From the tower
• The University awarded the Educational Specialist graduate degree in school psychology for the first time at commencement in May. Recently approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ed.S. in school psychology is a terminal degree representing significant advanced training beyond the master of education degree. The combined M.Ed./Ed.S. program in school psychology, which is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, consists of 78 semester hours and is typically completed in three years. Individuals with specialist-level degrees, including the Ed.S., comprise the majority of employed school psychologists in the U.S., according to NASP.
• Anne Kugler is the associate academic vice president for faculty development and summer programs. She’ll continue her current responsibilities as director of faculty development and take over responsibilities for summer programs from Joe Miller, who has been director of summer programs since 2006 in addition to teaching as a professor in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.
• Gregory Gutmann ’13 received a full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology to pursue a master’s degree in computational biology at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Gutmann, who majored in computer science and East Asian studies, studied in Japan in the fall of 2012 through an exchange program with Nanzan University. In the spring of 2013, Gutmann received the Fr. Richard J. Schuchert, S.J., Memorial Prize in East Asian Studies in recognition of his academic achievements and commitment to the field. The Solon, Ohio, native plans to begin the master’s program at TITECH in October. His scholarship also can be extended to fund doctoral studies.
• Three neuroscience students earned excellence awards for their research at the 67th annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference at Providence College in Rhode Island. JCU students have won excellence or first-place awards at the conference for 26 consecutive years. Jeffrey Dunn ’13 received awards in two categories: the outstanding research paper and poster presentations in psychology. Kayla Meckley ’13 and Sarah Slagle ’13 received an award for the outstanding poster presentation in biopsychology/ neuroscience. The students’ conference submissions resulted from their independent research projects in JCU’s neuroscience concentration, which involves students majoring in biology, chemistry, or psychology. Neuroscience students conduct research on campus and at institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth System, and University Hospitals. Helen Murphy ’67G, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience concentration coordinator, and Cyrilla Wideman, Ph.D., professor of biology, accompanied the students.
• JCU senior catcher Mackenzie Griffin ’13 leads the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Softball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A communications major with a 3.72 grade point average, Griffin was chosen as the Capital One Division III Academic All-America of the Year award winner for softball. She’s the first student-athlete in any sport at JCU to receive this honor.
• D3baseball.com released its annual All-America team, and first baseman Jimmy Spagna ’14 was named Honorable Mention, a distinction that spans all of NCAA Division III baseball. Spagna, who has been named first team All-Mideast Region by D3baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association, was a first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection after an outstanding junior year.
• A number of JCU student-athletes made the Ohio Athletic Conference’s 2013 Spring Academic All-OAC award winners list. To be named Academic All-OAC, an athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, maintain varsity status, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50. The following are the student-athletes who received the award:
• David Lykens ’16, 3.59, undeclared
• Vinny Trivisonno ’13, 3.58, exercise science
• Nicole Fluharty ’14, 3.84, biology
• Mackenzie Griffin ’13, 3.72, communications
• Rachel Byrnes ’15, 3.64, psychology
• Morgan Robinson ’14, 3.56, English
• Michael Witmer ’13, 3.68, undeclared
Women’s track and field
• Emily Mapes ’16, 3.92, business
• Anna Busta ’14, 3.89, psychology
• Danielle Sample ’15, 3.82, undeclared
• Haley Turner, ’15, 3.76, Spanish and communications
• Nicki Bohrer ’14, 3.75, general chemistry
• Megan Martinko ’15, 3.73, history
• Tess Barsody ’16, 3.54, undeclared
Men’s track and field
• Brian Bayer ’13, 3.76, communications and Spanish
• Nick Williams ’15, 3.69, biochemistry
• Gage Marek ’15, 3.69, undeclared
• Nick D’Amico ’15, 3.68, business
• Bill Zaccardelli ’13, 3.62, accounting
• Will Rial ’13, 3.54, political science