Fall 2017

International Newsletter

The Carnegie Corp. names President Barbara R. Snyder a 2017 academic leader

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In September, The Carnegie Corporation of New York named Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder a recipient of its 2017 Academic Leadership Award. The honor recognizes college and university presidents for their vision and a commitment to excellence across multiple areas, among them undergraduate excellence, international engagement and the development of interdisciplinary programs. More at The Daily



International Alumni Profile

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Roger Wei (CWR '96) is president of Weis and Beyond International Limited. Roger's background includes experience in wealth management, immigration education and the manufacturing and service sector for multinational companies.


Roger is one of the newest members of The Alumni Association Board of Directors. Roger primarily lives in Cleveland, but has dual citizenship in China as well. While doing business in China, he has been an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, a mentor at Jiaotong University E Talent Association, a guest speaker at local universities and dedicated volunteer at Cedar Tree Coaching Program, Teach for China. Through his work on the Board of Directors, Roger hopes to help improve CWRU's international influence.

University Researchers Design Origami-Inspired Robot

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Case Western Reserve University researcher, Professor Kiju Lee, and her team have developed origami-inspired robots. After studying electrical and electronics engineering at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea, and mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Lee began teaching at CWRU in 2008 in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. More about robotics research here

Photo Credit: Greg Lee

International Students Move-in on Campus  

For the 2017-18 academic year, CWRU welcomed hundreds of new students from around the globe. They come from far and wide—from Oman and Qatar, India and China, Uganda and Ghana, Germany and Spain, Brazil and Costa Rica—and they come from close to home—from Canada, Mexico and nearly every U.S. state. Our first-year undergraduates hail from over 700 global hometowns!

While our graduate and professional students came to Cleveland on rolling dates throughout the summer, first-year undergrads all made their way to campus on August 19-20. This year, all of the undergraduates attended the same orientation together, providing a bounty of opportunities for students from all different backgrounds to build friendships as soon as they arrived on campus.

The Center for International Affairs staff, along with leadership from throughout the university, welcomed new students’ parents at the Global Parents Luncheon on August 21. The Center for International Affairs staff was also able to meet each student face-to-face through orientation presentations and individual check-ins. Our first year students, seeking degrees of all levels, are now settled in, joining organizations on campus, building lifelong friendships and preparing for their first round of midterm exams. Wish them luck!

Watch students move into their dorms

Watch the class of 2021 form CWRU on the football field

Watch first year undergraduates discover all that Cleveland has to offer!

Summer Send-offs Welcome New Students Domestically and Internationally

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Each year, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University hosts Summer Send-off events. Ten cities are selected domestically to host these events where alumni, current students, incoming students and their parents are invited to mingle, ask questions and form friendships. Domestic events were held in Baltimore/D.C., Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, New York and Pittsburgh.

Two Summer Send-offs were held internationally this year. These events were hosted in Beijing and Shanghai and had over 260 guests in attendance. Students and parents were involved in Q & A sessions with alumni, current students, faculty and staff. 

Student Featured in Microsoft Commercial

Xyla Foxlin is a senior at CWRU, studying mechanical and aerospace engineering. Foxlin's friends sent her a link in regards to Microsoft's casting call, which sought students with their own startups. Foxlin is the creator of Parihug, a company that creates Bluetooth and wi-fi enabled teddy bears that vibrate when one is hugged. The commercial is airing nationally and has even appeared during primetime shows. 

CWRU Hosting International Symposium on Running Successful Maker Movement and Innovation Spaces

In September, almost 350 attendees from across the U.S. and the world came to Northeast Ohio to share ideas on what contributes to a successful makerspace—and how innovation ultimately energizes student creators and stimulates important economic development. The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) was sponsored by The Higher Education Makerspaces Initiatives and tickets were sold out. Visit The Daily to learn more about the Symposium

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Mentoring Opportunity – Help CWRU Students Through the Alumni Career Network, Powered by Wisr

Do you remember your last few months at CWRU and the feeling of anticipation as graduation neared?  You prepared your resume, bought a new power suit and prepared yourself for the job hunt.  Think back to when you finally received that offer letter with your name on it—remember the excitement that filled you as you looked toward your bright future!


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Now, you have the opportunity to help current international students navigate the fields in which you are already succeeding.  By spending just 15-30 minutes conversing with a CWRU student, you can change their lives by helping them imagine the paths their new degrees can take them.


If you are willing to give some of your time to help CWRU students as they prepare to leave the university, please take a few moments to sign up for the Alumni Career Network.  CWRU will provide you with matches based on your field and schedule meet-ups and follow-up communications.  You only need to provide your valuable advice!


Sign up today for the Alumni Career Network and help our CWRU students succeed beyond the possible!​

Upcoming Events

Stay up to date with events happening on campus and around the world!

November 11: 20th Annual Japan Alumni Reception
January 9: CES® Alumni Reception