Mark your calendar to join us October 12-13, 2018, to reunite and reconnect
with your fellow MSSA, MNO, CNM, DSW and PhD alumni!

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Schedule of Events

CWRU Homecoming Luncheon

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tinkham Veale University Center
11308 Bellflower Road
Complimentary valet parking

  • Grand Classes (1968 and prior) and graduates of the last decade (classes of 2008 to 2018) – Free
  • Faculty/Students/Staff – $20
  • General Seating – $30

President Barbara R. Snyder shares the state of the university. Two outstanding Mandel School alumni will receive CWRU Alumni Association Awards:

  • Janice Eatman-Williams, MNO 2001, Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award
  • Donte Gibbs, MSSA/CNM 2012, Young Alumnus Award

Reunion Rewind Party

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Mandel Center
11402 Bellflower Road

Free for all attendees
Join the party with a scavenger hunt and prizes to win. We’ll also celebrate reunions by taking new class photos. Photos form the past will also be on display. Special gatherings for:

Grand Classes (alumni who graduated prior to 1968)
1968: 50th Reunion
1978: 40th Reunion
1993: 25th Reunion
2008: 10th Reunion
2013: 5th Reunion
2017: 1st Reunion
2018: Our Newest Graduates
MNO/CNM Alumni

Remember the Time

Share memorabilia and catch up with fellow alumni. Bring photos and memorabilia from your time as a student or while following your work passions. Bring family photos and give updates on anything else about your life since graduation.

Mandel School “Marketplace”

Meet representatives and get information from our research centers and other areas and groups from the school, including

  • Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
  • Center for Evidence-Based Practices
  • Center on Trauma and Adversity
  • Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
  • National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
  • International Affairs
  • Study Abroad
  • Collective Action for Social Justice
  • Neighborhood Connections
  • Mandel Council
  • Representatives from various student organizations

Alumni Authors Alley

Experience a unique book fair focused exclusively on Mandel School alumni who have published books on a variety of topics. Some of our authors include:

Dixie Benshoff, PhD, CNM 1988
Increasing Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness: Manual for Women Who Want to Accomplish More Without Changing Who They Are
Stephanie Harbin, MSSA 1992
55 Ways to Engage and Inspire Youth with Leadership Training
Elise Hagesfeld, MNO 2001
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences: 100 Years of Inspiring Hope and Shaping the Future
Deborah Hill, MSSA 1976
The Power of Encouragement
Jeffrey Hamilton, MSSA 1996
Gestalt in Pastoral
Care and Counseling: A Holistic Approach
Jane Hoyt-Oliver, PhD 2005
Parenting in Transracial Adoption: Real Answers to Real Questions
Jane Miller, MSSA 1990
Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives

Cocktail Reception Celebrating Alumni Award Winners and Reunions

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mandel School, Noble Commons Lobby
11235 Bellflower Road

Complimentary valet parking

  • Grand Classes (1968 and prior), Class of 2018, Honorees, Faculty and Students – Free
  • Alumnus – $5
  • Guest – $10

Join Dean Grover C. Gilmore as we recognize Reunion Classes and our 2018 Alumni Award Winners, plus other honorees being inducted into the Mandel School Hall of Achievement.

2018 Alumni Award Winners & Hall of Achievement Members

Distinguished Alumnus

George S. Getzel, MSSA 1966 (posthumously)

Emeritus Professor
Silberman School of Social Work,
Hunter College, New York

Louis Stokes Community Service Leadership

Mead Wilkins, MSSA 1976
Clinical Director
Ohio Center for Survivors of Torture Cleveland, Ohio


Nonprofit Leadership

Rick Kemm, CNM 1994, MNO 1998
Executive Director
May Dugan Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Professional Achievement

Shannon Brown, MSSA 2007
Clinical Social Worker and Owner
Psychotherapy and Forensic Services, LLC Maryville, Tennessee



Bernadette “Bernie” Kerrigan, MSSA 1986
Inaugural Executive Director
First Year Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio


Early Career Success

Caress Adams, MSSA 2009
Care Coordinator: Utilization and Care Management Northside Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia




Ashley Stock, MSSA 2007
Director of Programming and Clinical Operations Providence House
Cleveland, Ohio


Also honoring our CWRU Alumni AwardWinners and New NASW Social Work Pioneers

Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award
 Janice Eatman-Williams, MNO 2001

Director of School Outreach Case Western Reserve University



Young Alumnus Award

 Donté Gibbs, MSSA/CNM 2012
2017–2019 Fellow
George Gund Foundation Cleveland, Ohio



2017 – 2018 NASW Social Work Pioneers

 Georgia Anetzberger, MSSA 1980, PhD 1986

Elder Abuse Research, Education and Practice




 Fran Danis, PhD 2000 

Research and Evaluation
for Gender Justice


Read the Awardee bios here.

The Center on Trauma and Adversity Presents Expanding the Toolkit: Trauma-Informed Intervention Institute

Part 1  – STORIEZ: Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mandel School, Noble Commons Lobby
3 CEUs (pending), Includes Breakfast

  • Alumnus/Faculty/Student with CEUs – $10
  • Guest with CEUs – $20
  • No CEUs – Free

Dr. Meagan Corrado will present STORIEZ, a 9-step framework to assist inner-city youth as they create, voice and honor their life narratives using a variety of innovative formats and expressive mediums.

Part 2 – Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Mindfulness and Grounded Breathing

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mandel School, Noble Commons Lobby
3 CEUs (pending), Includes Lunch

  • Alumnus/Faculty/Student with CEUs – $10
  • Guest with CEUs – $20
  • No CEUs – Free

Mark Lilly, founder and president of Street Yoga, will present resilience-based curricula for incorporating trauma-sensitive yoga, mindfulness practices and breath work into treatment of traumatized populations.

Please Register by October 8

Register HERE or call 216.368.2281 | 800.866.6280

On the events registration page, be sure to click on the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences tag at the bottom under Weekend General Events.

If attending both Friday and Saturday events, purchasing the All-weekend Parking Pass is recommended.

Donation to Annual Fund (supporting scholarships):

If you’re celebrating a reunion year ending in 3 or 8, please consider

making a gift in honor of your reunion class while registering.

Want to help gather your classmates for the fun on October 12
at the Reunion Rewind Party and Cocktail Reception?
Contact Nada DiFranco at or 216-368-2281.

If booking at local hotels, please be sure to ask for the Case Western Reserve University rate.

Below are a few options:

Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic
8650 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106
Intercontinental Suites Hotel
8800 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106
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