Long we'll remember

The school, the campus, the time of their lives. Alumni express different and powerful motivations for supporting Case.
Frank Merat

Frank Merat, ’72, G ’75, Ph.D. ‘65
Electrical engineering
Professor emeritus, Case School of Engineering
University Heights, Ohio 

I first came to the Case campus in the summer of 1968.  I had never been to the campus previously and chose Case based on its academic reputation and a good financial aid package.  Before I even arrived on campus I received the letter announcing the federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve into Case Western Reserve University and wondered what that meant.  At Case I met many people — fellow students (now fellow alumni), wonderful faculty (now colleagues), and great support staff and administrators — who I remember to this day.

For a variety of reasons, I never left the campusalumni getting graduate degrees, becoming a faculty member and now an emeritus faculty member.  But I never quit being an alum.  Maybe it is because I am simply getting older but the highlight of my day is often meeting with a former student or colleague and reminiscing about the great times we had at Case.  We often talk about old buildings and professors, what our lives have been since we entered Case, and our families and how they have done and are doing.  And I often share with them my collection of Case memorabilia.  

Yes, there were ups and downs at Case and since then but the overall trend has been quite positive and upward. I never fail to be amazed by what our graduates have done. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I have been and will continue trying to make it a similar experience for those who follow me. Please join me in supporting the Case Fund with a Day of Giving gift by using this link:casegivingtuesday  



Jim Kilmer ’00, MSE ’00
Computer engineering
Division Director, The Opal Group
Westlake, Ohio
alumniI am constantly amazed by the evolution of Case campus over the last 25 years.  I can still remember the feeling of arriving on campus for my freshman year, and the thrill of a place full of excitement and innovation.  A campus with a world-class Art Museum next door, $5 student tickets to the Orchestra, and something interesting happening on campus nearly every day - even the North side dorms seemed exciting (for awhile). 

By the end of my college career, campus just seemed "normal".  But now, as an alumnus, I get to re-live that excitement by returning to campus with friends and classmates who moved away from Cleveland after graduation, and seeing the transformations that have occurred on campus.  That excitement and innovation is still alive and well, and is now a resource I can use for hiring and opportunities in my own business. 

At the age of 18, I could never have envisioned how coming to Case would change my life.  Now, with my wife, many of my friends, and countless colleagues and employees all as fellow Case alumni, I can say without hesitation that I wouldn't be the person I am today without the time I spent in this magical, messy, vibrant, wild melting pot of a campus.  I am eternally thankful, and enjoy every second I spend mentoring and working with the students joining our alumni family year-by-year.  

I'm proud to stand up and take part in the Day of Giving!  Not because of the money... even $1 is fine!  Because being counted as an active alumnus sends a message to the world that Case is growing, evolving and changing our world for the better.  Stand up with me and be counted at casegivingtuesday 


Sarah Rovito ‘07
Systems & Control
Director, Science & Research Policy, APLU
Silver Spring, Maryland

My Case education instilled in me a way of thinking and problem-solving that has proven invaluable, from my time supporting the Department of the Navy to graduate school at MIT to the non-profit sector and beyond. 

I am profoundly grateful for the Case community and the experiential learning and research opportunities afforded to me. I only wish that the Sears think[box] was around earlier! As a past recipient of the Case Alumni Association Junior/Senior Scholarship, I am honored to support the Case Fund on the Day of Giving and to empower the next generation of Case Engineers.

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