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Brendan Sieber is the 2020 Beaudry Award winner. He writes: 

The Class of 2020 will be remembered for its  ability to overcome much adversity. We ended our senior year with the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the adaptability, perseverance and integrity of our class in the most uncertain of times.  In addition to the circumstances that ended our senior year,  the Class of 2020 will be commemorated for its compassionate service, dedication to the community, and love for John Carroll. It has been an absolute blessing to be surrounded by such engaged, devoted, and loving individuals at JCU. I would not be the person I am today without the John Carroll community, the Jesuit mission and identity, and the experiences I have had at JCU. Here, I learned of the quote by Frederick Buechner, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Regardless of one’s ethnic or faith background, JCU students were encouraged to have experiences, reflect, make meaning out of those experiences, and to live in a way that encourages them to find their deepest gladness and to respond to the world’s deepest need.  I am so grateful for this reflective journey. I am so honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Beaudry Award and feel incredibly blessed to represent the class of 2020.  

 

These six seniors were selected as the 2020 Beaudry Award finalists:

Brendan Sieber

Brendan Sieber is a dual major in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. He comes from a large, Irish Catholic family in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the son of Andy and Monica Sieber. After graduation, Brendan will attend the Ohio State University College of Medicine where he will complete his M.D.

Leadership

During Brendan’s time at John Carroll, he has had the privilege of serving our campus, Cleveland, and global communities. Through Student Government, he has led his class as the Class President and Chair of the Residence Life and Facilities Committee for two years and the executive board for one year. Brendan has helped to bring printers to the residence halls and worked on bringing different food options to campus. Also, he has been an assistant in the Chemical Stores and Office of Residence Life. For the past two years, he has served as a Choose Ohio First Peer Mentor for students in the COF program to be a resource. A great source of inspiration for him came from serving as a Manresa team leader. In the JCU chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, he has served as the second vice president, philanthropy and service chair, ritual chair, and fraternal educator. He has worked as the CFO for the Labre Project, trying to promote justice in our homeless community. Also, Brendan has served as a participant for a year and co-student coordinator for two years on the Honduras Immersion experience.  

Commitment to Christian Values

John Carroll University has provided many unique and engaging opportunities to develop Brendan’s deeper appreciation for God and faith. One of his favorite ways to worship was through singing in the church choir. He felt more connected to God and our community every Sunday. When Brendan started spiritual direction as part of a theology course, he was inspired. Brendan has had a spiritual director in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius through an 8-week, 30-week, and 8-day silent retreat. Leading Manresa has been the fastest built community and one of the deepest connections to God that Brendan has felt in a retreat. Brendan has worked to promote justice through the Labre Project, Lambda Chi Alpha, and the Honduras Immersion. Serving those populations has revealed so much to Brendan through the beauty and gifts of God.

Academic Achievement

Brendan has been on the Dean’s List every semester. In December of 2017, Brendan was awarded the Edmund B. Thomas Award for excellence through the Chemistry Department. During the same month, Brendan was elected into the Order of Omega or the Greek National Honor Society. In April of 2018, he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu which is the Jesuit National Honor Society. During Lambda Chi Alpha’s international 57th General Assembly in 2018, Brendan’s fraternal education plan received the Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education Award. Additionally, the Order of the Omega awarded Brendan the Patrick W. Halloran Scholarship based on his metrics and commitment to service. Brendan has given two research presentations during his four years. After interning at the Lubrizol Corporation, he presented his results in developing a mass spectrometry library database for the corporation. Then, he presented the culmination of his undergraduate research with Dr. Katie Doud and Dr. Erin Johnson and research with the Cleveland Clinic in a presentation entitled, “Type I Interferon Sensitivity to Programmed Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1).” This linked cancer research to immunotherapies which has helped foster his motivation to pursue medicine.

Service to the University and/or Community

Through the Center for Service and Social Action, Brendan has done weekly service at U.S. Together, Church of the Covenant, and the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Particularly, providing support to individuals and families suffering from cancer has motivated him to pursue a career in oncology. To advocate on behalf of the student body and environment, he was a member of the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee and Sustainability Committee for three and two years, respectively. Through meeting homeless people and developing bonds of friendship and respect, the Labre Project has allowed him to engage the Cleveland community. Through Lambda Chi Alpha, he has facilitated the St. Baldrick’s Event and philanthropic efforts for Feeding America. Still, his greatest joy has been serving in Honduras on two immersion experiences. His aspirations to become a physician were met with the socioeconomic adversity of the Hondurans. With a community of support, he brought water filters to practice preventative care and curb social injustice.

Sally Alqaraghuli

Sally Al-Qaraghuli is the daughter of Makki Al-Qaraghuli and Sajda Al-Timimi from Baghdad, Iraq. She is an Honor student double majoring in Biology on a pre-medicine track and Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and Foreign Affairs and a double minor in Chemistry and Population and Public Health. After graduation, she aspires to become a successful surgeon and serve individuals suffering in war-zone areas. 

 

Leadership

Throughout her time at John Carroll University, Sally had the privilege to serve as a Resident Assistant, where her priority was developing meaningful relationships and fostering an environment where students feel empowered to examine their beliefs, attitudes, and actions toward all people. As a result, she was selected as Best RA of the Year 2019. She also served as a Teacher Assistant for both the Chemistry Department and the Department of Psychology. Sally was also a Peer Mentor for the Honors Program, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) and as an Outreach Guide for commuter students. As a mentor, she sought to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll. Through experiences with these leadership opportunities, Sally was awarded the Outstanding Student Leader Award in 2019. In addition, she held the Vice President Positions for Women in Chemistry (Iota Sigma Pi)-Ohio’s regional Chapter and Model Arab League (MAL) and is a social justice ambassador for the Peace, Justice, Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

 

Commitment to Faith Values

As a student, Sally maintained an emphasis on reflection and spirituality through her involvement with Campus Ministry. Through her involvement with the Muslim Student Association (MSS), she was able to create programs that foster a welcoming and inclusive community for students who practice Islam at JCU, and host several panels discussing different social practices among different religions including marriage, prayer and the role of women in Islam. She was also able to advocate test adjustments for Muslim students who were fasting Ramadan during finals week. Sally was able to use her faith to promote social justice on campus. During her sophomore year, she was impacted by the Trump travel ban, where if she had left the country, she would not be able to return. It was Campus Ministry that provided her with support and a platform to speak out about the matter to the JCU community and strengthen her faith. 

 

Academic Achievement 

Sally has been recognized on the Dean’s List every semester at Carroll. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu - the Jesuit Honor Society. She is also a member of the Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society as well as the Honors program. For her capstone project in the Honors program, she worked on developing therapeutics components capable of enhancing the human immune response. She also presented JCU in the Regional and National Model Arab League Conferences in Washington, D.C. where they won Outstanding Delegation. Moreover, in 2016, Sally established a Pen Pal Exchange Program that linked with an Adolescent Development (PS 262) course at John Carroll University and the Maharat Mentorship Program in Basrah, Iraq. The aim of this partnership is to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East and allow both groups to view adolescents through the lens of diversity, globalization, and cultural sensitivity and acceptance. Sally had the opportunity to present her research in the Celebration of Scholarship, Ohio, the Lilly Anaheim Conference, LA and win first place undergraduate political science research award in the Ohio Association of Economists & Political Scientists Conference. 

 

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

Through CSSA, Sally has committed to service activities at the Boys and Girls Club, First Year Cleveland and Sister Neighborhoods. As a Population and Public Health minor, Sally’s project focused on addressing extreme prematurity rates in Cuyahoga County. Sally’s commitment to medicine and service encouraged her to participate in several immersions through local organizations to help refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). In 2017, she volunteered as a medical unit translator with the Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), in Lesvos Island of Greece. She also volunteered with the Red Crescent since 2016 and traveled to Northern Iraq to distribute goods for refugees and IDPs escaping ISIS in Mosul, Iraq. Additionally, Sally’s Pen Pal Exchange program was modeled in other universities to connect students with teenagers in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Calvin Chmura

Calvin is the son of Charley and Wivina Chmura from Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Middle Child Education Major with concentrations in science and social studies. Calvin is looking to pursue his teaching certification upon graduation and teach middle school. 

 

Leadership

During his four years at John Carroll, Calvin has served in a variety of leadership roles. He served as a student liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action, acting as the main contact between CSSA and the service site and leading 5-7 other students in service and reflection. He has also served as a site captain for the Jesuit Day of Service. Calvin served as Vice President of Media for Carroll Crazies, overseeing social media influence and coordinating with photographers during games. He also had the pleasure of serving as president of Rhapsody Blue, where he was able to restart the a cappella group and hold multiple performances. Through Campus Ministry, Calvin served as a leader for Manresa 37 and a co-leader for Manresa 40, where he facilitated the retreat to introduce other students to the graces of Ignatian Spirituality. 

 

Commitment to Christian Values

Calvin considers himself so blessed to have a school like John Carroll that allowed him to dive into his faith and strengthen his relationship with God. Calvin is a regular attendee of Sunday mass and is also an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. Through Campus Ministry, Calvin participated in the Manresa 35 retreat as well as the Contemplation Retreat. He also had the opportunity to see God in the people of Jamaica during his immersion in January of 2020. Calvin served as a leader for Living the Mission Day this year, and also led Manresa 37 and served as a co-leader for Manresa 40. Calvin also sang at the Nights of Worship with Agape. Calvin is so grateful for the different ways he has been able to spread God’s joy and love to those around him. 

 

Academic Achievement

Calvin has been a member of the Dean’s List for his seven semesters at John Carroll. He was inducted as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit university honors society in April of 2019. Calvin also received the Albert DeGulis Scholarship through Alpha Sigma Nu. Through his department, he also received the Fr. Schell Ignatian Award for Excellence in Education, which is for junior or seniors looking to pursue a teaching career in science education. 

 

Service to the University and/or greater community

Through Calvin’s involvement on campus, Calvin has had many opportunities to get to know the greater Cleveland community. Through CSSA, Calvin assist in the learning of students at a variety of different organizations including, Marion-Sterling Elementary through the Carroll Reads program, St. Thomas Aquinas School through the Youth for Justice Program, St. Martin de Porres High School as an Academic Resource Mentor, and Fatima Family Center through their after school tutoring program. Calvin is also currently student teaching at Mayfield Middle School in eighth-grade science and social studies classrooms, where he has seen the importance of building positive relationships with his students and its impact on their education. Upon graduation, Calvin is looking to teach in a low-income school to continue to build positive relationships and narrow the achievement gap in low-income communities. 

Tomi Korsa

Tomi Korsa is the son of Bozidar and Kathy Korsa from Concord, Ohio. He is an Exercise Science major and a Leadership Development minor. In August, Tomi will be starting a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles.

 

Leadership

As a Leadership Scholar pursuing the Leadership Development minor, Tomi has learned about leadership both in the classroom and through different positions. Tomi has held several leadership positions in the Campus Ministry department. He was a team member on the Manresa 38 team and a co-leader for Manresa 39. In 2020, he was a student coordinator for the immersion experience to CrossRoads Ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. Tomi was also a part of the leadership team that piloted the Contemplation Retreat this year. As a part of the John Carroll men’s soccer team, he was a student athlete for three years and a Student Assistant Coach for one, winning two OAC Championships and clinching two NCAA tournament berths.

 

Commitment to Christian Values

Tomi attends Sunday Mass, Murphy Mass, and Daily Mass as often as he can and enjoys serving as a Eucharistic Minister. He regularly attends many of the events that are hosted by Campus Ministry. He participated in the Manresa 35, 38, and 39 retreats. He also participated in two immersion experiences: the Appalachia Immersion in 2019, and the Louisville Immersion in 2020. This past summer, Tomi attended the ISN Ignatian Justice Summit where he learned about social justice and immigration through an Catholic, Jesuit lens. This year he was a participant on 8 Day Silent Retreat and helped lead the Contemplation Retreat. 
 

Academic Achievement

Tomi is an Exercise Science major and a Leadership Development minor, as well as a Leadership Scholar. He transferred from Cleveland State the second semester of his first year of college. With a cumulative GPA of 3.76, he made the Dean’s List his one semester at Cleveland State and all six semesters at John Carroll. As a student athlete, Tomi was also awarded Academic-All OAC. As part of his academic achievement, he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honors Society of Jesuit Higher Education, in 2019.

 

Service to the University and or Civic Community

Tomi has been a student employee in the Campus Ministry office for two years. Last summer he worked as both the Campus Ministry intern and on the Auxiliary Services workforce team. Tomi has been a participant in Jesuit Day of Service and was a leader for Living the Mission Day. He was part of a group that hosted a fundraiser for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, collecting donations for US Together and writing letters to Ohio senators.

Jillian Schaefer

Jillian is the daughter of Amy and Terry Schaefer from Toledo, Ohio. She is a Human Resources Management Major and a Spanish Minor. Upon graduation, Jillian will do a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp serving as a Reentry Coordinator for a Prison Ministry Program.

Leadership

During her four years at John Carroll, Jillian has served as a Student Liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action. This role includes being a point person between CSSA and the service partner and to lead student participants through reflection. She has also been on the Student Leadership Team the past two years, which includes leading monthly trainings, mentoring a group of 7 other liaisons, and planning events throughout the semester. Jillian has also been in the Arrupe Scholars Program for the past four years. During the past two years, she has been a part of the Student Advisory Board, serving as a representative of her grade to the rest of the program. During her time in the program, Jillian was the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Power and Privilege Annual Conference in 2019 and the Co-Chair of the First Year Retreat in both 2017 and 2018. Jillian has also been involved in several other activities, including being a Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassador and serving on the Manresa 39 Team.

 

Commitment to Christian Values

Throughout the past four years, Jillian feels lucky to have been able to participate in several activities provided by Campus Ministry. She was a regular at Night of Worship, as well as Sunday night mass and Wednesday night Murphy mass, often serving as a Eucharistic Minister at both. Jillian also participated in several retreats including the 2016 First Year retreat, Crossroads Retreat, Manresa 36 and 39, the 8-Day Silent Retreat in 2019 and 2020, and the Contemplation Retreat. She has also participated in several other programs including going on an immersion to the U.S./Mexico border in 2017 and helping out with Living the Mission day several years. An activity that Jillian credits shaping a lot of her passion and commitment to working with those currently incarcerated is when she went to the Northeast Reintegration Center, a minimum-security women’s prison, to both listen to and share her faith with the women there. Jillian has also been committed to learning about and promoting justice by attending several conferences throughout her four years including Propel Ohio, the National IMPACT Conference, and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. 

 

Academic Achievement

Jillian has made Dean’s List all seven semesters during her time at John Carroll, having a cumulative GPA of 3.87 and a Boler GPA of 3.96. She is also a member of the International Business Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor given to the top 10% of undergraduate juniors and seniors. Additionally, she received the “Outstanding Junior in Management and Human Resources” award for academic achievement in 2019. In 2017, Jillian also presented on her work at the Juvenile Detention Center at the National IMPACT Conference, historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy, and other forms of social action. For her capstone project in the Arrupe Scholars program, Jillian worked to create a curriculum of workforce development skills for high schoolers to help prepare them for their first jobs. As a part of this project, her team also put on a professional clothing drive to give clothing to local high school students, so they can be prepared for interviews and work. 

 

Service to the University and/or Civic Community

During her time at Carroll, Jillian has served at a variety of placements around Cleveland including the Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Chopping for Change Program, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, and Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility. Each one of these placements has fueled Jillian’s passion and has shaped her understanding of the work she wishes to do in the future. In 2018, Jillian completed the Shepherd Internship, a poverty studies internship, serving in Roanoke, Virginia where she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adult immigrants and refugees. Jillian also did a volunteer internship at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland in 2019. With a better understanding of the work she hopes to do in the future, Jillian served this summer at EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a restaurant centered around giving people a second chance in order to reduce recidivism rates here in Cleveland.

Maura Wallace

Maura Wallace is the daughter of Mike and Peggy Wallace from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Biology major, Chemistry minor and on the Physician Assistant track. After graduation, Maura will complete a year of service as a volunteer in Mandeville, Jamaica through Passionist Volunteers International. 

Leadership

Maura has served as the President for Carroll Faith Communities, the Vice President of Respect for Life, and has led her peers on the Manresa 33 retreat as a team member and Manresa 39 retreat as a co-leader. She has also served as a campus tour guide for the past two years, and is on the Tour Guide Leadership team as well as the head chair for the Admitted Students Day of Celebration 2024. Maura has held leadership positions in her sorority Gamma Phi Beta, where she has served as the Philanthropy chairwoman for the past three years, as well as a Recruitment Counselor. In addition, she has held leadership positions for the Jesuit Day of Service and Reunion Weekend. During her time abroad in Rome, Maura served as a peer mentor and English tutor at Scuola di Lingua Italiano Sant’ Egidio, a community that serves men and women of all ages who are escaping war stricken territories.  

 

Commitment to Christian Values

Throughout her time at John Carroll, Maura was blessed to have had so many wonderful opportunities to enrich and deepen her faith life. In May of 2017, she was a participant of the Honduras immersion trip and in May of 2018, she traveled to Ecuador for her second immersion experience. She served as a CFC leader and has traveled to Washington D.C. twice for the March for Life. She is a Eucharistic minister and minister to the sick and homebound. Maura attends Sunday mass on a weekly basis, and cultivates her relationship with God through the intercession of Mary by praying the rosary daily. She has attended the 8-day silent retreat, as well as participates in the Campus Ministry nights of worship and weekly adoration on campus. Maura also attended a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) conference in Chicago during her sophomore year where she learned how to share the hope and joy of the gospel with peers on campus. 

 

Academic Achievements 

Maura is passionate about her studies in Biology and Chemistry. She has made the Dean’s List six out of seven semesters and maintains a 3.71 GPA. Maura is a member of Pre Health Professions and is in the process of completing the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) program. Through her internship, Maura completed research on the cost and health benefits of the Medical Respite Care Model and presented her work to the board of directors at St. Joseph’s Home. Her research presentation and informative pamphlets have been used to further the mission of Medical Respite in conjunction with major hospitals in the Cleveland area, such as the Cleveland Clinic and Metro Health. When she is not in class, you can count on finding Maura on the third floor of the library.

 

Service to the University and/or greater community

Maura is dedicated to service on campus, in Cleveland, and internationally. She has participated in weekly service through the Center for Service and Social Action at the Cuyahoga Juvenile Detention Center with the Carroll Ballers and at St. Joseph’s Home. In her sorority, Maura has planned her chapter’s annual philanthropy event, Moonball, for the past three years, raising close to $3,000 to Girls on the Run International. During her semester in Rome, Maura volunteered with the Pontifical Urbaniana Homeless Outreach team. Once a week she and other students served breakfast and shared fellowship with those experiencing homelessness in the area around the Vatican. Following her junior year, Maura completed the Homelessness and Advocacy Internship, where she served as a Healthcare Navigator at St. Joseph’s Home, a medical respite center for homeless men. There, she cultivated friendships with the men and accompanied them on their journey to achieving medical stability and independence. Through her involvement in Campus Ministry, Study Abroad, CSSA, Labre, and Greek life, Maura has been able to serve a wide variety of roles throughout her four years. 

The Beaudry Award recognizes outstanding service in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Christian values
  • Academic achievement
  • Service to the University and/or greater community

Graduating seniors vote for the winner during the JCU Grad Fair.