Alumni Awards, Good Neighbor Program, Enrollment News and more

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Call for Nominations!

You don’t have to know someone to admire them or what they’ve done.

Who do YOU admire among our more than 110,000 living alumni of Case Western Reserve University Alumni and why?
Please help us recognize alumni by nominating candidates (including yourself) for a prestigious 2018 CWRU Alumni Association Award.

The five award categories are:
Distinguished Alumni: Lifetime Achievement
Professional Achievement: Mid-Career Achievement
Young Alumni Achievement: Recognizing alumni under 36 years old
Daniel T. Clancy Award: Outstanding service to CWRU alumni for at least 15 years
Newton D. Baker Award: Recognizing outstanding acts of service performed by alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community

Review award criteria and complete a user-friendly nomination form by May 31, 2018.

LET’S ALL CELEBRATE OUR AMAZING ALUMNI on Homecoming Weekend October 11-14, 2018!

Recipients will be honored at the 2018 Homecoming Luncheon on October 12.

CWRU alumnus, stage and screen actor stops by Siegal Lifelong Learning

You are invited to join Donald Carrier, adjunct associate professor and interim director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program as he interviews renowned stage and screen actor Alan Rosenberg (ADL '72) on February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Centre in Beachwood, Ohio. 

Act on this opportunity by registering today >

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CWRU Builds Bridges With Surrounding Communities 

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In December 2017, members of the Case Western Reserve University community joined with residents of the nearby Glenville neighborhood for dinner and conversation about drawing the university and the community closer together. This gathering was the first event in the Good Neighbor Program, a collection of activities and opportunities designed to help CWRU build stronger relationships with the surrounding areas. 

Future programs in the Good Neighbor Program include preparing backpacks for school-age children in the community and helping neighbors make repairs to their homes. 

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Alumni Ambassadors Are Critical to Enrollment Efforts ... A Note from the Office of Undergraduate Admission

The application deadline for first-year students who will be the Class of 2022 at Case Western Reserve University was January 15. I am happy to report that we received a record number of applications.

Attracting this volume of applications is an achievement shared with faculty, staff and students across the campus and with all alumni whose success is a testament to the quality educational experience available at CWRU. Of particular note is the invaluable work done by Alumni Ambassadors who volunteer to assist recruitment efforts by staffing college fairs in their hometowns, attending recruitment receptions, and conducting admission interviews for students who are not able to visit campus.

For this admission cycle, which started in August 2017, 1,241 Alumni Ambassadors covered 45 college fairs in the fall. We currently have 61 spring college fairs for which we are seeking volunteers. Of student applicants, 2,638 have requested alumni interviews and many ambassadors have completed interview evaluations that have been included in the application file for review by the admission committee. The information gained in a personal interview can be very helpful in a selective admission scenario. Ambassadors have access to the admission portal which allows them to “claim” a student who has requested an interview in their locality. On average, active ambassadors have done eight interviews and our most prolific interviewer, in Chicago, has conducted 37 interviews since August. Requests continue, so current ambassadors are encouraged to check the admission ambassador portal often.

If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Admission Ambassador, volunteers are always welcome. The work can be fun and gratifying, and it is a great way to stay engaged at Case Western Reserve University. Please contact Tom Fanning at in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, if you have questions about the program.


CWRU Representatives at CES

CWRU students and alumni flexed their brain power at the Consumer Electronics Show® (CES), the biggest innovation show in the world. 

During the 2018 CES, CWRU hosted its annual CES Reception, sponsored by The Alumni Association, Case Alumni Association and Weatherhead School of Management, for all alumni, current students and community members. The reception and convention were attended by The Alumni Association Board President Allison Olenginski (CWR '01), School of Engineering Interim Dean James McGuffin-Cawley (GRS '84, metallurgy and material science), CAA Executive Director Steve Zinram and Bob Sopko, director of CWRU Launchnet and organizer and leader of student participation at CES.

Participating for its fifth year, Case Western Reserve’s 10-booth footprint was the largest among universities at the show and featured students and alumni showcasing their innovations in the same space and supporting each other's efforts among many of the most innovative companies in the world. 

Everyone walked away inspired to think beyond the possible!

Xyla Foxlin (CWR '18), pictured right, showcased Beauty and the Bolt, a project aimed at making learning engineering easy, inexpensive and accessible to all. Last year, Foxlin featured Parihug, a plush creature that relays hugs between distant loved ones. 

Think Globally, Celebrate Locally

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As part of CWRU's annual Cultural Series, the Office of the Provost, Center for International Affairs, Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival in October 2017. The holiday, celebrated throughout much of East Asia, traditionally is a time to rest and enjoy time with family in the midst of the annual harvest. While each country and culture has its own traditions, CWRU’s celebration incorporates as many of them as possible.

The Cultural Series continues with an all-campus celebration of Lunar New Year, giving the entire campus an opportunity to connect with international traditions. More than 500 students will join university staff and faculty at the Tinkham Veale University Center for traditional snacks, special gifts and a fireworks display to celebrate the holiday on February 16.

Entrepreneurs Give CWRU Something to Think About

On March 15, CWRU entrepreneurs will gather for the final round of the first-ever Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition. The final round is a demo day competition open to the public and held at the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box], the university’s seven-story, 50,000-square foot makerspace. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and mentoring opportunities as they continue to hone their ideas. Attend the final round at think[box] > 

Designed by Bob Pavey, a Case Western Reserve trustee, to be as much of a teaching tool for university students as a contest for startups, the competition began last fall, with 29 companies—each with one current university student or graduate of the last five years. The competition is slated to become an annual event.

Additionally, Weatherhead School of Management will simultaneously live-stream the event in San Francisco. The viewing will be held at the offices of and hosted by John Kobs (CWR '03), co-founder and CEO of Apartment List. The competition simulcast takes place from 4-6 p.m. and will be followed by an all-CWRU alumni reception, featuring current Weatherhead MBA students in San Francisco and Dean Manoj Malhotra, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. Register for the San Francisco simulcast and reception >

U.N. World Social Justice Day

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On Tuesday, February 20, CWRU will mark U.N. World Social Justice Day with the presentation of What Makes Migrants Sick and Why Should We Care? Anthropological Perspectives featuring Sarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH (CWRU '96), associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut and director of the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at UConn's Human Rights Institute. Willen draws on nearly two decades of research to discuss the health effects of migrant illegality and the challenges involved in activist mobilization on migrants’ behalf. The event also will include remarks from Sana Loue, School of Medicine Vice-Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity and professor of International Health, a Q&A session, and a conversation about how we serve as advocates for change.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:30-7 p.m. 
Tinkham Veale University Center 
11038 Bellflower Road

TEDxCWRU Salon: Call for Speakers  

On Saturday, April 14 at the Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU presents the TEDxCWRU Salon event, smaller, more conversation-based discussion that gives students the opportunity to listen to speakers, ask questions and discuss points. 

The theme of the April event is Control.Alt.Delete. When working on a computer, these three buttons terminate a program, invoke the task manager or initiate a system reboot. There comes a time when the best course of action is to take a step back, analyze the situation and start fresh. We, as a society, must come to view this as an opportunity to start fresh on the right foot. Whether this has to do with arts, humanities, science, business, social sciences or life in general is completely up to the speakers.  Any alumni interested in speaking at this TEDxCWRU event or a future event please email

The World Is Your Classroom When You Travel With CWRU Experts and Siegal Lifelong Learning‌

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March 2018 Wings Over Tanzania - Take a Tanzanian safari during the Great Migration, led by Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology and Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins at CWRU.

May 2018 Greece: Beaches and Ruins - Join Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Certificate Program at CWRU and Kevin Houser, Beamer-Schneider SAGES Teaching Fellow in Ethics at CWRU, for an exploration of Athens, the Argolis, Crete, Santorini, Corinth, Mycenae and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

May 2018 The Art & History of Holland & Belgium - Hosted by Catherine Scallen, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Art History at CWRU, and Kenneth F. Ledford, a dual Associate Professor of History and Law and Chair of the Department of History at CWRU. 

June 2018 Gourmet Gastronomy of Burgundy and Alsace, France - Let Alan Rocke, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor Emeritus of History, CWRU and Annie Pecastaings, Lecturer, Department of English, CWRU take you on a gourmet tour.

June 2018 Jewish Poland: Loss, Remembrance, and Revival - Wander through 1,000 years of history with Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU.

Plan your next adventure >

The 2017-2018 Think Forum Season Continues‌

Author Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore
Life as Argument
‌March 7, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Presented as the 2018 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture
Professor of American History at Harvard University, Lepore is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of several prize winning books, including The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014).
To learn about Jill Lepore, view a resource guide prepared by CWRU's Kelvin Smith Library.
Reserve free tickets online, or contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center at 216.368.6062. 





Author Marlon James

Marlon James
What Fiction Can Teach Us That History Does Not
March 29, 2018 at 6 p.m.
The first Jamaican author to receive a Man Booker Prize (2015) for A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James is an accomplished storyteller and a professor at Macalester College.
Reserve free tickets online, or contact the Maltz Performing Arts Center at 216.368.6062. 




CWRU Puts Writers Center Stage!

‌‌The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world's best writers to Cleveland. The 2017-2018 series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for eight consecutive years.  

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University and are followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

Maria Semple - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Best-selling author Semple has written three novels, including Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which spent a year on The New York Times best-sellers list and won the American Library Association’s Alex Award. She began her career as a screenwriter for such successful television shows as Beverly Hills, 90210, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Mad About You and Arrested Development. Her latest novel is Today Will Be Different.

David Grann - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Grann is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and named one of the best books of 2009. The film adaptation, written and directed by James Gray and starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, was released in 2017. Grann’s writing has appeared in such notable publications as The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

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