September 25, 2008

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming offers events for entire campus community, families

The Office of Alumni Relations wants everyone in the campus community—including family members—to feel like they're a part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2008 Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5. That's why this year's festivities include about 40 events.

"Every single person in the campus community can participate. This is a university-wide celebration," said Nicole Ingram, director of alumni marketing and communications. "The goal of this weekend is to showcase the best that Case Western Reserve University has to offer to its alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the greater Cleveland community. Our programming is diverse to encourage everyone to participate. Whether you are in to sports, music, theater, travel or the arts— there is something for nearly everyone."

The extended weekend festivities run the gamut: Lectures, tours, parties, exhibitions, and performances–many of them free. Online registration is required for most of the events.

Some of the highlights from the four-day weekend include:

  • The Taste of Cleveland Party at the House of Blues will feature a hearty, southern-style reception and the chance to network with old and new friends from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Ticket price of $15 includes admission to the House of Blues, free hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets. Current students are admitted free. Hosted by Nancy Fink, WRC '73.
  • In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program, Jim Brickman (WRC '84) and Anne Spoeneman Cochran (WRC '83) will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Harkness Chapel. This is a free, ticketed event. Contact the university's Department of Music to request a ticket. Alumni from the joint program also are hosting a free Composer's Showcase during the university's Community Hour from 12:30-2 p.m. on Friday in Amasa Stone Chapel. Also part of the anniversary celebration, Saturday is considered a "Day of Music" around campus, with students performing outdoors at various locations around the university.
  • The Homecoming Parade kicks off 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. As the parade winds its way through campus, alumni and their families are welcome to join in the fun! Former athletes are encouraged to wear their letter sweaters and walk in the parade. The Pre-Game Homecoming Tailgate Party begins immediately afterward, and will include special appearances by the Spartan Cheerleaders and the university's mascot.
  • The Homecoming Football Game begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The university community is invited to wear their school colors and cheer on the Spartans as they face off against Denison University.
  • The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting the "Case for Art" fundraiser from 5-7 p.m., on Friday at Guilford House. The event will include artwork from over 70 local artists, including several alumni. "Guests can be part of the auction and walk out with a unique piece of artwork," Ingram said.
  • All alumni are encouraged to attend the Grand Class Luncheon featuring a university update by President Barbara R. Snyder from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Friday at Adelbert Gym. Admission is $25. Graduates before and including the Class of 1958 are invited to attend free as guests of Case Western Reserve University.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a book talk and signing with Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science and co-author of the recently published Political Women and American Democracy, at 3 p.m. on Friday in the 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center. Beckwith will meet with all alumni to highlight the book's discussion of the role and influence of women in politics— a hot topic in this year's presidential election. Signed copies of her book will be available as well. Registration is required for this event.
  • Oktoberfest, hosted by the Case Alumni Association and the Case School of Engineering, at 3 p.m. on Saturday at The Village at 115/Wade Commons. The event will feature authentic German music, dancing, singing and the very best in German food and drink. Admission is $10.
  • Programming for Humanities Week 2008 is taking place in conjunction with the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities, including the Humanities Week keynote address by Adam Gopnik "What is the Museum For?" and the Pocket Film Festival to be hosted at the House of Blues on Friday.

Special reunions and affinity groups, such as African American alumni, are also celebrating during the weekend. "They meet every other year, so it's a great way to welcome them back to campus," Ingram said. "Our hope is that students will connect with them and become a strong part of that legacy." The group is participating in several events, including the annual GospelFest on Sunday. This year's celebration— which is sold out— will celebrate the life and work of Case Western Reserve double alumna Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

With so much to do, people may not know where to begin. "Alumni House is the main location to check in. We're open the whole time to assist alumni throughout the weekend. That's what the Alumni House truly is— a resource for all of our alumni." There also will be opportunities to tour the new facility, which opened last fall. And if people need a chance to unwind before going on to the next event, there's a treat in store for them at the Alumni House. "1-2-1 Fitness Center is making smoothies, and you can get a chair massage. This is for faculty, staff, students and alumni," Ingram said.

Ingram said no matter what year you graduated, all alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend. "Alumni Weekend and Homecoming is for every alumnus. The whole idea is to acknowledge a graduate's commitment to their alma mater and provide them with a reason to come back to campus and to stay connected."

Alumni House is located at 11310 Juniper Drive.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 25, 2008 03:18 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Arts & Entertainment, Community Outreach, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Staff, Students, news

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