Summer 2023 Message from Julian Rogers

Although many of our students head home during the summer months, Case Western Reserve University remains a lively, busy campus. 

In June, CWRU President Eric W. Kaler shared additional details about the university’s plans to build a $300 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB). This state-of-the-art, research-only building will serve to advance the university’s research mission, and importantly, it will include a welcoming entry to campus along MLK Drive. The university plans to begin construction on the ISEB in 2024 with completion expected in 2026. 

On July 14, we wrapped up our 53rd summer hosting the National Youth Sports Program, a five-week summer experience for 315 local youth ages 8 to 16. Each year, the program concludes with a picnic for participants and their families, followed by a talent show. I was blown away by this year’s performances and I look forward to serving youth again in summer 2024. Thank you to Coach Dennis Harris and his team of NYSP staff and counselors for another successful NYSP summer session!

And next month, the Sears think[box], CWRU’s seven-story innovation center and entrepreneurial hub, will host its official opening of its renovated second-floor space, known as the community floor. The community floor will be open to the public to use for meetings and events. In fact, in this month's issue, you can learn more about think[box] and how it’s a valuable community resource. Also, get to know think[box] director of prototyping art and community engagement Ainsley Buckner and student technician Luke Sharp. You can also learn more about the Fix-It CLE program, hosted on the fourth Monday of each month at think[box]. Be sure to read our NAC Member Spotlight on Arin Miller-Tait, the senior director of community education at University Circle Inc. and finally, check out our events and ways that you can engage with CWRU.

As always, please reach out to me with your ideas, questions and suggestions. I hope you continue to enjoy the summer season!

Julian Rogers
Assistant Vice President, Local Government and Community Relations