May 23, 2008

Wolstein Hall to serve as new space for undergraduate admission

Wolstein Hall

Case Western Reserve University's Office of Undergraduate Admission is moving to the north side of campus in order to provide a more welcoming experience for prospective students and their parents.

Currently located in Tomlinson Hall on the main Case Quad, undergraduate admission will shift its headquarters closer to the heart of campus later this year—to the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Hall.

"It's important to provide an excellent first experience for our prospective students," said Case Western Reserve Vice President of Enrollment Randall Deike. "Wolstein Hall is a beautiful building that is more central to campus and undergraduate activity. It's going to be a much better first experience for our future undergraduates and their parents."

In a recent open forum held at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Weatherhead School of Management Dean Mohan Reddy and Deike discussed their vision and collaborative approach to the transition.

"This is a very good example of thinking about the university as a whole," Reddy said. "Admissions is a critically important part of what we do as a university. Wolstein Hall will play an important role for the whole university."

In addition to being more central to campus as a whole, Wolstein Hall will provide prospective students and their parents with greater proximity to Alumni House and the new home of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Both serve as sites for many admissions activities.

During the open forum, Reddy also shared his vision for integrating all Weatherhead programs, both graduate and undergraduate, into the iconic Peter B. Lewis Building, designed by Frank Gehry. The dean assured students, faculty and staff in attendance that the Weatherhead School is committed to the singularity of the undergraduate experience, while looking forward to the opportunity to create synergy among all management students and programs.

Weatherhead Associate Dean Julia Grant will work with undergraduate programs to ensure a smooth shift to the Peter B. Lewis Building, and a committee with student representation will assist with the transition planning.

"A recent analysis of Weatherhead's facilities confirms sufficient space is available for study rooms, programs, offices and other undergraduate needs," Grant said.

Located at 11318 Bellflower Road, Wolstein Hall was constructed in 1910 and served as the home for Cleveland industrialist Washington S. Tyler and his wife, Marian Clark Tyler, until the 1950s. Subsequently, the house was home to two different Case Western Reserve fraternities: Phi Kappa Tau through the early 1970s and Sigma Chi until 1995.

With a generous $1 million gift from Bert L. and Iris Wolstein, the university later renovated the building, making Wolstein Hall home to Weatherhead undergraduate programs.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 23, 2008 10:58 AM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Philanthropy, Weatherhead School of Management, features

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