Alumni News: October 2016

Something for Everyone: 2016 Homecoming Highlights

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Homecoming Weekend officially kicks off with Thursday’s Blue Block Party at Toby’s Plaza in Uptown. More fun follows with Friday’s Showcase of the Stars, celebrating the artistic side of Case Western Reserve University, and KSL’s 20th anniversary open house, featuring activities, refreshments, prizes and the former senior vice president for research and development at Parker Brothers.

Additionally, the 2016 Alumni Association Awards will be accepted by Fred Gray, JD (LAW '54, HON '92), Morton Mandel (HON ’07, CWR ’13), Tshilidzi Marwala, PhD (CWR ’95), Donald Foster (ADL ‘50), Nancy Fink (WRC ‘73) and Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya, MD during Friday’s Homecoming Luncheon.

On Saturday, show off your Spartan pride as you enjoy the parade, the tailgate party and the homecoming football game. This year, Saturday is made even more special when, immediately following the parade (11:30 a.m.), university dignitaries lead the dedication of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Hall. Also on Saturday, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences marks its 100th birthday with a block party featuring food trucks, music and fun.

If you are interested in exploring CWRU, consider touring the campus aboard Lolly the Trolley, going on a guided tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art, donning a hard hat for a sneak peek at the expanding Linsalata Alumni Center, dropping in at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History open house, getting inspired through a visit to the renowned Sears think[box] and stopping by Studio A during a tour of the campus radio station, WRUW.

For those interested in intellectual programming, there are numerous lectures offered during the weekend including: Diversity ThinkForum: Activism Then and Now - An Intergenerational Dialogue; Student Panel of Studying Abroad; Women Leaders of Today and Tomorrow; Entrepreneurship, Tech and Innovation; Creative Culture for Sustainable Value; Can Nutrition Reverse Cardiovascular Disease - Fact or Fiction? and more.

Hunger for something other than knowledge? On Friday, a Grab-and-Go Wellness Breakfast will be available at the Wolstein Research Building and afternoon refreshments will be served at Adelbert Hall. Friday evening features the CWRU Pride Dessert Reception and a Shabbat dinner.

See a full list of homecoming activities and register

Six CWRU Alumni to be Honored with The 2016 Alumni Association Awards

‌‌The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will honor six alumni during this year’s Homecoming Luncheon at the Tinkham Veale University Center at noon on Friday, October 14.

The event is open to everyone, but pre-registration is required

This year's recipients are:

Fred Gray, JD (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92) — Distinguished Alumni Award
Morton Mandel (HON ‘07, CWR ‘13) — Distinguished Alumni Award
Tshilidzi Marwala (CWR ‘95) — Professional Achievement Award
Donald Foster (ADL ‘50) — Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award
Nancy Fink (WRC ‘73) — Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award
Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya (MED '08) — Young Alumni Award

Learn more about this year's impressive award winners

Post Your Favorite CWRU Memories Today

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‌Celebrate this year's reunion by posting your favorite CWRU memory today.
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We hope to see you October 13-16!

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Hall to Be Dedicated During Homecoming

‌‌‌‌Join university and community dignitaries at this special dedication celebration.


Check out the story from CWRU’sThe Daily

The Alumni Association Award Winners To Be Featured in Upcoming Spotlight Podcasts

October’s podcast will feature: Tshilidzi Marwala, PhD (CWR ’95), recipient of the Professional Achievement Award and current deputy vice chancellor of research and innovation at the University of Johannesburg; Donald Foster (ADL ’50), awarded the Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award for his generous and tireless years of commitment to the university and The Village Network, formerly Boys’ Village in Smithville, Ohio, a statewide organization serving troubled children and their families; Nancy Fink (WRC ‘73), recipient of the Daniel T. Clancy Alumni Service Award for her active involvement in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore Chapter, her service as former board president of The Alumni Association, an active emerita board member and an Admission Ambassador; and Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD (MED ‘08), recipient of the Young Alumni Award, a physician-scientist at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and a member of one of the few surgical teams in the nation performing an eye implant that gives sight to those who have lost their vision.

November’s podcast will feature this year’s dual Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: Fred Gray, JD (LAW '54, HON '92), one of the nation's most distinguished civil rights lawyers who played significant roles in four landmark Supreme Court decisions and represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.; and Morton Mandel (HON ’07, CWR ’13), a self-made billionaire and philanthropist who took 74 years to complete his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University.

All interviews will be available on the CWRU Spotlight Podcast page after Homecoming.

Listen here

Take a Hard Hat Tour of the Linsalata Alumni Center during Homecoming

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Construction on the Linsalata Alumni Center continues at an impressive pace. While the exterior work is almost done and the lot is being graded for an expanded driveway, interior work continues, including installing site utilities. Get a sneak peek when you take a hard hat tour during Homecoming!

For ongoing updates and videos of construction, like ourFacebookpage.


Mandel School Turns 100

Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year is Case Western Reserve’s school of social work and nonprofit management, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, whose influential alumni and faculty have had a substantial impact on social change in the past century. Join the Mandel School (MSASS) for a wide variety of Centennial celebration events and activities, including a 100th Birthday Block Party on October 15 at 3 p.m. that is free and open to all.

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Celebrate the MSASS Centennial

Honoring Those Who Help Us Shine On

At this year's Homecoming, donors and volunteers will receive special recognition that draws its inspiration from the opening lines of the university's alma mater, "Shine On, Case Western Reserve." It is our way of thanking you for all the ways you help Case Western Reserve University shine on. After checking in at the Tinkham Veale University Center, volunteers and donors are invited to stop at the nearby Shine On Recognition area located in the center's Smith Commons' Immersion Zone.

Legendary Caricaturist for The New Yorker Visits Kelvin Smith Library on October 10

A Night With Tom Bachtell Poster

Get drawn into the fun

Yearbook Archive Sale

Lost track of your yearbook over the years? Past yearbooks are currently available.

Order your yearbook today

 Think About It

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The latest edition of Think Magazine will be available on campus and in the mail starting in mid-October. ‌

More about Think Magazine

  Take a Tour of Judson Manor

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Judson Manor is one of the premier architectural gems of University Circle, but it is also part of a not-for-profit residential organization serving older adults in Northeast Ohio. During Homecoming you are invited to tour the building and enjoy refreshments in the penthouse, with its spectacular 360-degree views of our campus, University Circle and the downtown Cleveland skyline. Learn about the CWRU partnership that gives residents of Judson Manor lifelong learning opportunities, as well as provides special incentives for Case Western Reserve alumni.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 4 - 6 p.m.

Register for a tour today

Alumni Host Wall Street Trek During Fall Break

‌October 23-25, CWRU alumni will give a small group of students with a strong interest in finance a behind-the-scenes peek at one of the world's most influential financial districts during the first-ever Undergraduate Wall Street Trek. On this trip, students will: network with alumni from Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, among others; attend panel events on life and careers in New York City; participate in mock interviews; and tour some of Manhattan’s elite financial institutions. In addition, the students will attend an evening reception open to all CWRU alumni in the New York City area on October 24.

10.23: New York Finance Welcome Reception

10.24:New York Finance Power Hour 

10.24: New York Alumni Association Reception

Dine with the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinners are coming up! Please join us, fellow alumni and counselors from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for dinner in a city near you:

October 10 – Washington D.C.

October 18 – Detroit, Mich.

October 19 – New Jersey

October 23 - Plymouth Meeting, PA

October 24 - Boca Raton, Fla.

October 25 - Minneapolis, Minn.

October 25 – Chicago, Ill.

October 26 - Irving, Texas

October 27 - Houston, Texas

November 2 - New York

If you have any questions, please contact Christine DeSalvo at 216.368.5450

Upcoming Events

10.7:Center for International Affairs: Understanding War and Peace in the Middle East with Amine Gemayel, former president of Lebanon

10.9:Weatherhead Alumni Reception in Mumbai (Sofitel Mumbai BKC)

10.10:Kelvin Smith Library: A Night with Tom Bachtell (WRC '80), legendary caricaturist from The New Yorker

10.10: Washington D.C. - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.13-10.16: HOMECOMING!

10.18: Detroit - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.19: New Jersey - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.23: New York Finance Welcome Reception (Wall Street Trek)

10.23: Plymouth Meeting - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.24: New York Finance Power Hour (Wall Street Trek)

10.24: New York Alumni Association Reception (Wall Street Trek)

10.24: Boca Raton - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.25: Chicago - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.25: Minneapolis - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.26: Irving - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

10.27: Houston - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

11.2:   New York - Office of Undergraduate Admission Fall Dinner

11.4: [CWRU Pride] Cosmos for Case

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