CAMPUS NEWS

The university will close on Monday, January 15 to commemorate the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Beginning Tuesday, January 16, utility work will begin along the south side of Euclid Avenue from Adelbert Road west to East 107th Street. A roaming work zone will be implemented throughout the project area. Traffic signs and arrow boards will be posted. This is the first phase of the Euclid Avenue Corridor Project work in University Circle. Further updates will be provided in Case Daily throughout the project.

Researchers at Case are inviting members of the university community to take part in a study about the public perceptions of genetic products in a discussion group setting. Participants should be age 50 or older. All participants will receive monetary compensation. For more information, call Gail Gangidine in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at 368-5630.

The Office of the President invites interested Case faculty, staff and students to submit essays for the 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. Full details are available online at http://www.case.edu/events/mlk/essays/index.html. The submission deadline is February 1.

Faculty, staff members or students who were away from campus over the fall semester and may not have renewed their lockers or picked up any of their personal belongings left behind should plan to do so before Wednesday, January 31. Lockers are still available for rental through June at rates of $70 for faculty and staff and $35 for students. Items will be held until January 31.

The 1-2-1 Fitness Center will have regular hours, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday, January 15. Special $8 guest fee for Case faculty, staff and students; must present current Case ID. Refer to http://onetoone.case.edu or e-mail onetoone@case.edu for more information.

CASE IN THE NEWS

Challenges ahead for new Case president

Morning Edition, WCPN 90.3 FM, aired January 11, 2007
http://www.wcpn.org/news/2007/01-03/0111case.html

Over the holidays, Case Western Reserve University announced the hiring of Barbara Snyder as the school's next president. When she begins work in July, she'll be facing some tough challenges. Snyder spoke with ideastream's Eric Wellman about some of the challenges ahead.

How many lawyers are enough lawyers?

The News of Delaware County, January 10, 2007
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1725&dept_id=45406&newsid=17693500&PAG=461&rfi=9
Opinion by Jim Castagnera, a dual-degree alumnus of Case Western Reserve University (GRS '79, American studies, LAW '81) and the associate provost/associate counsel at Rider University.

Nobody knows who that little baby is, but odds are that by 2032 she or he will be a lawyer. The official lawyer count is currently hovering around one million. For the severely math-challenged, that's one "mouthpiece," as Scarface Al Capone called his, for every 300 of us, whether we like it or not. Some folks seem to like it a lot.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

Gains made, but CMU graduation rate for blacks is lowest among elite schools

Pittsburgh Post Gazette.com, January 11, 2007
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07011/752918-298.stm

A new survey says Carnegie Mellon University's black graduation rate is lowest among the nation's 30 top-ranked universities, though the survey's author says the school has improved by 20 percentage points in eight years.

Backstory: Roads scholars

The Christian Science Monitor, January 10, 2007
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0110/p20s01-legn.html

Kate Greenberg, an environmental studies major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., is recently back from an epic 100-day trip across the American West that was part of an unusual experiment in higher education.

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EVENTS

Come to the ITS Open Forum to hear the latest on ITS initiatives. Forum takes place from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 18 in Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room. Immediately following,Dell Computer will discuss its current and future offerings of desktops, laptops and printers from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For a list of other events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to http://www.case.edu/webdev/webevent/calendar.htm and http://www.universitycircle.org/content/.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Employees can now update their business phone using the PeopleSoft HCM Self-Service Module. The navigation is as follows: Employee Self-Service, Personal Information, Personal Information Home, Phone Numbers, Business. Details about PeopleSoft HCM: http://www.case.edu/projects/erp/Information.html.

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FOR STUDENTS

Submissions are due Friday, January 19, for those interested in the contest to design a new logo for the university's annual Springfest. The Springfest Committee is sponsoring this annual logo contest and will use the winning design for T-shirts and advertisements. The prize is $100. More details are on the Springfest Web site at http://springfest.case.edu.

Classes for spring semester begin Tuesday, January 16. Refer to http://www.case.edu for additional news and updates.

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PERSONNEL

Charles Greathouse has joined the university community as an analyst programmer in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety.

Mary Ellen Scott also joined the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety as a specialist.

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ACCOLADES

Lady Spartan basketball starting player Maria Jackson, a senior guard on the team, has overcome personal adversity to become one of three team captains this year. Read about her challenging season http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/news.htm#s2_page2.