A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

About Lou Stark
Vice President for CWRU Student Affairs, Lou Stark

It’s that time of year again! To our returning students: welcome back to campus! We’re so excited to have you back, and hope you had a relaxing but productive summer.

To our first-year students: I want to welcome each of you to Case Western Reserve University! You are about to begin one of the most exciting times in your life, and everyone in the Division of Student Affairs wants to help you make your CWRU experience meaningful.

If you’re reading this, you’ve discovered our new Student Affairs website, which our division worked hard to update and rebuild during the spring semester and over the summer. We hope you’re able to quickly find everything you need, but here are a few areas I’d suggest exploring:

Departments: Get to know our division through our programs and people! Filter our department list by topic and category to find what you’re looking for, and start exploring what the division has to offer.

Services: As a CWRU student, you have access to a wide range of services on campus including printing services, orchestra tickets, room rentals and more; take a moment to familiarize yourself with what’s available.

Events: There’s a lot going on at CWRU and plenty of opportunities to have some fun, explore your interests and even take on leadership roles. Visit our student engagement platform, CampusGroups, to continue to explore and engage with our campus community.

I encourage you to get involved, to participate in student organizations and to take part in the array of opportunities and initiatives hosted by our departments in Student Affairs throughout the year.

As you settle into your home away from home, I want to take a moment to acknowledge our commitment to the wellness of our student community. We take a holistic approach to this goal and aim to help students be well in mind, body and spirit. We understand that today’s world can often create stressful environments for many of our students, in addition to the normal stressors of school, work and life. We encourage you to join us in making your wellness a priority and take advantage of our health and counseling resources. 

Finally, part of being well also involves feeling safe and secure on campus. Please take note of our emergency and crisis resources for yourself and others in your community, and consider downloading the Rave Guardian mobile app. The app ensures CWRU Police are just a few taps away and allows officers to respond quickly and precisely to those in need. This year we’ve also launched our new Reach Out mobile app which provides quick access to support and resources such as crisis hotlines, guidance for helping a friend in need, coping skills and services offered on campus and in the community. You can find it in Google and Apple app stores by searching “cwru reach out.”

We’re so excited to have you here, and I am counting on you to make this your best year yet at CWRU! We are here to support you every step of the way.

Sincerely yours,

Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs