From the tower
• The University was named one of the nation’s top 100 best values in the private universities category by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. JCU is one of five schools in Ohio to be recognized in this category. Kiplinger’s rankings emphasize academic quality and affordability. Criteria include a school’s admission rate, academic support, graduation rate, cost, and financial aid.
• The Boler School of Business maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. The BSOB retained its dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting, a distinction earned by less than 5 percent of business schools in the world. The tradition of excellence in Boler’s accountancy program is highlighted by numerous success measures, including internships, almost-100-percent job placement, first-time CPA exam pass rates, service, and community engagement.
• For the fifth consecutive year, JCU and its Celebration of Service student veterans program have been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Schools list. This ranking places the University in the top 15 percent of student veteran programs nationwide. More information is at militaryfriendlyschools.com.
• A team of accounting students in the Boler School of Business competed in
the 2013 Deloitte FanTAXtic Regional Competition where it earned second place and was honored with a regional honorable mention award. Carroll had two teams, A and B. The B team received the honorable mention. By finishing second in the region, each member of Team B received $200, and the University received $2,000 from Deloitte for scholarship awards, which will be split among all 10 participants. This is the fourth consecutive year a JCU team has received at least an honorable mention award in a Deloitte tax competition.
• The University supports a nationwide environmental sustainability initiative launched by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, the St. Francis Pledge, which centers on curbing the effects of climate change and raising awareness about its impact on poor neighborhoods. The pledge encourages individuals, families, parishes, and other organizations to:
- pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
- learn and educate others about the causes and moral dimensions of climate change;
- assess how individuals, families, parishes and other affiliations contribute to climate change by energy use, consumption, waste, etc.;
- change choices and behaviors to reduce climate change; and
- advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions.
• The University celebrated the annual Ignatian Heritage Week Jan. 26 – Jan. 31. The week featured an opening Mass celebrated at Gesu by Fr. Jayme Stayer, S.J.; the Celebration of Service Award ceremony, which includes the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Community Service Award, The Staff and Administrative Service Award, and the George B. Sweeney ’55 Campion Award (student service awards); and keynote speaker Fr. Thomas Lucas, S.J., rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at Seattle University, who discussed the reestablishment of the Jesuits in 1814.
• Jerome DeSanto, Ed.D., vice president for planning and chief information officer for the University of Scranton, agreed to serve as the University’s executive vice president effective March 17. DeSanto will be responsible for JCU’s operations through planning, project management, and direction of key administrative functions serving as executive assistant to the president, corporate secretary, liaison to the board of directors, and coordinator of the vice presidents council. He’ll supervise legal affairs, human resources, facilities services, information technology, external properties, and institutional planning. DeSanto has been at Scranton for more than 30 years.
• The University hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 22. Stefan Bradley, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Saint Louis University, was the keynote speaker who discussed the role of young people in the civil rights movement.
• George Bilgere, Ph.D., and Phil Metres, Ph.D., faculty members in the English department, were named 2014 Creative Workforce Fellows by the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture. Bilgere and Metres are among 20 fellows who will receive $20,000 each this year to be used to advance their artistic endeavors and development. Since its inception in 2009, the annual program has provided almost $2.5 million of fellowship grants. The award- winning Bilgere has authored five collections of poetry, and Metres has earned many awards as the author of several books.
• The University received a NetVUE Program Development Grant for $44,226 from the Council of Independent Colleges funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. The program, titled Building Capacity for Reflection, will allow John Carroll to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduates. Anne Kugler, Ph.D., professor of history, is the project director.
Forever Carroll campaign
• JCU received a $1-million grant from the John Huntington Fund for Education to provide scholarships and financial aid for bright undergraduates. The grant is targeted toward students majoring in scientific or technical fields, including biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and accounting. Peter Adams, president of the fund’s board of trustees explained the importance of partnering with John Carroll: “It’s because of your very fine curriculum in the technical and scientific areas that gives students the preparation they need to become successfully employed in a competitive, global working environment.”
• Bob Heltzel ’70, retired owner and president of Kenilworth Steel and member of the University’s board of directors, and his wife, Heidi, donated $1 million to JCU to advance a key pillar of the campaign – enriching the academic experience for students. The gift establishes the Heltzel Endowed Professorship in Economics in the Boler School of Business.
• Jim ’80 and Josie Myers are supporting the campaign with a $1-million gift that will establish The James W. ’53 and Lucille M. Myers Family Endowed Scholarship. A second-generation alumnus, Myers, who serves on the University’s board of directors, is CEO of Petco Animal Supplies. The couple’s gift is named in honor of Myer’s parents. Visit forevercarroll.org to see the couple discuss why JCU is important to them.
• Tyler Flynn ’14 and Nicole Shellenbarger ’15 were awarded scholarships to study
in Ireland by the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland, which sponsors Carroll students each year at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. The scholarships are open to students of all majors and are awarded competitively. Flynn and Shellenbarger are studying at NUI Galway during the spring 2014 semester. Flynn, a senior English literature major and history minor, works as a consultant in JCU’s Writing Center and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature. Shellenbarger, a junior biology major, participates in the Arrupe Scholars Program and has served on immersion trips.
• In the 2013 Pride of CASE V Awards contest, John Carroll magazine earned the silver winner in the Best Alumni/Institution Magazine category for medium-size institutions. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s annual awards program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of programs within the advancement, alumni, and communications fields throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The contest generated 482 entries. Other CASE awards are:
- a gold winner for the Forever Carroll campaign video in the Best Video Features category;
- a silver winner for the Human Rights Film Festival poster in the Excellence in Design, Posters category;
- an honorable mention for the University’s alumni chapter program in the Best Volunteer Engagement Program category; and
- honorable mention for the Forever Carroll campaign in the Best Graphic Identity/Logo category.
• John Walsh, university editor, earned two awards from the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists – first place in the Best Media Criticism category (less than 60,000 circulation) for “Print – sick but not dying” and first place in the Best Explanatory Journalism category (less than 60,000 circulation) for “A code of ethics.”
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