The location for today's lecture featuring Maya Angelou has been changed to Amasa Stone Chapel. Angelou, internationally lauded author, educator, civil rights voice, and U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the inaugural speaker for the School of Law's Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. today, November 9. Advance tickets are $20 and are available by calling 216-691-6502. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. Details:

The Office of Greek Life and the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) are sponsoring a faculty-student forum from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., November 10, in Clapp Hall, Room 108. The topic will be "Are we meeting the needs of Case students?" Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., is scheduled to moderate the panel discussion, which will feature both students and faculty. Pizza and sodas will be available. For more details, go to


Edith Berger, director of the Office of International Student Services, died this week after an illness. Berger had been a part of the Case Western Reserve University community for 37 years and, as director of the office, worked to enhance the international student experience and promote intercultural exchange at the university. "She has left an indelible imprint on the lives of generations of students and their families, not to mention on those of us who had the privilege of working with her," said Glenn Nicholls, vice president for Student Affairs. Private services for Berger will be held by her family, and a university celebration of her life will be held on campus after the first of the year.


Back to 'Case Western Reserve University'

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 9, 2006

After the marketing fiasco that led to Case Western Reserve University alumni snubbing the private institution, Case once again is asking everyone to refer to the university by its full name until revisions can be made. In a letter issued to the community today, Case's interim president Dr. Gregory Eastwood assured the public that the name of the university has not changed and will not change as the school approaches its 40th anniversary under the Case Western Reserve name.

What now?

The Plain Dealer, November 9, 2006

Democrats control the U.S. House -- and may take the Senate as well. They bring with them an agenda that affects executives and managers, consumers and workers. Foreign trade: Not-so-fast track: We may say bye-bye to the "fast track" authority for the president's trade agreements. The authority, up for renewal next year, requires Congress to vote on trade treaties without making amendments. John Soper, economics professor at John Carroll University, worries that ending fast track will make each treaty subject to endless rounds of renegotiation. But Susan Helper, economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, says it would encourage a fuller debate.

Strategic thinking, November 2006
Column written by Nadya Zhexembayeva, Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

The sign of a tipping point emerged for me at exactly 3:11 p.m., October 25, 2006. It was the closing ceremony of the Global Forum "Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change," convened by the Academy of Management (AOM), Case Western Reserve University, and United Nations Global Compact. In a casual, I-forgot-one-more-thing-during-my-thank-you-speech, AOM's President Ken Smith returned to the microphone and announced a joint effort to create "world benefit" principles for management education and research. Suddenly, it seemed that "tipping" the whole system of management scholarship was a reality just around the corner.

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Black colleges extend hand to Hispanics

USA Today, November 8, 2006

Some historically black colleges and universities are recruiting Hispanics, hoping to boost their enrollments, diversify their student bodies and educate a fast-growing segment of the population. Among their approaches: Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, targets high schools that are largely Hispanic; Hampton University in Virginia placed an ad in a college guide for Hispanics; and Tennessee State in Nashville hired a Spanish-speaking recruiter.

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The campus community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Guilford lounge, first floor of Guilford House. Eric Topol, professor of genetics, is scheduled to address concerns about conflicts of interest in medical research during the November 10 discussion. Brown bag lunch; beverages provided. For more details, send e-mail to

The Mandel School of Applied Social Science will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon, November 11, at the school, located at the corner of Bellflower and Ford roads. The open house is an opportunity for interested students to meet and talk with faculty, admissions officers, career services and financial aid officers, current students and alums.

The Department of Mathematics welcomes Justin Romberg of Georgia Institute of Technology to campus. He will speak on "Recovering data from highly incomplete measurements." The presentation begins at 3 p.m., November 10, in Yost Hall, Seminar Room 300. Refreshments precede talk. For details, refer to

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The IRS requires the university to report personal use of university property when reporting wages on an employee's form W-2. Please complete the form only if you have more than minimal personal use to report. For more details and for a direct link to the form, go to

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Case A.I.A.A. (student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are hosting a lecture featuring Matt Melis of NASA Glenn at 11:30 a.m. today, November 9, in Glennan Building, Room 421. Melis will discuss the space shuttle's return to flight and the accident investigation of the Columbia shuttle. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, go to

Now through November 12 is National Collegiate EMS Week. Join CaseEMS in celebrating with several events: free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and November 10 in Nord Hall; and a barbecue at 6 tonight, November 9, at the Village at 115 between Houses 1-3. At 8 p.m., November 14, CaseEMS will host a session to familiarize students with the use of an automated external defibrillator in the Village at 115 House 4 lobby. Learn about CaseEMS, training, and ways to get involved.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.'s Delta Nu Chapter is hosting its third annual variety show beginning at 7:20 p.m., November 10, at the Spot. The community will have a chance to come out and showcase their talents free of charge. Also, Case's very own Urban Elementz and Spartan Tappers will be part of the show. General admission is $5; Campus Greeks are admitted for $4. The showcase will include a speaker from the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization. The event also will include a raffle. For more details, send an e-mail to

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Laura Gordos recently joined the university as the director of finance and administration at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Stephen Miller recently joined the university as the director of finance and administration in University Relations.

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Several undergraduate students recently received SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) travel funding to present their research at national conferences, including: Bradley Gill, senior biomedical engineering major, presented "Fluid volume conductance for determination of bladder volume" at the International Summer School and Symposium on Biosensors and Medical Devices. His faculty mentor is Margot Damaser; Nikki Kong, a senior chemistry major, presented a paper and poster at the 20th Annual Symposium of the Protein Society. Her faculty mentor is Mary Barkley; and Charles Sing, a junior polymer science and engineering major, presented a poster, "Effect of glass transition temperature on the kinetics of the phase separation of excimer-forming dyes in amorphous polymers," at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition. Christoph Weder is his faculty mentor.

Senior John Erickson and Becky Davis, a senior last season, were recently named the University Athletic Association (UAA) winners of the NCAA 2006 Sportsmanship Award. The UAA is comprised of eight leading universities committed to academic and athletic excellence.