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:

Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: 2017 Stein Lecture on March 31

Feb 23 2017

The 2017 Herman D. Stein Lecture in International Social Welfare on Friday, March 31, will be given by alumnus Gautam N. Yadama, MSSA 1985, PhD 1990, Dean of Boston College School of Social Work. The lecture’s title is Fires, Fuel, and the Fate of 3 Billion: Transdisciplinary and Translational Science to Address Complex Problems of the Poor.

The Stein Lecture is at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room 108, and it will also be livestreamed. Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees. The event is open to all and free to attend, although there is a charge for CEUs (1.5 social work CEUs: $10 for CWRU alumni; $25 for non-alumni; CEUs not available for livestream attendees). Students receive 1.5 PD hours. Parking recommendations: CWRU garages on Ford Road or E. 115; CWRU Lot 84 on Bellflower Road; Botanical Garden Garage; or available street parking.

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Stein Lecture Student Colloquium

Dr. Yadama will also a presenting a student colloquium, “Intervening in Complex Systems: The Case for Transdisciplinary Research,” on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Mandel Center Room 108 that offers dinner and 1 PD hour. FREE. | Register here for Stein Lecture Student Colloquium |

About Gautam N. Yadama, MSSA 1985, PhD 1990

A member of the Mandel School Hall of Achievement and recipient of a 2016 Centennial Alumni Award, Dr. Yadama was appointed Dean of the Boston College School of Social Work in 2016. He is an internationally respected researcher whose interdisciplinary work has focused on understanding the social and environmental challenges of the rural poor in South Asia and China, and he has conducted extensive community-based research throughout India, China and Nepal.

His research examines the overarching questions of how communities successfully self-govern and collectively provide essential public goods and common-pool resources vital for their livelihoods; how government and non-governmental organizations engage and collaborate with these communities; and how social and ecological interactions influence the sustained implementation of household and community interventions to overcome social dilemmas and improve wellbeing.

A gifted scholar and teacher noted for curricular innovation, he has won Distinguished Faculty Awards from both Washington University and the Brown School of Social Work. Fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi, Yadama has also served as director of international programs at the Brown School of Social Work and as a visiting professor in India, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and the Republic of Georgia.

He is currently conducting a randomized control trial to study the sustainability of new and efficient energy technologies in rural India to improve health and well being of women and children. It is a transdisciplinary study involving aerosol, pulmonary, and system sciences to improve household air pollution, health and environmental outcomes for the poor.

Prior to joining Boston College, Dr. Yadama was Professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. He has collaborated with George Soros’ Open Society Foundation in training several cohorts (1999-2014) of young social policy and social development professionals from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Yadama is a commissioner on The Commission on Pollution and Health, an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The commission’s report – The Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health – is forthcoming in April 2017.

About Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion

Dr. Yadama co-authored Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished, published by the Oxford University Press in 2013. Inside small homes and huts throughout the developing world, billions of people burn fires in rudimentary stoves to prepare their meals and heat their homes. Besides providing heat, these stoves also release large amounts of dense black soot, which has a staggeringly negative impact on the health, ecosystems, and advancement of the poor in the developing world.

Fires, Fuel, and the Fate of 3 Billion examines the complex nexus of issues at play in the developing world’s use of crude cookstoves — factors such as poverty, energy, environment, and gender inequality. Melding succinct prose, scientific synthesis, and unforgettable images of communities in rural India, this multidisciplinary work aims to prompt new awareness of a wicked problem: how families can depend on, and be plagued by, crude cookstoves.

What is clear in this visual and scientific treatise is the fact this is not simply a problem of rudimentary stoves; it is a symptom of energy insecurity. The images, narratives, and illustrated scientific data make this book an urgent call to better understand and address energy poverty and household air pollution around the globe.

About the Stein Lecture

Dean of the Mandel School from 1964-1968, Dr. Herman Stein is widely considered a visionary who expanded the scope of the social work profession to encompass a worldwide perspective on social welfare problems. Held every other year, the Herman D. Stein Lecture in International Social Welfare is designed to bring an outstanding thinker or international advocate to the Mandel School to stimulate lively discussion and inspire all to consider issues of community, compassion and democracy around the globe. The Stein Lecture is moderated by M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor, who has also been lauded for his significant contributions to social work education internationally.

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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.