May 08, 2007

Four to Receive Honorary Degrees During May 20 Commencement

A pioneer in nonprofit organization advocacy, a pediatrician, a children's book author, and an educator and researcher will receive honorary degrees during Case Western Reserve University's 2007 commencement convocation on May 20. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in the university's Veale Center.

Four individuals—Ihsan Dogramaci, Angela Johnson, Morton Mandel and Mathy Mezey—will be recognized for their distinctive contributions to education and to society in general.

Honorees are:

Ihsan Dogramaci

Doctor of Science


Ihsan Dogramaci, a pediatrician and educator, is the founder of Bilkent University, Turkey's first private university. His goal for establishing the school - founded in 1984 - was to create a center of excellence in higher education and research. In addition to Bilkent, he contributed to the establishment of several public institutions in Turkey. He has served on the boards of or worked with numerous international organizations, including UNICEF, Heart International, the International Pediatric Association, and the International Conference on Higher Education. Dogramaci signed the World Health Organization Constitution in 1946, and is the only currently living signatory. He has won several awards and prizes; has authored over 100 articles in professional periodicals, mainly on pediatrics, public health and medical education; and has been the subject of several books dealing with his life and achievements.

Angela Johnson

Doctor of Humane Letters


Angela Johnson is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. She is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor picture book When I Am Old with You; as well as A Sweet Smell of Roses; Just Like Josh Gibson; and I Dream of Trains.

Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels Heaven, Toning the Sweep, and The First Part Last.

In recognition of her outstanding talent, she was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, received the Alabama Author Award in 1993 and 2006, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991.

Johnson was a visiting fellow for the "Childhoods" program sponsored by the university's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in 2005.

Morton Mandel

Doctor of Humanities


Morton Mandel served as a Case Western Reserve University trustee from 1977 through 1992, and is now an honorary trustee. In addition, he is a recipient of the university's Newton D. Baker Distinguished Alumni Award. Mandel has been involved in numerous national and international activities, including the United Way of America, the Council of Jewish Federations, the Mandel Leadership Institute, and the World Conference of Jewish Community Centers. He was a co-founder of Premier Industrial Corporation in Cleveland, where he was chair of the board and chief executive officer. He now serves as chair and CEO of Parkwood Corporation and chair and CEO of the Mandel Foundation.

Mandel and his family have had a long-standing connection to the university: among numerous gifts, Case Western Reserve's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations both bear their name.

Mathy Mezey

Doctor of Science


Mathy Mezey has authored 10 books and has over 60 publications that focus on the preparation of baccalaureate and advanced practice nurses to care for older adults, nursing practice with older adults and bioethical issues that affect end of life decisions. A Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Mezey is an editor for the Springer Series in Geriatric Nursing and of the Springer publication The Encyclopedia of Elder Care. Her current research and writing focuses on quality of care for older people in hospitals and long-term care. She has been a professor at New York University since 1991, and assumed the position as director of NYU's John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing in 1996. She received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Nursing Spectrum and the National Gerontological Nursing Association.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 8, 2007 11:53 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives

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