Events of note

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion led Safe Zone trainings in which 51 faculty and 93 administrators participated this academic year. Safe Zone aims to create a visible network of support consisting of community members who are understanding, supportive, and trustworthy to students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allies. Training for the 2013-2014 academic year will be announced in August. To learn more, visit

This year, the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, directed by Joan Nuth, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since its opening in Fall 2003, 89 people have been certified through this two-year training program for spiritual directors. The ISI grads are active in promoting the Spiritual Exercises in various ways throughout Northeast Ohio. The ISI celebrated with a gala dinner at JCU on Saturday, April 13 with 105 attendants.

Holocaust Remembrance Day was recognized April 8 at John Carroll with a memorial service and program titled “Am I My Neighbor’s Keeper? Dynamics of Moral Courage for Holocaust Rescuers” presented by Fern Ruth Levy, Director and Founder of the Anne Frank Moral Courage Project of Cleveland and former adjunct in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theater Arts. The event was organized by Sheila McGinn in collaboration with David Markovich (student president of Hillel) on the memorial service and sponsored by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies and co-sponsored by:
• the Louis E. and Marcia M. Emsheimer Charitable Trust Philanthropic Fund;
• Hillel at John Carroll University;
• the Tuohy Chair for Interreligious Studies;
• the Bediüzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies;
• the Center for Service and Social Action;
• the Department of Sociology and Criminology;
• the Department of Psychology;
• the Program in Applied Ethics;
• the Institute of Catholic Studies; and
• the Office of Campus Ministry.
More than 150 people from JCU and the surrounding community participated in the two events, which were covered by Fox 8 and the Cleveland Jewish News. The video recording of the events will be available through the Department of Theology & Religious Studies website at

The Carroll News was awarded first place nationally for overall excellence among student newspapers published weekly or less frequently by the Society for Collegiate Journalists and second place in the “Best All-Around, Non-Daily Student Newspaper” category among similarly sized institutions from the Society of Professional Journalists. Bob Noll, Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theatre Arts, is faculty advisor for the newspaper.

The John Carroll University Advertising Team received 4th place in the American Advertising Federation’s District 5 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in Dayton, Ohio on April 13, 2013. The students conceived, developed, and delivered a $10-million advertising campaign for the 2013 NSAC client, Glidden. Additionally, the team earned the third highest overall presentation score out of the nine competing teams from universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Jenna Drenten, Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics, is faculty advisor for the team.

Student presenters include (from left) Ryan Porten, Matthew Yager, Lisa Perry, Sara Needham, and Geoffrey Bloom.

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