February 2021 Newsletter (test)

Michelson Morley Fountain on Main Quad in Snow, February 2021


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 packets 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.

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.

Graduate Studies still strongly recommends that theses and dissertation defenses be held virtually through video teleconferencing; see Zoom guidelines from the University. Students who wish to hold in-person defenses should consult with their individual departments for approval and procedures and then contact Graduate Studies. Doctoral candidates must submit the Notification for Scheduling the Final Oral Exam to Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to the scheduled defense date. If you intend to graduate in May 2021, you should pay careful attention to the submission deadlines and plan accordingly. See our Graduation page for more details.

A generous gift from the Graduate Student Council has enabled the CWRU community to have access to the prestigious Oxford Handbooks Online collection of peer-reviewed, scholarly publishing resources at Kelvin Smith Library!

Movable Book Shelves at Kelvin Smith Library

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.

You now have the ability to download from SIS your schedule 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.

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!

Clocktower at Biomedical Research Building (BRB)

Need to take some time off? Graduate students receiving a stipend should be aware of our policy on graduate student holidays, vacation, parental leave, and sick leave. Note that this policy applies during the period of support and represents the minimum to which graduate students are entitled.

Campus Community

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

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!

In lieu of being able to attend the National Postdoc Association Conference in-person this year, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the School of Graduate Studies has purchased a bulk registration pass for anyone interested in the CWRU community to attend virtually. Registration is not open but please email _____ to receive notification when it is.

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

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, 317, 2:00pm
  • Better Pronunciation: improve pronunciation by learning mechanics of pronunciation 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

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

While we can hope all our interactions are filled with respect, understanding, and compassion, please note there is a Community Concerns Reporting System (CCRS) if you have witnessed or have experienced incidents of bias, prejudice, or discrimination involving other students.

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

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 process-related questions, consultation, "how to help a friend" questions, or 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.

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!

The Graduate Student Council wants to know about the public transport resources that grad students are using to get to and around campus. Take this month's GSC short survey and have a chance at winning a gift card. Find the survey here.

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.

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



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