As a university, change drives us. We adapt and shift to meet the needs of an ever-evolving society. We prepare a new generation of students who are digital natives and who are determined to make a meaningful difference in today’s world. We prepare them also to live as ethical citizens in a rapidly changing global environment, equipping them today for the jobs of tomorrow—positions which may not yet exist.

Here at Carlow, much forward momentum has occurred over the course of the last several years—new academic offerings and a revamped academic structure, additional athletic teams, the development of a campus master plan. The list goes on—including perhaps the most tangible change, our University Commons, which has quickly become the new heart of our campus.

This issue of Carlow University Magazine also marks a shift forward. You’ll notice that the look is a bit different. The content encourages us to consider another perspective. To take a step back and peer at the world through a different lens. The cover, for instance, is a close-up of prayer ribbons fastened to trellises in the Discovery Garden. Look a little closer, and you find meaningful words and vibrant colors.

In this issue, we learn that Social Work Professor James Kelly approaches his field through the lens of protest singer Bruce Springsteen. We find out why alumna Megan Rooney immerses young children in Spanish—beyond teaching them a new language, she seeks to broaden their world intellectually, culturally, and emotionally. And we find out a bit more about our students who serve in the military, who say their service not only changed their outlook, but inspired them to pursue careers they might not have considered before. Careers they’re preparing for here at Carlow.

As we move into the summer months, we prepare for even more change. We’ve been taking a close look inward as we seek to do a better job telling the world just who we are, and what’s so distinctive about a Carlow University education. We can’t wait to tell you more about it.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our alumni, donors, and the entire Carlow University community.

Thank you for your support, which helps us continue to positively impact our students and our world.


Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD