Emily (Kelsey) Ingram ’81 graduated from Carroll with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. After spending several years in JCU’s admissions office covering the Chicago market, she joined the Sherwin-Williams management training program through her Carroll connections. Then she moved on to work in the human resources department at Bank One and then Huntington Bank. Ingram met her husband, Charlie, on a blind date in Cleveland and later moved to upstate New York, then Erie, Pa. The Ingrams have two children – Kelsey (23) and Nicholas (21).
My fondest memory of Carroll: There’s not just one. The overall experience – including friends, fellowship, and a sense of belonging – are ones I’ll carry with me the rest of my life.
A JCU education means a quality education, exceptional faculty, and friends you’ll make for life.
Giving back to Carroll is important because it’s my responsibility, as one who has been privileged to earn a degree from JCU, to allow others to have the opportunity to do the same.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2004, Paul Clapp spent the next five years in sales and management for Enterprise Holdings, the corporate parent to several rental-car companies. In 2011, he earned a Master of Education from JCU concentrating in U.S. history. As a graduate student, Clapp was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. Currently, he’s a compliance specialist for a local company in the military field. Clapp, who has competed in three half marathons and the full Detroit marathon, has been an assistant wrestling coach at Kirtland High School in Ohio since 2007. He works regularly with Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest magazines as a photographer’s assistant.
My fondest memory of Carroll: I have so many fond memories it would be unfair to single out any particular one. I’m blessed to have learned so much from John Carroll, not only in the classroom, but through the many extracurricular activities I participated in. I learned life lessons by working many late nights as an editor for The Carroll News. I learned how to be a better person through my time as an ROTC cadet. I learned how to think critically while being on the football and wrestling teams. As member of Kappa Sigma, I learned what true friendship is and how it lasts a lifetime. I learned how to lead through the many amazing opportunities I was afforded as a student. As I reflect on my journey in life, I can attribute most of my success to the education I received at Carroll.
A JCU education is unparalleled for many reasons. My experiences at Carroll made me who I am today. Fr. Casey Bukala’s, S.J., words have proven to be true many times: “Who I am is related to who I am yet to become. I am an individual. I am unique. I have a name. And I continue to write my story as I live my life.” I’m thankful to have had a Jesuit education that prepared me for my experiences outside Carroll. Many other professors taught me how to think critically, think outside the box, and never settle for the status quo.
Giving back to Carroll is important because I’d be selfish not to. The Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., called us to be men and women for others, and giving back to JCU is one way we can do just that. Who would I be if it weren’t for John Carroll?
After Toledo, Ohio, native Rosanna Violi ’07, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, she spent a year of post graduate volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Ore., working for a nonprofit organization that provides social services to the poor and homeless. Violi returned to Ohio to completed a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in municipal government, at the University of Toledo. Currently, she works in local government administration in Northwest Ohio. Violi and her fiancé, Paul, are planning to wed in the summer of 2014.
My fondest memory of Carroll: It’s so difficult to pick just one: the midnight breakfast; “All I Want for Christmas is You” playing nonstop on the jukebox in the atrium; living in good old Murphy Hall; snowball fights on quad; service projects and retreats; friendships made. However, if I had to pick just one, it would be during my second year of being a tour guide in the admission office where I saw the faces of students I had given tours to the year before walking to class as freshman.
A JCU education is unique. It encourages you to strive for more, prepares you for your chosen career, and infuses the spirit of becoming a man or woman for others.
Giving back to Carroll is important because alumni involvement is crucial to its continued success. As alumni, we know what Carroll instilled in us – in and out the classroom – better than anyone. Giving back to my alma mater is my way to ensure future students can experience the wonderful opportunities Carroll provides.
When Jenny Dambrosio-Cooper ’07 first started at John Carroll, she knew she wanted to study in the Boler School of Business. Ultimately, she decided to double major in marketing and logistics. She also worked in the University’s alumni and development departments for four years. After graduating, she worked in the product management department at American Greetings Corp. in Brooklyn, Ohio, where she still works, albeit on the retail, design and experience team. While working at AG, she returned to school and graduated with an MBA, specializing in marketing, in 2009 from Cleveland State University. She lives in Macedonia, Ohio, with her husband, JJ Cooper, whom she met her senior year at Carroll. They married on July 31, 2010 in the St. Francis Chapel on the JCU campus.
My fondest memory of Carroll: participating in Christmas Carroll Eve every year. There was always something special and so beautiful during Christmas time at Carroll. The beautiful lights around the quad, the Christmas trees, and the Christmas music were the best. I looked forward to it every year, and still try to attend when possible. I loved to carol around the quad, attend Mass at Gesu, and then go to midnight breakfast. Those were some of the best and most memorable times.
A JCU education is well rounded and unlike many others. Not only do John Carroll students experience all types of classes for their specific major and minor, they’re also required to complete various classes that contribute to being well rounded and knowledgeable. Additionally, professors don’t just focus only on course content and facts. All staff members stress the importance of focus on helping students to understand how they can take what they learn and make a difference in the world. We’re taught to be men and women for others and go out into the world and lead and serve. We learned it’s important to give back. Not only do students go out into the world ready to work and start a career, they head out wanting to make a difference.
Giving back to Carroll is important because it helps give current and future students the same opportunities I had. People always tell me that when I talk about John Carroll, I have such a special connection to the school. They say they wish they had the same experience and connection with their own schools. Attending John Carroll was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’d do it again. I want other students to have a similar experience.
After John Bugner ’08 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish, he obtained a Master of Arts in sport management at The Ohio State University. Returning to Cleveland, he completed an internship at Baldwin Wallace University hosting the NCAA DIII Track & Field Championship. For the next 18 months, he served as the assistant facility manager for the athletics department at Washington University in St. Louis and hosted two more NCAA Championships. In 2012, Bugner returned to Ohio State as the assistant director of event management for the athletics department, where he enjoys providing remarkable experiences for the student-athletes and alumni.
My fondest memory of Carroll: I had such a positive experience at JCU one memory would be too difficult. My time on the cross country and track-and-field teams provided so many positive experiences, such as the camaraderie of my teammates, mentorship from my coaches, and the discovery of my future career in intercollegiate athletics. Other stand out moments: Sunday night Mass; midnight breakfasts; snowball fights on the quad; and my favorite professors – Drs. Gatto, Kugler, and Calkins.
A JCU education provided a living laboratory to become a contributing member of society, expanding knowledge through challenging coursework, honing and improving important skills, providing leadership opportunities, and instilling the importance of leadership and service to others.