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CWRU Spotlight Podcast

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    April 2017 - Mark Lorkowski, Michael Lalich (CWR ’08) and Khalid (Cal) Al-Dhubaib (CWR ’17)

  • Headshots of Chris Laszlo and Roberta Baskin, posed and smiling for the camera

    March 2017 - Roberta Baskin and Chris Laszlo of Weatherhead School of Management guest host this month's episode

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    The 2016 Alumni Association Homecoming Award recipients: Tshilidzi Marwala​, PhD​ (CWR '95), Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya​, MD​ (MED '08), Morton Mandel ​(HON '07, CWR '13), Fred Gray,​ JD (LAW '54, HON '92), Nancy Fink ​(WRC '73), Donald Foster​ (ADL '51)

  • Photo of Fred Gray and Dean Scharf, posed and smiling for the camera in front of the bookcase

    Homecoming part II: Dean Michael Scharf interviews Fred Gray, JD (LAW '54, HON '92)

  • Photo of a group of men and women, posed and smiling for the camera in front of a bookcase

    June 2016 (from left to right)- Rachel Broderick, Sarah Eadon, Felipe Gómez del Campo, Anton Spencer, Alexis Attinoto

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    July 2016 (from left to right)- Seamus Malley, Anthony Briggs, Chris Wentz, Toby Maloney (not pictured: Gordon Daily and Jason Cellura)

Check out our alumni podcasts focusing on alumni, faculty, staff or other CWRU-related subject matter! Join us as our host, Brad Crews, senior executive director of The Alumni Association, interviews our guests about interesting and relevant topics. New episodes will be published monthly.

Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Email Kelly.Kribel@case.edu.

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April 2017

The Health-Tech Corridor is a public-private partnership in Cleveland supporting the high-tech and health-tech industries on the city's east side. Spanning from University Circle to Cleveland State’s campus, the area is full of companies and entrepreneurs with CWRU connections. In this podcast episode, we will explore the impact that CWRU alumni and students are having on Cleveland’s innovation neighborhood, as Bradford Crews, Senior Executive Director of The Alumni Association, sits down with alumni Michael Lalich (CWR ’08) and Khalid (Cal) Al-Dhubaib (CWR ’17), as well as former CWRU student Mark Lorkowski, to discuss their connections with CWRU and the Health-Tech Corridor.
Learn more in April's podcast >

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March 2017

March’s podcast highlights how the Weatherhead School of Management is leading a global movement to harness the power of business as a force for good in society. Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit representatives Chris Laszlo and Roberta Baskin discuss how AIM2Flourish, the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders toward achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, to be held at CWRU in June, are leading the way to a better world.

CWRU Alumni groups of 10 or more receive a 35 percent discount with code SPOTLIGHT. CWRU Alumni registering as individuals receive a 10 percent discount with code CWRUALUMNI10.
Learn more in March's podcast >

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November 2016

The 2016 CWRU Spotlight podcasts will finish the year with a special, three-part series featuring the six recipients of The 2016 Alumni Association Awards.
In November, our podcast features legendary civil rights lawyer and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Fred Gray, JD (LAW '54, HON '92), interviewed by Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University's School of Law. Gray played significant roles in four landmark Supreme Court decisions and represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. A trustee emeritus of the university, Gray remains in full‐time practice at his law firm.
Information about the Tuskegee History Center >
Learn more in November's podcast >

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October 2016

The 2016 CWRU Spotlight podcasts will finish the year with a special, three-part series featuring the six distinguished recipients of The 2016 Alumni Association Awards.

October kicks things off as The Alumni Association's Senior Executive Director Bradford Crews interviews four recipients:
Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya​, MD​ (MED '08) - Young Alumni Award
Nancy Fink ​(WRC '73) ​​​- Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award
Donald Foster​ (ADL '51) - Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award
Tshilidzi Marwala​, PhD​ (CWR '95) - Professional Achievement Award

In November, our podcast features legendary civil rights lawyer and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Fred Gray,​ JD (LAW '54, HON '92),​ interviewed by Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University's School of Law. Gray played significant roles in four landmark Supreme Court decisions and represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. An emeritus trustee of the university, Gray remains in full‐time practice at his law firm.

We'll complete the 2016 podcasts in December as self-made billionaire, philanthropist and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Morton Mandel ​(HON '07, CWR '13) ​sits down with Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder. Mandel took 74 years to complete his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University— after pausing his education to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II and build a global enterprise with his brothers. An emeritus trustee of the university, Mandel’s lifelong passion for acquiring and sharing knowledge continues to inspire.
Learn more in October's podcast >

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September 2016

September's podcast highlights our volunteer opportunities. Our first guest, Christine DeSalvo (CWR '96), is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission and the Alumni Admission Ambassador Coordinator at CWRU. Our next guest, David Wexler (WRC '80) discusses how volunteering in this program has made an impact in his life and his children's life. Next, Robert Ontko (CWR '11) discusses his fondest memory of the program and why he became involved. Finally, Chamois Williams, the Assistant Director of Alumni Outreach and Affinity Programs at CWRU, discusses all of the volunteer opportunities available to students and alumni.

Please visit the volunteer opportunities page on The Alumni's Association's website at http://case.edu/alumni/engage/get-involved/ or email Chamois Williams directly at crw75@case.edu. More information about getting involved
Learn more in September's podcast >

July

 

July's podcast features CWRU alumni who are making their mark as entrepreneurs. Chris Wentz (CWR ‘13), CEO of Everykey, Inc., established his start-up while he was still a student. Gordon Daily (CWR ‘01, GRS ‘01, computer engineering), president and co-founder of BoxCast, is focused on changing the way we communicate through live HD streaming video. Toby Maloney (GRS ‘73, English), a current investor and advisor for BoxCast, is a longtime angel investor and advisor, best known for developing mental-floss from a dorm room idea to multi-million dollar media company. Additionally, Jason Cellura (CWR ‘07), a former CWRU football player, is looking to score big in the athletic wear market as founder of AMMO Athletic. Tony Briggs (MGT ‘14) and Seamus Malley (MGT ‘11) utilize their skills and experience to take the varied companies they acquire or operate to the next level. Their portfolio includes Radiant Electric Heat, SolarFlo Corporation and Portage Notebooks. 
More information about the entrepreneurs 
Learn more in July's podcast >

 

June

 

June's podcast features outstanding students in the graduating class of 2016. We spoke to Alexis Attinoto, who is an undergraduate nursing major. She is also earning a global health certificate and did her capstone in Galway, Ireland. She received the Intersections Award (first place) in the SOURCE Symposium for her project. We also spoke with Rachel Broderick, who is graduating with her Masters of Nursing. She is the nursing Co-Director of the Student Run Free Clinic 2015-2016. We spoke with Felipe Gómez del Campo, who is an undergraduate Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering student and the CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions, LLC. We spoke with Anton Spencer who is an undergraduate music and biomedical engineering major. In addition, we spoke with Sarah Eadon who is an MSSA candidate who did her field placement at the Cleveland VA and will be going into the military after graduation. She is also co-director of the Student-Run Free Clinic 2014-2016 and is a Mandel Scholar. She has done presentations at national conferences for the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine and the Society for Student Run Free Clinics. 
Learn more in June's podcast >

 

May

 

May's podcast is in honor of National Nurses Week and focuses on Caregiving from Afar. Our special guest for this podcast is Sara Douglas, PhD, RN, who is the Arline H. & Curtis F. Garvin Professor and Assistant Dean for Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. She has conducted a lot of research on caregiving from afar and is personally a long-distance caregiver. 
Learn more in May's podcast >

 

April

 

Career Connections is an opportunity for Freshman and Sophomore year students to shadow an alumnus in the student's academic and geographical location of interest. This popular program has over 100 students express interest for 50 available spots and has been recognized by Student Affairs with a Positive Impact Award in 2014-15. With support from The Alumni Association of CWRU, the last six years has seen over 300 students shadow Zoologists, Attorneys, Judges, Physicians, Researchers, Genetic Counselors, Consultants, Investment Bankers, Accountants, Entrepreneurs and Nurses. From Florida to California to New York City, this opportunity serves to promote retention at CWRU and help students envision their future and commit to academic success to achieve their goals. 
Learn more in April's podcast >

 

March

 

March's podcast focus is on the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) which will be held March 30 through April 10 at Tower City Cinemas. During the local festival's 40 year history, there have been three executive directors and all share an affinity to our university! 
Learn more in March's podcast >

 

August

 

The beyond podcast engages leaders across sectors of business in conversation around innovative approaches to management to encourage and inspire individual and organizational growth.This first episode of the podcast dives into the topic of work-life balance, or work-life integration, facilitated by Lori Neiswander, director of open enrollment programs at Weatherhead Executive Education. 

Panelists include: 
Lori Neiswander, Director of Open Enrollment Programs, Weatherhead School of Management 
Erin Hendrick, Talent Advisor Group, Progressive Insurance Company 
Susan Hinze, PhD., Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Case Western Reserve University 
Lisa Jackman, Team Lead, Employee Engagement at Hyland Software, Inc. 
Melvin Smith, PhD., Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management 
Listen to the Work-Life Integration podcast >

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