Alumni News - June 2019

Decorated graduation cap at CWRU Commencement that says "Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your soul on fire"

Commencement on Campus

On May 19, nearly 2,000 new alumni joined the ranks of The Alumni Association. We can’t wait to see what members of our newest class accomplish!

Find out what advice KeyCorp Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Beth Mooney gave to our newest grads >> 

Executive Appointments at CWRU: Longtime fundraising leader Bruce Loessin steps down, with health sciences’ Carol Moss to succeed him

After leading the largest and most successful capital campaign in Case Western Reserve’s history, Bruce Loessin is stepping down as the university’s fundraising leader at the end of this month. Read more in The Daily >>

Headshots of Bruce Loessin and Carol Moss

The Alumni Association Board Term Scholarship

Board Term Scholarship Recipient Michael Louard

Before summer break, we caught up with The Alumni Association Board Scholarship recipient, Michael Louard, to find out how the first year at CWRU went and what the scholarship means. Here is what Michael had to say: 

"I’m an economics major at CWRU. I’ve just finished my first year and loved every part of it. Being a local student, I’m surprised to have learned so much about Cleveland in such a short time. It’s also a bonus to meet people from so many different places. CWRU is a very diverse part of Cleveland. So far, my experience has been more than I could ask for and I can’t wait to get more out of my time here at CWRU! I’m actually studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile this fall. Receiving The Alumni Association Board Scholarship and meeting everyone involved at the Linsalata Alumni Center means everything to me. The few conversations I’ve had have given me a lot of insight, but they’ve mostly reminded me that I can accomplish a lot in four years while still enjoying all of college. I’m excited to take a short break and then resume my studies in the fall!"

Day of Giving on June 11

CWRU Day of Giving Logo for June 11, 2019

Join the fun on Day of Giving and support the university, our students and improve the value of your own degree. The alumni participation rate reflects the percentage of alumni who make a financial contribution to their alma mater and is a key metric in determining the national rankings of a university and helps attract financial support from corporations and foundations. The great news is that it is the number of donors that count, not the amount given. So every donation, no matter what amount, increases CWRU’s national ranking and the value of a CWRU degree, making our alumni even more appealing to employers and graduate schools.

For the first time ever, The Alumni Association Scholarship has been added as a donation designation. Help us provide long-term support to current CWRU students.
Make a donation, in any amount, today!

CWRU Expands with the Health Education Campus 

aerial view of CWRU's Health Education Campus

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus aims to provide the highest-quality education experience for our future health care leaders—and, importantly, to encourage them to learn with and from each other. The campus comprises two buildings, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion and the Dental Clinic and includes multiple dining spaces, high-tech classroom spaces, public areas for gathering and studying, and quiet spots to research or relax. Learn more >

Results from the Recent Alumni Survey
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about CWRU! Here are a few of the stats that were collected during Provost Vinson’s recent alumni survey...

  • Almost 95% of all respondents are either "somewhat" or "extremely" happy with their decision to attend CWRU.
  • Nearly 92% consider their degree "valuable" or "extremely valuable."
  • 86% say their CWRU education was worth the cost.
  • 89% rated their experience as a student as above average.
  • More than 92% sometimes or regularly recommend CWRU to others.
  • Almost 91% rate their current overall opinion of CWRU as "good" or "excellent."
  • 65% rate their experience as an alum as "good" or "excellent."
  • The factors which most shape their current opinion of CWRU include the respect others show for a CWRU degree and the university’s ability to provide scholarships.
  • The factors which were most important to their experiences as students include academics/classes, career preparation and the exposure to new ideas.
  • 68% of alumni either "somewhat" or "strongly" agree that CWRU leadership is moving in a positive direction. 

If you would like your opinion to be heard, there is still time to complete the survey

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Pick Your Perks!

gift options, including flowers, a package and a gift card, on a table.

You have a world class education,
now find even more benefits to being a
Case Western Reserve University graduate here!

Alumni Association Staffer Receives Global Citizen Award

Elizabeth Miller and Tamara Covarrubiasof CWRU's Center for International Affairs Present an Award to Chamois Williams of The Alumni Association

On April 26, Chamois Williams (right), Associate Director for Alumni Outreach And Affinity Programs, accepted The Outstanding Partner in Collaboration Global Citizen Award from CWRU’s Center for International Affairs on behalf of The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. This award is presented to an office, center, department or other entity on the Case Western Reserve University campus for excellence in collaborating on a cross-campus partnership with the Center for International Affairs in ways that benefit the international student community and internationalization efforts throughout the year. The award honored Williams’s work on the Study Abroad-Alumni Connections program, created by the Center for International Affairs and The Alumni Association, to connect current study abroad students with alumni living in their host country. The award was presented by Elizabeth Miller (left) and Tamara Covarrubias (center) of CWRU's Center for International Affairs.

Learn about the Study Abroad-Alumni Connections program >>

First-ever Alumni Author Book Discussion Features 
Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD (GRS '87, English)

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD

Join Kelvin Smith Library and The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University for their very first alumni-authored book discussion. For this inaugural event, Case Western Reserve Professor Marilyn Sanders Mobley (GRS ‘87) will discuss her book, Folk Roots and Mythic Wings In Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative. The discussion takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to noon in Kelvin Smith Library, Classroom 215, and includes a light brunch. A simultaneous online presentation will allow alumni across the country to listen to the discussion, pose questions and engage with Mobley, whose book is available online or at your local library. Join the discussion>>


Cincinnati Summer Send-Off

Case Western Reserve University invites you to join us in welcoming the class of 2023 and their families to the CWRU community! This year, The Alumni Association will host undergraduate new student welcome events in Baltimore/DC, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Houston, New York City, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. We also will host international Summer Send-offs on August 3 in Beijing and August 4 in Shanghai.

Group of incoming CWRU students, posed and smiling for the camera, waving CWRU pennant flags

Alumni, current students, faculty and staff will gather to greet incoming students and enjoy complimentary food and beverages as new students learn about campus life and Cleveland. Look for invitations and registration later this summer.

If you have any questions regarding the International Summer Send-offs, please contact Chamois Williams or by WeChat (ChamoisW).

Brace Yourself: Homecoming is Coming!
Registration goes live on July 1! We'll see you on campus in October!!!

image of people at homecoming


CWRU mascot Sparty the Spartan sitting on a couch in the Linsalata Alumni Center reading Think Magazine
R43 Media

Think Magazine is now available.
Check your mailboxes, pick one up on campus
or follow this link to the latest issue!

Siegal Travel Offers Something for Everyone 

image of Norway

The Alumni Association is partnering with Siegal Lifelong Learning to engage alumni through the CWRU Educational Travel Program. In February 2020, the program will feature its first ever young alumni adventure trip to Argentina and Brazil. Feeling young at heart? With 20 trips in 2020 spanning the globe from Antarctica to Norway, Mexico to Morocco, there’s something for everyone!

Learn more here, or contact The Alumni Association’s Katie O’Malley for more information. 

Maltz Performing Arts Center, lit up at night

Make Time For The Maltz 
Alumni are welcome to volunteer as ushers and tour guides for the newly renovated Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center, and, in turn, get the opportunity to witness renowned performances and special lectures. If interested, please reach out to Chamois Williams at The Alumni Association of CWRU or Jordan Davis, House Manager at the Maltz. With the incredible renovation of the Temple building now complete, the building begins a new chapter. The only project of its kind in the country, it is the result of a historic partnership between Case Western Reserve University and The Temple–Tifereth Israel, and the extraordinary generosity and vision of Milton and Tamar Maltz and the many other individuals and organizations who have supported this unprecedented project. More Volunteer Opportunities>>