Updated mask guidance shared with students as inauguration week approaches

Dear Students,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Allegheny County COVID-19 infections continued their downward trend this week, dropping below a 5% infection rate, and keeping Pittsburgh in the “low” CDC Community Level. Details on the “County View” may be found by clicking here.

Please review additional important information for you to know.

New This Week:

University Policy to Mask Optional Indoors beginning March 21

Announced yesterday, given recent CDC recommendations, high vaccination rates, and low COVID-19 contraction rates, the University will amend the current policy from mask-required to mask-optional, effective March 21, 2022. Note this excludes the Early Learning Center and Trinity Halls. All personnel and students may choose to wear masks indoors and at gatherings but will no longer be required per University policy in most areas. Those experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms will still be expected to remain off-campus (or in their residence hall room), consult a health provider for further guidance, and notify their faculty.

Healthy Relationship Discussion Group begins on Monday, March 21st

The Healthy Relationship Psychoeducation group is an 8-week discussion group. Each week has a different focus, but all the weeks work together to educate participants on different aspects of relationships and how to care for themselves. The goal is to provide a safe place for people to learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, grow in their understanding, and develop relationships with other participants.

The group will meet both in person and virtually on Mondays from 12:00pm-2:30pm; Tuesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm; and Wednesdays from 12:00pm-2:30pm. The group will meet in person in the Peer Educator Office located in Room 411 of the Health and Counseling Center located in Frances Warde Hall.

Please contact Breanna Vaughn () for more information or to register.

Student Activities

Thursday, March 17 – 11:00am-2:30pm @ 2nd Floor of UC: All of Us Research Program

Thursday, March 17 – 11:30am-12:30pm @ 2nd Floor of UC: Carlow Covenant Signing

This event also celebrates the signing of the new covenant between the university and the Sisters of Mercy. In honor of the day, look forward to enjoying tea and scones.

Thursday, March 17 – 12:30pm-1:30pm @ Franny’s: Lunch and Learn with UPMC

Calling all nursing students, join us to learn more about career opportunities with UPMC.

Thursday, March 17 – 4:00pm-4:30pm @ The Green: Holi Day/St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Holi-the Hindu Festival of Color to welcome Spring and the freedom it brings. Join us to throw some colors in the air (and on each other) and share traditional Hindu Sweets. Make sure to wear old clothes!

Thursday, March 17 – 6:00pm-7:00pm @ Zoom: Coming of Age on the Autism Spectrum

Attend the historical practices lecture series presentation from Dr. Elizabeth Fein a licensed clinical psychologist and psychological anthropologist. To get a link to attend, please register at bit.ly/carlowfein

Friday, March 18 – 2:00pm-3:00pm: The Nature and Role of Therapeutic Relationships

Attend this event featuring Dr. Charles. For more information and to register for the event, here.

Monday, March 21 – 12:30pm-1:30pm @ UC323: Professional Communication Etiquette in the Workplace

Are you wondering how you can sharpen your professional communication skills? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Come learn the basics of verbal and written professional communication from emails to virtual meetings.This event is brought to you by TRiO SSS and The Office of Career Development.

Monday, March 21 – 2:00pm-5:00pm @ UC402: Disability Month Technology Booths

Join us for a hands-on experience for technology! Students will learn about tools that can increase their productivity or help with your academic success.

Monday, March 21 from 6:30pm-8:30pm @ Galliot Center: Divine 9: Meet the Greeks

The Divine 9 worldwide consist historically of Black Greek letter organization that make up the National-Panhellenic Council. This event welcomes all of the Carlow Community to come and learn about each organization’s history, membership intake process, and programs.

Tuesday, March 22 from 9:00pm – 3:00pm @ St. Joe’s: Carlow Food Packing Extravaganza

Help the Carlow Community pack 20,000 meals for the people of Burkino Faso – the world’s most food threatened country. Choose one of two sessions – 10:00 am or 1:00 pm to experience this fast paced and engaging event. Registration required! Sign up here.

Tuesday, March 22 from 1:30pm-2:15pm @CAA: Learning English as Another Language

Is English your second or third language? If yes, then the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) wants to learn from you! The CAA is providing an opportunity for you to share what strategies you use in order to be successful in your classes. The CAA is also interested in what kinds of difficulties you may have encountered, such as reading or test-taking. Come and talk with us!

Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00pm-8:00pm @ Zoom: Red Dog Reading Series

Carlow’s undergraduate-run reading series featuring local and regional writers. Includes open mic (2 pages/minutes per reader). Email Ed Simo () for the Zoom link and open mic signup.

Wednesday, March 23 at 12:00pm-5:00pm @ Virtual: PERC Career Fair

Join this event that hosts over 160 employers from twenty-five states across the U.S. and several international organizations. Participating employers interview and hire teacher candidates in all Pre K-12 disciplines, as well as related professional certification areas such as school counseling, school social work, speech language pathology, OT, PT, and nursing. Candidates must have or will receive their certification by December 2022.To register, click here.

Wednesday, March 23 at 12:30pm-1:30pm @ Virtual: The Psychology of Racism

The Presidential Lecture Series hosts Professor and Chair of Psychology, Counseling, and Criminology, Clara Cheng, PhD. to address the roots of racism and implicit bias from a psychological perspective as well as the impact of racism and ways to combat it.

Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30pm-6:30pm @ Gailliot Center: Class Interruptions: Inequality and Division in African Diasporic Women’s Fiction

Join SJI for an in-depth discussion of the book, the research process, and Dr. Robin Brooks’ hopes for its impact. This book examines how contemporary writers use literary portrayals of class to critique inequalities and divisions in the U.S. and Caribbean. Register for the event here.

Thursday, March 24 at 12:00pm-2:00pm @ Tiernan Hall: Leave Your Mark on Carlow Event

Come leave your legacy on the wall in Tiernan and enjoy the company of your Carlow peers! Free lunch for commuter students.

Thursday, March 24 at 2:00pm-3:00pm @ 5th Floor of UC: Library Virtual Tour and Discussion

Come tour the library and accompanying offices and learn more about these spaces on campus.

Riverhounds Student Rush Tickets Available

Ready to enjoy the warm weather and see a soccer game? Student rush tickets to see the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are available beginning March 16. To buy tickets, go to fevo.me/riverhoundsrush.

Reminders:

Get excited for Inauguration! RSVP now!

President Humphrey’s inauguration week is coming fast and we want you to be a part of the festivities! Join the Carlow community, prominent leaders in Western Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey on Friday, March 25 for the Dr. Humphrey’s inaugural mass, installation ceremony or both! A reception for all guests will follow.

History will be made as Carlow University honors its 11th president. Reserve your free spot to attend this can’t-miss event by March 18. RSVP by clicking here!

Become a TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) Scholar today!

Want to join a national network of students and a community of Carlow students who share similar backgrounds, have similar questions and concerns about the college process and aspire to similar goals? Become a TRIO SSS Scholar today! Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services at Carlow University serves students who are first-generation, income-eligible, and/or students with disabilities. This opportunity is available to qualified ungraduated students.

Please note that to be eligible for TRIO SSS, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and

AT LEAST ONE of the following: first-generation college student, income eligible, and/or students with a disability.

Space is Limited! Apply to become a TRiO Scholar Today by clicking here or in person at our Office UC 402. To learn more about the TRiO SSS Program at Carlow email trio@carlow.edu or visit our website.

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.

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 ().

Take over the Carlow 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 .

Travel safely as you return to campus from break. It will be great to have you back on campus as we head into the last 8 weeks of the semester!

Sincerely,

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

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