CAMPUS NEWS

President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. invites staff, students, or faculty members to nominate a non-faculty Case staff member for the President’s Award for Staff Excellence. This annual award honors up to three staff members whose outstanding contributions to our campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students, or visitors with whom they come into contact. You may submit your nominations using the form at http://www.case.edu/president/sac/presawardnom_2006.pdf. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2006.

Case will be participating in the Harvest for Hunger campaign throughout the month of March. $1 can feed a hungry family. Please join Campus Dining Services in supporting this cause. Donations received will assist more than 100,000 children and families in Cleveland. Visit any one of Bon Appétit’s on-campus locations, including the residential dining halls, to make a donation.  To learn more about Harvest for Hunger, visit http:www.harvestforhunger.org.

In light of rising energy costs and continued growth of the campus, the university is identifying diverse ways to maintain its commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible campus. To address these goals, the University’s Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) was formed, composed of faculty, staff and students. The EAC is charged with identifying and assessing conservation opportunities. Please send ideas or questions to energyconservation@case.edu, or visit http://www.case.edu/news/energy.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“History Now Will Be Milosevic’s Judge”

The Associated Press, March 11, 2006 (reprinted in The Houston Chronicle)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3717475.html

One of history’s most important trials has ended abruptly with the death of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. After four years, hundreds of witnesses, tens of thousands of documents and tens of millions of dollars, Milosevic can never be pronounced guilty or innocent. The judges “were deathly afraid that they would try him to death. And they did. That’s exactly what happened,” said Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“Keeping it civil”

The Plain Dealer, March 11, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/
base/living/1142069927127180.xml&coll=2

Incivility could be the issue of our times, and two Cleveland-area professionals -- who don’t even know each other -- fervently urge the world to chill. “Rudeness is a way of life in America now,” Stephen Post says. He’s a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University and founder and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which studies what induces people to care unselfishly for one another and what keeps them apart.

“Case, Western Reserve divide widening”

Crain’s Cleveland Business (letter to the editor), March 6, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com (paid subscription required)

“Your Feb. 20, page 3 story about the rift in relations between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Case Alumni Association (CAA) comes as no surprise to those who have watched the university through its identity crisis since 1967,” writes Paul Levin from the 1969 class of Adelbert College, Western Reserve University. He continues in his letter to the editor: CWRU’s current president, Dr. Ed Hundert, has expressed a goal of making CWRU a leading research university again, which he acknowledges requires a strong liberal arts and sciences component. The Case Alumni Association doesn’t seem to get that concept.

“American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn”

International Herald Tribune, March 14, 2006
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/13/features/booktue.php

William Grimes writes a review of Ted Steinberg’s new book, American Green: the Obsessive Quest for a Perfect Lawn.  A well-tended yard is not only personal territory, to be defended unto death, but also a work of art. Like a painting, it has form and color. Like a child, it is alive. No wonder feelings run high, and the lawn, as a canvas for personal expression, engages the suburban American male at the deepest possible level. The often-crazed love affair between Americans and their lawns is Ted Steinberg’s subject in “American Green.” Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, likens this relationship, and the insane pursuit of lawn perfection, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he may very well be right.

“Doctors Rethinking Aspirin-Plavix Combination”

Forbes.com, March 13, 2006 (HealthDay News)
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2006/03/13/hscout531531.html

A startling new study has doctors rethinking the practice of prescribing the blood thinner Plavix in combination with low-dose aspirin to patients at risk of a first heart attack or stroke. Study co-author Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a leading U.S. heart expert, urged doctors Monday to stop prescribing Plavix (clopidogrel) plus aspirin to patients who have not had a previous heart attack or stroke. (431 related stories ran)

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Old Europe ‘being outpaced by Asian higher education’

News.telegraph, March 14, 2006
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/03/14/woecd14.xml&
sSheet=/news/2006/03/14/ixworld.html

The most powerful economies of “Old Europe”, including France, Britain and Germany, are struggling to keep up with a huge expansion of higher education in Asia, a new report has found.

“Heading South”

Inside Higher Education, March 14, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/14/migrate

The snowbird effect isn’t just for senior citizens. In a new Education Department study, Florida has the biggest in-migration of college students and New Jersey the biggest out-migration, according to the report released Monday by the National Center for Education Statistics, which compares the number of out-of-state, first-year students who attended colleges in each state in 2004 with the number of that state’s first-time undergraduates who enrolled in colleges elsewhere that year.

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EVENTS

The campus community is invited to attend the first game at the new Spartan baseball facility. On March 22, Case will take on John Carroll University at 3 p.m. at “Nobby’s Ballpark,” named in honor of benefactor and alumnus Nobby Lewandowski. The ceremonial first pitch will be at 2:50 p.m., followed by the game. Admission: Free.

A Celebration of Recovery House at Case takes place March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. Featured speaker is Mel B, a recovering alcoholic, noted writer and lecturer. Recovery House is a sober living space for students in recovery from substance problems. Established in 2004, Recovery House is one of only three in the country. A $5 donation is suggested for the presentation portion only. For information contact Joy Willmott at x5872.  

Case School of Medicine presents the 21st annual “Doc Opera” on March 25 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and are available at the door or at ticket booths set up around campus. All proceeds benefit the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. For information contact erin.keller@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is hosting three open forums with President Edward M. Hundert, M.D., and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Hossein Sadid, to discuss the university’s budget. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions. If staff members can’t attend, they are encouraged to submit questions by March 21 to jason.weiner@case.edu, chair of the SAC Staff Policy Committee.  He will ask the questions anonymously at one of the forums, which are scheduled for March 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium; March 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Ford Auditorium; and March 22 from 4-5 p.m. in Ford Auditorium.

North American Benefits Network (NABN) is now under a new name, Meritain Health.  Meritain will continue to be your DenteMax and flexible spending account carrier.  Contact information will remain the same.

The Case Bookstore is holding a faculty order contest for fall 2006. Place your book orders by the March 15 deadline, and be entered into a drawing for a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Order can be submitted via campus mail, e-mail, or fax to x5205.  You may also order online at http://case.bkstore.com (click on the faculty service button).

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FOR STUDENTS

The Residence Hall Association is hosting a Find a Roommate Mixer for students looking for roommates or those who need to fill housing groups on March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Spot.

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 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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PERSONNEL

Jennifer Pyles recently joined the university as an accounting clerk in campus planning and operations.

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ACCOLADES

G. Dean Patterson, an assistant vice president in student affairs, has been appointed to the National League of Nursing Certification Committee for a term that lasts until 2007. In addition, he has been inducted into the 2006 edition of Who's Who in Black Cleveland, a book that is considered Cleveland's "Ultimate Networking Guide" in the African-American community.