From: Graduate Student Council
Date: November 7, 2023
Subject: GSC Newsletter

Dear Graduate Student,

We have a lot of events happening this week, from GSC Happy Hour, Squat Competition, Veteran's celebration, and Pumpkin Smash! See details below!!

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Election day is TODAY

It is election day in the US, and some significant issues are being addressed in Ohio. GSC encourages everyone, regardless of political views, to consider voting this season, as your voice matters on these issues.  
Election Day Voting:
Opens: November 7th, 2023 at 6:30 a.m.
Closes: November 7th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.  
More information about what Ohio issues will be voted on can be found here: Statewide Issues

Fall Budget Request Deadline for GSC clubs:

Submit all requests by November 30, 2023,11:59pm.
No Exceptions.


GSC presents: Cavs vs. Raptors, November/26, 7:30pm

Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, 1, Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115

- Tickets are $12 for grads students on campusgroups. On the website, the cheapest tickets (low availability) with taxes and processing fees sare $20 or more. In addition, we will all be in the same section, so you will be able to be close to your friends!
- Tickets will be sent through SeatGeek, in the week of the event. You have to have a SeatGeek account, and provide us with the email linked to that account.
- Refund requests close on November 22. After that, you will no longer be able to get a refund.
-Transportation is not provided to the arena. Please consider using the RTA, Uber/Lyft, or carpooling.

Basic Needs Questionnaire

All students are invited to complete the Basic Needs Questionnaire NO LATER THAN December 20, 2023! Your responses will help us quantify the basic needs concerns on our campus and advocate for appropriate change. Participation will help us learn more about basic needs. The survey gathers essential information that will inform and guide the Basic Needs Task Force and the campus administration regarding student experiences and improving our student services. All responses are anonymous and you can enter into a raffle drawing!


Join the Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship to celebrate GIS Day! This event promotes the use of geographic information systems across many disciplines and industries to answer research questions and solve real-world problems. This year's GIS Day will feature a StoryMaps workshop, an introduction to creating custom webpages, as well as interactive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality stations. Snacks and beverages will be provided! Stay as little or as long as you like!

Advocacy and Diversity Committee: Senate Committee Interest

The Co-Vice Presidents of GSC’s Advocacy and Diversity are seeking graduate students interested in participating in one or more faculty senate committees. By being part of a senate committee, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty members from different schools of discipline at CWRU and work on projects/initiatives that will have an impact on the greater CWRU community. Here are the following senate committees with positions open for graduate students: Graduate Studies (Open Positions: 1) Transportation Saftey Task Force (Open Positions: 1) If interested in being part of one or more of the committees, please use the following Google Form to indicate what committee(s) you would like to be a part of and why: The Google Form will be open as long as the positions are open. If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Lipker at

Cuisine Expo

The African Student Association at CWRU is excited to present its annual Cuisine Expo! This year's rendition includes captivating performances by students of our General Body and a flag parade to showcase the African nations represented at CWRU, so come out to feast your eyes and taste buds! If you are interested in being part of the flag parade, we invite you to sign up to represent your nation (link below). We are also still accepting performers and volunteers, so feel free to sign up using the same link. We’ll be in touch with further details once you sign up. We hope to see you on November 11th! Here's the link to sign up for the flag parade or to perform/volunteer: Campus Groups registration link:

Apply to be on the Graduate Student Staff

The Office of Residence Life is accepting applications for its 2024-2025 Graduate Staff positions! Interested in gaining professional experience and skills that will assist you beyond your time as a graduate student? Would you like to be able to work and earn money while you're earning your graduate degree? Would you like to make an impact on students and the residential community at CWRU? If so, please apply to become a member of the Graduate Staff within Residence Life! The Office of Residence Life has two graduate staff positions: the Assistant Residential Community Director role and the Graduate Resident Director role. Both positions are 10-month live-in roles that support the creation and facilitation of an integrated residential learning environment, working through the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Immersed in the student community, both the ARCD and GRD positions actively manage the learning experience at both the community and individual level, monitoring and supporting students' holistic academic, social, and personal development. To learn more about the ARCD and GRD roles, please visit: Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level degree-seeking program at CWRU or a neighboring institution to be eligible for either of the Graduate Staff positions. There is no specific graduate program requirement. If you are interested in connecting with Residence Life staff and learning more about our Graduate Staff positions, join us for an information session! Wednesday, November 8th | 12pm via Zoom Tuesday, December 5th | 12pm via Zoom Thursday, January 25th | 7pm via Zoom Applications and recommendations close on February 2nd, 2024. Questions can be directed to Billie Vichosky, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at

Advocacy and Diversity Committee: GSC Concerns

Hello Graduate Student Body, As the semester is close to ending and exams are close to starting, it is important to reflect on how the academic year has gone. The Graduate Student Council Executive Board is interested in hearing about your experiences during the semester and any concerns you have. Specifically, the GSC Board is interested in hearing what challenges you have been facing with the available campus resources and what resources you think should be available. Please use the following link to express your concerns: If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Lipker at

Future Faculty Fridays: November Journal Club

Next session: Friday, Nov 10, 11:30am-12:30pm
Topic: Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs): Short, low-stakes activities to give students a voice in class, while at the same time providing instructors with feedback about what students are learning. The assessment of student learning does not necessarily have to take the form of an exam, or paper, or problem set for homework. Rather, it can be done in your classroom, during classroom time. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) such as the Minute Paper and the One Sentence Summary are useful ways to check for student understanding, and to help them to make connections between prior and new knowledge. They also have a benefit for the instructor because they provide instant information about what students have grasped (or not) during the class. We will discuss the following article: Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Critical Component for Effective Instruction (2020) by Jana Hanson and Megan Florestano (
The session starts at 11.40am and concludes at 12.30pm. Pizza and pop will be provided!

Professional Development Survey

In an effort to plan meaningful, beneficial, and student-driven events for the Spring, the Director of Professional Development is asking for your help! Please fill out this survey at your convenience and have a say in Spring events. Click here for the survey:


Professional Development (PD) Fund Applications open! Apply for reimbursement of costs incurred between June 1-November 1 2023!

What have you spent money on towards your professional development goals? Dig out your receipts and tell us about it to find out if you can get reimbursed! 
Applications will be accepted for reimbursement requests, starting today, and can reimburse costs that took place between June 1, 2023 and November 1, 2023.
Upon registering for the event in the link below, you will receive an application link in your confirmation message, and it will be located on this page next to the date and time. Read the application for further details about funding eligibility.
The application deadline is tomorrow, November 8, 2023 at 11:55pm.

GSC presents: November Happy Hour!

Join GSC for the November Happy Hour this Thursday, November 9, 5-7pm, at Jolly Scholar! The first drink is on us for the first 100 grad students to show up!

You can use your drink ticket to buy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, for example, a milkshake.

Sign up:
PS. Drink tickets will be distributed as people join; registration for the event doesn't guarantee a drink ticket.

Veterans Celebration

My name is Paul Corley, I am the President of the Veterans Student Association at John Carroll. I'm reaching out to invite any Veteran Students at Case Western to join us for our celebration event at Townhall in Ohio City on Saturday, November 11th.

This event is aimed at getting as many Veterans as possible across the Cleveland area to celebrate our shared experience in the military. I've invited Veteran groups from Baldwin Wallace and Cleveland State to join as well. 

We would love for Veterans from Case to join. If you have any questions, please let me know!

CWRU LIFT Squat Competition

For this semester's mock single-lift event, CWRU Lifts will be hosting a squat competition! Whether you're a seasoned lifter or new to the squat game, this competition welcomes all fitness enthusiasts. Snacks, coffee, goodie bags, and an after-party will all be provided! The event will occur on Saturday, November 11. It will be at Veale Athletic Center from 11am-6pm.

Pumpkin Smash

CARE is excited to announce its second social event of the semester and invites you to join us for a fun pumpkin smash next week! CARE's mission to support diverse graduate students within the Case School of Engineering by fostering intersectionality and personal identity through community-building activities, mentorship, and resource sharing. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Cam Conlan at

Tea and Chocolate Club Writing/Working Session

Are you looking for a productive writing/working session before Thanksgiving Break? Look no further! The Tea & Chocolate Club invites all graduate and professional students to join us for a writing/working session.

We will start the session by creating goals for the two-hour work period and drinking tea. After an hour of writing/work, we will take a short break to taste chocolate and discuss our progress, before going back to work.

Register here:

Faculty Focus: Dr. Brian Taylor

Connect and be inspired at the Faculty Focus series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs! We invite you to join us on November 8th, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in Sears 409, for a captivating session with Dr. Brian Taylor, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at CWRU and an esteemed alumnus. Dr. Taylor will share his profound journey from a student to a professor, highlighting the integral role his identity has played in shaping his research and career. This event is a unique opportunity to engage with our diverse faculty, learn from their experiences, and foster community connections. Food will be provided to enhance your experience, creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Make sure to register through Campus Groups to reserve your spot and be part of this enriching and insightful session. Come ready to learn, connect, and be inspired!

"Spartans Rock" Home-Game Poster Session

The CWRU athletics center will host poster sessions during the Bill Sudeck Basketball Tournament on Fri Nov 10th at 4 - 7 pm and on Sat Nov 11th at 12 - 3 pm at the Veale Recreation Center. This will be a great opportunity for the presenters to showcase their research to such a truly general audience as the spectators at the home games, including families and friends of the home team and those of the visiting team. Feel free to reuse previous posters or make new posters. Please sign up before Nov 4th, although the form will continue accepting sign-ups after that to gauge interest for presentation in future home games.


Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Dance presents Reflections, an evening of exciting new and revisited works, featuring Cave Of The Heart by Martha Graham, Into the Wind, a new duet by department chair Karen Potter, as well as the return of Gary Galbraith’s technology-infused In Another Place and Time and Janice Rosario’s Brink. Reflections will be performed on November 10, 11, 16-18 at 7:30pm and November 12th at 2:30pm at Mather Dance Center, 11040 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve campus in University Circle.

Early Career Research, Visibility, and Publishing Series

Open to all Ph.D. students, postdocs, and everybody else interested in publishing, this series is designed to provide insights into successfully navigating the publication process. Join library experts, campus guest speakers, and several journal editors to learn about the best practices for planning research, finding and managing resources, digital tools for analysis, leveraging your author rights, open science benefits and expectations, and building your scholarly brand. The series consists of one or more hybrid sessions per month. To attend the sessions of interest, registration is required. Sessions will be recorded and shared with attendees. Find all sessions at
Next events:
Digital Scholarship at KSL, Tue, Nov 7, 2023, 1-2pm
Efficient Research: Reference Management and Organizing Sources, Wed, Nov 8, 2023, 4-5pm 


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GSC Professional Development Funding Applications

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 5:30pm
to Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 11:55pm
Online Event
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Applications now being accepted for professional development spending from June 1, 2023 to November 1, 2023. What have you spent money on toward your professional development goals? Dig out your receipts and tell us about it to find out if you can get reimbursed!

Upon registering for this event, you will receive the link in your confirmation message and it will be located on this page next to the date and time. Read application for further details about funding eligibility.

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November Happy Hour

Thursday, November 9, 2023
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Join GSC for the November Happy Hour on Thursday, November 9, 5-7pm, at The Jolly Scholar! The first drink is on us for the first 100 grad students to join.

PS 1. You can use your drink ticket for a milkshake instead of beer, wine, or well-liquor if drinks aren't your thing.
PS 2. Drink tickets will be distributed as people join; registration in the event doesn't guarantee a drink ticket.

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Cavs vs Raptors

Sunday, November 26, 2023
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
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Date: 11/26/23

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, 1, Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115

- Tickets are $12.

- Tickets will be sent to SeatGeek, in the week of the event. You have to have a SeatGeek account, and provide us with the email linked to that account.

- Refund requests close on November 22. After that, you will no longer be able to get a refund.

-Transportation is not provided to the arena. Please consider using the RTA, Uber/Lyft, or carpooling.



December GA

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Toepfer Room-Adelbert Hall, Tinkham Veale University Center 11038 Bellflower Road, Room 150 , Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Join the Graduate Student Council at our General Assembly meeting to discuss what we've been up to! All graduate students are welcome to attend. Free food will be provided.
Please RSVP either in person or virtually so we have enough food and drink for all students coming in person.



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