Alumni News - October 2018

Photo of Arnold Huffman and his children, posed and smiling wearing CWRU gear outside of the Linsalata Alumni Center

Homecoming is Almost Here!

In 10 days, our campus will welcome thousands of guests as they enjoy more than 100 events over three days, including tours, university updates, receptions and continuing education classes! We have your ticket to fun!

Come back to campus

Homecoming Luncheon decorated tables, stage adn podium

Luncheon Live Stream
Can’t make it to campus for Homecoming? Catch the Homecoming Luncheon Livestream noon to 1:30 p.m. on October 12! During this annual event, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder shares the state of the university and we recognize the 2018 recipients of The Alumni Association Awards. Remarks begin at noon.

During the event, tune in here

CWRU Honors More Trailblazers
During Homecoming, CWRU will hold a ceremony to unveil the portraits of this year’s class of the Trailblazer Project. This portraiture initiative, showcasing the contributions of Case Western Reserve University alumni of color and women and diversifying the images that appear in campus common areas, first debuted in October 2017. This year's portraits, which will be permanently displayed on campus, honor the following individuals:

  • Sarah Short Austin, MSSA (SAS ‘62), Emerita Trustee
  • Jefferson Jones, DMD, School of Dental Medicine professor and founder of the Black Faculty Staff Organization
  • Steven A. Minter, PhD (SAS ‘63, HON ‘89)
  • Judge Jean Murrell Capers, JD (EDU ‘32)
  • Joan Southgate, MSSA (SAS ‘54)
  • May Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA (NUR ‘62, ‘64; GRS ‘81, education), former dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Members of the CWRU community are encouraged to attend the unveiling reception which will feature the subjects of these portraits, their families and guests. Registration is required.

Join this tribute to our trailblazers

A family of CWRU graduates celebrate the May 2018 graduation

Generations Journey to Campus for the Legacy Luncheon
In August, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University honored the lifelong connection between incoming students, their alumni family members and the university during our annual Legacy Luncheon at the Linsalata Alumni Center. Held during Orientation Week, the luncheon included a special program and commemorative pins for legacy families, where more than one member has attended CWRU.

Photo of CWRU students, standing arm in arm, posed and smiling for the camera at the 2017 Latino Alumni Network and La Alianza Student Networking event

Latino Alumni Welcome Students to Campus
The Latino Alumni Association and La Alianza welcomed students back to Case Western Reserve University for the the new school year. The meet-and-greet allowed for the creation of meaningful connections as the Latino Alumni Association continues building a supportive environment for CWRU’s Latino community.

Learn about the Latino Alumni Association

A group shot of the campers and volunteers of Camp Kesem, a free camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.

CWRU Students Help Kids at Camp Kesem
Camp Kesem is a national organization focused on supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Founded in 2013 by Pierce “Blue” Curran (CWR ‘16; GRS ‘18, medical physiology), CWRU’s chapter served 13 campers in its first year. This past summer, the chapter served a total of 88 campers. Camp Kesem provides a free, weeklong summer camp for children, funded entirely through the chapter’s different fundraising events, such as Giving Tuesday. This program is also a chance for college students to give back to the community. CWRU Student and Camp Kesem Volunteer Coordinator Alex Monier says, “It’s absolutely incredible to see how our campers change throughout both the week and the year, and I love being able to be a part of it!”

Exterior of the Alumni House

Celebrate at CWRU’s New Alumni Center!
The Frank N. and Jocelyne K. Linsalata Alumni Center is now available for your next professional meeting or personal celebration! Rent space in our brand-new venue on Case Western Reserve’s campus in the heart of University Circle.

Start planning your event today!

A flooded street of Puerto Rico following a hurricane.

An Important Panel Discussion on Puerto Rico
The CWRU Social Justice Institute and the Latino Alumni Association will present Aftermath: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, and Cleveland Resettlement, a panel discussion focusing on the economic and social issues that previously weakened the Puerto Rican infrastructure, the devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, and the efforts of local organizations to support new migrants in Cleveland.

Thursday, October 4
6-7:30 p.m. 
Clapp Hall, Room 108 
Learn more

A group of students in class in the 1960s or 1970s

Diversity Think Forum Looks at the History and Future of Black Studies
On October 12, Diversity Think Forum presents Black Studies at CWRU: Then and Now, a panel discussion, moderated by Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Professor of English and African American Studies Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD (GRS ‘87) and featuring: 


  • Joy Bostic, PhD, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies and director of the new minor in African/African American Studies at CWRU
  • John McCluskey Jr., professor emeritus of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University and the former director of the minor in Black Studies at CWRU
  • G. Dean Patterson (WRC ‘75; GRS ‘82), associate vice president and dean of students, Office of Student Affairs at CWRU

Join the conversation


Logos of Makerere University and Case Western Reserve University

AnchorBuilding Bridges, Fighting Disease:
Celebrating CWRU's 30-Year Partnership with Uganda

This October, CWRU celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration. The university will mark this special occasion with an event at the Linsalata Alumni Center. The evening begins with a complimentary reception at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the panel discussion, How Decades of Success Battling HIV/AIDS Can Help Shape the Future, featuring:

  • Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, chair of the Uganda National Academy of Science Research Committee, former executive director of the Joint Clinical Research Centre, and recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the world's foremost specialists in HIV/AIDS
  • Dr. Robert Salata (MED ‘79), professor and chairman of the CWRU Department of Medicine, physician-in-chief and master clinician in infectious diseases at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Join us in taking pride in this partnership

Learn about this unique arrangement with Uganda

The World is Your Classroom When You Travel with Siegal Lifelong Learning

Mexico City

Upcoming trips from the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program include:

A tour of the Art & Architectural Treasures of Mexico City, led by Damaris Puñales-Alpízar, CWRU Associate Professor of Spanish, in February 2019.

Sign up for a trip south of the border


A waterfall, glacier and valley in Iceland

In August 2019, tour Iceland with Steven A. Hauck II, professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at CWRU, and take in the long evening twilight of the northern summer, the small settlements and towns, and the amazing natural landscapes.

Warm up to the beauty of Iceland