CAMPUS NEWS

A new Web site - http://start.case.edu/ - has been created to serve as a starting point for finding information on Case’s network and the Web. It is customizable to display up-to-date headlines and links from various Case and Internet sources. It is provided by Student Internet Services, a group of students and staff who provide various Internet services to the Case community.

Case is hosting National City Bank on March 23 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Thwing Student Center. Banking representatives will offer information regarding Work Perks checking accounts for Case employees and free student checking account information for Case students.

A memorial service to celebrate the life and contributions of Ralph Brody will be held on April 7 at 4 p.m. in the Joseph E. Cole Center for Continuing Education at Cleveland State University, 3100 Chester Avenue. Brody was the former executive director of the Federation for Community Planning (Center for Community Solutions). He received his MSSA in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1974 from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Dress for Success celebrates S.O.S. (Send One Suit) week through March 25. The non-profit organization requests that women donate one new or nearly new interview suit to help local low-income women enter the workforce. DressBarn is the national drop-off site for SOS Week. For a list of store locations go to http://www.dressbarn.com.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“$6 million donated to Case”

The Plain Dealer, March 22, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/114302006683700.xml&coll=2

The school of engineering at Case Western Reserve University received a $6 million gift on Tuesday from two university alumni for the construction of a new laboratory. The gift from Larry Sears, a 1969 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology and his wife, Sally Zlotnick Sears, a 1972 graduate of Flora Stone Mather College and a 1974 graduate of the school of library science, is the largest donation by individuals to the Case School of Engineering.

Also ran in:
Akron Beacon Journal: http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/14153091.htm
Crain’s Cleveland Business: http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060321/FREE/60321009/1008&Profile=1008

“Faculty Pushes Out Case Western Pres.”

Harvard Crimson, March 22, 2006
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=512290

A month after Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers stepped down, Case Western Reserve University president Edward M. Hundert announced his resignation last Thursday in the wake of a 131-44 no-confidence vote by the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Art historian helps preserve culture of Renaissance Italy”

The Plain Dealer, March 21, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/zmosa/1142588809170140.xml?zmosa&coll=2

With more than 40 million copies in print, The Da Vinci Code has brought mass-market exposure to the art and culture of Renaissance Italy. The Da Vinci Code’s blend of page-turning action, religion and purported history has vaulted it to the top of best-seller lists. But art historian Todd Herman says the suspenseful maneuverings depicted in the novel pale in comparison to the actual historical events of the Renaissance period, which lasted from about 1450 to 1600.  Regarded as an authority on Venetian Renaissance art, Herman earned his doctorate in art history from Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

“Christians ready to refute ‘Da Vinci Code’ movie”

Christian Science Monitor, March 22, 2006
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0322/p13s01-lire.html

In a world accepting of docudramas and reality TV shows that aren't real, how does one counter a blockbuster movie whose theme challenges the orthodox religious history of the Western world? That’s the task facing Christians already distressed by Dan Brown’s wildly popular novel, “The Da Vinci Code,” and his claim that the thriller is based on historical facts. Some say Mr. Brown's controversial approach to history plays on people’s limited knowledge. “One reason it works so well on readers is that he tends to begin with a kernel of something historical and then quickly spins off into fiction - or you could say falsehood, since he represents it as something researched,” says Timothy Beal, professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Ohio’s Top Higher-Education Official Will Step Down”

Chronicle.com, March 22, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006032204n.htm (paid subscription required)

The top higher-education official in Ohio, Roderick G.W. Chu, announced his resignation on Tuesday. Mr. Chu, the first Chinese-American to head a statewide college system, will step down in May to head up a special project that will evaluate the effects of education policies on Ohio’s economy.

“In New Twist on College Search, a First Choice, and 20 Backups”

New York Times, March 22, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/21/education/21apply.html

Michael Martin has done well in the college admissions sweepstakes, having been accepted by eight universities and rejected by one. “I just think I needed to get my name out to many schools,” Mr. Martin, 18, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said of his 21 applications. Worried about the increasingly competitive race to get into the nation’s top universities, Mr. Martin decided he needed to apply to as many colleges as he could, 21 in all.

“Federal Aid Is Focus of a Lawsuit by Students”

New York Times, March 22, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/22/national/22suit.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

A student organization is suing the United States Education Department over a law that denies federal financial aid to 35,000 students a year because they were convicted of drug offenses while receiving the aid. The class-action suit, which the American Civil Liberties Union is to file on Wednesday in federal court in South Dakota on behalf of an organization called Students for Sensible Drug Policy, names the secretary of education, Margaret Spellings, as a defendant.

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EVENTS

A lecture, “Unnatural Monopoly: Western Union’s Gilded Age,” takes place today at 4 p.m. at Mather House Room 100. Sponsored by the department of history.
 
The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents its 16th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit on March 31 at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The theme for this year’s banquet is “Strength in Numbers,” and will feature Judge Greg Mathis, civil rights activist and nationally syndicated talk show host. For more information, go to http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2006/03/13/talk_show_host_civil_rights_activist_judge_greg_mathis_to_speak_at_unity_banquet.

“Managing Healthcare Costs through Incentives,” part of the Weatherhead Breakfast Series sponsored by Crowe Chizek, will feature J. B. Silvers, professor of Health Systems Management Center. The event takes place March 27 at 7:30 a.m. For registration information go to http://www.weatherhead.case.edu/breakfast.

The Case Chapter of the American Constitution Society will hold its annual Political Process Lecture at the Law School on March 23 at 4 p.m. in A59. The speaker is Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, who will discuss “Civil Liberties in Wartime.”

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Staff Advisory Council’s Staff Training and Development Committee is organizing a campus/University Circle tour for new employees on March 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will board a bus at Thwing Center. Space is limited. To register, e-mail sactours@case.edu.

The competition for the 2007-2008 round of Fulbright Scholar grants has opened. The application deadline is August 1. Go to http://www.cies.org/ for details on the new awards, eligibility guidelines, and downloadable materials.

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FOR STUDENTS

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is currently accepting applications to fill SI Leader positions for fall 2006. Applications are due March 24. Further information and application materials can be found at http://ess.case.edu/resources/supplemental.

A ceremony honoring graduates of the Case Emerging Leaders Program takes place March 29 in the Wolstein Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Approximately 50 first year students have successfully completed the program. For information contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership at x2679 or go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/activities/journey/emerging.html.

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PERSONNEL

Congli Cai was recently hired as a research associate with the RNA Center.

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ACCOLADES

The Case School of Engineering’s 125th Annual Report recently received an award in recognition of its creative excellence. For more on the award, go to http://www.auecreates.com/pr/2006addy.htm.