Save the date: the Case Concert Celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2007. The Payne Fund will continue its generous support of a private performance of The Cleveland Orchestra. More information and ticket information will be released in January.

Midyear Graduates Reception: In recognition of their academic achievement, graduates receiving their diplomas in January 2007 are invited to attend a special graduation reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., December 11, in the Frank and Dorothy Hovorka Atrium. Graduates are encouraged to invite a member of the faculty or administration to join them at this celebratory event. Family and friends are also welcome to attend. RSVP online at For questions or to register over the phone, call 1-800-866-6280.

Information Technology Services has advised that all users update their Symantec AntiVirus programs immediately. Users may download Symantec AntiVirus from the Software Center's "Standard Load Set" area, found on the software center's main page located at This important update is available for both Standard and 64bit Windows computers. The new program corrects a number of bugs and security issues in the software, and is a recommended update to keep machines secure. Symantec AntiVirus is the official campus wide anti-virus and spyware removal software package.


Asian concern buying Hoover

The Plain Dealer, December 8, 2006

An emerging global corporation based in Hong Kong announced Thursday that it was adding long-suffering Hoover Co. to its list of international power-tool and appliance brand names. Techtronic Industries Co. said it will pay $107 million in cash along with "certain assumed obligations" for the iconic vacuum cleaner maker, whose home has been in North Canton since its founding in 1908. Susan Helper, a professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, said that although production labor is cheaper abroad, TTI might find value in keeping it in Ohio, "close to its market in the United States."

Standardizing ICU care would not harm patients

Reuters, December 7, 2006

Resources used by different physicians in intensive care units (ICU) vary widely without influencing patient outcomes, according to a report in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Garland and colleagues from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center investigated the discretionary costs, ICU length of stay, and hospital mortality for 1,184 patients cared for by nine different intensive care specialists.

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Rethinking tenure -- and much more

Inside Higher Ed, December 8, 2006

A year ago, a special committee of the Modern Language Association outlined the makings of a revolution in the way English and foreign language professors might be hired, evaluated and promoted. On Thursday, the panel released its final report -- and it isn't backing away from its call for dramatic change.

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The campus community is invited to an a cappella musical event today at noon, December 8, in Amasa Stone Chapel. This free event will feature music from the university's most talented a cappella choir groups, and genres from pop and rock to old school and classics. This is the final Community Hour event of the semester.

Celebrate the last day of classes today, December 8, with a free pasta dinner at 6:30 pm at the Interfaith Center (between the Church of the Covenant and Hillel), hosted by the Newman Catholic Student Association. All students, faculty and staff are invited for food and conversation before exams and the holidays. Questions? Send e-mail to

“A Summer of Transformation: The Bryn Mawr Experience," a report from recipients of the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute Awards, will take place from noon to 1 p.m., December 11, in Guilford Parlor. Denise Douglas, associate dean of Graduate Studies; Adrienne Dziak, director, Government Relations; and Wendy Shapiro, director, Instructional Technology and Academic Computing, will share their experiences. Brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.

The university's Strategic Technology Alliance is cosponsoring "Defrag: Linking Ohio's Rich Media Resources & Rengadees," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 9, at Future: The Center for Design and Technology Transfer at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave. This free, daylong symposium will focus on building connections and contributing to building a road map for digital media in Ohio. Register by e-mail to, or by calling 216-246-2447. More details available at

The opening reception for the Bonfoey Gallery presentation of Christopher Pekoc- Evolution 1964-2006, will take place from 6-10:30 p.m. tonight, December 8, at the Convivium33 Gallery, 1433 East 33rd Street. Henry Adams, Case professor of art history, curates the exhibit. Details: 216-881-7838, or visit or

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As part of Case's NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award (ACES) and ongoing efforts to extend climate change initiatives university-wide, the ACES team invites faculty from all disciplines to nominate senior women and underrepresented faculty for an ADVANCE Distinguished Lectureship. The deadline for submissions is December 15. ACES also welcomes topics relevant to the broader ADVANCE mission of advancing women and minorities in academia. For more information about the lectureships and application procedures, refer to

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The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has resident assistant position openings for undergraduate students interested in working the residential living environment. This opportunity could help build interpersonal communication, teamwork, and relationship skills. Remuneration includes single room, stipend, microfridge use, and Strosacker movie passes. All applications are due December 15. Go to for more information and an online application. Send e-mail to Jamie Kunihara Elwell at for specific questions.

The Registrar's office does not mail hard copy grade reports to students unless specifically requested before the last day of classes, today, December 8. For more information, refer to Students registered for the Fall 2006 term may view cumulative grade reports from the Grade Report portlet of the student tab on the MyCase portal at beginning December 24. Before December 24, grades that have been turned in by faculty can be viewed on the MySchedule portlet of the student tab. Please take the time to review your record and let the registrar's office know immediately if you have any questions by e-mailing

There are still a few spots available for the Mandel School sponsored undergraduate and graduate 3 hour elective international study tours in the Netherlands, Ukraine, Kenya and Dominican Republic during Spring Break (March 9-18, 2007). The Netherlands Program is the fifth annual study abroad to Amsterdam, and will challenge students to compare Holland with the United States to help students understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both countries. Details: E-mail to, or go to

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Amanda Moskowitz recently joined the university as a research assistant in the psychiatry department.

Angela Thomas has joined the university community as an account clerk in the Controller's Office-Grants Accounting.

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Generous holiday spirit: The Office of Government and Community Relations would like to thank everyone who donated warm winter clothing for the youth at Cory United Methodist Church. The clothes were delivered on November 21, and approximately 500 items were collected. Some children were without proper winter coats the day of the delivery, and they received the donated coats, hats and gloves that very same day.