Celebrating who we are

I’m excited John Carroll University’s 125th anniversary is finally here. For some time now, we’ve been planning a series of anniversary events and activities for this year. Seeing the 125th anniversary banners installed throughout campus and the first events become reality has been personally rewarding.

We kicked off our 125th year with Ignatian Heritage Week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5) to reflect on our Jesuit mission and the great history of our institution. Bishop George Murry, S.J., a Jesuit historian from Youngstown, Ohio, addressed the campus about our institution’s namesake, Archbishop John Carroll. During a fascinating time in early American history Archbishop Carroll founded Georgetown University. His leadership helped build the foundation for not only Jesuit Catholic institutions like ours, but American higher education in general. (Click here to read an excerpt from Bishop Murry’s speech.)

There is much more to come in 2011. Visit the 125th anniversary website (www.jcu.edu/125) for details about upcoming events throughout the year. Please save the date and plan to attend our combined Commencement & Reunion Weekend May 20 – 22, as well as our black-tie, student scholarship fundraising benefit at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Cleveland on Dec. 2. I look forward to seeing you at these and our other celebratory events.

Reflecting on who we are this eventful year, we remember a Carroll education provides students with the knowledge and skills that transcend any job or career. Our graduates can think on their feet and be creative, innovative, and ethical leaders in the workplace and their communities, which is especially relevant and meaningful in today’s economic context. The profiles this issue show how a few of our younger alumni credit their Carroll education on their respective paths of success.

During the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with alumni throughout the country in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. I’m always curious to hear what a John Carroll education means to them and the various ways they remain engaged in the Carroll community. I especially enjoy hearing how alumni help recruit, mentor, or hire our students. If you know someone who is interested in attending the University, you can direct them to visit two valuable web resources, www.jcu.edu/success and www.JohnCarroll.tv, and encourage them to visit campus in person.

My favorite, recent comment came from a parent of one of our 2010 graduates. He quoted his son, who said he “wouldn’t change a single thing about his Carroll experience.” That is a wonderful endorsement of how our entire campus community of faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends come together to nurture our students and make John Carroll a first-rate institution. I feel blessed to be a part of it and sincerely appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into making us a strong, values-driven university.

May God’s grace be with you during this Lenten season as we look forward to the renewing hope of Easter.

Blessings,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.


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