Alumni & Friends

Carroll News’ Alumni Corner

The JCU Alumni Association is pleased to partner with The Carroll News for a monthly column in the school newspaper called “Alumni Corner.” JCU alumni will rotate writing the column to give today’s students a perspective on life during and after Carroll. If you are an interested alum and would like to meet one more deadline with a column of your own, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 216.397.1984 or

Since there are limited issues of the Carroll News every semester and Alumni Corner is not always published, submission of a column does not guarantee that it will be printed.

Christina (Saluan) Moran, Ph.D. ’07

“You discover that an employee has been using company funds for personal use. What do you do?”

“A psychologist realizes he is romantically attracted to a patient. What should he do?”

Questions like these were regularly sprinkled into broader course content during my time at John Carroll. To me, they seemed easy. Almost too easy. Like the professors knew that we knew what to do but wanted to have a little fun posing different alternatives to see if they could put one over on us.

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Brendan Gulick ’13

My neck was stiff, my eyes were dry and my stomach grumbled. I woke up from the light peeking through the small window to my left. Thankfully, it had been a smooth flight and I slept for a few hours. When we left Newark, the sun was quickly fading. But as my eyes adjusted to the light peeking through the thin grey clouds and misty sky out my window, I had one overwhelming thought: I have truly never seen anything so beautiful in my life. The sun was rising on the southwestern coast of Ireland and all you could see was green. For miles, and miles and miles. Stunning.
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Lee Nejak ’00

It’s hard to believe that almost twenty years ago I embarked on my college career at John Carroll University. There was so much to learn and so many things that I wanted to accomplish. Everybody told me to enjoy every second of college and that the four years would pass by quickly. Well, I took that advice and am so thankful for all of the great memories: Winter Break Swim Team trips to Florida, Swimming OAC Conference Finals, Alpha Rho Omega events and gatherings, Millor Hall sophomore year, Bernet Hall senior year, developing leadership skills as a Resident Assistant junior year, playing outside in the quad and experiencing the beauty of the Cleveland area. Click here for full article.

Kyle Reynolds ’99, – President-Elect, JCU Alumni Association Board

I always had an idea of what it would be like to get older. Like nearly all college students, I knew that my parents had no concept of being young since it was so different “back then.” Now that I’m in the parent stage, I can confirm there are definitely some mysteries to me. Such as: What man would wear Joggers without having lost a bet? I actually researched this, and the Urban Outfitters website indicates they are, in fact, back in style. Really? Click here for full article.

November 2014 – TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton ’05, Carroll News Alumna

Our stories help define, inspire and unite us. This is why I became a journalist–to share stories that might not otherwise be heard unless someone trusted me to tell them. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to write. Whether it was a letter, card or poem, the written word was and is a part of me. That love of writing fueled a passion for journalism and storytelling. My journalism story began at John Carroll University. Click here for full article.

October 2014 – Gina Iaderosa Samuels ’82 , Carroll News Alumna

When I wrote for the Carroll News, I was fortunate to have Paul Tobin ‘82 as my editor. He let me push the boundaries by questioning things that were imperfect in the hopes of making things better at JCU. He was intelligent, fair and easy on the eyes which made the deadlines more tolerable (insert smiley face). He left this world too young. Click here for full article.

October 2014 – Kate McCall ’09, Carroll News Alumna

When I graduated in May 2009, my time at John Carroll University was over, but students in the class of 2013 were just about to kick off their college careers. They would get to hang out in the O’Malley Center, travel to Warrensville and Coventry on the weekends and visit with friends in Schott Dining Hall for hours at a time. Even now, five years removed, it sounds like a pretty awesome life. Click here for full article.

September 2014 – Greg Hoener ’06, Carroll News Alumnus

People go to college for a lot of reasons, but one of the main ones is to someday become a human being an organization deems “hirable” and worthy of receiving a bi-weekly transfer of funds known as “a paycheck.” With that, here are five brutally honest tips for getting and keeping a job in today’s workplace. Click here for full article.

September 2014 – John Ettorre ’80, Carroll News Alumnus

For me, it all began on the first day of my freshman year, when I accidentally landed in a 400-level history class. Click here for full article.

May 2014 – Deanna DePenti ’91, ’11G, Carroll News Alumna

When I was asked to write a column for the Carroll News I was immediately flattered and terrified! Click here for full article.

March 2014 – Rochelle Young ’99, Carroll News Alumna

Can John Carroll really help make your career dreams come true? It did for me! Click here for full article.

February 2014 – Lisa Gasbarre Black, Esq. ’83, Carroll News Alumna

The sense of trepidation was palpable but not overwhelming. The larger-than-life President of John Carroll University politely waited for the young, student reporter seated before him to start the interview.  Click here for full article.

January 2014 – Tim Leddy ’77, Carroll News Alumnus

I fear writing anything that resembles advice. The thought of providing advice brings to mind my high school American History teacher, John Braucher. He said there were three things wrong with advice; too easily given, rarely taken, and usually bad.  Click here for full article.

December 2013 – Lisa Schwan ’06, Carroll News Alumna

Recently during mass, our priest told a story about Giant Sequoias, or Redwoods. His description of these magnificent trees intrigued me enough to do some research, and what I learned creates an interesting metaphor and unique approach to consider during your years at JCU and beyond. Click here for full article.

October 2013 – Don D’Amore ’84, Carroll News Alumnus

What’s important in life? What kinds of things are going to happen after you graduate? If you want to take a peak into your possible future, John Carroll has been providing a way to do that for decades now. Click here for full article.

September 2013 – Jamie Wheeler ’96, Carroll News Alumnus

The alarm went off at 5 a.m. It was just another Monday morning and I was almost getting accustom to my new routine of catching the 6:45 am flight to my sales geography. Little did I know that what seemingly was a routine day would involve an event that would forever change my life. Click here for full article.

September 2013 – Jen Rome ’03, Carroll News Alumna

Welcome (or welcome back) to John Carroll! Aside from the beautiful campus, great education, and the Inn Between, you are very lucky to be here. Why? Because the amazing city of Cleveland is right at your doorstep. Click here for full article.

April 2013 – Jake Oresick ’06, Carroll News Alumnus

Admit it: you love John Carroll. Whether you believe life begins at conception or birth, we can agree it doesn’t get really good until you live in Murphy Hall. Click here for full article.

 April 2013 – Tom Wancho ’83, Carroll News Alumnus

The last article I wrote for The Carroll News appeared in the May 3, 1983 lampoon issue (The Carroll Newz). It was so long ago that I typed the article. On a typewriter. Click here for full article.

March 2013 – Dennis Casey ’87 Carroll News Alumnus

JCU men’s hoops was THE place to be in the 80s. We alumni have greatly enjoyed the tremendous, unparalleled success the Blue Streak men’s basketball team has provided under Coach Mike Moran. Click here for full article.

February 2013 – Robert Kumazec ’07, Carroll News Alumnus

I was a failure. I had quit my first job out of college at a local non-profit after a few short months. Click here for full article.

February 2013 – Christopher M. Wenzler ’90, Carroll News Alumnus – Former Editor in Chief

Stop me if you have heard this before. “This place sucks.” So says the person who spends all his time in his room during the week when not in class, or the girl who goes home or to another school every weekend. The lesson here? Always consider the source. Click here for full article.

January 2013 – Stephanie Fellenstein ’93 Carroll News Alumna

I realized as I sat down to write this, that 20 years have passed since my John Carroll graduation in 1993. The years have flown by and it seems like just yesterday that I was hanging out with my friends in the Carroll News office. Click here for full article.

November 2012 – Ann Potter ’00 Carroll News Alumna

Take a look around you in the dining hall, dorms, classrooms, athletic fields. Who are your close friends right now at age 18? At age 22? Well, I’ve got news for you, chances are good they’ll be a part of your life for years to come. Click here for full article.

October 2012 – Emily Gaffney ’12 Carroll News Alumna

I’m going to be honest with you all; I feel strange writing this column as an alumna – probably because I’ve only recently become one. It was less than six months ago that I walked across the stage on the John Carroll quad in the interminable sun (it was in the 90s that day) to accept my diploma and shake the hand of the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. Click here to read full article.

October 2012 – Kate (Ferguson) Vendemio ’04 Carroll News Alumna

I fell in love with Washington, DC when I was in 5th grade. My scouting troop took a weekend trip to our nation’s capital and I made up my mind right then and there that I would to move to Washington, DC when I grew up. Click here to read full article.

September 2012 – Rachelle Psznick ’98 Carroll News Alumna

It has been 14 years since I graduated from John Carroll, and the memories from my time here are just as vivid today as they were back then. Click here to read the full article.

September 2012 – Rona Proudfoot ’01 Carroll News Alumna

Welcome back, students!  This may be your first year at John Carroll or your fifth. Either way, the new year means you’ve earned a fresh start. Click here to read the full article.

April 2012 – Beth Stallings ’05 Carroll News Alumna

Keeping your clothes on-trend can be a pricey and time-consuming endeavor. As a college student with stereotypically limited funds, I knew I could only make a handful of purchases each season. Click here to read the full article.

March 2012 – Greg Murphy ’01, Carroll News Alumnus

I remember it like it happened yesterday. Sometimes I still see the baseball flying deep into the night.  It was October 5, 1997, and I was just over a month into my freshman year at John Carroll. The Cleveland Indians were hosting the Yankees in game four of the American League Championship Series. Click here to read the full article.

February 2012 Valentine’s Day Edition – Clare Taft ’00, Carroll News Alumna

It is somewhat surreal to write a column for the Carroll News, sitting in my law office, rather than sitting in the CN office. I like to think that I did my best work while sitting at one of the Macs closest to the door, with the blinds open and Weezer’s “Pinkerton” playing in the background. The Carroll News most certainly shaped my college experience. Click here to read the full article.

February 2012 – Lex Tomaszewski ’01, Carroll News Alumnus

Hey you. Glad you’re picking up the latest edition of the Carroll News with the intention of reading it cover to cover. Or stuff it in your backpack and pull it out later during classes like Film & Communication, Sports Journalism or Campaign Issues and Images (all some of my favorites). Click here to read the full article.

January 2012 – Bridget Fitzgerald ’10, Carroll News Alumna

Chicago-area alumnus Bill Burke may have said it best, “You can take alumni from 1957 through 2014 and they talk like they have known each other for years.” Attending my first ‘12 Blue Streaks for Dinner’ event in Chicago sponsored by the JCU Student Alumni Association was a true example of this. Click here to read the full article.

November 2011 – Lisa (Foster) Smith ’00, Carroll News Alumna

I never went to the Thanksgiving dinners in the dining hall when I was at Carroll. I have no idea why. It probably had something to do with not thinking the cafeteria would be a good place for Thanksgiving dinner. Looking back, I wish I had. Click here to read the full article.

October 2011 – Maureen (Liller) Kraft ’01, Carroll News Alumna

I can give you the weather report for May 20, 2001. I can also share other fun facts about the day, such as what I was wearing and what I ate for dinner. Fascinating, right? It actually is for me; it’s the day I graduated from John Carroll. Click here to read the full article.

September 2011 – Dave Vitatoe ’00, Director of Alumni Relations

Hello students, I’m your new Director of Alumni Relations. I say your new director because, while you may consider yourselves students now, those who have come before you know all too well that these years go fast. Click here to read the full article.