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Carlow University Partners With Saint Vincent To Offer Nursing

Carlow University and Saint Vincent College jointly announced that the State Board of Nursing has approved their collaborative plan to offer Carlow’s four-year bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) program on-site at Saint Vincent beginning in the fall of 2019.

Saint Vincent will be benefiting from Carlow’s expertise in nursing education. “Carlow’s BSN nursing program graduates have had the highest NCLEX first-time pass rate in the Pittsburgh area for the past four years,” said Lynn E. George, PhD, Dean of the College of Health and Wellness. “Nurses who graduate from the BSN program will be well prepared for careers in health care systems regionally and nationally.”

Brother Norman W. Hipps, OSB, PhD, president of Saint Vincent, praised Carlow’s expertise in nursing and this partnership, saying “This collaboration will serve our students well and fulfill an extraordinary regional need to meet the nursing shortage.”

Such recognition by a president of another college is both gratifying and understandable to Carlow’s President Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD. “Carlow nurses graduate ready to care for the sick and promote and maintain the highest possible levels of health and wellness. We look forward to this unique collaboration with Saint Vincent College.”

Carlow Recognized As A College Of Distinction For 2018 2019

For the third consecutive year, Carlow University has been recognized as a College of Distinction by

In addition to the overall honor, Carlow was named a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and received special certifications for its programs in business, education and nursing.

Colleges of Distinction is a trusted resource for more than 40,000 guidance counselors across the United States, thousands of parents and students, and hundreds of colleges and universities. The organization’s mission is to help parents and students fnd not just the “best college, but the right college.”’s sister website,, geared toward adults seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees, ranks Carlow University among the best colleges in America for adults.

100% 2018 NCLEX Pass Rate

Carlow’s 2017-2018 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates were a perfect 49-for-49 in passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This is the second year in a row that Carlow’s nursing graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate, the highest pass rate in western Pennsylvania, and marks the fifth year in a row that Carlow has led the schools in our region in pass rate on NCLEX, the exam that allows graduates from pre-licensure nursing programs to be licensed to practice nursing.

Diana Kozlina Peretic Receives The Cameos Of Caring Award For 2018

Diana Kozlina-Peretic, DNP, CRNP, MSN, RN, has found professional satisfaction as both a clinician and a nurse educator. She’ll receive professional recognition when she is honored with the Cameos of Caring award at the Cameos of Caring Awards Gala Dec. 1 at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

“Teaching students for the past eight years provides a sense of ‘giving back’ for me to the profession,” said Kozlina-Peretic. “Serving the needs of others as a clinician has helped evolve my ability to be a good listener, comforter, supporter, educator and, ultimately, healer.”

She credits her father for encouraging her, when she reached the age of trying to decide what she wanted to do with her life, to go into nursing. She entered the nursing program at a local community college and met a nursing instructor who became her mentor. “She instilled confidence in my ability to perform technical and assessment skills that served as a foundation for my career path,” she said.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Carlow in 1982, Kozlina-Peretic continued her graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning an MSN in the family nurse practitioner program. She earned her DNP from Carlow in 2012. Her scholarly project and research interest includes care and management of the heart failure patient population.

Whether working as a nurse educator or a family nurse practitioner, she enjoys building the collaborative culture that is so integral in healthcare today.

“Witnessing the ever-changing healthcare needs of our patients being met by multidisciplinary teams striving for excellence in practice and patient outcomes has been a pure joy, and makes the hard part of all this work ever so special,” she said. “I am blessed to have found a lifelong profession that has been truly rewarding and fulfilling.”

Mission Moment: Recognizing Three Faculty Members For Living The Mission

During a Mission Moment at the October meeting of the Carlow University Board of Trustees, three faculty members were recognized for academic excellence, innovation in their disciplines, and upholding the Carlow mission and values.

Rae Ann Hirsh, DEd; Janice McCall, PhD, LSW; and Janice Nash, DNP, RN, were recognized for special contributions in education, social work and nursing, respectively.

Hirsh was the point person on several large grants received in education this year, particularly a $330,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Childhood Development and Early Learning, which is a model for Pennsylvania. The grant represents a priority needed for high-quality child-care education and the preparation required of educators and caregivers working with children from birth to grade 4.

McCall recognized a problem with food scarcity among students and expanded the Carlow Closet—which provides free, gently used clothing to students in need—to also include nonperishable food items that can be ordered confidentially online.

Nash was instrumental in developing a perioperative internship so nursing students can become acquainted with the duties and responsibilities of surgical nurses. A shortage is predicted in this area since many surgical nurses are approaching retirement age. Through the internship, Carlow students will be prepared to meet the needs of operating rooms in hospitals and short-stay surgical facilities.

Carlow University Board Of Trustees Adds Five New Members

The Carlow University Board of Trustees welcomed five new members for 2018-2019.

“Our five new trustees bring valuable experience and expertise to our board as well as a passion for Carlow and our community,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “I am excited to welcome them to the board and look forward to working with them to further the mission of the university.”

  • Bart Gabler, JD, is director of pricing and legal project management for the law frm K&L Gates, LLP.
  • Suzanne Paone, PhD ’85, is president of Innovation Advising, LLC.
  • Guhan Venkatu is the group vice president, regional analysis and outreach, for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  • Sister Linda Werthman, RSM, PhD, of Trinity Health, chair of Catholic Health Ministries and chair of Mercy Housing, Inc.
  • Lois Wholey, JD, is a fundraising professional and former director of development for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

MBA Students Make Presentations Overseas

Professor Enrique Mu, PhD, MBA, MS and several of his MBA students built new overseas connections this summer while making presentations in Croatia and Hong Kong.

In June, three MBA students—Sarah Snyder, Hailey Mancuso and Allison Cox —presented at the 8th Student Research Symposium: Research Topics and Intercultural Learning in the International Context, organized by the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Their presentation was titled Design Thinking in Action: Membership Renewal at the Training Centre Gym.

“Hailey Mancuso’s experience has been very interesting,” Mu said. “Based on her work for my class (Managing Organizational Change and Innovation) and her preparation for this symposium, she has become very knowledgeable of the design thinking approach. She was hired to join a design thinking team in PNC Bank, and she indicated that it was her preparation for this research that gave her the level of knowledge and confidence to succeed in the interviews.”

Mu’s faculty presentation at the conference, A New Approach to Eyewitness Identification, was based on his research in the forensic area. In mid-July, Abigail Hebb and Julie Forbes, nurses in a local health system who are in Carlow’s MBA program healthcare management track, joined Mu in Hong Kong for the International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP).

Their presentation, Ethical Decision Making in Action: Evaluating Patient Care Approaches, used the Analytic Hierarchy Process, which Mu teaches in his Decision Making for Leaders class.

Mu is president of the ISAHP executive council and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process.

Student Success

Carlow students are earning recognition for their accomplishments.

Seventeen students participated in the study abroad to Ireland program this year including six students from St. Mary’s College in Nebraska. This fantastic group of students worked alongside Irish mentors in providing services to individuals with disabilities. They visited Mercy International, hiked Croagh Patrick and discovered Ireland’s history and culture through a variety of experiences.

Janna Arnold, senior ceramics major, received the prestigious Judy Chetean Scholarship at Contemporary Craft in the Strip District for summer 2018.

61 Carlow student-athletes earned the NAIA’s ScholarAthlete award for the 2017-18 year. The Carlow women’s soccer team had the most Scholar-Athletes in the River States Conference, with 13. The Carlow women’s cross country team tied for the most Scholar-Athletes in the RSC, with six.

Carlow University Receives $173,000 Grant From Benedum Foundation

Carlow University has received a $173,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation that will uncover new career opportunities for education majors in settings outside the formal school structure.

Through this grant, Carlow will establish partnerships with key consultants in the community to develop the university’s first undergraduate experiential learning/out-of-school learning undergraduate and graduate major. One such partner is the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

“The Children’s Museum is thrilled to partner on this grant with Carlow University,” said Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “We see this as the beginning of a conversation between educators about what works for learners in different environments.”

Keely Baronak, EdD, chair of the Education Department at Carlow University said, “Out-of-school learning environments play a critically important role in the lives of children and the communities in which they reside.”

Museums, science centers, local theaters, arts organizations, youth ministry programs, after-school and recreation center programming, and libraries are among the nonprofit organizations that can benefit. Baronak believes any organization that seeks to engage children and young adults can benefit from knowledge gained from grant research.

Move-In Day 2018

The fall 2018 semester got off to a great start with Move-In Day on August 23. Professional movers, staff volunteers and a valet service made the transition as smooth as possible.

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Faculty Research

Research highlights from the desk, lab and field

Mary Burke, PhD presented “Human Trafficking” at the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Certified AntiMoney Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) meeting in conjunction with the MFF program, which hosted a vendor table.

Dale Huffman, MFA, chair of the art department, was invited to exhibit his work in Artists Who Teach at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art from August to November, 2018.

Maria Flavin, DNP, was one of only 30 nursing faculty from across the nation selected to participate in the inaugural AACN-Apple Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Content to Action, which was held July 9-12 in Austin, Tex.

Felicia Cianciarulo, associate professor of biology, published an article titled “The Effects of Flooding: The Results of a Two-Year Study” in the international Cleaning and Restoration Magazine. June 2018. Vol. 55. No. 5.

Sandi DiMola, JD was selected by the Institute for International Education as a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Scholars Program in the program area of political science for applications in the gender and race category.

For more faculty research, visit Research & Discovery.

Read All About It! Carlow Authors Publish Four Books

Four different faculty members of the Carlow community recently published books that are being received well in their respective fields.

Matthew Gordley, PhD, dean of the College of Learning and Innovation, published his book, New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance. The book examines the earliest Christian hymns preserved in the New Testament and places them in historical context, not just within the early Christian communities, but also how they contrasted with Roman political power of the day.

Jessica Friedrichs, MSW, MPA, program director of the undergraduate social work program, is a co-author of a book titled Community Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad. Drawing on Friedrichs’ research and experience into community-driven learning and community service, as well as cultural humility and exchange, the book establishes a framework in which to integrate any discipline or collaborative project into the curriculum and throughout formal and informal community-based learning partnerships.

Jan Beatty’s fifth full-length book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, won the Paterson Poetry Prize. Beatty is director of the MFA in creative writing and the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. The Paterson Prize is a $1,000 gift given annually by the Poetry Center, which was founded in 1980 in Passaic, New Jersey, and has recognized thousands of poets over the years.

Adjunct history professor Peter Gilmore’s new book, Irish Presbyterians and the Shaping of Western Pennsylvania, 1770-1830, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, will be released in November. Gilmore has researched and written about Presbyterians and how they have come to shape the history of western Pennsylvania.

Carlow University First Year Biology Major Receives Army ROTC Scholarship

Dustin Yuhas, a first year biology major, received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) Scholarship that pays full tuition and fees for four years at Carlow.

Upon graduation from Carlow, Yuhas, a native of Macedonia, Ohio, and a graduate of Nordonia School District, will be commissioned in the United States Army as a second lieutenant. For his Army Reserve training, he will be attached to the 316th Expeditionary Support Command headquartered in Moon Twp., Pa., near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

In addition to paying for the tuition and fees, the scholarship provides Yuhas with $600 to pay for books each semester and a monthly stipend of $420.

“I thank Carlow for opening up this opportunity to serve my country,” Yuhas said.

Partnerships: Carlow University’s Summer High School To College Program Steppingstone To Success

What can you say to 45 students from Pittsburgh Public Schools spending eight weeks of their summer vacation taking a college course at Carlow University? You can start with, “Great job!”

That’s what Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Jerry Oleksiak told the students when he visited campus in late July and sat in on their classes.

This was the third consecutive year Carlow University partnered with the Neighborhood Learning Alliance and Partner4Work to host an eight-week high school to college immersion program for students from Pittsburgh Public Schools.

“This program provides local high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses here on campus,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University, who welcomed Oleksiak to Carlow. “As part of the students’ course requirements, they write weekly papers, conduct library research, and work on group projects and presentations. They perform to the same standards and expectations as any college student, which helps them realize that, if they put in the necessary work, college can be a real part of their future.”

The high school to college program is administered by Howard Stern, PhD, director of Carlow’s MBA program, and is aided by staff from the Neighborhood Learning Alliance. Students who pass the course with a C or better are eligible to earn college credit at Carlow or any other institution that will accept the credits.

“While we hope that the students will consider coming to Carlow for their college education, our goal is that each of the students who comes through the program will start to believe that college could be in their future,” Stern said.

NEW! MA In Student Affairs And MS In Professional Counseling

This 63-credit dual degree program prepares students to pursue licensure and work in a college counseling center, other areas of student affairs, and opportunities in professional counseling. Students complete one semester of practicum and two semesters of internship. Learn more at Student Affairs.

Carlow University Given Two Grants For Nursing Behavioral Health Education

Carlow University has received two grants totaling $130,000 that will be used to develop and implement behavioral health experiential activities for its graduate and undergraduate nursing programs.

In today’s healthcare system, the mental health needs of patients are often not well addressed by medical providers. Carlow University will use these grants to enhance the preparation of nurses to meet the behavioral health needs of their patients.

“Rather than offer a separate behavioral health class in isolation, Carlow decided that a more holistic approach would be to offer integrated content throughout the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs,” said Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE, dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow.

The grants—$100,000 from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and $30,000 from the Fine Foundation—will be used to provide a blend of classroom education, simulated interviews with patients and case studies to prepare Carlow family nurse practitioner (FNP) graduate students and pre-licensure bachelor’s of science in nursing students to effectively care for patients with behavioral health challenges. The Fine Foundation grant is specifically targeted toward the FNP program and will focus on women’s health.

“These grants will be used to create sustainable educational models that will prepare graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to address the workforce shortage,” George said. “They will be used to strengthen the expertise of nurses and nurse practitioners to care for teens, young adults and adults with behavioral healthcare needs.”