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 contact Joe Gutowski at x2679 or, or go to

Water aerobics and Hatha Yoga for faculty, staff and students starts the week of March 20. Classes last for six weeks. For information and sign up go to

With spring right around the corner, Squire Valleevue Farm is preparing for Spring Planting 2006.  Eighteen, 30 x 20, community gardening plots are available for $25 each to Case staff, faculty and students. For details go to

Case’s 1-2-1 Fitness Center presents Choose to Lose, an 8-Week Success Program that helps people reach their weight loss goals.  For $99 (member discounts are available) 1-2-1 health professionals will provide a health assessment, metabolic testing, one-on-one consultations and access to the center for eight weeks. Program begins March 20. Call x1121 or e-mail for information.


“President of Case Western steps down”, March 17, 2006

Case Western Reserve University’s president, who drew a “no confidence” vote from faculty members earlier this month, is resigning at the start of the fall semester.

“Where does Case go from here?”

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2006

Dr. Edward Hundert may be leaving the president’s office at Case Western Reserve University, but the many problems that led to his resignation remain. Hundert, who resigned Wednesday night, will stay at his post until Sept. 1. That means he will have to address the university's $40 million budget deficit and deal with other issues that led to the faculty’s no-confidence vote against him earlier this month.

“Expert: Case will weather this storm”

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2006

The surprise resignation of President Edward Hundert won’t hurt Case Western Reserve University, according to one academic expert. In fact, he says, it could help.  “Case Western Reserve is one of the major research universities in this country -- with reasonable international recognition,” Sheldon Steinbach, general counsel for more than 30 years for the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., said Thursday. The council, among many other things, helps colleges and universities across America recruit and develop strong leaders.

“President Quits at Case Western Reserve U.”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 16, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Case Western Reserve University’s embattled president, Edward M. Hundert, resigned on Wednesday, amid criticism from some faculty members that his poor work as a budgeter and fund raiser had created a $40-million hole in the university’s budget. The resignation followed a no-confidence vote by Case Western’s College of Arts and Sciences (The Chronicle, March 3).

“Facts about Case’s president”

Akron Beacon Journal, March 17, 2006

NAME - Edward M. Hundert. AGE - 49.  JOB - Became Case Western Reserve University’s president in 2002. Intends to go on a sabbatical following his resignation effective Sept. 1. EDUCATION - Received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine from Yale University in 1978; attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, earning a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics; earned medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. EXPERIENCE - Psychiatry professor and medical-dental dean at the University of Rochester, serving there from 1997 to 2002; taught at Harvard medical school from 1984 to 1997.

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“World-Famous Physicists on Island for Workshop”

Virgin Island Daily News, March 16, 2006

ST. THOMAS - Noted physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss on Wednesday ushered a rapt audience at the University of the Virgin Islands through some of the major advances in physics over the years and into the mysteries of the universe. “What I really hope to do is leave you dizzy by the end of this,” Krauss said as he launched into his lecture at UVI’s Chase Auditorium. A full house of students, faculty, staff and visitors turned out for the lecture, part of UVI’s Charter Week activities.

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“Senate approves University of Toledo, medical school merger”, March 16, 2006 (Associated Press)

The merger between the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio, creating the state’s third biggest university, is set to take effect July 1. The Senate on Wednesday approved the plan. Gov. Bob Taft is expected to sign the bill into law March 31. The universities hope the merger will increase research grants and save money on administration. Presidents of both schools have said a combined institution would have more prestige and political clout and attract more students and faculty

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A variety of events are being held during the month of March in recognition of Women’s History Month. For details, go to

The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit will host Jane Nelson as a guest speaker for the 2005-2006 Colloquium Series on March 21 at 4:30 pm in the George S. Dively Building. Nelson, a senior fellow and director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and director of Business Leadership and Strategy at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), will share her knowledge of the changing role of business in society.  To register visit

On March 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Ford Auditorium, a panel of experts will discuss Asia’s Security Challenges: North Korea, Taiwan, Tibet and South Asia.  The free, public conference, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Asian Studies Program, will include Ambassador Charles Kartman, former executive director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), Alan D. Romberg of the Henry L. Stimson Center, Melvyn C. Goldstein of Case, and Gerald J. Larson of Indiana University. The panel of experts also will meet with students from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 25 in Clark Hall 206 (reservations are required for the student session). Complete details at:

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Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for Intersections: SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session, April 20, Thwing Center. Lunch provided. Contact

The Wellness Committee would like to identify representatives from each department on campus to act as wellness advocates. These individuals would help to champion the process by communicating events and initiative updates to their colleagues.  These employees will also be a source of information and feedback.  If interested, forward your name and the department you will be representing to

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.

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Representatives from Herff Jones and Balfour will take orders for college rings at the University Bookstore during the Grad Fair on March 21 and 22. In addition, each graduate will receive 10 standard university Commencement announcements when they pick up their Convocation tickets at their respective schools. To order personalized announcements, please see the Herff Jones representative during the Grad Fair or pick up an announcement order form at the bookstore. Also, diploma frames can be purchased at the bookstore before, during and after the Grad Fair. For information go to

The university bookstore carries a variety of items for students’ graduation needs. The bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday the week prior to commencement (May 15 through 19). Commencement weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21.

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Tina Nicholl was recently hired as a dental assistant in the department of orthodontics.

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Two School of Law graduates are currently in the news. State Sen. Tim Grendell, a 1978 alum, is a candidate for Ohio State Attorney General. Lisa Ruda, a 1994 alum, is the interim CEO of the Cleveland Municipal School District.