Case Concert Celebration tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Case Concert Celebration, which takes place February 21 at Severance Hall. The campus community is invited to this reception and exclusive concert by The Cleveland Orchestra -- sponsored by The Payne Fund -- which celebrates the students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends of Case Western Reserve University. Tickets are $10 for university alumni, faculty, staff and friends and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216.231.1111. A valid student ID must be presented at the Severance Hall Ticket Office to purchase tickets at the student price. For more details about the event, go to


Faculty, staff and 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 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 Direct Talk voicemail system will be taken out of service at the end of January. 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.


House rushes to cut college-loan interest

The Plain Dealer, January 17, 2007

The House's new Democratic majority, eager to make good on a promise to help students cope with the high cost of college, plans to pass legislation swiftly today that would slash interest rates on federal student loans. An analysis by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group, a grass-roots advocacy group that favors the bill, estimates that the average four-year college student in Ohio starting school in 2007 would save $2,230 over the life of a loan. The group estimates that the average saving for students starting school in 2011 at Case Western Reserve University would be $5,000.

CIA emphasizes flexibility in new strategy

USA Today, January 15, 2007

Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in an article about the CIA: Gup, author of "The Book of Honor," a study of heroism by covert CIA officers, said Hayden's plan "seems to make all the right sounds" but glosses over the agency's recent problems.

Ohio district tests performance pay--for students

Education Week, January 17, 2007

The Coshocton, Ohio school district is taking part in an unusual experiment to pay students for passing or scoring high on state exams. With annual tests given in five subjects, students can earn up to $100 if they ace their exams. Coshocton schools are now in the third year of the experiment, which is being conducted by a researcher from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Surgery gives quadriplegic ability to breathe on his own

Ottawa Citizen (Canada), January 16, 2007

Bob Blair, an Alberta farmer who was paralyzed in a horse riding accident, is the first patient in Canada to have an experimental operation to rid of him of mechanical ventilation. The surgery was developed by Raymond Onders and engineers at a Case Western Reserve University spin-off company called Synapse Biomedical Inc.

Television newscast about e-mail threats

WKYC TV, January 15, 2007

Tom Siu, chief information security officer, Information Technology Services, was featured in a WKYC television story about new e-mail scams.

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Another front on accreditation

Inside Higher Ed, January 17, 2007

After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Education Department has decided to begin a process next month in which it will explore possible changes in the federal rules that govern the higher education accreditation process, department officials confirmed Wednesday. The decision, which will be formally announced in a "Federal Register" notice on Friday, offers yet another sign that the department plans to move aggressively, on many fronts, to carry out the recommendations of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

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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. The program will be at 12:30 p.m., January 26, in Amasa Stone Chapel. Her lecture will be followed by a reception and a book signing for her book about the experience called In Their Path. The event is free. Learn more and read the story of her journey at

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

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Reminder: Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and Provost John L. Anderson invite all faculty and staff to a reception from 4 -6 p.m., today, January 17, in Thwing Ballroom, celebrating the appointments of Mohan Reddy, Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management; Cyrus Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Norman Tien, Dean of the Case School of Engineering.

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The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is currently holding a referendum on the campus smoking policy. Go to to read the options of the referendum and to vote. For more information contact USG at

The Case Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Mistletoe Residential College, and AMSA are cosponsoring a Community Service Fair from 12:30-1:45 p.m., January 19, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The event will showcase service opportunities and programs to engage students in the community. Information tables will include representatives from student service groups, local non-profit organizations, and post-graduation programs. Over 30 organizations will be represented. For additional information, go to

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will begin a new discussion group for women students led by student assistants Jiling Yang and Joanna Lopez. The first conversation, "Conceptions of Female Beauty across Cultures," will take place at 6 p.m. this evening, January 17, at Thwing Center, Room 309. Participants will define the parameters and dynamics of the group and the topics of future conversations.

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Rana Traboulsi recently joined the university as a research associate in the dermatology department.

Sydelle Zinn recently joined the university community as a coordinator in the hematology/oncology department.

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Fairmount Minerals, Ltd. will advance the education of current and future business leaders in sustainability through two generous gifts, totaling $2.4 million, to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. A $2 million gift will endow the new Fairmount Minerals Chair in Social Entrepreneurship. Another gift of $400,000 will establish the Fairmount Minerals Seed Fund to support programs in the area of social responsibility and sustainable business at Weatherhead. Learn more at