Alumni News - February 2019

We Are Seeking Nominations!

Photo of the 2018 Alumni Award Recipients, holding their awards, standing on the stage during Homecoming 2018 Weekend at the All Alumni Luncheon

Who do you admire among the more than 110,000 living alumni of Case Western Reserve University alumni? Help us recognize alumni by nominating candidates (including yourself) for a prestigious 2019 CWRU Alumni Association Award. Recipients will be honored at the 2019 Homecoming Luncheon on October 11.

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, 2019.

Join us to celebrate all our alumni during Homecoming Weekend, October 10-13, 2019!

This February, Love is in the Air ... 
and on Facebook!

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CWRU is a place for books AND second looks!
Visit our Facebook album of CWRU classmates that became couples >>

Women of Wonder:
A Conversation Series on Leadership

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all alumni to join us for in-depth conversations exploring women’s pathways in the pursuit of leadership, the obstacles they faced along the way and the tactics that kept them moving forward.

Our next conversation, on Friday, February 8, features Dorothy C. Baunach (MGT ‘83), Chief Executive, DigitalC, a civic-tech collaboration engaging leaders to innovate in the community. Baunach is a seasoned community and business leader with broad experience in organization and community development, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, business, and early-stage capital formation. 

Join the conversation >>

This event will be live-streamed on The Alumni Association's Facebook page

Just 'Cause of a Just Cause

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CWRU offers crowd-funding campaigns year round for every cause you love!

Every Gift - In Any Amount - Makes a Difference!

CWRU's International Influence

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CWRU Honors the 30th Anniversary of the Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration

All CWRU alumni are invited to join President Barbara R. Snyder in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration at a special event on March 26 in Kampala, Uganda: Building Bridges, Fighting Disease - Past, Present and Future.

This event is part of a year-long celebration of the partnership which began in the 1980s after the late Dr. Frederick C. Robbins, CWRU Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate, was invited to visit Uganda by the country’s President to assist the Ugandan government with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

In the last 30 years, the collaboration has grown significantly, focusing on public health, clinical and biomedical research and training. 

The prevalence of HIV in Uganda has reduced considerably since the partnership began, from 35% in the early 1990s to around five percent in recent surveys. 

The Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration anniversary event in Kampala will include a symposium and reception featuring President Snyder, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University in Uganda, Ugandan alumni of CWRU and various partners who have been involved in the collaboration. 

The symposium and reception will take place at the Hotel Africana in Kampala. The symposium is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, and the reception will follow at 4 p.m. Additional details will be shared closer to the event.

All guests are asked to RSVP by February 20. 


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CWRU Sees Continued Increase in International Students
CWRU experienced another increase in international students at the university in Fall 2018. The total number of international students enrolled at CWRU was 3.3% higher than in Fall 2017. 

International students make up 19.7% of the student population at CWRU, accounting for 2,200 of 11,163 total students. CWRU has the 5th highest number of international students among universities in the state of Ohio. 
Overall, the state of Ohio has the 8th largest international student population in the U.S. with 38,680 total students according to the latest data from the Institute of International Education (IIE). IIE estimates international students contribute more than $1.2 billion to Ohio’s economy each year. 

Almost 90 different countries are represented on the CWRU campus, and the top places of origin for students from outside the U.S. are China, India and Saudi Arabia. 

The most popular areas of study for CWRU’s international students are Engineering and Engineering Technologies followed by Business, Management and Marketing. 

How CWRU Alumni Can Engage with International Rankings

CWRU is continuing to raise its international profile by engaging in dynamic international partnerships and research collaborations and sending students to study abroad.

The university’s internationalization efforts have been reflected in recent improvements in key international rankings:

2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, CWRU moved to 132 from 158
2019 QS World University Rankings, CWRU moved to 186 from 213
2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which analyzed 938 universities based on the number of Web of Science indexed publications, CWRU jumped to 57 from 143

While international rankings of universities are relatively new, they are becoming increasingly important in attracting top students and faculty as well as partnerships with prestigious institutions. 

Reputation represents 50% of one of the top international rankings, QS World University Rankings, and global employer surveys help determine the reputation component. 

CWRU alumni have an opportunity to get involved with the international rankings by nominating themselves to receive a QS employer survey and then completing the survey once it’s sent. Nominate yourself >>

CWRU @ CES 2019

A group of alumni and students on the exhibition floor of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

I always felt like I was a bit of a “techy” until I went to Las Vegas for CES® 2019. I have attended Social Media Marketing World Conference for the past two years and, though we constantly are on any and every device you can think of, CES was on another level. In fact, “more than 182,000 industry professionals, including more than 63,000 from outside the U.S., convened in Las Vegas to drive the ever-evolving global technology industry forward” (  

The two floors of CES’s Eureka Park that I explored were astonishing, to say the least. It was easy to get lost among the many amazing inventions, products and ideas on display. One booth went as far as having models advertising their booth (Lamborghini leather massage chairs) - and, of course, every chair was occupied! There were many health-tracker and health-conscious products, such as shoes that measure your health and a DNA-testing kit that lets you know the status of your health, as well as four aisles of “home innovations,” focused on home security and smart locks. CWRU was represented by 12 booths at CES, occupying the “University Innovations” aisle. For more information about the CWRU booths at CES, please read the article featured in The Daily.

It was awesome to feel the excitement of all the attendees and remarkable to watch the networking take place. All this left me feeling that there are some truly incredible tech innovations in our near future - I cannot wait to see them!

Kelly Kribel
Senior Strategic Communications Specialist, Alumni Communications 
The Alumni Association

CWRU Reception at CES 2019

Boar President Allison Olenginski (CWR '01, left) visits with a CWRU student innovator during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

On January 8, CWRU alumni, staff, student innovators and friends were invited to start the new year with all the inspiration they need to think beyond the possible during a reception on the exhibit floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The event was attended by Board President Allison Olenginski (CWR '01, left).

London Calling!

A group of alumni and students in London sit on a public bench during a public art tour.

On January 13, London chapter members enjoyed a guided walking tour of the street art of the city’s Shoreditch neighborhood. Through the Study Abroad - Alumni Connections program, created by The Alumni Association and the Center for International Affairs, seven CWRU students currently studying in London joined the fun, spending a day with alumni. 

Find photos from all of our chapter events on Flickr and Facebook!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with CWRU

Chinese New YEAR - Year of the Pig Image - Red Background with Yellow Pig

Case Western Reserve University celebrates Lunar New Year with fireworks, Asian snacks, and giveaways for students. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public are invited to join CWRU's 2019 Lunar New Year celebration on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center. Fireworks begin outside the venue at 8 p.m.

Fun Facts

  • 2019 is the year of the Pig.
  • Pigs are considered diligent, compassionate and generous, with great concentration. 
  • The new year is determined by the lunar calendar and lasts 15 days.
  • Legend says that a half-dragon, half-lion monster attacks people during the Lunar New Year. Fireworks are used to scare him away!
  • Sugary foods are believed to sweeten prospects for the coming year.
  • The most important aspect of celebrating the holiday is having a great time with friends and family!

For more information on the holiday, visit Kelvin Smith Library’s Research Guide to Lunar New Year.

We Have an Affinity (Group) for You!

Affinity groups are a way for alumni to stay connected to CWRU by engaging with others around shared interests and identities.

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African American Alumni Association
The African American Alumni Association provides support and networking opportunities to African American alumni of Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, the association provides a forum for the university to recruit students and foster friendships among those with connections to CWRU. 

Three students at a CWRU Pride reception

CWRU Pride LGBT Alumni  Network 
The CWRU Pride LGBT Alumni Network fosters connections with the LGBT alumni community through events, networking opportunities, and special activities while supporting university initiatives for current LGBT students at CWRU. CWRU Pride welcomes all alumni and friends interested in supporting excellence in education and building pride and a community.

A group of students sitting at a table at a Jewish Alumni Network event

Jewish Alumni Network 
In collaboration with Hillel at CWRU, the Jewish Alumni Network was established to help Jewish alumni connect with friends, network in their area and participate in alumni events. Members are encouraged to mentor recent Jewish graduates or alumni, network socially and professionally and meet with current students — giving everyone a reason to stay connected. We are looking for alumni leaders and would love for you to be involved! 


A group of USG students march in the Homecoming parade behind a USG banner

USG Network 
The USG Alumni Network was created to promote the advancement and the interests of CWRU's Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and its alumni by providing a resource to current USG members and facilitate year-to-year continuity, helping USG members develop leadership skills and prepare to enter the workforce, and keeping USG alumni connected.

Latino Students standing together on campus

Latino Alumni Network 
Established in 2017, the Latino Alumni Network supports CWRU Latinx alumni through networking and fellowship opportunities. The network also supports current CWRU Latinx students through mentorship opportunities and other initiatives, in alignment with CWRU’s core value of diversity and inclusion.

We encourage all alumni to explore, join and get involved in any and all of the groups below. If you have ideas for new affinity networks, please email Request more information about any of these groups here

Check Out Everything at the
Kelvin Smith Library

CWRU Brings Cleveland Play House Archives Online

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CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) acquired 130 years worth of archives from the Cleveland Play House (CPH). This month, they are celebrating the fact that all the archives are now digitized and available for public viewing. KSL and the CPH will celebrate the public opening of the Cleveland Play House Archive with a lobby demonstration on Saturday, February 9. This demonstration will take place in the Kalberer Lobby of the Allen Theatre prior to day’s matinee and evening performances.
If you can't make to the theater, search for your favorite productions on KSL's website.


Upcoming Events

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The Kelvin Smith Library has announced a full schedule of events for Spring Semester! Learn more >>

CWRU Wrestling Social in Little Italy

On Saturday, February 9, CWRU Wrestling takes center mat at the UAA Conference Championships at the Horsburgh Gym in CWRU’s Veale Athletic Center. Afterwards, the team will celebrate with their friends, family, fellow students, alumni and supporters during the 2nd Annual CWRU Wrestling Social at the Tavern of Little Italy (TOLI). The wrestling meet begins at noon and concludes with an awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. The social event follows at 5-8 p.m. at TOLI. Register today!

Don't Miss the Dental Medicine Mixer in Chicago

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Please join Samuel Smith, Director of Development for the School of Dental Medicine, as well as fellow alumni, professionals and friends in Chicago to learn how you can become an influence of change for your alma mater. Hear exciting details of the school’s ground-breaking projects and developments, including new opportunities to interact with and impact the lives of our current dental students.

Network and exchange ideas with fellow alumni of the School of Dental Medicine who may reside in your area, as well as those in attendance for the Midwinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society.

Friday, February 22, 2019
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Room: Grant Park A
2233 S. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Chicago, Illinois
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Register here >>

Pack your bags and fill your mind!

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Siegal Lifelong Learning offers travel opportunities with CWRU luminaries and global leaders. Browse upcoming trips >>>

The Cleveland Orchestra Tours Asia

In March and April 2019, The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst embark on their nineteenth tour together, with eleven performances scheduled across Asia in seven cities: Taipei, Macao, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan and Beijing. The tour’s repertoire features four big musical works. Details of concert pairings, venues and dates of the Asia tour are listed here.