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art/sci update May 2012: Alumna nominated for Tony Award

Posted on May 18, 2012


MFA Acting Program celebrates first graduate to receive Tony nomination

Elizabeth A. Davis (GRS ’06) has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. A graduate of the CWRU/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, Davis is making her Broadway debut in Once, which earned 11 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. She’s the first alum of the program to be nominated for a Tony. Read more.

Another MFA alum, Rich Sommer (GRS ’04), who plays Harry Crane on AMC’s Mad Men, joined Around Noon to discuss his time in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. Listen to the broadcast. Rich is currently performing his first Broadway role in the revival of Harvey.

Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve seeks awards nominations

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University is proud to recognize notable and accomplished alumni and friends of the university. Awards are presented each year at ceremonies during Alumni Weekend.
Nominations are requested in these five categories:
  • Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
  • Young Alumnus/Alumna Award
  • The Daniel Clancy (LAW ’62) Alumni Service Award
  • The Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award

  • The Professional Achievement Award

The deadline is July 15, 2012. Click here for criteria and nomination forms.

Music faculty member wins
award for best journal article

Musicology lecturer Nita Karpf won the R. Serge Denisoff Award for the best article published in the journal Popular Music and Society. Karpf’s article, which appeared in December 2011, is titled “Get the Pageant Habit: E. Azalia Hackley’s Festivals and Pageants during the First World War Years, 1914-18.”

CAS in the News

Six college faculty receive
university awards

Faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences swept three of the four John S. Diekhoff Awards this spring. Anthropology professor Eileen Anderson-Fye and physics and astronomy professor Glenn Starkman received the Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring. Mathematics professor Erkki Somersalo is a recipient of the Diekhoff Graduate Teaching Award.

The John S. Diekhoff Awards are presented to full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the education and development of graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. Diekhoff served in several capacities during his tenure at the university, including chair of the Department of English and dean of Cleveland College.

Heath Demaree, associate professor of psychology and a researcher on human emotions, and Ramez Islambouli, full-time lecturer and section head of Arabic language in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, have each received the 2012 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Carl Wittke was a former faculty member, dean and vice president of Western Reserve University; the award named in his honor was established in 1971.

And Melvyn C. Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology, will receive the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize during this year’s commencement. The award recognizes exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty whose accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarly service have benefited the community, the nation and the world.

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Issue 17 / May 2012


CWRU sets enrollment records for the incoming

Class of 2016. Read more.

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