January 2019 Newsletter

Grad Student Orientation Spring 2019

Grad Student Orientation Spring 2019


Diplomas for Jan 2019 Graduates

You did it! Degrees for students who completed their work during the fall semester will be awarded this Friday, January 18. On that day, look for an email with detailed instructions on how and when you can pick up your diploma at the School of Graduate Studies office (Tomlinson 203). If you cannot pick it up yourself, you may authorize someone to pick up your diploma by emailing their name to gradstudies@case.edu. If you would prefer to have your diploma mailed to you, please complete the Diploma Mailing Process (link available after award confirmation); a processing fee is required for all diploma mailings. Visit the Diploma section of our Graduation page for additional details and mailing costs.

Last Day to Register for Spring Classes

What's worse than the cold? Forgetting to register for spring classes! The final day to register or make any enrollment changes for Spring Semester is January 25. 

Student Medical Plan: Plan Waiver

Do you have Health Insurance? If you're already covered, make sure to waive your Student Medical Plan before the end of the drop/add period on January 25. Already waived your Student Medical Plan in the fall? No need to waive it again, the waiver applies to Spring Semester as well!

One-to-One Fitness: Plan Waiver

Is your New Year's resolution to get fit? Then you're in luck! Every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a member of One-to-One Fitness. However, if weight training, pilates and cycling aren't your thing, you also have the option to waive this plan by January 25 for the spring semester.

CWRU Veale Athletic Center Track

Apply for May Graduation

You're almost there and it's already time to for graduation! The deadline to apply to graduate in May is Friday, February 8. You can find graduation packets with detailed requirements here. Remember, if you plan to attend Commencement, you must also register for the ceremony beginning March 1. Be on the lookout for details on the Commencement Ceremony which will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Waiver of Registration

Missed last semester's deadline to apply to graduate? If you've completed all graduation requirements, but did not meet the fall graduation deadline, you may be eligible to waive class registration for spring. Here's how: 

  • Submit all final materials for your degree as listed here, including the Waiver of Registration form (included in the downloadable file)
  • International students must have the waiver of registration signed by International Student Services (ISS), located in Tomlinson Hall Room 143.

The waiver of registration deadline is January 25.

Preferred Name

We recognize that many CWRU students use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Check out our Preferred Name policy to see how you can change your preferred name on rosters and in SIS by filling out the Preferred Name Form. Please note that adding a preferred name is different than a Name Change Request, which requires legal documentation and shows up on all official university documents. 

Welcome New Students!

Please join us in welcoming all the new students who have started this semester! Orientation for new graduate students was held on this past Friday. If you see a new face around campus, please say hello and show them the best places to study or find food.

Also a welcome back to our returning students! We hope you all had a relaxing break. Yeah, it wasn't long enough for us either!

If you weren't able to attend Orientation or wish to review, you can find the slides and handouts here.

Campus Community

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 

The University's annual celebration to honor the life and works of Dr. King begins this week with advocate and visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier as the keynote speaker on Friday; the event is free but registration is required. Additional events are scheduled throughout the rest of January and into February.

Visit the University's MLK Celebration page for more details.

Professional Development Day

RSVP for the Professional Development Day on Tuesday, January 29 with workshops and trainings to provide professional development opportunities to graduate students, postdocs, faulty and staff. This inaugural event's goal is to improve student interfacing for faculty and staff, and increase engagement and enrollment across campus and across silos. You can attend in person or via live streaming. In addition to the workshops, the day will include an Expo, Solutions Slam, and Innovation Jam.

Wall of  John S. Diekhoff Award

Diekhoff Committee Members Needed!

We are looking for motivated Graduate Studies students interested in contributing to the selection of this year's John S. Diekhoff Award winners. This group will interview and select the recipients of these distinguished graduate teaching and mentoring awards. The award is presented annually to CWRU faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring.

The committee will meet to select award candidates and conduct faculty interviews between February - April.  If you're interested in joining, keep a watch in your inbox and The Daily next week for the application!

PossePlus Retreat

The PossePlus Retreat is an annual event over the weekend of February 8-10 in Oregon, OH, during which students, faculty and staff come together to engage in dialogue about critical social or political issues. Representing students from diverse backgrounds, the Posse Foundation aims to foster a campus environment that is more welcoming to all.

Register via CampusGroups by Saturday, January 19.

Upcoming Events

Banner of Events Listed in January 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, January 17- Welcome [Back] Party. The Center for International Affairs invites the CWRU community to welcome international students to campus with games in food in the Tomlinson lobby starting at 4:00pm.

Friday, January 18- 44th Annual CWRU Sci-Fi Marathon. Hosted by the students and alumni of the CWRU Film Society, the entire campus and the public can enjoy thirty hours of good, bad, and strange sci-f motion pictures in Strosacker Auditorium starting at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, January 23- Green Dot Training for Grad Students. Learn bystander intervention strategies to prevent power-based personal violence. Email greendot@case.edu to RSVP. Thwing 324 at 1:00pm.

Thursday, January 24- Diversity 360 Series For Graduate Students. This month's topic: Sustained Dialogue. Join your fellow grad students in the Thwing 302 at 5:30pm. Register here.

Monday, February 11- Get Experienced Career Fair. Students and alumni seeking internship, practicum, co-op or full-time positions can meet employers in the fields of engineering, arts & sciences, and business.

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