The Presidential Search Committee is interested in input from the university community about the next president of Case Western Reserve University. Members of the Presidential Search Committee and a representative from the Presidential Search Firm will be available to speak with staff from noon to 1 p.m. September 11 in Ford Auditorium. The forum is co-sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Members of the search committee and a member of the search firm will speak with students from noon to 1 p.m. September 12 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Lunch will be provided. Open forums for faculty were conducted last week. Go to


QualChoice will cease doing business as a health insurance company effective December 31, 2006. In an effort to make this a smooth transition for employees and their families, the Department of Human Resources (HR) has solicited requests for proposals to identify potential replacement carriers. During the week of September 5, the carriers' proposed medical plan type, design, disruption analysis and other qualitative measurements will be made available to the Case community on the HR Web site to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity for input during the selection process. Comments can be sent to

Director of Benefits Sherri Beedles will receive comments and present them to the review committee. The review committee will use the comments to formulate questions for finalists to replace QualChoice. The review committee will include members of HR; senior leadership; and the University Fringe Benefit Committee, which has both faculty and staff representation. The decision for the replacement carrier will be based on the following criteria: quality; accessibility to the current QualChoice provider and facility networks; financial impact, including competitive fees and network discounts; administrative practices; reporting capabilities; experience with large/diverse organizations; medical management and disease management programs; and other important variables.

The final decision as to which carrier will replace QualChoice will be made by the end of September to ensure the transition is complete before the university's open enrollment, which is scheduled for November 13-30, 2006. HR looks forward to continuing to service faculty and staff and provide them with the best benefit plan choices.


Friday is the last day to register to participate in the annual Case for Community Day, which will be on September 13 at various sites around campus. Volunteers are needed for select landscaping projects. IN addition, the campus community can bring in canned goods and other nonperishable items to benefit families in the area via the Cleveland Food Bank. For details and to sign up to volunteer, refer to Be sure to attend the kickoff ceremony at 11 a.m. in Thwing Center ballroom.

The office of University Marketing and Communications is conducting its first readership survey for Case Daily, the daily electronic newsletter for the Case Western Reserve University community. Responses from faculty, staff and students will help inform the kind of news and information about the university and its programs and services included in Case Daily and may also change the way in which Case Daily is delivered. The survey is limited to a onetime response and requires that you login with your CaseID. The survey takes about five minutes to complete:


Summit set to spark connection between local tech companies, new customers

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 6, 2006 (subscription required)

Cathy Panzica is at it again. The Thompson Hine LLP attorney, adviser to ex-Mayor Jane Campbell, leader of the sometimes-ambiguous "Red Room Revolution" and head of an eponymous venture capital firm, has teamed with the city of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University and various others to sponsor a week-and-a-half-long technology summit that starts this Wednesday.

Gift to UH to further psoriasis research

The Plain Dealer, September 6, 2006

A 1960s advertising campaign for a medicated soap popularized the phrase "heartbreak of psoriasis." The phrase since has become associated with hyped medical claims, but the disease is no laughing matter to people who suffer from the nasty skin rash. Dermatologists at University Hospitals' Case Medical Center have studied psoriasis in hopes of finding better treatments. Their quest became easier this week with a $5 million gift from the Joy and Thomas G. Murdough Foundation, a Hudson nonprofit that primarily supports projects in Northeast Ohio. The gift will be used to create the Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis to further research, treatment, and education. Along with providing more money for research, the gift also will be used to develop an outreach program with community skin specialists, said Dr. Neil Korman, a dermatology professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Case Medical Center who will direct the Murdough Family Center.

University Circle's bright cloud

The Plain Dealer, September 6, 2006 (editorial)

By this time next week, University Circle, one of the places where Greater Cleveland's future is being shaped daily, will have taken another leap forward. Thanks to continued collaboration between Case Western Reserve University, other nonprofit partners and the ultra-broadband provider OneCommunity, much of the Circle will enjoy free, wireless access to the Internet.

HOPE hopes it can change state board of education

Crain's Cleveland Business September 6, 2006 (subscription required)

Lawrence Krauss was instrumental in the no-confidence vote taken this spring against former Case Western Reserve University president Dr. Edward Hundert by the school's arts and sciences faculty. Now the physics and astronomy professor at Case is taking aim at the Ohio State Board of Education, which he contends has strayed from the real issues affecting public education in Ohio, by forming Help Ohio Public Education, or HOPE.

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More back-to-school lists include insurance, September 3, 2006 (registration required),1,5102588.column

Evan Giordano took a laptop, phone, television and a couple of expensive suits when he left his family home in Newport Beach to go to college at USC. The idea that these costly possessions might be stolen made his parents uneasy. So Giordano, 21, responded to a flier advertising a property insurance policy geared to college students. He's glad he did. Right before Christmas break last year, a pitcher of water spilled on his computer. That loss wouldn't have been covered by his parents' homeowner's policy, yet it would have been crushing to his budget, he said. Happily, it was covered by his specialized policy. "The computer was completely trashed," Giordano said.

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The campus community is invited to a fundraising event to support education, awareness, and research for the prevention and cure of Melanoma. BAH KOA & the Horn Family are sponsoring its fourth annual pig roast at 4 p.m. September 16, at the Lake County Historical Society, 8610 Mentor Road in Kirtland Hills. The event honors Brian Alan Horn (BAK) who died of the disease. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for ages 13-20. Music, dinner and auction, bonfire and other activities will be provided. For details and to register, refer to

Case Associate Professor of Music Mary Davis will be a featured speaker at the symposium, "Rock and Roll Couture: Music, Fashion, and Modern Style," beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 7, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Norton Room, 10825 East Blvd. The event is free.

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Getting to know students is the focus of a UCITE seminar that will be led by John Orlock, the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in the Department of Theater and Dance. Join Prof. Orlock from noon to 1 p.m., September 7, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, ground floor. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP to or call 368-1224. Register online at

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Charity Choice Web site, to consider making a donation to support our campus partners and area social service agencies. The university's annual campaign kicks off on September 13.

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New Graduate and Professional Student Information Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 7, in Thwing Center ballroom. This fair is designed to give new graduate and professional students an opportunity to meet with various representatives from student affairs offices, student organizations, University Circle cultural institutions, banks, and other agencies. Students can purchase tickets to Cleveland Indians games (CaseID required) and enter a drawing to win a $50 bookstore gift certificate. Snacks provided. For additional information, call Denise Douglas at 368-1695 or e-mail to

The first meeting of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) general body will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 7, in the Spartan Room in Thwing Center. GSS is the representative body for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in the university's School of Graduate Studies.

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Lin Williams is an assistant director of foundation development in the office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

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The Ohio Dental Association Foundation has awarded scholarships to 15 students pursing dental-related degrees. Scholarship awardees have proven educational excellence as well as financial need. The recipients of these awards are from the Case School of Dental Medicine's Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Program and Canton's Mercy Medical Center's new dental residency program. Recipients from the School of Dental Medicine are Kareen Smith, dental student, $2,000; Nathan Smith, dental student, $2,000; Rita Dezso, EFDA student, $1,500; Andrea Lancey, EFDA student, $1,500; Sylvia Mgbaraho, EFDA student, $1,500; Natasha Welk, EFDA student, $1,500; and Bonnie Piche, EFDA student, $1,000.