Summer 2018

Two New Chapters Established by The Alumni Association

Two new chapters will be added to the Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association network, in Beijing and Shanghai, with the approval and support of The Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The mission of our chapters is to bring CWRU alumni in China together in support of Case Western Reserve University. We will host networking and social events, cultural salons and faculty activities that connect alumni, students, parents and faculty members. Also, we will work with CWRU to coordinate new student welcomes each year.

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University strives to create meaningful connections between all alumni, with a vision to engage, promote and extend Case Western Reserve University beyond campus and across continents.

Beijing Chapter officers

Zhexiao Xue (MGT ‘16) – Chapter Leader
Wechat: mrzxue

Roger Wei (CWR ‘96) – Chapter Co-Leader
Wechat: shdaye

Tristan Chen (CWR ‘11) – Communications Coordinator
Wechat: mynameischenyi

Huijing Lu (MGT ‘18) – Event Coordinator
Wechat: lilylu115

Shanghai Chapter officers

Nina Xie (MGT ‘13) – Chapter Leader
Wechat: jesuisnina

Roger Wei (CWR ‘96) – Chapter Co-Leader
Wechat: shdaye

Po Chen (MGT ‘13) – Communications Coordinator
Wechat: pandapo924

Wanlin Li (MGT ‘17) – Event Coordinator
Wechat: yuling393803

2018 graduates are invited to join fellow alumni!
Please contact Po Chen: 

Wechat QR code for Po Chen

Center for International Affairs and The Alumni Association Honored for Collaboration

Photo of Dr. Marilyn Mobley, Chamois Williams and Elizabeth Miller posed and holding their awards

The ongoing partnership between the Center for International Affairs (CIA) and The Alumni Association (TAA) was honored during the Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon in April 2018. CWRU's Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity gives awards to members of the university community in recognition of significant contributions toward enhancing the university's commitment to diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue. The CIA and TAA received the 2018 Collaborative Diversity Excellence Award for multiple joint projects that promote connections among the CWRU community both on and off campus.

TAA-CIA projects include the International Alumni Newsletter, Summer Send-Offs in China, and alumni receptions in Brazil and China. Their most recent collaboration, the Study Abroad-Alumni Connections program, connects current CWRU students studying abroad with CWRU alumni living abroad.

Alumni serve as cultural bridges throughout the students’ time abroad and help students leave their university enclaves and experience their host culture. Having a local mentor helps students broaden their worldviews and the program keeps alumni connected to the university. 

The Study Abroad-Alumni Connections program is expanding this year to hopefully connect all students studying abroad with an alumnus in their host country. This fall semester, 40 undergraduate students will be studying in: Italy (2), Denmark (2), Germany (1), Austria (1), England (5), Netherlands (1), Ireland (2), France (3), Spain (2), Scotland (1), Morrocco (1) , Singapore (2), China (1), Japan (1), Australia (2), New Zealand (2), Peru (1) and Chile (2). If you would like to be considered as an alumni match for a student, please contact Chamois Williams with your name, location and interest.

Weatherhead Alumni Reception in Shanghai

Group of CWRU students in Shanghai, smiling and posed for the camera with Dean Malhotra from Weatherhead

On June 7, 2018, Weatherhead School of Management hosted an alumni event in Shanghai at the historical Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Dr. Anurag Gupta, Chairman and H. Clark Ford Professor of banking and finance and Director of the Master of Science in Management-Finance program in Shanghai, made welcoming remarks. Dr. Manoj Malhotra, dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management, gave updates on his current mission for the school. Roughly 70 alumni and guests were in attendance.

Center for International Affairs Staff Member Receives Fulbright Grant to South Korea

Photo of Sara Spiegler, posed and smiling for the camera

Sara Spiegler, an Assistant Director of Education Abroad in the Center for International Affairs, took part in a prestigious international opportunity this June. Spiegler was awarded a Fulbright grant to participate in an International Education Administrators (IEA) seminar which will take her to South Korea in June. 

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars are focused on creating connections with societal, cultural and higher education systems in other countries. It also provides grantees with a unique opportunity to establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.

During the program, Spiegler will visit a cross-section of university and college campuses, participate in briefings with faculty, administration, government officials, and leading educational experts, as well as tour historic and cultural sites.

In her current role at CWRU, Spiegler works with students daily to advise them throughout their entire study abroad experience, from helping them decide where to go, to guiding them through the credit transfer process. She also manages all of the faculty-led study abroad programs and works with faculty to create and successfully execute their courses.

"I'm very excited to gain a better understanding of Korean culture and South Korea's higher education system. This experience will be invaluable to me when advising students interested in studying abroad there and working with CWRU's Korean degree-seeking students," said Spiegler.

Spiegler's Fulbright program Began June 10 in Seoul, and she spent the week of June 17 visiting different locations around South Korea.

Summer Send-Offs 2018

Photo of students at the Shanghai Summer Send-Off, gathered around tables looking at a presentation

Case Western Reserve University invites you to join us in welcoming the class of 2022 and their families to the CWRU community! This year, The Alumni Association will host Summer Send-Offs in 10 U.S. cities and two international. 

Alumni, current students, faculty and staff will gather to greet incoming students and enjoy complimentary food and beverages as new students are introduced to campus life.

Please join us for one of these events near you. Registration by Monday, July 9 is required to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Chamois Williams or by WeChat (ChamoisW).

Homecoming Registration is Now Open!

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

Homecoming is in a few short months. Join us to reconnect with the community and rediscover what made you fall in love with your alma mater. Visit Case Western Reserve University’s Homecoming site for a complete list of events during the October 11-14 Homecoming weekend. 

There's something for everyone! 

CWRU Selected to Host Top Engineering Schools From Around the World

Case Western Reserve University has been selected to host the prestigious Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) meeting in May of 2019. More than 100 engineering faculty and administrators from around the world will converge in Cleveland next year to discuss how engineers can and should participate in education abroad experiences. 

Global E3, an organization started by the Institute for International Education, is a consortium of universities with strong engineering programs around the world. The goals of the organization are to promote engineers studying abroad by working together to develop exchange opportunities of engineering students. CWRU has sent 35 engineering students abroad to top engineering schools for a semester or more through this collaboration.

"In the modern world, international experiences are essential to ensure engineering students develop approaches to engineering design that are informed both by needs, desires, and cultures around the world.  Furthermore, students greatly benefit from the immersive experience of international study.  As testimony to this, international study is consistently cited as one of the highest impact forms of experiential education," said Jim McGuffin-Cawley, interim dean of The Case School of Engineering. "Our school is delighted to co-host the [2019] meeting of Global E3. We have worked closely with GE3 for decades to expand the range of high-quality opportunities for our engineering students."

CWRU’s Center for International Affairs and the Case School of Engineering are jointly hosting the three day meeting next May.