Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Incorporated today announced a joint agreement on the future structure and coordination of public safety and policing efforts in the area. Following more than six months of discussion and study, the two organizations decided the most effective approach to security for both the campus and University Circle is to support two separate police departments that will work collaboratively and cooperatively with each other.

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The Case School of Engineering has appointed Gary E. Wnek as chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. Professor Wnek also serves as Case's Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor of Engineering and faculty director of The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME). Wnek replaces Alex Jamieson, who returns to the faculty after serving 11 years as chair.

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A research study on the public perception of a genetic test is in need of participants. If you are 18 and older, you may be eligible to participate in a two-hour focus group to discuss your opinions. Participants will receive monetary compensation. Contact Gail Gangadine in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, 216-368-5630.

Maxi's Ristorante, bistro in Little Italy, 12113 Mayfield Road, is extending a 10 percent discount to Case faculty, staff, and students on all dinners through September 1, 2006. This offer is good Monday through Thursday. Show your university ID to receive the discount. Details: 216-421-1500.

Saturday, July 15 is the last day to submit your artistic expression of The Female Figure in Art: Contemporary Northeast Ohio Artists, a celebration of the female figure. An exhibit featuring selected works is slated for August. For details, e-mail to


Officers honored for service during case shooting rampage

NewsNet5, July 12, 2006

Police officers from all over the country were in Cleveland on Wednesday for a big event at the IX Center, and some local officers were honored, NewsChannel5 reported. The Cleveland police officers were given Distinguished Service medals at the Law Enforcement Expo for putting their lives on the line during the May 2003 shooting rampage at Case Western Reserve University.

In a starring role, our fair city is poised to get oohs and ahhs

The Plain Dealer, July 9, 2006

Director Billy Kent's quintessential Cleveland moment came while searching for locations for his comedy "The OH in Ohio." Checking out real estate listings, he found the perfect house to use as the home of his lead characters. Kent began explaining to the owner why he wanted to shoot a movie there. The owner replied, "You can do it if you give me a case of beer." In this celluloid version of the city, every house is immaculate, every lawn is emerald green, and every public school child is a prodigy. The film found locations in Jacobs Field, Case Western Reserve University's Peter B. Lewis Building, the Warehouse District, Avon Lake and Cleveland Heights.

Case’s Savinell stepping down

Crain’s Cleveland Business, July 13, 2006

For the second time in as many weeks, Case Western Reserve University is losing a dean. Robert Savinell, who has headed the School of Engineering for six years, is stepping down as of Dec. 31 to focus on research in fuel cells and electrochemistry. On July 1, arts and sciences dean Mark Turner stepped down to pursue research and teaching.

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Colleges must plan better to attract and keep key personnel, panel speakers say

Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2006 (subscription required)

Unless campus leaders do more to identify and nurture new talent, higher education will face a leadership crisis in the coming decades as the baby-boom generation of college administrators retires and the pool of potential replacements shrinks. That warning came from two consultants from Witt/Kieffer, the executive-search firm, during a session on creating a leadership pipeline at the "Campus of the Future" conference here, a combined meeting of three higher-education associations: the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, and the Society for College and University Planning.

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The second iNGEUNITY Cleveland Festival of Arts and Technology kicks off today on Public Square with the dramatic Symphony for 1,000 Drums, written by world-renowned composer Halim El-Dabh. Hundreds of drummers will participate in the piece that conveys the themes of balance, beauty, healing, justice, and love. The festival, which continues through Sunday, is dubbed an "explosion of art, music, dance, theater, and interactive technology." Ingenuity is a collaboration of more than 90 organizations, including Case, and more than 1,000 of Northeast Ohio's finest artists and technology professionals. Case alumnus James Levin (LAW '79) is festival director.
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Some faculty use Blackboard primarily to post basic information such as the course syllabus and assignments. Yet Blackboard has many features that can increase the engagement of your students with the course and increase their interactions with you, their fellow students, and the material. Join us for Blackboard to the Max from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library as part of the UCITE summer seminar on Teaching with Technology. UCITE will provide pizza and sodas. For information, visit and click on "Events."

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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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Tim Slager joined the Weatherhead School of Management as the senior professional program director in the Student Services Department.

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Daniel Myers, a political science student, is the festival and volunteer coordinator for the duration of the summer in Lucas County, Ohio, for the Democratic campaign office for governor.