feel okay (which is the worst feeling ever) so I let her be sad. At one point when she was still sobbing, I said, what can I do to make you feel better . . .  shut up? And she smiled through her tears and nodded her head.

The school’s basketball season is over and Emma is over the loss of the championship. What is not over for Emma is regular basketball practice at the community center, on the court at a nearby park and the basketball stand in our driveway. What is not over is Emma’s passion for basketball. What is not over is Emma’s zeal and commitment to prepare herself for another championship.

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Emma is truly not just a name . . . Emma understands disappointments and the sacrifices needed to excel . . .  Emma knows how to use loses to spur on for excellence . . . Emma is growing to be a whole and well balanced young woman . . . I am so proud of my Emma. Thank you for enriching my life.Group 02 14 2013a   Group 02 16 2013

November 18, 2012
by zwaite

Most collectors collect tangibles. As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink. ~Terri Guillemets

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I have to admit I love quotations. The above speaks directly to why I value them so much – reading quotes have made me laugh, feel, imagine and exclaimed in wonderment the wisdom of the creators. Most of all, I love quotes as they give me the best life lessons – I am inspired and motivated when I read great quotes. I use quotes to guide me and I know I have learned so much from these authors of life and love. Hence, I have decided to share the list of my favorite quotes in this blog . . . my hope is you will have this similar sentiments upon reading them, “We love quotations; they strengthen us in our own belief; they show that some other spirit, perhaps a master-spirit, has gone thus far with us: to such we cling as the ivy to the oak.” ~S.J.W., “On Female Education,” in The Christian Teacher (National Review), 1835. A word of advice – this is not a blog you should review in one sitting – take your time, relax and review a portion and return


If we take people as we find them, we may make them worse, but if we treat them as though they are what they should be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Great women are not considered so because of personal achievements, but for the effect their efforts have had on the lives of countless others. From daring feats of bravery to the understated ways of a compassionate heart, great women possess a common strength of character. Through their passion and persistence, they have advanced womanhood and the world. ~ Peggy Anderson

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours. ~Swedish Proverb

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. ~ Erma Bombeck

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily! ~Zig Ziglar

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” ~ Abraham Maslow

From this moment forward…I stop the blame game and excuses. I am responsible for my life and for where I am today. I cannot blame the people and circumstances in my past, and I refuse to hide behind my past mistakes. ~Lance Wubbels

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

   nothing is EVER just going to be handed to you...

Only you can make you happy. ~Aaron “Marty” Martinson

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. ~Bill Cosby

There are only three things you need to let go of: judging, controlling, and being right. Release these three and you will have the whole mind and twinkly heart of a child.   ~Hugh Prather

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~ Vincent van Gogh

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  ~ Edith Wharton

Love your enemy. It will drive him nuts. ~ Eleanor Doan

When you practice self-discipline and willpower in the acceptance of responsibility, you take complete control of your thoughts and feelings, and become a more effective, happy and positive person in everything you do. ~ Brian Tracy

The true measure of your character is what you would do if you were sure no one would ever find out. ~ John C. Maxwell

Work not to just make money but as a way to implement our highest ideals for living consciously, communally, and globally. ~Matthew Gilbert

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time with a tremendous whack. ~ Winston Churchill

If I were given the opportunity to give a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. ~ Charles Schulz

We are as happy as we make up our minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Knowing your peace of mind is up to you, not the world, is the most powerful and secure state of mind you can achieve. ~ Lee Jampolsky

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform cease to exist.  ~ Mary Kay Ash

Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning. ~ Warren Bennis

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~ Marlene Dietrich

A culture of accountability makes a good organization great and a great organization unstoppable. ~Henry J. Evans

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There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the Next Level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline. ~Andrew S. Grove

Success doesn’t come to you — you go to it. ~Marva Collins

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~Nelson Mandela

Learning how to “connect” with people remotely and get results from a distance is your key to virtual leadership success. ~Debra A. Dinnocenzo

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~Michael Altshuler

The Optimist says: “The Glass is Half Full.” The Pessimist says: “The Glass is Half Empty.” The Bureaucrat says: “What we need are 5 glasses, 1/10th the size.” The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat says: “Where’s my damned Bourbon?

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. ~Dale Carnegie

The responsibility for maintaining good performance is the employee’s, not the manager’s. The manager’s job is to point out the discrepancy – the employee’s job is to fix it. ~Paul Sims

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When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are. ~R. H. Grant

There is only one you . . . don’t you dare change just because you’re out numbered ~Charles Swindoll

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Say little, and love much, give all, judge no man, aspire to all that is pure and good  ~White Eagle

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. And never doubt that a small group of students can make the world a more just and humane place. Indeed, they already have. — Margaret Mead

Live boldly. Laugh loudly. Love truly. — Mary Anne Radmacher

It is good to appreciate that life is now. Whatever it offers, little or much, life is now – this day – this hour. — Charles Macomb Flandrau

My mom always taught me that the true test of your character is how you react when things are going badly. — Mary Anne Radmacher





The game of business is very much like the game of tennis. Those who fail to master the basics of serving well, usually lose. — Unknown

We can’t do really big things every day. If we’re really serious about walking the talk all the time, we have to focus on the small stuff. Let the journey begin. –Eric Harvey & Al Lucia

The best executive is the one who has enough sense to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  — Theodore Roosevelt

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.  — Arnold H. Glasgow

Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.  — Anthony J. D’Angelo

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.  — Norman Vincent Peale

Never ignore a gut feeling, but also never believe that it’s enough.  — Robert Heller (adaptation)

To become a courageous leader, you must realize that accepting responsibility is not optional – it’s mandatory. — David Cottrell

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.  — John D. Rockefeller

Every now and then go away…for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.  — Leonardo da Vinci

When you sacrifice your integrity, you erode your most precious leadership possession.  — David Cottrell

It’s tempting to sit and wait for life to come to you. But it can’t, it’s too busy. Life is out there. You have to go for it.  — Harry Beckwith

You can have anything you want


in life if you just help enough other people get what they want. ~Zig Ziglar









Whether you realize it or not, you have the power to be successful by helping others succeed.  — David Cottrell

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.  — Carl Jung

Step out of your comfort zone once more each week and create over 50 additional opportunities for excitement, challenge and possibility each year. This is what life’s about.  — Sam Parker

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.  — Samuel Johnson

I pay attention to what my elves (and others) feel. Perceptions are realities for those that hold them…and I must deal with those realities in order to lead effectively.    – Santa Claus

You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.   — Joe E. Louis

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded. ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley

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