Mandel School IT Director Receives President's Award for Distinguished Service


Carmelo "Tom" Franchina, director of information technology at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is described by many as the go-to guy for just about anything.

President Barbara R. Snyder
and Tom Franchina

His efforts are being recognized with a 2010 President's Award for Distinguished Service.

Franchina, along with two other employees, received the recognition during the Staff Service Awards. The event, held last week, also recognized employees with 10, 25 and 35 years of service with the university.

The program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President .

Nominators wrote that Franchina goes the extra mile to help students, staff, faculty and alumni. Read more.

Campus News

The summer barbecue season continues today with an Asian menu and music by Joe Rohan. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the quad every Wednesday through July 7. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert, as well as a front row seat to the entertainment. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.

Jia Xianli, 72, died May 17. He was a research assistant in the Center for Global Health and Diseases in Christopher King's laboratory since June 1994. A memorial is planned from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday June 17, in the Wolstein Research Building's fourth floor conference room.

For Faculty and Staff

The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will focus on The Art of Flipping or How to Hold Your Own in Academic Discourse. Do adults do the verbal equivalent of "flipping" to establish dominance in conversations? This topic will be explored beginning at noon, Thursday, June 17, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Portraits of Homelessness exhibit is scheduled to remain on display at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences through June 20. The display is located on the third floor in the atrium. Lydia Bailey's exhibit features photographs and stories of the residents served by the Lakeside Men's Emergency Homeless Shelter.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.

Wrestler Jacob Kornblatt, who graduated with a dual degree in sociology and Spanish last month, has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

The announcement was made on the College Sports Information Directors of America website. Kornblatt, who boasted 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate, wrestled at 174 pounds. Read more

June 16, 2010

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BioTime forms another subsidiary June 15, 2010

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Thousands turn out for Cleveland's 21st annual Parade the Circle

La Prensa June 15, 2010

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Molding minds for the future

Minneapolis Star Tribune June 15, 2010

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Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It

New York Times June 13, 2010

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