The Spartan Spirit Kickoff Barbecue begins at 12:30 p.m. during the Community Hour Friday, September 1. This is an all-campus event for students, faculty and staff members to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester. Cheer for the fall varsity teams, hear the marching band, and get a Spartan tattoo. Students with meal plans can get tickets at Leutner and Fribley on Thursday and Friday, and at Pura Vida in Thwing Atrium on Friday. The rest of the campus community can purchase tickets at the tent for $6. For more details go to

Beth McGee, the university's faculty diversity officer, administrates a university-wide listserv for the purpose of publicizing Case diversity activities, disseminating information, and brainstorming diversity ideas. For those who have not previously requested to join but would like to be on the listserv, please send an e-mail to

The Cleveland National Air Show takes place Labor Day weekend, and the Blue Angels are scheduled to practice this afternoon. University employees in taller buildings are being advised that there will be high-performance aircraft flying in the vicinity of Burke Lakefront Airport, and the University Circle area may be affected by jet noise.


MOCA picks architect but delays news

The Plain Dealer, August 31, 2006

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has chosen an architect to design its new building in University Circle. But it's holding off on announcing the name because of a slowdown in an associated real estate development being undertaken by Case Western Reserve University, MOCA director Jill Snyder said Monday. The university is taking longer than expected to find a developer for its University Arts and Retail District, in which the MOCA project is to play a key role. Case has assigned MOCA a highly visible site in the development at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue, a spot known as the Triangle.

Educators ask why evolution is absent from majors eligible for new grants

Chronicle of Higher Education, issue dated September 1, 2006 (subscription required)

Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal grant program designed to reward students majoring in engineering, mathematics, science, or certain foreign languages. Lawrence M. Krauss, a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University and an outspoken defender of evolutionary sciences, noted the subject's absence from the list in a letter to the department, calling it "a serious omission."

Bad doctors get slapped on the wrist

USA Today, August 30, 2006

Doctors who commit crimes often escape harsh professional punishment by state and federal agencies, according to a study of 2,247 physicians disciplined for criminal conduct between 1990 and 1999. Boards are particularly light on doctors who have committed insurance fraud and who have been involved in crimes related to drugs, including prescribing violations and substance abuse, says the report from Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group. The study appears in Health Matrix, published by Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.

Wal-Mart exec to discuss sustainability

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 30, 2006

A Wal-Mart executive will speak about the company's sustainability strategies on Sept. 13 as part of the Weatherhead School of Management's 2006 Bold Thinkers series. Tyler Elm, Wal-Mart Inc.'s senior director of Corporate Strategy & Business, will kickoff the series with a free speech about the company's environmental goals.

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The new State U.

Inside Higher Ed, August 31, 2006

The University of Illinois is in many ways a classic state university system. All three campuses have some distance education programs, but the university system is now getting ready to launch a whole new campus, creating an online division that could eventually rival the individual campuses in enrollment levels, operating in a very different environment. The University of Illinois Global Campus would be operated as a separate for-profit entity, have almost entirely part-time faculty members (and none with tenure), and focus on a relatively small number of degree programs.

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The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held Fridays during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Guilford Lounge, in the first-floor of Guilford House. The September 1 luncheon will feature Ken Ledford, associate professor of history and law, hosting Jon Entin, professor of law and political science, to discuss the first year of the Supreme Court with John Roberts as chief justice. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided. For more details, send an e-mail to

The Graduate Student Nursing Association is hosting a Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise on September 10. Boarding time is 5 p.m., departure at 6 p.m. and returning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and $40 per couple, and can be purchased at the nursing school in Student Services. Please see Agnes or Cookie.

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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 to

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The Case Film Society is showing V for Vendetta at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight on September 1, and Back to the Future at both 7 and 9:30 p.m. on September 2. All showings are in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $3. Anyone interested in joining the film society staff should come a half hour before the show.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is showing the film Happy Gilmore tonight, August 31, which will be shown at the top of the hill on the Southside. Food will be served at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. More details about the RHA are available at

The University Program Board Arts and Entertainment Committee is hosting its All Student-Wide event tonight, August 31, from 8-11 p.m. at Wade Fireside. Free clothing is available. Students are invited to come and tie-dye, silkscreen, sew, applique, decorate, and more.

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Erin Lake, a former graduate assistant athletic trainer for Spring Meadow West Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Toledo, has been named an assistant athletic trainer for the Spartans.

Susan Licate recently joined the university as external marketing manager for the School of Medicine's Office of Communications.

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Senior mechanical engineering student Nicholas Kosareo and Case alumnus Daniel Kosareo both scaled Mount Whitney -- the highest point in the contiguous United States -- on August 11.