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Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018

October 11-14, 2018‌

With the School of Dental Medicine's 125th Anniversary now complete, we look forward to even more celebration next year with our alumni from class years ending in 3 and 8!

‌Dental school may seem like ages ago or it may feel like just yesterday that you were walking through the school on your way to class. Regardless of how you, and the world around you, has changed since graduation, your college experience is etched into your memory.

‌Your Alumni Association invites you to come home to CWRU for Homecoming/Reunion, which pays tribute to the unique CWRU experience. Join dental school alumni, and alumni from the entire university, for a dynamic weekend to see what has changed, what new things the dental school has to offer, and to catch up with classmates and friends you may not have seen since the day you graduated. Homecoming/Reunion isn’t just for reunion classes—all members of our alumni community are welcome to come back to campus. We hope that you will accept our invitation to return, reconnect and reminisce at Homecoming/Reunion, and that you will spread the word to your classmates and friends. We look forward to seeing you there.

Keep up with all Homecoming and Reunion news and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is more than happy to assist you in planning a reunion event to be held during the weekend.

Here are just some of the things we can do for you:

  • Provide you with class lists including addresses, phone numbers and email
  • Help promote your reunion event by publishing information on our website
  • Coordinate mailings and provide mailing materials
  • Offer ideas for locations (we handle arrangements if held at host hotel)
  • Coordinate having Dean Kenneth Chance attend your event
  • Assist in planning class gifts for reunion giving

Please contact Ms. Sara Fields at or 216.368.3924 for assistance in planning your reunion.

We're excited to have you back!

Registration for Homecoming and Reunion is open!
Please visit below for more information and to register for weekend events.



Make Your Accommodations!

Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel
100 Lakeside Avenue, East
Cleveland, OH 44114

Special Rate of $159 Per Night


To reserve a room:

Call the Hilton Cleveland Downtown at 216.413.5000, ext. 1 and provide the Group Code: SDM


online at

Please be sure to make your arrangements as soon as possible!

To receive the School of Dental Medicine rate, please make all accommodations by Wednesday, Sepetember 19, 2018.


Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 216.368.5758 with any questions.



Shuttle transportation will be provided between the campus and the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel.

Check Back for Schedule Updates!


Thursday, October 5

Blue Block Party
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Toby's Plaza
11471 Euclid Avenue (Corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue)
Cost: Free


Join the campus community as we kick off Homecoming Weekend at Toby’s Plaza, on the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue, at Case Western Reserve University with a dynamic street festival celebrating the innovation and talents of our students and alumni with food, music, entertainment and more.


Friday, October 6


Wellness Breakfast
8:30AM – 9:30AM
Thwing Center, Ballroom (on campus)
11111 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Start your day off on a positive note with a light breakfast before attending the continuing education course Becoming AgeProof: What's New and Key for You Getting Younger in 2017.



Becoming AgeProof: What's New and Key for You Getting Younger in 2017
9:30AM – 11:30AM
Thwing Center, Ballroom (on campus)
11111 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: Free

Dr. Michael Roizen, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Wellness Officer, best-selling author, speaker, and wellness innovator, will present Becoming AgeProof: What’s New and Key for You Getting Younger in 2017. In our busy lives, we often neglect the two most important long term goals: our health and our wealth. This course will stress how the Cleveland Clinic approached these for its employees and a few companies it works with and how you can as well. The two are inter‐related and how you can use the same strategies to insure both. At the conclusion of this presentation, you will be able to understand why chronic disease prevention is so important to our society and to you; understand why financial and medical well‐being are related; and learn a few new strategies to keep your brain healthy. 2 hours of dental continuing education credit provided.



Homecoming Luncheon
11:30PM – 1:30PM
Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Road (on campus)
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $30 for Attendee and Guest ($35 if registered after 10/1; $15 for Class of 2007 and later; Free for Class of 1967 and earlier)


President Barbara R. Snyder shares the state of the University. Enjoy lunch and join us for one of the most memorable gatherings on campus as we recognize the recipients of the University 2017 Alumni Association Awards.



Enhancing Teamwork: Building an Ambassador of Change
2:00PM – 5:00PM
Thwing Center, Ballroom (on campus)
11111 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: Free


Cindy Novotny is known as the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. Cindy will deliver a motivational, interactive session that will show you how to take your business or dental practice to the next level of Customer Service Excellence.  Key topics of discussion will include how to enhance teamwork by determining common goals, enhancing team camaraderie and how to develop a cohesive team with shared purpose and values. In addition, participants will learn how to develop overall team skills, understand what it takes to deliver a high level of internal customer service and how to act as an Ambassador of Change. 3 hours of dental continuing education credit provided.



Dental Reunion Class Dinners and Class Photos
For Class Years Ending in 2 and 7
6:30PM – 9:00PM
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
Dinner – Individual Rooms by Class Year
420 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $50 for Attendee and Guest ($30 for Class of 2007, Class of 2012 and Guests; free the Class of 1967 or earlier and Guest)


Get ready to enjoy a lovely evening of shared memories as you reconnect with members of your class over a delectable dinner in your own private dining room at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. Class photos will be taken to capture this truly special occasion. Grab all of your classmates and friends and make sure this is an evening of celebration you won't soon forget!


Members of the Class of 1992 should contact Mario Pavicic for information on your class dinner.




Reconnecting with EFDA
7:00PM – 10:30PM
Tinkham Veale University Center
Student Organization Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $20 for Attendees and Guests


Reminisce and reconnect with your EFDA classmates for a fantastic evening of memories, dinner and beverages on the CWRU campus! Catch up with many familiar faces from your days in the program and get to know some of the new program graduates.


 Saturday, October 7


The Patient as a Mission with a Very Critical Outcome! How to Get That Right: The First Time and Every Time
Complimentary Breakfast Prior to Course
8:30AM – 12:00PM
Allen Memorial Library, Ford Auditorium (on campus)
11000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: Free



A light breakfast will be available at 8:30AM with the program beginning at 9AM. Dr. Story Musgrave - one of the most famous and most versatile NASA astronauts. He is not only a medical doctor, but a chemist, mathematician, biophysicist, physiologist, and computer scientist. Selected in 1967, he took part in as many as six Space Shuttle missions. Dr. Musgrave's presentation, The Patient as a Mission with a Very Critical Outcome! How to Get that Right: The First Time and Every Time, will illustrate lessons and principles that are relevant and applicable to the frontline of dental patient care. Told through a series of dramatic multimedia stories, participants can expect to learn how to treat every dental patient as an urgent mission with a critical outcome, how to acknowledge, accept and apply the best practices and procedures and how to maintain vigilance to prevent small deviations and variances from becoming significant fails. 3 hours of dental continuing education credit provided.


Legacy of Leadership - A Conversation with the Deans of the School of Dental Medicine
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Allen Memorial Library, Ford Auditorium (on campus)
11000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $10 for Attendees and Guests who choose lunch options; Free for Attendees and Guests without lunch


Join us for a special lunch focused on the school's rich past and ever important future. Following lunch will be A Conversation with the Deans of the School of Dental Medicine. Hear personal accounts and details from our panel of School of Dental Medicine Deans. Our Provost, Bud Baeslack, will preside over this historic event. Afterwards, visit the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, on the 3rd floor of the Allen Memorial Library, for a newly opened dental exhibit providing a historical look at the dental profession.

Our esteemed panel of deans includes:

Current Dean Dr. Kenneth Chance

Dr. Thomas DeMarco

Dr. Jerold Goldberg

Dr. Lawrence Goldblatt

Dr. David Johnsen (via video)

Dr. Murray Stein

Dr. Geza Terezhalmy




125th Anniversary Celebration Gala and Awards Reception
5:00PM – 11:00PM
House of Blues Cleveland, Music Hall
308 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $45 for Alumni, Faculty and Friends; $10 for Students and Staff


Join the School of Dental Medicine community for an enchanting evening of dining, dancing and live music as we celebrate our quasquicentennial anniversary! Enjoy a wondrous look back through the history of the dental school and prepare yourself to be catapulted into the bright future ahead of us.  Live music from DJ Robert Johnson, the Line Dance King of Cleveland, and The Blue Moons band – featuring alumnus Neil Brofman ’80 – will get you up on your feet and dancing all night long!

The recipients of the 2017 School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association Awards will be honored during a portion of the evening for their amazing achievements.




Sunday, October 8

Farewell Breakfast
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
420 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH
Cost: Free


Catch up with classmates and friends one last time before the weekend ends! Weekend guests of the School of Dental Medicine are invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. Grab your fill of a hot breakfast anytime between 8AM-11AM before heading home, having enjoyed a memorable and exciting 125th anniversary weekend.


Reunite with Classmates and Friends to Celebrate a Milestone!

Where should we stay?


Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel
100 Lakeside Avenue, East
Cleveland, OH 44114

Rate of $159 Per Night

Please contact the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at 216.413.5000, ext. 1 and provide the Group Code: SDM or

online at by Wednesday, September 19th.


How do I register for events?

Event registration for Homecoming and Reunion is not open yet. Please check back in early July for more information on registration. Please visit the School of Dental Medicine Homecoming page and click on the link for the Registration section for more details on specific weekend events.

When is my registration due?
For planning purposes, please plan to register by no later than 5PM on Wednesday, September 19th.
You can register online or by calling our office at 216.368.5758.

What's planned for Homecoming this year?
Please see visit the School of Dentam Medicine Homecoming page and click on the link for the 2018 Homecoming Events to view more details on scheduled events.

I am not in a reunion class. Can I still attend the scheduled weekend events?
Of course! Homecoming is open for ALL alumni. A special class dinner will be held for those celebrating a reunion year.

How can I download a copy of the Homecoming and Reunion Schedule of Events?
The dental school event schedule can be found by clicking the link for the 2018 Homecoming Events. All university events will be available on the University's Homecoming page.

Can I just show up at Homecoming activities?
Though we will be prepared for a limited number of walk-up registrants, advance registration is strongly encouraged to hold your space at meals and to ensure an accurate count of meals and alumni souvenirs needed. In addition, any special meal requests must be made by September 19th, as our ability to honor on-site special requests is extremely restricted.

What if my plans change and I need to cancel my registration?
We sincerely hope that does not happen, but if it does, please call the Alumni Office immediately at 216.368.5758. Cancellations received by September 28th will receive a refund.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but the school cannot offer refunds for cancellations made after September 28th.  Please Note: Cancellations for accommodations must be made directly with the hotel.   

Where can I find information about visiting Cleveland, Ohio?
To help plan your visit to Cleveland, visit the This Is Cleveland website.


Where do I go to check-in for the weekend?

Check-In: Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road (Behind Thwing Center)

Do I have to check in to be able to attend events?
No, you are still able to attend the events you registered for even if you did not check-in at the Tinkham Veale University Center, however, you will only receive your Homecoming gift at this location. For dental school events please stop at the registration table at each event, and your name will be on the registration list.


How do I let my classmates know that I will be attending the reunion?
After you have registered, your name will appear on the Look Who’s Coming list located on the reunion website. The list will be updated at minimum, once per week, until Homecoming and Reunion weekend.

How do I reconnect with my classmates?
Contact the Alumni Relations Office at 216.368.5758 to receive an up-to-date class directory.



If I will not be driving, how can I get to campus for the Friday and Saturday events?
From the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel, we will offer round-trip transportation for attendees staying at the hotel to the university for the dental school’s activities. A shuttle schedule will be provided at hotel check-in.

Where should I park this weekend?
The Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel offers valet parking at the hotel’s entrance. There are also self-parking options in the area. There will also be self-parking options in lots around the Case Western Reserve University campus. There is a fee associated with each of these options.

For on-campus parking, you may purchase a parking pass through the online registration for $20. You will receive the parking pass via email once registered.


You may use the parking pass at the following garages for the entire weekend:

  • Lot S-46: Village at 115 Parking Garage (1630 East 118th Street)
  • Lot S-53: Veale Center Parking Garage (2158 Adelbert Road)


Who should I contact if I have special dietary needs?
Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 216.368.5758 or regarding any special dietary needs, or indicate any special needs along with any dietary restrictions with registration.

Will there be any disability services offered during the weekend?
All of our events and activities are considered accessible for those who may be disabled. Taking a shuttle to or from campus will involve several instances of boarding and exiting a passenger bus, as well as walking to and from the campus location. For best preparation, please advise any special accommodations required prior to the beginning of the weekend.


What is considered appropriate dress for the weekend?
Cleveland's weather, as always, can be a bit unpredictable and can vary widely. Be sure to bring a jacket and dress warmly as there will be some outdoor travel. Business casual attire is appropriate for most daytime events. Business/cocktail attire is appropriate for the scheduled evening events.

Am I able to bring my children?
Children are always welcome at Homecoming and Reunion events, although there are no specific activities planned for them. This is a wonderful time to share your CWRU experience with your children. Please advise us if there will be someone under the age of 12 attending any of the meals. There may be a children's menu option available for them at a reduced price.

Will childcare services be offered during Homecoming and Reunion weekend?
Childcare services will not be offered during the weekend.


Why should I support the School of Dental Medicine?
The School of Dental Medicine Annual Fund provides essential support for the School’s highest priorities. These funds are critical to the School’s success in adapting programs to stay at the forefront of dental medicine.  

Where can I find information about giving to the School of Dental Medicine?
Information about giving to the School of Dental Medicine including Annual Giving and Planned Giving can be found here.

How much should I give?
No amount is too small to contribute. Please make all contributions based solely on a personal level of comfort. Any and all gifts to the School are welcomed and greatly appreciated. If you would like to setup reoccurring payments, please contact the Development Office at 216.368.3480.

How do I make a gift today?
You can make a gift online using the School’s secure online giving page or by calling the School’s Development Office at 216.368.3480.


Will I be able to get a wireless connection while on campus?
While on campus, you are welcome to use the CaseGuest wireless network on your device. This public network is unsecured and does not require a password for access. As this is a public network, sensitive data such as credit card numbers, should not be inputted, as the connection is not secure.

You can help by assisting your Class Representatives and the school in finding "lost" alumni and by making the decision to participate in the weekend’s festivities, and then encouraging others to do so as well!

By attending Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, you agree to allow your image to be used for future marketing and advertising purposes. All photos are property of Case Western Reserve University.  If you do not wish to be photographed at a particular event, please advise a staff member at each event you attend.

Numerous ATMs are available on and near the campus to provide you with banking services 24 hours a day. ATMs can be found in the ground floor of Crawford Hall, the Thwing Center, Tinkham Veale University Center Cafeteria, Nord Hall, Fribley and Wade Commons, the Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building, as well as in many off-campus establishments in the area.

Contact Alumni Relations at or 216.368.5758.

Get involved! A reunion celebration is only a success if your classmates come back to celebrate with you. We need a great group of volunteers who are willing to help create a buzz leading up to the Homecoming and Reunion Celebration. No matter the amount of time you are able to commit, we have an opportunity for you!


If you are interested in serving as a Class Representative, please contact us at or 216.368.5758.


Class Representatives help make Homecoming and Reunion a huge success!


Class of 1968 – Celebrating 50 Years!
Donald Kne
Stuart Sears


Class of 1973 – Celebrating 45 Years!





Class of 1978 – Celebrating 40 Years!



Class of 1983 – Celebrating 35 Years!




Class of 1988 – Celebrating 30 Years!



Class of 1993 – Celebrating 25 Years!




Class of 1998 – Celebrating 20 Years!


Class of 2003 - Celebrating 15 Years!



Class of 2008 - Celebrating 10 Years!


Class of 2013 – Celebrating 5 Years!



The success of Homecoming and Reunion depends in large part on the active participation and commitment of Class Representatives. Reunions are typically promoted by a committee of class volunteers. In the past, classes have found that having large, active committees not only makes reunion promotion run smoothly, but also encourages more involvement in Homecoming.


The staff in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is available throughout the reunion planning process to assist you. Their goal is to work with Class Representatives to ensure a fun and successful reunion.


To volunteer, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 216.368.5758 or email

Reunion Giving

Reunion is an exceptionally joyous and festive time to return to campus to celebrate past experiences and memories made while at the School of Dental Medicine. It is a time to reflect on your accomplishments and bonds, and it is also a time to celebrate being a part of the university’s community.


The generosity behind the reunion class gift is a critical piece of the School of Dental Medicine’s Annual Fund.  As much as reuniting is about reminiscing and invigorating old friendships, it is also about looking and working towards the future. Your commitment to give back, at any level or to any designation, ensures that our School’s reputation for excellence in education continues for generations to come. Supporting your class, in any amount, supports the participation goal.


A reunion presents a unique opportunity to come together to make an especially meaningful gift that will significantly impact the School of Dental Medicine’s vital priorities, including:

  • 295 DMD Students and 83 Postgraduate Residents.
  • Student-Aid and Scholarships
  • Cutting-Edge Research
  • Community Outreach and Increased Clinical Care
  • Facility Enhancements

For more information on Reunion Giving or to make a gift, please contact:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (216) 368-3480

You may also make your gift online at, by

mailing your gift to: School of Dental Medicine at 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4905 or

via text by following the instructions in the video below using #dental.


Your gift has the ability to truly make a difference.

Congratulations on your reunion and thank you for your support!


make a gift

Graduates of the School of Dental Medicine at CWRU with Dean Chance

Dean Kenneth Chance, DDS '79 and 2017 Alumni Association Award Recipients: Alex T. Mellion, DMD '11, Thomas E. Dundon, DMD '86 and Murray Stein, DDS, MSc