Alumni News - April 2021

Class of 2020 forming letters CWRU on football field as first year students.

New alumni report bright futures in First Destination Survey

The First Destination Survey, completed by the Class of 2020, shows this resilient group of new alumni are thriving after commencement. The Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education collected the data in April 2020 and it reflects the outcomes for 84% of 1,143 graduates. Read more about where the Class of 2020 is working and living in The Daily.

Double alumnus commits $2 million to Case Western Reserve for an endowed professorship 

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Double alumnus and former Microsoft  Chief Operating Officer Robert Herbold, PhD (GRS '66, mathematics, and ‘68, computer science), had multiple options for graduate school, but Case Western Reserve University emerged as his top choice for two reasons: smaller class sizes and, more importantly, professors who embraced hands-on teaching practices. Now, decades later, he has committed $2 million to endow an engineering professorship to recognize and support a faculty member who excels at teaching, builds new curricula and actively mentors students.

Read more about the generous gift and the impact it will have on student learning.

A message from the Director for Homecoming, Events and Special Programming

To Our Alumni,

Homecoming is a valued annual tradition across many educational institutions in the United States. At Case Western Reserve University, this tradition involves inviting alumni, families, and students to come together 

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in October to showcase the university’s diverse offerings, honor the achievements of our community members and share their collective pride. 

As federal and state guidelines continue to evolve with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will plan Homecoming 2021 events accordingly—considering both in-person and virtual options that provide special opportunities for our alumni to reunite around our institution, connect to each other and celebrate our shared experiences. 

As part of the weekend, The Alumni Association invites you to nominate alumni and friends who have made exceptional contributions to CWRU, their profession and/or community. 

The Alumni Association's Awards fall into four categories: 

  • Distinguished Alumni Award (for outstanding lifelong achievement)
  • Professional Achievement Award (for exceptional career accomplishments)
  • Young Alumni Award (for demonstrated excellence at age 35 or younger)
  • Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award (for active service to the alumni community)
  • Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award (for service to CWRU by alumni, staff, faculty or friends)

Nominations submitted by May 30 will be considered for this year's awards. Recipients will be honored at the Homecoming Awards Ceremony. 

For more detailed eligibility criteria or to make a nomination, visit

We look forward to celebrating homecoming with you Oct. 21-24!

Elisse Corrigan (CWR '09, MGT '17)

Director, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University

Read the full April 2021 Newsletter.