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Homecoming/Reunion: October 8-11, 2015

Dental School may seem like ages ago or it may feel like just yesterday that you were walking through the school on your way to class. Regardless of how you, and the world around you, has changed since graduation, your college experience is etched into your memory.

Your Alumni Association invites you to come home to CWRU for Homecoming/Reunion, which pays tribute to the unique CWRU experience. Join us, and alumni from the entire university, for a dynamic weekend to see what has changed, what new things the dental school has to offer, and to catch up with classmates and friends you may not have seen since the day you graduated. Homecoming/Reunion isn’t just for reunion classes—all members of our alumni community are welcome to come back to campus. We hope that you will accept our invitation to return, reconnect and reminisce at Homecoming/Reunion, and that you will spread the word to your classmates and friends. We look forward to seeing you there.

A new tradition begins:

Celebrate your reunion as part of Homecoming. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is more than happy to assist you in planning your reunion event to be held during the weekend. Here are just some of the things we can do for you:

  • Provide you with class lists including addresses, phone numbers and email
  • Help promote your reunion event by publishing information on our website
  • Coordinate mailings and provide mailing materials
  • Offer ideas for locations and in some cases assist in arrangements
  • Take photographs at your event
  • Coordinate having the Dean attend your event
  • Assist in planning class gifts for reunion giving

Please contact Ms. Sara Fields at or 216.368.3924 for assistance in planning your reunion.



Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.696.5600 or 800.HOTELS.1


To receive the special rate of $149 per night, be sure to indicate that you are with Case Western Reserve University. Please make your reservations early--the discounted rate is available until Monday, September 7th. Overnight valet parking is $30. Overnight self-parking is $25. Complimentary internet has been arranged for our overnight guests.

If you are planning an extended stay in Cleveland around Homecoming, contact the hotel directly to check the availability of the discounted rate for additional days.

If you have any questions or are told our room block is full, please call our office at 216.368.5758.



Shuttle transportation will be provided between the University and the Renaissance for events on campus.

 (The Alumni Association Board of Directors has generously agreed to underwrite the $10 registration fee for all dental school alumni and their guests)

Thursday, October 8

Blue Block Party
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Toby's Plaza
11471 Euclid Avenue (Corner of Euclid and Mayfield)
Join the campus community as we kick off Homecoming/Reunion on Toby's Plaza for a dynamic street festival with food, music, entertainment, and more.

Friday, October 9


Breakfast and Presentation
Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building (BRB)
2109 Adelbert Road (on campus)
Grab and Go Wellness Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Start your day off right. Stop by and grab a healthy breakfast on the go!
Breakfast – Lobby
The Future of Patient Care: Our New Health Education Campus
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Presentation - Frohring Auditorium
Join us to learn about the future of patient care and how small group interprofessional learning at Case Western Reserve is preparing our medical, dental medicine, nursing, and social work students to work in health care teams. After a brief presentation, climb aboard Cleveland's own Lolly the Trolley for a short ride to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, then on to the site of the new Health Education Campus.

CWRU President's Homecoming Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Road (on campus)
Cost: $25 ($15 for the Class of 2005 and later; free for those who graduated in 1965 and before)
Enjoy lunch with fellow alumni as university President Barbara R. Snyder shares the state of the university, and observe the presentation of the 2015 University Alumni Association Awards.

Greet the Dean
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Gold Ballroom Assembly Hall
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH
Have you met the Dean? Dean Ken Chance ‘79 would like to introduce himself to you. Dean Chance would like to get to know all the alumni of the school. He will be in the Gold Ballroom Assembly Hall to introduce himself as you arrive for the Dental Reception and Dance Party.

Dental Reception and Dance Party
5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Presentation of the 2015 Alumni Awards
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Gold Ballroom
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH
Cost: $20 includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, (2) drink tickets, souvenir photos, the dance party and more.
Join fellow classmates and friends for a cocktail/hors d’oeuvres reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. with the smooth jazz sounds of Just About Music. The 2015 Alumni Awards will be presented at 7:15 p.m., followed by music with a DJ and dancing to your favorite songs. Make sure you wear your party shoes, because we’ll keep the music going until 11:00 p.m.!


Saturday, October 10


Continuing Education Course / Continental Breakfast
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Whitehall Room
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Join us for a light morning refreshment at 8:30 a.m. before the continuing education course that begins at 9:00 a.m.
Continuing Education Course - Embezzlement...About More Than Just Money
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Donald Lewis, D.D.S., C.F.E. '76, '80 is President of the dental school Alumni Board of Directors and is an Oral Surgeon in Cleveland. Dr. Lewis will speak on: Identifying professionalism in your office; applying standards for dealing with dishonesty and embezzlement; learning to set fool-proof policies and procedures; other strategies you can implement immediately. 2.0 hours of free dental continuing education credit. Transportation provided from Hotel Cleveland to the DentaL School.

Reignite your Spartan Spirit at the Homecoming parade, tailgate and football game!
Homecoming Parade Watch Party
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Alumni House
11310 Juniper Road (on campus)

Spartan Tailgate
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Village at 115 (on campus)
Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center (rain site)
Cost: $15

Football Game: CWRU Spartans vs. Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets
1:30 p.m.
DiSanto Field
1747 East 118th Street (on campus)

Dental School Open House and Dean’s Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
School of Dental Medicine
2124 Cornell Road (on campus)
Enjoy lunch with Dean Ken Chance ’79, other alumni and students. Relive your school days and take a complimentary guided tour of the school. Tour groups will depart from the patient waiting area on the ground floor. Observe the exciting changes and hear firsthand about the new programs underway. Transportation provided from Renaissance Hotel to the dental school.
Cost: $15

Dental Reunion Class Dinners and Class Photos
for class years ending in 0 and 5
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Reception – Ambassador Room
Dinner – Various rooms in the hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH
Gather with your classmates for a time of reminiscing. Class dinners will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. Class photos will be taken during this time.
Cost: $50 ($30 for the classes of 2005 and 2010; free for those who graduated in 1965 or earlier)

Sunday, October 11


Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
John Hay High School, Main Auditorium
2075 Stokes Boulevard
Cleveland, OH
Gospelfest showcases the talents of Cleveland churches and youth organizations in an annual celebration of the rich heritage of gospel music. Named in honor of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a dedicated public servant and dual alumna of Case Western Reserve, the concert also serves as the culminating celebration of homecoming weekend.



Where should we stay?
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.696.5600 or 800.HOTELS.1

The School of Dental Medicine is holding a limited number of rooms for alumni at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland at a special alumni rate of $149 per night - a great savings! Arrange your accommodations directly with the Renaissance and be sure to indicate that you are with Case Western Reserve University. Make your reservations early--the discounted rate is available until Monday, September 7, 2015.



When is my registration due?
For planning purposes, please register by Wednesday, September 30th. You can register online or call our office at 216.368.5758.

What does my registration fee cover?
This $10 fee helps defray a small fraction of the costs associated with holding an event of this magnitude. Although an event might not have a cost associated with it, there is still a cost for holding the event--everything from mailings you receive to general expenses. To cover the costs associated with those events involving meals, beverages and other expenses, an additional fee may be required. (The Alumni Association Board of Directors has generously agreed to underwrite the $10 registration fee for all dental school alumni and their guests)

What's planned for Homecoming?
See the Schedule of Events on this page.

I'm not in a reunion class. Can I still attend the weekend?
Of course! Homecoming is for ALL alumni. Special events will be held for those celebrating a reunion.

How can I download a copy of the Homecoming Schedule of Events and Registration Form?
The dental school event schedule can be found above. All university events and the registration link will be available on the University's Homecoming page.

Can I just show up at Homecoming activities?
Though we will be prepared for a limited number of walk-in registrations, advance registration is strongly encouraged to hold your space at meals and to help have a more accurate idea of how many meals and alumni souvenirs to order. In addition, any special meal requests must be made by September 30th. Our ability to honor on-site special requests is extremely limited.

What if my plans change and I need to cancel my registration?
We sincerely hope that does not happen, but if it does, please call the Alumni Office at 216.368.5758. Cancellations received by October 1st receive a refund. We are sorry we cannot refund for cancellations made October 2nd and after. Please note: cancellations for accommodations must be made directly with the hotel.   

Where can I find information about visiting Cleveland?
To help plan your visit to Cleveland, visit the This is Cleveland site.




Where do I go to check-in for the weekend and receive my name badge?

  • Check-in/Help Desk Hours:
    • Thursday, October 8, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Locations:
    • Check-in: Tinkham Veale University Center, Linsalata Lobby, 11038 Bellflower Road, behind Thwing Center
    • Help Desk: Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Road
    • Help Desk: Biomedical Research Building, Frohring Auditorium, 2109 Adelbert Road (open Friday, 8:30 to 11 a.m.)

Do I have to check in to be able to attend events?
You can attend the events you registered for if you did not check-in at the above locations. For Dental School events, stop at the registration table at each event, and you rname will be on the registration list.



How do I let my classmates know that I’m coming back for the reunion?
After you’ve registered, your name will appear on the Look Who’s Coming list on our website. The list will be updated at least once a week until Homecoming/Reunion.

How do I reconnect with my classmates?
Contact the Alumni Relations office to receive a class directory.



How can I get to campus for the Friday and Saturday events if I am not driving?
From the Renaissance Hotel, we will offer round-trip transportation for attendees staying at the hotel to the University for the dental school's activities. A schedule will be provided at check-in at the hotel.

Where do I park?
The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel offers valet parking at the hotel entrance. There are also self-parking options in the area. Dental school parking is in the Health Sciences garage on the ground floor level of the school. There is a fee for each of these options. For FREE on=campus parking, use the parking pass at the following garages:

  • Lot S-46: Village at 115 Parking Garage (1630 East 118th Street)
  • Lot S-53: Veale Center Parking Garage (2158 Adelbert Road)



Who should I contact if I have special needs?
Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 216.368.5758 or regarding any special dietary needs, or indicate any special needs along with any dietary restrictions when you register.

What disability services are offered during the weekend?
All of our events and activities are considered accessible for those who may be disabled. Please advise us of any special accommodations prior to the weekend.



How should I dress?
Cleveland's weather can be a bit unpredictable and can vary widely, so be sure to bring a jacket. Business casual attire is appropriate for most daytime events. Business/cocktail attire is appropriate for evening events.



Should I bring my children?
Children are welcome at Homecoming and Reunion events although there are no specific activities planned for them. This is a wonderful time to share your CWRU experience with your children. Please advise us if there will be someone under the age of 12 attending any of the meals. There may be a children's menu option available for them at a reduced price.

Are childcare services available during Homecoming?
Childcare services are not being offered.



Why should I support the School of Dental Medicine?
The School of Dental Medicine Annual Fund provides essential support for the School’s highest priorities. These funds are critical to the School’s success in adapting programs to stay at the forefront of dental medicine.  

Where can I find information about giving to the School of Dental Medicine?
Information about giving to the School of Dental Medicine including Annual Giving and Planned Giving can be found here.

How do I make a gift today?
You can make a gift online using the School’s secure online giving page or by calling the School’s Development Office at 216.368.3480.



Will I be able to get a wireless connection while on campus?
While on campus, you are welcome to use the CaseGuest wireless network on your device. This public network is unsecured and does not require a password for access. Because it is a public network, sensitive data is not secure.



You can help by assisting your Class Representatives and the school in finding "lost" alumni and by making the decision today to participate in the weekend, and then encouraging others to do so as well!



All event reservations for Homecoming should be received by Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in order to properly plan for the various events.



By attending Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, you agree to allow your image to be used for future marketing and advertising purposes. All photos are property of CWRU. If you do not wish to be photographed at an event, please contact a staff member at the event.


Numerous ATMs are available on and near the campus to provide you with banking services 24 hours a day. ATMs can be found in Crawford (ground floor), Thwing Center, Tinkham Veale University Center Cafeteria, Nord Hall, Fribley and Wade Commons, and the Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building.


Contact Alumni Relations at or 216.368.5758.

Get involved! A reunion celebration is only a success if your classmates come back to celebrate with you. We need a great group of volunteers who are willing to help create a buzz leading up to the Homecoming and Reunion Celebration. No matter the amount of time you are able to commit, we have an opportunity for you!

If you are interested in helping out on your class reunion committee, please contact us at or 877.468.1436.

Class reunion committees help make Homecoming and Reunion a success!


Bringing the Class of 1960 together to celebrate 55 years:

 Volunteers needed


Bringing the Class of 1965 together to celebrate 50 years:

Pete Gordon
David Hertel
Jim Mikula
Gary Resnik
Carl Riemenschneider
Al Rossi



Bringing the Class of 1970 together to celebrate 45 years:

Marc Cowan
Jerold Goldberg
Barry Jaffe
Len Tomsik


Bringing the Class of 1975 together to celebrate 40 years:

Murray Berkowitz

Bringing the Class of 1980 together to celebrate 35 years:

 Volunteers needed

Bringing the Class of 1985 together to celebrate 30 years:

Tom Leatherman
Tom Powers

Bringing the Class of 1990 together to celebrate 25 years:

Barjesh Bath-Walters


Bringing the Class of 1995 together to celebrate 20 years:

Frank Petrakas
John Dale Smith


Bringing the Class of 2000 together to celebrate 15 years:

Yvonne Kinkopf


Bringing the Class of 2005 together to celebrate 10 years:

Volunteers needed


Bringing the Class of 2010 together to celebrate 5 years:

Volunteers needed


Alumni Association Reunion Chairperson: Lenny Weiss ‘63


The success of Homecoming and Reunion depends in large part on the active participation and commitment of Class Representatives. Reunions are typically promoted by a committee of class volunteers. In the past, classes have found that having large, active committees not only makes reunion promotion run smoothly, but also encourages more involvement in Homecoming.

The staff in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is available throughout the reunion planning process to assist you. Their goal is to work with Class Representatives to ensure a fun and successful reunion.

To volunteer, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations toll free at 877.468.1436 or email


Reunion Giving

Your reunion class gift is a critical part of the School of Dental Medicine’s Annual Fund. As much as reuniting is about reminiscing and refreshing old friendships, it is also about looking to the future. Your commitment to give back, at any level or to any designation, ensures that our School’s reputation for excellence in education continues for generations to come. 

A reunion presents a unique opportunity to make an especially meaningful gift that will significantly impact the School of Dental Medicine’s vital priorities:

  • 295 DMD Students and 83 Postgraduate Residents. These amazing students oversee close to 80,000 patient visits per year.
  • Student Aid and Scholarships
  • Cutting-Edge Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Faculty Positions
  • Facility Enhancements

For more information on Reunion Participation, please contact Megan Juby, Director of Development, at 216.368.3481. 

Supporting your class, in any amount, supports the participation goal.

You can make a difference…

Congratulations on your reunion and thank you for your support!


Graduates of the School of Dental Medicine at CWRU
Homecoming/Reunion Celebration