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Alumni News July 2015

Date Released: 6 July 2015

Coming Soon: Linsalata Alumni Center Great Hall

After its ceremonious unveiling by President Barbara R. Snyder during last Homecoming, the Linsalata Alumni Center Great Hall now waits for its groundbreaking debut. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the $5 million expansion to the Alumni House to begin later this summer. Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata pledged $4 million toward the campaign project. Cleveland-based Bostwick Design Partnership has been chosen to lead the architectural project, and The Krill Company, a local general contractor, will manage the construction.

The Linsalata Alumni Center Great hall is a multi-purpose event facility designed to accommodate up to 240 guests for any occasion, from weddings to business meetings. The Great Hall, terrace and original Alumni House combined, make the Linsalata Alumni Center a place where all alumni can meet and celebrate.

We look forward to groundbreaking this Fall 2015. More details to follow. 

2015 Summer Send-Offs

In coordination with the office of Undergraduate Admissions, The Alumni Association is excited to announce our 2015 Summer Send-Off events. Current students and local alumni will have the opportunity to share stories with new students about life on campus and how to acclimate to college expectations. Please visit to learn more about these events and please join us!

Sunday, July 12: Bay Area‌  Summer Send off logo
Saturday, July 25: Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh‌
Sunday, July 26: Cleveland, Columbus
Saturday, August 1: New York City
Sunday, August 2: Baltimore/DC, Boston, Chicago

We look forward to meeting incoming students and their families and introducing them to CWRU!  

Become an Alumni Admission Ambassador

The Office of Undergraduate Admission at Case Western Reserve University is seeking alumni who want to directly impact the university by assisting in undergraduate student recruitment and retention efforts. Alumni Admission Ambassadors meet high school students during the college search process and build relationships by sharing personal experiences as a student at CWRU. 

Alumni Ambassadors share how CWRU made an impact in their lives and emphasize the strong national and international alumni network CWRU has to offer.

Alumni Admission Ambassadors may be alumni, CWRU parents or faculty.

Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and to join the Alumni Admission Ambassadors >

Class Notes: We want to hear from you! Please send your class note to, submit here or through CWRU Connect.

Barnes has written an eBook, Saints and Sinners Under the Pines, about his experiences as a Lutheran pastor serving Northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range. The book explores life and ministry at Tomahawk Lutheran Church and celebrates the good that small congregations do. The Mesabi Iron Range has been the main source of iron in the United States involving a number of Cleveland firms such as Cleveland-Cliffs since the late 1800’s. Saints and Sinners is available on Amazon, iBooks and

Commander Rick Batson has been selected for promotion to the rank of Captain in the United States Coast Guard.

Batson has been selected as the U.S. Coast Guard representative to the Military Justice Review Group, an 18-month task force established by the Secretary of Defense and DoD General Counsel to conduct a comprehensive review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the military justice system, including the Rules for Courts-Martial and Military Rules of Evidence. 

Batson was also chosen as a 2014-2015 fellow for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.

Dabson is delighted to announce Covered Bridge Publishing has released her debut novel, The Muralist’s Ghost, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Based on the true-life experiences of artist Maxo Vanka, the tale centers on his creation of social justice mural in a Croatian church near Pittsburgh and why a spirit appears to him only as he works. ‌

MICHAEL H. DIAMANT (CIT ’68)  Photo of Michael H. Diamant
Taft Stettinius & Hollister partner Michael H. Diamant has been elected a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Established in 2001, the College of Commercial Arbitrators (“CCA”) is a national organization of commercial arbitrators providing a meaningful contribution to the profession, the public and to the businesses and lawyers who depend on commercial arbitration as a primary means of dispute resolution. CCA comprises nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators and promotes the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and practice in the field of commercial arbitration.

Diamant was also elected to the board of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (“SVAMC”). The organization serves the global technology community by promoting business practical resolution of disputes through alternative dispute resolution. SVAMC advances the use of arbitration and mediation by companies and individuals involved in technology and technology-related business disputes in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S. and around the world.


Emmerich (MSASS '82) has published her first book A Girl on a Bike:  Musings on Life, Loss, and Hot Flashes (Second Wind Publishing 2015). Sometimes serious, other times humorous, the collection of essays invites the reader to ride along on a journey that includes adjusting to an empty nest, aging parents, divorce, and again seeking love.  Emmerich is actively working on her second collection. 

John Giorgis was President of the National Park Travelers Club from August 2009 to July 2013, a membership organization providing networking and recognition to visitors of the U.S. National Park System. He is now President Emeritus of the NPTC, and as of April 2015 has visited 305 of the current U.S. National Parks.

John and his wife Sara Giorgis welcomed their daughter Madeleine Catherine Giorgis on September 14, 2014. Madeleine joins big brother John Paul Giorgis born November 20, 1010.

Grill, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology at Duke University, received a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award  from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is given to scientists for their “superior competence and outstanding productivity,” and it “provides long-term support to investigators with a history of exceptional talent, imagination, and preeminent scientific achievement.” The Javits Award is a four-year grant that can be extended to seven years, and Grill will use the funds to pursue research to understand and advance deep brain stimulation – a brain pacemaker – to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Haberkorn has recently published two books available on Amazon. Bye-Bye Moon pulls inspiration from her own children's complaints at bedtime and offers a light-hearted approach to an issue that is contentious in many householdsWhen My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia stimulates discussion between parents and children about compassion and this debilitating disease.

Following the recent completion of her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Harris has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of Nursing at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Her first nursing book, Created and Called: A Journey to and Through Nursing will debut this July 2015 (New Leaf Publishers - ISBN # 978-0-89221-736-6). 

The author of Doc for the Mob is pleased to announce that the book has been accepted for distribution on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Barnes & Noble.

CHRISTIAN LAMBRECHT (CIT ’70)  Picture of three people standing, smiling and posed for the camera

Now residing in Atlanta, GA, Lambrecht has self-published a book entitled Living Among Friends, Housing Options for Boomers. The book is available on Amazon and Ebay.


Photo of David ReynoldsDAVID REYNOLDS (MGT '79)  ‌

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) has reappointed David B. Reynolds Jr., CPA of Glastonbury to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2015-2016 activity year, representing the Employee Benefit Plans Interest Group.  The Advisory Council’s charge is to counsel the CTCPA Board of Directors and to appoint a nominating committee each year.

Mr. Reynolds is assistant vice president and financial advisor at United Bank, Infinex Investments, Inc. in Suffield.  He holds a B.A. in economics from Denison University and an MBA in finance & accounting from Case Western Reserve University. 

Tomsik retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Dental Corps (Colonel) and recently sold his own practice in 2013. He is currently an interviewer of candidates to the Dental School as part of the CWRU Admissions Committee. Tomsik was also appointed an Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Dental Care (CWRU) in 2014. 

Kate Hook married Clay Whaley on September 27, 2014 at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. Other CWRU alumni who attended the wedding were Elizabeth Fink, Thomas Boyle (CWR ’00, GRS ’03) and his spouse Mackenzie Varkula (CWR ’00, GRS ’01), and Lisa Fledderjohann (CWR ’01). The Whaley’s spent their honeymoon in Ochos Rios, Jamaica.

The couple also announce the arrival of their daughter Braxtyn Michaela Whaley, born May 2, 2014 weighing 6 lbs 4 oz and was 19.5 inches long.