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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

August 24, 2015
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Returning Students E-News, August 2015

RETURNING STUDENT E-NEWS – 2015 Aug. /Sept.

“Returning Students E-News” is an undertaking from the Office of Student Affairs with assistance from other campus offices and departments. This year’s edition is jam-packed with information and updates as we enter a year of firsts – from our new mission statement to the restructuring of the three academic schools, the newly renovated Carriage House and a new community of students made of the incoming new and transfer students and YOU. We hope you’ll be excited to see our continued dedication to Chatham’s rich legacy even as changes are made to support the growing student body and institution.

Enjoy getting updated and wishing you all the BEST!

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Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.

ChathamUNIVERSITY

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)

www.chatham.edu

 

 

 

CONTENTS:

Building Toward a Better You

Presidential Transition

True to Our Roots

New Program: BONNER LEADERS

Chatham Undergraduate Student Government (CSG)

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

A History of Women’s Leadership

Enrollment Update

Chatham Athletics: Lead On, Be First

Campus Living

Eden Hall Campus

Campus Beautification and Service Relocation

Carriage House Student Center

Campus Map

Shuttle Schedule

Traditions

NEW !!! –  Purple Power Fridays & 140 Things To Do Before You Graduate

Two Campuses, Three Locations; Here to Support YOU

Reminders: Key Rules and Regulations and Important Dates and Deadlines

Twitter and Instagram Trivia

Final Updates from the Office of Student Affairs

 

Building Toward a Better You

Following the unveiling of our new mission statement this past March, the University has been developing effective ways for you to maximize your Chatham experience.

 Mission Statement

Chatham University prepares women and men to be world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work.

In addition to appropriate professional skills and liberal arts learning, Chatham believes that world readiness means being an informed and engaged citizen in one’s communities; recognizing and respecting diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and living sustainably on the planet.

 With these in mind, Chatham’s academic programs have been restructured into three schools:

: School of Arts, Science, and Business, overseen by Dean Darlene Motley dmotley@chatham.edu

412-365-2467.

: School of Health Sciences, overseen by Dean Patricia Downey downey@chatham.edu 412-365-

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: Falk School of Sustainability, overseen by Dean Peter Walker pwalker@chatham.edu, 412-365-2705.

The Chatham Plan for Undergraduate Education, which goes into effect this fall for first-year students and eligible returning sophomores, will also aid in students professional development.

 Presidential Transition

On June 3, President Esther Barazzone announced that she will be retiring in June of 2016. As sad as we will be to see Dr. Barazzone leave after nearly 25 years of contributing to Chatham’s growth and excellence, we look forward to finding a new president who can lead Chatham forward while still respecting the institution’s storied history. More information about this transition can be found at: http://chatham.edu/barazzone2016/

True to Our Roots

Don’t forget that Chatham returned to our original university color of PURPLE this past May! The Office of Marketing and Communications said it best: “It’s one very visible way in which we will honor our past, and connect it to the future women and men who will extend the long purple line from 1869, as bold and bright as they are.”

You’ll have a ton of opportunities to get new purple Chatham swag – come to Opening Convocation for your first chance at a purple Chatham t-shirt or check out Purple Power Fridays (scroll down)!

New Program: BONNER LEADERS!

The Bonner Leaders program is a nationally recognized service leadership program that provides students with the opportunity to create meaningful impact on the local community during their time at Chatham.  Students serve at a local non-profit for the duration of their undergraduate experience at Chatham.  While in the program, students earn their federal work study money. For more information, contact Emily Fidago, Coordinator of Student Activities (efidago@chatham.edu, 412-365-1527).

Meet the Chatham Undergraduate Student Government (CSG)

CSG Executive Board

Sarah Jugovic, Executive President                                     Meg Scanlon, Executive Vice President

Nora Moorefield, Vice President of Finance                       Allison Albitz, Vice President of Communications

Hunter Milroy , 2016 Class President                                 Jacquelyn Stanfield, 2017 Class President

Bethany Bookout, 2018 Class President                            To Be Elected, 2019 Class President

 

 CSG Senators

Heathir McIntyre, 2016 Class Vice President

VACANT, 2016 Class Secretary/Treasurer

Phoebe Armstrong, 2016 Class Representative

Chloe Bell, 2016 Class Representative

Natalie Sulava, 2016 Class Representative

 

Tahmina Tursonzadah, 2017 Class Vice President

Alice Shy, 2017 Class Secretary/Treasurer

Heather Catley, 2017 Class Representative

Maryann Fix, 2017 Class Representative

Maraena Testa, 2017 Class Representative

 

Odera Igwe, 2018 Class Vice President

Tessa Weber, 2018 Class Secretary / Treasurer

Teri Bradford, 2018 Class Representative

Katelyn Gularski, 2018 Class Representative

Kaitlyn Shirey, 2018 Class Representative

Graduate Students

Be a part of  Opening Convocation @ 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by the Global Focus Picnic on the Quad featuring the Year of Climate Change! Families and friends are welcome!

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Meetings: The purpose of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is to improve graduate student life at Chatham University. Each program has two representatives whose purpose is to advocate for what Grad Students need and want. GSA meets the first Tuesday of every month; please contact Dean of Students, Zauyah Waite, zwaite@chatham.edu if you are interested in being a part of GSA.

A History of Women’s Leadership

Chatham University Women’s Institute

Chatham’s historic commitment to women’s leadership is as strong as ever – evidenced by all of the great things to come from the Women’s Institute, which will now oversee the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Chatham is excited to work with new Director of the Women’s Institute, Dr. Jessie Ramey, who will be a key campus partner in this initiative.

The mission of Chatham University’s new Women’s Institute is to help overcome and eradicate the social inequalities facing women, and to advance women’s excellence through education, research and outreach in areas of modern-day social concerns. Launched over the summer with the arrival of inaugural Director, Dr. Jessie Ramey, the Institute will continue Chatham’s 145-year commitment to advancing the causes of women and gender equity. Serving as an umbrella to draw together our two centers of excellence – the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the PA Center for Women and Politics – the Women’s Institute will be working across campus and into the broader community, with a particular emphasis on students. So what’s in it for you?

Get funding! The Women’s Institute is the new home for the Hollander Student Award and will provide opportunities for recipients of the Heffer Family Scholarship. Both programs focus on outstanding undergraduate women. The Institute will also be offering funds, open to all students, to support research and creative projects as well as conference presentation grants. And we will be co-sponsoring lots of programs, talks, films, and artists on campus: if you have an event idea and would like some support, please come talk to us.

 Get a degree or take a class! The Women’s Institute is developing a new certificate program in leadership as well as exciting new classes. We will be supporting women’s empowerment and leadership across the curriculum (look for a guest appearance in the new ENG 105 course!) and are working closely with the Women’s and Gender Studies program, where Dr. Ramey has a faculty appointment and will be teaching.

Get housing! This year students have the opportunity to live in the new Women’s Leadership Living Learning Community (LLC). Located in Fickes, the LLC will host a series of programs open to all students.

Get involved! As a Chatham student, you also have special access to the programs of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the PA Center for Women and Politics. And you are invited to come hang out at the Institute on Friday afternoons with faculty, staff, alumni, and community members for tea, coffee, and conversation about current gender events.

Get out there! Got an idea for an internship? Want to get engaged in the community? The Women’s Institute will be working closely with Career Development to support students. We will also be facilitating easier access to information about women’s and gender events in our region to help you get out there and take full advantage of your time here as a student.

Get in touch! The Women’s Institute is for you and we want to hear from you. Please feel free to stop by (Braun Hall, 2nd floor) or email Dr. Ramey (jramey@chatham.edu).

 

 

Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Mission: “To increase women’s influence and leadership in public life in Pennsylvania and improve the quality of women’s lives by providing them with educational and training opportunities in politics and public policy.”

We are excited to announce a new PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) program in Washington, DC: “Women, Business, and Policy” October 1-3rd. The deadline to apply for a PCWP scholarship is September 8th. Please contact us at: pcwp@chatham.edu

You can join us at our first program, “Women in Advocacy and Action,” on September 16th in the Mellon Board Room from 6-8:30pm for a wine and cheese reception and meet women who are working as advocates in the community. Registration is available on my.chatham.edu

For more information about all of our program, please visit our website: www.pcwp.org or stop by our office on the 2nd Floor of Braun Hall.

Enrollment Update

We will welcome 332 new undergraduate and 526 new graduate students this week. Of the incoming students, over 25% are men. We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome the new students and celebrate Chatham’s growing population!

Lead On, Be First: Chatham Athletics

Chatham is excited to cheer on our Cougars – both our women’s teams as they LEAD ON and our men’s teams who will BE FIRST in the next generation of Chatham Athletics. Three sports will start their seasons this fall – Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Women’s and Men’s Cross Country. You can find their schedules on the Athletics website.

Athletics is also proud to welcome the following new staff members to campus:

  • Leonard Trevino, Director of Athletics
  • Brian Urso, Assistant Director of Athletics
  • Laura Dillaman, Head Athletic Trainer

Campus Living

Returning to Campus

Saturday, August 29

The opening for returning students is August 29th.  Early arrivals are not allowed unless you are a member of an organization or sports team that is required to return early. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 412-365-1518.  Below is specific information on when and how to pick up your key.

 

Returning Student Move-In

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Residence Life Office — Woodland Hall (Across from IT Help Desk)

There are MANDATORY Residence Hall meetings on SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th beginning at 1:30 p.m. in your residence halls and the All Residence Hall meeting at 2:15 p.m. in the AFC.  Everyone is expected to attend for important announcements and information!  After the All Residence Hall meeting, students will proceed to Class Meetings and Opening Convocation!

 

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, August 30:

  • Class Meetings, Opening Convocation, & Global Focus Picnic
  • Class Meeting (3 p.m., AFC): Join your class to kickoff the year! Start planning class activities and/or plotting for Battle of the Classes.  Wear your class t-shirt or receive a new one at the meeting for your official class photo!
  • Opening Convocation (4 p.m., Chapel): Don’t miss the official opening of the academic year! Connect with faculty, staff and friends.
  • Global Focus Picnic (5 p.m., Quad): Join us as we kick of the Year of Climate Change with delicious food and activities.

 

COMMUNITY HALL NIGHT – Monday, August 31:

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

 

 

The Residence Life staff for this year includes:

Chatham Apartments

GRD   Chelsey Coudriet

RA      Sarah Weinschenker

RA      Tahmina Tursonzadah

RA      Lauren Brown

RA      Tiffany Schmitt

RA      Emma Marik

RA      Marisa Rosner

 

 

Fickes Hall

GRD   Alexa Frankovitch

RA      Odera Aquilla Igwe

RA      Maura Creighton

RA      Iman Morgan

RA      Kelly Nestman (Women’s LLC)

RA      Alice Shy

RA      Krista Arena

 

Laughlin House & Rea House

GRD   Rachael Dymski

GRA   Tyler Earley (Environmental LLC)

SRA    Brianna Young (Environmental LLC)

RA      Olivia Bauer (Environmental LLC)

RA      Nora Moorefield (Global LLC)

RA       Phoebe Armstrong (Global LLC)

 

 

Woodland Hall

GRD   Kaitlyn Bonzo

GRA   Avery Walker

SRA    Kaylee LaPosta

RA      Teri Bradford

RA      Penelope Smith

RA      Christina Austin

RA      Saron Belay

 

Introducing the newest members of Residence Life & Student Activities:

Jarrod Kinkley, Coordinator of Residence Life            GRD Catherine Giles

Chatham will have students living on the Eden Hall Campus for the first time beginning with the 2015-16 Academic Year! Please join us in welcoming the new Eden Hall staff as we officially open Orchard Hall, the most recent addition to the Chatham Residential Community.

Eden Hall Campus

Speaking of the Eden Hall Campus, we are building a brand new website that will give you the story of new developments there – from the opening of Orchard Hall to the status of various university resources on the campus! The site is currently live and will continue to be updated here. Be on the lookout for activities taking place on the Eden Hall Campus.

Campus Beautification & Service Relocation

To keep you up to speed, here’s a list of just a few of the projects we worked on this summer:

  • The Office of Student Affairs has moved to Woodland Hall and is now located next to Residence Life and the IT Help Desk.
  • The Bookstore has moved to the ground floor of Woodland Hall.
  • The Office of Career Development now occupies the first floor of Dilworth Hall. The Office of Career Development will harness the new Chatham Undergraduate Education Plan by spearheading the Chatham Plan Professional Edge to provide opportunities for professional growth. Visit the new Career Development Center on the first floor of Dilworth Hall to learn more about how programs from the office will assist you in building key skills and competencies – from Student Employment to the Career Pathways Speaker Series and other career preparation opportunities.
  • The Falk School of Sustainability is now at home on the Eden Hall Campus.
  • Chatham’s Post Office can be found on the ground floor of Mellon Center, just below Anderson Dining Hall.
  • Not to mention – Anderson Dining Hall has a sleek new look and expanded seating in the PCW Room (which also features a brand-new flat-screen TV).
  • The Athletics office suite has expanded to house the department’s growing staff.
  • The Carriage House Student Center boasts a beautiful new patio, thanks to the Class of 2015 plus expanded student lounges, activities space and game stations and eventually a rotating student art exhibition.
  • A glass door has been installed between Café Rachel and the Art Gallery to allow for beautiful views and easier access to event space.
  • The Jennie King Mellon Library steps have been refurbished and the roof of Mellon Center has been updated.

Carriage House Student Center

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Carriage House Student Center, a full day of programming on Thursday, September 10! The new space has tons of room for student activities, meeting, lounging, and having fun. It will feature a 85”-screen TV and, soon, a smoothie bar. The center will be open to students from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the weekends.

The Division of Student Affairs is also happy to welcome our new Associate Director of Student Activities and Residence Life, Stephanie Alvarez-Poe!

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.

 Traditions

We’re so excited for our current students to return and build on our strong foundation of traditions. Be sure not to miss the following events to plan your involvement in traditions this semester:

  • Residence Hall/Apartment Floor Gatherings: Various Halls; Sunday, August 30; 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Commuter Student Meeting: Carriage House Student Center; Sunday, August 30; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Class Meetings & Photos: AFC; Sunday, August 30; 3:00-3:45 p.m.
  • And our first tradition of the semester, Opening Convocation: Campbell Memorial Chapel; Sunday, August 30; 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Followed by the Global Focus Picnic on the Quad featuring the Year of Climate Change!

 

And join the Office of Alumni Relations in welcoming the newest members of the Chatham community, the Class of 2019, at Student Alumni Association’s first traditional event of the academic year… Ice Cream Social (Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Anderson Dining Hall). This summer, the campus community bid a hearty welcome to Kevin Fortwendel, the new Vice President of University Advancement.

New!!! – Purple Power Fridays & 140 Things To Do Before YOU Graduate

We’ve got two new ways for you to be a part of the Chatham community

  • Purple Power Fridays: On the hunt for more Chatham swag? Come to the Office of Student Affairs to exchange a non-Chatham t-shirt for a new Purple Power shirt! You’ll get to support the Chatham Cougars and the clothing you turn in will be donated to Goodwill.
  •  140 Things to Do at Chatham: Updated to a new, interactive experience, the 140 Things to Do list is now available for pick up in the Office of Student Affairs. Come get your own to check items off and have a chance to win some great prizes! Completing 35 activities will win you a Chatham sweatshirt; 70: a Chatham blanket; 105: a Chatham bookstore basket including apparel, drinkware, and supplies; and 140: $75 Cougar Dollars added to your student account!

Two Campuses, Three Locations; Here to Support YOU

Student Accounts

Let us help you manage your student account along with the help of new Director of Student Accounts, Julie Bechtold! Up until this summer, Julie served Chatham as Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

View all daily transactions for your student account online by accessing the CampusVue Student Portal at my.chatham.edu and selecting the Portal tab on the upper right-hand side of the page. Log in using the Student Portal Homepage. Select the “My Student Account” tab to make a payment or view your account online. To see a specific term use the “Registration “Bill” tab.

 To Do List

  •  Pay Balance or Enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan by the Payment Due Date:
  •  Register for Electronic Student Refunds:
    • Student refunds are issued within 7-14 days after your students account develops a credit balance. Refunds are processed electronically through Education Computer Systems, Inc (ECSI) and deposited directly into your bank account.
    • Please go to ecsi.net/gateway/cu-erefund.html to register.
  •  Fulfill Student Health Insurance Requirement by Making Your Online Election:
  • Complete the online enrollment or waiver by September 8, 2015.
  • The University requires that all full-time students, both undergraduate and graduate, carry health insurance coverage. Coverage can be purchased through the University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan or through your own comparable health insurance plan. The University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost. The open enrollment/waiver period takes place at the start of each academic year and closes with the add/drop deadline. The premium is billed directly to your student account and split between the Fall and Spring semesters. A credit will be posted upon completion of the online waiver. More information is available through the “Student Health Insurance” link located on the myChatham homepage.

 

For additional information please visit the Student Accounts Office webpage:

http://www.chatham.edu/campuslife/services/student_accounts.cfm

 

 

Financial Aid

Welcome back to the 2015-16 academic year!

 

If you have not completed your 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there is still time to complete the application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have already completed your FAFSA, you should have received your Financial Aid Award Letter, sent to your Chatham e-mail account. If you have not received the award letter, or have any questions, concerning the award letter please contact us at 412-365-2781 or at financialaid@chatham.edu.

 

We understand that some families may experience an unexpected change in circumstance, such as a reduction or loss of income, excessive medical expenses, or retirement. Please contact our office to see if these changes may affect your financial aid eligibility. We look forward to working with you this year!

 

 

Jennie King Mellon Library

The JKM Library is excited to welcome Molly Tighe, Archivist and Public Services Librarian. Molly is eager to answer your questions about Chatham history, primary sources, and more.

 

We have also recently added four new databases:

  • Encyclopedia of Social Work is a continuously updated electronic encyclopedia providing detailed articles on a wide array of topics in social work.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text contains materials related to world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 forward.
  • Pronunciator is a language-learning tool that allows you to learn 80 languages, including English for non-native English speakers.
  • Statista provides statistics and infographics in a variety of formats for easy inclusion in presentations, papers, etc.

 

Changes with Library Spaces:

As we mentioned, Career Development has moved to Dilworth. The four offices they vacated on the library’s third floor are being converted into group study rooms, bringing the total up to nine.

 

In addition, the 24/7 study space will be expanded into the large computer lab (lab 101) throughout the academic year. This gives you access to four printers, three computer labs, and a room with study space during the hours the library is closed. Eddy will remain unlocked for access to restrooms during these times.

 

Ask a Librarian!

And don’t forget, the JKM Librarians are available to help you with all your research needs!  Don’t know who to contact?  Check out the library staff directory or contact the Reference Desk by phone at 412-365-1670, text at 724-919-4645, or email at reference@chatham.edu. You can also chat with a librarian using the Ask a Librarian box on the library website.

 

 

PACE Center

Sad and exciting news for the fall of 2015! After 23 years of service to Chatham University, Janet James has retired! However, Cindy Kerr is now the Director of Disability Support Services & PACE Center and looking forward to working with you.

 

New staff member Shannon Brenner will join the PACE team on September 1st as the Coordinator, PACE Center & Disability Support Services. She will be here to assist you with all PACE Center services.

 

Kathy Perrone will be returning as our Writing Specialist. You can sign up for an appointment right outside her office door (308 JKM Library or KP0210@chatham.edu).

 

Barb Sahlaney returns as our Academic Counselor.  Feel free to email her to set up a weekly appointment or appointments as needed throughout the semester (bsahlaney@chatham.edu). Her office is located on the third floor of the JKM Library—room 307.

 

As a refresher, here are some services that the PACE Center provides:

  • TUTORING AND SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION

Tutoring services are provided free of charge and available for most courses at Chatham University. Just drop by the PACE Center or log on to your my.chatham account and fill out the “Request for Tutoring” form on my documents & forms. Supplemental Instruction is available for the more challenging courses including Biology and Chemistry. The instructors of these courses will make sure you have the information regarding times and locations of the Supplemental Instruction sessions.

  • WRITING ASSISTANCE

If you are in need of writing support, stop by to sign up with a graduate writing mentor or with Kathy Perrone, our Writing Specialist. They will work with you on any stage of your writing – from brainstorming a topic to editing a final paper.

  • ACADEMIC SKILLS

Facing some difficult academic issues such as managing your time or issues with procrastination? Stop by and make an appointment to meet with Barb, our academic counselor. She will teach you strategies for adjusting your study skills to meet college demands.

  • DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

If you have a disability and need academic accommodations, please see Cindy Kerr (room 305 in the JKM Library). Cindy will work with you to determine what your needs are and help put accommodations into place.

 

Not quite sure what you might be in need of? Stop by and chat with any PACE Center staff member! We are located on the third floor of the library – our phone number is 412-365-1523 or send us an email at pace@chatham.edu.

Reminders: Key Rules and Regulations, Important Dates and Deadlines

Don’t forget the following key dates! You can find these and more in your Student Planner.

  • Monday, August 31: First day of classes
  • Tuesday, September 8: Add/drop period ends
  • Tues-Fri, November 3-13: Registration for spring, Maymester, and summer 2016

Twitter and Instagram Trivia

Twitter and Instagram Twitter begins now… Follow Dean Waite at @zwaite and share the Global Focus theme for Academic Year 2015 – 2016. 6 winners will enjoy a $25 Chatham bookstore gift card!

Final Updates

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 osa@chatham.edu or stop by the Office of Student Affairs in the Carriage House.  We encourage you to stop by early to get acquainted with our staff and let us know of any issues you may have.

 

This summer, we said goodbye to Hallie Arena after many years in the Chatham community as she accepted a new position at the University of Pittsburgh. On a happier note, we will welcome a new Assistant Dean of Students next week, Mary Utter!

 

Many of the Student Affairs staff has been assigned to serve as a liaison between particular student groups and the University in an effort to reach out and serve these students in the best way possible through regular communication and targeted programming and events.  If students have any questions or need more information, the following are the staff contacts for each group:

Student-Athletes – Leonard Trevino, ltrevino@chatham.edu

Commuters – Emily Fidago, efidago@chatham.edu

Out of State – Stephanie Alvarez-Poe, salvarez@chatham.edu

Transfer – Mary Utter, mutter@chatham.edu

Gateway– Kimberlee Small, smcgreevey@chatham.edu

Graduate – Mary Utter, mutter@chatham.edu

International – Mary Utter, mutter@chatham.edu

Resident Students – Heather Black, hblack@chatham.edu

Students of Color – Kimberlee Small, ksmall@chatham.edu

Student Veterans – Stephanie Alvarez-Poe, salvarez@chatham.edu

Students with Families – Kimberlee Small, ksmall@chatham.edu

 

 

WELCOME BAGS

Be sure to pick up your welcome bag from one of the Welcome Booths located throughout campus on Monday, August 31st. Welcome Bags include a Student Planner, Student Activities Calendar and other goodies! Peruse the calendar and mark events that you would like to attend now! Remember – you could get a Purple Power tee if you turn in a non-Chatham t-shirt at the Welcome Booth you visit.

 

 

Office of Student Activities

Don’t miss out on Welcome Week events! Attend the Student Activities Involvement Fair featuring the Student-Athlete Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m. to connect with student organizations, campus departments, and meet your Cougar Student-Athletes. Check your student activities calendar and myChatham for all the co-curricular activities happening this fall!

 

The Student Organization Retreat will be on Friday, September 18 at 4 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to choose sessions that will help their organization and participate in the first Student Organization Forum.  All student organizations must have one attendee, but organizations are able to send multiple students. Students looking to get involved are also encouraged to attend.  Register on myChatham!

 

SAVE THE DATES

Intramural Kick-off: Bongo Ball

Thursday, September 3 * 4:00 p.m., Quad

Movie Under the Stars: Pitch Perfect 2 & Jurassic World

Saturday, September 12 * 8:30 p.m., Quad

Laser Tag on the Quad

Thursday, September 17 * 7 p.m., Quad

Battle of the Classes

Sunday, September 27 – Friday, October 2

Talent Show hosted by Comedian Phoebe Robinson

Friday, October 23 * 7:00 p.m., AFC

June 10, 2015
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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
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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
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Doing Kindness for Katie

Doing Kindness for Katie

Written by Leiba Estrin and Sara Weinstein

To contact Leiba and Sara please email lestrin@chatham.edu

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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.”

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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.”

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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 someone.download

–         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!

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March 19, 2013
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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:

http://www.behindthename.com/name/emmaCountriesI 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
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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

January 20, 2012
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Q&A

HAPPY 2012!!! My New Year Wish For YOU . . .

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

 I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”   

William Arthur Ward

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Before I start sharing my thoughts on my next topic, let me address  a few comments, questions and requests that I have received via my blog:

1) A MILLION THANKS to all of you who have taken the time to write and tell me how valuable, enjoyable, informational my blog have been for you – please know it is greatly appreciated.

2) Next, here are some answers to your questions:

: Survival Blog – I do not know and will not start a survival blog nor will I be providing survival tips as I am definitely not an expert in this arena.

: If you would like to take part of my blog content for yours, feel free to do so. However, please make sure you reference where you obtained the information – it is extremely critical that you do so.

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: Here’s how you subscribe to my blog:

 

Step Two:         Click on  “Entries” on the blog page. It is located on the top right of the page (just above my headshot)

Step Three:      Depending on the Internet source, the “Entries” page will look different. If using Mozilla Firefox, simply select an option you wish to subscribe from, and click “Subscribe Now.”

If using Microsoft Outlook, the most recent entry should appear in a folder marked “From the Desk of Dean Waite”, beneath the RSS Feeds.

Step Four:        If using Internet Explorer, click on the Link “Subscribe to this feed”, and select in the drop down menu where you would like to subscribe from. Next, click  on the button “Subscribe”.

If using Microsoft Outlook, the most recent entry should appear in a folder marked “From the Desk of Dean Waite”, beneath the RSS Feeds. Click on the button “Subscribe”.

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 If you are using Outlook, a folder, “From the Desk of Dean Waite” should appear below the RSS Feeds.

 

 : The web host I used is wordpress.com.

: No, you may not affiliate link to my host.

: I do not know why my site load so fast but this is how it was developed . . .

This site was developed by Chatham University’s IT department, which privately created the template, as with other Chatham blogs, and chose Word Press as the blogging source. The blog is user friendly, simple, and well managed because it was created by a University department. Usually, whatever Internet browser you are using may affect the overall appearance and how quickly the blog loads.

3) I do appreciate all the comments that I am receiving from my blog – in fact I am blown-away by it. Please know that I do review them once in a while but the numbers and the speed that they are coming in makes it impossible to keep up hence, please do know that I will more likely not respond to the comments. If you truly need a respond please indicate so.

Hang tight – my next blog is on its way, Zauyah.

 

August 4, 2011
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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Okay, I will be the first to admit it.  I have a traveling addiction (in that I really like to travel!).  There are many things a family can commit to doing together. For now, our family has decided that we would like to visit a new country every year. When Jim and I got married, the first countries we visited together were the United Kingdom and France. My oldest brother lives in London. Then, it was July 2002 and our first born, Emma was 5 months old. We traveled together again the following year to my homeland, Malaysia. In May 2005, when our second child, Ian was 9 months old, we packed up and the four of us visited Ireland. My little brother lives in Cork, Ireland. We took a hiatus from traveling overseas and restarted as a family of five last April. By then, Emma was 8, Ian was 6 and our third child, Spencer was 4. We visited Nicaragua. This past July, we traveled back to Malaysia but before heading there we stayed in Hong Kong for a few days.

We like to travel together as a family and believe it is important to expose our children to the amazing world outside of Pittsburgh.  It is a blast to witness our kids’ comments and expressions when they see or hear something new – these precious images will forever be embedded in our memories. To date, all of our trips have been dual purpose trips – we are very fortunate to have family and friends who live around the world. Traveling has also helped us value the United States of America and the freedom our democracy gives us.

Before I end, I want to share one tip on how we are able to make this happen as a family.  It probably comes as no surprise that you need to save and plan in advance as much as possible.  For us, it means giving up on driving a new vehicle every other year or purchasing that flat screen plasma TV.  In the end it is all worth the sacrifice.  We have a long bucket list and can’t wait for our next adventure.

NICARAGUA, April 2010

June 24, 2011
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“It is only through disruptions and confusion that we grow, jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else’s private world with our own.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Imagine for one minute that the U.S. Congress passed a law forbidding women to drive in urban areas. While my husband would be happy (he is not a fan of my driving skills), I am fairly certain that you and most of America would be appalled at such a law. I recently read a couple stories about women in Saudi Arabia not being permitted to drive in Saudi cities:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/middleeast/18saudi.html?ref=women

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/opinion/l16saudi.html?ref=women


Excuse me while I look at my calendar – just want to be certain that it really is 2011. One woman who posted photos of herself driving on Facebook was placed in jail for nine days – NINE DAYS for driving! Others have been harassed by police and shunned by their communities.

When I was growing up in Malaysia I was told from a very early age that I was to become a teacher who was to marry a doctor or lawyer – not to become one! Reading stories like this makes me step back and reflect upon just how fortunate we are to live in the United States of America, a country where basic human rights are valued and protected. I realize the fact that a glass ceiling still exists but it is really amazing how far women’s rights have advanced in the past century. We really owe a great deal of homage to all of the generations of women who came before us to fight for our rights. Looking back helps to motivate me to look ahead. I often ask myself what can I do to make the world a better place for my children and future grandkids.

Societies, like much of humanity dislike change. The first challengers of unfair laws will almost always go to jail or be punished by those in power. Picture Susan B. Anthony for women’s suffrage or Rosa Parks for riding in front of the bus plus countless others. Those who disagree feel that by trying to put these women leaders in jail or punishing them, they can stop a movement. But once people see that someone is willing to stick their necks out, they will follow. The women who dared to drive have decided that it’s worth going to jail to get the movement started, so that ultimately their daughters will get to drive.

A lot of our freedoms and rights that we enjoy today are the results of those who dared to challenge. Hard to imagine that something as simple as driving will land a woman in jail. In the future when the women of Saudi Arabia are driving their own cars, they can thank their mothers, aunts, grandmothers who went to jail for challenging an unjust law.

Life is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes we need not take for granted the freedoms that we do have and appreciate the fact that we live in a democracy that values women. This does not mean we can rest on our laurels – we still have work to do. Let’s use progress to motivate us. Next time you start to feel depressed do me a favor…pick up the keys and go for a drive.

“Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.”- Susan B. Anthony

Pictures from: Silvija Seres, 12 April 2002; http://www.silvija.net/2002SaudiMay/medain.html; http://www.traveljournals.net/pictures/153259.html;(FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images);http://www.newint.org/features/2009/10/01/different-voices/;Wikipedia:publicdomain;Wikipedia:public domain

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