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Meet Andrew Lund
Parents Fund

Year:
Senior

Major:
Theater and biology

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Non-academic interests:
IMPROVment, Players' Theater Group, singing and cooking

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Andrew Lund

Because of donations to the Parents Fund, I am able to pursue opportunities that satisfy both my artistic and scientific interests.

Andrew Lund
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Meet Ryan McCullough
Weatherhead School of Management

expected graduation:
2011

concentration:
Management

hometown:
Canfield, Ohio

non-academic interests:
Traveling, learning foreign languages, playing the piano, music recording, camping with my wife, Michelle, and our dog, Tigo

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Ryan McCullough

Thanks to support of the Alumni Association Scholarship through the annual fund, I am able to pursue the change I want to see in the world. I am confident that the Weatherhead School will equip me with the business skills and connections needed to reach my goal of creating business ventures in Mali.

Ryan McCullough
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Meet Taylor Dorsey
Case Western Reserve Athletics

year:
Junior

majors:
Biomedical engineering; and polymer science and engineering

hometown:
Des Plaines, Ill.

non-academic interests:
Swimming

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KTaylor Dorsey

Because of your donations to the annual fund, my fellow swimmers and I are able to travel and compete against fast competition.

Taylor Dorsey
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Meet Caroline Santa
College of Arts and Sciences

year in college:
Senior

major:
Theatre

concentration:
Acting

hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

non-academic interests:
Case Theatre Society, Players Theatre Group and speech pathology

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Caroline Santa

The College of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund has allowed me to explore advantages that I would not have been able to anywhere else. I have professors that foster my growth; technologies and facilities that enhance my theater career; multiple internships to apply for; and supportive influences that are shaping my future every day.

Caroline Santa
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Meet Brennon Ham
College of Arts and Sciences

Year:
Senior

Major:
English with minors in sociology, art studio, and women's and gender studies

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.

Non-academic interests:
Writing, drawing, painting, DJ for WRUW, Habitat for Humanity, La Alianza and student program coordinator for the LGBT Center

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Brennon Ham

Your Annual Fund support has directly contributed to my success here at Case Western Reserve University. I have been given the opportunity to explore my talents, like writing, art and communicating. Opportunities like the Nemet Scholarship have even allowed me to begin my own novel. I've been able to think and achieve beyond what I thought was possible.

Brennon Ham
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Meet Kate Cartwright
School of Dental Medicine

Year:
Second-year

Hometown:
Brunswick, Ohio

non-academic interests:
Golf, yoga, reading, furniture upholstery and adventure sports

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Kate Cartwright

Because of donations to the Annual Fund, I can contribute to research on how patients adapt to traditional versus implant-retained dentures, making a permanent impression on the field and on patients' lives.

Kate Cartwright
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Meet Jennifer Mesko
School of Law

Expected graduation:
2011

Non-academic interests:
Competing in triathlons and spending time with my husband and puppy

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Jennifer Mesko

Because of Annual Fund donations, I can pursue a career in civil rights advocacy without being constrained by the pressure of insurmountable debt.

Jennifer Mesko

Editor-in-chief of Case Western Reserve Law Review

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Meet Melanie Markusic
Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Year:
Second-year

Hometown:
Munich, Germany

Non-academic interests:
Traveling, reading, baseball, major world sporting events and the promotion of international exchange

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Melanie Markusic

Your donations to the Annual Fund help provide professionals like me the opportunity to return to graduate school. This exceptional opportunity allows me to share my experiences and learn new techniques in courses and professional development seminars, which have helped prepare me for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Because of your support, I hope to hone my skills and use my newfound connections to contribute to my community.

Melanie Markusic
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Meet Cheryl Austin
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Expected Graduation:
December 2010

Concentration:
Community and Social Development with a Certificate of Nonprofit Management (CNM)

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

non-academic interests:
Swimming, baking, Mandel Council for Student Community Leadership and rooting for the Cubs

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Cheryl Austin

Because of donations to the Annual Fund, I can receive an education that teaches and challenges me every day to work with individuals and communities looking to create positive and lasting change. I have been able to help combat the crippling foreclosure crisis in my field placement with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People. This fall, I will discover new learning opportunities in a field placement at Cleveland City Council.

Cheryl Austin
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Meet Minh-Tri Nguyen
Case Western Reserve University

year:
Junior

major:
Biology and psychology

hometown:
Akron, Ohio

non-academic interests:
Playing tennis, soccer and volleyball, learning the piano, photography and Undergraduate Student Government

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Minh-Tri Nguyen

Your contributions have allowed me the opportunity to experience my first orchestra, engage in medical research that will hopefully benefit patients one day, meet professionals in their prospective fields and attain life-long friendships.

Minh-Tri Nguyen
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Meet Nicole Irick
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Year:
Senior

Hometown:
Bethel Park, Pa.

non-academic interests:
Undergraduate Student Government, Ohio Nursing Students' Association, Spartan Ambassadors and Alpha Phi

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Nicole Irick

Because of donations to the Annual Fund, I can practice my skills on Sim-Man, SimBaby, SimChild, and other
state-of-the-art technology to better care for my patients. Also, because of your donations I am able to broaden my horizons within the field of nursing by working at the Mayo Clinic in the Emergency Department this past summer and by caring for patients at the Mount Morris Primary Care Clinic this fall for my capstone project.

Nicole Irick
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Meet Elena Wagner
School of Medicine

Year:
Second-year

Hometown:
Oak Harbor, Wash.

Non-academic interests:
Soccer, samba, ballet, reading, travel and cooking

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Elena Wagner

I was ecstatic when I was accepted to the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Receiving the Dean's Scholarship, which is supported by gifts to the Medical Annual Fund, made the decision obvious. I am so happy to be here and thankful that financial considerations did not have to enter the equation as I decided where to obtain my education.

Elena Wagner
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