The university's 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation speaker will be alumna Joan Harris Southgate (SAS '54), who, in 2002, retraced the steps of Ohio's Underground Railroad by making the 350-mile journey by foot for herself. The free program begins at 12:30 p.m., January 26, in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception will follow the lecture and will include a book signing for her book about the experience called In Their Path. For more about Southgate, go to

Case Western Reserve University has begun the final phase of the construction of Nobby's Ballpark, further enhancing the athletic facilities on the north campus. The complex will be a premier baseball facility in Northeast Ohio. Construction will complete the stadium phase, which includes seating for about 500 spectators, a press box and a common area. Current construction is scheduled to be completed this spring.


Weatherhead receives $2.4 million donation

The Plain Dealer, January 4, 2007

"There's no I in Sand," announces the Web site of Fairmount Minerals, a Chardon, Ohio-based company whose sand is sold by Toys "R" Us for sandboxes and is turned into glass for the Ford Motor Co. That philosophy -- keyed to environmental and social responsibility -- motivated the company's $2.4 million gift to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Weatherhead gets $2.4M in gifts

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 4, 2007

Fairmount Minerals Ltd. of Chardon has made two gifts totaling $2.4 million to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University to bolster the school's Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. "The principals and managers at Fairmount Minerals have supported Weatherhead for more than 20 years. We are delighted that they have chosen to permanently associate their name with our school," said Mohan Reddy, dean of the management school, in a statement.

Provost named president of Case

The Lantern, January 3, 2007

Barbara Snyder, Ohio State's executive vice president and provost, has accepted an offer to become the first female president of Case Western Reserve University, in the midst of a search to replace President Karen Holbrook.

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Tethering students to their states

Inside Higher Ed, January 4, 2007

New state scholarship programs proposed in Indiana and Wisconsin would offer funds to students attending in-state institutions, with strings attached -- or, as the man behind the Wisconsin proposal puts it, "tethers." "If we can't lure them here, let's tether them here," said Mark O'Connell, executive director of the Wisconsin Counties Association, a lobbying organization, and a member of the Commission on Enhancing the Mission of the Wisconsin Colleges, a group created to advise the network of 13 two-year colleges in the state. The commission, appointed by the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges in August, submitted a report late last month calling for an investment in new scholarships pegged to residency requirements post-graduation.

In dorms, men and women now room together

Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 2006

Some 20 universities and colleges have decided to allow undergraduates of the opposite sex to share an on-campus room. Most quietly made the move in the past five years, with Clark University in Worcester, Mass., deciding this month. It's the final frontier in the decades-long march away from gender separation in college dorms, hallways and even bathrooms.

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For a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to and

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In an effort to ensure that everyone is prepared for the February 5 deadline for submissions, the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration and the Grants and Contracts Office at the School of Medicine are offering several training sessions. Plan to attend one of these sessions: 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, January 5; 9 a.m., Tuesday, January 9; and noon, Friday, January 12. All sessions will take place in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413. No registration required. All proposals for should be submitted 10 days in advance of the deadline.

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

From now to July 1, 2007, the university's Office of Equal Opportunity specialist Jeanette Thomas,, will be the contact for information regarding Faculty ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations and questions. She is located in the Office of Equal Opportunity, 310 Adelbert Hall and available by calling 368-8877.

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The Springfest committee is holding its annual logo contest to design the 2007 Springfest logo. The committee will use the logo for T-shirts and advertisements. The prize is $100. Submissions due January 19. More details are on the Springfest Web site at

The Student National Medical Association is looking for volunteers to tutor 11th and 12th graders at Shaw High School of Medicine, Science, and Technology for the upcoming Ohio Graduation Test. The after-school tutoring sessions run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning the week of January 15 and continuing through March 8. If interested in volunteering, send e-mail to Alicia Shelly at

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Nicholas Yodice recently joined Case Police and Security Services as a police officer.

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Case Western Reserve University is among the top 10 best neighbors, according to Evan Dobelle, president of the New England Board of Higher Education, who compiled a list of 25 "best neighbor" academic institutions. The university placed sixth. Read more at