Hoods line the backs of the faculty's chairs at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

2015 December Commencement

More than 300 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees were awarded in December 2015 at the university’s final winter commencement ceremony. All future commencements will be consolidated into one May event.


Safest Campus in Western PA

The folks at Niche.com recently named Carlow University’s Oakland campus the fifth safest college campus in Pennsylvania—and the safest of all college campuses in western Pennsylvania.

A student holds a canine friend from Therapy Dogs International.


Canine Comfort

Dogs—humans’ best friends—are known stress-relievers. Studies show that interaction with therapy dogs has countless health benefits, like lower blood pressure and the release of important hormones and neurotransmitters.

Thanks to Chloe Heimbuch, Carlow’s mental health counselor, therapy dogs and handlers from Therapy Dogs International make monthly visits to Carlow during the academic year. Heimbuch has seen contact with therapy dogs reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety.

Carlow sophomore Taylore Nacey, a psychology and history major, makes sure she’s there when the dogs come to visit.

“They brighten my day,” says Nacey. “These dogs are comforting, especially since I’m away from home and away from my own dogs.”


Rise Up and Dance

Carlow students joined with One Billion Rising to organize a dance party on February 12th in solidarity for women whose rights and personal safety are compromised. One Billion Rising is a global initiative opposing violence against women and girls, which affects an estimated one billion worldwide.


2016 Carlow Laureates

2016 Carlow Laureates

Carlow honored four distinguished alumni as 2016 Carlow Laureates at a May 13th ceremony at Rodef Shalom Congregation. 

Pictured left to right: Amie Downs, JD, ‘94, communications director for Allegheny County, Shawn McGill, MSW, ’88, owner of Shawn McGill Consulting, LLC, Anne Macdonald Peniston, RN, MSN, FNP, ‘81, nutrition division chief of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC., and Anne DeNardo McGowan, JD, ‘99, partner at Stewart, Green, and McGowan in Carmel, Calif.


Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

This fall, the YWCA will implement a new diversity training curriculum created by two Carlow students.

Zoë Burch and Leah Propst studied leadership barriers encountered by Pittsburgh area women and conducted a diversity study of local municipal boards—thanks to a Carlow think-tank style class offered in conjunction with the YWCA’s Center for Race and Gender Equity. Their conclusion? “Even with information easily accessible online, women continue to be underrepresented,” says Propst.

Their new curriculum aims to make diversity and inclusion on these boards a priority. “These boards, authorities, and commissions are making decisions that affect everyone,” says Propst. “It is important that their memberships reflect the diversity of the communities they represent.”


Members of the Hydroponics Club at Carlow University

Hydroponics Club

Hydroponics—the science of growing plants without soil—is of special interest to a group of Carlow biology students. They started a

hydroponics club, using Carlow’s greenhouse, to develop a series of experiments utilizing equipment they found or constructed themselves.

Pictured from left to right: Chandler Stockwell, Assistant Professor of Biology Matthew Fagerburg, Shyanne Lyon, Christopher Woodley, Jay-Ann Smith. Not pictured: Serena Green.