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After two years of intense effort by alumni leadership and the university administration, the Case Board of Trustees “enthusiastically and unanimously approved” a resolution recommending the creation and support of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. During the June 4, 2005 board meeting, President Hundert described the formation of this unified alumni association as a critical element in Case’s plans to enhance its national prominence and international stature.

In approving the resolution, the Board was adopting the recommendations of the Alumni Task Force, which met weekly over the past six months to solicit alumni perspectives and propose a structure for the new organization. Led by Harold McRae (ADL'65 and university trustee) and Laura John Nosek (NUR'61, NUR'81, GRS'86), the Alumni Task Force has worked diligently to serve the interests and priorities of the 25 university-based alumni associations and affinity groups that will now be combined into one alumni association representing “one university."


The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University is dedicated to fostering a lifelong relationship of mutual and enduring benefit between all present and future alumni and the university.


The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University, in partnership with our university, will accomplish its mission through excellence in communication, coordination, and collaboration. This mutually beneficial relationship will foster innovation, commitment, advocacy, and leadership.

The Alumni Association will be hosting special programs and events across the country to celebrate its creation and actively engage alumni in its activities. For the latest updates on the Alumni Association and upcoming events in your region, visit

October 14-16, 2005

This October, experience the energy of the Case campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Remember and celebrate your college days by participating in Alumni Weekend and Homecoming—an all-campus, all-alumni, and all-student event.

The weekend offers an array of opportunities to catch up with friends while exploring Case’s newest programs and facilities. Join us for this year’s Friday night headliner, Emmy-award winning comedian Dennis Miller, performing live in Severance Hall. Saturday morning, grab a cup of Peet’s coffee and meet faculty from SAGES (the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) in the recently opened SAGES Café—and then take part in a seminar sampler. Attend the first annual Arts ShowCASE, featuring the university’s superb offerings in the visual and performing arts. And tour the stunning new facilities of The Village at 115, the latest addition to Case’s North Residential Village.

For up-to-the-minute information on these and the many other events scheduled for Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, visit, email, or call 800-866-6280.


Please consider supporting the College of Arts and Sciences with a 2004-05 Annual Fund gift! Visit or use the envelope inserted in this issue of art/sci. A contribution makes an immediate impact by supporting this year's activities, even as it helps establish a foundation for the College's future.

A Compelling Story: Creating an Endowment Fund Through Planned Giving

Who would not want more income, less taxes, and the ability to diversify, preserve, and shift assets? Planned giving can provide all of this for you, and, at the same time, enable you to make a lasting contribution by creating an endowment fund in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Endowment funds are vital to our educational mission. They enable the College to attract outstanding faculty, they level the playing field for financially disadvantaged but promising students, and they serve as a financial buffer in times of economic distress.

Endowment funds are also personally meaningful. Donors experience the joy of having made a difference in our students’ lives. The young people who benefit from their generosity realize that someone cared about their future, and so they are inspired to give back, too.

The advantages of creating an endowment fund through planned giving make for a compelling story—one that takes time to tell. We will continue to tell this story in future issues of art/sci, where we will explain how planned giving allows you to:

  • increase retirement income
  • save for retirement
  • diversify assets while avoiding capital gains
  • provide for loved ones
  • simplify estate administration

As you read these articles, we hope that you will imagine yourself benefiting from a planned gift and be inspired to establish an endowment fund. To learn more, please call the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, toll-free at 800-360-5308 or direct at 216-368- 0097 or visit