With more than 7,800 alumni in all 50 states and 41 countries, our extensive alumni network is a force for positive social change throughout the world and right here at the Mandel School through their generous involvement and leadership.

The compassion and commitment of our alumni is essential to the advancement of our school and the lives our students – from their work on the Alumni Board (which works diligently to organize and participate in Career Nights, Commencement, and other student events) to the Campaign Committee (which is leading the fundraising for our Building Renovation Campaign) to alumni support of the Annual Fund (which is earmarked entirely for student scholarships).

Alumni in the News:

Career Connections Night on February 15 To Connect Students With Alumni

Jan 13 2017

One of the most popular events of the school year, Career Connections Night, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Mandel Center Room 115.

First and second year MSSA and MNO students can casually connect with nearly 20 MSSA and MNO alumni from throughout Northeast Ohio, who have positions in both direct practice and community practice. Students will receive dinner, 1 PD hour, career advice and can build contacts with industry professionals to get a head start on the job search process.

Students may also receive resume tips from a Case Career Center representative, who can provide suggested edits if the students already have a resume, or share best practices for those students just starting to work on their resumes.

Career Connections is presented by the Mandel School Alumni Association Board in partnership with the Case Career Center. The event is chaired by Alumni Board member Rachel Truelsch, MSSA 2015, who has sat on both sides of Career Connections tables, as a student and as an alumna.

“Being [an alumna], it is only clearer to me how vital relationships and networking are when it comes to access to opportunities and success in the field,” Truelsch told action magazine last year. “It’s also a two-way street, forming new relationships with students who will be in the working world soon. You never know when you might want to tap into those relationships.”

At Career Connections, students can network with alumni from City Year, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cuyahoga Community College, Case Western Reserve (Counseling Services and the School of Dental Medicine, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services, The Emily Program: Real Help for Eating Disorders, Family & Personal Counseling Services, Kent Psychological Associates, Murtis Taylor Human Services System, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Recovery Resources, Scott Schlacter Therapy, Senior Care Connections LLC, and Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Service Board.

To attend, RSVP to 216.368.0113 or email Edna.Wade@case.edu by Tuesday, February 14.

Mandel School Announces 100 Centennial Alumni Award Winners

Sep 27 2016

MandelCentennial2016_logos_v1_rgb copyThe Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is recognizing 100 outstanding alumni as part of its Centennial celebration commemorating 100 years since its founding in 1915-1916 as America’s first university-affiliated professional school of social work.

The 100 Centennial Alumni Award winners are recognized for professional success, achievement and leadership in social work and nonprofit management throughout the Mandel School’s history. They will also be inducted into the newly-established Mandel School Hall of Achievement, in recognition of their impact and importance in their respective fields and to the school, joining such luminaries as civil rights visionary Congressman Louis Stokes and social work pioneer Grace Longwell Coyle.

The 100 Centennial Alumni Award winners were selected from hundreds of nominations received and reviewed by the awards committees of the Mandel School Alumni Association and the Centennial Planning Committee. They will be celebrated at two Mandel School events during 2016 Homecoming+Reunion on October 15 — a Celebration Luncheon at noon at the Tudor Arms Hotel and a 100th Birthday Block Party for the community at 3:00 p.m.

The 100 Centennial Alumni Award winners are (asterisks denote deceased):

Distinguished Alumni Award: Recipients demonstrate extraordinary professional success and achievement over the span of their entire careers (usually 25 or more years). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Mandel School Alumni Association.

Georgia Anetzberger, MSSA 1980, PhD 1986

Lowell Arye, MSSA 1982

Paula Atwood, MSSA 1973

Hoda Badran, DSW 1967

Myrna Balk, MSSA 1963

James Billups, MSSA 1954*

Margaret Brodkin, MSSA 1967

Dorothy Burnside, MSSA 1947*

Allen Cohen, MSSA 1959

Susan Cole, PhD 2001

Anita Curry-Jackson, MSSA 1970

Hope Curfman, MSSA 1942*

Maureen Dee, MSSA 1978

Charles Emlet, PhD 1998

Dorothy Faller, MSSA 1975

Gerald Futty, MSSA 1958*

Denise Gibson, MSSA 1978

Stuart Gitlin, MSSA 1973

Jean Greenhaigh, MSSA 1946*

Eliezer Jaffe, MSSA 1957, DSW 1960

Robert Keefe, MSSA 1985

Jean Lawrence, MSSA 1984

Art Lifson, MSSA 1969*

Wayne Lindstrom, PhD 1986

Soad Mansour, MSSA 1972

Lillian Milanof, MSSA 1949*

Patricia “Pat” Nobili, MSSA 1983

Lisa Pape, MSSA 1990

David Pedlar, PhD 1997

Ted Rubin, MSSA 1950

Nancy Schiffer, MSSA 1971

Harvey Shankman, MSSA 1974

Seymour Slavin, MSSA 1958

Norman Sohn, MSSA 1968

Melody Stewart, PhD 2008

Ella Thomas, MSSA 1971

Eleanor Weisberger Weintraub, MSSA 1943*

Margaret “Margie” Wheeler, MSSA 1970

Gautam Yadama, MSSA 1985, PhD 1990

Professional Achievement Award: Recipients demonstrate professional mid-to-late career success and achievement.

Yolanda Armstrong, MSSA 1994

Rene Barrat-Gordon, MSSA 1979

Eva Beard, MSSA 1967

Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996

Patrick Boyle, MSSA 1989, PhD 2016

Phyllis Brody, MSSA 1958

Mark Chapin, PhD 1995

Dabney Conwell, MSSA 2007

Amy S. D’Aprix, PhD 2005

Florence Drage, MSSA 1979*

Cynthia Dunn, MSSA 1982

Rachel Foster, MSSA 1997

Joel Fox, MSSA 1980

Michael Freas, MSSA 1975

Darlene Grant, MSSA 1984

Lynn Heemstra, MSSA 1982

Laura Hokenstad, MSSA 1996

Ronald Hughes, MSSA 1975

Vivian Jackson, PhD 2008

Charles “Chip” Joseph, MSSA 1987

Mary Jane Karger, MSSA 1969

Ferne Katleman, MSSA 1957

Shirley Keller, MSSA 1981, PhD 1999

John Lisy, MSSA 1977

Nancy Lowrie, MSSA 1995

Victoria Marion, MSSA 2003

Toby Martin, MSSA 1998, PhD 2007

Karen McHenry, MSSA 1994

Barbara Obiaya, MSSA 1976

Judith Phoenix, MSSA 1968

Jerome “Jerry” Rauckhorst, MSSA 1976

Candace Risen, MSSA 1971

Jane Robertson, MSSA 1995

Philip Starr, MSSA 1959

Kathleen Stoll, MSSA 1960

Alida Struze, MSSA 1959

An-Pyng Sun, PhD 1987

Nonprofit Leadership Award: Recipients have been working as leaders over a span of 15 or more years in the nonprofit profession and must have earned a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree or a Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM) from the Mandel School.

Sheryl Aikman, MNO 1995

April Alvis, MNO 1999

Marcella Brown, MNO 2007

Mary Anne Crampton, CNM 2007

Eric Dicken, MNO 2009

Phyllis “Seven” Harris, MNO 2005

Timothy Logan, MNO 1994

Ann Lucas, MNO 2000

Marsha Mockabee, CNM 1994

Megan O’Bryan, MNO 1995

Darlene Rebello-Rao, MNO 1998

Scott Simon, MNO 1998

JoAnn White, MNO 1999

Early Career Success: Recipients demonstrate early career success and achievement.

Miriam Ampeire, MSSA 2009

Matthew Butler, MSSA 2010

Devon Fegen-Herdman, MSSA 2005

Annette Iwamoto, MSSA 2012

Ijeoma Mba, MSSA 2013

Mary McNamara, MSSA 2003

Thomas Mulloy, MSSA 2006

Catherine Rotolo, MSSA 2007

Nathan Schaefer, MSSA 2005

Christa Sharpe, MSSA 2005

Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership Award: Recipients embody the socially-minded characteristics of the late beloved and honorable Congressman Louis Stokes, including community service, leadership, social justice advocacy, and Mandel School volunteerism and community-related projects support.

Magda Gomez, MSSA 2004

About the Mandel School:

In 1915, the School of Applied Social Sciences was founded as America’s first university-affiliated professional graduate school of social work. In 1916, 35 students were admitted into the inaugural class and the school’s social work library – now the nation’s oldest – was established.

Today the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is a world-renowned leader in social work education, ranked #9 in the United States and #1 in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report. A doctoral program was founded in 1952 (one the nation’s first in social welfare) and a master’s program in nonprofit management began in 1984 (the second program in the nation). The Mandel School boasts more than 7,900 alumni in 41 countries; three interdisciplinary research centers; $9.4 million in research funding last year; and partnerships with more than 350 community agencies and field sites in Cleveland and around the United States where students provide more than 200,000 hours of service each year in their field placements.

For 100 years, the Mandel School has been committed to advancing social work and nonprofit management education, promoting social justice and community empowerment, shaping public policy and standards of practice, and preparing leaders who change the world.

For more information, visit msass.case.edu/Centennial.

Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare at CWRU on March 11

Mar 4 2016

Snip of conference artworkThe Mandel School and Case Western Reserve University are thrilled to host the 6th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare (CCCOSW), the area’s largest social work conference, on Friday, March 11. This is your opportunity to join hundreds of social workers and other human service professionals as they explore interdisciplinary approaches to social change. Don’t miss this unique chance to learn about new ways for human services to collaborate effectively!

This year’s conference will take place in Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for CCCOSW, click here.

Registration is $50 for working professionals and $20 for social work students as well as retired or unemployed social workers. This cost includes parking, refreshments and lunch. 5.5 social work CEUs are available for an additional $10 but are free for presenters and NASW members. 5.5 PD hours are available for Mandel School students.

The conference theme is “Everyone at the Table: Engaging Communities in Social Change.” Conference sponsors are NASW Ohio, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve, Center for Community Solutions, and the Murtis Taylor Human Services System. The conference coordinator this year was the Mandel School’s own Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987.

The keynote is “A Partnership to Build Trust” presented by Andre Gonzalez, Chief of Police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015, a research associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Mandel School.

The closing plenary speaker is William M. Denihan, Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, who will discuss issues surrounding mental health.

Presenters: Alumni

  • Jenni Bartholomew, MSW, PhD 2015
  • Rosemary Creeden, MSSA 1994
  • Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011
  • Edna Fuentes-Casino, MSSA 2010
  • Joann Hall, MSSA 1989
  • Victoria Marion, MSSA 2003
  • Stacey O’Brien, MSSA 1988
  • Mamadou M. Seck, MSSA 1992, PhD 2007
  • Rachael Sommer, MSSA 2008
  • George S. Tsagaris, MSSA 1976
  • Susan Weaver, MSSA 1977

Presenters: Students

  • Malcolm Burton
  • Gina Collander
  • Rebekah Koduru
  • Erica Sabados

Presenters: Faculty

To get or share the latest updates from CCCOSW, use the hashtag #AtTheTable or tag @CCCOSW, @MandelSchool, @NASWOhioChapter or @CLE_State.