Monday, July 31, 2006

Case on the Cuyahoga closing picnic

Last night, we had a closing picnic for Case's Summer on the Cuyahoga program. Case students and their alumni hosts all gathered at the beautiful home of Carol and David Skirball for an evening of great food and conversation.

It's been very rewarding being able to meet, or get to know better, Case students through this program. Our students had to apply to be part of the program along with students from other elite schools, including Yale and Princeton. Employers chose the students they wanted for each internship and it's great to see that our students can compete with the best of them. My student, Josh, has been asked to stay on throughout the year. His internship is with Thompson Hine, a prestigious law firm.

It's hard to predict how many of these students will actually pursue a career in Cleveland after they graduate, but I hope this program will help fuel the Brain Gain. (Here's a plug on behalf of a friend: Janet Cho runs the Brain Gain feature every Monday in the Plain Dealer. Email her if you know anyone who fits the bill.)

Anyhow, the Summer on the Cuyahoga program is an excellent way for Cleveland alums to connect with current students. I'd encourage all area alums to get involved with this program next year, whether it's providing an internship, planning a social program, or serving as a host. It's a great way to contribute to Case and to the Greater Cleveland community.

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