From the tower
• In U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Colleges rankings, JCU placed seventh among universities in the Midwest offering master’s programs. This marks the 24th consecutive year the University has been named as one of the top 10 regional institutions. Carroll is ranked sixth in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, and third in the “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” category. Rankings are available at usnews.com/colleges.
• The University’s entrepreneurship program was recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the 18th best program in the nation and the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program in Ohio. This marks the second consecutive year JCU has made the list.
• JCU’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship celebrated its annual Muldoon Awards Nov. 1. Edward F. Crawford, chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp., was honored with the John J. Kahl Award for Creative Leadership. The Ronald G. and Nancy Harrington Family, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, was honored with the Edward M. Muldoon Award for Civic Entrepreneurship. The Muldoon Awards have been held annually at John Carroll since 2005. For more information, visit jcu.edu/muldoonawards/.
• The John Huntington Fund for Education gave $1 million in support of JCU’s scholarship program. The gift will directly support the University’s efforts to expand scholarships to Cuyahoga County (Ohio) students with a focus on scientific and technical studies.
• JCU partnered with Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District creating the R.E.A.L. Early College High School, which welcomed more than 30 freshmen to the first early college class this fall. Students will have the potential to complete all of their high school core requirements by the end of their sophomore or beginning of their junior year, with the added potential of earning as much as two years of college credit at Carroll.
• A Jesuit Wall of Fame is displayed in the lobby of Grasselli Library. The Society of Jesus has played a significant role in the development of cultures worldwide. The wall of fame displays 24 of the religious order’s most impressive members.
• Robert Clines, an ’07 history major, received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete research on his doctoral dissertation at Syracuse University. He will be researching Jesuit missions to the Ottoman Empire, at the Jesuit archive in Rome. Additionally Jack Morton, a 2011 physical education and exercise science major, was awarded a Fulbright to teach English at Ukrainian universities. Morton studied abroad in Russia and England as an undergraduate.
• Five students from biology professor Rebecca Drenovsky’s lab attended the Botanical Society of America meeting this summer. They were presenters or coauthors on posters presented at the meeting. Two of the students won awards. Albina Khasanova won the Best Poster Award from the physiological section (she has won this award two years in a row), and Jennifer Murphy ’10 won the Best Graduate Student Poster Award from the Ecological section.
• The JCU Entrepreneurship Immersion Week team earned the bronze medal at the 2012 Entrepreneurship Education Consortium Immersion Week, which took place in August at Case Western Reserve University. EIW team members were Kyle Cassidy ’15, a management major with an entrepreneurship minor; John Escano ’14, a biochemistry major; Jaclyn Mace ’13, a communications major and an intern in the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship; Lisa Perry ’14, a communications major with a minor in entrepreneurship and a concentration in information technology; and Alyse Viggiano ’13, a marketing major with minors in entrepreneurship and philosophy. The team’s idea involved the use of a gel with embedded metal fragments to wrap an injury and a magnet to harden a splint. The product will be used to stabilize an injured area for transport to appropriate medical treatment facilities.
Bricks and mortar
• Renovation to modernize and transform Murphy Hall is expected to start this summer. A newly renovated Murphy Hall, which helps the University compete more effectively for talented students, will provide suite-style amenities, dedicated study areas, improved accessibility, and modern gathering spaces. Improving the living conditions helps JCU continue to provide an outstanding overall college experience. The renovation will preserve the Gothic architecture that’s part of the University’s identity. The hall is expected to be the University’s first LEED-certified building and be back online for the fall 2014 semester. For more information, visit jcu.edu/murphyhallreno.
• Richard Hansler, Ph.D., and Ed Carome, Ph.D., ’51 of the University’s Lighting Innovations Institute were featured on CBS affiliate WOIO (Channel 19) for their research about the potentially damaging effects of artificial light from late-night texting, emailing, or TV. Working with JCU colleague Vilnis Kubulins ’89G, the researchers developed special light bulbs and eyeglasses that remove the blue rays that can disrupt sleep and possibly cause other health problems. They’re available online at LowBlueLights.com.
• Peifang Tian, Ph.D., assistant professor in the physics department, has been awarded a single-investigator grant of $35,000 from the Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for the project “Modeling the Light Propagation in Brain Tissues Using Monte Carlo Simulation with a Dynamic and Heterogeneous Tissue Model.”
• Gary Porter, Ph.D., associate professor of finance in the Boler School of Business, conducted research that finds random luck might be the secret to people’s success when it comes to investing in mutual funds. He and Bryant University finance professor Jack Trifts, Ph.D., discovered that even the most successful mutual fund managers had their greatest performance during the first three years of their careers. Their winning trends declined with more experience. Their findings, based on 80 years of data, appear in the Journal of Applied Finance in a paper titled “The Best Mutual Fund Managers: Testing the Impact of Experience Using a Survivorship-bias Free Dataset,” which can be accessed at jcu.edu/library.
• Men’s and women’s lacrosse will debut as varsity sports, with competition beginning during the 2013-14 academic year. The lacrosse teams will be built on the existing talent of the University’s club teams. This is the first addition of a varsity sport at Carroll since the 1999-2000 academic year when women’s golf began competing. The addition of the teams will bring the number of athletic teams at Carroll to 23 (12 men and 11 women). The University, an NCAA Division III institution, is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. For more information, visit jcusports.com.
Faculty and Staff
• The poetry of George Bilgere, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor July 1. Keillor recited “Tamed,” from “The Good Kiss,” a collection of poems by Bilgere that won the 2002 Akron Poetry Prize. Bilgere also is the author of The White Museum (2010) and Haywire (2006). Public radio stations throughout the country, as well as XM satellite radio, broadcast The Writer’s Almanac.
• Rev. Bernard McAniff, S.J., was appointed assistant dean of students reporting to Sherri Crahen, Ph.D., dean of students. Fr. McAniff will focus on student development and support for undergraduate students experiencing a wide range of personal and academic issues affecting their performance and success.
• Mary Beth Javorek, Ph.D., ’85, ’92G was appointed director of the University Counseling Center. Javorek, who joined the counseling center in 2000 as a therapist, added responsibilities as the training coordinator in 2003 and was promoted to associate director in 2010. She also worked in residence life for five years and served as the interim coordinator for Services for Students with Disabilities.
• Leone Marinello (1920-2012), professor of communications and director of theatre (1949-1986) passed away in September. In his memory, The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts dedicated its fall season to honor him and the inspiration he gave to so many. The Fall Marinello One Act Series played in the Marinello Little Theatre Oct. 18-21, and the fall Kulas Production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” played Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, and 11. Also in his memory, Gale McNeeley ’68 brought his one-man comedy show, “Archie and Mehabital,” to Marinello Little Theatre Nov. 10. Contributions to the Leon J. Marinello Theatre Fund can be made by contacting Pete Bernardo ’67 in the alumni office at 216-397-4217 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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