Virtual Events

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Upcoming Events

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University continues Spartans Step Up, a series of webcasts focusing on CWRU’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. At-Risk Populations – Recognizing and Supporting the Most Vulnerable focuses on how the pandemic has affected the needs and security of low-income families and those struggling with domestic violence, as well as what the university can do to assist them. Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve, will moderate an expert panel featuring Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Rachel Lovell, PhD, research assistant professor for the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
Viewers are invited to submit questions for the panel by registering for the livestream or submitting them during the webcast. Join the CWRU livestream or watch on The Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT

Register Today!

Join the Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute and the FOCUS Group School-Based Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs for a live webinar series focused on achieving equity within the health sector and the criminal justice system.

This webinar series brings together leading healthcare professionals, physicians, judges, social scientists, individuals with substance use disorders, criminal justice reform activists, policy experts, and diversity and inclusion advocates to examine how the current opioid crisis is increasingly impacting communities of color.

Our goal is to create meaningful conversations and collaborations to address the structural racism preventing communities of color, particularly Black Americans, from receiving treatment, recovery, and wraparound social services for opioid use disorder.

Our nationally recognized, interdisciplinary speakers will be showcasing evidence-based research and data from a range of urban and state contexts to provide strategies for broad-spectrum policy change both nationally and in the State of Ohio.
For full agenda and registration details, visit the website here.

In Case You Missed It

Hosted by Arnold Huffman (CWR '93 & Basketball), President of The Alumni Association Board of Directors, The Alumni Association of CWRU held an informative virtual meet-up for incoming students to launch successful CWRU experiences. Alumni, CWRU Navigators and campus partners, including Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education (PGPEE) and Student Advancement, shared their experiences.

Hosted by Arnold Huffman (CWR '93 & Basketball), President of The Alumni Association Board of Directors, The Alumni Association of CWRU held an informative virtual meet-up for incoming students to launch successful CWRU experiences. Alumni, CWRU Navigators and campus partners, including Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education (PGPEE) and Student Advancement, shared their experiences.

The fifth installment Spartans Step Up, focused on entrepreneurship - current trends in business, how COVID-19 has affected investors and advice for today’s entrepreneurs. Michael Goldberg, executive director of CWRU’s Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and associate professor of design and innovation for the Weatherhead School of Management, moderated an expert panel featuring CWRU alumni:

  • Eric Hanson (CWR ‘01), partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale)
  • Alex Derbes (CWR ‘00), portfolio manager for Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. 
  • Ram Fish (CWR ‘95; GRS ‘95, computer engineering), founder & CEO of 19Labs 

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, The African American Alumni Association of CWRU hosted a virtual financial workshop with CWRU alumnae Erika Abrams (GRS '08, '09, public health), Principal & Agency Manager, Legacy42 Insurance & Financial and Alicia Graves (CWR '05), Attorney, Law Offices of Alicia N. Graves.

The workshop focused on giving you the proper estate planning, tax and credit tools necessary to make sure you and your family are taken care of in the event of a health or employment crisis.

Episode 4: On June 24, CWRU'S Spartans Step Up: Career Navigation looked at the current and future state of the workforce, offered advice on conducting a new employment search, and shared the tools CWRU provides its alumni. Drew Poppleton, director, CWRU’s Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education, moderated an expert panel featuring Carmen Fontana (CWR ’00; GRS ’05, engineering), practice lead, cloud and emerging tech for Centric Consulting, and Nancy Fink (WRC ‘73), director, The Professional Outplacement Assistance Center, State of Maryland Department of Labor.

On June 12, The Alumni Association partnered with Opera Philadelphia to showcase a virtual performance of Sky on Swings, a beautiful opera which looks for the fleeting beauty in memory loss through an unflinching, yet uplifting, exploration of living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The show was preceded by a discussion with Dr. Alan Lerner, Alan J. Lerner, MD, Director of the Brain Healthy and Memory Center and a professor of neurology with the CWRU School of Medicine. He discussed his research related to Alzheimer’s Disease before examining how the diagnosis has evolved over time, how the fields of research and care have developed, and what the audience should consider when exploring a fictional story centered around this disease. Video coming soon.


Our conversation on Friday, June 5, 2020, featured Carmen Fontana (CWR '00; GRS '05 engineering), leader of Centric Consulting's Modern Software Delivery practice.

Fontana focuses on artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT) and emerging technology. With more than twenty years of experience, her zen is when innovation meets data-driven decision making. Beyond the tech sphere, Fontana is a cancer survivor, soccer mom and donut mile champion.

The conversation was facilitated by Angela Clark-Taylor, PhD, Director for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Episode 3: "Teaching and Learning in a Remote World" looks at how the transition from an in-person experience to a virtual classroom has changed the student and faculty experience at CWRU. CWRU Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III moderated an expert panel featuring Karen W. Braun, CPA, PhD, professor of accountancy and director of the Undergraduate Accounting Program at the Weatherhead School of Management, and Susan Burden-Gulley, PhD, senior instructor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Episode 2: In "Economic Recovery Outlook," focused at the current state of the economy, the trends for the coming months and the immediate and lasting effects of COVID-19, CWRU Weatherhead School of Management Professor of Banking and Finance Scott Fine, MBA, moderated an expert panel featuring Weatherhead School of Management Associate Professor of Economics David Clingingsmith, PhD, and Andrew Medvedev (MGT ’97, economics), managing director, Morgan Stanley.

Episode 1: In "Understanding COVID-19," a look at its spread, diagnosis, treatment, healing and prevention, CWRU School of Medicine Incoming Interim Dean and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stan Gerson, MD moderated an expert panel featuring Peter Tippett, MD, PhD (GRS ’81, biochemistry; MED ’83), founder of careMESH, Inc. and author of the LinkedIn post Saving Your Health, One Mask at a Time, and Heidi Gullett, an associate professor in the School of Medicine, associate director of the Center for Community Health Integration and medical director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.