Cooking Lesson: Tacos! (American-style)

Cooking with Kate!

On Tuesday June 7, Kate provided a cooking lesson to our summer English Language Program students. Students were able to vote in advance on what dish (American cuisine) they wished to learn to make. For this lesson the top choice was: Tacos!


During the lesson students learned about the difference between traditional Mexican tacos, and the American counterpart.

We began with making our own guacamole (recipe below); before putting together our tacos. Students were able to personalize their taco and try different types. At the end of the lesson, students took home taco kits to make their own at home!

Guacamole recipe:

Ingredients:

  •  2-3 ripe Avocados
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Red onion (cut in small pieces)
  • Tomato (cur in small pieces
  • 1 lime, cut in half and juice ½ into mix.
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Jalapeno (optional)

Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out avocado with a spoon and mash in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, and salt. (add cilantro and Jalapeno if you wish). Chill and serve!

Taco (American) recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef; or 1 lb chicken, cut to bite sized pieces.
  • 2/3 cup water (150ml)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning mix
  • Hard shell tacos or soft tortillas
  • Toppings
    o Cheddar cheese
    o Onion
    o Tomato
    o Lettuce
    o Sour cream
    o Jalapenos
    o Cilantro

In a skillet, cook beef or chicken over medium-high heat until cooked. Drain extra oil/fat from beef (do not put in sink!).

Once cooked, stir in seasoning mix and water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

If making hard-shell tacos: Remove tacos from packaging and place on cookie sheet, put taco shells in oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit) 5-7 minutes. Remove carefully- they will be hot!

Spoon meat mixture into tacos (hard shell or tortillas) and add the toppings you wish. Enjoy!

Travel with Fulbright!

Are you a Chatham junior, senior, graduate student, or alum interested in a funded opportunity abroad?

Consider applying for the Fulbright US Student Program!

What is the Fulbright Program?

The Fulbright US Student Program funds one year of English teaching assistantship, research, or graduate study abroad. The application for grants for 2023-24 is open now with a deadline of October 12, 2022.

Where Can I Go With a Fulbright?

Applicants will select a grant opportunity in a country in East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Western Hemisphere. Programs may differ in competitiveness based on the number of applicants to a specific grant opportunity.  For more information on individual programs visit the “countries” section of the Fulbright site. Grants are available to conduct research, study in a graduate program, or teach English.

Research grants

Fulbright applicants for research grants design their own projects,  usually alongside advisors at universities abroad or other institutes of higher education. The requirements vary by country and more information can be found on the country information pages. There are also field-specific award opportunitities. Creative and performing arts applicants are encouraged, with supplementary portfolios required based on their disciplines.

Study grants

Applicants may apply to study in a degree program through an Open Study/Research grant. Each country’s information page will indicate if that country accepts applications for graduate enrollment. Several countries offer named Graduate Degree Grants to specific graduate programs or institutions.

Teaching grants

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country.

Eligibility

Applicants must be United States citizens with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent prior to the start of their grant, meaning that students who are seniors, graduate students, or alums at the time of application are eligible to apply. For more information see the eligibility section of the Fulbright website.

While applying for Fulbright can be a long process, Chatham University has resources available to help you strengthen your application.

  • Karin Chipman in the Office of International Affairs is Chatham’s Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA). She is available throughout the application process and has experience helping students in the Fulbright process. Applicants can click here to set up an appointment or reach her by email.
  • Academic Advisors: Your academic advisor and professors are helpful resources for the review of your application. Your application will be strengthened with feedback from multiple perspectives.
  • The Writing Center: The Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) includes a Writing Center. Fulbright applicants are encouraged to meet with the Writing Center when writing and revising their applications. Use the OAAR scheduler to make an appointment.
  • Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors: Applicants may visit the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors page to read about and connect with a diverse group of individuals who have completed their Fulbright grants. The Fulbright Grantee Directory can also be useful to identify returnees who may have similar research, study, or teaching experiences that may relate to an applicant’s proposal.
  • Fulbright webinars, videos, and tutorials: The Fulbright program has a variety of helpful live and recorded resources on its website, including grant and location-specific sessions as well as office hours.

Questions? Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Summer 2022 Events Near Chatham and Pittsburgh

Check out the following list for events coming up this summer around Pittsburgh!

 

Sports Events

· Pittsburgh Pirates: Watch Pittsburgh’s baseball team play at the scenic PNC Park. The Pirates offer discounted tickets for students. Purchase tickets and find more information about the team at https://www.mlb.com/pirates/tickets/single-game-tickets .

· Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Watch soccer games at Highmark Stadium, which overlooks the river. Tickets are relatively cheap. Purchase tickets and find more information about the team at https://www.riverhounds.com/tickets/.

 

Festivals

· 5/14- Pittonkatonk: Pittonkatonk is music without boundaries. Enjoy music in public spaces that belong to everyone, with no stage, no doors, and no right way to express yourself. Free and open to all! http://pittonkatonk.org/

· 5/21-5/22- Shadyside Spring Art Festival on Walnut Street: This weekend art show hosts over 100 fine artists that create original hand-made artwork. Admission is free. https://www.artfestival.com/festivals/2nd-annual-shadysidethe-other-art-festival-walnut-street-craft-marketplace

· 6/3-6/11- Three Rivers Art Festival: An outdoor music and arts festival featuring: live music, performance art, visual art and food. Located downtown, from the first Friday of June for ten days. The best part? It’s free. https://traf.trustarts.org/events

· 6/2-6/4: Pittsburgh Pride: Celebrate PittsburghPRIDE on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. Over 175 vendors and food booths, family friendly crafts and inflatables https://lgbtqpittsburgh.com/

· 7/4 : Independence Day Celebration: Celebrate July 4th with Pittsburgh! Enjoy a family-style picnic at historic Point State Park, complete with patriotic music and food vendors from 6 to 10 pm. The City’s Independence Day fireworks presented by Pyrotecnico will illuminate the skyline beginning at twilight. https://pittsburghpa.gov/july4/

· 7/15-7/24: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: Vintage motor sports car race and 10-day motorsport festival with over 150 vintage racers, and 2,500 show cards. Free. https://www.pvgp.org/

· 8/3-8/5: Three Rivers Regatta: Come to Point State Park and help us honor Pittsburgh’s renowned history, vibrant present and exciting future. With music, boating, food, fireworks and family fun, the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is where the Pittsburgh community comes to celebrate the city we call home and the waterfront we love and depend on. http://yougottaregatta.org/

· 8/8-8/14: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: Visit Pittsburgh restaurants, many of which offer deals and discounts during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! https://pittsburghrestaurantweek.com/

· 8/18-8/21- Bloomfield Little Italy Days: Bring your appetite to the region’s largest heritage festival! Learn more about the Italian-themed entertainment and food. Bloomfield is a short walk from Chatham University, and a great place to visit! http://littleitalydays.com/

· 8/27 – Squirrel Hill Night Market: View the pop-up market place that features local artist’s, while surrounded by the many shops and restaurants that Squirrel Hill has to offer.

· Open Streets Pittsburgh: The last weekends of May, June, and July. Schedule with specific dates & activity hub details will be released soon! Open Streets PGH temporarily closes roads to car traffic, and invites Pittsburghers to reimagine our streets as places for people. Walk, run, bike, skate, roll, dance, and enjoy the road at your own pace. https://openstreetspgh.org/about/

· Cinema in Pittsburgh Parks: Catch great movies under the stars at these free, family-friendly Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park events. The schedule and participating parks will be announced soon. https://pittsburghpa.gov/events/cinema

 

Places/Attractions to visit

· Kennywood theme park: Visit Pittsburgh’s beloved amusement park for rides, games, and food. https://www.kennywood.com/

· The Gateway Clipper: The Gateway Clipper is a great way to see all of Pittsburgh’s beauty. The boat takes you on a tour across Pittsburgh, with the option to eat dinner on the boat as well. https://www.gatewayclipper.com/

· Randyland: Randyland is a vibrant and colorful outside space that is full of handmade art by the owner, Randy. It is free to view, and is open 12-7. https://www.facebook.com/randylandpgh/

· Pittsburgh City Parks Public Pools: Swim in locations such as Schenley and Homewood! For information about openings and hours, visit the link below. https://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-outdoor

 

More ideas

-For more ideas of things to do in the summer in Pittsburgh, check https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/ for updated events and activities each day.

-For info on city parks (Schenley, Frick, Point State Park), go to https://pittsburghparks.org/ .

– For those who enjoy the outdoors and being active, info on Pittsburgh’s Riverfront trails is available at https://friendsoftheriverfront.org/ .

– For bike lovers, bike rentals are available at https://healthyridepgh.com/ .

Enjoy your summer!

Global Focus – Costa Rican Music Playlist

Chatham’s Global Focus program seeks to instill global competence in Chatham students by leading a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year through curriculum, films, lectures, performances, and cuisine.

The program also promotes cross-cultural understanding by forging connections with off-campus international initiatives in the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. 2021-22 is the Year of Costa Rica.

Please enjoy the following playlist from Professor Walter Morales, Coach Accompanist for the Ruud Scholars at Chatham University and Music Director of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.

“As part of my musicological research and work as an advocate of Costa Rican composers, I have created a YouTube Playlist that features my performances as concert pianist and orchestral conductor of Costa Rican Music around the world.  You will find piano music written in the 19th and 20th Century, as well as works by contemporary composers writing for a new generation of performers.

I updated the playlist to open with an excerpt from a faculty voice recital recorded here at Chatham University in 2015, featuring Dr. Kelly Lynch and Prof. Walter Morales.  This video is followed by three Costa Rican Nocturnes recorded in the Welker Room just a few weeks ago as a part of a virtual recital featuring Costa Rican pianists from around the world.”

Global Focus Costa Rica – Reading with Ari Tison Resources

Chatham University’s Global Focus Program seeks to instill global competence in Chatham students by leading a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year through curriculum, films, lectures, performances, and cuisine. 2021-2022 is the Year of Costa Rica.

On March 15, 2022, Chatham’ Global Focus Program had the pleasure of hosting Ari Tison, an award-winning Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of YA hybrid novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) + Untitled YA (TBD) with FSG/BFYR. She is also forthcoming in anthologies including Latine YA anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS with Algonquin Young Readers (2022). Her poetry and essays have been published in various literary journals including POETRY’s first issue for young people. Ari has her MFA from Hamline University and teaches creative writing. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ari Tison
Ari Tison

Following the reading, Ari shared the below resource list:

Language and Story Videos

-Follow Ditsöwö Ùnīwák on YouTube Link

Picture Book in English

-“When Woman Became the Sea” by Susan Strauss  Link

Indigenous Journalist

-Follow Johan Dominguez on Instagram Link

Land Rights & Activism

UN’s State of World’s Indigenous Peoples V.5 Published 2021 Link

New York Times “Conflicts Over Indigenous Land Grow More Violent in Central America” Link

Forest Peoples Programmes (www.forestpeoples.org)

Further Educational Sources 

University of Costa Rica Link

National Museum of Costa Rica Link

Ari Tison’s Info 

Join Ari’s Newsletter for Updates, Poetry, & Pop-Up Class Discounts + A Costa Rica-Themed Coloring Page 🙂 Link

Pre-Order Ari’s debut novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD at Barnes & Noble Link

Pre-Order Latine Folklore/Horror Anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS out this September! Barnes & Noble Link

Read “The Storyteller Gets Her Name” on Poetry Foundation Link

Twitter: @AriTison Instagram: @AriTisonWrites

Other Costa Rican American Authors & Poets 

John Manuel Arias http://www.johnmanuelarias.com/bio 

Gaby Orozco Belt https://gabrielabelt.com/ 

For more: Check out Latino Stories “Costa Rican Americans Making a Name for Themselves” Link

Please see Chatham’s Global Focus Program for upcoming events and more information and reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Closing Soon: Study Abroad Scholarships

Please see the below scholarship opportunities that are closing soon.

Freeman-Asia Awards provide need-based funding to assist students studying in East or Southeast Asia with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  Check your eligibility and application instructions.  Applications are open for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023. The Application deadline is March 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan for fall 2022 are expected to open for applications shortly.

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship for fall 2022 closes on April 15, 2022.

Through the generosity of donors, a number of Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester and summer study abroad programs:

For Fall 2022:  IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for an IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.  Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester at any Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.

Additionally, eligible undergraduates can have their study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) applied toward in-person or virtual credit-bearing experiences abroad.

For information on approval of mobility-based travel beginning with summer 2022, see Chatham’s updated Travel Approval Policy.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/kchipman.

Support for Ukraine

The office of international affairs is deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine. We support our students, their families, and friends who are affected by the invasion, and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

How can you help?

Post your support for Ukraine, condemning the war on your social media, #standwithukraine, #notowar

Wear blue and/or yellow colors to show your support for the people of Ukraine.

Write your congressional members request support for Ukraine and her people, including the more than 1-million refugees.

Avoid mis- and disinformation: check the source of the information you are sharing/reading and use only reputable sources.

Resources for those outside of Ukraine:

https://how-to-help-ukraine-now.super.site/

NAFSA- a resource for international education, has a page for immigration recourses for Ukraine.

Local organizations in Pittsburgh:

Important Update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy

An update to Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy now makes some travel to USDOS Level 3 and 4 locations approvable beginning with summer 2022 programs.

Please review the below policy carefully and reach out with any questions about how this may affect you and your program choice or a pending application. If you had previously delayed making plans it is not too late to apply for many summer and fall programs abroad.

Updated Travel Approval Policy 03.03.22

In line with peer institutions and in response to recent changes in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation, beginning with summer 2022, Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy has been updated.

Chatham’s Travel Approval Policy covers any travel for which a student is receiving academic credit for their activity abroad (coursework, internship, fieldwork, research, etc.). The policy states that students will be approved for travel to locations that have a US Department of State (USDOS) Travel Advisory of Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions or Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Applications to travel to locations that are Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel for COVID-19 only will be reviewed and may be approved on a case by case basis. The designation for Health Risk (H) and information on COVID-19 risk will be stated at the top of a location’s Travel Advisory, along with any other risk factors. Locations that include any other risk factor (except Health for COVID-19 only) of Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel will not be approved. Students should review the USDOS Travel Advisory Level of their travel location and contact the Office of International Affairs with any questions.

Students approved to travel to a Level 3: Reconsider Travel or Level 4: Do Not Travel location will be required to 1) sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release Related to the Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory and 2) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19; boosters are highly recommended and may be required for entry into certain countries. It is each student’s responsibility to monitor and be aware of entry requirements, including vaccine documentation, mandatory quarantine, testing, masking or any other restriction as detailed by country and local authorities.

Please note that US DOS Advisory Levels change often – please check the USDOS Travel Advisory listing regularly for any updates.

Students may apply to programs abroad that include other risk factors as designated on the USDOS Travel Advisory, including in Level 3 and Level 4 locations and be conditionally approved by Chatham, however, if the location’s Travel Advisory Level does not exclude Level 3 or Level 4 risk factors other than Health for COVID-19 by 60 days prior to the program start date, they will not be approved. It is not recommended that students make nonrefundable deposits or plans that cannot be changed until fully approved by Chatham.

As of today, some countries that could be approved under the updated policy include: Japan, Germany, Greece, France, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy. United Kingdom, Jordan, Morocco, Argentina, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. These countries are Level 3 or Level 4 for Health (H) and may have other risk factors that do not exceed Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution). Please review the USDOS Travel Advisories to check other locations and to confirm advisory levels and risk factors.

Please contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Funding for Study Abroad – Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and beyond!

Chatham students, it’s January, it’s cold and grey here in Pittsburgh and you may be starting to plan to get away for summer, next fall, and beyond.

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If you are thinking of taking your studies abroad see the below roundup of scholarships and exciting funded opportunities with upcoming deadlines to consider and apply for!

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a funded summer study abroad program designed for students of color as part of CIEE’s commitment to open doors for all students from all backgrounds. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Fellows will explore the impact that effective leaders have had on social justice movements and critical peace and conflict resolution efforts around the world. Applicants must be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior; have a minimum GPA of 3.00; be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident; identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and submit a complete application no later than February 14, 2022.  Qualified applicants who are not selected as Fellows are awarded a $1.500 Frederick Douglass Scholars Grant toward a CIEE program.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four-week programs for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. The Institute costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include round-trip airfare; tuition and fees at the host institution; accommodation;  and in some cases, a small daily allowance for meals. Check eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions and apply by February 21, 2022.

Gilman International Scholarship – Undergraduate students who are US citizens and Pell grant recipients can apply for up to $5,000 toward a credit-bearing study abroad or internship program of at least three weeks.  The March 2022 application cycle will open soon for applicants whose programs start between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. This cycle encompasses Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023 and Spring 2023 programs. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Freeman-Asia Awards provide need-based funding to assist students studying in East or Southeast Asia with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  Check your eligibility and application instructions.  Applications are open for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023. The Application deadline is March 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM, ET.

Through the generosity of donors, a number of Chatham scholarships are offered to Chatham undergraduates for participation in semester and summer study abroad programs:

For Summer 2022, there are several experiential learning scholarships including the Glenda Rich DeBroff Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Sally Mercke Heym Award for Cross Cultural Understanding, the Lorin Maazel- Rachel Carson Award for Environmental Field Studies and the Theo Colburn-Rachel Carson Endowed Scholarship for Environmental Field Studies. The application deadline for summer experiential learning scholarships is February 28, 2022.

For Fall 2022:  IFSA Scholarship— Scholarships of up to $4,250 to study abroad for semester in Cyprus (Nicosia), Thailand (Mahidol) or Costa Rica (Veritas).  The deadline to apply for a IFSA Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.  Benter Scholarship – Scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester at any Chatham exchange or partner institution. The deadline to apply for a Benter Scholarship for Fall 2022 study abroad is March 15, 2022.

Additionally, eligible undergraduates can have their study abroad vouchers ($1200) and  International Studies Certificate vouchers ($1800) applied toward in-person or virtual credit-bearing experiences abroad.

For information on approval of in-person mobility during COVID-19, please see the blog post on Study Abroad for Summer 2021 and Future Terms.

Are you looking for information on study and internship abroad program options?  If you have any questions, or for more information on study abroad vouchers, programs and scholarships contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/kchipman.

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