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Alumni News October 2015

Date Released: 5 October 2015

CWRU Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2015Photo of a large group of people standing and smiling and talking

Case Western Reserve University welcomes alumni, faculty, staff, students, family and friends to campus for Homecoming & Reunion celebration October 8 – 11. With more than 100 programs and events planned, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Festivities begin with our Blue Block Party Thursday evening at Toby’s Plaza in Uptown and a Cleveland Alumni Welcome Reception Wednesday night at The Spot & Fireside Lounge.

In addition to traditional reunion receptions, CWRU is gearing up for an exciting weekend to showcase innovations and collaborative efforts. Attend “The Future of Patient Care: Our New Health Education Campus” hosted by the Frances Payne School of Nursing, Jack Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Sciences and the School of Medicine or learn about plans for think[box], one of the largest university-based innovation centers in the world during the panel discussion, “An Ecosystem of Innovation: think[box], FUSION and Entrepreneurship” hosted by Weatherhead School of Management, the School of Law and Case School of Engineering.

The CWRU community is invited to the Tinkham Veale University Center for the annual 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 talents through dance, song and a variety of performances.

Family and friends can enjoy a variety of tours including an open house self-guided tour of the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, think[box] in the newly renovated Richey-Mixon Building and the Cleveland Museum of Art led by graduate students. On Saturday, lace-up early for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5K race then join fellow alumni, students and friends to watch the Homecoming Parade and tailgate lunch before heading over to watch the Spartans take on the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets. Events conclude Sunday with the tenth annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration.

For more information, to register and to see a full schedule visit

The Creation of an Inclusive Urban District: A Panel Discussion

Learn about the collaboration behind Uptown, deemed “the new downtown” by The New York Times. Cleveland’s $150-million-plus arts and entertainment district stretching along Euclid Avenue, has revived an area that suffered from suburban expansion and neglect. Celebrate the exciting renewal and the district’s Silver Award for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Friday, October 9 during this panel discussion.

The panel will feature: moderator Steven Litt, art and architecture critic for the Plain Dealer; Latisha James, executive director, Local Government and Community Relations, Case Western Reserve University; Lillian Kuri, program director for Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainable Development with the Cleveland Foundation; Anne-Marie Lubenau, director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, The Rudy Bruner Foundation; Jill Snyder, director, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

This event is free and open to the public. Photo of Euclid Avenue by CWRU campus

October 9, 2015, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), first floor


Launch CWRU Weekend 2015

The third annual Blackstone LaunchPad Launch CWRU Weekend concluded September 6 awarding three finalist teams with $1,000 in prizes.

During the three-day workshop and competition, aspiring entrepreneurs, students and alumni connected and combined resources they would need to potentially launch a startup. Participants formed teams and presented their business ideas, products or services and received feedback from experts in the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial community. Photo of three students paying attention to the presenter speaking to the room

More than 140 individuals pre-registered for the event including undergraduate and graduate students from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University. Alumni, faculty and more than 30 community members supported idea research and team project development, acting as mentors, advisors and judges.

On day one, 24 individuals pitched their ideas and 16 teams formed to commence the 48-hour competition. By Sunday evening, 12 teams comprised of more than 30 individuals presented to the judges.

The first place prize of $500 went to team VitalCheck who pitched universal optimization of healthcare by minimizing time spent on data collection and maximizing time spent on patient care. VitalCheck's team members include engineering and management student Trent Boyer (CWR ’15), finance student Zigang Chen and statistics and classics student Boaz Heller.

Second place team CareWare received $300 for their pitch, a wristband meant for elderly people in the care of young family members. The wristband has GPS capabilities, emergency services and a skin contact detector. CareWare’s team includes students Phil Adikes, Zigang Chen, Aaron Grgurich, Sanjana Krishnakumar and Isabella White.

WES, the two-person team of Roy Chan and Carey Feng, won third place and $200 for their pitch, wirelessly charge mobile devices through interfaces installed in commercial furniture, including restaurants and airports.

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women: Drop-In Discussion Group

Join the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women for a drop-in discussion group designed for women approaching retirement age. This group meets for conversation twice a month featuring topics and speakers with the mature woman in mind.

This month’s program, “Health Care for the Mature Woman” featured Corinne Bazella, MD, assistant professor at the Case Medical Center, director of third year clerkships and North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner and Jean Marino, Certified Nurse Practitioner and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).

Learn more about the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women