As of September 28, total contributions to the Charity Choice Campaign 2006 are $48,176. Our goal is to raise $125,000 by October 31. Make a pledge today and have a chance to win a prize. Pledges made through October 31 will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes, including two cinema tickets and gift certificates to restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse and Quiznos. Contributions can be made via a monthly paycheck deduction; a one-time paycheck deduction; or, employees can issue a one-time check. There is no minimum donation, and gifts can be made online or via a printable pledge form. Visit the Charity Choice Web site at to find out more about the agencies.

Dell Inc. has expanded its recall of Sony manufactured battery packs by 100,000. The batteries can short-circuit and have been blamed for causing some computers to catch fire. The increase in the recall was made due to additional information received about the affected battery packs containing cells manufactured by Sony. Other laptop manufacturers, including Apple and IBM/Lenovo have joined in the recall effort. Additional information is available at Connect to the following links for system specific information: Apple:; Dell:; and IBM/Lenovo:

Save $5 on 2007 Entertainment Books if purchased through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The discounted price is $25. Books are available for pick up through December 1 from Adelbert Hall, Room 310. For a reservation form, send e-mail to, or call 368-8877.


LaTourette's war chest gives big advantage

Akron Beacon Journal, October 3, 2006

In the two most recent challenges for his congressional seat, Rep. Steven LaTourette easily beat back his opponents, pulling 72 percent of the vote in 2002 and 62 percent in 2004. In this election, the 12-year incumbent faces two challengers: political newcomer Lew Katz, a Cleveland law school professor who is the Democratic candidate, and the Rev. Werner Lange, who is running as an independent. For 10 months, Katz, who teaches law at Case Western Reserve University, has been waging an all-out campaign, seemingly attending every parade, club meeting and civic gathering in his bid to upset LaTourette.

Giving dreams a JumpStart

The Plain Dealer, October 1, 2006

Bill Rice and Jeff Bell stand in front of a conference room table of business and investing professionals. In the next 25 minutes, the entrepreneurs will try to explain their business well enough to justify getting a $250,000 investment from JumpStart Inc., the nonprofit entrepreneurial development and funding organization in Cleveland. Rice and Bell's Internet technology company, Kaleidico LLC, is well known to JumpStart professionals. For three weeks, the entrepreneurs have worked with Roy Phelan, one of the organization's executives-in-residence, to polish their presentation. Case Western Reserve University and NorTech, the Northeast Ohio technology development organization, formed JumpStart in January 2004 by combining four regional organizations.

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Gender equity or finances?

Inside Higher Ed, October 3, 2006

As James Madison University officials announced plans Friday to eliminate 10 teams, they placed blame for the decision squarely on Title IX, describing the action as a necessary step to fulfill the federal law's requirements of gender equity in the university's sports program. Yet to some observers outside James Madison -- including a consultant the university hired to advise it -- the situation can be seen as part of a recent trend of scapegoating the federal law barring sex discrimination for cutbacks made as much for financial and other reasons as for equity concerns.

Paying for performance

Inside Higher Ed, October 3, 2006

Just days after the Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at the seven-figure compensation package of E. Gordon Gee, chancellor of Vanderbilt University, colleges' human resources leaders gathered in San Diego. Not surprisingly, there was much chat about the article at the annual meeting of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, in San Diego. The Gee story and its aftermath -- in which many at Vanderbilt were not the least bit upset about their popular chancellor's generous compensation -- illustrate the realities of executive compensation as they were discussed at the meeting.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will have an Information Session for its Master of Nonprofit Organizations and Certificate in Nonprofit Management programs, which are ranked in the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The session takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 7 in Thwing Center. Attend this session and the application fee will be waived. Applications are being accepted for spring and fall 2007 enrollment. Scholarship opportunities are available. For more information and to RSVP, call 216-368-6025 or e-mail to Visit the Web at

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research Symposium will present "Lessons from the Saddam Trial" beginning at 8:30 a.m. October 6 in the Case School of Law. Speakers will include David Crane, former chief prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone; Mark Ellis, executive director, International Bar Association; Simone Monasebian, Court TV legal analyst, former prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and former Principal Defender, Special Court for Sierra Leone; and Christopher Reid, former director, Department of Justice Regime Crimes Liaison Office. For details and to register, refer to

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The Case Department of Athletics and Physical Education has a new Faculty/Staff Athletic Advisor Program designed to enhance the overall experience of the student-athlete in and out of the classroom. Individual faculty or staff members will be paired with one of the 19 varsity teams. Interested persons should call the department at 368-2420. Refer to and for additional details.

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University Alumni Relations and the Career Center are hosting a free etiquette reception at 6:30 p.m. October 4 in Hovorka Atrium. Catherine Holloway of Etiquette Consulting Services will cover proper etiquette techniques as well as networking skills. Seating is limited. Hearty hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Registration required at

The following message is from the Student Executive Council chair: "After discussing the new wall constructed behind Thwing and its intentions, the Student Executive Council has decided on a set of rules for the use of the wall. These rules are meant to be self-regulatory and alleviate the confusion surrounding its use: Any member(s) of the Case community may use this wall for promoting campus events and informing the student body; painting on the wall can only take place after 12 a.m. and before 6 a.m., to allow for one full day of exposure; and no obscenities, profanity, or hurtful messages are allowed."

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Madhusudhana Gargesha recently joined the university as a research associate in the biomedical engineering department.

Janelle Highland recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the family medicine department.

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Go Lady Spartans: The Case women's cross-country team is one of three University Athletic Association schools listed in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III poll. The Spartans hold the 29th spot, while Washington University in St. Louis is third and Emory University in Atlanta is 22nd.