Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award
The award honors the legacy of Cleveland's Newton D. Baker, who urged everyone to volunteer their time, talent and service to those in need. Baker was the 37th mayor of Cleveland, served as Secretary of War under President Woodrow Wilson and was a major supporter of Cleveland College. In 1916, he and two partners founded BakerHostetler, one of the nation's top 100 law firms with more than 700 attorneys serving clients around the world.
This award recognizes significant service to the university by any alumnus or alumna, staff member, faculty or friend of the university who has given their time, expertise or leadership generously, thereby ensuring the prolonged welfare of the institution for generations to come.
Sara Fields, Director of Alumni Relations,
Office of Development and Alumni Relations, School of Dental Medicine
- Nominated by Mario Pavicic (DEN ‘92)
- At the School of Dental Medicine for 18 years, in alumni relations
- Recognized by the Forest City Dental Society for dedicated service (2014)
- Community activities: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The Singing Angels
Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award
The Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award is named in honor of the contributions of Dan Clancy (LAW ‘62) to the alumni of Case Western Reserve University. This award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has been active in alumni relations for at least 10 years and has made significant contributions to the alumni association(s) of Case Western Reserve University and their programs.
Nikki DiFilippo (MGT '94)
- Nominated by Susan Raia (WRC ‘83, MGT ‘85) and Senior Director of Alumni Relations of Weatherhead School of Management Shirley Reynolds
- President of The Alumni Association 2013-2015
- President of Weatherhead School of Management Alumni Board 2007-2008
- Additional committee and board positions, active volunteer since 1999
- Community activities: Opera Cleveland, American Marketing Association-Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland Rowing, Leadership Cleveland and JumpStart
Young Alumni Award
The Young Alumni Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who is 35 years old or younger. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated excellence in his or her professional field and/or has demonstrated service to his or her community, the public or humanity, embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve.
JP (James Paul) Graulty (CWR '10)
- Nominated by Samantha Cocco
- Assistant Director, Community Partnerships, John Carroll University
- Healthcare Navigator, Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services
- Board member - Interreligious Task Force on Central America
- Board member - Coalition with Young Adults
Professional Achievement Award
The Professional Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna of Case Western Reserve University who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in his or her career and has brought distinction to himself or herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in his or her professional community.
Moses Joloba (GRS '96; GRS '03, pathology)
- Nominated by Prof. Janet McGrath (Anthropology)
- Professor and Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Uganda)
- Extensive research on infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, pneumococcus and malaria
- TB laboratory consultant for the World Health Organization
- Trained and mentored 37 masters and 20 PhD students to completion
- Published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, obtained 10 grants, reviewer for six journals
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has made distinguished and outstanding contributions to his or her profession or field of interest and, over the course of a lifetime, brought benefit to his or her community, humanity and honor to the university by embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve University. This award is the highest honor bestowed by The Alumni Association.
Robert Madison (ARC '48, HON '04)
- Nominated by Kate McCreary (MGT ‘19)
- Became the first African American registered architect in Ohio in 1950
- Opened the first African American owned architecture firm in Ohio
- Major projects include: the United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the Nuclear Facility at Tuskegee Institute (Alabama), Cleveland Browns Stadium
- Master’s degree in architecture from Harvard
- Completed additional studies as a Fulbright Scholar at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France
- CWRU Trustee Emeritus
- CWRU Trailblazer
See all of our past Alumni Awards Recipients