October 2018 Newsletter

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Meet the incoming Fall 2018 grad students

Welcome to all of our students that started in Summer and Fall 2018! We wanted to provide some statistics to show you what the incoming group of students looks like. As the chilly weather sets in, be sure to give your fellow students a warm welcome as they continue to settle in to the CWRU community. 

Academic Plans: 1,354 (52.4%) Masters students and 1,225 (47.4%) Doctoral students

Sex: 1,311 Females (50.7%) and 1,271 Males (49.1) and 3 Other or Unknown

Minority Ethnic Groups: 1 American Indian, 179 Black, 1 Hawaiian, 154 Latino, 68 Multi-ethnic, and 151 Unknown

International Students: 37.6% of the incoming grad students are international, representing 71 countries! 


The deadline to drop a class is Friday, November 9th!

If you need to withdraw from a single class (as long as it is not your only class), you must do so in SIS by going to the Academics section of your Student Center and choose Enrollment: Drop in the drop down menu. Then click the arrow button and choose Fall 2018. On the next page you will choose the class you wish to drop and will then proceed through the steps until the withdrawal is completed. Note that this is a different process than withdrawing from all of your classes for the entire semester. 

By dropping the class, be aware that you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and a 0% tuition refund. You should consult with your advisor before withdrawing from any courses. 

If you're looking to change your graded course to an Audit, you must do so by November 9th.

The deadline to change a class to an Audit is quickly approaching. Please consult your advisor before switching. Note that you cannot change from an Audit to Graded, and an Audit will show up on your transcripts. In order to change to an Audit, you will need to submit an Add/Drop Form signed by your advisor to Graduate Studies. 

Campus Community

Group therapy and support sessions are available to keep you feeling connected and on track!

There are a TON of group therapy sessions and support groups across campus that you can take advantage of. Seriously, there is something for everyone! Everything from grief support, anxiety, work-life balance, women earning PhDs, resilience, stress management, and building better relationships with food and our bodies. There are even groups for spouses and partners of medical school students! Connect with people that understand you!

Being a parent is tough, it's even tougher trying to juggle a graduate career at the same time. Believe it or not, there is monetary Child Care Support available to allow you to travel to professional conferences, research opportunities or meetings. 

The President's Committee on Child Care Options understands that you may be wearing many hats. They wanted to give you the opportunity to pursue your own academic endeavors while still supporting your family. Check out the options for child care support while you travel, as well as temporary and back-up child care. 

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Did you enjoy Diversity 360 at Orientation? Wanna get more involved?

Register to join us for Graduate Student Diversity 360! Come down to the Senior Classroom at the Tink on the 2nd Thursday of every month (through May 2019) from 5:30 - 7:00pm, food will be provided. 

Money Talks
It's never too early to start getting your finances in order, and we've got some easy ways for you to accomplish it!
Financial Wellness Wednesdays

1) Register to attend Financial Wellness Wednesdays sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and University Health and Counseling Services. Each individual session has a topic of focus including Financial Aid and reading your student bill, planning for a study abroad experience, insurance, eating healthy on a budget, and credit card myths and facts. Attend all 5 sessions and be entered in a raffle to win a ChromeBook. 

2) Create an account with GradReady and access online educational materials and assessments to learn about credit card basics, budgeting, federal student loans, identity theft and gauging your debt.


3) Presenting at an upcoming conference? Need funding? Check out our professional development funding page to see if you qualify for any of our conference funding and to review all of the guidelines. These funds are managed by the School of Graduate Studies. 

  • Graduate Student Travel Award (GSTA): 50/50 funds (up to $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international) matched by your department to assist with expenses when presenting at a conference. The GSTA Application must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to traveling, no funds will be awarded if the application is submitted after the fact. 
  • Verhosek Fund (V-Fund): Up to $250 to assist with expenses when presenting at a conference. The V-Fund Application can be submitted up to 60 days after the conference takes place. 

Upcoming Events

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Friday, October 19th- Black Harvest BBQ. Come to this free BBQ for black graduate students to meet and connect! The festivities will be on the Quad in front of Adelbert Hall from 12:30 - 5:00pm.

Monday, October 22nd- Latinx Grad Mixer. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, enjoy a free dinner and networking event for Latinx graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members. From 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Tink Senior Classroom. 

Saturday, November 3rd- Volunteer for the Fall 2018 Saturday of Service. Save the date for the Saturday of Service coordination of on-campus and off-campus service opportunities for students. Project information will be posted on the CCEL Campus Groups page under Events. The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) can also help you get involved in other community service projects at local non profits through CCEL Serves.

Sunday November 4th- Daylight Savings Time Ends, turn your clocks back. As the old saying goes, "Spring forward and Fall back." On Saturday November 3rd before you go to bed, set all of your clocks back exactly one hour.