September 21, 2007

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming: A time for all

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2007 is not just for graduates of Case Western Reserve University. Alumni and the entire campus community are invited to take part in a host of activities designed to generate unity, enthusiasm and pride among all university constituents.

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Set aside October 4-7 to attend variety of day and evening events that will offer a little something for everyone: anniversary class and all-alumni reunions; sports, music, parades and dancing; and educational programs, tours and lectures.

Opening festivities will begin at 11 a.m., October 4 at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens where President Barbara R. Snyder will give an update on the university and host the anniversary classes lunch honoring the class of 1957. The first Distinguished Alumni Award of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will be awarded during the luncheon.

Alumni employees and those beyond the campus are invited to christen the new Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Road, a much-anticipated million-dollar renovation project led by alumnus Richard Bowen (ADL '59) of Richard L. Bowen and Associates. The dedication will begin at 5 p.m., October 4. The house will serve as general campus meeting place for all alumni as well as current students. Take a tour of the building and have refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Join alumna Nancy Fink (WRC '73), board member of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve, on Friday, October 5 at downtown Cleveland's House of Blues for a southern-style reception. Free bus shuttle service to and from Thwing Center to the House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave.

Those who prefer a bit more activity can attend the Future Alumni Bowling Party at Corner Alley on Friday, October 5. Bring family members to enjoy a casual evening of food, music and a big-screen TV in the VIP section at the East 4th Street and Euclid Avenue entertainment center.

Homecoming activities on Saturday, October 6 will feature traditional events planned and coordinated by student, campus and Greek organizations. A powder puff football game, a spirit banner contest, the homecoming parade and the crowning of a homecoming king and queen are tried-and-true favorites. Former athletes are asked to wear their letter-embossed uniforms and walk along designated route as the parade gets under way at 10:30 a.m. Attendees can opt to view the parade from 10-11 a.m., from inside the Alumni House.

Rather than football, the game of the day will be soccer as the men's and women's varsity soccer teams take on Brandeis University in a double-header at 1 and 3:30 p.m., respectively. Wear blue and white and head over to the Case Field at the Village at 115 to cheer the home teams.

Saturday evening students can attend a homecoming dance sponsored by the University Program Board, while alumni and friends can gather at the Alumni House for an Alumni Wine Tasting party with host Ken Roberts (GRS '85 organizational behavior), alumni association board member.

On Sunday, October 7, alumna and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (FSM '71, LAW '74) will host the second GospelFest, a concert highlighting some of the city's promising and professional gospel recording artists.

A reception will be from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by the concert at the Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive. Scheduled to perform are Kelly Chapman (CWR ' 89), Roland Gresham, the Prayer Warriors, Greater Abyssinia Men’s Chorus, Praise Dancers of Providence Baptist Church, Cleveland Heights High School Gospel Choir, Versie Williams-Owens and Case’s own Voices of Glory.

The concert is cosponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships, which is offering up to two free tickets to the campus community through October 1. Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

More events and activities are being offered; most are free but require registration.

Refer to the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Web site for complete details.

For student-related events during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, refer to the Student Affairs Web site.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, September 21, 2007 10:07 AM | News Topics: Alumni, Campus Life, Collaborations/Partnerships

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