The beginnings of the Alumni Association brought forth various activities which included alumni and students to form the Carlow Community. These bridges created a strong bond between Carlow and the community at large.
Throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, the Alumni Association sponsored senior dinners, discussion clubs, card and swim parties, annual dances, Christmas parties, fashion shows, and teas for incoming freshman. It was at these points in time that Alumni began to sponsor the annual fund, scholarship benefits, the annual building fund, and alumni reunions. As the Alumni Association grew, elections were held for new officers and this growth eventually necessitated the creation of the position of Director of the Alumni Association. Monthly updates were published in the McAuleyan (the student newspaper) and an alumni newsletter began publication.
Though the organization has changed over the years, its original mission remains the same and it continues to be committed to serving the needs of the alumni and the Carlow community as a whole. Below is a more detailed account of the development of the Alumni Association. Its history has grown rich alongside the University.
Information gathered, added, and verified by the Carlow University Archives Department.