Homecoming & Reunion 2021

Homecoming & Reunion Celebration | students / alumni / parents & families

October 22–23, 2021

Welcome Back, Alumni!

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences looks forward to seeing you Oct. 22–23 for an assortment of in-person and virtual events. Due to possible last-minute changes because of the pandemic, please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 18, to ensure you receive all event email communications.

If you are interested in serving as a Class Agent (for the Classes of 1971, 1981, 1996 or 2020) to gather classmates for a virtual catch-up or reunion chat, please contact Nada DiFranco, Senior Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, at 216.368.2281 or nada.difranco@case.edu.

View the full CWRU Homecoming Schedule and the Special Events in Honor of the Class of 2020.

Register for Homecoming & Reunion 2021

Friday, October 22

CWRU Homecoming Luncheon


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m EDT (program begins at noon)
Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom (Room 234)
Grand Classes (1971 and prior): Free
Graduates of the Last Decade (2011 or later), Faculty/Staff, Students: $20
General Seating:$30
Late Registration: $35

President Eric Kaler will share the state of the university. Enjoy lunch and join us as we recognize the 2021 recipients of the Alumni Association Awards. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., remarks begin at noon. We’ll celebrate Jane Abrahams Daroff, MSSA ’85, who is receiving the CWRU Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Activism and Social Justice at CWRU

3–4 p.m. EDT

Part I: Hear from CWRU alumni who were part of the sit-in on Euclid Avenue in 1970 protesting the ongoing Vietnam War.

Part II: Learn more about CWRU's Social Justice Institute from its co-directors Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD, and Mark Chupp, PhD (GRS ’03, social welfare). They will share the institute's history and how it is presently involved in local, state and national matters.

Mandel School Alumni Celebration

5:30–6:30 p.m. EDT

Join Interim Dean Sharon Milligan to recognize our 2021 Alumni Award Winners being inducted into the Mandel School Hall of Achievement and celebrate our reunion classes!

Mandel School Class of 1971 50th Reunion Gathering

7–8 p.m. EDT

Reconnect with your classmates 50 years after graduation! This Zoom gathering will provide a casual opportunity to toast your special milestone, share updates and stroll down memory lane together. Attendees will receive a special tumbler. Cheers!

Saturday, October 23

Mandel School Class of 1996 25th Reunion Coffee Chat

10–11 a.m. EDT

Calling all MNO and MSSA alumni from the 25th Reunion Class! Grab your favorite hot beverage and join fellow classmates for casual conversation as you reconnect in MSSA or MNO Zoom breakout rooms. Attendees will receive a special mug.

Interprofessional Education Event: Student Run Health Clinic

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Discover more about our interprofessional approach to learning through the Student Run Health Clinic, which was founded and is operated by CWRU students to serve the health needs of the Greater Cleveland community free of charge. Includes participants from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; School of Dental Medicine; and School of Medicine.

Mandel School Class of 1981 40th Reunion Coffee Chat

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Grab your favorite hot beverage and join fellow classmates on Zoom for a casual conversation as you reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Attendees will receive a special mug.

Mandel School Class of 2020 Reunion Coffee Chat

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Continue the Celebration! After the morning’s ceremony in honor of the Class of 2020 hosted by President Kaler and Provost Vinson, grab your favorite hot beverage and join classmates on Zoom to connect with old and new friends.

Mandel School Lecture: Transforming Ohio’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health System – Bringing Research To Practice

2–3:30 p.m. EDT
Alumni with CEUs – $10
Guest with CEUs – $20
Lecture only – Free

Hear from Richard Shepler, director of the Mandel School’s newest Center of Excellence, while earning social work continuing education credits. 

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), in conjunction with the Departments of Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Youth Services, Developmental Disabilities, and Health and Ohio Family and Children First, developed the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (COE) to assist the state in children’s mental health system transformation efforts. The Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, a part of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, was chosen as the COE.

This webinar will describe two of Ohio’s children’s mental health system transformation initiatives, OhioRISE and the Family First Prevention Services Act.  These initiatives are designed to expand the children’s behavioral health continuum of care with the goal of increasing statewide access to services for youth and families. The COE’s role in these efforts is to provide technical assistance, training, professional development, coaching, consultation, evaluation, fidelity monitoring, and continuous quality improvement.  The role of universities in workforce development and capacity building will be highlighted. A framework for bridging research to practice will be discussed. 


Do you need a hotel room for Homecoming & Reunion weekend? Are you looking for a restaurant to catch up with fellow alumni? Check out our hospitality listings for a range of hotels, restaurants, sites, and activities to enhance your time while you are back on and around campus.

We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Email mandelschoolevents@case.edu.

Increasing COVID-19 cases within Northeast Ohio has prompted Case Western Reserve to resume its requirement that masks be worn indoors. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.