Alumni News - April 2018

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Lifelong Learning at Case Western Reserve University

Since the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program was established at Case Western Reserve University nearly six years ago, the diversity, quality and quantity of our offerings has mushroomed, with lectures, non-credit (audit) courses and other educational programs such as informal conversations offered all year round.  As we recognize economic imperative of lifelong learning, the Siegal program has expanded its offerings to include skill-based workshops and courses for working professionals.

Siegal’s teaching corps includes hundreds of instructors who are experts with varied backgrounds. This includes full-time and part- time CWRU faculty members, adjunct faculty from other colleges and universities, retired faculty from CWRU and other institutions, as well as active professionals in their field with corporate experience.  For many classes and events, the instructors are world-renowned experts in their field of study. The program is ideally suited for those who love to learn and enjoy being social with like-minded people. Our mantra is that “it’s never too late to learn.”

The program’s overarching theme relates to personal and professional enrichment.  We anticipate further expansion of offerings due to the changing employment landscape. Our society has entered the continuous learning economy, a reality that dramatically affects even recent graduates.  With the deep intellectual resources at CWRU, Siegal can deliver to this growing market of those needing additional training. We already offer a part-time boot camp in computer coding and will launch an analogous course in data analytics beginning this summer.  We have worked with faculty to develop advanced training courses for working professionals in lightweight materials. Yet we have only begun scratching the surface of this very important aspect of our work and we are excited about future growth in all of our endeavors.

Presently, the program offers 250 different learning opportunities, availed by more than 4,000 individuals on an annual basis.

Brian Amkraut, PhD
Executive Director
The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

View a full list of personal enrichment courses. >

View a full list of continuing professional studies programs. >

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Talk About CLE's Future With CWRU!

Join the Cleveland Alumni Chapter for an exclusive chat with 
Robin Dubin, PhD, chair and professor for the Department of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management. 

Enjoy coffee, tea and light pastries in the historic Union Club as
Professor Dubin discusses her current research project, 
Saving Our Older Cities: A Kinder and Gentler Urban Renewal
Learn how cities like Cleveland can use population redistribution to 
restore neighborhoods and make positive use of vacant lands. 
Q & A to follow.

Wednesday, May 2 
7:30 - 9 a.m. (presentation at 8 a.m.)
Union Club, Parlor 9

Register today to discuss Cleveland’s tomorrow! >

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Going through a transition?
Feeling stuck? 
Looking to become a better leader or coach? 
In one year, what will you wish you had done today?


Consider Weatherhead Coaching

Weatherhead leads the coaching field with an evidence-based, relationship-focused approach to sustained, desired change and growth for our clients. Cultivated over three decades of research, teaching and practice, Weatherhead Coaching provides our clients with a pathway of discovery toward defining and realizing their aspirations. Our carefully selected, credentialed coaches bring skill, experience and knowledge to the journey with every client.

Weatherhead is also the place to go if you’d like to become a coach. The Weatherhead Coaching Certificate guides participants through a sequence of learning experiences that contribute to personal leadership development, while providing practical coaching skills for inspiring the leadership development of others. In 2016, the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) approved the current Weatherhead Coaching Certificate as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) education provider.

For more information about hiring a coach or learning about the Weatherhead approach to coaching, visit the Weatherhead Coaching website or contact Mindy Kannard, manager of Weatherhead Coaching, at

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Call for Nominations!

Who do YOU admire among our more than 110,000 living alumni of Case Western Reserve University alumni? Help us recognize alumni by nominating candidates (including yourself) for a prestigious 2018 CWRU Alumni Association Award. Recipients will be honored at the 2018 Homecoming Luncheon on October 12.

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); and 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!

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Are you enjoying all the perks CWRU has to offer?

Whether you're an undergraduate- or graduate-level CWRU alumnus, you are entitled to discounts in travel, insurance, technology and more!

Make the most of your CWRU perks >


Author Matthew Grann
Matthew Richman

CWRU Brings Best-Seller David Grann to the Writers Center Stage!

On Tuesday, April 17, the 2017-2018 William N. Skirball Writers Stage Series brings number one New York Times best-selling author and an award-winning staff writer for The New Yorker magazine David Grann center stage. Grann’s first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was named one of the best books of 2009 and was adapted for the screen in 2017. His latest book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Grann’s writing also has appeared in such notable publications as The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Purchase your tickets today >

Every Gift - In Any Amount - Makes a Difference

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Mark your calendar! Day of Giving is Tuesday, June 12.

In its 6th year at Case Western Reserve University, CWRU ALL IN, our annual, 24-hour, online fundraising drive, encourages our community to make a tax-deductible gift of any amount to a campus cause that is meaningful to them.

This year, our goal is to inspire at least 1,500 donors to give - a 25% increase over last year's one-day record setting goal!

Make a difference on the Day of Giving at CWRU!