Office of Undergraduate Studies

Upperclass Newsletter

October 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

Academic Related News

Information for January 2011 Graduates

If you are planning on graduating in January, 2011, please double check your AA report to make sure that everything says "all satisfied".

Reasons your AR report may not indicate everything is all satisfied include:

  • Missing writing portfolio- If you have not yet started this process, information on what you need to do to hand in your portfolio can be found here.
  • You have a class exception and you are currently in that class. The exception will not appear is SIS until you have a final grade in the class.
  • You need to submit an AR correction form.

If your plans have changed and you are no longer planning on graduating in January, please contact the UGS office so your SIS record can be updated to ensure that you can register for the spring semester.

Changing an Incomplete Grade

If you received grades of I (incomplete) for any courses from the spring semester, you are expected to make the work up as quickly as possible. The amount of time allowed by a professor for making up an incomplete should be consistent with the length of the your absence(s) in the spring semester. The latest deadline by which work must be completed and grade reported is Friday, November 5. Petitions for extensions may be considered by the Deans Committee in the Office of Undergraduate Studies only in cases where there are valid extenuating circumstances and a petition with appropriate supporting documentation (usually a letter from your instructor supporting the extension) has been submitted prior to November 5 . Incompletes not completed by the deadline and for which no extension has been approved, will be converted to an F.

Midterm Grades and Where to Find them in SIS!

Faculty will be submitting grades by October 18. You will be able to find them in SIS in the student center. Pasted below is a screen shot of where you will find your mid-term grades. The mid-term grades tab will appear once midterms are posted.

Remember that mid-term grades are not official grades and will not appear on your transcript. They are provided to give you an indication of where you stand in the class at this time. This is a good time to honestly reflect on your academic progress and see if you need to make any changes to your class attendance, study strategies, time-management strategies, etc. In many cases, you may still have time to make some positive changes.

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Maintaining Academic Good Standing

As you proably know the new academic standing rules went into effect at the beginning of this semester. In order to be in good standing at the end of a semester, you must earn at least 12 hours and a 2.000 gpa for that semester. All of the new changes can be seen here.

Final Exams- Verify Your Schedule Now

Please verify your final exam schedule now. Make sure that all of your travel plans are after your final exams. You can find the Final Exam dates hereYou should also consult your syllabi for all of your classes.

Students are not required to take more than two final examinations on a single day. A student who has three final exams scheduled for a single day or two exams scheduled at the same time, should contact Dean Wolcowitz in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357 or 368-2928 for assistance.

Completing Your SAGES writing portfolio

If you have completed your first seminar and both of your university seminars, you should have or *should* be submitting your writing portfolio. Visit the SAGES portfolio web site for details on how and when you must submit your portfolio. Please don't wait until the last minute. Experience has shown that when students procrastinate handing this in, there hard drive inevitably dies or they lose papers, etc. Don't cause yourself undue stress ...complete it now!

Walk-in Hours at Wade and Fribley

Walk-in hours are available for questions and issues that can be resolved quickly, ordinarily in 10 minutes or less. The kinds of issues that can ordinarily be handled in walk-in hours include: course withdrawals, overloads, general education and other policy questions, etc.

As a general rule, Dean Hamel is at Fribley Monday nights from 6:00pm-8:00p. Dean Amon is at Wade Monday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Steven Scherger is at Wade Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00pm.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNIES AND PROGRAMS

Intersections

SOURCE is pleased to announce that there will be two Intersections this year!  That's right...SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session will be December 3, 2010 and April 15, 2011 thisyear.   The December Intersections is co-sponsored by SOURCE, SAGES, and the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing and will be a poster session only. 

The registration deadline is Nov 3, 2010 and information can be found on the SOURCE website.  We especially encourage January graduates and fall semester capstone students to participate.  Please contact Sheila Pedigo or Bethany Pope if you have questions

Hey Case Pre-meds: It is never to early to plan for the MCAT/DAT

Join Dean DiIiluo and other members of the UGS staff in a discussion about planning coursework to be completed before taking the MCAT/DAT and how to decide the best time for YOU to take the exam. This session will be geared toward second year students.

There will be two sessions:

October 27th, 6pm - 7:30pm in DeGrace 312
October 28th, 11:30am - 1pm in DeGrace 312

Study Abroad: Meet Representatives from Various Programs

Study abroad opportunities at Case span five continents. Study abroad offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and university, as well as participate in internships and community service in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, policy development, and health education.

If you are interested in studying abroad, visit the Study Abroad web site or feel free to stop by 357 Sears and explore the Study Abroad Office; no appointment is needed. You can also email the JYA Office and make an appointment to talk with our student staff. All of the students have studied abroad and can give you some really good first hand information about their experiences.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies will host several study abroad visitors on campus during the next few weeks.  If you are at all interested in studying abroad, including those in pre-med and pre-law, we would encourage you to attend.  Stop by for a few minutes to learn more about them! 

Institution Date Time Place Study destinations
University of Edinburgh Oct. 8 10:00 a.m. - noon Sears 357 Scotland
National University of Singapore Oct. 7 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sears 357 Singapore
IES Oct. 11 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sears 357 Many locations
American University of Cairo Oct. 14 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Sears 357 Cairo
IFSA- Butler Oct. 21 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sears 357 Many locations

How To Find Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors

The SOURCE Office will be hosting multiple sessions on how to find Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors.

Day Date Time
Wednesday Sept. 8 4 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 14 9 a.m.
Friday Sept. 24 9 a.m.
Tuesday Sept. 28 11:30 a.m.
Monday Oct. 4 4 p.m.
Friday Oct. 22 9 a.m.
Tuesday Oct. 26 11:30 a.m.
Please visit the SOURCE website for updates on locations.

Important Upcoming Dates

Fall Break October 18-19
Deadline for completing incompletes from spring November 5
Deadline for Class Withdrawal November 5
Registration for Spring 2011 Begins November 8
Thanksgiving Break November 25-26
Last Day to Submit Pass/No Pass by 5pm (online form) December 3
Last Day of Classes December 3
Reading Days December 6, 10
Final Exams Begin December 7
Final Exams End December 15
Final Grades Due December 17

Click here fore a complete 5 year academic calendar.

UPCOMING CAMPUS EVENTS

Year of Water Event:  CWRU’s Sustainability Efforts

Katie Spotz from Mentor, Ohio, is the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  Katie partnered with Blue Planet Network to help raise funds to promote sustainable safe drinking water projects all over the world.  Katie will share stories about her 2,817 miles and 75 days alone at sea and about her campaign for safe drinking water. Pizza and refreshments

Friday, October 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.,  Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Building

Kicks for a Cause

Support the Case women’s soccer team as they support University Hospital’s Ireland Cancer Center.

Date:  Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m. kick-off
Place: Case Field 

Donations will be taken at the game.

Our story:  Over the summer, our junior goalkeeper, Anna Kennedy was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  In the past 6 months, Anna has been through surgery and too many rounds of chemotherapy at both Kellogg Cancer Center (Evanston, IL) and UH’s Ireland Cancer Center.  Anna took on her battle as she does everything in life, with bravery, humor, and absolute resolve.  She is an inspiration to all she knows, in particular her Case soccer family.  This year, we kick to honor Anna and to celebrate her new title as a “cancer survivor.”  Please join us in raising awareness, celebrating hope, and congratulating Anna!!

Family Weekend

Family Weekend provides a fun, unique and memorable opportunity for Case students to share campus life with their families. Choose from events that connect families with faculty and staff, excursions to the surrounding communities, and on-campus entertainment for the entire family!

This year's event will be held Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 7. Don't miss it! Registration is now open!

Kuumba Festival

Kuumba Fest is our cultural talent showcase featuring FREE cultural talent and FREE cultural food!

The event happens once a semester in Thwing Atrium when the Case community comes together to enjoy a few hours of fun.

Our festival is held during Family Weekend and has featured performers from Case in Point, the Case African Students' Association, Urban Elementz, the Kung Fu Club, the Case Juggling Club, Case Dhamakapella, Swing Club, Voices of Glory, and more.

Come join in the fun on Friday, November 5 from 12:30-2:00 in the Thwing Atrium.

The event is sponsored by the Second Year Experience and Family Weekend Committee.

Support Your Fellow Student Athletes

From football to soccer to volleyball, many of your friends are competing on varsity athletic teams. Show your Spartan spirit and come out and cheer for them! Check out the Athletics web site for a complete listing of schedules.

University Community Hour

The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 2 p.m. No required academic activities of any type may be scheduled during this period. The University Community Hour facilitates student and faculty attendance at campus-wide gatherings and special events, especially those that foster community building at Case Western Reserve University. See the schedule for more information on topics and locations.

Public Affairs Discussion Groups

The Center for Policy Studies at Case hosts a public affairs discussion group Friday's at 12:30 pm in the Inamori Center in Crawford Room 9 (basement). Discussions run the gamut of topics from medical issues to the environment to the courts. The discussion this week is on Finding a Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems.

This is a great way to learn about issues that are of interest to you as you move forward in your college and professional career as well as to meet other people interested in similar topics.

For more information about these and other Center for Policy Studies programs, please visit the Center for Policy Studies web site.