February 2021 Newsletter

Michelson Morley Fountain on Main Quad in Snow, February 2021

Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Reminder, all students who come to campus for any length of time are required to participate in weekly, mandatory COVID-19 surveillance tests. Staff will be comparing testing participation with presence on campus to ensure compliance. Testing is available every weekday from 6:00am to 6:00pm in Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center (the southern edge of the Main Quad near the wind turbine) and free parking is available at the adjacent Veale Garage (tell the attendant you're there for the test). Testing can be scheduled in advance but walk-ins are also accepted. You do not need to have received your results before taking part in your planned campus activities. All faculty, staff, and postdocs follow the same testing mandates. See more information.

You must also continue to submit your daily health assessment when coming to campus, wear a mask at all times (inside and out), maintain distance from others, and practice hand hygiene. See the University's COVID-19 website for more information.

Doc Oc Memorial Statue Wearing a Face Mask


Apply for May Graduation

You're almost there and it's already time for graduation! The deadline to apply to graduate in May is Friday, March 5. You can find graduation information with detailed requirements hereRemember, if you plan to attend Commencement, you must also register for the ceremony. Be on the lookout for details on the Commencement Ceremony which will be held over Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 30.

Verify Your Final Exams

Mark your calendars for final exams! Take a moment to verify your final exam dates and times with your syllabi and your professors. Make sure all of your travel plans for summer are after your final exams. Exams will not be rescheduled due to travel conflicts.

Unity Banquet Scholarship

Underrepresented minority graduate students are welcome to apply for a 2021 Unity Banquet Scholarship from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (CWRU-OMA) to assist with tuition costs, research, conference attendance, and more! Applications are due by 9:00am on Friday, March 5.

Copy Your SIS Schedule to Google Calendar

You now have the ability to download your schedule from SIS into your Google calendar. Log into SIS, click "Classes & Enrollment" and then either "View My Classes" or "Weekly Schedule" for a "Download to Google Calendar" link at the top of each page. Contact [U]Tech if you have any questions.

Clocktower at Biomedical Research Building (BRB)

Daylight Saving Time Begins in March

Daylight Saving Time (DST) for Cleveland, most of the United States, and several other countries will begin overnight Sunday, March 14. (Other countries and territories practicing DST may begin on a different date.) Before going to bed that Saturday night, clocks should be turned forward one hour. While it's important every year to make sure to reset clocks, numerous students are taking classes remotely from regions that do not practice DST so please confirm your time zone differences so you're still on time for all classes, assignments, and meetings for the second half of March!

"Spring Break": March 16 & 24

As part of the revised spring semester due to the pandemic, there will be no full-length spring break. Instead, Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 24 have been designated as "no-class days" by the University in order to give students some time off. Check your syllabi and talk with your professors to determine if these two days will affect your classes and assignments.

Campus Community

Nominate Faculty for Diekhoff Awards

Do you know a faculty member who is an outstanding teacher or mentor to grad students? Nominate them for the prestigious John S. Diekhoff Awards for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring! There are up to four Diekhoff Awards given annually: two awards for Distinguished Graduate Teaching and two awards for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 24 so submit yours today!

Wall of  John S. Diekhoff Award

Food Insecurity Resources

Emergency food assistance is available for students. See this list of resources from the Dean of Students Office.

Spoken English Programs

To help students enhance their communication skills, Spoken English Programs will be presenting webinars via Zoom each week for international students throughout the semester.

  • Fast and Fluent: tips and tricks for sounding fluent and smooth. Monday 2/22, 2:00pm and Thursdays 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 9:00am
  • Accuracy and Language for Presentation Skills: guidelines for presenting a professional presentation. Mondays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 2:00pm
  • Teaching in the US: culture of learning and teaching in the US, similarities and differences. Wednesdays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 2:00pm
  • Better Pronunciation: improve pronunciation by learning mechanics and tips for speaking fluently. Thursdays 2/25, 3/4, 9:00am
  • Culture and Communication: discuss cultural topics, similarities and differences in various situations. Thursdays thru 4/22, 7:00pm and Fridays through 4/23, 2:00pm

Contact Elise Geither, Associate Director of Spoken English Programs, at ejg65@case.edu for the Zoom information and any questions. Also join the SELP Canvas Website to access videos and resources.

Spoken English Tutoring is available online for all students. Please use tutortrac.case.edu to schedule an appointment.

Students Outside on Campus

Join GSC University Committees

If you would like to help shape the campus experience, consider joining a Graduate Student Council committee this semester. Complete this form on CampusGroups for more information and direct any questions to the GSC Director for Advocacy, Anna Miller at akm126@case.edu.

Advocate Drop-in Hours

Every Monday from 3:00 to 5:00pm, University Health & Counseling Services offers confidential though non-clinical advocate drop-in hours for students with questions concerning sexual misconduct reporting options or the Office of Equity (Title IX) process to discuss consultations, "how to help a friend" questions, referrals for clinical services, or more. When registering, select a 30-minute time slot and you will be sent a Zoom link. See more information.

GSC Masks Available

Need an extra mask? Get one from the Graduate Student Council! Grad students, bring your student IDs to the Thwing Center service desk, 8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays and get yours!

Graduate Student Council Branded Facemask

SA&L Grad Student Assistantships

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership is looking for graduate students to join their team! Several assistantships are available to strengthen organizational, communication, and project management skills in areas of leadership, campus engagement, operations, and marketing. Read more and apply now!

Campus Shuttles

With the new main part of the semester now in session, most shuttles through Greater University Circle has been restored to normal service. See University Circle's shuttle page for more details (scroll to near the bottom) and use the TransLoc app for real-time shuttle tracking.

Upcoming Events

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, events are held online. All times in Eastern.

Join the Graduate Student Council's first Professional Development Conference of the spring semester on Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00pm for tips on Interviewing in the Age of COVID-19! You might also win a $25 gift card for attending. Register on CampusGroups for the Zoom info.

Put your degree to work in a new job! The Professional Development Center of the School of Graduate Studies invites you to a Virtual Career Expo on Wednesday, March 3. This online expo offers grad students, postdocs, and alumni an opportunity to learn from employers how they can make their degree have an impact when seeking jobs!

Join the Women in Sciences and Humanities Earning Doctorates (WISHED) and the University's Science and Human Rights Coalition for two seminar series on big data and how it affects women researchers. The Thursday, February 25 seminar features Dr. Dana Crawford and the Tuesday, March 9 seminar features Dr. Laura Bruckman. Both sessions begin at 5:00pm and are held over Zoom. See here for more info.

Considering a postdoc position in the future? Thanks to a bulk registration purchase by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the School of Graduate Studies, anyone in the CWRU community can attend the National Postdoc Association Conference online this year at no cost. Registration is not yet open but please email sgsevents@case.edu to receive notification when it is. The conference will be April 15-16.

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"Please Wear a Mask" sign on Main Quad near Rockefeller in a Snow Storm, February 2021