Alumni & Friends Newsletter


May 2017

Alumni Newsletter
Welcome to the new Carlow University Alumni and Friends Newsletter. This newsletter is published monthly and features news information about Carlow University students, faculty, staff, and alumni as it happens.
Bridget N. Gray '17 and Natasha L. Gregory '17 at the Golden Rose Dinner.

Two of the newest members of the Carlow University Alumni Network, Bridget N. Gray '17 and Natasha L. Gregorski '17, at the Golden Rose Dinner.

When Ducks Take Over!

This year, the Office of University Advancement launched the Senior Class Gift and Duck Derby to introduce philanthropic giving to the outgoing 2017 senior class.

Duck Derby 2017Leading up to the Duck Derby, students, faculty, staff and administration had the opportunity to help the senior class reach a fundraising goal of $500 for the Carlow Fund by purchasing rubber ducks for $5.00 or a $20.00 purchase of a “Quack Pack” which included four rubber ducks and a t-shirt. To up the ante even more, four members of our university board of trustees, Larry Karnoff, JD, Deborah Rice Johnson ’09, Michele R. Atkins ’82 and George R. Whitmer, along with university president Dr. Suzanne Mellon, pledged to donate up to $3,000 if the students met their goal.

We are extremely happy to announce that not only did the students meet their goal but they exceeded it by raising $765, making the total $3,765 as the first Carlow Fund gift for the Class of 2017. To celebrate this accomplishment all purchased ducks were then raced in the first ever Duck Derby down the waterfall next to University Commons. What a a fun and exciting day to celebrate this great accomplishment!

Students cheering on the ducks at the Duck Derby 2017.

Special thanks to the Dr. Frances Kelley for bringing her duck, Raisin, as the mascot for the day; to the Senior Class Gift committee and to the Carlow staff that worked hard to bring everything to fruition.

Raisin the Duck at the Duck Derby 2017.

Click the link below to check out more pictures of this event.

Building Tradition with the Golden Rose Dinner
Class of 1967 and the Class of 2017 at the Golden Rose Dinner.

On Thursday, April March 23, 2017, the Carlow University Office of Alumni Engagement and the Carlow University Class of 1967 hosted the inaugural Golden Rose Dinner.

This event, which was created as a way to connect the current 50th reunion class with the graduating senior class, consisted of an evening of food, fun and great conversations.

Special recognition goes out to our Class of 2017 speaker representative Rochelle Leeper ’17 and our Class of 1967 speaker representative Louise Malakoff ’67 for their inspiring words.

Click the link below to check out more pictures of this event.

Congratulations to our 2017 Carlow Laureates
Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics or through community service. Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.
Congratulations to Carlow University's 2017 Laureates

The 2017 Laureates are:

David Debenham, JD, a partner in the law firm of McMillan, LLP, in Ontario, Canada, who earned his master of science degree in fraud and forensics in 2013.

Misti McKeehen, MS, the inaugural director of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh, who earned her bachelor of arts in communication and business in 2007. This award is the inaugural Young Carlow Laureate award presented to alumni who have made an impact in their careers in the first ten years following graduation.

Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., DSc, the president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity for Greater Pittsburgh, who earned his bachelor of arts degree in business and communication in 1993.

Donna Marie Vivio, MPH, MS, RN, the former senior newborn health advisor for USAID, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1976. Noted: This award was presented posthumously to her family, as Vivio died in November 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rachelle Zomak, MS, RN, director of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1991.

In addition to being honored during a special luncheon on May 12, the Carlow Laureates also took part in Carlow's commencement ceremony.

Commencement 2017
On May 13, 2017, we officially celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2017! We are extremely excited to welcome our newest group of alumni into the distinguished Carlow University alumni network.
Carlow University graduates at the 2017 Commencement

If you’re part of the Class of 2017, please make sure to check your email in the coming weeks for information on how to set up your alumni profile, how to keep your Carlow University email and more.

Once again, welcome to the alumni network!

Chat, Chop and Chew - Washington, DC Edition
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Washington, D.C. Chat, Chop and Chew alumni event. We had a great time while learning to cook delicious Italian dishes with Chef Julian.
Carlow University gathered in Washington DC in May 2017.
Get in the Know-University News and Events
Carlow University Professor Named Educator of the Year by ACFE, Largest Anti-Fraud Association.

iane Matthews, PhD, CPA/CFF, CFE, the director of the Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics (MFF) at Carlow University, was named the 2017 international “Educator of the Year” by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), an 80,000-member organization. The award will be presented to Matthews at ACFE’s June convention in Nashville, Tenn. Click here to learn more.

Carlow softball team finishes third in USCAA.

The Carlow University softball team finished third in the USCAA at the 2017 National Championship Tournament. It was the third straight time Carlow finished in the top three of the tournament. The Celtics finished as the runners-up to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2016 and finished third in 2015. Click here to learn more.

#CarlowProud Alumni Spotlight
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Calendar of Events
Mamma Mia Broadway Show and Pre-Event Mixer
July 29, 2017
Join the Carlow University Office of Alumni Engagement for an “Alumni Night On the Town” to see Mamma Mia!, with a pre-show mixer at Poros restaurant in Market Square.

Homecoming 2017
October 6, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Come Home Celtic Style! Join your classmates, Carlow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Sisters of Mercy for a fun-filled weekend as you reminisce and reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. The fun kicks off at on Friday, October 6th and runs until Sunday, October 8th 2017! Check back soon for information on events and fun activities planned for the weekend.


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