2015 Tim Russert Photography Contest

Sense of place: John Carroll Campus

Share your visual interpretation of John Carroll University, with it’s local, national and global programs, it’s diverse student and faculty community.  Show us your take on the JCU spirit.

For the 2015 Tim Russert Photography Contest, we are looking for original photographs that depict John Carroll University as a place to live and study.  This year’s theme of Sense of Place encompasses the feelings and experiences connected specifically to our University Heights campus.  Visually conveying a sense of place is as much an emotional process as geographic concept.  How are you experiencing the Jesuit-based university’s traditions in rituals, celebrations, academic activities and athletic events?  How do you view the mix of classic Gothic and Contemporary campus architecture, with it’s green space, statues and memorials?

Our contest inspiration

Tim Russert loved John Carroll. He loved the community spirit where everyone looked out for each other. This year’s photography contest theme is again inspired by Tim Russert’s ideas about the importance of community.

Growing up in Buffalo, Russert recalls the importance of neighborhood in his memoir, Big Russ and Me: ”People looked out for one another as a matter of course” (p. 22). Neighbors would bring over soup or a meal to help if a Mom or Dad was sick. Neighbors kept an eye on your house; kids played outside with each other; if you misbehaved or did something dumb or stupid, one of the other parents didn’t hesitate to step in. He called it “a powerful but invisible neighborhood watch system.” (p. 23)

As a student in the John Carroll community, Russert wrote, he felt comfortable right away. “I loved the experience of living away from home and making new friends.” (p. 222). What he remembers most were the extracurricular activities and spending time planning events for campus. He also recalled during the tough days after the Kent State shootings, Fr. Schell, the president, led an outdoor mass on the Quad that helped unify the campus at a difficult time.

For this year’s Tim Russert Photography Contest, we are looking for original photographs that depict a sense of John Carroll University as a place to live and study.

What is a sense of place?  It is an expression of the feelings and experiences people have that are connected to a specific locale.  Represented in this expression can be its natural features and physical environment, such as buildings, architecture, green space, statues and other memorials.  But it also includes festivals, sporting events and rituals that happen in the community.  It can also be the everyday social interaction and relationships.

The winners of the 2015 Russert Photo contest were:

First Place: Danielle Goddard

John Carroll Will Guide You Home

Danielle Goddard 1 st place


Second Place: Bridgett Hannah

Faith and Friends

Bridgett Hannah 2 place








Third Place: Sarah Milli

Foggy Class CommuteSarah Milli 3 place








Honorable Mention: Karen Adams


Karyn Adams Honorable Mention








Honorable Mention: Kyle Curtis

Sea in the Skies

Kyle Curtis Honorable Mention








Honorable Mention: Alexandra Higl

A New Form of Friendship

alex Higl Honorable Mention








Honorable Mention: Svetlana Knezevic

John Carroll is Faith

Svetlana Knezevic Honorable Mention