There are more than 40,000 of us spread throughout the world. We come in all shapes and sizes. We work. We play. We serve. We pray. We laugh. We cry. We sing. And we share a bond that will never change – the time we spent in University Heights at John Carroll University.
In 1961, the University empowered the Alumni Association to officially recognize the men and women among us who bring distinction to our alma mater. That year, the first recipients of the Alumni Medal were William J. Corrigan ’11 and Dr. Edmund A. Smolik ’32 and we have been awarding our highest honor to deserving alumni ever since. The Alumni Medal recognizes an individual’s accomplishments in their profession, contributions to their community and dedicated service to John Carroll post-graduation. This award also affirms the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others, a principle reinforced in the mission of John Carroll. The annual awards dinner serves as the Alumni Association’s showcase event and represents all that the University does well.
In addition to the Alumni Medal, other awards have been added throughout the years to celebrate the many significant accomplishments of our graduates. The Campion Shield recognizes heroism, bravery, or sacrifice on the part of a member of the John Carroll community. The Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service of a recent John Carroll graduate. The Rev. William M. Bichl, S.J. Alumni Volunteer Service Award recognizes outstanding volunteers in service to the JCU Alumni Association. The Silver Quill is presented annually to a class columnist for dedication to his/her classmates in writing the column for the Alumni Journal in John Carroll magazine.
I am one of the fortunate graduates to have been honored in this fashion and I am proud and humbled to now serve as a member of the selection committee. We encourage and welcome your input in this process to make sure we continue to identify deserving alumni.
Paul Hulseman ’82
Alumni Medalist, Silver Quill Recipient, and Former President of the JCU Alumni Association