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.
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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.
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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 >
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about getting involved
Learn more in September's podcast >
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.
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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'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.
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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'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 >
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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.
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
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