December 2019 Newsletter

Students walking on Mather Quad in Autumn past Guilford Hall

Wrapping up the semester as we wrap up the decade!


Spring New Student Orientation

Welcome to our new students beginning in spring 2020! Orientation will be Friday, January 10, 2020 in the lower level of Crawford Hall, room A09. Make sure you visit the New Student Checklist to receive information, complete checklist items, and register for orientation.

  • Orientation for ALL new students: 8:30am – 2:30pm.
  • An additional session for new international students: 2:30 – 4:00pm.
  • An additional session for new teaching assistants: 4:10 – 5:40pm.

We look forward to meeting you after the New Year and welcoming you to the CWRU community!

Final exams and University closure

Final exams continue until Wednesday, December 18. Double check any dates with professors or your department before planning winter break travel in order to ensure you are present when required.

The School of Graduate Studies and the University will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, December 23 until 8:30am on Thursday, January 2. Many buildings, offices, and facilities on campus (such as Veale, KSL, dining) may have altered or limited hours over the break and before classes resume. Before making plans, check their schedules or give them a call.

Fellowship courses

Take a course for FREE! Sign up for an art class, study poetry or learn about nutrition. Fellowship courses are a great way to broaden your academic portfolio. If you have an approved Program of Study and are registered for the minimum number of credit hours, you can apply to take a Fellowship Course at no cost to you. Click here to find the Form and see the full Fellowship Tuition Policy.

A researcher testing computer equipment in a lab

New Computer & Data Sciences Department

Because of increased enrollment and new programs of study and thanks to a $5 million gift from alumnus Kevin J. Kranzusch, the School of Engineering has created a new Computer and Data Sciences Department to expand and house programs previously under the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The new Computer and Data Sciences Department and renamed Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering took effect earlier this year.

Safety Tips For Break

Safety on campus

Much of the campus population is gone during the winter break and nightfall sets in early this time of year. Here are some safety tips to remember over the break:

  • Be observant of your surroundings.
  • Bundle against the cold, but make sure you can see and hear clearly.
  • Always carry your ID and keys (campus buildings may lock at earlier and unexpected times).
  • Inform CWRU security if you're working in a building after hours or on a day the University is closed.
  • Install the Rave Guardian smartphone app and sign-up for Rave alerts.
  • Use campus shuttles, Safe Ride, or request a security walking escort.
  • Watch for ice!

For additional safety tips, click here.

Safety while traveling
  • Turn off appliances and electronics before leaving.
  • Secure and lock all doors and windows.
  • Make plans in advance for any pets or houseplants.
  • Remember to pack prescription medication.
  • Take care of food that may not last while you're gone.
  • Dispose of trash and recycling.
  • Review airline/bus/train policies for luggage size and contents.
  • Remember chargers/batteries for all mobile devices.
  • Always tag your luggage in case it is lost.
  • Share your travel itinerary with a friend or family member; check in with them.
  • If traveling out of the country, double-check you have all your documentation, review current policies and conditions, and be prepared to spend extra time at customs when returning.
Winter storm on Freiberger Field, KSL, CWRU

Campus Community

Grad representatives on Faculty Senate committees

Want to make your voice heard? Consider becoming a grad student representative on a Faculty Senate committee. The Committees on Graduate Studies, on Research, and on University Libraries have open seats. If interested, contact Aaron McPeck at

Renew student parking permit

The deadline for students to renew their spring parking permit is Friday, December 20 at 4:00 pm. Renew your permit online.

KSL Art of STEM Competition

Enter Kelvin Smith Library's third annual Art of STEM Competition and Exhibit! Not only could you win a prize but you will help showcase research and science from an artistic angle! Deadline for submission is January 31.

New way to VPN

[U]Tech will upgrade the University's VPN system from Cisco AnyConnect to FortiClient VPN by the end of month. FortiClient is available for download and installation and will be the only client permitted to allow VPN access beginning in January 2020. Everyone at Case should use VPN to securely connect to the CWRU network from a public network and it is required to access many online resources. Read more about the upgrade to FortiClient and contact [U]Tech with any questions.

Student Using a Laptop

Funding available for presenting at a conference!

Presenting at an upcoming conference? Need funding? Check out our Fellowships and Awards 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 and are first come, first serve so apply as early as you can while funds remain.

  • 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 (with all required documentation) via CampusGroups 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. 
Mark your calendars CWRU's second Professional Development Day! 

Graduate students as well as postdocs, faculty, and staff are invited to the second annual Professional Development Day on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom for a hands-on coaching workshop. Free, but registration is required and space is filling up fast! Additional seats have been opened for grad students only.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 16- Center for International Affairs Welcome [Back] Party. 4-6pm in Tomlinson Lobby.

Friday, January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with keynote speaker Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Registration required. 12:45 to 2pm at Tink.

Tuesday, January 22- Diversity 360: Graduate Student Series. 5:30 to 7pm at Crawford 011.

Tuesday, January 28- Professional Development Day. Registration required. 2:45 to 2:30pm in Tink Ballroom A.

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