Around the Quad

  • The World Union of Jesuit Alumni held its 2017 Congress on the JCU campus, the first meeting in North America since 1956. More than 500 Jesuit alums and friends from 30 countries came to JCU for five days of discussion about Jesuit apostolates, including Higher Education. The keynote speakers included: Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J. ’84, President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada; Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries; Rev. James Martin,  S.J., who was the “Official Chaplain to the Colbert Nation” and wrote “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything;” and Chris Lowney, author of “Heroic Leadership,” a text used in the Boler School of Business. Rev. Arturo Sosa, the Father General of the Society of Jesus, joined the group via live teleconference. Many of the speakers on the panels throughout the Congress were JCU alums and board members. An entire panel of JCU doctors spoke about medicine and spirituality. JCU graduates Andrew Rafferty ’09, our first “Meet the Press” fellow and now a political reporter at NBC News, and Caitlin Huey-Burns ’09, a political reporter at, joined the panel on media. Other panel topics included refugees, economics, wrongful convictions, science, business ethics and the arts.
  • The Chartered Financial Analyst University Recognition Program has acknowledged the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance degree as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become a highly respected and recognized investment credential. Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the University’s finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and advantageous for students preparing to sit for the CFA examinations. Additionally, JCU is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA program each year.
  • John Carroll ranks 23rd nationally in 2016 CPA exam pass rate for first-time takers from institutions with 21 to 65 reported candidates, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Report on the CPA Exam – 2016 University Edition. The group includes more than 300 institutions. The JCU pass percentage was 67.1 percent compared to the national average of 54.4 percent. Additionally, Carroll ranks first in Ohio for the overall pass rate for first- time takers and ranks first in Ohio for the Auditing & Attestation and Financial Accounting & Reporting sections for institutions with at least 10 takers.
  • Prospective student interest in three signature programs – Arrupe, honors, and leadership – is more than twice what it was last year. As a result, the University will expand these programs. The directors of these programs – Malia McAndrew, Ph.D. (Arrupe), Angela Jones, Ph.D. (Honors), and Kyle O’Dell, Ph.D. (Leadership) – will lead the expansion. JCU will offer more scholarships in these three programs and plans to doubled the size of the programs by fall 2018.
  • In March, Richard Kramer ’86 – chairman, chief executive officer, and president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – came to campus to speak about publicly held companies in Ohio as part of the Edward J. and Louise E. Mellen Series on Publicly Held Ohio Corporations. Each semester, the series affords students, faculty, and the broader business community the opportunity to meet executive officers of Ohio-headquartered companies and learn about the strategic focus of their companies and challenges they face.
  • In February, the JCU working group Slavery-Legacy and Reconciliation and Black Students in Action co-hosted two events on campus. The first event, “John Carroll University: Our History,” included a panel presentation and discussion about the history of slavery in the Catholic Church and slaveholding with the Carroll family and John Carroll. The second event, “JCU: Our Story,” was a panel discussion about the experiences of black JCU alumni. The campus community, along with the Antioch Baptist Church congregation, were engaged in a process of learning and reflection to grow in the JCU community’s commitment to justice for all.
  • This May’s commencement speaker was Fr. Myles Sheehan, S.J., M.D., the assistant to the provincial for senior Jesuits of the Maryland and Northeast provinces. Fr. Sheehan, a physician with specialties in internal medicine and geriatrics, works alongside provincial assistants to oversee health-care centers and strengthen care for older Jesuits. Additionally, the following alumni from the medical profession received honorary degrees at commencement: Michael Anderson, M.D., ’86; Robert Juhasz, D.O., ’77; Robert Hostoffer, D.O., ’81; George Lewandowski, M.D., ’78; Holly Perzy, M.D., ’85.

Faculty focus

  • Biology professor James Watling, Ph.D., received a collaborative award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey for the project “Turning the Science of Connectivity into Action: Finding Consensus Models, Key Nodes, and Priority Parcels.” With North Carolina State University as fiscal agent, the $13,074.54 portion for John Carroll primarily will cover graduate student costs for this research project. Watling also received a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to continue work with a team optimizing landscape connectivity models in the Southeast region of the U.S.
  • Maria Marsilli, Ph.D., a history professor, is the interim coordinator of the graduate humanities program. Marsilli will plan and develop curriculum and outreach in alignment with the academic program review and will recruit, advise, and teach graduate students as she administers the program. An interdisciplinary scholar, Marsilli has supervised essays and theses for graduates and undergraduates and has contributed her expertise to university curriculum development and assessment.
  • Three professors have stepped down from full-time work. Duane Dukes, Ph.D., has retired from the sociology department after 40 years. Dukes dedicated himself to support student learning by helping design the forensic behavioral science minor. Brenda Wirkus, Ph.D., who has earned the Culicchia and Distinguished Faculty awards (the University’s highest accolades), is co-founder of the Women’s Caucus, was chair of the philosophy department, and was director of the applied ethics and humanities programs. Mark Treleven, Ph.D., who taught the supply-chain curriculum since 1989, held the Standard Products – Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management in the management, marketing, and logistics department for five years, as well as leadership positions in the Decision Sciences Institute.
  • Dan Palmer, Ph.D., professor of computer science, received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award, which was presented to him during the commencement ceremony on May 21. The award is given annually to a faculty member who has made a significant and balanced contribution to teaching, scholarship, service, and the spirit of Jesuit education.

Student spotlight

  • JCU’s Model African Union, along with advisor Malia McAndrew, Ph.D., attended the 15th Annual Model African Union Conference at Howard University. Fifty-five schools, including international participants, participated in the simulation. The JCU delegation represented Madagascar. Mariella van der Sluijs ’19 won a Committee Leadership Award. Of the 54 nations present in her committee, van der Sluijs was one of three delegates to receive this honor for those who show the most significant contributions to fostering consensus, capturing the essence of complex issues, and leading their committee toward effective action.
  • The senior class of 2017 selected Adrianna Gradisek as the winner of the Beaudry Award. Gradisek was selected to receive the only student award given at commencement (May 21 this year) for her excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, commitment to Christian values, and service to the University and greater community.


  • Eight alumni represented JCU at Super Bowl LI in Houston:
    • Jesse Ackerman ’02, ’07G, head strength and conditioning coach, Atlanta Falcons;
    • Nick Caserio ’98, director of player personnel, New England Patriots;
    • Josh McDaniels ’99, offensive coordinator, New England Patriots;
    • David Ziegler ’01, ’07G, director of pro personnel, New England Patriots;
    • Jerry Schuplinski ’99, ’02G, assistant quarterbacks coach, New England Patriots;
    • Nick Caley ’06, coaching assistant, New England Patriots;
    • Frank Ross ’10, pro scout, New England Patriots; and
    • D.J. Debick ’13, scouting assistant, New England Patriots.

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