Scott S. Cowen Student Leadership Award
Recipient: Patricia Schaar
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
The Scott S. Cowen Student Leadership Award will be presented to Patti Schaar, a 2005 MBA graduate in supply chain management and soon to be newest consultant at McKinsey & Company in Cleveland. As president of the Graduate Business Student Association for 2004-05, Patti led the movement to improve the student experience at Weatherhead by creating new student programs and encouraging her classmates to take a more active role in curriculum, leadership and community involvement. She was chosen to represent Weatherhead at a luncheon with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in April. The Scott S. Cowen Student Leadership Award is presented to a Weatherhead School of Management student who serves as a leader and as a model for Weatherhead students, promoting the Weatherhead image in a positive way while contributing to both the total student community and the classroom experience.
Student Life Award
Recipient: Hermione Malone
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
While working as coordinator of employee services with University Hospitals Health System, Hermione Malone obtained and MBA with concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurship. For her consistent, active support of Weatherhead student events, coupled with her ongoing encouragement of student participation in the many activities at Weatherhead, she has been awarded the Student Life Award. She has created, revitalized and provided added value to Weatherhead student organizations. Hermione served as the executive vice president (EVP) of the Graduate Business Student Association in 2004-05. She helped develop a system of accountability for Weatherhead’s student organizations during her time as EVP. Hermione also introduced a “Diversity Breakfast” in 2005, inviting community leaders to speak on the implications of diversity for today’s leaders.
Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: Matthew Mylet
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
In addition to receiving his MBA in finance with a certificate in nonprofit management, Matt Mylet is the winner of the Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Award for his management of the Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program (TAP). TAP assistas low-income clients with their taxes, allowing them to obtain tax refunds through the earned income credit. Matt is also a very active member of the Weatherhead Community Service Club. The Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Award is presented to a Weatherhead School of Management student who participates in community service inside and outside the Weatherhead community, brings community service opportunities to Weatherhead students and promotes service opportunities to Weatherhead students.
Norman E. Wallace Leadership Award
Recipient: Divina Elan
Hometown: North Ridgeville, Ohio
Divina Elan wears a lot of hats as a wife, mother, and MBA student with a concentration in finance. In her spare time she spearheaded the revival of the Weatherhead Family and Friends Network, which brings Weatherhead students, faculty, staff and their families together to promote a sense of community. For her hard work she has been chosen as this year’s recipient of The Norman E. Wallace Leadership Award, created to honor a first-year student who used leadership skills to enhance the student experience at Weatherhead, promoted the Weatherhead image in a positive way, contributed to the total community and stimulated the classroom experience.
Norman E. Wallace Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: Jason Parker
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
The Norman E. Wallace Distinguished Service Award was created to honor an outstanding member of the Black MBA Student Association who best embodies Norman Wallace’s enthusiasm for life, his altruistic nature and his exemplary academic and leadership skills. This year’s award recipient, Jason Parker, is just such a person. A very well-respected student and leader at Case, Jason worked as a facilitator in the Criminal Diversion Program in East Cleveland, assisting weekly support group meetings for criminals on probation. He combined his pursuit of a JD/MBA joint degree with community service work to solicit participation of 34 premier legal employers for a job fair that serviced more than 300 students from 45 different universities as part of the National Black Law Student Association. He also served as Treasurer of the Black MBA Student Association. Jason is pursuing a JD/MBA joint degree from Case.