February 2020 Newsletter

Snow covering the Arts Shield outside Yost Hall

Snow & ice, the semester continues!


Commencement - May 17th, 2020

Don't forget to register to attend the Commencement ceremony! Registration begins March 1st and ends on April 1st. If you are a degree recipient for August 2019 or January 2020, or an applicant for May 2020, you are eligible to participate in this year's Commencement ceremony and convocation. If you have applied for graduation, don't forget to also register to participate in Commencement. We would like to stress that applying to graduate and registering for Commencement are two entirely different processes. More details on Commencement 2020 will be posted in the coming weeks but for now you can check out the ceremony details and timeline here.

Also, doctoral students should register for a fitting for their regalia: Tuesday, March 3rd (10am-3pm) in the School of Law (Student Lounge, upper level) or Friday, March 20th (8:30am-1pm) at the Tink (Smith Commons, main floor).

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.

Notification for Final Oral Defense

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, you should pay careful attention to the submission deadlines and plan accordingly. See our Graduation page for more details.

Student presenting data research model on a screen

Anti-Plagiarism Tools

Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty should use iThenticate plagiarism detection software to ensure work is properly cited when writing theses and dissertations, preparing manuscripts for publication, and submitting proposals for research funding. iThenticate is freely available to the CWRU community at the University's Software Center. See here for more information and how to download iThenticate.

Also the University has integrated Turnitin, a digital plagiarism detection tool, into Canvas to help ensure student academic writing submissions are free of unintentional or intentional plagiarism. See here for more information on Turnitin.

Holidays, Parental Leave, Sick Leave & Vacation Policies

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

Close up of a board game being played

Grad Life Game Night!

Take a break with some great board games during the Office of Graduate Student Life's weekly evening hours on Wednesday, February 19 from 5:00 to 7:00pm in Tomlinson 217!

Graduate Assistants Needed!

Want to work in our office suite? The Office of Graduate Student Life and the Graduate Studies Professional Development Center are looking for a graduate assistant to partner in the development of the graduate student community, development of programs to enhance the student experience. Read more and apply now!

Also the Office of Student Activities & Leadership is looking for graduate students to join their team! A variety of 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!

Nominate Students for Graduate Awards!

Nominations are currently open for the 2020 Graduate Awards! Faculty and academic departments with degrees in the School of Graduate Studies are encouraged to nominate outstanding students for several prestigious awards to be honored at a ceremony on April 29th. See our submission page for more details on each award including student eligibility, who is permitted to nominate, and what documentation is needed. Send questions to sgsevents@case.edu. The deadline to submit nominations is March 18th. 

Selection of student winners of 2018 Graduate Awards

Make Your Voice Heard!

University and Faculty Senate committees are a great way for grad students to be involved at Case. The Graduate Student Council is currently looking for representatives for a number of committees. The time commitment is minimal but your impact is not. See how to apply here.

English Conversation Hour

All interested in strengthening your proficiency in conversational English as well as those already proficient are invited to the English Conversation Hour every Tuesday 2:30 to 3:30pm and every Friday 9:00 to 10:00am, both sessions in Nord 206.

Winter Weather Alerts

It's been a mostly mild winter so far but adverse weather could strike anytime. Make sure you're signed up and your contacts are up-to-date for CWRU's Rave Alerts so you'll be immediately informed of cancellations due to weather, street closures, emergencies, and other important notifications.

A full house in Strosacker Auditorium for a film screening.

American Son Film Screening & Discussion

The Graduate Student Council is hosting a film screening of American Son at the campus cinema (Strosacker Auditorium) on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00pm with a discussion afterward to deconstruct some of the movie's themes. Dinner provided.

$1000 Subsidy for Music Settlement Child Enrollment

If you plan to enroll your child in the Music Settlement’s Early Childhood Day School, preschool, or kindergarten program for the 2020-21 academic year, you can get a $1,000 subsidy from CWRU and $75 to cover the cost of the registration.

Spring Break: March 9-13

Check your syllabi and talk with your professors to determine if the University's Spring Break (March 9-13) will affect your classes. Also confirm access availability as some buildings and services on campus (such as KSL, gyms, shuttles) may have reduced and altered hours over the break.

Upcoming Events

Banner of Events Listed in February 2020 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 19- Wellness Wednesday: Winter Blues. 12-1pm in Sears 409.

Wednesday, February 19- Negotiating Conflict in Your PhD Program. 12:30-2pm in NOA 250.

Wednesday, February 19- Int'l Student Success Series: Job Search Strategies. 12:45-2pm in Mandel Center 115.

Wednesday, February 19- Grad Student Game Night. 5-7pm in Tomlinson 217.

Thursday, February 20- Paint Nite for Graduate Women in STEM. 5:30-6:30pm at Flora Stone Mather Center in Tink.

Friday, February 21- Master of Public Health 20th Anniversary Symposium. 8:30am-8pm at Glidden House.

Saturday, February 22- Elect Her. 11:30am-4pm at Flora Stone Mather Center in Tink.

Monday, February 24- Tickets for the GSAW Ball go on sale 12pm.

Tuesday, February 25- Negotiating Conflict in Your PhD Program. 2:30-4pm in Nord 356.

Tuesday, February 25- American Son film screening & discussion. 6-9pm at Strosacker.

Wednesday, February 26- PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo. 9am-7pm, online.

Wednesday, February 26- Wellness Wednesday: QPR. 12-1pm in Sears 409.

Wednesday, February 26- WISHED Maintaining Motivation During Your PhD. 4-5pm in Yost 107.

Wednesday, February 26- Grad Nursing Game Night Social Mixer. 7-9pm in HEC 169.

Thursday, February 27- Graduate Student Financial Wellness. 12:40-1:45pm in MSASS 236.

Monday, March 2- Career Networking Happy Hour. 4-6pm in Sears Think[box].

Tuesday, March 3- Doctoral Regalia Fitting. 10-3pm at School of Law Student Lounge.

Tuesday, March 3- Graduate Student Council General Assembly Meeting. 5:15-6:30pm in Adelbert Toepfer Room.

Wednesday, March 4- Negotiating Conflict in Your PhD Program. 12:30-2pm in NOA 250.

Thursday, March 5- Graduate Student Council Happy Hour. 7-8pm at ABC Tavern in Uptown.

Thursday, March 12- Open Safe Zone: Advocate. 1-3pm in Tink 1st Fl Conf Room.

Friday, March 13- 4th Trimester Symposium. 8:30am-5pm in Thwing Ballroom.

Friday, March 20- Doctoral Regalia Fitting. 8:30-1pm at Tink.

Friday, March 20- Paint and Munch. 6-9pm in Gund A62.

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