"The passion to improve and enjoy everything will make your life more vibrant, interesting and successful. Find work you enjoy, and enjoy doing. Keep playing with the openness of a child," Peter B. Lewis told 2,000 graduates during Sunday's commencement program.
Lewis, along with Frank Gehry, architect of the campus building that bears Lewis' name, received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from President Barbara R. Snyder. Visionary alumna Jane Baker Nord (GRS ’76) was honored with the President’s Award for Visionary Achievement and Distinguished University Professor James Anderson received the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize. Watch the video and read more about Sunday's ceremonies and celebrations.
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Weatherhead School of Management
Three [More] Reasons to Celebrate Commencement
Case Western Reserve's commencement lineup gives the School of Management three reasons to celebrate in addition to our students’ accomplishments!
Philanthropist, business innovator and Progressive Insurance Company chair Peter B. Lewis addressed CWRU graduates the morning of May 19. Lewis’ ties to Weatherhead are forged in steel and cement -- literally: He funded Weatherhead’s distinctive campus home with a $36.9 million lead gift. Lewis' longtime friend, Frank O. Gehry, the visionary architect behind the Peter B. Lewis Building, also received an honorary degree. And Daniel B. Hurwitz, president and CEO of DDR Corp., a major retail property company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, spoke at the Weatherhead diploma ceremony. Read more about these honored guests.
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New Fire Science and Engineering Master’s Degree Program Starts this Fall
Case School of Engineering
Earn an M.S. degree focused on fire science and engineering and become a leader in the fields of material flammability and fire protection! This program allows you to choose from a mechanical engineering track or a macromolecular science and engineering track.
Learn to apply the fundamental principles of fire behavior and dynamics, protection and suppression systems, polymeric materials development and structure, and more. With government changes to policies about permissible retardants changing worldwide, there has never been a better time to focus on fire science, as all manufacturers of consumer products will be focused on finding news solutions to keep their products flame-retardant. Learn more about the degree and apply now.
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Beall named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
, Distinguished University Professor and the Sarah Idell Pyle Professor in the Department Anthropology, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
. A 37-year member of the faculty, Beall has spent her career studying how modern human populations continue to evolve. She is the university's third member of the academy.
“Cynthia is an extraordinary scientist, a wonderful colleague, an outstanding teacher and mentor, and she is passionately devoted to developing the public understanding of science,” said Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve. Read more.
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Hickman Wins University’s Mentoring Award
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Assistant professor and triple alumnus Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC
, has won the university's prestigious J. Bruce Jackson Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring
The nominations list included some of his former professors from his undergraduate days as a biology major and, later, as a master’s and doctoral student in nursing. "I call this paying it forward for the kinds of mentoring I received," a humbled Hickman said. Read more about Dr. Hickman and what his students say about him.
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Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Expert Who Helped Reverse Foreclosure Blight Speaks to Grads
Jim Rokakis, former Cuyahoga County Treasurer, who helped create and pass Ohio House Bill 294 streamlining the foreclosure process for abandoned properties, spoke about advocacy to the 2013 graduating class of The Mandel School.
Now vice president of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and director of its Thriving Communities Institute, Rokakis took on the county treasure position as the mortgage foreclosure crises began to erupt in Ohio. Rokakis is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards and was featured on 60 Minutes discussing the necessity of funding demolition in distressed urban areas. He was awarded the Mandel School Advocate for Human Rights Award for significant and recognized contributions as a leader, role model and rain maker.
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School of Dental Medicine
Dean Jerold S. Goldberg to Step Down Next Year
Jerold S. “Jerry” Goldberg has announced that he will step down as dean of Case Western Reserve’s School of Dental Medicine next year, but will continue to work actively on fundraising and related planning activities for the school.
“This place has been a central part of my life since I enrolled here more than four decades ago,” said Goldberg, “I am proud of what we have accomplished together for students, community, and the field at large, and look forward to contributing to our success in new ways.” Read more.
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School of Law
2L Awarded Prestigious Public Interest Labor Law Fellowship
Second-year law student Emily Vassil
has been awarded the distinguished Peggy Browning Fellowship for 2013
. The Peggy Browning Fellowship rewards students who not only excel in law school, but who have also demonstrated a commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences.
Vassil was selected from more than 500 applicants at 139 law schools
, and will be one of about 70 recipients of the 2013 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. During the 10-week summer program, Vassil will work at American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in Washington, D.C. Read more.
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School of Medicine
Ohio-led Team Takes on Premature Birth through March of Dimes
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is leading a Northeast Ohio team that is part of a $10 million March of Dimes project to help prevent preterm births.
Greater Cleveland’s participants include University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center, with additional teams in Cincinnati and Columbus along with researchers across the country. Read more.
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