To the Case Community:

As I begin my first full week as your interim president, I want to thank all the faculty, staff, and students I have met for their warm welcome. I look forward to connecting with many people in the coming weeks.

This is a difficult time for our university, but it is also a hopeful time. This past weekend, the Board of Trustees met with senior leadership and me and approved a new budget for fiscal year 2007 that creates a plan for a stronger and more financially sound university—but it does not come without sacrifices.

Right now, many in our community are feeling the absence of close colleagues who were affected by the workforce reduction. We will miss our co-workers who have left the university. Our human resources department and university counseling services are available to assist all those affected. In addition, leadership teams across the university are committed to the leveraging of current resources so we can continue to educate our students, support faculty, and empower staff. With your help, I will try hard to find the right solutions to the challenges we face.
Whereas the year ahead presents some challenges, it also offers us opportunities to rediscover how we learn and work together. I ask all of you—our steadfast and gifted community of faculty, staff, and students—to work with me to lead this university.

I begin my term with some good news. Over the weekend I had the pleasure of being invited  to the Case Alumni Association (CAA) reunion, where we announced the beginning of a renewed pledge for our partnership with the CAA, the university, and the Case School of Engineering. I want to thank both Al Gordon, president of the CAA, and Roger Cerne, executive director emeritus, along with Dean Savinell and David Hunt, vice chair of the Board, and Chair Frank Linsalata for their time and attention to restoring this relationship.

I have recognized very quickly during my time here how hard everyone has been working. We all wrestle with the challenge of our dedication to our work and personal commitments. A healthy environment is one in which better balance can be achieved. So, let’s begin the new academic year with an explicit recognition of that. We will add Monday, July 3, 2006, to the university calendar as a holiday. This will allow everyone to take a well-deserved four-day break with family and friends.

I pledge my full support—as an alumnus, a former trustee, and now your interim president—to building stability and greater respect among our campus community.


Gregory Eastwood
Interim President



Outdoor summer yoga at Case returns on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 13 through July 25, noon to 1 p.m. on the Case quad behind Adelbert Hall. The classes will be led by Marcia Camino, a certified and registered adult and children's yoga teacher. Classes are open to the entire Case community. There is no charge or registration required, and participants can join at any time. For more details go to


“$33.4 million in cuts won't balance budget”

The Plain Dealer, June 6, 2006

Case Western Reserve University trustees approved $33.4 million in cuts over the weekend but decided not to balance their budget, leaving a projected $10.5 million deficit.

“Vital Signs – Therapies: Music May Offer Pain Relief Beyond Medication”

The New York Times, June 6, 2006

In a small study of patients with back, neck or joint pain, researchers found that regularly listening to music provided pain relief beyond that brought by standard pain management techniques. The study, which appears in the May issue of The Journal of Advanced Nursing, has some limitations. The sample size was small, the authors write, and it is impossible to generalize the findings to a larger population. Marion Good, a co-author of the study and a professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University, said the musical intervention was not a substitute for traditional pain management. “It is important,” she said, “to maximize relief by adding nonpharmacological methods that relax and distract patients from their pain in addition to their analgesic medication.”

“Case to run deficit in fiscal 2007”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, June 5, 2006

Case Western Reserve University announced today that it plans to operate at a $10.5 million deficit in the fiscal year that begins July 1, a sharp contrast to its recent promises that it would break even next year.

“Do genes influence who will be entrepreneurs?”

ABC News (Reuters), June 5, 2006

Forget family influence and upbringing. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, genes seem to play an important role, scientists said on Monday... By comparing self-employment in 609 pairs of identical twins, who share all the same genes, and 657 pairs of non-identical twins Spector and scientists at Imperial College, London and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland analyzed the impact of genetics and environment on entrepreneurs.

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“Business Schools' New Mission: Promoting Peace”

Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2006 (subscription required)

Carolyn Woo, the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, simply shrugged off the muffled laughs of her colleagues as she pressed on with her conviction: Business schools should go one step further than teaching ethics and corporate social responsibility. M.B.A. programs should teach students about the role of business in achieving and destabilizing world peace. Other schools host centers or institutes that focus on social issues. Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management has established a Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business operates the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship with a focus on using principles of entrepreneurship to create social value.

“Fox guarding hen house? Lawyer-dominated committee oversees state's judges”

Journal Inquirer, June 5, 2006

Professor Robert A. Lawry, the director of the Center for Professional Ethics at Case Western Reserve University's law school in Cleveland, says retired lawyers are probably the ideal people to serve on a judiciary committee. He says they have "none of the conflicts and all the right knowledge."

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“Another Swing at Affirmative Action”

Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to hear a pair of cases dealing with the use of affirmative action in the public schools, which higher education legal experts agreed could give a newly configured (and more conservative) court the chance to review its 2003 ruling in two University of Michigan cases that allowed colleges to consider race in admitting students

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Case Wednesday Barbecues are back. There will be eight festive buffets with picnic tables, lively music and vegetarian options. The barbecue season begins June 7 and runs through July 26 at the Crawford Deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. (rain site is Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall). The cost of $7.50 includes food and beverage of the day; 20 oz. bottled beverages are available for purchase for $1. CaseCharge, CaseCash, and cash accepted. Sponsored by Bon Appetit, the Office of Summer Programs, Campus Services, and the Office of Student Activities. The kick-off barbecue on June 7 features a southern-influenced buffet and music with Coventry Jones (acoustic folk and blues). For complete menus and information go to

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The Staff Advisory Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center.

Quiznos at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road is offering a special deal to university employees now through June 7: receive 50 percent off the price of a small or regular sub sandwich or entrée salad with the purchase of a combo meal. Please show your employee ID. For more information call (216) 721-3636.

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This section will only be updated occasionally during the summer. For general university information please visit the "Campus News" section.

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David Poerschke, a third-year student in the department of materials science and engineering, was recently awarded the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship by the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation.