The Direct Talk voicemail system will be taken out of service at the end of January 2007. All faculty, staff, and students who are still using the Direct Talk voicemail system need to move to the new Unified Messaging system. Those who dial 368-1222 to retrieve messages are still using the old voicemail system. Visit the Unified Messaging Web page for information about moving from Direct Talk to Unified Messaging.

Cast your vote by Friday, December 15 for the 2006 Weblog Awards. The "Grotian Moment: Saddam Hussein Trial Bog" has been nominated for "Best Law Blog" in the Weblog Awards program, the world's largest blog competition. It is the only international law blog in the competition. Visitors may vote once daily until December 15 at The project is the brainchild of Case School of Law professors Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and Gregory McNeal, assistant director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is sponsoring a Teddy Bear Drive through December 20. Donate new or gently used stuffed animals. Donation boxes are in Clarke Tower, Village Houses 2, 4, 5, and 7, Norton House, Tippit House, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Sears Building. All donations will be given to Toys for Tots.


Third Frontier grants to be given: CSU project backers express optimism

The Plain Dealer, December 14, 2006

Northeast Ohio collaborators on a half-dozen Third Frontier grant proposals are waiting -- some not so patiently -- for a funding announcement Friday. Gov. Bob Taft is expected to announce several "centers for innovation" awards, as well as research and commercialization grants, at an afternoon news conference at Cleveland State University. Among the grant-seekers are: a Cleveland Clinic-led group that applied for $60 million to create a Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center in collaboration with University Hospitals Case Medical Center, three Ohio universities and numerous medical technology companies; a Case Western Reserve University-led group that has asked for $60 million to build the Ohio Center for Neural Repair. This center would develop therapies for nerve diseases.

Weekend warriors: Father-son duo to ski Birkebeiner as ambassadors of famed race

Wausau Daily Herald, November 14, 2006

Phillip Schaefer and his son, Mike, have been regulars at the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race each February for years. Phillip is preparing for his 30th race, Mike his 11th. As "warriors" the pair will don the apparel of the original skiers of the Birkebeiner -- wooden skis and poles, birch-bark leggings, a shield, helmet and battle axe -- to reenact the event that inspired the original race in Norway in 1206. "It'll still be difficult but we're not expected to go fast so we can take our time and finish it," said Mike Schaefer, 34, an assistant professor of sports medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. "Usually I cross train really hard all winter with the Birkie in mind. I'll still have to do a lot of skiing, but not race training."

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Facebook: A campus fad becomes a campus fact

The Christian Science Monitor, December 13, 2006

Bridget Henry didn't think her school, the University of Iowa, gave students an appropriate venue to participate in the search for a new president. That's why Ms. Henry, a senior majoring in political science, started "Hogan's Heroes," a group supporting provost Michael Hogan for the job. Henry and her friends tried a laundry list of ways to publicize "Hogan's Heroes" -- everything from a letter-writing campaign to handing out flyers. But what succeeded most was their page on the social networking Web site Facebook, which attracted more than 200 supporters.

Harvard panel sets aside plan on religion

Boston, December 13, 2006

Professors designing a new curriculum for undergraduates at Harvard University have rescinded their proposal that all students take a class dealing with religion. Instead, the faculty task force suggested a different, broader category, "what it means to be a human being," in a revised proposal released late last week. The human nature requirement would encompass religious thought, art, literature, and philosophy, as well as evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

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Faculty and staff who would like to receive updates and announcements on current activities related to payroll, benefits, time reporting, time approval, salary distribution, salary adjustments and human resources data in the HCM System, can sign up to be on the ERP HCM mailing list. Refer to

The final 2007 Benefits Open Enrollment confirmation statement for Case employees is now available online through the PeopleSoft HCM application. The confirmation statement will be available to print out through Friday, December 15. To access 2007 Benefits Open Enrollment confirmation statement, please follow the steps listed on the human resources homepage

Reminder: Any carrier applications for health benefits for 2007 received after December 15 will delay receipt of your medical cards. Applications will still be received through December 31.

Update on Plan B Statements: The annual Plan B (retirement plan) statements will be mailed and due to be available for participants by Friday, December 15. Please review your statements thoroughly and contact the human resources department/Benefits Administration at 368-6781 for questions regarding this benefit. In addition, human resources will be offering Plan B information sessions from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, December 19 and from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, in Crawford Hall, Room 209.

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During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: When in doubt, ask your professor. It can't hurt to ask, and it's best to be safe in matters of integrity.

Attention undergraduate students: Join the Spartan Shape-up at 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Undergrads may join for the entire semester (January 15-May 15, 2007). Membership includes full use of the facility plus four free personal training sessions. Sign up by February 1 and receive a free T-shirt. CaseCash accepted. Call 368-1121 or send e-mail to for fees and other information.

Case graduate students: Applications are now available for 2007-2008 open positions in Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life. Refer to for the application. Feel free to contact with any questions.

The Silver Spartan Diner will be open for late-night dining on an altered schedule during reading and exam weeks. Students on a meal plan will be able to choose one of the meal bundles at the kiosk (no substitutions, please) in place of one meal a week. Check out dates, times and the menu at

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Jennifer Burgoyne has joined the university community as a research assistant in the proteomics department.

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To the university community, including undergraduate and graduate students groups, Greek organizations, select departments and offices for coordinating toy collections, clothing and food drives, a bone marrow registry and other charitable endeavors to support Northeast Ohio schools, families and agencies.