Registration is now open for the fourth annual Case for Community Day, an opportunity for the university to participate in a half-day of community service to Cleveland-area residents and agencies. The event is set for Wednesday, September 13. For details, refer to

Fall Convocation will convene at 4:30 p.m. August 31, in Severance Hall. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will officially open the new academic year. A light reception will follow on Freiberger Field featuring a performance by Blue Lunch and a book signing with Michael Ruhlman, author of the book, The Soul of a Chef, this year's Common Reading and convocation speaker. Refer to for additional information and registration.


University Circle area to be free, fast, wireless

The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2006

University Circle park benches are about to become a lot more popular. Starting Sept. 13, anyone with a laptop can plop down on one and get free, fast Internet access, thanks to a wireless network that's been in the works for more than a year. OneCommunity, a nonprofit ultra-broadband provider; Case Western Reserve University; Cisco Systems; and other partners paid $1 million to create the wireless network, or "cloud," that will cover a small section of University Circle in two weeks and expand to a 5-square-mile area during the next few months.

Magazine finds new ways to pick America's best colleges

Detroit News, August 28, 2006

Get out the banners, and the complaints. It's college-ranking season. U.S. News & World Report has put out its famous list of "America's Best Colleges." The Newsweek-Kaplan college guide has its "America's Hottest Colleges." The complaints come because colleges don't like being sorted by journalists. Their presidents will fill newspaper op-ed pages with reasoned explanations why their essences cannot be reduced to numbers.
The second - through fifth-ranked schools on the public service job list are Alabama A & M University; University of California, Riverside; Case Western Reserve University; and Iowa State University.

Mental illness issues grow

Poughkeepsie Journal, August 27, 2006

Employees' emotional health, a topic that once seemed incongruous with the survival-of-the-fittest corporate arena, is getting attention as a real bottom-line issue. Employers are beefing up mental health services as new research shows the staggering cost of mood disorders -- depression, anxiety and panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder -- can have on businesses. Mental illness is highest among those 15 to 44, said Joseph Calabrese, a psychiatry professor at Case Western Reserve University.

A troubling prosecution

Column by Jonathan Adler, professor of law and codirector of the Center for Business Law and Regulation
National Review Online, August 21, 2006

Can journalists be prosecuted for knowingly reporting classified information related to the War on Terror? What about Washington lobbyists who pass on secret information concerning defense matters or foreign affairs? Some would be inclined to say that except in the most exceptional circumstances such communications are protected by the First Amendment, but a recent decision by a federal court in Virginia seems to conclude otherwise.

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We regret to inform you...

Inside Higher Ed, August 29, 2006

In the 16 years since he first did research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Tony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum professor of engineering at Cornell University, had seen projects come and go. But he'd never seen an e-mail like the one he got on July 14. "NASA's Aeronautics Program has been restructured," it read, "any funds provided on your grant/agreement for performance beyond September 30, 2006 are to be deobligated immediately."

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The campus community is invited to the Residence Hall Association's (RHA) presentation of the film "Happy Gilmore" on August 31, which will be shown at the top of the hill on the Southside. Food will be served at 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8:30 p.m. Find out how to get involved in the RHA by visiting the Web site

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Attention Case Professional Communicators: For those looking for brainstorming partners, story ideas, or the chance to benefit from the best practices other Case communicators have developed, Case's WordNerds meets every third Wednesday of each month for lunch, networking, professional discussions, and general moral support. All university staff members involved in writing, editing, communications, public relations, marketing, and recruiting are welcome. Send e-mail to for more information.

Provost John L. Anderson extends an invitation to a reception welcoming the new School of Law Dean Gary J. Simson. The event will convene in Hovorka Atrium from 4-5:30 p.m. on September 5. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by August 30 to

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The Case Footlighters - a student group devoted to promoting musical theater- is holding open auditions for the fall production of "Reefer Madness: The Musical" between 5 and 10 p.m. on August 30 in Denison Hall. Visit the Footlighters' Web site,, for more details.

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Martha Blackford recently joined the university community as a research associate in the pediatrics department.

Theresa Bluhm recently joined the university as a paralegal in the general counsel office.

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Case Western Reserve University recently placed number six on the list of "Saviors of Our Cities," 25 urban colleges noted for positive economic and social benefit to their communities. Evan Dobelle, president of the New England Board of Higher Education, compiled the list.