Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Spartan Club, inducted six new members into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 7th, in addition to honoring longtime CWRU ball boys Ronald and Donald Cunningham.
The six 2017 Hall of Fame inductees were first recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game, a 33-3 win for the 17th-ranked Spartans over Bethany College at DiSanto Field.
The ceremony then shifted to the Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Grand Ballroom in the Tinkham Veale University Center for the official induction. With Jon Schwartz serving as the Master of Ceremonies, the following six were inducted into the Spartan Club Hall of Fame:
Jack A. Larimer, MD · WRU '63, MS '67 · Track & Field · Presented by Amy Milczewski
Jack Larimer competed for the track and field team at Western Reserve University from 1959 through 1963, winning five conference championships and earning seven All-Presidents' Athletic Conference honors. He was the premier sprinter and hurdler in the conference during his time with the team, sweeping the championships in the 100-yard dash, 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard intermediate hurdles in 1961, before returning in 1962 to defend his title in both the 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard intermediate hurdles. Larimer set PAC records in three events during his time as a Red Cat, and totaled a stunning 68 points over his career at the conference championship meets. For his efforts, Larimer was named to the PAC's 60th Anniversary Men's Outdoor Track & Field Team, one of just three honored from Western Reserve.
Dr. Si Ostrach · Professor and Wrestling Faculty Liaison · Presented by Danny Song
Dr. Si Ostrach is the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at CWRU and former Director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research. He is acknowledged by NASA as one of 12 Super Stars of Modern Aeronautics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the National Academy of Engineering. He retired in 2005 after 45 years on the CWRU faculty. Over the course of a 60-year career, Ostrach has made groundbreaking contributions to engineering and to the understanding of natural convection and physiologic and microgravity flows. Dr. Ostrach also designed major experiments that flew aboard the space shuttle in 1992 and 1995. Aside from his impactful accomplishments in the engineering profession, Dr. Ostrach was a highly-regarded high school wrestler and spent 25 years as one of the most highly respected NCAA wrestling officials in the nation. He has been a supporter of CWRU wrestling and its faculty liaison for the past 20 years, serving as a mentor to countless Spartan wrestlers and helping guide them through their athletic, academic and professional careers.
David Kallevig · CWRU '05 · Football and Track & Field · Presented by Greg Debeljak
David Kallevig was a wide receiver on the Case Western Reserve University football team from 2001-04, and was named the 2004 University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year (one of just four CWRU football players as of his inauguration into the Hall of Fame) after catching 70 passes for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior campaign. As of the date of his induction, he is the program's career record holder with 3,015 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns, second in school history with 203 receptions and third with 3,306 all-purpose yards. Kallevig was a two-time All-UAA honoree, claiming first team honors in 2004 and second team recognition in 2002, and became the first CWRU football player ever to be named the UAA Rookie of the Year in 2001. Kallevig was named CWRU's Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year and received the Philip K. "Nip" Heim Award in 2005, in addition to being selected as the Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year in 2002. He was also a standout member of the track & field team, winning the 2004 UAA Championship in the javelin throw, and earning All-UAA honors as a member of the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays in 2003.
Carson Oren · CWRU '06 · Men's Basketball · Presented by Trevor Oren
Carson Oren enters the Hall of Fame as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in the history of the CWRU men's basketball program, finishing his career with 1,612 points and 753 rebounds. He also ranks first in school history with 100 career games played and 346 made free throws, second with 97 starts, sixth with 128 steals and eighth with 240 assists. He is one of just three players in program history to earn All-UAA honors each of his four seasons on the team, including nods to the First Team during his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Carson was the first Spartan ever to be named the UAA Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year, claiming the honor following his freshman season in 2002-03. The South Bend, Indiana native set a program single-game record with 21 rebounds against Emory on February 25, 2006, the final game of his collegiate career. He was named the CWRU Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, and was the 2005 winner of the Arthur P. Leary Award.
Meredith Stakem · CWRU '03 · Women's Swimming & Diving · Presented by Pat & Nancy Stakem
Meredith Stakem was an elite sprint freestyle swimmer at Case Western Reserve, earning three All-America certificates and seven honorable mentions during her time as a Spartan. Her career highlights included an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2003 NCAA Championships, and third- and fifth-place finishes as a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, respectively, at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Her All-America honorable mentions came in the 100-yard freestyle (13th in 2001), 400-yard freestyle relay (14th in 2000 and 11th in 2003), 800-yard freestyle relay (12th in 2003), 200-yard medley relay (10th in 2001) and 400-yard medley relay (13th in 2001 and 12th in 2003). At the conference level, Stakem was a nine-time All-UAA finisher, including individual UAA Championships in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle during her senior year, setting a conference record in the latter during the meet. Her career-best time of 52.27 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, set in 2003, still ranks as the third-fastest in program history as of her induction.
Edward Trebets · CWRU '93 · Football & Baseball · Presented by Gina Trebets
Edward (Ed) Trebets, an inside linebacker, was the first University Athletic Association Player of the Year in CWRU football history, earning the honor during his junior season in 1991, while also claiming an Honorable Mention to the Football Gazette All-America Team following the campaign. He was a three-time All-UAA honoree, securing first team honors his junior and senior seasons and second team recognition as a sophomore, while leading the team in tackles in each of the three seasons. His 364 career tackles are the fifth-most by a player in program history as of the date of his induction, and he earned the department's Bill Grice, John Anderson, Arthur P. Leary and Philip K. "Nip" Heim awards during his time as a Spartan. Trebets was also a member of the baseball team during his freshman and sophomore years, pitching in 14 games during his career.
Larimer, Ostrach, Kallevig, Oren, Stakem, and Trebets join the 360 previously inducted members of the Spartan Club Hall of Fame, who are all recognized inside the Hall of Fame room in the Veale Center.
The evening concluded with a special recognition of Ronald and Donald Cunningham, who have served as ball boys for the football team over the past 40 years:
The Spartan Club is currently accepting nominations for its next Hall of Fame induction class. For more information, and to nominate a worthy candidate, go to http://athletics.case.edu/sports/spartan_club/nominations.