Alumni News: August 2016

More Information on Our Newest Members - A Quick Look at the Graduate Class of 2016

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Photo credit: Daniel Milner

In May, 1,310 students received postgraduate degrees during the 2016 spring commencement ceremony, including 701 women and 609 men. 102 members of the class were dual-degree recipients, most of which were attained by graduates of the School of Medicine (39 graduates) and the College of Arts and Sciences (35).

As Case Western Reserve University continues to attract talented minds from far and wide, the graduate school class represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The most students were from Ohio (481), California (58), Pennsylvania (58) and Michigan (56). Internationally, the graduating class was comprised of students from 37 countries, with the largest number of students coming from China (174), India (55), Canada (19), Republic of Korea (10) and Saudi Arabia (10).

The School of Medicine bestowed the highest number of postgraduate degrees, accounting for 403 graduates, followed by the Weatherhead School of Management (263), the School of Law (162) and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (101).

As our graduates move on to more adventures, we wish them the best and look forward to their future accomplishments.

We Are Looking Forward to Welcoming You Back

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Homecoming is October 13-16! As usual, there is something for everyone. We invite you to review a full listing of this year’s schedule on our website,, to find events based on your interests, schools and class year. ‌‌

Shanghai Summer Send-Off a Success, More Events Scheduled in August

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Every summer, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, invites alumni, current students, parents and friends to help us welcome incoming students and their families to the CWRU community.

Last month saw the first-ever international Summer Send-Off in Shanghai, China, where 70 attendees, including alumni, current students, members of the class of 2020 and their parents, participated in a panel discussion on international travel and life at CWRU. Incoming students attended the event from as far as Taipei and Beijing.

If you live near a Summer Send-off event, please consider sharing your CWRU story with an incoming student. We can’t think of a better way to welcome our newest students! This year’s remaining events include:

Welcoming the World, One Student at a Time

Case Western Reserve University’s International Friendship Program helps international students transition to life in the U.S., offers hosts the unique opportunity to learn about diverse nationalities and cultures, and serves as a springboard for friendships that last beyond a student’s time at CWRU.

Each year faculty, staff and alumni hosts are matched with international students. Hosts and students get together to enjoy home-cooked meals, events on campus and outings in Cleveland.

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Sahin Kirdim (left) and the Kollins family

Lisa Kollins, Social Justice Institute administrator, and her family hosted Sahin Kirdim (LAW ’16) through the program. “Our family’s connection with Sahin, our international friend from Turkey, has proved to be a highlight of the year,” Kollins said. “We shared meals, introduced him to some of our favorite sports in Cleveland, included him in extended family events and looked forward to each time we spent together. Learning about his Turkish culture and perspective was illuminating and reinforced our belief in and the importance of cross-cultural relationships.”

“Our favorite question from Sahin came during the third quarter of watching his first Cleveland Browns football game. We had been explaining the nuances of the sport, positions and plays. Near the end of the game Sahin asked, 'I don't understand - why do they keep dropping the ball?  ‘Exactly our question, Sahin. Exactly our question.’”

"I came to the U.S. to make my career goals come true,” says Sahin. “The International Friendship Program gave me the chance to meet Lisa, Richard and their extended family. Richard prepared great dinners and Lisa and I went to museums and science centers. We played board games with Lisa's nieces; I gave the kids an opportunity to defeat a doctorate student. It is great to know that I will always have local friends in my favorite U.S. city. The best part? There will be someone waiting for me at the airport the next time I come to Cleveland." 

With many international students starting at CWRU this fall, alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to consider welcoming one of them to Cleveland. Hosts will be matched with international students in August and September.

More info and application for International Friendship Program

More IFP volunteers share their experiences in this short video

Carve Out Your Place on CWRU's Campus

As part of the expansion of the Linsalata Alumni Center, a paver stone courtyard is being added between the original structure and the expansion. We are inviting alumni to leave a permanent mark on this exciting new project by purchasing a paver stone through our Pave It Forward program. Each paver stone is an eight-inch square that accommodates up to five lines of text with 20 characters per line. This custom inscription is a lasting way for alumni to celebrate their CWRU connection or honor a relative or friend, especially those who have helped pave the way at CWRU. Order by August 31 to be part of the initial installation!  Pave It Forward...

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(Mini) Med School for the Masses

Concerned about your health? Curious about medicine? Constantly looking up symptoms on the internet? Enrollment is now open for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Mini Med School, a series of continuing education lectures designed for everyone and led by CWRU faculty experts.

Get the Vitals on Mini Med School today...

Excited to See the World?

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Do you like to travel?  Do you dream of visiting foreign lands but don’t want to go alone?  Join CWRU faculty, alumni, and friends on adventures around the world!  Cuba, Pyrenees, Iceland and more in 2016-2017.  Contact Michelle Miller 216.368.8745 for more information.‌‌

Call for Ushers

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center is accepting applications from experienced ushers and others who are interested in volunteering during the upcoming season of concerts, lectures and special events. The renovated Maltz Center is located in the historic, golden-domed Temple-Tifereth Israel, near East 105th Street and Chester Avenue. Please respond by August 20, and plan to attend one orientation session on Saturday, August 27 or Wednesday, August 31. Contact Jordan Davis at or 216.577.1112.

Lifelong Learning

We want your feedback regarding lifelong learning opportunities for alumni. We are looking to discover how much you know about the current opportunities offered as well as what you would like to see in the future. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Kribel at 216.368.3760 or Thank you in advance for your participation!

Take the survey now

Weatherhead 100

The 2016 Weatherhead 100 application is now open! Area businesses can now apply for the chance to join this elite consortium of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

More info and application for Weatherhead 100

Upcoming Events

8.6  Chicago 2016 Summer Send-off

8.6  Cincinnati 2016 Summer Send-off

8.6  Pittsburgh 2016 Summer Send-off

8.7  Cleveland  2016 Summer Send-off

8.7  Columbus, Ohio 2016 Summer Send-off

8.7  Detroit 2016 Summer Send-off

8.9  Baltimore/D.C. Chapter Event: Indians vs. Nationals

8.23  Alumni Admission Ambassador Happy Hour - San Jose 

8.24  Alumni Admission Ambassador Happy Hour - San Francisco

View the University and Alumni Relations Events Calendar for more upcoming events on campus and around the country.