In the spirit of St. Edmund Campion, the George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service recognizes sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and social justice motivated by a faith perspective. Established in 1996 by JCU alumnus George B. Sweeney ’55, this fund honors John Carroll University students who have made significant service contributions, both on campus and in our larger community and who are committed to becoming leaders in social action.
The award is named for St. Edmund Campion, an English Jesuit who was martyred in 1581. Campion rejected a life of prestige, power, and wealth to spend his life in service to others in most need.
The one-year, $1,000 award is granted to educate promising student leaders in social policy analysis in a faith perspective. The Center for Service and Social Action also administers up to $500 in additional funds to each Campion Award recipient for materials, printing etc. associated with an approved campus-based service project.
Recipients of the Campion Award:
2016 | Marina Giannirakis ’17 & Robin Goist ’18
Marina Giannirakis is a junior sociology and criminology major and an Arrupe Scholar from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. She has dedicated her time and energy to weekly service since her freshman year. Her service activity involvements include Carroll Ballers, the Carroll Reads early literacy program, The Fatima Family Center, US Together Refugee Resettlement Center, and the “We the People” civic education program. Marina is a member of the Students for Social Justice group, co-chair of the Human Trafficking committee, a leader of the Cleveland Neighborhood Project, the vice-president of her sorority, and one of six students who was selected to serve as on the Center for Service and Social Action student leadership team. Marina was one of four students selected to participate in the 2015 Shepherd Internship Program. For her internship, she worked in rural Helena, Arkansas in a legal aid clinic, researching cases on social security and disability issues for people living in impoverished areas. Marina exemplifies the characteristics and qualities of the Campion Service Award.
Robin Goist is a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio pursuing a major in communication and journalism. She is a standout leader whose commitment to service exemplifies the Jesuit ideal of being a woman for others. As a freshman Arrupe Scholar, Robin got involved early, and quickly stepped up to assume leadership roles in Students for Social Justice coordinating AIDS awareness week and a fair trade Valentine’s Day fundraiser to benefit the Domestic Violence And Child Advocacy Center. She was noted for her impressive dedication, persistence and dependability. She has been involved with wide ranging service activities including tutoring children through the Carroll Reads early literacy program, caring for the elderly at Eliza Bryant Senior Village, and working with young adults with developmental disabilities at Youthability. As a 2015 Fellow with the Ohio Student Association she has canvassed Cleveland neighborhoods to gather data and input on the transportation needs of residents and the most significant problems they face. She will present her findings to the City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation with the hopes of improving the system. Robin truly inspires others to do more, be more, and serve others.
- 2015 | Patrick Vecellio ’16, Annmarie Kirchner ’17
- 2014 | Courtney Radtkin ’15, Katie Coffey ’15, Grace Donnelly ’16
- 2013 | Alyssa Giannirakis ’14, Ned Barnes ’15, Michael Gong ’15
- 2012 | McKenzae Bartels ’14, Maggie Hutchison ’14, Julia Blanchard ’14
- 2011 | Catherine Distelrath ’12, Jeffrey Hatgas ’12, Jillian Dunn ’13
- 2010 | Daniel Fitzmaurice ’11, Thomas Coast ’12
- 2009 | Natalie Terry ’10, Kevin Henderson ’11
- 1999 | Chris Kerr ’00, Trena Marks ’00, Patrick Corrigan ’01
- 1998 | David Birchok ’99, Patrick Scanlan ’00, Brian Sinchak ’00
- 1997 | Grant Mast ’98, Melanie Shakarian ’98, Julie Thorud ’99
- 1996 | David Roth ’97, Penny Roxas ’98, Valerie Williams ’98