CAMPUS NEWS

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life announces information about two housing options for the campus community: summer housing and guest housing. Summer housing is for undergraduate students who plan on staying for the entire summer or one of the academic summer sessions. Students can apply for summer housing online at http://housing.case.edu/myhousing. More information about summer housing can be found online at http://housing.case.edu/summer. Guest housing is for undergraduate students staying for short term housing, as well as graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and those affiliated with Case, a University Circle institution, or other approved educational program. More information about guest housing can be found online at http://housing.case.edu/guest.

Duane Stewart, who is employed with the university’s custodial services department, recently lost four of his grandchildren in an apartment fire. He sends the following message to the campus community: “I'm writing to the Case Community on behalf of the Stewart family, to express our thanks for your kind words, thoughts and heartfelt support during our time of need.”

Case's 121 Fitness Center is offering 50 percent off initiation fees and no charge for the month of April.  This offer is valid through April 30.  In addition, Case students can take the summer months off for no charge.  Call 368-1121 or e-mail onetoone@case.edu for more details. Please bring a copy of this e-mail to receive the special rate.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“As fears grow, scientists race to battle bird flu

Companies developing new tests, drugs and vaccines for H5N1 virus”
MSNBC.com, April 21, 2006
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12373377/from/ET/

With news that migratory birds could carry avian flu to the United States sometime this spring, people across the nation have stepped up their worrying. And scientists have stepped up their efforts. Companies are scrambling to develop tests, drugs and vaccines to detect, treat and prevent human cases and head off the potential for a pandemic. Klaus Stohr, head of the World Health Organization’s pandemic flu effort, reminded a group of scientists gathered for a sobering meeting on pandemic flu vaccines at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University in early April that there is no evidence yet that neuraminidase inhibitors reduce deaths from pandemic flu.

“Case sees social responsibility as good business”

The Plain Dealer, Sunday, April 23, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/business/plaindealer
/index.ssf?/base/business/114578118282040.xml&coll=2

Business as an agent of world benefit. Lofty ideal or growing corporate trend?  The brain trust at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management is banking on increasingly heavy traffic at what one professor describes as "the intersection of business and society."

“Case wiki launches”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 20, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060420/FREE/60420022&SearchID=73242633648438

Case Western Reserve University’s free, user-edited encyclopedia is now fully operational after months of development by the university’s information technology services department. Since its June 2005 launch, visitor numbers have ramped up for the university’s wiki to about 10,000 per month, with 200 people adding or editing encyclopedia entries. Students even have begun creating their own biographical pages or editing those of their friends and classmates.

“Case appoints new treasurer, investment officer”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 20, 2004
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200660419002

Case Western Reserve University had to look no further than the treasurer’s office to find replacements for William M. Rose, who departed from the school’s treasurer and chief investment officer positions March 1.

“Computer gaming software wins Case business plan contest”

The Plain Dealer, April 21, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/weblogs/business/index.ssf?/mtlogs/
cleve_business/archives/2006_04.html#133591

Game Communications LLC, a company that develops software to connect computer-game players, won $75,000 in Case Western Reserve University's $100K Innovation Challenge.

“On the Job with...”

The Plain Dealer, April 24, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/business/114578162682040.xml?bxjob&coll=2

Sandi Swanker, health care risk consultant, The Oswald Cos., names her mentors as Barbara Kaylor, former director of nursing at Ashtabula County Medical Center, and Mark Singer, professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. "Those two people have had the greatest effect on my life."

“Charlotte's Web' at Play House is SOME SHOW”

The Cleveland Jewish News, April 24, 2006
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2006/04/22/features/family/abfam0421.txt

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is one of the great masterpieces of children's literature. What a joy to see this favorite family classic come to such imaginative life at The Cleveland Play House, where Joseph Robinette's dramatization of "Charlotte's Web” is being presented through May 7; it is the final production of The Cleveland Play House Children's Theatre Series. Mark Alan Gordon, associate director of The Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University MFA Actor Training Program, directs the production, performed by the third-year MFA students.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Ask and You Might Receive”

Inside Higher Education, April 25, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/25/equity

Few discussions of gender inequality in higher education take place without mention of a glass ceiling or a systemic failure in the tenure process to account for a woman’s maternal obligation. Sharon Block, an associate professor at the University of California at Irvine, doesn’t play down the pay gap and the very real obstacles that women face in moving up the academic ladder. But at a session at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Block said rather than solely focusing on the inequities, women should strive to take more ownership of their careers. One of the biggest problems, according to Block: “Women wind up underselling themselves.”

“10 Antidotes to College-Application Anxiety”

The Washington Post, April 25, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/24/AR2006042401264.html

The college search season is almost over. Letters have been opened. Decisions have been made. But there's always next year, which is already this year for those trying to get into the best college . How can students and parents reduce the stress? Admissions directors, guidance counselors and other admissions veterans offer 10 suggestions.

“College, My Way”

New York Times, April 25, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/23/education/edlife/zernike.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Erin Madden laughs a little self-consciously referring to what she calls "my college tour." Not the kind that high school students take to look at potential campuses; hers started after she went to college and discovered she didn't like her choice. She transferred to another, and another, and another, and another, ultimately ending up with five colleges on her transcript when she graduated last year.

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EVENTS

President Edward Hundert and Provost John Anderson will dedicate a very special apple tree on campus in ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. on Arbor Day - April 28 - on the Case Quad between Adelbert Hall and the Rockefeller Building. The tree, already planted, is a direct descendant of the one legendarily used by Sir Isaac Newton in stating his theory of gravity. The tree was donated to Case by Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation and former Case adjunct faculty member. Refreshments of apple cider and Fig Newtons will be served. For more information, contact eric.dicken@case.edu, or at 368-3189.

Jeffrey Wigand, famous tobacco industry whistle-blower as depicted in the movie The Insider, will speak on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Wigand is the former chief scientist for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation who went public with what he knew about the tobacco industry, and is also the founder of Smoke-Free Kids, which educates students at all ages about the tobacco industry’s efforts to hook young people on cigarettes. The free event is sponsored by Project Love and the Tobacco Issue Collaborative.

The department of English invites the campus community to join Thomas Sayers Ellis, professor of English, who will read selected poems, including ones from his latest release The Maverick Room, on April 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Guilford Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

On April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Thwing Atrium, the Employee Assistance Program (EASE) in partnership with Human Resources will share options available for children (i.e. - summer camp programs, seasonal childcare, and summer activities) for the summer months.  For more information contact EASE at (216) 241-3273 or Employee Relations at 368-0195. 

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FOR STUDENTS

The university's Academic Strategic Plan steering committee is holding a special forum for graduate and professional students today from 5-6 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. All graduate and professional students are invited to attend, as your personal and collective feedback can be used to shape the future of the university. Pizza and beverages will be provided. For more information as well as draft revisions to the ‘Goals’ section, go to http://www.case.edu/provost/asp/index.html.

The Springfest Committee is looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after the April 29 event. Volunteers will receive a free Springfest 2006 T-shirt. Go to http://springfest.case.edu/volunteer.shtml for an application.

Caravan for Democracy is sponsoring a panel discussion on the “History and Future of Israel and the Middle East” with Yossi Olmert and Case faculty on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 301. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity is hosting its 20th annual Diabetes Walk-a-Thon on April 29. The walk will start at Thwing Center and will end at The Farm. The group is walking to raise money for diabetes education in memory of a fellow member who died of diabetes. For more information about the Walk-a-Thon, or to make a donation, e-mail gobeta@case.edu.

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PERSONNEL

Jessica Messerschmitt was recently promoted to manager of development and stewardship for the Case School of Law.

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ACCOLADES

Kathryn Adams, an assistant professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected as a John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholar for 2006-2008. The Faculty Scholars program began in 1999, and is designed to encourage gerontological social work research among junior faculty members.