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Spring 2017
Our class reached our one-year anniversary, and the “I can’t believe we’ve been adulting for a year” feeling is openly mutual. I remember the first days of spring as a freshman. Students flooded outside of Murphy Hall in their shorts and Ts, playing KanJam and tossing footballs. Smiles were omnipresent, happiness was unavoidable, and gratitude was overflowing. I’m nostalgic for my memories on the Quad with JCU’s finest, and now I have the pleasure of sharing what some of them are up to.

Anna Stein is attending Boston College, where she participates in the Master of Theological Studies program. She is studying metaphysics, feminist existentialism, and virtue ethics. Her goal is to go onto Ph.D. studies to become a philosophy professor. Like a true JCU alum, Anna is living out social justice at Manna, where she spends time with the homeless of downtown Boston.

Mason Morrow completed the Army’s ordnance basic officer leadership course at the Army Logistics University. He has been given the opportunity to compete for explosive ordnance disposal in Virginia. “If all goes well, I’ll be moving to Florida in June for more training,” he says. If any of you know Mason personally, you know as well as I do all will certainly go well.

Kevin Tyransky, an account manager at MFS Supply, is grateful to be able to apply the lessons and morals that JCU taught him in his everyday life. When asked what he misses most he said, “Being able to nap” (same).

Sarah Brown graduated this month from Carroll with an MBA. She’ll begin work at Deloitte in the fall.

Sara Kaminski works for Oakwood Labs as a business development analyst. She expresses her love for JCU’s global community saying, “You find JCU alumni everywhere … even though JCU is a small school, the pride in being a Blue Streak is immeasurable.”

Bovell, Esber, and Ivey

Ariel Bovell, Mara Esber, and Jaslyn Ivey attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The three, all from different cities, found each other in the crowd under a set of balloons that spelled out “Ohio.” Mara said Ohio is what brought them together at JCU, and it did again in D.C. Each with a different reason to march, the young women showed solidarity. Regardless of anyone’s beliefs, they paid tribute to the most important lesson John Carroll taught us: Be aware of the interdependence of all humanity and sensitive to the need for social justice in response to social pressures and problems.

Thank you, each of you, for all you do. Congratulations on year one of adulthood. We are Forever Carroll.

Madeline

Madaline Sweeney
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Cassidy

Cassidy

Winter 2017
It’s honorable – graduating from college and finding your place in the world. Many of our classmates are traveling, have found work, and are living their dreams and missions. Others, though, have been called to serve. Some classmates volunteered to dedicate a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and it’s inspirational to see what they’re doing. Catherine Calhoun works among people with and without disabilities and shares her life in a faith community at L’Arche Syracuse in New York, which works to build a world that recognizes the unique value of every person and people’s need for one another. It’s a true vision of solidarity. Grace Donnelly is a Civicorps member in Oakland, California. Civicorps helps young adults make a lucrative step in their careers. From high school diplomas to full-time jobs, the program brings hope to those who struggle. Jaslyn Ivey works at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore helping ensure those affected by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential. The values of faith, dignity, and collaboration are shared 24 hours a day. Emma McCarthy is at Home Base, where she helps heal the invisible wounds of war for post-9/11 service members, veterans, and families. Anna Sivak teaches at St. Benedict Primary School in Punta Gorda, Belize. Samantha Stein is a volunteer at Kansas City (Kansas) Care Clinic, which provides basic health-care services to those who can’t afford them. Cat Cassidy volunteers with the YWCA in Missoula, Montana, where she works to eliminate racism; empower women; and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity. Being women for and with others, our classmates are impacting the world in such a positive and beautiful way. As they continue to serve our world, we wish them the best of luck the rest of the year. Thank you for your service. We’re grateful for you all.

Madeline

Madaline Sweeney
madelinegsweeney@gmail.com

Fall 2016
Our class is off to a beautiful start. During a summer of work in Columbus and many weekends traveling to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and other cities, I’ve heard that many classmates are longing to return to Carroll, or at least be united with the community we found there. Our years there were special, but our class is showing JCU proud in the workforce and graduate school. Regina Poderzay graduated with a double major in mathematics and Italian studies while receiving a minor in statistics. Regina, a graduate student at Youngstown State University, is a teaching assistant for freshman algebra. Zak Zippert, who started graduate school at Carroll for his master’s of educational counseling, works at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland as a public education initiative fellow. Alyssa Coleman is in graduate school at The Ohio State University, where she plans to graduate with a master’s of accounting. She also has made the OSU Marching Band, which has been a lifelong dream for her. She’s part of the little “o” in Script Ohio.

Many of our fellow Blue Streaks have hit the streets of countless cities. Michael Hydzik was offered a full-time position at Goodyear after an internship there. Since accepting the position, Hydzik has spent time in Oklahoma and Brazil, finding his way to the Olympics in Rio. He’s well prepared for his next trip, which is to Mexico. Danielle Stelbasky, who lives in the Cleveland area, is a behavioral therapist at Kidslink Neurobehavioral Center for children with Autism. She’s thankful for the relationships she made at Carroll. Kirsten Biddle decided to stick around Cleveland to work for VividFront, a digital marketing agency. After interning for a year, she received a full-time offer as a marketing/account coordinator. Mary Kate O’Connor has moved home to Buffalo, New York, where she works at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a marketing program coordinator. Embodying what she learned at Carroll, Mary Kate is extremely grateful for the classes she once thought were irrelevant. She’s thankful for her liberal arts education.

I wish the best of luck to my fellow graduates. As we move forward into the next phase of our lives, know that JCU will always be a part of you. I miss it every day.

AMDG.

Madeline

Madaline Sweeney
madelinegsweeney@gmail.com

Summer 2016

Madaline Sweeney
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