Around the Quad

From the tower
• The Boler School of Business’ MBA program ranked second among MBA programs in Northeast Ohio and sixth in the state according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate School Rankings. The undergraduate business program was ranked 22nd in the nation in academic quality, fourth in the state, and 74th in the nation according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 Best Undergraduate Business Schools. Additionally, the undergraduate program received an A for teaching quality by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The 2012 edition of the Best Graduate School Rankings are available at colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com

Grasselli Tower turned 80 years old Feb. 5. The 150-foot tower has housed a seismology lab, The Carroll News, radio station, and phone center for fund-raising. Even ROTC cadets have rappelled down the facade of the campus landmark. The tower’s construction was priced at $5,436 in 1931. The larger bell in the tower, which rings on the hour, weighs 2,000 pounds; and the smaller one, which used to ring on the half hour, weighs 820 pounds. This summer, a significant preservation project will be undertaken. For more information about the tower, watch a YouTube video at http://go.jcu.edu/4g.

• The display of Jesuits from throughout the world in the campus ministry hallway was transferred to the Grasselli Library to make room for “I Pray” campaign photos, which promote a culture of prayer at Carroll. Members of the JCU community demonstrate how personal prayer animates their lives and the University’s mission.

• The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work to Donna Byrnes, associate dean of students. The award is conferred on individuals who’ve made significant contributions to students and student affairs work through their leadership and service at one or more Jesuit universities and colleges.

• JCU will host the 2012 Ignatian Immersion Experience Coordinator Summit June 19-21. Coordinators working in ministry, service-learning/academics, and student affairs will participate in meaningful reflection and discussion about their work to engage students in the reality of the world. For more information, visit ignatiansolidarity.net.

• David Wong, formerly the executive director of budget and financial analysis, is now executive director of academic finance in which he oversees financial management and budgets in academic affairs. Wong will develop comprehensive financial plans and detailed budgets, as well as help coordinate the evaluation of revenues and expenditures from all funding sources within the academic division: operating budgets, endowments, grants, and other restricted funds.

• Sean Harrington, a biology graduate student, was awarded the 2011-12 Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-In-Aid for Herpetological Research from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Harrington is the only student in the nation to receive this year’s grant, which defrayed his travel expenses to conduct research at the academy this spring. Harrington is studying skeletal data from salamander specimens, part of the academy’s world-class collection of reptiles and amphibians. The research will expand the number of species he can analyze for his thesis exploring the skeletal development and evolution of amphibians.

• The University has been named to the 2012 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The selection is a recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for JCU’s commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation.

• Brendan Gulick ’13 and Dale Armbruster ’14 are on the watch list for the 2012 Jim Nantz Award. The sportscasting award is given annually by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. JCU is the only university with more than one finalist. Gulick and Armbruster work for WJCU, SportsTime Ohio, and webcast for the University’s sports information department. The 2012 Nantz Award winner will be announced May 4.

Ignatian Heritage Week
• As part of Ignatian Heritage Week (Jan. 29 – Feb. 3), the Celebration of Service Award Ceremony was held Jan. 31 to recognize individuals in the JCU community for their commitment to service and social justice. Maggie Hutchison ’14, McKenzae Bartels ’14, and Julia Blanchard ’14 were presented with the George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Student Award; Gloria Vaquera was presented with the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for community service; and Tom Reilley ’99 was presented with the Staff and Administrator Service Award.

• Ignatian Heritage Week honored the University’s Jesuit heritage and tradition while provoking dialogue and reflection about the mission and identity of Carroll. Keynote speaker Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology in the Theology and Religious Studies department, spoke about Vatican II and the vocation of the laity, specifically how the connotations of the laity by the church have become more positive throughout the years.

Events
• JCU’s Annual Career Fair took place Feb. 2. More than 100 organizations from various industry fields attended to recruit for internships, volunteer, part-time, full-time, entry-level, and experienced positions. Students of all majors, undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni attended.

• “Our Greatest Year,” a new play by English department alumni Robert Attenweiler ’97 and Scott Henkle ’96, debuted in Cleveland March 22, 23, and 24. The play, which is about love, Cleveland sports, and coping with both, premiered in New York City in June 2011 and received a positive review from The New York Times.

• The eleventh annual A Celebration of Scholarship! took place the week of March 26. The campuswide event showcased the scholarship, creative activity, and intellectual achievement of the Carroll community with a particular emphasis on undergraduate research. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators presented papers, posters, and original art. They also participated in panel discussions to celebrate their work. For more information, visit jcu.edu/celebration.

• Faculty, staff, and administrators participated in the “Give Back to Carroll” campaign through the 3rd Annual Carroll Chili Cook-Off Feb. 14. FSAs have until May 31 to surpass last year’s participation rate of 21 percent. Pete Bernardo ’67, ’72G from the advancement division won the cook-off. Bernardo and 12 other colleagues from throughout campus helped make the annual event successful. Judges were: Steven Hammett ’77, University Heights fire chief; David Rodney, University Heights Police Chief; and Paul Hanna ’12, student call center manager. People’s choice award winners were: Christina Beg from the advancement division (first place); Pat Caruso from the office of residence life (second place); and Andy Welki from the economics and finance department (third place).

• About a dozen JCU students met with government representatives at Ohio’s Statehouse in Columbus March 21 to discuss state financial-aid-related issues affecting the student body. Students had the opportunity to advocate on behalf of higher education. The Ohio College Opportunity Grant was cut 50 percent a few years ago, and the state has been able to maintain it in the current budget cycle. The ability for legislators to hear the direct impact of financial aid on student’s lives is an important piece of effective advocacy.

• Charles M. Geschke, Ph.D., chairman of the board and co-founder of Adobe Systems, will be JCU’s commencement speaker May 20. Geschke holds a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University, as well as a master’s degree in mathematics and an A.B. in classics from Xavier University. A 1956 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, he taught in the JCU math department from 1963 to 1968. He has selflessly contributed to education, the arts, and other nonprofit organizations.

• JCU will host the 2012 Ignatian Immersion Experience Coordinator Summit June 19-21. Coordinators working in ministry, service-learning/academics, and student affairs will participate in meaningful reflection and discussion about their work to engage students in the reality of the world. For more information, visit ignatiansolidarity.net.

Misc.
• The Carroll News was recognized for journalistic excellence by the Society of Professional Journalists during the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the Region 4 Spring Conference March 23-24 in Lansing, Mich. Managing editor Dan Cooney ’13 was recognized as a finalist in the category of Breaking News Reporting – 4-Year College/University, and the newspaper as a whole was recognized as a finalist in the category of Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper – 4-Year College/University.

• The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work to Donna Byrnes, associate dean of students. The award is conferred on individuals who’ve made significant contributions to students and student affairs work through their leadership and service at one or more Jesuit universities and colleges.

• Rich Mausser ’00G, vice president of finance, had one of his crossword puzzles published by the L.A. Times (and consequently the Cleveland Plain Dealer) for the second time. His latest puzzle was published Thursday, Feb. 23.

Faculty focus
• Brenda Wirkus, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, received the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award, which is given annually to a faculty member who exemplifies a quality classroom performance and a balanced contribution to scholarship, community service, and the spirit of Jesuit education.

• English professor Phil Metres’ poem “Home/Front” won the Anne Halley Prize for best poem published in the Massachusetts Review in 2011.

• Political science professor Elizabeth Stiles assumed the editorship of the Journal of Economics and Politics, a publication of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS).


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