The Case Wellness Committee and the Department of Physical Education and Athletics invite the Case community to sign up for a six-week line dancing class. The series meets October 30 through December 6 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at Veale Center in the second floor aerobics studio. Space is limited to 40 employees, and participants must wear tennis shoes. The cost is $48 for faculty, staff and graduate students, and $24 for undergraduates. To register, send e-mail to, or call 368-2191.

The university's Sustainability Web site is now live. Check out for all things sustainability at Case: recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors, and more. Take the Recycling Survey and be eligible to win weekly door prizes.

Several programs at 1-2-1 Fitness Center are open to non-members. The center's six-week weight loss program "Holiday Slimdown- Choose to Lose!" is back beginning October 11, and includes a consultation with a dietitian and a weekly personal training session. For details send e-mail to, or call 368-1121.


Case graces list of city saviors

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 2, 2006 (subscription required)

Financial problems, faculty unhappiness and the loss of its president and four college deans haven't stopped Case Western Reserve University from being a good neighbor to the city of Cleveland -- or so says one non-Clevelander. Case was rated No. 6 on the "Saviors of Our Cities" list, which ranks urban colleges and universities on the social and economic benefits they have provided their cities.

Regional colleges' numbers stay flat, mostly

The Plain Dealer, October 2, 2006

Enrollment at Northeast Ohio colleges remained flat, according to preliminary figures for this fall. However, a handful of colleges, including Ursuline and Hiram colleges and Lorain County Community College, reported significant increases in enrollment. A few others, like Cuyahoga Community College and John Carroll University, saw their numbers tumble. Focusing on smaller class sizes required Case Western Reserve University to admit fewer students this fall than last year. School officials aimed for a maximum of 1,050 for the freshman class. The private institution ended up with 1,015 freshmen.

Elections forum small but fervent

The Plain Dealer, October 1, 2006

The concept seems so simple: Cast a vote and have it count. So why, ask numerous activists, can't this country elect a president without the results -- and the sanctity of the process -- coming into question? Fewer than 200 people -- a generous estimate -- came to the campus center for We Count 2006, a gathering about fair elections and democracy. Organizer Vicki Lovegren admitted being disappointed in the turnout. "People are afraid of the issue," said Lovegren, a Case Western Reserve University mathematics lecturer who started the organization Ohio Vigilance to monitor the actions of Ohio elections officials.

Delegates to Conference on Aging quietly send Bush a to-do list

The Plain Dealer, September 30, 2006

The 1,200 delegates from across the country who attended last December's White House Conference on Aging sent President Bush a to-do list for seniors this month. But there have been no news stories about the final report, she said. That may be no accident, according to Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "It's possible that the administration was reluctant to publicize some of the outcomes because they countered administration policy," said Binstock, who was part of the Ohio delegation.

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Paying more for benefits

Inside Higher Ed, October 2, 2006

Increases in health insurance costs continue to hit colleges and their employees, according to a survey released Saturday. Eighty-one percent of colleges reported that they faced increases in medical and dental plan costs during 2005. That figure is slightly higher than last year's -- 78 percent -- in the study conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The median increase in costs for health coverage was 9 percent, and 11 percent of colleges reported that some health care benefits were reduced during the year.

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The Schubert Center for Child Studies and the Center on Urban Poverty & Social Change is co-sponsoring "Election 2006: What's at Stake for Kids?," a panel discussion of the election issues affecting children and youth, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 10 in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. All are invited to attend the talk, which will include a light lunch. For more information, go to

Nicholas King, assistant professor of bioethics and history, will deliver a talk, "The Soft Cage of Biosecurity? Biological Weapons and the Surveillance Convergence, 1926-2006," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 3 in Mather House, Room 100.

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Beginning today, October 2, the departmental deposit procedure will change. Deposit slips for deposits to Case accounts will be created in Peoplesoft. Visit the ERP project Web site at for additional information. Please note: if a department receives charitable gifts directly, these items should still be delivered to the Office of Advancement Services, room 400, Bio Enterprise Building, location code 7035.

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Community Service Committee is calling for basket submissions for the 2006 Basket Raffle. In the past, the annual raffle has raised up to $6,000 for a variety of charities. This year, proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Hunger Network, Cuyahoga County's largest direct emergency food distribution network. Interested in donating a basket? Contact the committee by October 26 (baskets are due November 14; the raffle takes place November 15 and 16). For further information or to enter a basket, send e-mail to

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Today marks the beginning of "Career Week" on campus. This includes the Fall Career Fair on October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Veale Center. Check out the Career Center's Web site at for a complete list of programs.

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is hosting a Fall Saturday of Service on October 7. The purpose of the day of service is to give students opportunities to contribute to the local community. Fall Saturday of Service will include various service opportunities for both individuals and groups. Sites include AIDS Walk Cleveland, Church of the Covenant, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and Judson at University Circle. For more details, go to

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Kevin Lee recently joined the university as a research assistant in the psychology department.

Susan Lukianowicz recently joined the university as a department assistant in the development and alumni affairs office.

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Marion Good, nursing professor, recently received the American Pain Society Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain. Good is considered one of the country's leading researchers and educators of non-pharmacologic methods to reduce postoperative pain.