Dean shares numerous student events as Allegheny County positivity rate falls

Dear Students,

COVID-19 infections continued to drop this week in Allegheny County, falling below a 10% positivity rate. Nonetheless, the county remains in the high-risk category. Details on the “County View” may be found by clicking here. County officials continue to recommend wearing masks in public indoor spaces, consistent with campus policy. Please review additional important information for you to know.

New This Week:

Responding to Health Issues

As we navigate the pandemic environment, please use the following guidelines:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you have any COVID-19-related symptoms, please do not come to campus. Instead, please contact Health Services, 412-578-6474, and/or your primary care physician (PCP) for further guidance.

When symptomatic, students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty regarding course requirements and maintaining progress in a remote status.

Celtic Celebration Student Volunteers Needed for March 19!

Celtic Celebration (Admitted Students Day) will be taking place on Saturday, March 19! The Admissions Office is looking for student volunteers to help welcome admitted students to campus with Carlow pride!

Opportunities include directing families to their sessions, handing out masks, chatting with families during lunch and helping with set-up and tear-down. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. For questions, please email Gabby Adams at . Link to sign up and learn more: https://forms.gle/VFVkBSECTjZgBJYB6.

Student Activities

  • Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. @ 2nd Floor of the UC: SGA Town Hall
    Come out and voice your opinions about topics on Carlow’s campus!
  • Friday, Feb. 25 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. @ 2nd Floor of the UC: Wildin’ Out Night
    Join Black Student Union for Carlow’s very own Wildin’ Out! Enjoy food, music, and prizes for games.
  • Through Tuesday, March 1: Spill the Tea with the DSO
    Here’s a chance to talk about your experience with Technology, Facilities, Academics, and other accessibility at Carlow. Tell your story or use the following link to drop in a post-it note anonymously on our Spill the Tea JamBoard by clicking here.
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. @ 2nd Floor of UC: Annual Pancake Day
    Call it Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday! The Center for Mercy Heritage and Service is celebrating our Annual Pancake Day dishing up their fresh pancakes and all the toppings for all who stop by.
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. @ UC323: Dress to Impress [Career Week]
    Presentation for students to learn the basics of dressing professionally for interviews, job fairs, and more! Attending this event enters student into a raffle to win gift cards.
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 12 – 2:00 p.m. @ 2nd Floor of the UC: Activities Fair
    Come take a look around and get familiar with the clubs and organizations that are on Carlow’s campus. Sign up to become part of them!
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 12 – 3:00 p.m. @ 2nd Floor of the UC: I Love Carlow Day
    What is I Love Carlow Day? This is a day for the entire campus community to show and celebrate our Carlow pride! Come grab a delicious snack, take a picture in the photo booth, and share why you love Carlow! Let’s celebrate Carlow!
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. @ FWH 4th Floor: Life Hacks: A Group Therapy
    Are you riding the struggle bus trying to juggle emotions, relationships, or stress? Life Hacks is a group therapy opportunity, that focuses on overcoming challenges in our daily lives. Life Hacks is open to all graduate and undergraduate students! For more information or to sign up, reach out to .
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 8 – 9:00 p.m. @ UC220: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
    This event will occur weekly on Tuesdays throughout Lenten season. Join us to explore nonviolence in the gospel and why it matters. National speakers will be presenting on this topic with local discussion with others in the community.
  • Wednesday, March 2: Ash Wednesday
    Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Antonian Heil Theater. This service will include distribution of ashes. For those that cannot attend the Mass, you can visit The Center for Mercy Heritage on the second floor of the University Commons for ashes from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and from 3 – 4 p.m. Distribution of ashes will also be available at the AJP Atrium from 5 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ UC323: Navigating a Career Fair Learn how to prepare for, navigate, and make a lasting impression at a career fair. UPMC is bringing SOFT PRETZELS 🥨 and will share what they look for in students at career fairs.
  • Wednesday, March 2 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. @ Gailliot Center: Groom: A Framework for Pursuing Holistic Wellness
    Keeping the Promise, Athletics, Equity and Inclusion, and Project Safe will be bringing Donovan Daniels, Go-Founder and CEO of Grizzled Teddy Company to campus for a discussion on achieving holistic wellness. This event focuses on healthy masculinity through the Groom Framework. This framework a process that individuals, organizations, and systems can engage in to achieve homeostasis, profitability, success, and wellness.
  • Thursday, March 3 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. @ UC323: Interview with Confidence
    Join the Office of Career Development for this presentation to learn more about interviewing so you can feel prepared and confident for future interviews! Free coffee bar!
  • Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. @ Gailliot Center: “Rejecting White Christianity”
    Featuring Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, this workshop will teach students about the reality of white-saviorism and toxic charity and help them practice a new way of thinking about service and charity outside of these dangerous ideologies. Students who want to move out of the theoretical and undertake their project will be encouraged to submit their project for a “Racial Justice Mini-Grant,” a new initiative being organized by the Center for Experiential Learning, the Center for Mercy Heritage & Service, and The Atkins Center for Ethics. Register for the event: bit.ly/atkinsevent.

Mercy Video Contest for Student Videographers: Entry Deadline April 1

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas has launched its sixth annual video contest. Follow the video link here for all the contest details including rules, tips for creating videos and past winning entries.

Reminders:

Your Voice Matters: Take the Carlow Campus Climate Survey on Sexual and Domestic Violence

Please consider taking this survey regardless of whether you have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault or not. Your perceptions are critical, and we value your feedback. The results of this confidential survey will be used to improve policies, practices, and support for students at Carlow. The deadline to complete this survey is Feb. 26!

Survey Invitation and Gift Card Giveaway: Look for the survey invitation in your email inbox or scan the QR code from posters around campus. As a thank you, you can opt to participate in a gift card giveaway at the end of the survey.

Masks Available

Please wear recommended masks that are properly fitting. Disposable, white surgical style with nose fitting and KN95 masks are available should you forget one or need to replace the one you have. Cloth masks, while fashionable, have been proven ineffective. Please stop by Campus Police Dispatch, Frances Warde Hall, to obtain one.

Testing Information for COVID-19

Please note that any student who is exempt or otherwise not yet fully vaccinated is required to test weekly. Students may share their results to Health Services using the following confidential reporting form by clicking here! Opportunities to test on-campus will be held throughout the semester, with details shared to eligible students via their Carlow emails from both Health Services and University Communications.

Reporting test results received outside of IH21 testing: COVID Test Results Reporting Form

IH21 testing registration for February can be found by clicking here.

Want to help plan activities on campus? Become a member of the Carlow Campus Activities Board!

Have an interest in helping plan events and activities on campus? Want to assist with getting speakers, comedians, and musicians on campus? Interested in the behind-the-scenes activities for Spring Off the Green? Join the Campus Activities Board! Interested students should reach out to Erin Boyles () or Mystique Cash ().

Carlow is now on TikTok!

Interested in creating TikTok content for Carlow? We are looking for current students to take over the account to create their own unique posts. Put your social media talent to work and fill out this quick and easy application now. Once complete, the Marketing and Communications team will get you connected. Apply at bit.ly/carlowtiktok!

Help Needed? Submit a Care Report

At the beginning of each semester, students occasionally struggle with affordability, academic adjustments and connecting to the community. If you become concerned about yourself or others, please submit a report and let the Care Team know about any needs, questions or concerns. We are active and will contact you, or those you refer, to help. You may also contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293 or .

There is so much to get involved in so choose wisely and pace yourself!

Sincerely,

Timothy P. Phillips, PhD
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

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