Sharing of stories designed to strengthen, uplift community

University Communication to Faculty, Staff, Students
Distributed: 03/25/2020
Posted: 03/25/2020

Dear Carlow University Community,

Thank you

As we extend into our second week of online and alternative learning modalities, we thank each of you for your responsiveness, positive spirit, and genuine care. These measures have been disruptive but critically important to saving lives. In this 90th year of Carlow University, as we focus on our Sacredness of Creation core value, each of you is a living example of our mission.

Stay-at-home order extended

As of 8 p.m. on March 24, Governor Wolf expanded his “stay-at-home” executive order until April 6 to eight counties in Pennsylvania, including Allegheny County, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Residents are instructed to only leave their place of residence for tasks essential to maintaining the health and safety of themselves or others. Carlow University will continue to honor this order, requiring all nonessential employees to work remotely, and expecting all students to remain at home if able to do so. Services on campus will be further reduced and maintained for the small number who remain as we demonstrate socially responsible contributions to virus prevention.

Sharing our stories

Sharing our stories affirms their importance, strengthens our community, and serves as a legacy for generations to come. Our Carlow University community has rapidly responded to this unprecedented time in history in innovative, encouraging, and incredibly supportive ways. These can all be found within our stories, which we have now begun to share with the community.

We encourage you to visit our new “Stories that Inspire” section on the Carlow website, where you will find a growing repository of uplifting reflections and inspiring stories set within our internal community.

Live today you’ll find the first story about resident assistants who’ve launched newsletters to build our remote community during these challenging times.

New reflections and stories will be posted every week, so be sure to frequently visit the page and share the links with others via email or social media. The sharing of story ideas can be submitted to Marketing.

Social distancing requires physical distance

Counter to how we have shaped this community, each of us is asked to place greater emphasis on physically distancing ourselves at least six feet from others if we must go out. While staying home whenever possible is ideal, we are asked to physically distance ourselves to effectively prevent the spread when venturing out. Frequently washing our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, sneezing and coughing into our arms, and regularly cleaning surfaces we have touched gives us the opportunity to contribute effectively to the prevention of spread and the maintenance of life.

Experiencing health issues

As a reminder, we want to first keep our community safe. If you are sick, please stay where you are and consult one of several resources:

  • Call your physician or health care provider
  • For counseling and health services, call 412-578-6474 to connect with the Health and Counseling Center staff during operating hours. Consultation and referral services are available by phone.
  • The Allegheny County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline is 888-856-2774. For more information visit the website.
  • For additional information, we continue to update Relevant Resources on the Carlow University website where you can find additional telehealth options.

Carlow’s strength has always been a community rooted in Catholic values. Thank you for your dedication to our mission during this unique time in history.


The Internal Response Team

Suzanne K. Mellon, President
Michael Anderson, Police Lieutenant
Keely Baronak, Executive Director, Campus Laboratory School
Sister Sheila Carney, Special Assistant to the President for Mercy Heritage
Molly Cecere, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
Keith Cerroni, Director of Residence Life
Bridgette Cofield, Assistant Vice President – Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
Corrin Culhane, Chief of Police
Greg Dumont, Chief Information Officer
Beth Fazzini, Senior Director of Marketing and Brand Management
Humberto Garcia, Director of Facilities
Lynn George, Dean of the College of Health and Wellness
Sibdas Ghosh, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Matt Gordley, Dean of the College of Learning and Innovation
Kim Hammer, Vice President for Advancement
Jason Krall, Assistant Provost
David Meadows, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, CFO
Shawn Nelson, Special Assistant to the President for Board/Govt./Community Relations
Timothy Phillips, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Eric Swogger, Facilities Manager
Jessica Webster, Head of School, Campus Laboratory School
Stephanie Wilsey, Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change