Greek Life Receives High Honors from National Organization

Greek Life The Mid-American Greek Council Association (MGCA) recently distinguished Case Western Reserve University's fraternities and sororities as the best overall Greek community in the Midwest, with both Interfraternity Congress (IFC) and Panhellenic Councils receiving high honors.

The MGCA recognized the university's IFC and Panhellenic councils as the most outstanding in its respective division. Both organizations received acknowledgements in the categories of academic achievement, council management, community service and philanthropy, leadership and educational development, membership recruitment, public relations, risk reduction and management and self-governance and judicial affairs.

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Campus News

The Common Reading for the 2007-08 entering first-year class is The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler. The author examines the causes and consequences of poverty in society by profiling the lives of Americans struggling to make ends meet. All first-year students will receive a copy of the book during the summer. Faculty and staff will be invited to enter the essay contest. The Common Reading Selection Committee invites faculty to consider the reading, when appropriate, in designing course curricula.

The Case Men's Glee Club is seeking a new director. As the oldest a cappella ensemble on campus, the group arranges, sings and performs a wide variety of music, including the annual Singing Valentines event in February. Interested graduate students, faculty, and staff are asked to contact Steve Mayes.

For Faculty & Staff

Electronic equipment can contain materials that are a hazard to the environment. The name e-Waste has been give to these discarded electronic devices. If you have computers, printers, laptops, monitors, fax machines, or other electronic devices that you wish to discard, please fill out the e-Waste form on the Facility Services Web page and submit it to Customer Service. The form will then be used as a work order to pick up the devices from your location. Please also write on the device with a permanent marker the building and room where the device came from. A custodial worker will then remove the devices to a staging area were they will be processed for disposal.

For Students

Case Scheduler, the definitive course scheduling utility for undergraduates and graduates alike, is available for scheduling classes for summer and fall 2007 semesters. Case Scheduler allows users to search for classes based on enrollment numbers, permit requirement, and the user's other scheduled classes and events.


The Share the Vision committee is hosting an open forum, "Bringing the War Home to Case: An Open Dialogue on the Conflict in Iraq" led by individuals with a personal connection, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., today at Kelvin Smith Library oval (rain site Thwing Center atrium). Refreshments will be served.

Alpha Phi Omega is hosting the Second Annual March for Marfan beginning at 11 a.m. on April 14; registration is $20 and begins at 10 a.m. in Nord Hall's atrium. The 5K-race/3K-walk will benefit the National Marfan Foundation, and will include food, music and a raffle. E-mail questions to

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting "Addicted to Gossip: Girls' Talk?" at 7 tonight in Thwing Center, Room 309. All women on campus are welcome to participate and talk with women from diverse backgrounds. Food and beverages will be served. Call Jiling Yang at 368-0985 for additional information.

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

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Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, was selected as a cochair of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Case Western Reserve University's School of Law's international law program number 15 in the nation, up from number 23 in 2006.

Qilei Hang, a third-year student majoring in chemistry, created a Web site outlining the literary debate between Arnold Bennett and Virginia Woolf. Her piece, "Character, Politics and Literary Controversy: Arnold Bennett and Virginia in Cyberspace" was recently published in The Arnold Bennett Society Newsletter. Hang's project was funded by SOURCE. Her faculty mentor is Kurt Koenigsberger, an associate professor in the English department.

Christina Mastrangelo and Amie Jackson recently won the Robert A. Dubick Case Study competition at the Ohio College Personnel Association and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators joint conference. Mastrangelo is an assistant second-year coordinator and Greek Life practicum student, and Jackson is the Greek Life assistant for citizenship.

April 13, 2007

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New technology gives doctors a graphic view of what ails you

The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2007
Technology for peering inside the body has moved light years beyond X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans. Six local scientists discussed these cutting-edge techniques and their significance in a panel Thursday at Case Western Reserve University's Fifth Annual Research Showcase. J. Martin Palomo, associate professor at Case School of Dental Medicine, described one of the technologies which produces 3-D views of the jaw, complete with teeth, bone and nerves.

Wired for wellness

WKSU News, April 12, 2007
Technological innovations have changed the nature of the patient-doctor relationship. Health care consumers now have a wealth of health information at their fingertips, and health care professionals have new methods of communicating with their patients and clients. This story references OneCommunity and the Second Life Platform, a virtual 3-D Web connecting Case Western Reserve University with schools, hospitals and community centers.

Case professor contributes to discourse on global warming

The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2007
Matthew J. Sobel, a Case Western Reserve University mathematics professor and an economist, is one of 19 contributors to "Forecasting the Effects of Global Warming on Biodiversity," an article in the March edition of the academic journal BioScience.

Finalists selected for Walter Byers scholarships

NCAA Sports, April 12, 2007
The NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Committee has chosen six finalists for the annual Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships. One of the finalists is Stephen Hrinda, who participates in cross country and track and field at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

College presidents plan 'U.S. News' rankings boycott

Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2007
A revolt is brewing among college presidents against the influential college rankings put out each year by U.S. News & World Report. Dozens of schools have recently refused to fill out surveys used to calculate ranks, and efforts are now afoot for a collective boycott.

Beyond grades: business students put their start-up ideas to the test

The New York Times, April 12, 2007
These days, hundreds of business schools hold competitions involving students presenting startup ideas to a panel of judges. Usually, winners receive money, from $5,000 to $100,000 or more. In some cases, they are also given free legal, public relations and accounting advice. For many entrants, the No. 1 spot is not the ultimate prize. Having a successful business is.

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