Homecoming & Reunion Celebration 2021

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October 22-23

Welcome Back, Alumni!

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences looks forward to seeing you October 22–23 for an assortment of in-person and virtual events being hosted for our valued alumni. Due to possible last-minute changes because of the pandemic, please RSVP by Monday, October 18, to ensure receiving all email communications regarding events.

If you are interested in serving as a Class Agent (for the Classes of 1971, 1981, 1996 or 2020) to gather classmates for a virtual catch-up or reunion chat, please contact Nada DiFranco, Senior Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, at 216.368.2281 or nada.difranco@case.edu.

View the CWRU Special Events in Honor of Class of 2020.

Friday, October 22

CWRU Homecoming Luncheon 

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11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m EDT (program begins at noon)
Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom (Room 234)
Grand Classes (1971 and prior): Free
Graduates of the Last Decade (2011 or later), Faculty/Staff, Students: $20
General Seating:$30
Late Registration: $35

President Eric Kaler will share the state of the university. Enjoy lunch and join us as we recognize the 2021 recipients of the Alumni Association Awards. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., remarks begin at noon. We’ll celebrate Jane Abrahams Daroff, MSSA ’85, who is receiving the CWRU Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Activism and Social Justice at CWRU
(Virtual event)

3–4:30 p.m. EDT

Part I: Hear from CWRU alumni who were part of the sit-in on Euclid Avenue in 1970 protesting the ongoing Vietnam War.

Part II: Learn more about CWRU's Social Justice Institute from its co-directors Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD, and Mark Chupp, PhD (GRS ’03, social welfare). They will share the institute's history and how it is presently involved in local, state and national matters.

Mandel School Alumni Celebration – All Alumni and Friends Welcome!
(Virtual event)

5:30–6:30 p.m. EDT

Join Interim Dean Sharon Milligan to recognize our 2021 Alumni Award Winners being inducted into the Mandel School Hall of Achievement and celebrate our reunion classes!

Alumni Award Recipients and Other Honorees
Early Career Success Award

Sarah R. McNelis, MSSA 2015
U.S. Department of State, Chennai, India

Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership Awards

Melanie S. Powell, MNO 1994
Executive Director
Tutwiler Community Education Center, Tutwiler, Mississippi

Shareefah T. Sabur, MNO 1993
Co-Chair, Coach Certification Program and Former Executive Director
Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio

Nonprofit Leadership Award

Jennifer L. Hawkins, MNO 2000
Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff
American Red Cross, Washington D.C.

Professional Achievement Award

Diana M. Cyganovich, MSSA/JD 1981
Executive Director (retired)
Cogswell Hall, Cleveland

Distinguished Alumna Award

Margaret M. Kennedy, MSSA 1978
Provincial Director, Mental Health and Addiction Services (retired)
Health PEI, Prince Edward Island, Canada

2021 NASW Social Work Pioneer®

John A. Yankey, PhD
Leonard W. Mayo Professor Emeritus
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

CWRU Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Jane Abrahams Daroff, MSSA 1985

Mandel School Class of 1971 50th Reunion Gathering
(Virtual event)

7–8 p.m. EDT

Reconnect with your classmates 50 years after graduation! This Zoom gathering will provide a casual opportunity to toast your special milestone, share updates and stroll down memory lane together. Attendees will receive a special tumbler. Cheers!

Saturday, October 23

Mandel School Class of 1996 25th Reunion Coffee Chat
(Virtual event)

10–11 a.m. EDT

Calling all MNO and MSSA alumni from the 25th Reunion Class! Grab your favorite hot beverage and join fellow classmates for casual conversation as you reconnect in MSSA or MNO Zoom breakout rooms. Attendees will receive a special mug.

CWRU Interprofessional Education Event: Student Run Health Clinic
(Virtual event)

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT

Discover more about our interprofessional approach to learning through the Student Run Health Clinic, which was founded and is operated by CWRU students to serve the health needs of the Greater Cleveland community free of charge. Includes participants from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; School of Dental Medicine; and School of Medicine.

Mandel School Class of 1981 40th Reunion Coffee Chat
(Virtual event)

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Grab your favorite hot beverage and join fellow classmates on Zoom for a casual conversation as you reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Attendees will receive a special mug.

Mandel School Class of 2020 Reunion Coffee Chat
(Virtual event)

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Continue the Celebration! After the morning’s ceremony in honor of the Class of 2020 hosted by President Kaler and Provost Vinson, grab your favorite hot beverage and join classmates on Zoom to connect with old and new friends.

Mandel School Lecture: Transforming Ohio’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health System – Bringing Research To Practice
(Virtual event | CEUs pending)

2–3:30 p.m. EDT
Alumni with CEUs – $10
Guest with CEUs – $20
Lecture only – Free

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Hear from Richard Shepler, director of the Mandel School’s newest Center of Excellence, while earning social work continuing education credits. 

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), in conjunction with the Departments of Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Youth Services, Developmental Disabilities, and Health and Ohio Family and Children First, developed the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (COE) to assist the state in children’s mental health system transformation efforts. The Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, a part of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, was chosen as the COE.

This webinar will describe two of Ohio’s children’s mental health system transformation initiatives, OhioRISE and the Family First Prevention Services Act.  These initiatives are designed to expand the children’s behavioral health continuum of care with the goal of increasing statewide access to services for youth and families. The COE’s role in these efforts is to provide technical assistance, training, professional development, coaching, consultation, evaluation, fidelity monitoring, and continuous quality improvement.  The role of universities in workforce development and capacity building will be highlighted. A framework for bridging research to practice will be discussed. 

Increasing COVID-19 cases within Northeast Ohio has prompted Case Western Reserve to resume its requirement that masks be worn indoors. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.


Be sure to review the complete CWRU Homecoming schedule!


Do you need a hotel room for Homecoming & Reunion weekend? Are you looking  for a restaurant to catch up with fellow alumni? Check out our hospitality listings for a range of hotels, restaurants, sites, and activities to enhance your time while you are back on and around campus!

See this list of hotels near campus that may have reduced rates available for CWRU Alumni!

The Coffee House (Coffee and Pastries)
L’Albatros Brasserie and Bar (French/American Cuisine) 
The Jolly Scholar (American)
Beyond Juice and Eatery 
Michaelson and Morley (American) (Closed as of July 28 - check back for reopen date)
Mia Bella Restaurant (Italian)
Michelangelo’s (Italian)  
BurgerIM (Burgers)  
Tacologist (Tacos)  
Maxi’s Bistro (Italian)  
Kantina (Kosher)  
Ninja City (Eatery)  
Indian Flame (Indian)
Falafel Cafe (Middle Eastern Cuisine)
Mitchell’s Ice Cream (Ice Cream)
Inn on Coventry (Breakfast)
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (German)

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Cleveland Botanical Gardens
  • Cleveland Cultural Gardens
  • Rockefeller Park GreenHouse
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
  • International Women’s and Air and Space Museum
  • Western Reserve Historical Society/Cleveland History Center
  • Cleveland Clothing Company
  • Little Italy
  • West Side Market

We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Email mandelschoolevents@case.edu.