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Alumni News September 2015

Date Released: 31 August 2015

photo with text that says, "Where and why does innovation thrive?"think[box] Soon to Re-open, Volunteers Wanted

This fall, Case Western Reserve University’s think[box] will open it’s new 50,000-square-foot location to the public. As one of the largest university-based innovation and entrepreneurship centers, think[box] offers a space for CWRU students, faculty, alumni and the greater community to explore their creative potential.

Jake Showalter (CWR ’98) is responsible for garnering volunteers to keep think[box] open each day of the week.

“It’s fun to be around people with ideas, and I can walk into the facility as a political science major or a history major with my own ideas and learn a new way of doing things,” Showalter says. He calls think[box] an engineering hot-spot with an open-mindedness that celebrates collaboration with thinkers.

There is a need for volunteers with consistent schedules to staff the facility. Asking for four hours a week of volunteering, Showalter is looking for anyone—alumni, students, community members—to help keep think[box] tours and tinkering time thriving. “Right now a lot of people are coming from other universities just to see the new think[box],” but he says recruiting aspects could keep the innovation busy.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities with think[box] contact Jake Showalter (

Interested in learning more about the type of innovation think[box] supports?  Join CWRU for the Innovation Summit 2015: Models of Innovation to take place October 26-28. For three days, CWRU will bring together thought leaders from across industry sectors to focus on the opportunities and challenges of global innovation. In addition to hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and area-specific break-out sessions, the event will spotlight the first phase of think[box].

International Friendship Program

Case Western Reserve University's International Friendship Program offers alumni, staff, faculty and friends the opportunity to share American culture with an international student by becoming a friend and resource. The mutually beneficial program helps students transition to life in the U.S. and exposes hosts to greater understanding of nationalities and cultures, and it can serve as a foundation for friendships that often last beyond a student's stay at Case Western Reserve.

Unlike traditional homestays, hosts get together with their assigned international student about every 4-6 weeks, for a year, and enjoy home-cooked meals, events on campus and outings in the Cleveland area. While the student’s first priority is his/her academic studies, many want to expand their experience and exposure to American politics, economics, environment, and culture.

Jim Makee (GRS ’69, MGT ’97) and Linda Makee share their experience:Photo of three people, smiling and posed for the camera

As retired educators, we have spent a lifetime working with young people, often from [other] countries. In working with these students, it has been our joy to share American culture with them, while we embrace some of their homeland customs. It was especially meaningful to us to share Easter with Yidan and Chushan, taking them to our church's service and to our home with our family for dinner. As Buddhists, they were quite intrigued with our church rituals and our family traditions of dyed eggs and chocolate bunnies. 

Another trip that we loved taking was to Middlefield, Ohio to visit Amish country. After the excursion, we returned to our home, where the girls brewed Chinese tea and we served it in family heirloom tea cups.

This program has allowed us to welcome international students to Cleveland and to make new friends, who have chosen our great city to become their new, temporary home. It has afforded us the opportunity to add new granddaughters to our family.

We encourage others to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to extend your bonds of family friendship to international students and gain knowledge of another country's youthful citizens.

There are many international students starting at CWRU this fall. We hope you consider welcoming one of them to Cleveland. Learn more about becoming a host for CWRU’s International Friendship Program and complete an application

Homecoming News 2015 Homecoming and Reunion Celebration logo‌ ‌‌

Homecoming & Reunion weekend is October 8-11.

Please register today for your favorite events:

Once you register, you’ll receive information for free homecoming weekend parking and how you can easily check-in upon arrival. 

Stay informed for the weekend by reviewing information on what to wear, shuttles and name badges:

Remember homecoming & reunion weekends from the past:

Upcoming September Events      ‌‌

Sept. 20
2 p.m.
Sept. 24
5 p.m.
Sept. 27
11:30 a.m.
Sept. 30
6 p.m.
Save the Date
Oct. 21
Houston Cruise Twin Cities Baseball Baltimore/DC Raleigh/Durham NY Annual Meeting
Galveston Bay Pizza Luce &
Target Field
Phillies vs. Nationals Monet Art Experience Harvard Club NYC


Icon that says "Launch CWRU Weekend Sept 4-6"Blackstone Launchpad - Launch CWRU Weekend 2015 ‌

Calling all entrepreneurs, thinkers, hackers and innovators! Join us September 4-6 for a weekend of workshops and competition.

Imagine that you have an idea for a software application to better manage your schedule. You need a basic business plan. You’ll also be looking for organizational development, venture capital or intellectual property advice. Blackstone Launchpad (BLP) can assist. The CWRU Blackstone LaunchPad helps alumni and students turn ideas into products and services.

Admission to this event is free. Registration closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 2.

Judson and The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University recently established a partnership that gives Judson residentsJudson at University Circle icon‌ greater access to lifelong learning opportunities, special events, programs and facilities at the University. Learn more about the program. ‌

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