To: The Campus Community

From: John Anderson, provost and university vice president, and Hossein Sadid, chief financial and administrative officer

Date: May 5, 2006

Re: Budget Update

After a series of budget deliberations among senior administration, deans, vice presidents and trustees over the last several weeks, schools and central administration departments have proposed plans for addressing the current budget issues facing the university.

In their plans, the schools and departments have significantly reduced non-salary expenses. The schools and departments also are utilizing workforce adjustment options—including the reduction of work schedules, vacation buy-ups, and voluntary individual early retirement—to provide budget savings on personnel costs, while avoiding layoffs when possible. Regrettably, even these options will not eliminate the need for reductions in the workforce.

Currently, we anticipate a maximum of 150 total staff reductions. Some workforce reductions will take place in central administration, the Case School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Weatherhead School of Management. At this time, the five remaining schools do not expect any layoffs. The university does not anticipate the need for any additional reductions in the workforce during the coming fiscal year. This is contingent, of course, on a stable budget situation.

The Office of Human Resources is scheduled to approve all plans for addressing the workforce reduction options including layoffs by the week of May 22. Currently, we anticipate deans and vice presidents will notify departments and staff affected by layoffs on May 24 and 25. Notifications are to be completed by the end of the day May 25, with layoffs effective June 30, 2006.

The last day at the university for some staff will be May 26; others may be asked to work from home until June 2 if necessary to finish projects. All employees affected by workforce reductions will maintain full salary and benefits through June 30, 2006.  In addition, Human Resources will assist these employees with career counseling, resume preparation and job placement services.

We acknowledge this is a difficult time for our university as a community. The uncertainty of the current situation, as well as the impending layoffs, presents tremendous challenges. While we recognize the difficulties, we must remain committed to making the necessary changes that will ultimately bring about a stronger university.

We will continue to keep the campus up to date as additional information becomes available.



The Office of Planned Giving invites the campus community, alumni and friends to view its new, redesigned Web site featuring a gift calculator, donor stories, Win/Win Gifts and Q & A’s, such as how to boost investment income and cut taxes. Viewers are encouraged to explore the site and consider it a resource for charitable giving needs. For details go to

Shipwreck Camp 2006 for youths ages 12-15 takes place June 12-23. Inspired by the research and exploration of Robert Ballard, father of the JASON Project and finder of the wreckage of the Titanic, this camp will engage campers in field science and exploration weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will have their experiences at the university and other sites throughout the camp (Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Squire Valleevue Farm, Western Reserve Historical Society, etc.). Each camper must be at least age 12, but not older than 15 by the start of camp. The cost of this two week inquiry-based camp is $600. For more information and an application, call the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Case at 368-5075, or e-mail


”U.S. plan suggests how disruptive bird flu would be”

The Plain Dealer, Thursday, May 04, 2006

A large flu outbreak will only exacerbate the existing nursing shortage, predicts J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University. "This is sort of like New Orleans before the hurricane," he said. "The nursing work force is already so stretched that [a patient surge] is not easy to handle. The ICU would be the choke point. You can jury-rig all kinds of things, but if you don't have the people . . ."

 “Thunderbird business school gets $1 million gift”

The Arizona Republic, May 4, 2006

Texas businessman and Thunderbird alumnus Scott Walker has donated $1 million to Glendale's international business school to jump-start the Center for Global Entrepreneurship on campus. The center will house a business incubator, foster research projects, support executive-education programs and approach entrepreneurship from a social perspective, an angle that might benefit not-for-profit organizations, said Robert Hisrich, who worked at Case Western Reserve University before coming to Thunderbird.

“Two former officers cite abuse, prejudice in Iraq war”

The Cleveland Jewish News, May 5, 2006

Two retired US military officers criticized the treatment of Muslim prisoners in Iraq and at the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at a forum this week at Case Western Reserve University.

“A luscious lawn's lure”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2006

He has a little trouble getting the word out, but when prompted, Joel Ralph readily confesses that he's obsessed. But how to explain generations of typical Americans' lawn lust? Ted Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, attributes it to the rise in consumer culture, the marketing of "the perfect lawn" by companies that make lawn-care products, and the post-World War II housing boom that opened up the nation's suburbs.

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“Once Collegial, Research Schools Now Mean Business”

Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2006

For most of his 41 years at Arizona State University, George Robert Pettit enjoyed the near autonomy of a prominent academic scientist. Dr. Pettit founded the university's Cancer Research Institute in 1975 and ran it for 30 years, largely funded with royalty income on his 62 U.S. patents and money he raised from gifts and grants. A professor of chemistry, he specialized in the synthesis of naturally occurring substances that might be the basis of anticancer drug.

“New Push to Ease Debt”

Inside Higher Education, May 5, 2006

Taking an innovative tack to try to shrink student debt, a broad and surprisingly diverse coalition of student groups, lenders, parent associations and others has filed an unusual petition urging the U.S. Education Department to rewrite its “inconsistent, confusing and contradictory” regulations for repaying loans. Among other things, the groups recommend that the department change its rules to reduce a borrower’s payments when they exceed a set proportion of their discretionary income and to lower to 20 from 25 the number of years after which the government would discharge the remaining loan balance of a borrower who has regularly made “manageable” payments.

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Students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to a “Senior Concert & BBQ” featuring Ordinary Peoples, Even Flow (a Pearl Jam Tribute Band) and DJ Dongo on May 18 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in front of Adelbert Hall on the Quad. Food will range from sushi and falafel to Tremont Scoops ice cream.

An open forum for those interested in the care and cure of Huntington’s Disease will be presented on May 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Wolstein Research Building. The forum will be preceded by a reception beginning at 12:30 p.m. Speaking at the forum will be Martha A. Nance, director of the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical director of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis, and author of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Physician’s Guide to HD, the Juvenile HD Handbook and the revised HD Genetic Testing Guidelines. Also speaking will be Alan M. Tartakoff, professor of pathology and director of the Cell Biology Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Some of his research efforts are focused on Huntington’s Disease. For more information, contact the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter at (440)423-HDSA, or go to

Save the date for the Case Center for Proteomics Symposium on May 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. During the symposium, four renowned researchers in the area of proteomics and mass spectrometry will make presentations, followed by a reception in the Wolstein lobby. For more information and updates regarding the seminar go to

On May 8 from 4-5 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 004, three students - Taroon Amin, Brian Latko and Ryan Starks - will describe their experiences with Indian economic development to mark the end of a semester’s worth of research and travel. “Emerging to Surging: India’s New Future” will describe how India is emerging with a new economic, political and social ecosystem. Presented with the support of the Office of the Provost and the departments of religion, political science, economics and finance. For more details go to

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Please note the following notification requirements from the Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars: due to current processing times at both the state and federal governments, OFFS must require at least four months advance notice for all new, incoming H-1B1 visas. Your timely notification allows OFFS to comply with all government requirements to assure visa approvals and takes into consideration the length of government processing delays. If the government’s premium processing service is requested, please allow at least eight weeks of advance notice to OFFS.  In cases involving portability (in which an employee working elsewhere on an H-1B1 visa will be moving to Case Western Reserve University), please allow at least six weeks advance notice to OFFS. This does not apply to the J-1 exchange visitor program.

Abstracts for the” Reflecting on 100 Years of Alzheimer's: The Global Impact on Quality of Lives” conference are due by May 15. The conference will be held November 6-7, and is co-sponsored by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For details go to

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Summer Employment Opportunities are available from June 19-July 14 with the Pre-College Summer Programs.  If you are interested in working with academically talented students in grades 7-12, contact Ana Badillo at 368-6735 or go to for more information.  

The USG Development Committee is conducting a survey to assess the opinions of students concerning housing credit for Greek Housing. Both Greeks and non-Greeks are invited to participate in the survey, which can be found online at

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Nathaniel Lamkin recently joined the university as a research assistant in the department of psychiatry.

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Richard Hanson, the Leonard and Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will deliver two commencement speeches this month. He will speak at the biomedical sciences commencement exercises at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, on May 11. He also will address students at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on May 19.