Employee Recognition - Staff Service Awards

Thank you for twenty-five years of service in 2000!

    George Bakale came to Case in 1963 to begin graduate study in chemistry. He received his M.S. degree in 1964 and his Ph.D. in 1967. A long-term association with the Department of Radiology began in 1967 before George went to Carnegie-Mellon's Radiation Research lab in 1968. Three years later he went to the Hahn-Meitner Institute in West Berlin as a visiting scientist to begin collaborations that continued for more than 20 years. He was invited to return to the Radiation Biology Division of Case's radiology department in 1975, where he applied expertise in electron transport and reactions to study the electrophilic properties of chemical carcinogens in biomimitic systems. Other collaborations ranged from studying the biological effects of radon with Helen Evans (radiation biology) to the radiation chemistry of fullerene with Berlin collaborators and Barry Miller (chemistry). In 1996 George joined the nuclear medicine division, where his interest in cancer research became more clinically oriented, working with Lee Adler on applying PET imaging to staging breast cancer. His more recent work includes using PET to study aerosol deposition in humans and assisting Bruce Sodee in imaging prostate cancer with a radioactively labeled monoclonal antibody.

    Nancy Caris began her association with Case in 1967. Her first responsibilities were making electrodes that were implanted into people, most often graduate students or assistant professors. Having demonstrated excellence in making human electrodes, she then graduated to making electrodes that were put into animals. The department then began to involve her in animal experiments and in making the slides for scientific presentations. As regulation of animal experimentation demanded more paperwork, Nancy became the department's interface with the University. She also took a special liking for the graduate students and staff that found their way through the laboratory. To this day, she still keeps in touch with former secretaries, students, and engineers. Nancy has been a reliable and stabilizing force on many lives.

    Visvanathan Chandramouli received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Delhi University India in 1972. He was a research associate in James Carter's laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania from 1972-74. In 1974, he was appointed senior research associate in Case's Department of Medicine. He was promoted to an assistant professor of medicine in 1977 and took his present position of senior scientist in 1995. He studied fat cell metabolism with Carter until 1978. He then worked with James Marshall until 1984 in the important isolation and characterization of thyroxine binding globulin. Since 1984 he has worked with Bernard Landau in studies of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. He has made major contributions to the development of methods for quantitating glucose metabolism in humans by noninvasive procedures. Because of his expertise in these methods, he has participated in collaborations with investigators throughout the world and has over 60 publications.

    Susie Hanson came to the University after moving to Cleveland Heights from Chicago. Her plan was to work at Case while pursuing a graduate degree part-time. She began as a secretary in the Department of Nutrition. After a year, she moved to the Sears Library in the interlibrary loan department. While continuing with classes at Case's School of Library Science, she transferred to Freiberger Library, working first in periodicals, then special collections. After graduating from the library school in 1980, she became the special collections librarian in charge of the University Library's rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. The department is now in the Kelvin Smith Library, where Susie takes great pleasure in acquainting faculty, staff, and students with the wonderful materials in the collection. The knowledge and skills that Susie has demonstrated in this position have proven invaluable to the library. Susie is well-liked and respected by her colleagues. She is patient and persevering under the most difficult circumstances. Away from work she enjoys being with her family, reading, baking, gardening, travelling and being involved in activities at church, with library groups, and the Jane Austen Society.

    Dorothy Harrington has dedicated more than 25 years to the University Bookstore. She began her career as a special orders clerk and because of her diverse knowledge she has held several positions. Dorothy is an avid photographer -- she is the designated picture-taker for all University Bookstore events. She has been a member of the Sports Car Club of America for 22 years. Dorothy holds the position of trustee as well as central administrator of registrar. She also belongs to the Ohio and Tuscarawas Genealogical Society. A well-respected member of the University Bookstore, Dorothy's dedication and the years of service have been deeply appreciated and this recognition is well deserved.

    In fall 1974, Karen Hendershott joined the School of Medicine as assistant registrar, then worked as operations coordinator. After serving as administrative assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, she joined the Department of Environmental Health Sciences as department administrator. Karen earned her B.A. in communications here. Actively involved on the Staff Advisory Council, she also has served in various positions in local and national figure skating organizations.

    Rosalyn Huff started her career at Case on March 17, 1975. Rosalyn was first hired as the third-shift campus operator. Years later, she was promoted to the position of telecommunications clerk. After filling that role for a number of years, Rosalyn changed roles for the third time in her career, becoming the telecommunications operator supervisor. She continues to fill this role today. Rosalyn takes great pride in what she does and what she has accomplished here at Case. It is not an easy task to accurately direct all the calls that come into the main University switchboard. But she directs these calls daily, with great proficiency, making a caller's first contact with Case a friendly and helpful one. Rosalyn is a valuable asset to the University.

    Stephen T. Ingalls received a B.A. in chemistry and biology from Case in 1975. He mentions courses given by Eric Nordlander, Arthur Benade, and Georgia Lesh, and undergraduate research in the chemistry department group of George Olah as formative experiences at Case. Stephen joined the research group of Charles Hoppel in the Department of Pharmacology in June 1975 to synthesize some unusual amino acids. Subsequently, Hoppel's research group undertook some drug and fat metabolism problems which involved complex mixture separations and small molecule quantitation. This led Stephen to a deep interest in separation science, analytical instruments, and application of microcomputers to laboratory data handling problems. Stephen devises analytical procedures, repairs instruments, and administers the research group's network of 25 microcomputers. He participates in the group's grant application and grant administration processes. In recent years, the interests of the research group expanded to include cancer treatment drug metabolism problems. Stephen now manages the Cancer Pharmacology Core Facility for Cancer Center. This work involves high-performance liquid chromatography/atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometry and pharmacokinetics modeling of drug metabolism data. He is a co-author of more than 30 published research articles, posters, and meeting presentations. On weekends, he serves as a volunteer whitewater canoeing and kayaking instructor with the American Red Cross water and boating safety program in Cleveland.

    Edward O'Connor has been associated with the Electronics Design Center since he first joined the University. Originally working with Michael Neuman and Kingman Strohl, he is currently working with C.C. Liu, involved with design and fabrication of bio-electronic devices.

    Born in Baltimore, Eric Romoser came to Cleveland from Florida in 1974 with his girlfriend who had gotten a job at Case teaching modern dance. Although Eric had earned a B.A. of fine arts, he also had two years as an architecture major and other considerable experience and training in construction. He took a "temporary" job at Case in Plant Services as a maintenance plumber. The administration at that time saw a need to take control of energy usage and Eric's boss asked him if he could determine how to repair and maintain the existing control systems. The challenge was enough to keep him here, and, after some success, he was asked in 1977 to develop a new branch of Plant Services called Building Systems - Energy Management. Today there is a continually growing campuswide, state-of-the-art direct digital energy management system with a team of technicians capable of not only maintaining, but also installing, the equipment. Eric and his wife, Shirley, live in Huron, where he designed and built their house, a project which took several years. In his spare time, Eric enjoys gardening, photography, and building things.

    Subhash Sharma started working at Case on October 14, 1974, shortly after his move from his native country of India. He began as department secretary in the now-defunct education department, where he served for four years. Currently he is a department assistant in the dean's office at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. "There has always been a perfect match between my supervisors and myself ever since I joined the university," he says. "We have always met each other's expectations which were to be productive, beneficial, and rewarding." Throughout Case's many transitions -- including new schools, new programs, and new technology such as e-mail -- he says he has remained on staff because he "liked the people, the university, and the environment surrounding the university." He has also enjoyed what the university has to offer academically. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management in 1987, and his daughter Ranjna earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998. Recently, Ranjna was accepted into the M.D. program at Toledo University. He says his fondest memory of Case was when he was nominated by the nursing school for the President's Distinguished Service Award several years ago. In the future, he hopes to keep up with advancing information technology and to volunteer in more community services.

    Sharon Skowronski received her B.A. in English from Cleveland State University in 1975. She began her Case employment in June of that year as an administrative secretary in the English department. She transferred to political science in January 1977, was promoted to Department Assistant I, and was further promoted Department Assistant II when she took on administrative duties for additional departments -- religion and philosophy (October 1983 to January 1985); classics (January 1985 to July 1985); and classics and religion (July 1985 to present) -- continuing her services to political science throughout. Her educational background was utilized when she served as a contributor and assistant editor to Political Parties of Europe , and The Greenwood Historical Encyclopedia of the World's Political Parties . Over the years, Sharon has added computer applications to her repertoire of administrative skills and now spends nearly all of her office time in front of a computer - when not busy answering the usual multitude of questions from faculty and students. In the past, Sharon has been nominated for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. Away from campus Sharon enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and the various resources in the Metroparks or the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

    Constance J. Stewart began her employment at Case in the data center at Adelbert Hall in 1964. In 1968, she transferred to the Center for Documentation Research and Development, a division of the School of Library Sciences, where she quickly moved from data entry operator to grants and program projects accounting. Connie began working in the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals on February 3, 1974, accounting for grants and fellowships. She transferred to the VA Medical Center in 1977 with two faculty members who had recently opened laboratories in the recently built research facility. Since that time she has served at the VA as a grants manager/administrative assistant. A native of Florida, she attended Fenn College at Cleveland State University and the Griswold Institute. Connie also attended Case's Cleveland College when the school was on Public Square and street cars drove along Euclid Avenue. She has been married for 46 years and has two daughters.