Richard Lederer to Speak at Commencement, Online Registration Begins Today

Richard Lederer, author of more than 30 books about language and humor -- including the best-selling Anguished English series -- will deliver the keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. Approximately 2,000 students will graduate this May. Online registration for commencement begins today.

A popular author, speaker and journalist, Lederer specializes in grammar and the English language. His books include Crazy English and Get Thee to a Punnery. On the back cover of Lederer's recent book, Word Wizard: Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic, late novelist Sidney Sheldon wrote: "Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. His Anguished English books are the funniest books I have ever read."

Security Alert

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Campus News

The University Center on Aging and Health is accepting nominations for the annual Marie Haug Award, which is awarded to graduate students who have shown exemplary work in the field of aging. A plaque and a check will be given to those who qualify at a ceremony given by the School of Graduate Studies. The deadline for nominations is March 23. Details: Send e-mail to

For Faculty & Staff

The university's Squire Valleevue Farm's Manor House is available for conferences, meetings, retreats and social events. Rental fees vary depending on the group affiliation, type of event and day of the event. To learn more, go to the Web site, or call Patty Gregory at 368-0274.

For Students

Registration is open for ExtravaDance, the all-campus collaborative dance show benefiting the Cleveland Food Bank and organized by the Spartan Tappers. ExtravaDance is open to all student dance groups as well as individual dancers.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., April 11 in Thwing Ballroom. Registration closes March 10. Details available on the Web site.

The university's Asian American Alliance will host its annual AAA Night, which showcases cultural performance groups and international cuisine on March 3. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Dinner tickets $8, show tickets $3. Buy tickets this week at Thwing Center, Nord Hall, and Fribley and Leutner commons. 

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER), a program for women students, will be up and running next year under the auspices of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Interested participants are invited to join a focus group on the following dates: 5-6 p.m., March 2; 5:30-6:30 p.m., March 6; and 5-6 p.m., March 27, all in Thwing Center, Room 303. E-mail to

The latest edition of the University Counseling Center's Mind Body Connection newsletter, is now available online. Archived newsletters are also online.


The Schubert Center for Child Studies is hosting the presentation "Making a Little Go a Long Way: The Effects of Incentive Programs on Student Performance," featuring Eric P. Bettinger, superintendent of the Coshocton City Schools, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 6, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Light lunch provided. Details on the Web site.

"Analysis of a White Collar Crime" by keynote speaker Walt Pavlo takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in Thwing Ballroom. Free; refreshments provided. Part of Integrity Week activities, which run through March 2. For additional activities, refer to the Academic Integrity Board's Web site.

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

In Memoriam

The university's Information Technology Services announces that Alan Hauptman, manager of database administration in the Enterprise Application Services, recently died. Services were held on February 26. Hauptman built the university's Oracle environment from scratch, and guided the transition to Oracle from DB2 and Adabas. He joined the campus community in October 2002. Friends who wish may make a contribution to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, N.Y., 11714

March 1, 2007

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Case in the News

Ohio Veto: New Gov. Tweaks Predecessor

CBS News, March 1, 2007
Alexander Lamis, a political science professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments on Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's recent vetoing action.

Wrinkle in time

News-Herald, March 1, 2007
Guo-Qiang "G.Q." Zhang, associate chair of the computer science division of Case Western Reserve University's electrical engineering and computer science department, comments on how the new daylight-saving time calendar will impact technology.

Stephen Hawking plans prelude to the ride of his life

New York Times, March 1, 2007
Lawrence M. Krauss, a cosmologist from Case Western Reserve University, comments in an article about Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and best-selling author. Hawking, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, plans to take a zero-gravity ride out of Cape Canaveral.


New Orleans colleges have 'long way to go'

USA Today, March 1, 2007
Xavier University in New Orleans, mired in up to 5 feet of water after Hurricane Katrina, looks more like a campus than a disaster area these days, and that is nothing short of a "miracle," says President Norman Francis. Others say there's more to it than that. In a city where the slow pace of recovery has frustrated everyone, leaders of higher education in particular deserve praise for taking "decisive action," says Walter Isaacson, vice chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, a state coordinating body created after Katrina.

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