Case Western Reserve University's master of engineering management (MEM) program is projected to have a record year in terms of enrollment and tuition revenue—due largely in part to Ramona David.
David—one of three staff members recognized this year with the President's Award for Distinguished Service—has worked as admissions and program manager for The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME), a partnership of the Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, since 2001. In this role, she serves as the principal interface with MEM students from the time they apply through their degree program and eventual transition to alumni.
"She is adviser, friend, mentor, mother away from home, counselor, etiquette and grooming consultant and event organizer," one nominator wrote. "Ms. David plays a key role in the transformation of young engineers into well-prepared, confident and ambitious individuals ready to hit the ground running in the industry."
Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder presented the service award to David; Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Thwing Center for programs and leadership; and Michael Yeager, analyst programmer at the Kelvin Smith Library, during the university's 2008 Staff Awards Brunch today in the Thwing Center ballroom. Barker-Williamson and Yeager will be featured in Case Daily on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
According to a nominator, since David has been working with the MEM program, many students who apply cite recommendations from current students and alumni—who laud their interactions with David—as one of the main reasons they are interested in attending Case Western Reserve.
In addition to her service to students, David also is known for her responsiveness to current students, instructors and industry partners who are integral parts of the MEM program. Her commitment to the internal constituents of the program as well as prospective students also has helped sustain and grow the interdisciplinary degree.
Known as a quintessential optimist, David made a most powerful impression on her colleagues last year after undergoing a kidney transplant. She would undergo dialysis treatment at 4:30 a.m. before working a full day at the TiME office.
"Her actions and attitude are lessons for colleagues and students about perspective and the distinction between the truly important and the much less so," the nominator continued. "Maintaining such a positive attitude every day is truly exceptional, and her colleagues and students continue to derive much strength from her."
The university's staff awards event is conducted each year to recognize and honor employees with 10 and 25 years of service, along with the recipients of the President's Award for Distinguished Service. Each President's Award recipient receives a $1,000 cash gift and a certificate of recognition. Ten- and 25-year service award recipients receive a gift of their choice and a certificate of recognition.
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