July 29, 2008

Samantha Culver hits home run with education, career through Case-Fisk Partnership

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Samantha Culver is at the forefront of the sports world—though not as a professional athlete. She has scored a position in the front office of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Company LP after studying at Fisk University and now Case Western Reserve.

While working as a staff accountant in the finance division with the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball organization, Culver has become one of the newest members of a team that has shared education and diversity for nearly eight decades.

The Case-Fisk Partnership, officially created in 2002, offers expanded opportunities in education and research for students, faculty and staff at the two universities. The legacy of dual alumni, however, stretches back to the early 1920s.

Culver has become number 40+ in that long line.

"I feel very honored to be part of this partnership," she said.

After earning a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fisk in Nashville, Tenn.—her hometown—Culver ventured north to work in Cleveland. She is scheduled to graduate with an M.B.A. from the Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management in 2010.

Culver said she chose Fisk, a small historically black liberal arts college with strong academic programs in the humanities and fine arts, natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences, because of its "rich history."

"My fondest memories of Fisk are meeting so many people from diverse backgrounds and cultures," Culver said. "I also realized the value of continuing my education and that I would accomplish this through studying and hard work."

She selected Case Western Reserve, a large research university with nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciences, dentistry, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social sciences, due to its "prestige throughout the Cleveland community."

"Case Western Reserve, from the beginning, was my top choice for graduate school," Culver said. "I felt as if the M.B.A. program was well established and would be beneficial to my career."

She already knows what will be the best memory from her M.B.A. experience: "The teamwork throughout the graduate studies."

In teaming together, Case and Fisk offer students from both institutions unique options to enroll in dual-degree programs and participate in student exchanges and research projects. As part of the partnership, faculty also join in cooperative research and teaching exchanges and conduct distance-learning courses.

Learn more on the Case-Fisk Partnership Web site.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, July 29, 2008 12:05 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Students, Weatherhead School of Management, features

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