For the last 18 months, many members of the Case community have been involved in a university-wide academic strategic planning process. This important initiative is designed to establish the priorities that will guide Case over the next five years. In December, Provost and University Vice President John Anderson convened the Academic Strategic Plan Steering Committee, consisting of faculty, staff, and student representatives, to move the plan forward to completion by this fall. A key part of the team's work will be to ask for further input from faculty, staff, students, and other members of the university community. Forums will be scheduled in the coming months. The provost encourages everyone to participate. Further information about the forums will be forthcoming. For more information about the Academic Strategic Plan, visit


Volunteers are sought to assist the local NAACP chapter and several other community organizations for Clean Up Day at Karamu House, 2385 East 89th Street, on February 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Case’s Facilities Services will donate all of the cleaning supplies and equipment. For details about volunteering, contact the NAACP at (216) 231-6260.

To celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, an essay contest sponsored by The Office of the President and Provost is open to all university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. The essay should be approximately 1,000 words and focus on the theme “The Dreamers are Gone but the Struggle Continues for their Beloved Community.” Essays are due by 5 p.m. February 28 in person to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 310 Adelbert Hall, or e-mail to Monetary prizes will be awarded in all three categories, and the winning essays will be posted on the university’s Web site at

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Book Club will have an organizational meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on February 22 in Adelbert Hall, room 353. The group will select the next several books to read. Contact


“Civil rights attorney says problem of racism not yet solved”
The Sioux City (S.D.) Journal, February 17, 2006

VERMILLION, S.D. – Civil rights attorney Fred Gray says the United States is neither a race-neutral nor colorblind society. Gray, an Alabama lawyer who’s represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., said racism in the country has not yet been solved. Gray offered his story to motivate young law students to get involved. He studied at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland because he couldn’t attend law school in his segregated home state. He vowed to leave Alabama, go to law school, become a lawyer and return to “destroy everything segregated I could find.”

“HSAs will make employers, entrepreneurs, healthy people happy”
The Plain Dealer (op-ed column by J.B. Silvers, faculty director of the Health Systems BioScience MBA program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management), February 16, 2006

Two years ago a few lines of a new law in the tax code created the potential to: Blow up health insurance as we know it. Create big new business for financial institutions. Jumpstart savings for individuals. Change everything about the way health care is delivered. How can this be? The new law created health savings accounts (HSAs) coupled with high deductible health insurance policies. These stripped-down insurance plans make the patient pay at least the first $1,000, but they also encourage tax deductible HSA contributions to fund this deductible. However, there is a dark side.

“Colleges saw donations hit record levels this year”
The Plain Dealer, February 17, 2006

Donors gave a record of at least $25.6 billion to American colleges and universities in 2005, an increase of 4.9 percent over the year before, thanks largely to greater generosity from alumni and foundations. Stanford raised $603.6 million, more than any other school last year, and the second-highest total ever behind Harvard’s $683 million in 2001, according to the survey released Thursday by the Council for Aid to Education. Ohio State University has seen donations increase steadily in the last three years, with $204.6 million raised in 2005. Case Western Reserve University raised $75.6 million in 2005, which is significantly higher than the $68.8 million it raised in 2004 but still less than the $79 million it gathered in 2003.

“Kids who drink bottled water may harm their teeth”
The Plain Dealer, February 17, 2006

Youngsters who drink bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water may be thirsting for what experts consider a key force in fighting tooth decay. The American Dental Association says most bottled water lacks enough fluoride to strengthen enamel or stave off the bacteria-produced acids that erode teeth. “It’s starting to worry me,” said Dr. James Lalumandier, chairman of the Department of Community Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine. “Parents should just be aware of what their children are drinking.”

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“’Green’ buildings spur new market”
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 17, 2006

Pittsburgh’s reputation as a national leader in environmentally friendly “green” buildings may lead to the Western Pennsylvania region becoming the U.S. manufacturing center for green building products. The region already has a strong building products industry, with about 450 manufacturers who employ more than 13,000 people. There are more than 50 green projects under way or completed here, making the region a leader in the number and diversity of green building efforts. Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University host three internationally renowned research centers and a variety of innovative advanced degrees related to substantial buildings.

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The Case School of Engineering is holding several events to celebrate National Engineers Week February 18-24. “E-Week” is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of engineering as a career and how the contributions of engineering have impacted our daily lives. Major events this week include an engineering expo held at the Great Lakes Science Center; the Society of Women Engineers Luncheon, featuring Dr. Myra Dria, Case alumna and founder of Myden Energy LP; and the popular Lego Robotics, Bridge Building and Battery Powered Car competitions for area high school students. For more information, visit The Case events are being sponsored by Accenture.

The American Medical Student Association, in cooperation with the Center for Aids Research, International Health Interest Group, and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics will launch the AIDS Week of Action starting February 20.  Events include a week-long red ribbon campaign, discussions on current issues related to the epidemic, video showings, a game show where you can test your knowledge about HIV/AIDS, anonymous rapid testing on campus, and a research poster show. For details visit

Case’s 121 Fitness Center is celebrating President’s Day – February 20 - by offering a free “Chicago Steppin’” class at 5:30 p.m.  The style is smooth hand dancing originating from the Hop and Jitterbug. No partner needed. Call x1121 or e-mail for details.

Current events and other topics are discussed during the weekly Friday Public Affairs Lunch gatherings from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  For information go to

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CaseFAM is a student-run peer advising program that matches third and fourth-year students with first-year students in an advising and mentoring relationship. Recruitment for peer advisors for the 2006-2007 academic year is now underway. Faculty and staff are asked to help recruit qualified, motivated students as peer advisors and managers. Nomination forms are available at

The Kelvin Smith Library announces the 2006 Freedman Center Fellows Program for faculty. The Freedman Center is a collaborative effort between the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL), the College of Arts and Sciences and the Information Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group. Three Freedman Fellows will be named in 2006 and each will receive a stipend of $4,000 to be spent on curricular re-design projects to be carried out during the summer. Submit proposals electronically in PDF by February 23 to

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UTURK (Union of Turkish Students at Case) is presenting a free showing of the Turkish movie “Gonul Yarasi” - Lovelorn - with English subtitles at 6:30 p.m. on February 19, Strosacker Auditorium. For details go to

The Middle Eastern Club is hosting a dinner and show in Thwing Ballroom tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for undergraduate students and $10 for the rest of the campus community. Contact

Events for the Spring Community Hour - Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. - are listed at

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Margaret Tiktin recently joined the university as a nurse coordinator with the endocrinology department.

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Caravan for Democracy (CFD), the campus Israel advocacy program coordinated by the Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International, announces that Case students Nadav Weinberg and Adam Zollman are the 2006 CFD Fellows. Weinberg is a second-year economics major, and Zollman is a second-year student majoring in computer science and electrical engineering.