Interim President Eastwood: Safety of campus community, families is top priority

Dear Campus Community,

During the past 24 hours, Cleveland experienced a severe winter storm. In consultation with leadership Tuesday evening, I decided to close the campus yesterday because I wanted to make sure our campus community was safe. We hope everyone was alerted through the various communications that were issued. More importantly, I hope all of you and your families are safe.

Sincerely,
Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.

Inclement Weather Emergency: Employees who were scheduled to be at work will receive their normal rate of pay for February 14, 2007.

University closure: A closing due to inclement weather is not considered a university holiday. The time will be treated differently for employees in essential service areas and employees working in other areas.

Essential Service Area Employees

Personnel providing critical support services in areas such as the Animal Resource Center, police, security and plant services who were required to report to campus on February 14, 2007:

Staff employees (non-exempt) will be paid their straight time hourly rate for the hours they worked and will receive a day off to be used by the end of February at a time convenient to their department.

Employees must record their actual work time in the PeopleSoft HCM system. The Time Reporting Control code (TRC) will default to "EMERG." In order for essential service area employees to record worked time on February 14, 2007, they will need to change the TRC from "EMERG" to "EMGWK" and note the actual hours worked.

As with a standard workweek, a non-exempt employee will be paid at one and one-half times their hourly rate for any hours actually worked in excess of 40 hours during this workweek.

Administrative employees (exempt) will receive their regular monthly pay amount for February 14, 2007, and will receive a day off to be used by the end of February at a time convenient to their department.

The Time Reporting Control code (TRC) will default to "EMERG." In order for essential service area employees to record worked time on February 14, 2007, they will need to change the TRC from "EMERG" to "EMGWK" and note the actual hours worked.

Supervisors will be required to approve any time worked and reported on February 14, 2007.

All Other Employees

Staff Employees (non-exempt). Your Time Reporting Control code (TRC) will default to "EMERG." No further action is required. Please do not add an additional "REG" TRC code row or override the "EMERG" TRC code with “REG.”

Administrative Employees (exempt). Your Time Reporting Control code (TRC) will default to "EMERG." No further action is required. Please do not add an additional "REG" TRC code row or override the "EMERG" TRC code with "REG."

Supervisors will be required to approve any time reported on February 14, 2007.

Campus News

Provost John L. Anderson is buying pizza for those who come out to cheer on the Spartan women's and men's basketball teams as they take on New York University this Friday, February 16 at Veale Center. The women's game begins at 6 p.m., and the men's game starts at 8 p.m. The pizza--while it lasts--will be delivered and served between the two games at approximately 7:30 p.m. For more information about the basketball teams, go to http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/winter/. Go Spartans!

The Cleveland InterAct Stand Down to aid homeless people in Northeast Ohio will be February 16, 18 and 19. Faculty and students are collecting contributions of clothing. In addition, cash contributions are requested to purchase first-aid supplies. Send e-mail to Alice Bach, Hallinan Professor of Religious Studies at alice.bach@case.edu for details.

Planning to attend the E-Week banquet, the capstone event of Engineering Week? If so, RSVP by Friday, February 16 to bonnie.copes@case.edu. The dinner will at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 22 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Event includes a presentation of student projects and keynote address by Kurt Swogger of the Dow Chemical Company. Visit http://eweek.case.edu

For Faculty & Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/ to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

Winter Leadership Conference: Beyond the Classroom, takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., February 17 in Thwing Center. An alumni panel will discuss the benefits of their leadership experiences with undergraduates. Register at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/programs/leadership/.

Teach for America, a program that sends college graduates to teach in low-income school districts, is seeking qualified seniors and graduate students from all majors to be part of the 2007 program. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., February 18. Details: http://www.teachforamerica.org/.

During the week of February 19, a sample of first-year and senior students will receive an invitation to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Results will help in evaluation of services and programs, including SAGES. The e-mail will come from Jeffrey Wolcowitz, dean of undergraduate studies, with the subject line, "Case wants your feedback." Send questions to cird@case.edu.

Events

The Judge Ben C. Green Distinguished Lecture in Law will feature Lori Andrews of Chicago-Kent College of Law from 4:30-5:30 today, February 15, Moot Courtroom, A59. Details: http://law.case.edu/lectures/index.asp?lec_id=133.

The Collegium Musicum Concert, featuring music of the French and Italian Ars Nova performed by graduate students, takes place at 7:30 p.m., February 17 in Harkness Chapel. Free and open to the public.

For a listing of Black History Month events and resources on campus, go to http://www.case.edu/events/mlk/history/.

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.

February 15, 2007

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Case in the News

Students piled snow so Wooster would cancel classes

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 15, 2007
Dick Jamieson, vice president for campus services at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the decision to close the university on February 14 due to snow.

Snow-day work policies as varied as our weather

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 15, 2007
Paul F. Gerhart, a professor of human resources and labor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, talks about the need for employers to clearly state and fairly enforce policies on absences due to inclement weather.

FIU professor: Ancient diamonds fell from space

Miami Herald, Feb. 13, 2007
Stephen Haggerty, a Florida International University geologist, published a study last December about black carbonado diamonds. He authored the study with a team from Case Western Reserve University. In this story, he discusses the rare diamonds.

HIGHER ED NEWS

Defeat for affirmative action

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2007
A decades-old, popular program in which colleges prepare minority high school students for journalism degrees and careers in the field will no longer focus exclusively on minority students.

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