Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
A Legacy for the Future Naming Celebration for Tommy LiPuma
of the Cuyahoga
Center for Creative Arts
I am so pleased
with the initial
support that we
have seen from the
community for our
Invest in People –
A Legacy for the
the Campaign last Donald T. Misheff,
summer, we have Tri-C Foundation
experienced great Chairperson
support from leaders Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts
in our community who
believe in the College and the importance
of building a legacy for future generations. On April 26, 2012, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation will
Through the years they have witnessed celebrate a milestone in the Invest in People – A Legacy for the
first-hand the service that Tri-C provides Future Campaign, with the Naming Celebration of the Tommy
to the community – a skilled workforce LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the College’s Metropolitan
and affordable educational opportunities
for citizens. The College is one of the Campus. The celebration is to honor Mr. Tommy LiPuma, Chairman
community’s best business and industry Emeritus of the Verve Music Group and to express appreciation
partners, delivering employer-responsive for his $3 million commitment. Mr. LiPuma is one of the music
workforce training and education. The
College is the cornerstone of support for
industry’s most innovative and uniquely creative forces for more
thousands of students who are working than four decades. His commitment marks the Foundation’s first
to earn a better future for themselves named gift and the largest private gift in its history.
and their families.
The youngest of five children, Mr. LiPuma grew up listening to pop
As Cuyahoga Community College
approaches its 50th anniversary, the musicians. He soon discovered a new genre of music on the radio,
Tri-C Foundation is working to ensure listening to a rhythm and blues station. He took a keen interest in
that generations to come can begin their music, picked-up the saxophone and was playing in local clubs by
futures here with the Invest in People –
A Legacy for the Future Campaign. Your
age 16. Before long, Mr. LiPuma was working as a record promoter,
support will help ensure that Tri-C remains then hired in the Los Angeles publishing
the place where futures begin for our office of Liberty Records, beginning his
families, friends, neighbors, colleagues esteemed career in the music business.
and co-workers. Please join your
colleagues in the community and pledge Today, Tommy LiPuma is one of the most
your support to this important Campaign successful pop and jazz producers of all
that is serving the interests of our entire
region. On behalf of the Tri-C Foundation, time with 33 gold and platinum records to
thank you for your support! his credit, 33 Grammy nominations, and
three Grammy Awards. His keen ear for the
magic of what makes a hit made him one
Donald T. Misheff, Chairperson of the industry’s most respected executives
Tri-C Foundation Mr. Tommy LiPuma
at A&M, Blue Thumb, Warner Brothers,
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Investing in the Legacy of the Future for Our Community
Nearly 50 years ago, Cuyahoga Community College made national headlines as more
than 3,000 students stood in line to register for classes at Ohio’s first community
college. This was the largest first-day enrollment in community college history and
emphasized the need for accessible, affordable education.
Since then, a lot has changed, but much remains the same. Tri-C remains the place
where futures begin for our residents. Creating employment opportunities, attracting
additional industries and building a qualified workforce have been identified as top
economic development challenges facing our region. Tri-C takes pride in its many
partnerships with industry, creating new training programs that enhance employee
performance and operational success.
As the Tri-C Foundation works to secure funding opportunities to support College
initiatives, additional resources are necessary to empower the College to proactively Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D.
develop new pathways to certificate and degree credentials that align with business President
and industry needs. Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College is invested in our community. We appreciate the long-term support of so many
partners who have stepped forward for the Tri-C Foundation. As we move ahead with our Invest in People – A
Legacy for the Future Campaign, we need everyone’s help to build a stronger tomorrow for our region. Please
support the Tri-C Foundation’s Campaign and invest in the future of our community.
Valerie and Lou Joseph Create a New Legacy for the Future:
The Valerie and Lou Joseph Scholarship Fund
Valerie and Lou Joseph understand the vital role education
plays in individual lives. Mr. Lou Joseph, Tri-C Foundation
Director, is president and CEO of The Brewer-Garrett
Company, a company which specializes in energy services
and mechanical systems. Together, they have made a
commitment to establish The Valerie and Lou Joseph
Scholarship Fund. The gift is part of the Foundation’s Invest in
People – A Legacy for the Future Campaign, and will provide
scholarships for Cuyahoga Community College students.
Scholarship support is key to advancing the cause of access
to post-secondary education and training for everyone.
Providing scholarships helps students overcome the financial
barriers to achieving their academic and personal goals. With
an increasing number of jobs requiring an associate degree Tri-C Foundation Director Lou Joseph and Valerie Joseph
or higher, the Joseph’s recognize that scholarship support is a
priority for our community.
“As a Foundation Director, I understand firsthand how important scholarship support is for students. Valerie
and I are so very pleased to establish this scholarship fund to support the Cuyahoga Community College
Foundation’s Legacy for the Future Campaign and help Tri-C students begin a new future for themselves and
our community,” Lou Joseph said.
With The Valerie and Lou Joseph Scholarship Fund, Cuyahoga Community College is able to continue its legacy
of high-quality, affordable, higher education. We appreciate the Joseph’s inspiring commitment to Cuyahoga
Community College and student success.
2 Spring 2012
Veterans Services Funding Important Focus Area at Tri-C
In the current academic year, approximately 2,000
Veterans are enrolled in credit courses at Cuyahoga
Community College, with nearly 100 Veterans enrolled
in non-credit, workforce training programs, preparing
for employment. The College enrolls the fourth largest
number of student Veterans in Ohio. Veterans Services
continue to be an important area of focus at Tri-C.
Recently, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki
lauded Tri-C in a speech before the American Association
of Community Colleges National Legislative Summit in
Washington, DC. Secretary Shinseki noted the College
and its distance-learning lab at the Tri-C Veterans
Education Connection Center, in partnership with AT&T,
located in the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, is an
Tri-C enrolls the fourth largest number of student Veterans in Ohio.
example of how community colleges are at the forefront
of providing high-quality and innovative college courses to Veterans and service members returning home.
Bettie J. Baker, retired Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies, has continued her generous
support of Tri-C’s Veterans Programs, helping the College to expand its services at the Tri-C Veterans Education
Connection Center. Ms. Baker’s support will help expand the footprint to cold war veterans and provide for
service upgrades at the Center. Ms. Baker is a World War II Veteran of service in North Africa, Europe and the
Middle East. Ms. Baker’s gift is very important to our Veterans of the Cold War,” said Rick DeChant, Executive
Director of Veteran Services and Programs. “Her gift will help continue the important training at the Veterans
Education Connection Center, first made possible with her support and that of AT&T. We are truly grateful for
her ongoing commitment to our Veterans.”
“Cuyahoga Community College is a valued training provider and economic engine within our community
that prepares a workforce to meet the changing needs within our industry. I look forward to our continued
partnership to provide pathways for Veterans to access higher education and prepare them to succeed in
today’s economy,” said Susan M. Feuhrer, Medical Center Director, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation is also pleased to announce that support from RPM International,
Inc. will establish a Veterans’ Services Center at the Brunswick University Center and provide outreach and
student success services at the Western and Westshore Campuses. RPM is a manufacturer of industrial coatings
and sealants for waterproofing and general maintenance, corrosion control and other specialty chemicals based
in Medina County. RPM has been a long time supporter of the College and the Tri-C Foundation.
With the support of Ms. Bettie J. Baker, AT&T and RPM International, Cuyahoga Community College can
continue to provide our Veterans with increased access to higher education and enhanced support services to
help them succeed.
Tri-C Foundation June Event Named A Best Benefit of 2011
The January 2012 issue of Currents named Motown
on the Lake, hosted by Tri-C Foundation Director Judi
Embrescia and her husband, Tom Embrescia as one of
the Best Benefits of 2011! While Currents covered more than 300 events in 2011, Motown was among 14 main
events earning the publication’s “Black-Tie” recognition as “being extraordinary, over-the-top, and executed
with excellence.” The event, held on June 18, 2011 raised more than $280,000 for student scholarships at Tri-C.
Special thanks to the Embrescias for opening their beautiful home to the Tri-C Foundation and making this
great event possible!
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Largest Nursing Class in History Pinned in December
In December, 150 nursing graduates – the
largest class in the history of the College-
embarked upon a new phase of their life,
as they received their nursing pins and
prepared to sit for licensure exams and begin
Cuyahoga Community College is a national
leader in healthcare training, ranking third
in the nation for the number of associate
degrees conferred in nursing among two-
year colleges. The College’s ranking in the
state of Ohio remains number one. The
College’s Division of Nursing Education is
committed to supporting academic success
and increasing the supply of well-trained Members of the largest graduating nursing class in the history of the
nurses who are prepared to meet the needs College celebrate their pinning ceremony at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in
of our community and healthcare employers. December 2011.
With record enrollment in nursing programs,
the College is graduating more nurses than ever before, helping to close the gap on the shortage of well-
trained, highly skilled healthcare workers. On average, the College achieves a passage rate of 95 percent or
higher on the licensure test, well above the national pass rate of 82 percent. Students are required to pass the
examination before they are permitted to practice nursing.
Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts Continued from page 1
Elektra, and as President of The GRP Recording
Company and Verve Music Group. He has produced
for legendary artists Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Dr.
John, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Barbra Streisand and
Sir Paul McCartney, to name a few.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has been
proud to call Mr. LiPuma a friend and supporter
for many years. Through the Tri-C Foundation,
the College will leverage his musical genius and
generosity to build and sustain the rich legacy of
its music programs, preserve the legacy of jazz
(contemporary music), and grow a supporting
music endowment to ensure its longevity. His
generosity will establish the Tommy LiPuma Mr. Tommy LiPuma mentors students in Tri-C’s Recording Arts Studio.
Endowment Fund for the Center’s essential
encouragement to LiPuma Scholars – Tri-C students
equipment, music programs and scholarship
receiving scholarships from the Tommy LiPuma
support. The LiPuma Project will share his musical
genius to further develop the College’s music
programs, while he serves as an advisor and guest Cuyahoga Community College, the Cuyahoga
speaker, assists in the discovery and development Community College Foundation and the students
of young talent, and facilitates future collaborations we serve are extremely grateful to Mr. Tommy
between the College and professional artists LiPuma for his commitment and support and for
and technicians. He will provide mentoring and helping us establish a Legacy for the Future.
4 Spring 2012
Scholarships Are An Investment In Tri-C Students
“I am attending Tri-C
because I know I am
capable of so much
more in life. I am “I am beyond grateful
so thankful for my for the scholarship
scholarship, there that I received from
are not enough the Tri-C Foundation.
words to show my These generous
gratitude. Thank you donors have brought
for helping me reach me one step closer
for my stars.” to enriching myself,
TIA LEWIS as well as my
Nursing community. My
dream of becoming
a teacher is turning
into a reality.”
“Without scholarship JASMINA DJURKA
support, I would not Education
have the materials I
need to succeed as an
honor student. Thank
you for supporting
scholarships for Tri-C “I was quite surprised
students!” to find out that
I had received a
MELLISSA Tri-C Foundation
JANOWSKI scholarship. The
Veterinary Technology timing was impeccable.
Thank you for helping
ease the financial
burden for me and
“Not only did the scholarship I received assist me
with my tuition, but the scholarship also let me know
that my achievements in school are recognized and
rewarded. Thank you!”
Spring 2012 5
Leveraging Community Partnerships with Tri-C
Since moving to Cleveland just over a year ago, I have been pleased to
discover what a great resource Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is for
our community. I experienced firsthand Tri-C’s resources and service to the
community through a Tri-C/Horseshoe Casino Cleveland partnership last
fall. When Horseshoe Cleveland began planning for the recruitment of job
applicants for Ohio’s first casino, we needed a workforce partner and Tri-C
stepped up to the plate. Tri-C devoted a significant number of their valuable
team members to assist us with screening more than 12,000 applicants.
Additionally, the Tri-C team helped us schedule interviews for more than
3,500 candidates which were narrowed down to 600 of Cleveland’s finest
Marcus Glover dealer candidates. The Tri-C Hospitality Management Center was also the site
Sr. Vice President & of our new hire training program, and we have hired several well-trained and
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
eager students from the College’s Hospitality Management program.
Director, Cuyahoga As we prepare for Horseshoe Cleveland’s grand opening, we will continue to
Foundation seek more community partnerships that will allow us to leverage Cleveland’s
existing assets to further attract and promote tourism both downtown and in
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is proud to call Tri-C one of our first partners in this community. I am
especially looking forward to my tenure on the Board of the Tri-C Foundation, as we all work to
enhance our community, invest in people, and build A Legacy for the Future in Northeast Ohio.
Onward and Upward!
Forest City Enterprises Increases Workforce Training Support
Forest City Enterprises has been a long-term supporter of Cuyahoga
Community College Foundation’s efforts to raise critically needed support for
scholarships. With a giving history that spans over two decades, Forest City
Enterprises has helped many individuals achieve their educational goals. Forest City Enterprises has generously
directed its most recent gift to the Legacy for the Future Campaign toward the College’s Workforce Training
Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Recognizing the vital role that Cuyahoga Community College plays in Northeast Ohio by reaching out to members
of our community and preparing them to succeed in careers that are critical to our region’s economy, Forest
City Enterprises’ support for scholarships will help many individuals access high-quality training and complete
credentials. Support for the Workforce Training Scholarship Endowment Fund helps address the need to increase
the number of well-educated workers who are prepared to succeed in high-growth industries and fields such as
advanced manufacturing, environmental/sustainability, engineering, and advanced technology.
With large numbers of unemployed and displaced workers seeking training in new careers and students
seeking affordable alternatives to four-year colleges, Cuyahoga Community College’s Workforce Training
programs are critical for empowering the future of our region. With the support from our partners like Forest
City Enterprises, Cuyahoga Community College will continue to build a Legacy for the Future.
“Workforce training is critical to our region’s future,” said Tri-C President, Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton. “The support
of partners such as Forest City Enterprises allows the College to deliver training that meets the needs of the
region’s employers, preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.”
6 Spring 2012
Faculty Spotlight: Rudy M. Stralka
Tri-C Faculty Member Inspires Others to Give Back
Assistant Professor Rudy Stralka’s relationship with Cuyahoga Community
College began as a student. “It was the best time of my life,” Stralka says. After
serving in the Army as a paratrooper, he enrolled in classes at Tri-C, becoming
student body president. Once he earned his degree, he transferred to Cleveland
State and then completed his degree at Baldwin-Wallace College, eventually
earning an Executive MBA.
Stralka came full circle when he returned to the College in 2000 as a faculty
member in the Business, Technology and Math department at the Western
Campus. He compares his role as a teacher to that of a farmer. “A farmer will
plant a seed and watch it grow. The same philosophy applies to watching all my
students grow…to be able to introduce new concepts, help students find new
opportunities and career paths, and then go out in the real world and make a
Assistant Professor Rudy Stralka difference – that’s what it’s all about.”
Stralka has demonstrated his passion for the College in some unusual and creative ways, organizing fundraisers
for the Citizens For Cuyahoga Community College Levy Campaign including a bowling fundraiser and jumping
out of an airplane, collecting pledges based on the number of feet he fell from the plane.
To support the College’s Invest in People - A Legacy for the Future Campaign, Stralka has included the Tri-C
Foundation in his estate plans, designating funds to establish a scholarship. When asked what inspired him to
make this gift he said, “my love of Tri-C and my wish to help students have the same opportunities I did, which
changed my life.”
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation greatly appreciates the support of Mr. Rudy M. Stralka and all of
the faculty and staff who generously give back to support student success at Tri-C.
Medical Mutual Establishes Scholarship Fund
Medical Mutual of Ohio recently established the Medical
Mutual Scholarship Fund to help support our Nursing and
Health Careers students. Through their generous commitment,
the Medical Mutual Scholarship Fund will help increase
access to education for students in nursing, pharmacy
technology, health information management, physical therapy,
occupational therapy and many other healthcare fields. The
leadership gift is part of the Foundation’s Invest in People – A
Legacy for the Future Campaign.
“Cuyahoga Community College is providing the workforce
training for the future of healthcare and is a national leader in Students in Tri-C’s Health Careers and Nursing Lab at
providing quality programs and instruction that align with our the New Westshore Campus.
critical industry in Northeast Ohio. Medical Mutual of Ohio is
proud to support the College and Tri-C Foundation by establishing the Medical Mutual Scholarship Fund as a
leadership gift for the Legacy for the Future Campaign,” said Mr. Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO of Medical
Mutual of Ohio and Co-Chairman of the Invest in People Campaign.
Medical Mutual of Ohio has been a steadfast donor to Cuyahoga Community College Foundation for over two
decades. Based in downtown Cleveland, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance
company headquartered in the state. Their support of health careers at the College is a reflection of their
commitment to quality healthcare in our region.
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Jazz@Tri-C Will Bring Year- Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland®
Round Jazz to the College April 19 – 29, 2012
Jazz Lives Here is the new tag line for everything Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
jazz at Cuyahoga Community College. Terri Paul Samuels 4 & Tri-C Trio + Marcus Strickland
Brothers Lounge - $15 Black Box at Tri-C Metro - $10
Pontremoli, Director of Jazz@Tri-C, is overseeing
Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
plans to expand the jazz offerings at the College DownBeat Invitational:
beyond the annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. The Salty Dog Brass Band Tri-C JazzFest All-Star Alumni
The plan is well underway with the addition of and Shaw High School Mighty Band with Sean Jones,
Cardinals Marching Band Dominick Farinacci and
new educational programming and community Public Square - Free Jerome Jennings
partnerships. In the Fall, the Young Visiting Artists Tri-C JazzFest High School
Thursday, April 19, 8:00 p.m. All-Stars with Matt Wilson,
Program (YVA) premiered under the Artistic Terell Stafford and Robert Hurst
Leadership of trumpeter and Tri-C alumnus Radio Music Society Tri-C Metro Mainstage - $10
Dominick Farinacci. The program is bringing Tri-C Metro Auditorium - $30 Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
emerging national jazz talent to Cleveland for Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m. Ernie Krivda’s Thunder from the
Heartland with Bobby Floyd,
residencies in area schools, beginning with Smooth Jazz All-Stars with
Brad Goode, Jeff Grubbs,
Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley,
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools. Norman Brown, Maysa, Brian
Renell Gonsalves, and
Simpson and Peter White
In January the Jazz@Tri-C Leadership Circle was The Hermit Club - $25
State Theatre at
formed to support jazz initiatives. Comprised of PlayhouseSquare Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 p.m.
jazz enthusiasts and community leaders, the group $45 / $38 / $30 Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts
Black Box at Tri-C Metro - $25
is charged with leading advocacy, fundraising Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.
and outreach efforts to support the College’s and 2:00 p.m.
The Jack DeJohnette Group
Jazz for Kids with Joe Hunter,
educational programming. This leadership Chris Burge, George Lee, Paul Tri-C Metro Auditorium - $30
group will help to steer the College in its quest Samuels and Becky Ogden
Friday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Cleveland
to establish Tri-C as a Center for Excellence in $5 museum members; $10 David Sanborn Trio featuring
American Music. Becoming a Center for Excellence general public Joey DeFrancesco and
will benefit the community by providing a new level Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. with opening performance by
of music programming that will blend academics A Tribute to Nina Simone Trombone Shorty &
with performance and opportunities for personal with Kellylee Evans and Ki Allen Orleans Avenue
Olivet Institutional Baptist State Theatre at
growth and development. The Center will also Church - Free PlayhouseSquare
enhance and strengthen the College’s music $45 / $38 / $30
Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
exposure, development, and appreciation activities An Evening with Saturday, April 28, 8:00 p.m.
for promising K-12 youth. Aretha Franklin An Evening with Diana Krall
State Theatre at State Theatre at
$75 / $60 / $50 $85 / $70 / $55
TRI-C Sunday, April 22, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Ben Williams & Sound Effect
East Cleveland Public Tri-C JazzFest SoundWorks
Library - $10 Nighttown - $15
PlayhouseSquare ticket office:
216-241-6000 and 1-866-546-1353
Tri-C Ticket office: 216-987-4444
Jazz Lives here For a complete schedule of all performances:
All Artists And progrAmming subject to chAnge.
Proud SPonSorS: American Greetings; KeyBank; dominion resources; national Endowment
for the Arts; nEA Jazz Masters Live; Cleveland.com; ohio Arts Council; roetzel & Andress, LPA;
WEWS newsChannel 5; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; JAM Foundation; Margaret Wong &
Associates Co., LPA; The MG International Group, LLC; Strassman Insurance Services, Inc.
8 Spring 2012
Granddaughter of Founding Board Chair Performs at Tri-C Concert
Madeline (Maddie) Pollis, granddaughter of the late Tri-C founding Board Chair, Mr. Robert
Lewis and Mrs. Joanne Lewis, performed a solo of the title track to Dominick Farinacci’s
latest CD “Dawn of Goodbye” at the Presidents Day Invitational in February. “I wrote
“Dawn of Goodbye” as a dedication to my grandfather who passed away when I was 9,”
Farinacci said. “I tried to capture through music the innocent and pure kind of love we
have toward a family member at such a young age, and how that love deepens as we grow
older, even after they have passed on. When we held auditions, Maddie had a lot of soul in
her voice, and I felt that she really understood and felt the sentiment of the song.”
Maddie, who also experienced the loss of a grandparent at a young age, is following in the Pollis
performance footsteps of her grandfather who was a vaudeville performer until the age of 12.
“Robert would have been so delighted by the two young artists performing together in tribute to their beloved
grandfathers,” Mrs. Lewis remarked.
Tri-C Foundation Establishes Ernst & Young Scholarship Fund
Honoring Chairperson Donald T. Misheff
In recognition of his dedication and passion
for education and students, an endowed
scholarship fund has been established in honor
of Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
Chairperson Donald T. Misheff, on the occasion
of his retirement as Northeast Ohio Managing
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP. The fund also
recognizes his wife Cindy’s (a retired teacher)
commitment to give back to the community.
The Ernst & Young Scholarship Fund was
established as a collaborative effort between
Ernst & Young and the Cuyahoga Community
College Foundation and has been generously Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President, Cuyahoga Community College; Gloria
Moosmann, Vice President, Resource Development and Tri-C Foundation;
supported by company employees. Cindy Misheff and Donald T. Misheff, Tri-C Foundation Chairperson
“Don is an exemplary leader in our community
who has used his time, passion and life experiences to help others visualize and achieve their goals. Through
his leadership as Chairperson of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, he has communicated a
strong commitment to the importance of access to education and ensuring that individuals should have an
opportunity to secure an education,” said Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President of Cuyahoga Community College.
The Ernst & Young Scholarship Fund will provide a legacy to Chairperson Misheff’s strong belief that
a community’s economic strength is supported through access to educational and workforce training
opportunities. The scholarships awarded to Tri-C students through this fund will enable Northeast Ohioans to
succeed in careers that are critical to our region’s economy.
“Chairperson Misheff is providing tireless leadership to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and
its Directors as we work to broaden our reach in the community and meet the funding priorities of the
College. Our team has worked closely with him on the launch of the Invest in People – A Legacy for the Future
Campaign. We appreciate his passion and dedication to our region and are pleased to recognize him for his
many achievements,” said Ms. Gloria Moosmann, Vice President, Resource Development and Tri-C Foundation.
Spring 2012 9
Responding to Workforce Needs
There will be over 6,500 welding jobs in Ohio in
2019. Locally, evidence shows there are 171 annual
openings in five welding occupations in Cleveland-
Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area
The Cuyahoga Community College 21st Century
Metals Joining Technician program will result in
the consolidation of two non-credit technical
programs to provide a multi-skilled technician
capable of joining and testing metal assemblies,
subassemblies, and final products.
We are pleased to have the support of the Ohio
Board of Regents that recently funded a request for Welding: Tri-C Workforce Training for the future
equipment for the Metal Joining and Test Lab. We
are also pleased to have the strong partnership of to offer a program that will prepare students for
Lincoln Electric, who is providing access to essential these in-demand jobs.
training equipment to prepare workers for in- Building for the Future... The Metal Joining and
demand current and future jobs. “We are acutely Test Lab will be located in the Advanced Technology
aware of the need for welders both nationally and Center being built near the Metropolitan Campus.
locally. Lincoln Electric is proud to partner with The 50,000 square foot workforce training facility
Cuyahoga Community College on this initiative,” will be completed in August 2012. The facility will
says Mr. Carl Peters, Lincoln Electric’s Director of also serve as a training site for alternative energy/
Technical Education. Several other partners have sustainable programs, building construction and
attested to the need for trained workers and to the construction engineering technology programs,
need for this training lab to serve this community. and public safety programs and will also include
The training program will prepare a pool of workers a business solutions center. Partnerships with the
to gain the American Welding Society credentials Ohio Board of Regents, Lincoln Electric and others
and fill new and replacement jobs. Training is for on the Invest in People – A Legacy for the Future
positions that have average hourly wages ranging Campaign enable the College to continue providing
from $16.66 per hour up to $43.07 per hour. world-class education and training and build a
Cuyahoga Community College is pleased to be able legacy for the future.
Tri-C Veterinary Technology Grads Score Top Marks
For the second consecutive year, Tri-C’s Vet Tech graduates have scored among
the nation’s top graduates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam. On
average, Tri-C students outscored all candidates from the United States who took
the exam. In three of the domains (animal care and nursing, pharmacology and
anesthesia and analgesia), at least one Tri-C graduate earned a perfect score.
When compared to Canadian schools, which boast higher average scores than
those in the U.S., Tri-C graduates’ averages were higher in five of the seven areas
tested along with the comprehensive category.
“These graduates are continuing the Tri-C tradition of achievement in the
veterinary technology field. We are proud to call them our graduates,” said
Kathleen M. Corcoran DVM, JD, Program Manager, Veterinary Technology.
Students in the Veterinary Technology program at Tri-C receive a comprehensive
education at the Western Campus in Parma, home of the Vet Tech program.
10 Spring 2012
The Cuyahoga Community College BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donald T. Misheff, Chairperson
Foundation welcomes new appointments Richard A. Chiricosta, Vice Chairperson
Paul N. Harris, Esq., Vice Chairperson
to the Board of Directors Louis G. Joseph, Vice Chairperson
Catherine M. Kilbane, Vice Chairperson
Katherine T. O’Neill, Secretary
James B. Aronoff, a partner in the Thompson Kazi R. Islam, Treasurer
Gloria J. Moosmann, Vice President, Development
Hine Real Estate group, chairs the firm’s COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
Real Estate Capital Markets practice and David A. Doll
Craig Foltin, D.B.A.
serves as the Partner-in-Charge at the Kazi R. Islam
Katherine T. O’Neill
firm’s Cleveland office. He is regularly called Rob Reynolds
upon to represent and advise real estate DIRECTORS
James B. Aronoff
investment trusts and real estate equity K. Michael Benz
funds, both transactionally and structurally Jodi H. Bonda
Gail A. Bowen
to maximize shareholder and investor value. Robert P. Brandon
Carole A. Carr
James B. Aronoff Mr. Aronoff earned his J.D. degree in 1984 Paul Clark
from Case Western Reserve University John M. Cooper
Delos M. Cosgrove, M.D.
School of Law. Jay Coury
Steven J. Demetriou
Jay Coury is the Chief Financial Officer Deborah V. Donley
Gregg A. Eisenberg, Esq.
and Co-Owner of Generations HealthCare Judith A. Embrescia
Morton G. Epstein
Management, with a primary focus in Heather R. Ettinger
the long-term healthcare industry. He Ann Fisher-Yan
graduated with honors from Case Western Wayne Foley
Denise Marie Fugo
Reserve University School of Law and The Marcus Glover
University of Toledo, where he earned a Edward J. Hartzell
Bachelor of Business Administration with David A. Jenkins
Richard A. Johnson
honors. Mr. Coury served on the Board of Dale Kates, D.D.S.
Jay Coury Trustees of the Cuyahoga Community College Jerry L. Kelsheimer
Patricia D. Kennedy-Scott
District from 2002 to 2012, holding various Douglas A. Kern
Thomas M. Laird, Jr.
leadership positions. Gena C. Lovett
James M. Malz
Marcus Glover is Senior Vice President Kenneth E. Marblestone
Daniel A. Marcus
and General Manager of Horseshoe Casino Bernie Moreno
Cleveland, where he is responsible for Joseph J. Morford, Esq.
Robert J. Morris III
ensuring Horseshoe Cleveland is developed Steven J. Oberfeld
Tracy A. Oliver
to maximize connectivity and economic Gwenay S. Reaze-Coniglio
impact in the host city, Cuyahoga County Shelley Roth
and throughout the state, while upholding Gregory J. Skoda
James A. Strassman
Caesars’ world-class management Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D.
standards. He earned a finance degree from Daniel P. Walsh, Jr.
Vanessa L. Whiting, Esq.
Marcus Glover Morehouse College and a Master of Business Lorna Wisham
Margaret W. Wong, Esq.
Administration from Duke University’s Joseph H. Wood
Fuqua School of Business. Thomas F. Zenty III
William M. Hegarty, Jr. Andrew E. Randall
Marsha E. Hughes Gerald E. Wolf
Rena J. Olshansky
Thank You to Outgoing Director TRI-C RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
AND FOUNDATION TEAM
Gloria J. Moosmann, Jay Gardner
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation thanks departing Vice President Rini Grover
Jason Abbott Michael Landini
Director Henry S. Ford, who served since 2009, helping the Yvonne Askew Melanie Majikas
Foundation to secure critically needed dollars for student scholarships Laurie Berendsen
and program enhancement and development. Michael Cade Jacqueline Owen
Nichole Carter Julie Weagraff
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Saturday, April 28, 2012 ® Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Non Profit Org.
700 Carnegie Avenue U.S. POSTAGE
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
An Evening with
Pre-concert cocktails and dinner at Sammy’s at
PlayhouseSquare, followed by 8:00 p.m. concert with
premier seating in the State Theatre and a post-concert
reception with a special guest appearance. Benefits the
Music Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets please call
216-987-4868 or visit www.tri-c.edu/foundation
www.tri-c.edu/foundation • 216-987-4868
A COOL EVENING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Shelley Roth and the
Pierre’s Ice Cream Team
host an evening of
wonderful food, cocktails,
music and an ice cream
extravaganza. A special
treat will be a rare
of Pierre’s 35,000 square
foot, state-of-the-art ice
cream factory! Benefits
scholarships for Tri-C
students. To reserve your
space, please phone the
Tri-C Foundation at ®
216-987-4868 or visit