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John Carroll University recognized the winners of the 2020 Community Service Awards on Jan. 28, honoring the faculty, staff, and students who have shown a demonstrated commitment to service and social justice.

The award ceremony took place during the University’s annual Ignatian Heritage Week, a celebration of the Jesuit mission, heritage, and traditions.

The following recipients were recognized for their involvement, commitment, and contributions to building a more just and humane world for others:

  • 2020 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service: Ray Flannery '22 and Maguire Tausch '21
  • 2020 Staff Community Service Award: Julie Myers, Campus Ministry
  • 2020 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service: Debby Rosenthal, Ph.D, Department of English

Maguire Tausch ’21 is a political science major from Canton, Ohio. He is an Arrupe Scholar, launched the first Fatima Family Night fundraiser, and worked at the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas. He intends to apply for law school, with a focus on studying the reforms needed in the criminal justice system.

Ray Flannery ’22 is a CSSA student liaison from Hinckley, Ohio. He tutors at Griot Village and Roxboro Elementary School, works at Green City Growers, and serves the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Ray is also an active leader of Meet CLE and Jesuit Day of Service, participates in the Labre Project, and holds leadership roles in campus ministry and the speech and debate team.

Julie Myers is the assistant director of campus ministry. She is a 2009 graduate of John Carroll, and serves her alma mater and the community through coordinating retreats, planning immersion experiences, and spearheading social justice initiatives. Julie not only crosses borders through immersion trips; she also builds bridges, fosters relationships and connects with people on a personal level.

Debby Rosenthal, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of English. Dr. Rosenthal uses her teaching, research, and service as tools to expose students to marginalized voices and perspectives; she also requires classroom service through CSSA, organizes classroom visits to Karamu House and other theater venues, works with the Hebrew Free Loan Association, and convenes the Muslim-Jewish luncheon at JCU.