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Dear Graduate School Community—

We've done it! We've made it through another year (and at this point, at least five winters). And, not only have we made it, but we have so much to celebrate. This weekend, we'll honor the newest members of our graduate alumni. We're so excited to applaud you, with your family and friends at Commencement, where we will hear from our speaker, Marla E. Pérez-Davis, Ph.D., Director of NASA Glenn Research Center. We also began a new tradition this year—a Commencement Brunch, held last weekend and co-sponsored by our Alumni Office colleagues. Our keynote speaker was André Alamina ('17, '19G), Senior Strategy Analyst at BrightEdge and co-Founder of TMM Media LLC.

As we close out this academic year, we look forward to next year. For the first time, our Counseling Department will be offering its Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online, as well as on campus. The Graduate School also will be launching new Master's degrees in Digital Marketing & Communication Strategy and Sports Leadership. These programs are designed with adult learners in mind--being offered fully online to give graduate students the flexibility they need in their busy lives. If you or someone you know is a good fit for these programs, we encourage you to reach out to our admissions staff in the Graduate School. We would be happy to answer your questions

Thank you so much for all you do to support graduate education at John Carroll. Onward on, Blue Streaks!

        Rebecca E. Drenovsky, Ph.D.
        Dean of Graduate Studies
        Professor of Biology
Commencement Events
Multicultural Recognition Program
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6 p.m.
Hosted by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the 10th Annual Multicultural Recognition Program celebrated 120 undergraduate and graduate students who come from historically marginalized backgrounds. Graduates received first-generation cords (first in their family to attend college) and lavender cords (graduating LGBTQIA+ community members and their allies) at the event and the Kente Cloth, a Graduation Stole.
Graduate School Commencement Brunch
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Offices of the Graduate School and Alumni Relations, the first-ever Commencement Brunch celebrated Spring and Summer 2022 graduates. We enjoyed toasting to the graduates with alumni and faculty members. Guest speakers included Connie Gilbert ('22G), Graduate Student Association President, Dr. Rebecca Drenovsky, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dave Vitatoe ('00), Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations. Special thanks to our keynote speaker, André Alamina ('17, '19G), for sharing his insights on the value of a John Carroll graduate education.
Graduate School Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11 a.m.
Hamlin Quad
Baccalaureate Mass
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center
Graduate Student Association
2022-2023 GSA Executive Board
The 2022-2023 GSA Executive Board officers have been elected! Thank you to all who applied for positions and voted for these important graduate student representatives. The GSA Executive Board members are for the 2022-2023 academic year are: 
  • President
    • Ziad Roufael, Emerging Leaders MBA
  • Vice President of Operations
    • Miles Tiemeyer, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Théo Rosa, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Vice President of Finance
    • Priyaka Narine, Emerging Leaders MBA
  • Vice President of Marketing and Media
    • Pankaj Amarnani, Emerging Leaders MBA
Student and Alumni News
Congratulations to all of our graduate students and alumni who have been engaging in outstanding scholarship and being recognized for their work! Check out the recent accomplishments featured below.

Conference Presentations:
  • Mildred Akagha, Biology '22: Mildred recently presented at the 60th Annual Northeast Algal Symposium (NEAS) in Burlington, Vermont. The theme for the symposium was “Keeping It Fresh: Water Quality in Northeastern Lakes and Reservoirs” and Mildred presented on "Albertania and Egbenema gen. nov. from Nigeria: Expanding biodiversity in the Oculatellaceae (Cyanobacteria)."
    • Mildred imparted some advice to other graduate students stating, "Conferences are an essential part of your academic career. You get the opportunity to talk about your research and learn valuable information from people working with similar techniques, organisms, or populations. There is the benefit of networking and building relationships with other scientists which would promote friendships with researchers who can be great resources for you at any stage of your career. In essence, attending and presenting at conferences offers countless opportunities to young researchers and sometimes we all need a little push, so here’s my little push to motivate you. GO FOR IT!"
  • Mackenzie Clinger, MA English '22: Mackenzie presented two papers recently - one titled "Empathy or Self-Effacement?: Dickens’ Traumatized Angels" at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Baltimore, MD and the other titled “Critically Examining the Equity of our Recruiting, Training, and Hiring Practices" at the East Coast Writing Centers Association Conference in Lansing, MI.
    • On advice for other students looking to present at conferences, Mackenzie noted, "I would suggest that graduate students work closely with a mentor or professor to identify conference opportunities early on and also ask that person to check over drafts of abstracts or the presentation itself if they are willing."
  • Brian Jusko, MS Biology '23: Brian also recently presented his research titled "Atlanticothrix: Novel strains of the Nostoc-like genus from San Nicholas Island and Ethiopia" at the 60th Annual Northeast Algal Symposium (NEAS) in Burlington, Vermont.
    • Brian provided his advice on how to present at a conference stating, "Be confident in your work and yourself, and remember that you're presenting to a supportive audience that is familiar with your field of study and genuinely wants to hear what you have to say." 
  • Greg Mersol, MA Humanities '22: Greg will be presenting his paper entitled "Changing Concepts of Nature and The Natural World From King Lear to the Present” at the Shakespearean Theatre Conference at the University of Waterloo in Stratford, Ontario this June.
    • Greg shared his thoughts on presenting at conferences noting, "I got the idea for the presentation based on a paper prepared in Jean Feerick’s class on Shakespeare in Film and Adaptation last year. This was a good opportunity to gain exposure without having to begin a project from scratch. It will be fun to make the presentation, and also a good excuse to enjoy some terrific theater in Stratford." 
  • Ashley Worthington, MA English '22: Ashley will be presenting her essay titled "'The Waters that you Loose': Wild Water and the Decentered Human in King Lear" at the Shakespearean Theatre Conference at the University of Waterloo in Stratford, Ontario this June.
    • When asked tips for presenting at conferences, Ashley offered, "My advice for those who might want to present at conferences is to work with your mentors to determine which conferences might align best with your interests; then, when answering calls for proposals from those conferences, be sure to discuss how your essay's themes coincide with the conference theme."
Post-Graduation Accomplishments:
  • Emily Elvoid, MA English '20: Emily has been accepted into a PhD program at University of Riverside.
  • David Schwartz, MA English '22: David has been accepted into a PhD program at Michigan State with a full scholarship.
Have any student news or notes to share?
Email Molly McCann ( to be highlighted in the next edition.
Around Campus
Boys Hope Girls Hope Teaching Fellowship
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio is seeking engaging and enthusiastic upper class undergraduate students and graduate students who have an interest in working with the development of middle school students to work as Teaching Fellows with the Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy Summer Program. Responsibilities include:
  • Implementing Lessons
  • Leading Enrichment Courses
  • Attending Field Trips with the Scholars
Teaching experience is not required, however, candidates must be enthusiastic about working with middle and high school students. This opportunity requires a commitment of approximately 40 hours each week for five weeks and includes a $2,000 stipend for the summer program. Learn more about BHGH and/or apply. Questions? Contact Emily Mann, HR & Recruiting Specialist
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Contact Us
Rebecca Drenovsky, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies
216.397.4451 | AD 126d
Colleen Sommerfeld '91
Asst. Dean of Graduate Studies
216.397.4902 | AD 126b
Natia McKnight
Graduate Student
Experience Advisor
216.397.4204 | AD 126e
Molly McCann
Graduate Assistant
216.397.4186 | AD 126 Reception
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