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February 2013


Academic Related News

Graduating in May 2013?

If you are planning on graduating in May, 2013, verify that your AA report is showing up as "all satisfied".

  1. 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.
    • You must drop a major or minor
    • There is AP, proficiency or transfer credit that is not posted

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

Changing An Incomplete Grade

If you received grades of I (incomplete) for any courses from the fall 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 fall semester. The latest deadline by which work must be completed and grades reported is Friday, March 29.  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 (including a letter from the professor) has been submitted prior to March 30. Incompletes not completed by the deadline and for which no extension has been approved, will be converted to F grades.

Completing your SAGES writing portfolio

If you have completed your first seminar and both of your university seminars, you should submit your writing portfolio by the end of January. Visit the SAGES portfolio web site for details on how and when you must submit your portfolio.

Major Declaration Hold

As you may remember, the policy and timeline for declaring a major was changed and approved by the Faculty Senate last fall. You can find the complete policy in the general bulletin.

What it basically comes down to is that students are expected to declare a major before registering for classes for their fifth semester of enrollment.  Students who have not declared a major will have a registration hold placed on their accounts until they declare a major and will not be able to register until a major is declared.

If you do not declare by that time, you will be able to petition a dean in Undergraduate Studies to allow you to register for the next semester by lifting the registration hold.  You may later change your major should your academic interests change.

The reason for this policy is to ensure that students are working purposefully toward completing degree requirements during the second half of their enrollment at the University and are able to take advantage having an advisor in their major department and of the SIS Academic Requirements Report as an advising tool to monitor the completion of requirements.

To declare a major, you must take a major declaration form to the academic representative for the department in which you wish to declare, obtain the signature of the representative and be assigned an advisor in that department. The form must then be taken to the Undergraduate Studies office for processing. You can pick up the major declarations forms in Sears 357.

Be Prepared: Exam Schedule for Classes with and SI

Plan ahead. If you have not already checked out the dates and times of exams that have an SI.


Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair

The Career Center will be hosting its annual Internship and Career Fair on Thursday, February 7 from 10:30-3pm in Adelbert Gym. The emphasis is on internships, co-ops and other forms of experiential learning. For more information and tips on how to prepare for the fair, visit the Career Center website.

Recognize and Nominate Your Peers: Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards

The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dr. Dorothy Pijan in 1982 to recognize and honor Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders.

Over 20 different student leadership awards are presented during an awards ceremony in the spring. Nominations are solicited from across the campus and are selected by an anonymous committee.

For more information on all of the awards and to submit a nomination, visit the Dr. Dorothy Pijan sdudent Leadership Awards Page.

Looking For Funding for the Summer?!?

Check out the SOURCE website for the deadlines for funding opportunities for on-campus and Cleveland positions.

Scholarships available for Second Year, Upperclass Students, and Graduating Women in the College of Arts and Sciences

There are various scholarships and research grants for which second year, upperclass students, and graduating women in the College of Arts and Sciences can apply including

Eva Pancoast Scholarship

In June, 1985, the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University approved the establishment of the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fund by which women graduates of The College of Arts and Sciences and/or women students in The School of Graduate Studies at the University might be assisted in extending their education by foreign study or foreign travel, or both, at any time during the twelve months following their graduation, or, in the case of graduate students, in the twelve months following the current academic year.

The amounts of the fellowships vary, but generally range from $1,000-$3,500. Those who receive awards will be required to submit a brief report of the project after its completion with reasonable documentary evidence of major expenditures.

Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2013 to the Pancoast Fellowships Selection Committee, c/o Lynmarie Hamel, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357. All applicants will be informed of decisions as soon as possible, and public recognition will be given at the Honors Assembly for graduating seniors at the end of the semester.

The application can be downloaded here.

Peter Witt Scholarship

Are you involved in the community? Do you perform community service work in Cleveland or the greater Cleveland area? Are you interested in city planning or social work? The Peter Witt Scholarship recognizes students in the College of Arts and Science who are active members of their community. The scholarship can provide up to $5000 or more to deserving students to use towards tuition in their third year.

Students usually have above a 3.00 gpa and leadership experience in community service and leadership roles on and off campus.

The application can be downloaded hereThe due date is March 8, 2013

Important Upcoming Dates

Mid Term Grades Due March 11
Spring Break March 11-15
Deadline to complete Incomplete from Fall semester March 29
Deadline for Class Withdrawal (non-first year students) March 29 at 5pm
Deadline to Submit P/NP ballot (non first year students) March 29 at 5pm
Last Day of Class April 29
Reading Days April 30, May 1
Final Exams Begin May 2
Final Exams End May 9
Final Grades Due by 11:00am May 11
University Commencement May 19

Click here fore a complete 5 year academic calendar.


Meet The Dean Study Break

Join Dean Wolcowitz for his Dean's Study Break in the Hovorka Atrium on Monday, February 4 from 4-5:30pm.

Faculty/Staff Basketball Game

The 9th Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game will was held on Friday, February 15 at 5:30pm, in Horsburgh Gym. Come and see your favorite battle students in the always exciting basketball game!

Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

The Jackson Award celebrates those who have guided a student in their academic and career paths; fostered the student's long-term personal development; challenged the student to reflect, explore and grow as an individual; and supported and/or facilitated the student's goals and life choices.

The winners of the 2012 J. Bruce Jackson Award were Matt Englander from Physical Education and Athletics from Facilities Services, Gene Matthews

Nominate a a faculty or staff member who has really made an made an impact on you or helped your achieve you academic goals.

Wittke Award for Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching

The Wittke Award is presented each year to two Case Western Reserve University faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. To nominate your favorite professor, click here.

The Carl F. Wittke Award was established in 1971 in honor of Carl Wittke, a former faculty member, dean, and vice president of Western Reserve University. The Wittke Award is presented each year to two Case Western Reserve University faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching

The winners of the 2012 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching wereHeath Demaree from Psychology and Ramez Islambouli from Modern Languages and Literatures.

Nominate a a faculty member who has really made an made an impact on you or helped your achieve you academic goals. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 11, 2013.

Community Hour Programming

Every Friday, 12:30pm - 2pm

Various Events and Locations!

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.  For more information, visit the Community Hour homepage.

Support your fellow student athletes

From basketball to swimming to baseball, 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.

Requesting Class Exceptions

Use a Special Request (Petition) form for special exception to a regulation or curriculum requirement.