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Celebrating 90 years

With seven faculty, 24 students, and an annual tuition and fees of $214, Mount Mercy College (now known as Carlow University) was founded on September 24, 1929. This year marks the 90th anniversary and we will be celebrating our history and looking forward to a bright and promising future. Here’s to the next 90 years!

Carlow University names Stephanie Wilsey, PhD, new dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change

Following a national search, Stephanie A. Wilsey, PhD, professor of psychology, has been named dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University effective July 1, 2019. She has been serving as interim dean of the college since August 2018 and as a full-time faculty member at Carlow since 2007.

“We believe we have an outstanding new dean who will play a vital role in leading the College of Leadership and Social Change through dynamic innovation in a rapidly changing time in higher education,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President of Carlow University.

“Dr. Wilsey is the ideal choice for Carlow to lead the College of Leadership and Social Change as its next dean,” said Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, Carlow’s provost, in announcing the appointment. “Dr. Wilsey is a gifted scholar who managed the college effectively as interim dean. I have no doubt that, as a thoughtful leader, Dr. Wilsey will keep the college on the cutting edge of best practices in higher education including teaching, research and service.”

Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Wilsey served as professor and co-chair of Carlow’s undergraduate psychology program. In this capacity, she collaborated with colleagues to launch innovative, interdisciplinary programming in areas such as crisis and trauma, child development and behavioral neuroscience.

Faculty Promotions

Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President of Carlow University, announced the following faculty promotions for 2019 for colleagues who have demonstrated strong innovative teaching and engagement with students, exemplary scholarship, and service to their department/college, the university, their professional organization and the broader external community:

  • Dr. Felicia Cianciarulo Full Professor
  • Dr. David Gallaher Full Professor
  • Dr. Anne Rashid Full Professor
  • Dr. William Kowallis Associate Professor with tenure
  • Dr. Deborah Mitchum Associate Professor with tenure
  • Dr. Aimee Zellers Associate Professor with tenure

Carlow University receives $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Carlow University a nearly $1.2 million grant through its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to prepare secondary-level teachers to teach STEM effectively in high-need school districts.

“We are honored that Carlow University was selected for this competitive grant and confident that it will advance our efforts to prepare secondary-level teachers to teach STEM more effectively,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President of Carlow University. “STEM education is a significant part of shaping our region’s future workforce, and Carlow has been at the forefront of the instruction in such efforts.”

The project, titled “Preparing Secondary STEM Teachers with Experiential Learning and Computational Thinking Skills for Effectiveness in High-Need School Districts,” has five objectives:

  • Recruit an increasing number of STEM undergraduates as Noyce Carlow Scholars (NCS).
  • Recruit and enroll an increasing number of STEM professionals in graduate education programs.
  • Retain and graduate the NCS students with a strong commitment to teaching in high-need schools.
  • Support 100 percent of NCS students completing their secondary certification to secure employment as a teacher in a high-need school.
  • Ensure 96 percent of NCS students will fulfill their teaching commitment in a high-need school.

To meet the five objectives, Carlow will offer multiple experiential learning opportunities throughout the program with a special emphasis on development of computational thinking skills and best practices to support a diverse student population. NCS students will gain experience through such activities as peer tutoring, STEM expos, internships, daylong workshops and weeklong robotics courses.

Carlow University’s doctoral program in counseling psychology (PsyD) reaccredited by APA for 10 years

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation has reaffirmed the accreditation of Carlow University’s doctoral program in counseling psychology (PsyD). The commission’s next site visit will be in 2028.

“The PsyD program in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University aims to train students to have a solid foundation of the discipline-specific knowledge and skills essential to the scientifically informed professional practice of counseling psychology; have advanced profession-wide knowledge and direct-practice skills most evidenced by health service psychologists; have the knowledge and awareness necessary to act as culturally sensitive practitioners and agents of social change as reflected by the defining characteristics of counseling psychology; and develop through a learning environment that promotes collaboration and supports professional and personal growth,” wrote Jacqueline Remondet Wall, PhD, director of the APA’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, in a letter to Joseph Roberts, PhD, training director of the PsyD program at Carlow.

Carlow’s PsyD program is one of only three APA-accredited counseling programs nationwide with a social justice focus. This allows Carlow doctoral students to focus on the relationship between psychological distress and the broader social strains created from inequality and lack of resources.

Carlow PsyD students have engaged in pre-doctoral internships with numerous organizations, including the Charles George VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Allegheny General Hospital, The Ohio State University, Cleveland Clinic and Brooke Army Medical Center.

For more information about Carlow’s PsyD program, call 412.578.6059.

Carlow launches new bachelor’s degree in data analytics

Carlow University’s new bachelor of science degree in data analytics is enrolling now for classes beginning in fall 2019.

“Carlow University will join the technical and statistical skills needed in the field with an infusion of ethics and communication skills,” said Beth Zamboni, PhD, chair of the mathematics department at Carlow. The program will use real-world data that has been created and curated by corporations such as Google and Microsoft.

“Our program focuses on applied mathematics and statistics with a focus on teaching students to use the tools that they will need to interpret and thrive in the data world,” said Ericka Mochan, PhD, program director of the data analytics major. “We have intentionally designed this program to be interdisciplinary so that it includes not only math, stats and analytical tools, but also philosophy, ethics and communication skills.”

New grants provide scholarships, training, telehealth, academic coaching

Heinz Endowments: $182,000 The Summer Youth Philanthropy Program, in conjunction with Social Justice Institutes, is a collaboration between Carlow University and the Heinz Endowments to help college-bound students, in partnership with adults, lead and support change in communities throughout Pittsburgh. Its goals are for interns to gain knowledge of philanthropy with a focus on the Heinz Endowments; demonstrate proficiency in the youth philanthropy grantmaking process; amplify youth voices on issues of public concern using audio documentaries; and build positive relationships with peers and adults from different backgrounds and experiences. The program operates from June 17-Aug. 9, 2019.

Dollar Bank: $30,000 (two years) This grant will provide much-needed scholarships for adult students, who otherwise receive little or no financial aid toward their academic endeavors. Dollar Bank has awarded $56,250 to Carlow for our adult learners since 2015.

McAuley Ministries: $36,290 - This grant is funding an 18-month (Jan. 18, 2019-July 15, 2020) pilot program in which a part-time nursing academic coach will serve at-risk nursing students through purposeful mentoring in academic and self-management skills to promote self-efficacy and resiliency to support retention.

Highmark Health: $25,000 - This grant will establish telehealth technology at Carlow University. Telehealth technology provides inter-professional education via both didactic and simulation experiences to promote clinical team skills training; the development of collaborative skills in communication and leadership; and the opportunity to understand one’s professional identity while gaining an understanding of other professional roles on the healthcare team.

Dollar Bank: $15,000 - In support of Women’s History Month, Dollar Bank presented Carlow University with a $15,000 grant in honor of outstanding service to Carlow by Sister Marie Imaculee Dana, RSM, PhD. The check, presented by Carlow alumna Carol Neyland, will be used for the university’s scholarship program.

Four faculty members awarded grants from President’s Excellence Fund for research, scholarship, creative activity

Four members of the Carlow University faculty have been awarded President’s Excellence Fund Grants:

Dr. Danielle Curran, associate professor, director of Celtic Simulation Center for Innovative Learning, and Dr. Michael Kistler, assistant professor, director of the healthcare data analytics and health management programs, for their project Integration of Professional Experience (IPE), focused on producing the next generation of simulation research assistants by engaging IPE with students from various disciplines.

Dr. Susan L. O’Rourke, professor, director of special education programs, Department of Education, for her project Watotos Got Talent, which addresses challenges regarding gender-based violence in rural regions of Uganda.

Dr. Janice McCall, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, for her project on an interdisciplinary qualitative approach to enhancing students’ awareness of social welfare programs to eliminate food insecurity.

These projects are consistent with Carlow University’s mission and well aligned with the goals of our Strategic Plan. The projects were showcased during the 2019 Scholarship Day.

Carlow University to launch first four-year apprenticeship program in PA for early childhood educators

Apprenticeships are common for careers in the building trades, and now, through a first-of-its-kind program at Carlow University, four-year apprenticeships will be available in early childhood education.

Carlow University has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor to launch an early childhood education apprenticeship program that will serve as a model for other programs in the state. Carlow will work with local community colleges to develop a seamless apprenticeship transition for students employed in early childhood education.

“An early childhood apprenticeship program in Pittsburgh can help improve child care workforce retention and increase program quality and can help increase diversity in teacher candidates,” said Rae Ann Hirsh, D.ED., associate professor and director of the Early Childhood Education program. “Early childhood programs need to be high quality, affordable and accessible. An apprenticeship program removes barriers the early childhood workforce has faced and provides a sustainable pathway to degree attainment and higher quality care.”

Carlow University, CCAC presidents sign reverse transfer agreement

The presidents of Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County signed a reverse transfer credit agreement at a ceremony April 17 in the President’s Conference Room at Carlow.

The agreement will allow CCAC students who transfer to Carlow before earning their associate degree to apply credits earned at Carlow toward both a bachelor’s degree from Carlow and an associate’s degree from CCAC. “Because many of today’s college students must work while they are taking university classes, earning an associate degree can make them more marketable for employers and may help them secure a better paying job while in school,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President of Carlow University. “In addition, studies have shown that students who earn an associate degree are more likely to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.”

Approximately half of the students who transfer to Carlow each semester have taken classes at CCAC.

“To be eligible, students must have earned at least 30 credits at CCAC and at least 12 credits at Carlow to receive their associate degree,” said Quentin Bullock, DDS, CCAC president.

Students who enroll at a community college often do so with the intent of transferring to a four-year institution, but if they do so before completing their associate degree, the community college’s degree completion rate—a metric by which all institutions of higher learning are evaluated —will suffer. This program will help CCAC raise its degree completion rate.

For more information about this program, please call Carlow’s Admissions office at 412.578.6059.

Carlow University offers intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring program with UPMC’s Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology

Beginning in fall 2019, Carlow University students majoring in behavioral neuroscience can obtain a concentration in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM), which monitors nervous system functioning during high-risk surgeries.

“Carlow University’s program in cooperation with UPMC’s Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology is special in that there are only three other programs listed by ASET—the Neurodiagnostic Society that offer a bachelor of science degree leading to a career in neuromonitoring,” said Janine Bartholomew, PhD, associate professor of biology at Carlow.

“IONM has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of neurological damage during high-risk surgeries in adult and pediatric populations,” said Josh Sunderlin, MS, CNIM, course coordinator for the Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology. “Use of neuromonitoring can prevent injuries—such as paralysis, muscle weakness, or loss of sensations like hearing, vision and touch—that would severely affect the lives of patients.”

In addition to the Carlow coursework in behavioral neuroscience, students in this program will:

  • receive hands-on training in the operating room;
  • have the opportunity to observe and assist in up to 150 surgical cases; and
  • be able to accumulate the clinical hours necessary to take the ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation certification in neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring (CNIM).

Carlow launches new 10-month E-MBA program

Carlow University has launched a new Executive Masters of Business Administration (E-MBA) to prepare successful, mid-career professionals to make an immediate impact in their careers. The E-MBA is designed as an intensive, accelerated, 10-month program of 30-credits/10 online courses, that are divided into eight week sessions. It also incorporates flexibility, knowledge, and real-world experiences that modern leaders need to advance their careers. To apply for the E-MBA, applicants need a minimum of eight-years work experience. No GRE or GMAT is required to enroll, but a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA is preferred. Interested applicants can apply online at carlow.edu/apply.

2019 Carlow Laureates

Carlow University named five distinguished alumni as 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious annual alumni award, during a luncheon May 10 at The Oaklander Hotel, Oakland:

Corinne R. Francis, MA, MDIV, Class of 1997 is the senior vice president for mission integration at CommonSpirit Health, a health care organization created through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health—a single ministry committed to building health communities covering 21 states.

Ruth A. Modzelewski, PhD, Class of 1985 joined Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh as mission director in 2004 and has grown the organization statewide to become Susan G Komen Greater Pennsylvania. In her role as steward of the research and outreach portfolio, she is a tireless advocate for breast cancer research.

Milagros Pereyra-Rojas, PhD, MPM, Class of 2000/2003 is the executive director, Latin American Studies Association and Affiliates, at the University of Pittsburgh where she has devoted her career to the Latin American academic community.

Shelley Neil Watters, DNP, RN, Class of 2001/2004 is senior director of cultural excellence, director of organizational development, nursing education and research, and program director of Magnet at UPMC Shadyside. She’s served in numerous leadership roles at UPMC during her career.

The Young Carlow Laureate 2019: Chardaé Jones, Class of 2011 was recently appointed the interim Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, replacing John Fetterman who was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor in January.

Literary Corner

Investigative journalist Katherine Boo comes to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series Carlow University President Dr. Suzanne Mellon had the honor of introducing investigative journalist Katherine Boo as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series Oct. 22. Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Her reporting has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant and a National Magazine Award for feature writing. She read excerpts from her latest book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Award-winning writer Ottessa Moshfegh speaks with Carlow creative writing graduates and undergraduates Award-winning writer Ottessa Moshfegh spoke with students in the undergraduate creative writing, MFA and Madwomen in the Attic programs in February. Moshfegh, in town for the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series, read excerpts from her short story Slumming, and spoke about writing, cultural appropriation and existential anxiety. Her work has won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Plimpton Prize.