Mary Ellen Alu

Assistant Editor
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
(610) 758-6391

Mary Ellen Alu is an assistant editor in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. She plays a key role in several publications: the Lehigh Alumni Bulletin, published three times a year; the College of Education’s annual Theory to Practice magazine and Lehigh Business, the annual magazine of the College of Business and Economics. She also writes and edits for Lehigh’s online news sites.

Alu joined Lehigh’s communications office in 2014 after a lengthy career in journalism. She worked as an editor for AOL’s online news service, Patch; as an editor and reporter for The Morning Call daily newspaper in Allentown, Pa.; and as a reporter for The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She holds a Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wilkes University. She is the recipient of numerous writing and reporting awards.

Alu is a former co-president and board member of Families with Children from China – Lehigh Valley Chapter. She also serves as an assistant troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 6008 based at St. Thomas More in Salisbury Township, Pa. 

Lehigh alum Perry Smith '87 and his family rescue a piglet, and the story goes viral. 

Africana Studies program awarded $500,000 NEH challenge grant that will be used to create endowment to expand public humanities initiatives

Lehigh to be anchor tenant in new South Side development

Joe Kender ’87, ’93G steps down after eight years as Lehigh’s Vice President of Advancement

Prof. Edward S. Shapiro receives prestigious national award—and standing ovation.

Full-time program is geared toward career changers and career enhancers.

An IBE team examines the feasibility of a company’s expansion into Latin America. 

David E. Welsh brings more than 18 years of professional experience to the role.

Perry Smith ’87 and his family found the piglet during January’s historic snow storm.

Conversation to follow with alum Marty Baron, editor of The Boston Globe during its probe of Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse.

Activist Bree Newsome says her decision to take down Confederate flag was ‘deeply personal.’ 

We tested your business knowledge in the inaugural issue of Lehigh Business.

NEH award will be used to create endowment to expand public humanities initiatives.

Lehigh University takes a look back at the biggest stories of the year.

A middle-schooler creates winning image for College of Business and Economics’ holiday card. 

Lehigh University Police Department to move headquarters to Packer Avenue.

Lehigh's iconic images featured on buttons for the Sesquicentennial.

Economics Prof. Todd Watkins was named executive director of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise.

Public art project conceived by Lehigh students.

A Lehigh team helps Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village evaluate its programs for youths orphaned during or after 1994 genocide.