This page will be your guide in all areas of Case Western Reserve University chapter management, administration and assistance in programming development. Additionally, you'll find information about The Alumni Association, its mission and services.
Strong chapters and networks that promote the university are vital to the success of CWRU. We are proud to have a long tradition of global support from our alumni.
The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University globally connects more than 110,000 alumni through regional and international chapters, special events, alumni publications, social media and more. The Alumni Association encompasses alumni from all of the university’s schools providing opportunities for every alumnus to develop and maintain a lifelong relationship with the university.
The Alumni Association, in its current form, was founded in 2006 and is advised by an 18-member board of directors. The Alumni Association staff and board, focus on driving the university forward through alumni engagement.
Alumni chapters are imperative to engaging alumni around the world and serve as resources to keep them involved after graduation. Alumni chapters serve to do the following:
Looking for a fellow chapter or network leader? Need help from an Alumni Association team member? Follow the links below for more information:
The Alumni Association sets forth the following expectations for alumni chapters:
The Alumni Association provides the following support to each chapter:
The Alumni Association of CWRU provides the following recommendations for alumni to structure their local chapter. Chapters should have a leadership pool of at least three people to lead local members. This structure allows for successful leadership, event planning and chapter promotion.
The Alumni Association suggests the following roles:
Strong local leadership is the key to a successful chapter. To ensure your leadership team is the best it can be, here are a few tools and tips you can use:
Three to five alumni leaders are necessary for your group to flourish. No one can or should lead alone. While getting someone new to the area or who has just come to their first event to commit to being a volunteer can be challenging, here are a few suggestions to get new alumni involved in your chapter’s team:
The Alumni Association cannot legally share alumni information. Alumni chapter and network leaders should request assistance with distribution of emails, newsletters and other electronic communications to their area or members. The Alumni Association reserves the right to ensure that outgoing messages representing the university are brand compliant and appropriately planned with respect to other campus email communications.
Physical mailers (e.g. postcards, letters) require at least 9-weeks lead-time in order to be fulfilled prior to an event. These should be reserved for special occasions, and expectations should be discussed with your Alumni Association staff contact.
Each chapter and network of The Alumni Association is displayed on its own webpage within the alumni site (www.case.edu/alumni). These pages ideally list the history of the chapter/network, the current leadership’s contact information, and links to any social media presence.
To update your chapter or network page, reach out to your Alumni Association contact. In addition, your chapter or network staff contact can assist you with having a presence in AlumNews or The Daily. Simply email your request and it will be discussed with the marketing team to meet your needs as best we can!
Case Western Reserve University’s new logo, created in 2007, is a modern representation of the traditional sun seen in the historical crests of both Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology.
The university logo is the strongest link to our brand. That is why it is important to use only approved logos in all communications. Whenever an unapproved logo is used or an approved logo is changed or altered in any way, it dilutes our brand.
ONLY ASSOCIATION-RECOGNIZED CHAPTERS AND NETWORKS MAY USE OFFICIAL CWRU LOGOS.
Because of the importance of this, The Alumni Association requests that chapters and networks request permission to use university logos and allow an Alumni Association staff member to ensure that the logo is being used in compliance with the university brand standards.
Social media is a convenient tool allowing chapters to keep their constituents connected and easily share chapter news, university news, event invites and more.
The Alumni Association advocates each chapter maintaining a Facebook page in partnership with their Alumni Association contact. We will start the page for you to ensure it meets our university standards and grant access if you are new to your chapter. We suggest at least one Alumni Association contact and one chapter representative is designated as “admin” on each page to ensure both sides of our partnership receive adequate visibility to page performance and roles.
Check out our pdf for suggested best practices in social media
Alumni Admission Ambassadors are alumni volunteers who directly impact Case Western Reserve University by assisting in the recruitment and retention efforts. Alumni Admission Ambassadors develop relationships with prospective students by sharing their Case Western Reserve experiences and highlighting the university's impact on their lives. They share the impact of Case Western Reserve University on them personally and professionally. In addition, they help to emphasize that Case Western Reserve has a broad national and international alumni network.
Activities include conducting interviews with prospective students, attending college fairs to represent the university, communicating with admitted students through email or telephone, and attending admission events such as information sessions or receptions. Alumni Admission Ambassadors find the experience to be fun, rewarding, and a valuable way to engage with the university. While alumni of the undergraduate program tend to be most effective in serving our prospective undergraduate students, we welcome alumni from any CWRU programs.
Volunteers must be CWRU alumni, parents, or faculty. CWRU undergraduate alumni are highly encouraged to participate in the program; however, we also welcome:
Interested? Please apply here!
For additional information, please contact Christine DeSalvo (CWR '96) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.368.5450 .
The Alumni Career Network is a unique resource made up of CWRU alumni who have volunteered to provide career-related information to current CWRU students and other alumni. The Career Center is pleased to provide this valuable networking resource to currently enrolled students as well as alumni who are graduates of degree programs offered by CWRU worldwide.
CWRU [IN] is a movement toward a culture of involvement and support at Case Western Reserve. Being "in" means giving back to help move your university forward with a yearly gift—in any amount—to the Annual Fund.
In addition to making a gift, an exciting way to get involved and support CWRU [IN] is volunteering as an [IN]bassador!
There are many ways to execute a successful event, but we have found that the best-attended and most compelling events have a few of the following:
Need ideas? Connect with your Alumni Association contact to brainstorm.