Think Big Leadership Awards announced

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce winners of the 2021 Think Big Leadership Awards.

“I am genuinely amazed at the creative, boundary-pushing and community-focused work happening all over our campus, particularly during a year of so much unrest and uncertainty,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III. “I am so pleased that we can recognize such outstanding members of our community in this way.”

As Case Western Reserve charts the waters of its new reality, the North Star and Pathways of the Think Big strategic plan continue to guide the university. The university’s North Star states: Case Western Reserve is a high-impact research university that aspires to be a community where humanity, science and technology meet to create a just and thriving world. The Think Big Leadership Awards are meant to identify those who are helping to achieve this vision.

In mid-April, Provost Vinson asked the campus to identify teams or individuals who are pushing boundaries along each of four Pathways outlined in the university’s strategic plan. The campus community responded in force with nearly 100 individual and team nominations, representing more than 260 faculty, staff and students.

Winners were chosen by Think Big Pathway Leaders in conjunction with the Office of the Provost. They will be honored with an event at Harcourt House on October 5 hosted by incoming President Eric Kaler and Provost Vinson.

Congratulations, Lauren Calandruccio, Psychological Sciences faculty member!

Making an IMPACT: Lauren Calandruccio

Individual Awardee:

Lauren Calandruccio


Lauren Calandruccio is an audiologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. This past summer, she was awarded a grant from the American Speech-Hearing Association to launch a year-long mentoring program for diverse students. The program, which she calls IMPACT (Innovative Mentoring and Professional Advancement through Cultural Training), supports experiential learning activities, mentorship activities and graduate school preparation support for 10 diverse undergraduate students. In addition, she has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the ASHFoundation. As the leader of the University Giving Program, she has more than doubled the number of participating universities and has raised more than $500,000. She also was able to recruit all schools in the state of Ohio to participate in the program.




Think Big Leadership Awards announced