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art/sci update July 2014: Alumni Awards announced

College Reveals Alumni Award Recipients

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Alumni Awards.

John Martonchik (CIT ’64) is the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. This award is given for distinction in achievements in professional or community service and for significant contributions through demonstrated leadership.

Nancy Fink (WRC ’73) is the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Distinguished Service Alumna of the Year. This award is given for outstanding volunteer service to the community since graduation and for professional career excellence.

Jeffrey Verespej (CAS ’07, MGT ’11) is the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year. This award recognizes alumni (graduates of the last decade or age 40 or younger) for outstanding achievements and accomplishments early in their career.

These alumni will be honored at the Dean’s Jazz Brunch and Parade Watch during Homecoming Weekend this fall.


Make Plans for Homecoming 2014

This year’s Homecoming Weekend will take place Oct. 16-19, 2014. The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to return to campus for an exciting array of activities.

Meet the dean and mingle with fellow alumni at our Welcome Reception or Jazz Brunch and Parade Watch. Tour the Cleveland Museum of Art with one of our esteemed faculty members, or cheer on the Spartans during the Homecoming game. New this year: a special event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland for alumni celebrating their reunion years.

Registration begins next month. In the meantime, view the growing schedule of events at and begin to make your plans today!


Book chronicles history of Cleveland Play House

Jeffrey Ullom, assistant professor in the Department of Theater, is the author of a new book tracing the history of the college’s partner in its Master of Fine Arts in Acting program.

America’s First Regional Theatre: The Cleveland Play House and its Search for a Home grew out of Ullom’s extensive archival research. He was the first scholar to examine 1,300 boxes of Play House materials that entered the collections of Kelvin Smith Library in 2011. Read more.

CAS in the News

Retiring faculty member reflects on 48-year career

Professor James Zull retired in June after a 48-year career that began at the Case Institute of Technology and continued at the post-merger Case Western Reserve University. The Department of Biology faculty member played a significant leadership role in the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences, which he calls his proudest achievement.

“That will have the longest-lasting effect,” he told The Daily, the university’s e-newsletter. “It’s the thing I believe in. It’s like the brain. I believe in the brain and I believe in the liberal arts and understanding not only Einstein, but Socrates.”

Zull also chaired the joint Executive Committees of Math and Natural Sciences and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, which developed the college by-laws, and was the first director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE).

Read his answers to The Daily‘s Five Questions.

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Reunion Giving Challenge

The Reunion Giving Challenge is underway!

Reunion is a time to reflect upon the impact your education has had on your career, to reaffirm the friendships you made, and to show pride and support for your alma mater.

If this is your reunion year, commemorate it with a special class gift. You may designate your gift to support the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund, which supports our students and faculty and meets the college’s most pressing needs, or you may designate your gift to a particular endowment fund. A gift of any size, to any fund, will count toward the Reunion Giving Challenge.

Get involved! Visit for class giving progress and homecoming event information. Like the Facebook page for your class year to see who’s coming, check the Reunion Giving Challenge results, and learn more about Homecoming Weekend.

Visit to make your gift today!

Alumni events

Alumni events are scheduled regularly. To find out what’s happening in your area, visit the Alumni Association calendar below.

View the full alumni events calendar

Upcoming events

Eldred Theater 2014-2015 Season 

Waiting for Lefty
by Clifford Odets
Oct. 3-12, 2014

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
Nov. 14-23, 2014

Lobby Hero
by Kenneth Lonergan
Feb. 13-22, 2015

The Learned Ladies
by Molière
April 10-19, 2015

More details at the Department of Theater website.

View the full college events calendar

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Support the College of Arts and Sciences

Gifts to the Annual Fund provide the greatest flexibility for the college to meet its most pressing needs.  In the past year, your Annual Fund gifts have been used to support student-run symposia, send graduate students on research trips, tutor adult community members, and provide undergraduate academic prizes, among other important initiatives.

Your contribution does even more: It helps raise the university’s rankings, in which alumni giving is a key factor.

Please consider making your Annual Fund contribution today! Donate via our secure credit card site at

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