Around the Quad

– The University hosted the second annual conference The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Marine Highway, titled “Fitting the Pieces Together,” Aug. 30. Its purpose was to explore how the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway give Northeast Ohio manufacturers and shippers a competitive advantage in the global economy. Bradley Hull, Ph.D., associate professor and Reid Chair in the Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics, wants to raise awareness of Northeast Ohio shippers to the potential of using water transportation between Northern Europe and Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago.

– The second annual Service and Nonprofit Internship Fair, hosted by the Center for Service and Social Action and the Center for Career Services, took place Sept. 3. More than 50 community partners from throughout the Cleveland area met with interested JCU students, staff, and faculty to discuss their work in the community and ways others can become involved through service activities, learning, and internships.

– The Footprints for Fatima 5k Run 1-Mile Walk, which took place Sept. 25, supported JCU’s Fatima Food Drive. All proceeds benefited families in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. The first 150 runners/walkers received an official Footprints t-shirt. Awards included: overall men – Dominic Valentino; overall women – Lauren Gunderman ’13; student – Peter Croke ’12; alumni – Dan Collins IV ’91; and FSA – Fr. H. Paul Kim.

– The 2010 Ride for Miles, commemorating the life and work of Miles coburn, Ph.d., took place Sept. 26. The event consisted of a 15-mile, police-protected route through the eastern edge of cuyahoga county and featured live music and food. Online contributions were accepted. All proceeds from the event, which generated more than $10,000, support the Miles coburn Environmental Seminar at jcu and other environmental and bicycle safety initiatives.

– Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., visited John Carroll Sept. 28 for an all-campus presentation about his book, “Tattoos on the Heart,” which is about the lives, struggles, and spiritual journeys of the working poor in East Los Angeles who’ve turned away from gang culture to find dignity and redemption in meaningful work. For more information about Fr. Boyle and his book, visit

– The Mandel Foundation, the Geller Fund for Human Relations, JCU Honors Program, JCU Global Education, and the Departments of Psychology and Physics sponsored a two-day Spotlight on Immigration symposium Oct. 1 and 2. Alejandro Portes, Ph.D., presented “Dreams Fulfilled and Dreams Shattered; Determinations on Segmented Assimilation in the Second Generation.” Luis Alberto Urrea, Ph.D., presented his book, “The Devil’s Highway,” in a talk titled “The Devil’s Highway and Stories of Immigration.”

– The political science department and the Peace, Justice and Human Rights program welcomed Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe Oct. 6 in the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. Sr. Nyirumbe delivered a talk about her experiences helping create a safe home for women who were able to escape the Lord’s Resistance Army in Gulu, Uganda.

– On Oct. 9, the Ohio Fair Trade Expo took place on campus for the second consecutive year. John Carroll was chosen to host because of a strong commitment to fair trade in many areas throughout campus, especially students’ engagement in education and awareness about fair trade. The expo is an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about fair trade and demonstrate its commitment to social justice.

Carroll distinctions
– JCU’s Boler School of Business is one of the 300 outstanding institutions featured in The Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition. For more information, visit

– JCU is among 32 colleges and universities selected by The Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum- and faculty-development project that’s part of Association of American Colleges and Universities Shared Futures initiative. It’s funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Participants were chosen from among more than 140 public and private institutions throughout the country. The project seeks to build the capacity of colleges and universities to prepare students to grapple with global challenges and thrive in a globalized economy as socially responsible and engaged citizens and workers.

Bricks and mortar
– This past summer, a new concrete patio with heated pavers to reduce winter salting was poured in front of Sutowksi Hall; the parking lot between Rodman Hall and the O’Malley Center was repaved; and the sidewalks in the following locations were removed and replaced: in front of the Dolan Residence Hall, the Administration Building-Boler School of Business archway, parallel to the BSOB lot, between Millor Hall and the Bernet Hall circular driveway, and a section near North Park Blvd.

– The University made slate roof repairs on the Dolan Science Center and Administration Building and Boler School of Business. Tuck pointing was done on the BSOB and the Breen Learning Center, and there were repairs made to the breezeway connecting the Administration Building and BSOB.

– The paving stone walkway surrounding the exterior of Kulas Auditorium, as well as the public walkway in front of the Administration Building, was closed for several weeks in the fall to allow for needed waterproofing and tuck pointing repairs.

Student spotlight
– The John Carroll team of Paul Merrill, Corey Barnett, Maria Perossa, Jeanniece Jackson, and Rosario Scibona placed second at the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week competition at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. The team’s idea was an Apple iPad application for an electronic menu for restaurants. Named Menu 2.0, the company’s value proposition includes increased revenue for the restaurant, a better dining experience for the customer, and advanced marketing opportunities for the proprietor. The team won $2,000 and committed to further developing their idea this year through the Entrepreneur Association’s Reality Bridge program.

– Junior Randall Darden finished ahead of almost 500 other Army ROTC cadets in the Army Physical Fitness Test held as part of cadet training. Passing the test is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant. His achievement on the APFT placed him in the top 2 percent of his 456-person regiment. The test, which measures the student’s strength and endurance, consists of sit-ups and push-ups, each timed for two minutes, and a two-mile run.

– Eleven cadets from JCU’s Army ROTC Battalion completed the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Wash., this past summer. Three seniors in the Wolfpack Battalion scored in the top 4 percent nationally against 5,342 cadets: Chad Cotter, Michael Schmitt, and Thomas Krakowiak. Schmitt ranked No. 89 and Cotter No. 90 out of 5,342, ranking them in the top 2 percent nationally. Wolfpack Battalion members ranked sixth out of 38 schools in the 7th Brigade, Cadet Command footprint. JCU’s Army ROTC program achieved the highest average in the Brigade footprint among private institutions.

– For the third year in a row, The Carroll News was voted the best college, nondaily newspaper by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

New positions


Brenda Wirkus, Ph.D., in the Department of Philosophy, accepted the position of director of the Master of Arts in Humanities program. During her 26-year tenure at carroll, she has served in a number of leadership positions and has been associated with the humanities program since its inception.


Anne Kugler, Ph.D., professor of history, is serving a three-year term as director of the Center for Faculty Development, succeeding Mark Waner, Ph.D., who resigned from the position to become the project director for the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship Program at John Carroll. Kugler is a vice chair of the faculty council, a member of the faculty committee on finance and compensation, and an elected member of the Academic Planning Task Force working group on faculty work.



Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations since October 2007, accepted the director of fundraising position at the Cleveland Foodbank starting mid-December. Theresa Spada ’04, assistant director of alumni relations, will serve as interim director. Spada served as alumni and special events coordinator before being promoted to assistant director in March 2008. Her leadership and knowledge of alumni relations will ensure a smooth transition and continue to build on the momentum and related success to engage alumni in all aspects of the University. Highlights during Lavin’s time as director include: the creation of the Student Alumni Association, the first ROTC Alumni Reunion (Homecoming 2008), universitywide collaboration and related enhancements to reunion and homecoming weekends, and efforts to increase broader awareness, and participation in, the Alumni Medal nomination and selection process.

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