As an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University and chair of the Board of Trustees, I and the Board remain supportive of the direction the university is taking under the guidance of President Hundert and Provost Anderson. The Board supports the plan to balance the Case budget and recognizes the need for the full participation of the campus in this important endeavor. These are challenging times for Case and research institutions throughout the country, but together, as a university community, we must come together and continue our efforts to advance Case in many important ways

The Board of Trustees is certainly aware of the concerns that have recently been expressed on campus, just as we are aware of the support for our vision by the greater university community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees. At its regularly scheduled meeting this weekend, the Board conducted its normal course of business and discussed the challenges and opportunities we face as a university. Together as a campus community we can build a strong university now and for the future.


The nomination period for the 2006 Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards is now underway. The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dorothy Pijan in 1982 as a way of recognizing and honoring Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. Nominations are due by March 29. For information go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/activities/awards/.

Case's Human Resources is helping to spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides refunds to qualified taxpayers. Go to http://www.refundohio.org, or call 211 to find a free tax center near you. For more details, e-mail refundohio@enterprisecommunity.org, or Kiley.Zulauf@case.edu.


"Belafonte, lawyer for Rosa Parks to be at Case"

The Plain Dealer, February 26, 2006

Case Western Reserve University will be host this week to two visitors who played historic roles in the development of civil rights. They are Alabama lawyer Fred Gray and singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. Gray will speak at noon Monday at the school's Martin Luther King Celebration in Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Ave. Belafonte, an entertainment superstar, was an associate of King's who lent his celebrity to civil rights fights. He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road. The talk is sponsored by the University Program Board and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

"In Ohio political races, Browns usually have it in the bag"

The Columbus Dispatch, February 26, 2006

Forget the whole red-state, blue-state debate. Brown rules Ohio. Ever since Ethan Allen Brown was elected governor in 1818, a long succession of politicians with the same surname – some related, more of them not – have won office statewide. The Brown-is-gold theory will be tested again this fall in Ohio when Democrat Sherrod Brown, a former secretary of state and current U.S. congressman from Avon – challenges Republican U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine. Alexander P. Lamis, editor of Ohio Politics and an associate history professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said ballot names play a bigger role in races that get little attention.

"Mapping crime in Cleveland"

The Plain Dealer, February 27, 2006

Muhammed Elkhatib knows why some callers hang up as soon as he tells them where Dark and Lovely, a wig shop, is located. These potential customers know by reputation what the 42-year-old man behind the counter knows firsthand: The area of East 79th Street and Cedar Avenue can be dangerous. So when Elkhatib glanced at a map showing the area has one of the highest violent crime rates in the city – with one robbery victim for every 20 residents – he wasn't surprised. The Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition and the Cleveland Foundation also are looking at maps like these with the help of experts at Case Western Reserve University.

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"Proof of Learning at College"

The New York Times (editorial), February 26, 2006

Americans generally accept on faith that this country has the best higher education system in the world, and presume that everything is going just fine when it comes to student achievement. The business community has long disputed this view, citing the large numbers of college graduates who lack what should be basic skills in writing, problem solving and analytical thinking – the minimum price of admission to the new global economy. Colleges and universities should join in the hunt for acceptable ways to measure student progress, rather than simply fighting the whole idea from the sidelines.

"Stem Cell Institute's Legality Goes to Trial"

The Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO – The stem cell institute that California voters willed into existence with their approval of a $3-billion bond measure goes on trial today. The lawsuit, to be heard by an Alameda County Superior Court judge, is relatively simple: Opponents contend the lack of direct state control over the institute's finances is unconstitutional. The state attorney general's office and the institute's lawyer counter that the measure amended the state constitution to allow for such independence. The dispute has frozen one of California's boldest experiments: to create an embryonic stem cell research industry that has been deemed off-limits for federal funding by the Bush administration.

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The Harry Belafonte talk has been rescheduled for February 28 at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. Tickets from the previously scheduled event will be honored. For details go to http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2006/02/21/harry_belafonte_talk_rescheduled_for_february_28.

Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies" will deliver the 2006 Distinguished Lecture, and will speak about his most recent book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" March 1 at 5 p.m. in Severance Hall. To register go to http://www.case.edu/events/dls or call x3836.

The Case College Republicans are hosting Rob Frost, chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, who will speak on campus February 28 from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in Wade Fireside. Frost will address topics such as being an active volunteer in local politics.

The Weatherhead School of Management invites the campus community to an MBA Open House from 5:30-9 p.m. on February 28 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, room 103. For information go to http://weatherhead.case.edu/wsomCalendar/.

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences presents the annual Herman D. Stein Lecture in International Social Welfare on March 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the George Dively Building, room 202. Guest speaker James Midgley of UC Berkeley will speak on "Community and Social Development: A Global Perspective." Reservations required to pamela.carson@case.edu or at x 2281.

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research. Submissions are welcomed from a variety of fields, with a maximum award of $275,000 available for two to three years. Deadline for receipt of applications is March 29. For information go to http://www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/rwjf/applications.

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Graduate students in the biomedical sciences are invited to submit abstracts to the 29th Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium to be held on May 5. Abstracts are being accepted through March 3. For details go to http://home.case.edu/gssc/.

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. For additional information and an application, go to http://www.case.edu/provost/ugstudies/casefam/casefam.html.

Doctoral Fitting Days for all new Ph.D., J.D., M.D., N.D., D.N.P., D.M.D., D.M.A., and D.D.S. graduates are scheduled for March 8 at the School of Law, Gund Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 16 at the Wolstein Research Building from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can be measured for their academic regalia and register to participate in Commencement ceremonies. For information go to http://www.case.edu/commencement.

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Joanna Benson was recently hired as a coordinator of educational research with the cardiology department.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations recently announced two inaugural winners of its new Nonprofit Innovation Award. Honored are the Cleveland Foodbank and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland for their "first rate job of reaching deep into the community and their astounding work in a complex environment," said David T. Abbott, chair of the Mandel Center awards selection committee and executive director of the George Gund Foundation.