The construction on the Hamlin Quad was only one of many restructuring efforts by the University this year.
Fundraising accomplishments, a pilot program for international students, various faculty changes, and John Carroll University’s re-accreditation all took effect as the semester began.
A ‘soft landing’ for
Over the summer there were several developments in support of student success at JCU. Eric Patterson, who now works for the enrollment division, coordinated a “soft-landing” program for new degree-seeking international students.
The students receive specifically designed academic courses for the first semester, a rigorous orientation, handpicked roommates and access to a student support network of peer mentors and resident assistants.
“We have faculty, admissions, residence life and student affairs all working together on this. And that’s a good thing,” said Patterson.
Although still a pilot program, Patterson said the students are “transitioning successfully,” and the staff is learning how to prepare for a larger number of international students.
New faces, new positions
Students may need to update their contact information for many departments, as various administrative changes took effect recently.
Julia Karolle-Berg took over for Robert Kolesar as the director of the Honors Program.
Maryclaire Moroney is now the associate dean for advising and student services. Mindy Peden completed her two-year term in this position and went back to teaching in the political science department.
Mary Beadle, Marc Lynn, Cathy Rosemary and Paul Shick are new department chairs for communication, management, marketing and logistics, education and allied studies, and mathematics and computer science department, respectively.
They replace Karen Gygli, Rich Grenci, Brendan Foreman, and Doug Norris, who have completed their terms. Dianna Taylor was re-appointed as chair of philosophy.
Juan Cantu Luna will be an ACE Fellow in the academic vice president’s office this year. Luna is from the University of Monterey, Mexico, and will be with the University for a total of 16 weeks this year as part of his professional development as an ACE Fellow.
JCU’s science programs have also welcomed new members to their programs. Hans Wrage is the new teaching and research support technician in physics. Kathleen Lee is the new health professions advisor, succeeding Gwen Kinebrew, who has retired. Nick Santilli has returned to the faculty in the psychology department and will serve as director of planning and academic budgeting.
Re-accrediting the University
Also, John Carroll is preparing for its re-accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in the academic year 2013-2014. The criteria for re-accreditation are changing, so a number of faculty and others will be sent to learn more.
A forward-minded school
The University advancement team, with the support of many of the faculty members, raised over $23 million in cash and new commitments last year. This includes hitting the $1.9 million goal for the Carroll Fund.
At the opening faculty workshop, the deans announced two new gifts that will support two faculty positions – a $2.5 million endowed chair in business ethics in the Boler School of Business and an endowed professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences on environmental studies in honor of the late Miles Coburn.
JCU and Coburn’s family are currently raising funds to fully fund the professorship at $1 million minimum.
Two major gift officers have recently been assigned to support the deans in the fundraising effort – Christina Beg, director of major and corporate giving, will support Dean Karen Schuele and the Boler School of Business, and Mary Vining Rycyna, director of major gifts, will support Dean Jeanne Colleran and the College of Arts & Sciences.