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Alumni News August 2015

Date Released: 3 August 2015

Homecoming 2015 

This Fall, Case Western Reserve University welcomes alumni, students, family and friends to campus to enjoy a weekend of events and programming. Homecoming & Reunion weekend will take place October 8 - 11.

In addition to traditional reunion dinners and luncheons, CWRU is gearing up for an exciting weekend to showcase innovative and collaborative efforts through our interprofessional education events. After a Rise and Shine breakfast at The Linsalata Alumni Center Friday morning, attend “The Future of Patient Care: Our New Health Education Campus” where the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine will present new developments in healthcare education.

All alumni and community members are welcome to Friday’s Homecoming Luncheon where President Barbara R. Snyder will share the state of the University and The Alumni Association Awards will be presented. Friday evening, find out what CWRU has to offer outside of the classroom at the Showcase of Stars where students will celebrate their terrific talent through dance, song and a variety of performances.

On Saturday, join fellow alumni, students, and friends to watch the Homecoming Parade and enjoy a tailgate lunch before heading over to watch the Spartans take on the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets. Festivities conclude with Sunday evening’s 10th annual  Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration.

Registration coming soon! For more information and to see a full schedule of events visit

New Alumni Association Leader

‌Bradford Crews joined the university July 15 as senior executive director of alumni relations. His selection came after a national search that involved extensive alumni and staff participation.

He comes to Case Western Reserve after more than four years as assistant vice president of alumni relations at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Prior to that role, he served as director of reunions and special events for the University of Florida Alumni Association in Gainesville, as director of university events at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and as a wedding planner at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

“Brad impressed everyone he met with his energy and ideas,” Vice President for University Relations Lara Kalafatis said. “He is engaging, experienced and eager to make a positive difference for our graduates.”

During his time at Florida Atlantic, Crews led initiatives such as creating a young alumni awards program, re-launching a dormant chapters and societies program, debuting a corporate membership program and refreshing major processes for the alumni office.

Crews is a highly regarded professional in the alumni relations field, and has been a featured speaker at Council for the Advancement and Support of Education conferences, a faculty member on its Summer Institute and chaired its Homecoming, Reunions and Alumni Involvement Conference for two consecutive years. In addition, Crews was the point person when the University of Florida hosted Alumni Professionals of the Southeastern Conference in 2009.

Judson Partnership

This year, Case Western Reserve University and Judson Manor, Inc., penned an agreement that encourages campus engagement with residents of the Smart Living franchise.

It makes sense, about 25 percent of Judson Manor’s residents are CWRU alumni. While all residents are welcome to participate in the partnership, there’s added excitement for those who already audit classes or use university facilities.

‌‌The university partnership entitled Explore Together, Inspire Each Other, is just getting off the ground, but the concept is a growing trend. University/retirement facility alliances allow retired alumni to live near their alma mater and have organized access to its campus. To date, approximately 60 college retirement communities exist in the United States, including partnerships at Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State. In this setting, retirement community members and college students benefit from each other.

In the CWRU/Judson relationship, all Judson Manor residents are given access to lifelong learning courses, can mentor college students and receive VIP event access to university events, while select CWRU students will gain free room and board at Judson. Additionally, alumni who seek residence with the facility will receive special perks from Judson.

In addition to class auditing and lifelong learning options, the CWRU/Judson college retirement living promotes mental acumen by fostering regular trips to the campus library and museums.

The university’s alumni interested in moving to a Judson retirement community, receive a $10,000 one-time discount.

More Information >

Upcoming August Events

Aug. 12
6 p.m.
Aug. 26
8 p.m.
Aug. 28
5:30 p.m.
Aug. 29
3/6 p.m.
Aug. 30
2 p.m.
Cleveland HH Chicago River Tour Columbus Atlanta History Seattle
Happy Dog Shoreline Sightseeing Mud Hens vs.
Center for Civil & Human Rights/
Paschal's Reception
Timbers vs.
Sounders Match

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