Official Holidays Added to University Calendar

beach.jpgTo honor its employees, Case Western Reserve University is adding three officially recognized university holidays to its calendar beginning this year.

Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., has announced that Friday, March 16 will be an official university holiday -- a spring break day for employees. Because the School of Dental Medicine this year celebrates spring break the week of March 19–23, dental school employees will receive March 19 as their newest holiday.

This new holiday takes place the week of the university's spring break, during which some departments experience downtime in school-based activities, according to Anthony D. Kinslow, vice president for human resources. In addition, the day gives employees the opportunity to spend time with their school-aged children who might also be off that week for spring break. A day off in March also provides a break in what seems to be the longest stretch of months between other official holidays during the year, Kinslow said.

Incoming President Barbara R. Snyder expects to designate two additional days around Christmas as official holidays this year and next, as well as a spring break day in 2008. Dates will be determined in the next academic year. By policy, the university recognizes eight official holidays each year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (the Fourth of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now the university will officially recognize 11 holidays each year.

Campus News

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is accepting donations for campus and community members who would like to support the students traveling to New Orleans to serve in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during spring break. The center is located on the lower level of Thwing Center.

Science is fun? Find out during the free Science is Fun Family Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Program features hands-on activities and friendly competitions for science devotees of all ages. Marty Rosenberg, emeritus lecturer in biology, will bring reptiles to see and touch. Details: 368-5075. Sponsored by the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, College of Arts and Sciences.

Join 1-2-1 Fitness Center for "Buff Brides Boot Camp" starting March 12. Designed for brides-to-be or anyone getting ready to attend a wedding or reunion this summer. Session meets 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at the center. Bonus: one-hour consult with center dietitian, body fat analysis, health risk assessment, and a free tank top. Call 368-1121 or send e-mail to to register.

Friday, March 9 is the last day to submit nominations for the Diekhoff Award, presented annually by the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Senate to two full-time faculty members who have made exemplary contributions to graduate education. This year, faculty from the biomedical and professional graduate programs are eligible. Send nominations to with the subject line "Diekhoff Nomination."

For Faculty & Staff

Check out Kelvin Smith Library's digital library, which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at the university in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized. View and research the online collection, exhibit, images and the scholarship of faculty, graduate students and professional staff.

For Students

Friday, March 23 is the deadline to submit an abstract for 2007 Intersections: SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session. All undergraduate students who have participated in research or creative projects during the past year are invited and encouraged to participate. The event will be April 20. Senior Capstone students are urged to present their work at the SOURCE symposium, even if the work is presented in the academic department.

Orientation for volunteers assisting in the Science is Fun Family Day will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 9 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Volunteers are still needed. Call 216-368-5075.

Has your tuition been paid? The payment deadline for the spring semester is March 16. The Account Status feature of QuikPAY will show current account balance. Students can access QuikPAY online from the MyCase portal. Make payments online by e-check or the Discover Card, which has a service fee. Please direct all billing questions to


Baiju Shah, president of BioEnterprise, will address the Friday Public Affairs Forum to talk about economic development in Cleveland. The brown-bag session begins at 12:30 p.m., March 9 in the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, ground floor of Crawford Hall. SAGES Cafe will provide coffee.

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

March 8, 2007

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Workplace workshop aims for arthritis education

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 5, 2007 [subscription required]

Roland Moskowitz, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University who specializes in arthritis care, said the myths surrounding arthritis don't include just how debilitating the disease can be and how it affects many Americans much younger than 65.

Higher Ed News

Rebound in higher ed support

Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2007

Measured in constant dollars and per student, state and local support for public higher education has been falling but rebounded in fiscal 2006, according to an analysis being released today by the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

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