Six Staff Members Mark 35 Years of Service

Staff members celebrating 35 years at Case Western Reserve
Photo: Eric Benson Photography

When the group of employees now celebrating 35 years arrived at Case Western Reserve, the campus landscape was awash in the pop culture that defined the mid-1970s. Students were probably heading to the local theater to catch a screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, watching a new television show named Saturday Night Live or humming Olivia Newton-John's I Honestly Love You, awarded the 1975 Grammy for "Record of the Year."

Although the times have changed, a dedicated group of six employees who began their careers here 35 years ago are still an integral part of the campus community today.

They were recently recognized for their long-term commitment to the university at the annual Staff Service Awards. The event, held last week, also recognized employees with 10 and 25 years of service with the university, as well as three staff members who received the President's Award for Distinguished Service.

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

The employees marking 35 years of service are:

  • George Bakale, Radiology
  • Norma Sue (Susie) Hanson, Library Services
  • Stephen T. Ingalls, Pharmacology
  • Edward O'Connor, Electronics Design Center
  • Subhash C. Sharma, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • Sharon Skowronski, Political Science

Dozens of Employees Celebrate 10, 25 Years of Service

Staff members celebrating 25 years at Case Western Reserve
Eric Benson Photography

Dozen of employees at Case Western Reserve University were recently recognized for their long-term commitment to the university at the annual Staff Service Awards. Employees, marking 25- and 10-year milestones with the university, were acknowledged for their service during the celebration.

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

The employees marking 25 years of service are:

  • Julia Brown
  • Salvatore (Sam) Cordaro Jr.
  • Eleanor Davidson
  • Julie DiFiore
  • Deborah Fatica
  • Debra Fields
  • Margaret Finesilver
  • Kurt Fretthold
  • Jean Gubbins
  • Herb Hamilton
  • Margie Harris
  • John Hays
  • Henry Hill
  • Dzwinka Holian
  • Lorraine Howard
  • Craig Johnson
  • Paul Keeley
  • Gail McGhee
  • Lisa Sabato
  • Dawn Gould Smith
  • Mike Thomas

Staff members celebrating 10 years at Case Western Reserve
Eric Benson Photography

Dozens of staff members are celebrating 10 years of service. A complete list of names is available online .

Campus News

Departments and individuals in need of a place to hold a conference, meeting, retreat or social event are invited to consider Squire Valleevue Farm's Manor House. Located only 12 miles from campus, the location can make an ordinary meeting a unique event. Rental fees vary depending on the group affiliation, type of event and day of the event. Additional information is available online or by calling 368-0274.

For Faculty and Staff

James E. Zull

The popular summer seminar—"Learning and the Brain" by James E. Zull, professor of biology and author of The Art of Changing the Brain, returns.

The seminar explores the idea that learning occurs in an abstract world of ideas that exists in an intangible world occupied by 'the mind'. But the mind is the creation of the physical brain and hence any changes in our ways of thinking must correspond, in some way, to actual physical changes in the brain. In other words, learning must be changing the very structure of our brains. Read more.

The program, Listening: The Forgotten Skill, sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, explores the importance of "real" listening as a basic life skill that provides benefits in all relationships. Listening skills build quality relationships by practicing real listening with co-workers, family, friends, and others. Listening is a skill like any other skill that must be developed. Listening doesn't come naturally. The facilitator will guide participants through a series of exercises that will sharpen active or "real" listening skills. The session is from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Sign up online.

For Students

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


The 84th Colloid and Surface Science Symposium will be held, June 20-23, in the Student Union at The University of Akron. The 2010 Symposium is co-sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and The University of Akron. This is the annual technical meeting for the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Science. The meeting attracts colloid and surface scientists from around the world. J. Adin Mann Jr., professor of chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve, is a co-chair. Additional information and registration fees are posted online at

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.

Case Western Reserve University's think website has received a silver award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The website, which launched in 2009, won the award in the web magazine category. Thirty-one entries were judged in this category. CASE will post the complete list of winners on its website in mid-June.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Northeast Ohio Affiliate held its annual Power of a Promise Appreciation Event in May. Each year, select individuals and organizations receive recognition for their exceptional involvement and partnership with Komen Northeast Ohio. One of the 2010 recipients was Karen Ishler, a PhD candidate at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Ishler was recognized with the Komen Power of One Award for her significant contributions and dedication to the Komen promise to end breast cancer. Read more.

June 18, 2010

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In the News

Chemistry Prof Earns Award

Exchange Morning Post June 17, 2010

A University of Guelph professor has received a prestigious award for his contributions to advancing electrochemistry. Prof. Jacek Lipkowski, Department of Chemistry, was named the recipient of the 2010 E.B. Yeager Award this week. He will be honoured at a special symposium in the fall. The award, named for renowned electrochemist Ernest B. Yeager, is presented every two years to an outstanding North American researcher. A professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Yeager founded the Yeager Centre of Eletrochemical Sciences, one of the largest university research groups in the field. He died in 2002 of Parkinson's disease. The award is presented by the Electrochemical Society.

Female viagra said to disappoint

Ghana Business News Jun 17, 2010

A new drug designed to boost sexual desire in women is controversial for some and eagerly awaited by others, but it's hit a potentially serious snag. The drug didn't boost women's desire any more than a placebo in two clinical trials. Sheryl Kingsberg, a clinical psychologist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Taskforce thinks BP oil spill may spur wind energy work

Sun Star Courier (blog) June 17, 2010

According to Great Lakes Energy Development Taskforce officials, the BP oil spill could affect the waters of Lake Erie sooner, rather than later, in a positive way. Case Western Reserve University professor of material science Dave Matthiesen commented.

Philips Healthcare imaging center promises innovations

MedCity News June 16, 2010

The recently announced Philips Healthcare Global Advanced Imaging Innovation Center could bolster Northeast Ohio's reputation as a hub for innovation in medical imaging technology. But it also could do a lot for the research and clinical radiology practices at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, where the center will be housed. The $38.4 million partnership of Philips, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) 'supported by a $5 million Ohio Third Frontier grant' was announced a few weeks ago.

Pepper Pike's Ursuline College to offer first doctorate program in nursing

Plain Dealer (blog) June 16, 2010

Ursuline College, long known for its nursing program, is taking that program to a higher level. The college announced that it is, beginning with the fall semester in September, instituting a nursing doctorate program. In Cleveland, there is only Case Western Reserve University offering a doctorate program.

Improving Patient-Doc Communications

Advance for Nurses May 25, 2010

Asking physicians important questions, and getting all the right answers, is vital to patients managing chronic ailments. Yet so often, patient-doctor communication is hindered by a lack of ease. Patients may feel uncomfortable if their doctor is a different age, gender or race than they are. Recognizing this predicament, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, is leading an interdisciplinary research team in a 2-year, $1.3 million National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities study: Electronic Self-Management Resource Training to Reduce Health Disparities (e-SMART-HD).

Higher Ed News

Scientists Get Religion

Inside Higher Education June 13, 2010

Jennifer Wiseman is an astrophysicist and a Christian. Both of those elements will come into play in her new role with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she aims to civilize the sometimes-divisive discourse between the broader scientific and religious communities.