Bobby is the son of Mindy (mother) and Mike (stepfather), and Jim (father) from Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a
Mathematics, Computer Science, and Theology and Religious Studies triple major. Following graduation,
Bobby will be attending Notre Dame University to obtain his Masters in Education through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, where he will teach high school math in St. Petersburg, FL.
Bobby has held many leadership positions throughout his time at John Carroll. Bobby served as the Grand
Knight of the Knights of Columbus for one year, helping run the organization throughout the COVID-19
pandemic and running weekly adoration during the school year. Bobby has also been a leader in the Campus
Ministry department; he has served as a Carroll Faith Communities (CFC) leader for three years, a liturgical intern for two years, and a retreat leader for more than two years, through which he helped plan and execute five separate retreats. His leadership through Campus Ministry has allowed others to grow in their faith and helped involve more people in different Campus Ministry programs.
Commitment to Christian Values
Bobby has been an active member in JCU liturgies, specifically as a lector and Eucharistic Minister at Sunday, daily, and Murphy Masses. Bobby first became involved in Campus Ministry by attending the First Year Retreat, joining his first CFC, and engaging in 8-week Ignatian Exercises Retreat, where he learned about Ignatian Spirituality. After these experiences helped him discover a passion for Christian leadership, he began to develop as a committed leader in Campus Ministry retreats, CFC, and liturgies. Most recently, Bobby took time during his Christmas break to attend the 8-day Silent Retreat. Through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute (ISI), Bobby will graduate as one of two first undergraduates to receive a certificate in Ignatian Spiritual Direction, and he hopes to use this grace as a future spiritual director for the students he teaches.
Bobby has earned a 3.83 cumulative GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. His academic success has led to his induction into two honors societies at the end of the semester — the mathematics honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the religious studies and theology honor society, Theta Alpha Kappa. Through his Computer Science major, Bobby was granted one of two available internship positions through the Cleveland Clinic’s Radiology Software Department, where he worked during the Spring of 2022 and was welcomed back for the Spring of 2023. Bobby has also been part of the National Science Foundation Scholarship Program all four years. Additionally in Spring of 2021, Bobby presented his research paper on the developments of Purgatory at JCU’s Celebration of Scholarship.
Service to the University Community / Civic Community
Bobby has given much of his time and energy in service to JCU Campus Ministry. After his first year at Carroll, Bobby was involved in Campus Ministry’s “God on the Go” program through which he helped to produce biweekly reflection questions and weekly videos, reflecting on his faith for the John Carroll community while they were home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years as a Retreat Leader, Bobby has spent time planning, organizing, marketing, and executing a new retreat program vision. Bobby also learned about various social justice issues in his preparation for the El Salvador immersion, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. Through the Center for Service and Social Action, Bobby has participated in a service learning class and Jesuit Day of Service. Bobby hopes to continue his love of service, particularly within the realm of education and campus ministry, through his post-graduate plans —serving as a math teacher at St. Petersburg Catholic High School through Notre Dame University’s ACE program.
Sarah Brown is the child of William and Sandra Brown from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are double majoring in Political Science and Peace, Justice, Human Rights with minors in Spanish and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies. After graduation, they are joining the Peace Corps to work in Costa Rica as a Youth Development Promoter.
Sarah has been the financial officer for Cru, a nondenominational worship group on campus, for two years. They have been a student liaison for CSSA since their freshman year and have been on the Student Leadership Team for CSSA for two years. Through these positions, Sarah has been able to lead campus-wide events, such as Living the Mission Day and Jesuit Day of Service, in addition to leading liaison trainings and mentoring a group of students. As an Arrupe Scholar, Sarah was involved in multiple projects, such as leading the freshman Arrupe retreat. They also served as the Power and Privilege Conference Coordinator their junior year, the Advocacy Chair for the Footprints for Fatima their sophomore and junior year, and the Primary Student Leader for the Arrupe Fatima Food Drive their senior year.
Commitment to Christian Values
Sarah had the chance to start off their time at John Carroll by attending the First Year Retreat and then the 8-Day Silent Retreat with Campus Ministry two years later. They have been a part of Cru since their freshman year and one of the leaders since junior year, going on retreats with Cru as well. As a leader, they had the opportunity to give talks, lead group meetings and discussions, and help coordinate two praise and worship events each semester. To learn more about social justice and its intersection with religion, Sarah attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In their junior year. Due to Covid, Sarah could not attend an in-person immersion but still was able to have eye-opening experiences through a virtual immersion with El Salvador and preparation for the US-Mexico Border immersion.
Sarah has a cumulative GPA of 3.94, earning them a spot on the Dean’s List each semester that they have been at John Carroll. Additionally, they have shown their academic dedication through their induction in the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. Through the Arrupe Scholars they have been able to research many social justice topics, including the foster care system which they will present with their team at the Celebration of Scholarship.
Service to the University and/or Civic Community
In 2022, Sarah was awarded the Newman Civic Fellows Award for their civic engagement and was able to attend the Newman Civic Fellows conference in Boston this past October. Through their work with CSSA, they volunteered with partners such as Fatima Family Center, Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Lake Erie Ink, Esperanza, Carroll Reads, and the LGBT Center. CSSA’s Summer in the City program connected Sarah with Ohio City Farm, where they spent the summer working alongside refugees at one of the largest urban farms in the nation. They are currently a Civic Engagement Fellow for CSSA, building a badging program and working on a mapping project for St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Sarah leads the literacy program for AdvantageCle, which is a nonprofit after-school program that focuses on literacy, wellness, and tennis for K-5 students.
Rachel Halapchuk is the daughter of Joel and Julie Halapchuk and is from Cheswick, Pennsylvania. She is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology major, with a minor in Leadership Development. After graduation, she will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration at John Carroll University.
Rachel has been a CSSA Student Liaison since her sophomore year at John Carroll and she joined the CSSA’s Student Leadership Team in the Fall of her senior year. CSSA has provided her the chance to help lead weekly services sites, monthly training sessions for liaisons, and Jesuit Day of Service. Rachel has served as the captain of the JCU Swimming and Diving Team since 2021. In this role, she has been able to lead a team of 60 to two OAC Championships. She leads recruiting events, team bonding events, team service events, training trip logistics, with meets. Rachel was invited to the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) the summer going into her senior year. Rachel also has represented her team on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) since her sophomore year. She has given input to her team’s questions and needs and expresses those ideas to the committee. This year, she joined the executive board as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In this position, she assists with logistics for Division III Week and the Blue Carpet Athletic Awards, organized fundraising events for local organizations, and represents her school at the OAC conference SAAC meetings.
Commitment to Christian Values
Rachel has demonstrated her commitment to Christian values through her work with service, social justice, and advocacy. She regularly attends mass at Gesu every weekend to reflect on her experiences. She had the opportunity to work at Catholic Charities as a refugee case manager, where she was able to assist those they serve while staying true to her Christian values. Through her work in this role, she researched the setbacks that refugees have within the American labor market. She was able to take this research and put it to use to advocate for these refugees. She created a job development course to teach refugees about the American workplace, so they could be better set up for success. She also leads logistics for Fun and Freedom Day Camp, which is an athletics camp that values teaching children how to play sports for the glory of God.
Rachel has earned Dean’s List honors in 4 of her semesters at John Carroll. Rachel had the honor to be a part of the Summer in the City internship program through CSSA, where she was placed at Catholic Charities - Migration and Refugee Services. She helped refugees obtain employment within their first 240 days in America. She conducted a research paper and project to pair with the work that she was doing daily. Rachel has also participated in a few research opportunities during her time at JCU within the psychology department. Lastly, she was recently accepted into the graduate program at JCU for the Nonprofit Administration Program and is currently in the final round for the Cleveland Foundation Fellowship Program.
Service to the University Community / Civic Community
Through CSSA, Rachel has served with many community partners within the greater Cleveland Community. She has served with YouthAbility, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, Lake Erie Ink, Youth for Justice, Catholic Charities - Migration and Refugee Services, MedWish International, Oxford Elementary, and more. She has led the Student Athletic Advisory Committee in service through her position as the Community Outreach Coordinator. This year alone, she held supply drives for the families suffering from Hurricane Ian, organized a “trunk-or-treat” for children with auto-immune diseases, and she has recently led a fundraiser for Culinary Fights Cancer. On the Swimming and Diving Team, she organized a women’s team service event at MedWish and she encourages her entire team to serve at Jesuit Day of Service. Rachel wants to pursue a degree in Nonprofit Administration and hopes to work in a job where she can connect the community of athletics with civic engagement.
Erin Kipp is the daughter of David and Laura Kipp from Holliston, Massachusetts. She is a Psychology and Peace Justice and Human Rights double major with a sociology minor. Upon graduation she plans to continue work in the Jesuit world through either a year of service or further education.
Erin has been a member of the admissions office as a campus tour guide since her sophomore year. Here she has been able to share the Jesuit values and joys of JCU with incoming families and students. Through this position she has also served as a chair of planning committees for the admitted students Celebration, for the past two years. She also is a member of the Tour Guide Leadership team, where she had the opportunity to coach leadership skills to the tour guide staff, as well as work on event planning for visit days, and organize underclassmen who have shown leadership as part of the Carroll Outreach Team.
Erin has been strongly committed to the campus ministry community since her freshman year when she joined a Carroll Faith Community, went on first year retreat, and attended the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice. She later became a leader of a CFC, and has served as the on the Executive Board and as President of Carroll Faith Communities since sophomore year. She has also been a part of a team to put on four retreats including the La Storta, and Emmaus retreat. Perhaps one of the biggest parts of her commitment to Christian Values and Justice has been her participation in the immersion to the US/ Mexico Border Immersion and subsequently leading the immersion to El Salvador this past January.
Erin is a member of the Arrupe Scholars Program and has been on the Dean's list during her time at Caroll. The summer of her Junior year, she participated in the Summer in the City Internship through CSSA. During her internship at Boys Hope Girls Hope, she worked on a research project about the importance of Social Workers in academic settings. From this research and advocacy she presented her work to BHGH and created her Arrupe capstone project and research paper. She will be presenting her capstone of collecting over 40 bags for youth in foster care leaving their home later this month.
Service to the University and/or Civic community
Service and the Jesuit commitment to the community was one of the main reasons that Erin attended John Carroll. She has participated in service every semester here at Carroll, and has been a liaison driving to service and leading reflection for participants since spring semester sophomore year. Sophomore year she became part of the Student Leadership Team to coach leadership skills and plan service training for the liaisons. Additionally, sophomore year she joined co-chair to plan and lead Jesuit day of service. She has co-planned this campus and community wide event for the past three years, and looks forward to the last one during her undergrad later this month.
Emma Kosicek is the daughter of Mauri and Tony Kosicek from Ashtabula, Ohio. She is a Communication major with minors in Political Science and Leadership Development. After graduation, she will be completing a winemaking program through Cornell University and returning to her family vineyard to carry on the legacy.
Emma is the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee and a Senator for the Student Government where she has worked to voice the concerns of students and advocate for them. Emma is a Leadership Scholar and Leadership Coach on campus through which she promotes servant leadership and employs motivational tactics to encourage underclassmen to exhibit positive leadership skills. Emma has worked for CSSA for four years as a Student Liaison. She also is a member of the Labre Core Team that goes out into the Cleveland community on Friday nights to serve the unhoused population and
offer them friendship. Emma was also a member of the University Club (SUPB) and assisted in the planning and promotion of events for students. Lastly, Emma has served as the student representative to the Board of Directors Advancement Committee, is a member of Chi Omega, and served on Orientation Staff for one summer.
Commitment to Christian Values
Emma’s commitment to Christian values is shown through her deep commitment to service and fight for social justice. Emma participated in two Immersion experiences throughout her time at JCU. Emma participated in the North Carolina Textile District Immersion where she learned about sustainable practices for businesses and how to
bring dignity back to factory workers. She also did all the prep work for the U.S. Mexico Border Immersion through which she learned about the social justice issue that is immigration. Unfortunately, this Immersion experience was canceled last minute due to COVID, but she still learned lessons she will carry with her forever.
Emma is proudly a member of two national honors societies, the National Greek Honor Society, Order of Omega, and the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Additionally, she has been recognized on the Dean’s list every semester of her college career. Her high academic standing combined with her extracurricular involvement and hard-working spirit landed her internships off-campus with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Philanthropy Department where she learned how to do fundraising work for a large non-profit, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad where she learned how a smaller non-profit functions on a day-to-day basis. After graduation, she will be pivoting a bit and utilizing science-based knowledge in her winemaking career and completing the Cornell enology program that she will be working toward.
Service to the University or Civic Community
Emma’s inclination to servant leadership shaped her predisposition to service in all that she did during her time at JCU. Through her time being a CSSA liaison, Emma served with various community partners; Fatima Family Center, Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Saint Martin de Porres High School, and Horvitz YouthAbility to name a few. Additionally, Emma has served as a leader for the Jesuit Day of Service. Her favorite experience during her time at John Carroll has been working with the Labre Project and serving on their Core Team. Through her experience with the Labre Project, she was able to become educated firsthand about the cycle of homelessness through stories from unhoused friends on the streets of Cleveland. The biggest lesson she learned throughout all of her service experiences at JCU is that you truly do not know about another's situation until you take the time to walk with them.
Vince Rizzo is the son of Joseph and Kristin Rizzo from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is a double major in Political Science and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights with a minor in Italian Studies. Upon graduation, he is excited to work in Washington, DC at Gonzaga College High School as a Campus Minister.
Vince has been a CSSA Student Liaison since his first year at JCU and has been a member of CSSA’s Student Leadership Team for the past two years. Through these positions he has had the opportunity to help lead campus-wide events, such as Living the Mission Day, and the Jesuit Day of Service. Vince has also been a member of the Student Leadership Team for John Carroll’s Carroll Ballers Program where he assisted in the restarting of the program following COVID-19 and helps to run the program weekly at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. This past January, Vince had the opportunity to be a student coordinator on an immersion experience to Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Commitment to Christian Values
Vince has exhibited strong commitment to Christian Values through his extensive involvement with the Campus Ministry Department. Since his participation in the First Year Retreat during his freshman year, Vince has been involved with Campus Ministry. Over the past three years, Vince has been a team member on six different retreat teams including the Encounter Retreat, Manresa, and the First Year Retreat. Vince is a member of the Arrupe Scholars Program, where he has participated in a variety of advocacy projects and worked toward the goal of ending social injustices. His leadership with his advocacy group’s food insecurity food packaging project, where his group packaged over 10,000 meals, demonstrates this commitment.
Vince has earned Dean’s List honors all his semesters of his John Carroll career and has conducted extensive research through his coursework in the Political Science and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights departments. His research project on the effect of historical ideologies on popular culture, conducted during his semester abroad in Viterbo, Italy, received high remarks. Additionally, Vince’s involvement in the Arrupe Scholars program has allowed him to use his academic skills to work for justice.
Service to the University and/or Civic Community
The coined phrase “A Faith That Does Justice” has inspired Vince throughout his entire four-year career at John Carroll. Beginning his first semester and continuing to today, Vince has participated in weekly service through CSSA. During the summer of 2021, through John Carroll’s CSSA Summer in the City Internship Program, Vince began working at the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless where he has continued to work part-time since the conclusion of the internship. Vince’s work in the community earned him recognition as the 2021 George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service Recipient.
Juliana Taylor is the daughter of Arthur and Marna Taylor and is from Detroit, Michigan. She is a Biology major with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she will be working in biology-based research.
Leadership Juliana serves as a Senior Resident Assistant in Murphy Hall, developing programs for residents and advising the other Resident Assistants in the building. Before this year, Juliana was the S.T.E.M Resident Assistant for the freshmen learning community in Hamlin Hall. Additionally, she was a leader of the U.S./Mexico Border immersion administered by the Campus Ministry.
Commitment to Christian Values Juliana has been involved in liturgical ministry as an altar server at St. Francis Chapel. She attended the La Storta retreat in 2022. Furthermore, in the Summer of 2022, Juliana was able to participate in the Honduras Public Health immersion. Also, she was a participant and a leader in the U.S./Mexico Border immersion in the Spring of 2023.
Academic Achievement Juliana spent the 2022 summer at Case Western University’s Medical School for research on various variants of COVID-19. She analyzed how the innate immune system gets inhibited by a protein mutation, which leads to the blockage of a central pathway. Juliana also had the opportunity to be a member of Dr. Drenovoskys plant lab for two years. She also received the Dean’s list. Lastly, Juliana has presented at two Resident Assistant training for new team members to learn about stress management and racial injustices.
Service to the University and/or Civic Community During the pandemic in 2020, Juliana volunteered for ACCESS Clinic under the Community Health and Research Center of Macomb County team in partnership with Wayne State University. She helped bring COVID testing to low-income areas in Michigan. Juliana centrifuged blood for antibody testing and prepared bags to be sent to labs for further research. She also helped administer tests with the nurse practitioners on staff. Juliana participates in the Honduras Immersion of 2022 fundraisers for Sociedad Amigos De Los Niños. Juliana also helped raise money for International Newcomers Academy, which aids in educating students in the city of Cleveland.