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Corporate Update, issue 7

In this issue:


From the Executive Director | Center to Boost Durability, Lifetime of Solar Power Plants | Nordson Helps Bring Lorain Students to Campus | Upcoming sponsorship opportunities | Professor LaShonda Korley receives DuPont Young Professor Award

From the Executive Director

Launching Case Western Reserve into the new year, The Huffington Post named it to its list of trendiest colleges, giving the university nods as the “school that flies under the academic radar…but shouldn’t.” We thank you for keeping Case Western Reserve on your radar and look forward to your continued partnership in the coming year.

Fiscal year 2010–11 was an exciting and successful one for Case Western Reserve University.

Chief among our corporate support this year were renewed support by the Medtronic Foundation for the Medtronic Scholars Program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, innovation grants from Johnson & Johnson and The Sherwin-Williams Company, and two equipment gifts from Timken.

Of course, industry partners show their support in a variety of ways, and this year the university community benefited greatly from corporate partners’ support of events, research projects and hiring initiatives.

As always, I welcome your comments at

All my best,

Anne M. Borchert
Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects

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Center to Boost Durability, Lifetime of Solar Power Plants


In an effort to dramatically improve the productive lifetime of solar energy technologies and energy-efficient lighting, roofing and building exteriors, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission recently recommended a $2.88 million grant to help fund the Solar-Durability and Lifetime Extension Center at Case Western Reserve University. The university and industrial partners DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, Underwriters Laboratories, Q-Lab, eQED and Xunlight26, will supplement the grant with a $3 million cost-share commitment.

Roger French, the F. Alex Nason Professor in materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and physics, will lead the center as director.

Read more  here and here.

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philanthropic investment


Nordson Helps Bring Lorain Students to Campus


The Summer Health and Academic Enrichment Program (SHAEP) is in its second year at Case Western Reserve University, thanks in large part to Nordson.

The program brings 100 high school students from Lorain to campus for one week to participate in academic and sports experiences. The students stay overnight and take part in one of two tracks: science, technology, engineering and math, or the arts.

Nordson helped to create the program, in partnership with Lorain Schools and Case Western Reserve. This year, Nordson pledged a four-year leadership commitment to SHAEP, which attracted further support for the program from the Nord Family Foundation, Lorain Community Foundation, Hyland Software, Alfonso Zubizarreta (CIT ’87) and the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust.

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marketing and visibility 


Upcoming sponsorship opportunities


Beatrice Mtetwa, 2011 Inamori Ethics Prize recipient

•   Inamori Ethics PrizeSept. 7
This annual celebration honors an internationally recognized individual who has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership and whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind. Human rights lawyer and free press advocate Beatrice Mtetwa is the 2011 recipient.

•   University Career FairOct. 6
Recognized as the premiere career fair event on campus, employers join to connect with the best of Case Western Reserve talent.

•   Power of Diversity LectureOct. 3
This series seeks to promote diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue.

•   Alumni WeekendOct. 13–16
Discover what made Case Western Reserve “home” for alumni and connect to your alma mater.


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Human capital development 


Professor LaShonda Korley receives DuPont Young Professor Award



LaShonda Korley, Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is one of 18 professors internationally to be included in the 2011 class of DuPont Young Professors. Korley will receive a three-year grant for her research, which focuses on bio-mimetic approaches to toughening and mechanical enhancement of polymers.

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