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Mara Flanagan

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Battle of the Classes!


BOTC is almost here! Which event are you looking forward to most? Tell us in the comments!

Q&A with Madame Presidenta Director Heather Arnet


Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet directed Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? - Vamos Meninas. See the documentary in Eddy Theatre on Wednesday, September 17 at 6 p.m., then head to Coolidge the next morning to hear from the director herself! Register on myChatham.

Angie Jasper, Director of Cultural and Community Events for Chatham University

  Angie Jasper embodies grace under pressure. Her stage management career took her from The Second City to Chicago Shakespeare, iO to Quantum Theatre. Now she's settled into a cozy office in Dilworth, but her day-to-day is creatively chaotic. As the Director of Cultural and Community Events for Chatham University, her job includes orchestrating the Eden Hall Summer Series and brainstorming ways to bring our community closer through shared experiences. Layering the challenges of artistic adventure over the demands of academia is tasking, but Angie somehow manages to greet every moment with a big smile and a strawberry smoothie. She attributes it to the "Yes, and..." mentality of improv: a complication is an opportunity for reinvention.   Case in point: I lost the first recording of this interview. Gone. As I attempt to dissect the GarageBand files on my computer, I shoot Angie an email. Subject line: "I Am So Sorry." Angie replies. She's leaving for Chicago in less than an hour, but she's free. I ask if it's a bad time. She writes back: good to go.   Few people who are as elegantly innovative as Angie are also as extraordinarily kind.     HC Chatham: Where did you do your undergrad and what did you major in?   Angie Jasper: I went to Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, and my degree is in theater and communication arts because my parents said that if I was majoring in theater I would also have to major in something else. And then I got my Masters – an MBA from Point Park University a couple of years ago. Like four years ago, maybe.   

Class of 2014: Stephanie Welling, HC Chatham Head Photographer


We're celebrating the HC Chatham team members who graduated in spring 2014. Today: Stephanie Welling!

Stephanie teased beauty out of every detail on campus. To her, a seat on the shuttle or chalk on the sidewalk could be as stunning as any view from Woodland Road. Stephanie joined the launch team for HC Chatham, creating content for nearly five semesters. Her prowess behind the lens segued into natural talent as Head Photographer. She curated collections, pairing submissions from other students with her own images. Whether she published a single snapshot or a full slideshow, she captured campus life in all its elegance, emphasizing the magic in the mundane and finding new ways to see the landscape we'd explored many times before.

Stephanie isn't just a fantastic photographer: she also excels as a writer. Her first piece, "Twilight and Feminism," landed a spot on the international Her Campus homepage as a Top Article. On the website and in person, Stephanie found a way to articulate - with kindness and clarity - what everyone was thinking. She treated her role as an artist with gravity, and the seriousness with which she approached her work came through in every word, every pixel. 

Here, we're honoring Stephanie's work with a slideshow of her photography and her writing.



A sunny shot of the Braun side of Braun/Falk/Coolidge.

4 Can't-Miss Leadership Training Programs at Chatham


If you've been at Chatham for one day, you know women's leadership is a critical element of every class, extracurricular and event. Whether you dream of running for office or just want to rock your next group project, Chatham offers plenty of opportunities to be get hands-on leadership training.

1. Student Organization & Leadership Retreat

Held for five hours on a Friday evening, the Student Organization & Leadership Retreat offers workshops on everything from spiritual wellness to social media. Students hear a keynote speech over dinner (this year's speaker was Dean Waite), then dive into a speed networking session with CSG and student org reps. The night ends with the first Student Organization Forum of the year: an opportunity for everyone to share their hopes for the future of extracurricular life. If you're thinking about launching a club, this is the time to meet the Student Affairs staff and find out how to be successful. If you didn't get a chance to participate this fall, be sure to check your myChatham calendar in summer 2015 so you can join the fun next year.

2. The Emerging Leaders Institute

Selected applicants are treated to a semester of networking and training. Devised by Student Affairs staff, the curriculum empowers students to devise solutions to social issues of personal significance. For first years, this is a fantastic introduction to campus and community stakeholders. For more experienced Cougars, it's an opportunity to strengthen ties at Chatham while cementing valuable problem-solving skills. A highlight of the trip? E.L.I. participants are invited to travel as a group to Washington, D.C. over Fall Break for full immersion into the realm of political leadership. Though the E.L.I. Class of Fall 2014 is full, contact Student Affairs to find out when applications will open for the next session. 

The Improvised Shakespeare Company


See brilliant improvisers create an entire hilarious Shakespeare play from audience suggestions. It's like going to Chicago without leaving the farm.

Tickets are free to Chatham students, and transportation will be provided to Eden Hall. Register on myChatham.

Photo: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Library Workshop: Basic Databases


The library databases are incredible resources, but they can be difficult to navigate. Learn how to find exactly what you want with this workshop taught by an expert! Register on myChatham or just stop by. 

HHM Tailgate at the Volleyball Game


Cougar volleyball is back! Cheer on your fearless Chatham athletes after enjoying a Hispanic Heritage Month party.

Library Workshop: More! Faster! Easier!


Whether you're a newbie to JKM or you've plowed through the stacks hundreds of times, this workshop will teach you about what's new in Chatham's library. Register on myChatham (though walk-ins are okay, too).