Homecoming 101

How to tailor your return for maximum satisfaction. Our ideas include meeting the new dean, exploring Uptown, sampling a craft brew at The Jolly Scholar, and strolling a magnificent new greenway.

There’s a parade, a football game and an alumni awards presentation—all the events you expect to find at Homecoming. Then there are the diversions and discoveries that, combined with walks down memory lane, can swell the experience.

If you’re planning to come home to Case October 11-14—and we certainly hope that you are—consider customizing your schedule for maximum satisfaction. Through discussions with alumni, and event specialists like alumni director Kelly Hendricks, we’ve identified places and activities that will help you to savor the memories while you experience the “new Case.” (Here's a link to Homecoming registration.)

1.   Let’s start at the heart of all things engineering, Case Quad. It’s undergone a renewal this summer, with new walkways laid and flower gardens planted. Take a selfie with Doc Oc on his bench, see the nearby Isaac Newton apple tree, admire the newly restored Michelson-Morley fountain, and ham it up with members of the Case Amateur Radio Club, who will be on air in front of Glennan Hall.

Then, venture farther afield.

2.  The Nord Family Greenway--opened in June--offers a new walk through a growing campus. The promenade starts at the Tinkham Veale University Center and rolls across 20 green acres to the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the emerging West Campus. You’ll cross the front lawn of the Cleveland Museum of Art, ford a new footbridge spanning Doan Brook, and encounter the striking Chinese Cultural Garden—a gift to Cleveland from the city of Taipei and modaled after the Chinese Imperial Palace.

Do peek inside the Maltz--a masterpiece fashioned from the historic Temple Tifereth Israel.

Hillary Emer ’07, MSE ’08, suggests taking time to tour the art museum (which you should have done more often as a student). Newly emerged from a $365 million expansion, it’s world-class and free.

3. Time to imbibe? Lunches and dinners offer opportunity to explore Uptown, the shiny new retail neighborhood enlivening Euclid Avenue. Dine at one of the many fast-casual restaurants (Simply Greek will have you shouting Opa!) or keep going.

Danielle Henkel ’07 suggests a passeggiata into Little Italy, where she lived her junior and senior year.  “There’s a couple of favorite places I like to visit,” including Presti’s Bakery for cannoli, she said.

Her sister, Tiffany Henkel, CAS ’10, recommends traveling all the way to Coventry for a milkshake at Tommy’s.

Both sisters suggest touring the University Center, the new heart of campus.

“I can’t believe you have Melt!” Tiffany Henkle said. “We used to have to ride the RTA downtown to go to restaurants like that.”

Next door, The Jolly Scholar offers more reasons to smile. The campus pub is now a brewpub, with an eclectic selection of craft beers to sample. (We’ll be hosting a mixer there for CSE and CIT alumni 3- 5p.m. Friday Oct. 12)

4.  Diversions abound, but the official itinerary still rocks. Sears think[box], the nation’s largest college maker center, will be hosting tours Saturday afternoon. Coming on Friday? Engineering professors are offering seats in their classes (enroll at casealum.org/homecoming2018). Meanwhile Dean Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan, newly arrived from Purdue, is excited to meet you at three events:

  • Coffee and Chat with the Dean, 10 a.m. Friday in Tomlinson Hall
  • 133rd Annual all-Classes Celebration: Innovation ShowCASE and Alumni Awards, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sears think[box]
  • Brunch and Parade Watch with the Deans, Saturday morning at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

5. Friday night’s Innovation ShowCASE is our flagship event. Sears think[box] will be busy with students demonstrating their ideas and engineering innovations. This is also the night we honor outstanding alumni, like emeritus Professor Tom Kicher. In other words, it’s the place to see the best of Case.

"It’s fantastic,” said Ed Gesdorf ’68, who attended the ShowCASE two years ago. “I didn’t always understand what the kids were talking about, but I loved their enthusiasm.”

Like many returning alumni, he plans to pay a visit to his fraternity, Sigma Nu, for a trip down memory lane as he celebrates his 50th reunion.

What did we miss? Tell us your favorite events and places to visit at Homecoming, and we’ll share them with fellow alumni. Email Robert.Smith@casealum.org.