From the tower
• The University is ranked No. 7 overall in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges. This marks the 25th consecutive year the publication named JCU a top 10 regional university offering master’s programs. Carroll earned the No. 1 spot for a “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching,” and ranks No. 5 in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category. The rankings are available at usnews.com/colleges.
• This fall, the University welcomed the largest freshman class in a decade. The class of 2017, comprised of about 800 students, hails from 310 high schools, 21 states, and six foreign countries. While 13 percent of the class is first generation, 25 percent is an immediate or extended family member of someone who attended John Carroll. Academically, the class achieved an average high school GPA of 3.53.
• Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus (middle), capped a two-week visit to the U.S. with a meeting with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Oct. 10-11 at Loyola University Chicago. The historic meeting was the first in which Fr. Nicolas met with the presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities (including Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., right) and the chairs of the boards of trustees for each institution (including Dave Short ’81). “As the number of Jesuits declines and the demand for Jesuit education increases, Father General is asking Jesuit schools to collaborate creatively and make best use of the Jesuits themselves,” Short says. “He’s also asking us to think seriously about how to better share the Jesuit educational tradition with the lay faculty and staff who are implementing the vision of St. Ignatius.”
• JCU awarded the Educational Specialist graduate degree in school psychology for the first time at the University’s commencement May 19. 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 is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.
• Washington Monthly magazine, which rates schools based on their contribution to the public good, ranked JCU 19 of 684 best colleges and universities nationally that offer master’s degrees. The ratings are based on each school’s contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility – recruiting and graduating low-income students; research – producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorate degrees; and service – encouraging students to give back to their country.
• The university’s teacher education program earned reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education through October 2019. NCATE reviewers highlighted several strengths and outcomes of the program: (1) Faculty and staff collaborate closely with area schools to share expertise, integrate resources, and maximize learning for teacher candidates and children. (2) Teacher candidates use unique strategies to motivate K-12 students in different settings and are confident in their ability to design and implement lessons in schools. (3) Teachers and principals frequently hired or attempted to hire JCU graduates who completed student teaching or advanced-level internships in their districts. (4) Recent graduates working as teachers who improved student learning.
• The College of Arts & Sciences established the Miles Coburn Endowed Professorship in Environmental Science in honor of Miles Coburn ’75G, Ph.D., a highly regarded biology professor who taught at JCU from 1982 to 2008. He was killed tragically while riding his bike in Newbury Township, Ohio, in August 2008. The biology department has begun a national search for an environmental biologist. The position will be at the rank of a tenure- track assistant professor, and the successful candidate will be appointed as the Miles Coburn Professor of Biology.
• JCU welcomed three members of the Society of Jesus to campus this fall. Rev. Francis Chishala, S.J., and Rev. Jayme Stayer, S.J., Ph.D., joined academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fr. Chishala is pursuing a master’s degree in communications management, and Fr. Stayer rejoined the English Stayer department, where he worked from 2008 to 2010. Rev. Mark George, S.J., serves at the Church of the Gesu next to campus working in sacramental ministries.
• The Boler Part-Time MBA ranked second among Northeast Ohio programs and among the top six part-time MBA programs in Ohio, according to U.S. News & World Report. The methodology is based on: (1) average peer assessment score; (2) average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2012; (3) average undergraduate GPA; and (4) work experience – the percentage of the business school’s fall 2012 MBA enrollment that’s part time.
• The University’s new Spiritual Wellness and Counseling Certificate Program is designed for (1) pastoral care professionals of different faiths seeking additional training in recognizing and responding to mental illness and profound mental distress; (2) mental health professionals seeking an enhanced understanding of the role of spirituality in clients’ lives; and (3) medical professionals seeking a deeper understanding of how spirituality and mental distress can affect their patients. Classes are scheduled to begin January 2014. Application information is available here.
• His Excellency Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, former apostolic nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt and delegate to the League of Arab States, visited campus Oct. 7 to discuss dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Archbishop Fitzgerald provided an insider’s perspective about recent events in Egypt and interreligious dialogue. He also presided at Mass in Saint Francis Chapel as part of his visit, his second to JCU since 2006.
• The Boler School of Business welcomed five new faculty this semester. The management, marketing, and logistics department welcomed Alison Dachner, a full-time assistant professor of human resources; Thomas Bonda, assistant visiting professor in entrepreneurship and marketing; and Jaume Franquesa, assistant visiting professor in management. The economics and finance department welcomed Sokchea Lim, visiting professor in economics; and Haiwei Chen, visiting professor in finance.
• The College of Arts and Sciences welcomed six full-time faculty members this fall: Michael Bowen, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of history; Mary-Michelle Coleman-Walsh ’97, ’08G, visiting assistant professor of communication and theatre arts; Jean Feerick, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Luke Reader, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of history; Rev. Jayme Stayer, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Pamela Vanderzalm, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
Bricks and mortar
• The University dedicated improvements made to the patio area of the Fairmount Circle shopping center on Sept. 3. Additionally, Sweet Melissa, a popular eatery on Cleveland’s West Side, is scheduled to open in November. It fills the space formerly occupied by North Park Grille.
• The Murphy Hall renovation is on schedule for a fall 2014 opening. Project updates are: (1) the infrastructure for suites and rooms on the third floor is in place, and drywall is being installed; (2) floors, walls, and exterior brickwork on additions is almost in place; (3) windows are installed, and the exterior envelope is in place so work can take place inside during the winter; (4) the interior wall and floor finishes for all areas have been selected.
• Cadets from the JCU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps participated in a Leadership Development Assessment Camp at Fort Lewis in Washington. The cadets – who participated in a practice ambush, rifle marksmanship, and an obstacle course – earned a first place ranking out of 278 schools. JCU has the highest three-year average for cadet total scores in its brigade, which is comprised of 38 programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
• Rachael Greuber ’14 started a JCU chapter of STAND, an international, student-led movement to end mass atrocities, in spring 2013. Last spring, STAND brought the One Million Bones project to campus. Their inspiration was an initiative that involved the gathering and display of one million handmade bones on the National Mall in Washington. The installation honored victims and survivors of genocides and mass atrocities throughout the world.
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