Alumni News - June 2018

They’ve Made CWRU Part of Their Family

A family of CWRU graduates celebrate the May 2018 graduation

On May 19, alumni and their family members that graduated from CWRU during May’s Commencement event were invited to celebrate their CWRU legacy during our annual Legacy Luncheon at the Linsalata Alumni Center. View the pictures here >

License Plate Scholarships - 
Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

Image of Spartie, on a sunny day standing in front of the Linsalata Alumni Center holding the Ohio CWRU alumni license plate

Last month, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University awarded Jacob Moran (CWR ’18) and Kayonna Williams (CWR '18) each $2,500 scholarships through the generosity of Ohio-based alumni and friends who purchased CWRU-branded license plates.

Learn about our latest scholarship recipients ... 

Headshot of Jacob Moran, smiling for the camera

Jacob Moran, Bachelor of Science, mathematics and physics, Class of 2018 

Current residence: Hamilton, Ohio, but will be moving to St. Louis for graduate school, studying physics.

Summer plans: I have a few trips planned for the summer - Los Angeles, Yellowstone National Park, the Colorado Rockies. I also plan to spend time wrapping up research projects that I started with a couple professors in the physics department at CWRU.

Most important achievement at CWRU: My most important achievement lies within the research I have done while at Case Western Reserve University. I am very fortunate that one of the projects I worked on in the biotheory group of the physics department resulted in a scientific paper, on which I am coauthor, that we are submitting to Nature Communications. But more importantly, this research has had a tremendous impact on what I plan to do while in grad school. Before working in the field of biophysics I thought I wanted to pursue a research career in cosmology or high energy particle physics, but after working in the biotheory group, I have since realized that I can solve very interesting, difficult problems and puzzles that will lead to a more direct impact on the lives of others. I have found a strong sense of satisfaction with seeing how the research I do can be so useful in its applications to medicine and healthcare, while simultaneously uncovering the mysteries of life through theoretical pursuits.

Headshot of Kayonna Williams, smiling for the camera

Kayonna Williams, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Class of 2018

Current residence: Columbus, Ohio

Summer plans: This summer, I plan on studying for my NCLEX and applying for jobs. Outside of that, I plan on traveling with some friends and finally getting some sleep (Haha!)

Most important achievement at CWRU?: I have seen and accomplished a lot during my four years at CWRU however, my most important achievement would have to be the relationships I’ve built. Through making connections with people, I’ve learned a lot about myself and gained insight other values and backgrounds. I can say that there are people who have made lasting impressions on my life and I hope they can say the same for me.

Become the driving force in our Ohio License Plate Scholarship Program >

Curious About the Class of 2017?

Graduation cap with message on top - The Best is Yet To Come

The University Career Center has released its latest First Destination Survey report, which outlines post-graduation outcomes for the Class of 2017. Data was collected for 86% of the 1,200 members of the Class of 2017. Of those graduates, 90% are employed full time or are seeking advanced degrees, 53% and 37% respectively. Additionally, 4% reported pursuing other opportunities, such as starting a business, full-time military service, performing community service or working part-time, while 5% were available for employment.

Of the graduates who are employed full time, 92% said a degree is required for their job and 82% said that a degree is required and their position is related to their area of study. The top career fields represented by the Class of 2017 were engineering, nursing, information technology, consulting, research and financial services. 

Though 122 graduates chose to stay in Greater Cleveland, the Class of 2017 found opportunities in 39 states plus Washington, D.C., and nine different countries. San Francisco (33) and New York City (29) rounded out the top three cities. 

The median salary for graduates rose from $55,000-$59,999 for the Class of 2016 to $60,000-$64,999 for the Class of 2017, which can be attributed to increased salaries for graduates from the Case School of Engineering and from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Of the graduates pursuing an advanced degree, 44% of those selected Case Western Reserve University. They also attend a number of prestigious universities including Columbia University, Duke University, John Hopkins University, Princeton University, Stanford University and Yale University. Thirteen percent of those pursuing advanced study attend medical school, another 5% chose dental school or to study other health professions and 3% attend law school. 

Ninety-eight percent of graduates participated in at least one experiential learning (ExL) opportunity including cooperative education, internships, education abroad, research, creative endeavors and community service. These participants received 224 offers for post-graduation employment, and 160 offers were accepted. Another 223 offers were received for positions worked while in school or over breaks.

Written by Robin Hedges, Associate Director, Career Education, Career Center

Read the full report >


Every Gift - In Any Amount - Makes a Difference

Day of Giving at CWRU Logo

Day of Giving is Tuesday, June 12!

#CWRUALLIN, 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 - each of which will increase CWRU's ranking among national universities. 

Make a difference on the Day of Giving at CWRU! > 

This Summer, Read-Along With CWRU

The book cover of Sarah Kay's poetry collection, No Matter What the Wreckage


Poet and performer Sarah Kay has been chosen as the CWRU 2018 common reading author and the keynote speaker at the 2018 Fall Convocation, a university tradition that serves as the official opening of the new academic year.

As the 2018 common reading book for CWRU, Kay’s 2014 collection of her first decade of poetry, No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing), will be gifted to all incoming students over the summer, who will participate in related programming during their inaugural semester at the university.



Golf for a Good Cause!

The Case Western Reserve University Athletic Department will host the 15th Annual Spartan Open on Monday, June 25 at StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio.

All proceeds benefit CWRU athletes.

For additional details, contact, checkout details and registration information online, or follow this event on Facebook

Available Now!

CWRU mascot Sparty the Spartan sitting on a couch in the Linsalata Alumni Center reading Think Magazine
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A fascinating look at fashion in history, a spotlight on a U.S. service member and so much more is inside the spring/summer issue of Think Magazine