January 2020 Newsletter

New Students at Graduate Orientation January 2020

The Office of Graduate Student Life welcomes the new members of our campus at Orientation on January 10!

Welcome New Students!

Please join us in welcoming all the new students who have started this semester! Orientation for new graduate students was held on Friday, January 10. If you see a new face around campus, please say hello and show them the best places to study or find food.

Also, a welcome back to our returning students! We hope you all had a relaxing break. Yeah, it wasn't long enough for us either!

If you weren't able to attend Orientation or wish to review, you can find the slides and handouts here.


Diplomas for Jan 2020 Graduates

You did it! Degrees for students who completed their work during the fall semester were awarded on Friday, January 17. Look for an email with detailed instructions on how you can pick up your diploma at the School of Graduate Studies office (Tomlinson 203). If you cannot pick it up yourself, you may authorize someone to pick up your diploma by emailing their name to gradstudies@case.edu. If you would prefer to have your diploma mailed to you, please complete the Diploma Mailing Information Form (on CampusGroups); a processing fee is required for all diploma mailings. Visit the Diploma section of our Graduation page for additional details and mailing costs.

Last Day to Register for Spring Classes

What's worse than the cold? Forgetting to register for spring classes! The final day to register or make any enrollment changes for Spring Semester is Friday, January 24. 

Student Medical Plan: Plan Waiver

Do you have Health Insurance? If you're already covered, make sure to waive your Student Medical Plan before the end of the drop/add period on Friday, January 24. Already waived your Student Medical Plan in the fall? No need to waive it again, the waiver applies to Spring Semester as well!

Students exercising on treadmills

One-to-One Fitness: Plan Waiver

Is your New Year's resolution to get fit? Then you're in luck! Every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a member of One-to-One Fitness. However, if weight training, pilates and cycling aren't your thing, you also have the option to waive this plan by Friday, January 24 for the spring semester. If you did waive in the fall you must do so again this semester. If you do not have a One-to-One membership, you still have access to all other athletic facilities and gyms on campus.

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, February 7. You can find graduation packets with detailed requirements here. Remember, if you plan to attend Commencement, you must also register for the ceremony beginning March 1. Be on the lookout for details on the Commencement Ceremony which will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Waiver of Registration

Missed last semester's deadline to apply to graduate? If you've completed all graduation requirements, but did not meet the fall graduation deadline, you may be eligible to waive class registration for spring. Here's how: 

  • Submit all final materials for your degree as listed here, including the Waiver of Registration form (included in the downloadable file)
  • International students must have the waiver of registration signed by International Student Services (ISS), located in Tomlinson Hall Room 143.

The waiver of registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

Teaching students using a graphic display

Are you considering a career in teaching?

Graduate students and postdocs can sign up for the non-credit UNIV 401 Advanced Professional Development for University Teaching Seminar to learn effective teaching strategies useful across major disciplines. Starting at the end of January, seminar sessions will meet every Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm or from 1:00 to 2:15pm. Each section is limited to 15 students. Grad students can enroll in SIS; postdocs should email postdoc@case.edu. Send any questions to Elise Geither at ejg65@case.edu.

Preferred name

We recognize that many CWRU students use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Check out our Preferred Name policy to see how you can change your preferred name on rosters and in SIS by filling out the Preferred Name Form. Please note that adding a preferred name is different than a Name Change Request, which requires legal documentation and shows up on all official university documents.

Campus Community

Graduate Student Life Cooks & Cocoa Open House on 1/22/2020 Advertisement

Cookies & cocoa with the Office of Graduate Student Life 

Come visit the Office of Graduate Student Life in Tomlinson 217 for a Cookies and Cocoa Open House on Wednesday, January 22 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Grad Life will have weekly evening hours every Wednesday this semester including some more fun plans throughout the spring!

Diekhoff Committee Members Needed!

Be a part of a 40 year CWRU tradition to recognize graduate faculty for their exemplary contributions to the education and development of students through advising, mentoring, and classroom teaching.

We are looking for motivated Graduate Studies students interested in contributing to the selection of this year's John S. Diekhoff Award winners. This group will interview and select the recipients of these distinguished graduate teaching and mentoring awards, presented annually to two CWRU faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and two who have done so in mentoring. Learn more about the awards here.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please fill out the student committee application form by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3. Questions? Email diekhoff@case.edu.

Expanded counseling & health services

This semester, University Health and Counseling Services will expand care opportunities including evening hours every Wednesday (beginning February 6), "Let's Talk" confidential drop-in consultations at various locations across campus, and increased ability to book appointments online including same-day and next-day scheduling.

CWRU Dentists

Dental School Clean & Screen Day

If you're not already a patient at the School of Dental Medicine, you can participate in their Clean and Screen Day for a free dental cleaning, oral health screening, and more on Saturday, February 1 from 9:00am to noon! Call 216.368.6800 for more info.

Graduate Diversity 360 Series

Regroup with the 2019-2020 cohort at the start of the year to reflect on what you learned in 2019 and how you're preparing for 2020 at the next Diversity 360 Series on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30pm in Thwing 301. RSVP in CampusGroups. Keep watch for more Graduate D360 discussions each month of the semester.

Graduate Student Greek Life House Director

The Office of Greek Life is seeking graduate students for Greek Life House Director positions to assist Greek Life staff in building operations and assist the Greek chapter's leadership and members. House Directors will be provided a furnished apartment and semester stipend. Applications are open now and interviews will be conducted February 17 to 28. Contact Mel Dickey (mxd583@case.edu) with any questions.

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 Friday, January 31.

Upcoming Events

Collage of flyers for upcoming Events listed in January 2020 SGS Newsletter

Tuesday, January 21- Diversity 360: Graduate Student Series. 5:30 to 7pm in Thwing 301.

Wednesday, January 22- Office of Graduate Student Life Cookies and Cocoa Open House. 5 to 7pm in Tomlinson 217.

Friday, January 24- Lunar New Year Celebrations. 7-8pm at Tink.

Monday, January 27- What is Digital Scholarship? workshop. 11:30-1pm in KSL Freedman Center.

Tuesday, January 28- Professional Development Day. 12:45 to 2:30pm in Tink Ballroom A.

Wednesday, January 29- Career Fair Prep - International Student Success Series. 12:45 to 2pm in Nord 356.

Thursday, January 30- GSC Cavaliers Game. 7-11pm, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Saturday, February 1- Dental School Clean & Screen Day. 9-12pm at the School of Dental Medicine.

Monday, February 3- Wrangling Data: Making Computers Understand Textual Information workshop. 11:30 to 1pm in KSL Freedman Center.

Tuesday, February 4- Graduate Student Council General Assembly Meeting. 5:15 to 6:30pm in Adelbert Toepfer Room.

Wednesday, February 5- H-1B & Other Visas - International Student Success Series. 1 to 2:30pm in Nord 356.

Thursday, February 6- Graduate Student Council Happy Hour. 7 to 8pm at ABC Tavern in Uptown.

Thursday, February 6- Game Night. 7 to 9pm at KSL Freedman Center.

Tuesday, February 11- Diversity 360: Graduate Student Series. 5:30 to 7pm in Crawford 011.

Thursday, February 13- Student Life Strategic Plan Feedback Meeting. 8:30 to 10am in Thwing Ballroom.

Monday, February 17- Light the Campus memorial. 5 to 6pm KSL Oval.

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