Rania Harris '72 began her catering business 32 years ago from her Mt. Lebanon kitchen. She graduated from Carlow University in 1972 with degrees in communication and theater and had always loved cooking and entertaining. Her initial goal was to cater "just a few" parties a year. Eventually, one party led to another and, happily her business grew into a full-scale catering operation, along with a gourmet take- out shop, a cafe, a cooking school, a pastry shop, and a regular cooking segment on WTAE-TV's weekend news. Harris can now be seen on KDKA-TV 2 every Wednesday on "Pittsburgh Today Live" and during football season on the "Steelers Huddle Show." Harris was featured nationally in Bon Apetit as "an outstanding cooking school teacher" in the April 1985.
Recent recognition includes a September 2004 lead story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's food section featuring her home and garden in conjunction with her cooking school program. Throughout the years, Harris's philosophy has remained simple and consistent: to treat each one of her clients and students as though they were guests in her own home... and never hold back on a recipe request!
After graduating from Carlow in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Sister Gloria J. Rubio, SFCC, accepted the Hillman Fellowship from the Pastoral Institute to the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.
Formerly a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, and since 1982, a member of the Sisters from Christian Community, Sister Rubio, through her work and acts of volunteerism, exhibits a dedication to the mission of Carlow University while following her religious order's solemn vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. For more than 35 years, she has served as teacher, nurse and social worker, always progressing to leadership roles. Her volunteer work, over the years, has allowed her to provide steadfast service to those in need.
She credits Carlow for reinforcing the Apostolic Works of Mercy and helping to keep them top-of-mind as she tends to the homeless, addicted and imprisoned.
Today, Sister Rubio is a nurse on staff at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.