The power of partnerships

Effective partnerships require dedication, trust, and hard work. Strategically overlapping in purpose, different entities can come together to build a relationship and cooperate for the greater good. In that spirit, I am proud of the many partnerships John Carroll University has formed – especially those that deeply enrich the student experience.

The unprecedented pace of change and complexity of problems in the world have created many challenges to which colleges and universities must respond. As such, our partnerships have allowed us to make a difference in the world by responding in meaningful ways.

The connections Carroll has developed with businesses, hospitals, and service organizations benefit our students during their time on campus and after graduation as involved alumni. During my time as president, I have seen our mission come alive through experiential learning. Internships, immersion trips, and service to others have greatly enhanced the John Carroll experience, and these opportunities have provided life-changing experiences for our students. With your help, our Forever Carroll Campaign will allow us to transform even more lives in these areas.

For example, our psychology department is spearheading a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and other local organizations that allows our students to partake in hands-on training internships with autistic children and their families. Thanks to Tracy Masterson’s ’97, Ph.D., hard work, students have the opportunity to help with clinical research, shadow experts, and work one on one with autistic children, while gaining relevant, professional undergraduate experience.

Our outreach to others is strong locally, but it extends far beyond Northeast Ohio. The creation of our Honduras medical immersion trip was driven by Margaret Finucane ’80, Ph.D., who modeled the experience after the program initiated by Gesu Parish. Political science professor Lauren Bowen, Ph.D., led the first JCU Honduran immersion trip in May 2007, allowing our students, faculty and alumni to join and become men and women for others and learn through service. When the John Carroll mission brigade arrives with their backpacks full of supplies in Honduras – which is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere where people live without access to sufficient health care – they live the calling of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to serve those in need.

We live in a busy world fueled by the power of partnerships and social media. Now more than ever, our students need the robust network and connections John Carroll has worked so diligently to create for more than 125 years. Our alumni have an influential reach. As such, we have a network of intelligent, service-minded leaders who continue to shape our reputation of being a university that educates men and women to think beyond themselves and solve problems that affect society more broadly. I am proud of these efforts and feel blessed to be a partner helping move Carroll forward.

Yours in Christ,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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