Legacy Week: Celebrating CWRU History

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What is Legacy Week?

Legacy Week is a celebration of the unique history of Case Western Reserve University. The week allows each university department, school, and student organization to celebrate their own unique history within the CWRU historical timeline as well as our Nobel Laureates and significant research findings.

The week gathers the university community in a celebration of campus pride and school spirit.

It is scheduled the week preceding the Hudson Relays in April, celebrating one of the longest standing traditions at Case Western Reserve University. 

When is Legacy Week?

Legacy Week is held every Spring Semester. Legacy Week 2023 is April 24-29th, culminating in the annual Hudson Relays! 

Join us in celebrating Legacy Week!

Follow us on social media for a chance to win prizes! 

Instagram: @sal_cwru

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CWRUActivities

2023 Events:


Special thank you to the Student Presidents' Rountable for all of their hard work on coordinating and promoting Legacy Week 2023! 



T-Shirt Wars! All Week throughout campus

Join SPR as they spread the joy with a WRU v CIT t-shirt.  Complete Buzz Feed Quiz HERE to receive a free shirt at a pop-up throughout the week.

Virtual Trivia Contest,  April 24-28 via social media! 

Student Activities & Leadership: @sal_cwru

Case Alumni Association | Case School of Engineering: CAA Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIN

Spirit Days!  All Week hosted by COC

Monday: Dress Like it's the 1960s
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: CWRU/Club Merch Day
Thursday: CIT vs WRU
Friday: Wear your Colors!  (Freshmen-pink, Sophomores-red, Juniors-green, Seniors-light blue, Grads-grey, Alumni/Faculty/Staff-navy)

DEI History of CWRU!  All week in TVUC

Come stop by Tink while the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative (UDC) tables and gives out goodies while testing your history facts.

Spartie Cartie! April 24-28: Surprise pop ups of our beloved mascot all across campus distributing unique swag!

History Pop-Up Display!  A pop-up exhibit by University Archives will be on display in Kelvin Smith Library during Legacy Week. Come view documents, photos, posters, a scrapbook and more featuring fraternities and sororities and the CWRU Film Society. The exhibit will be in two exhibit cases near the stairway on the first floor.

Celebrate "Love Where You Live Week" Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. For a full listing of activities click here!

When the North Campus Association and South Campus Association came together in 1992, they started celebrating the on-campus experience and residential life at CWRU. For the last 6 years, RHA’s Love Where You Live Week has been a celebration of what CWRU and Cleveland have to offer by providing residents with a week of programs geared towards engaging with the campus community. Come out for four days of new, engaging events before ending the week with some of RHA’s biggest traditions!

A Peek into the History of Greek Chapters at CWRU! Sponsored by IFC and Panhel

Stroll along the Kelvin Smith Oval and learn more historical information about our CWRU Greek Organizations.

Amasa Stone Chapel daily Mon-Thurs 11:30 am -3:00 pm

Stop by Amasa Stone Chapel to see the glorious interior of this landmark and learn about its architecture and history. Carved wood, stone arches, stained glass, tributory plaques, memorial likenesses, and the memory of generations of university community members await your visit. Enjoy a peaceful moment in beauty or find out how to reserve the venue for an event or meeting. Please look for the "Open House" sign and enter the door nearest the Binary Walkway.

MONDAY, April 24, 2023

Fix-it CLE! 3:00pm in Sears think(box) 2nd Floor

Mend, don't spend. Repair, don't throw. Let's collectively grow! Learn to fix everyday objects with the help of experienced coaches to reduce waste and save money. Fixing together builds community.  Learn more HERE!

G.O.A.T.S.! 4-6 pm on East Bell Commons

Spend some quality time with goats and get to know about the Residence Hall Association and what makes them unique here at CWRU.

TUESDAY, April 25, 2023

A CWRU History Walking Tour: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us on a stroll across campus and through stories of CWRU's history! Learn about CWRU beginnings, secrets, quirks, beauty, and its fascinating past. We'll begin at Adelbert Hall, walk through the Case Quad, and then cross Euclid to learn about the historic former campus of the Flora Stone Mather College for Women. Approx. 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Requested RSVP with janice.gerda@case.edu

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023

Meet the Philanthropies!  5:00 pm in Thwing Ballroom

Come out and see all of the philanthropic organizations CWRU Greek Life chapters are connected to in their commitment to give back to the greater Cleveland community. Greek Life will showcase the many great ways students prioritize service to our community within their pillar of Citizenship. There will be shirts and food for anyone who registers on Campus Groups HERE.

THURSDAY, April 27, 2023

Donuts with the Deans: 9:30am at Adelbert Quad

Come enjoy a tasty treat and chat with Deans in Student Affairs to learn more about the office and how they can be a resource for you.

Blossom Bouquet Cart! 11am to 1pm on the Mather Quad

Come join the Mather Center for Women as you can create your own bouquet and learn more about what their office is all about!

FRIDAY, April 28, 2023

Hudson Relays Pep Rally!  12pm in Thwing

Come join the Class Officer Collective as we prepare for the Hudson Relays on Saturday.  Make signs to cheer on your classes while enjoying some Mitchell's ice scream.  Free Hudson Relays 2023 water bottles to the first 300 attendees!

Wellness Day!  4:30pm in Tink Ballroom B

Come relax after your last Friday of classes for the semester with Greek Life.  As the second event of the week, Greek Life is continuing with their Citizenship pillar where the goal is to emphasize the Wellness of students.  Several campus organizations will be tabling at the event, and there will be games (cornhole + giant Jenga), and free food and drinks available. Register on Campus Groups HERE.

UPB Pancake Breakfast! 5-7pm on the KSL Oval

Join UPB and indulge in pancakes from the Inn on Coventry as you paint rocks with your favorite CWRU-time 

Hudson Relays

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10 a.m. on the Main Quad

In 1882, Western Reserve University moved 26 miles from Hudson, Ohio, to the University Circle area. Case Western Reserve University annually commemorates this event with Hudson Relays, a 26-mile relay race around the current campus. The event orginally began in 1910, starting in Hudson, Ohio, and ending at the rock in front of Adelbert Hall.

Join the watch party in the Jolly Scholar from 9:30am to 12:30pm!  Sign Up HERE.

Sponsored by the Class Officer Collective and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership


Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 3 pm to 10 pm on East Bell Commons to be followed by Fireworks

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Additional historical exhibits or displays:

John T. Vaughn Athletic Hall of Fame, Veale Recreation Center

Physics Museum, lowest level of Rockefeller Hall and on the walls of the grand staircase

Red Cat and Rough Rider memorabilia, lounge displays, Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center

Nobel Prizes and CWRU, Hovorka Atrium

Dental Centennial Historical Museum 2124 Cornell Road (former School of Dental Medicine building)

Cleveland history and CWRU artifacts, Cleveland Room, Thwing Center

Case School and Case Alumni Association, displays and artifacts, lobby and in the Case Alumni Association office, Tomlinson Hall

Historical Photos of CWRU, Flora Stone Mather Reading Room and second floor, Kelvin Smith Library

Trailblazers, first floor, Kelvin Smith Library

CWRU Film Society history, lobby of Strosacker Auditorium

Portraits of Presidents,  Adelbert Hall

History of CWRU (rotating topics) second floor, Hitchcock Hall, Thwing Center

Campus Fun Facts

Mock Trial

For the first time in our program’s history, two of Case Western’s mock trial teams qualified for the Opening Round Championships (ORCs), thanks a 4th and 5th place finish at the Dayton Regionals. Although we narrowly lost out on a bid to Nationals in a 6-way tie, three of our members won individual awards at ORCs, with senior Kyle Parker winning a perfect 20 ranks as a prosecution attorney.


Flora Stone Mather

Fun fact – Flora Stone Mather – the namesake for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women on campus - built Guilford House (originally a dormitory called Guilford Cottage) to honor her former teacher Linda T. Guilford. She also contributed funds toward the construction of Hayden Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel. She left her mark on campus and on us!

In Photo: Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor, Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, spends some quality time with Flora during Homecoming 2019!

Learn About Legacy Week

Legacy Week was established in 2017, to observe and showcase the history of Case Western Reserve University's momentous history. During this week various departments, offices, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students will host various programs and events to bring to light the history of CWRU.

However, there is more! We know that Case Western Reserve University would be nothing without you! So, through programs and events, our campus will help celebrate YOU! Your legacy!

To learn more about the college flags, which are highlighted in the flyer, please visit HERE