Seniors to Watch 2010 – Profiles

April 15th, 2010

Jason Miller

Hometown: Hicksville, Ohio

Majors: Logistics, Marketing

Awards Received at JCU: Boler School of Business 50th Anniversary Scholarship; Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics’ Outstanding Scholar; Dean’s List

The key to success is determination, dedication, desire, goal setting, having a strong, supportive network of friends and family.

Plans after JCU? I’m starting a Ph.D. program in logistics at Ohio State University in the fall of 2010.

Any advice for incoming freshmen? Treat college as though it’s a job, but maintain balance in life.

Who is your role model? My mother lost her parents and husband (my father) within a 10 year period, but has remained strong.

Any additional information you want us to know? I would like to thank my professors and friends (those still here and those that have moved on) for making these last four years amazing. [I want to give] special mention to the Boler London Program.

Matt Tomayko

Hometown: Solon, Ohio

Major: Psychology

Awards Received at JCU: Dean’s List, Nicholas DiCaprio Award for the Distinguished Graduate in Psychology

What are your extracurricular activities? Varsity Tennis, Club Ultimate Frisbee

The key to success is applying what you learn [in the classroom] to your own experiences.

Plans after JCU? I want to move to North Carolina and find a job.

In ten years, I will be either finally finishing up a Ph.D. in psychology, teaching guitar and busking, or going on tour playing music.

Fondest memory at JCU: I liked playing Frisbee out on the quad on the few beautiful, sunny days of the year.

Any advice for incoming freshmen? Apply what you learn to your own life experiences.

Who is your role model? Thich Nhat Hanh, who is a Vietnamese monk and poet is my role model.

Jill White

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Penn.

Major: Finance with a minor in Mathematics

Awards Received at JCU: Dean’s List, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Beta Gamma Sigma, Clifford Scholarship in Finance, Boland Ernst and Young Scholarship for Women, Student Union Student Leader Award, Financial Executives Institute Outstanding Graduate Award

The key to success is enjoying what you do. If you like what you’re doing, you’re going to put effort into making sure you

succeed and help others to succeed simultaneously.

Plans after JCU? Moving to Chicago to start a job with GE Capital as an investment analyst.

In ten years, I will be researching and teaching logistics and/or supply chain management at a major


Fondest memory at JCU: My fondest memory of John Carroll is definitely winning the inaugural JCU Intramural GUTS Tournament last year.  It was fun, competitive and my team was awesome.

Andy Johnson

Hometown: Prescott, Wis.

Majors: Communication and Theater Arts, Sociology

Awards Received at JCU: Student Leader of the Year, JCU EMS Provider of the Year, Alan Stephenson Scholarship, John R. Carpenter Award in Criminology

Extracurricular Activities: John Carroll EMS (Chief 2009-2010), disc jockey and production director for WJCU, tour guide for the JCU admissions department

The key to success is figuring out what you love and striving to do your best at it.

Plans after JCU? I plan to work for either Target Corporation or the United States Secret Service.

Fondest memory at JCU: I liked anything that has to do with my floor in Pacelli (second floor T-wing) during my freshman year.

Who is your role model? My grandfather, who taught me never to give up on my dreams and that you’re never too old to learn is my role model. He completed his GED when he was 83.

Elise Wygant

Hometown: Erie, Penn.

Majors: Biology, Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry

Awards Received at JCU: Dean’s List, nominated for Fenton D. Moore Award in Biology

Extracurricular Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Order of Omega, Environmental Issues Group of the Biology Club, research assistant for Prof. Drenovsky’s Lab, previously a resident assistant and a member of the Residence Hall Association

Plans after JCU? I am attending the University of Georgia to get my master’s in Plant Biology as a Teaching Assistant.

In ten years, I hope to have my family started and have a job where I will be able to continue research.

Fondest memory at JCU: My greatest memories have all involved Kappa. I know that these friendships [I made through Kappa] will last.

Any advice for incoming freshmen? Learn to have fun and study hard, and make sure to always have a stress relieving back-up plan.