The 2020 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend will take place virtually on October 8-11.
Congratulations to the 2020 Weatherhead Alumni Award recipients! The awardees will be recognized during the Virtual Alumni Awards on Friday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Get to know more about the awardees.
Arthur Anton, MBA '90, Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who are transformational leaders, bringing credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement and as good global citizens.
Arthur began at Swagelok as CFO in 1998, and ultimately retired at the end of 2019 as Chairman of the Board and CEO. Prior to Swagelok, Art was a partner at Ernst and Young for 18 years. Art is well respected amongst his peers as well as recognized by the Cleveland business community, demonstrated by his continued service as:
- The director and chair of the audit committee for The Sherwin-Williams Company since 2006.
- The lead director of Olympic Steel since 2009.
- The director of University Hospitals Health System since 2005 and now its Chairman, as of 2019.
- The director of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as of 2018.
- The director for Forest City Realty Trust from 2010-2018.
During his time at Swagelok, Art proudly recruited and hired many Weatherhead students for internships or full-time positions, providing them with real world experience needed to succeed in their professional lives.
Art looks forward to his contribution to the implementation of the school's new strategic plan and engaging in Weatherhead's Centers of Excellence to further support Weatherhead students through market focused education.
E. Pauline Degenfelder, PhD '72, MBA '82, Outstanding Alumna Award
The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni to recognize longevity and consistency of service and dedication to the Weatherhead School of Management.
Pauline has an extremely successful track record in the healthcare industry, holding executive-level roles at MetroHealth, Cigna Corporation, Coventry Healthcare and most recently as the Health Care Principle and President at A R Associates Services.
A widely recognized lecturer in this discipline, Pauline also serves as a consultant to the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University.
She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Residential Housing Fellow in the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
She is a member of Leadership Cleveland, and in 1999 received the Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement Award.
Pauline has generously supported the school and the university for nearly 40 years with her time and expertise over the years to engage with our students; participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities, networking and alumni association events from the Bowers Economic Forecast to Student and Alumni mixers.
Alicia Sanchez, BS '10, Young Alumna Award
New in 2019, the Young Alumni Award recognizes the career achievements of an individual under 35-years-old who demonstrates a commitment to serve their alma mater and community who is also recognized by their colleagues and peers for their outstanding leadership abilities.
Alicia was recruited by Google during her senior year at Weatherhead, and has demonstrated a fierce commitment to leadership and exceeding expectations there over the last 10 years.
She currently serves as the Head of Industry for the International Growth Team at Google.
Alicia is professionally recognized and has been featured in 30 Under 30 in the Think Magazine in 2013. She has been a leader and mentor since her time at Weatherhead, where she served as Treasurer within the University Program Board and Chair of Student Executive Council.
Alicia has shared her time, enthusiasm and expertise with Case and Weatherhead students over the years through informational talks, mentoring, hosting Bay Area Tech Trek career panels and serving on our Alumni Advisory Council in the past. She also mentors one undergraduate student each year, using her education to uplift others within her community.
Alicia leads fundraising efforts as an Advisory Council Member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, raising more than $7,000 annually, through grass root efforts to help empower families to pursue a higher education by providing them with resources.