University Celebrates Diversity with Endowed Chair, Campuswide Statement

may_wykle.jpg In its ongoing celebration of diversity as an act of everyday life on campus, Case Western Reserve University has launched a fund to create its first endowed chair to be named after an African American and adopted a university-wide statement on diversity.

The university is establishing the May L. Wykle Professorship at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to honor Wykle, dean of the School of Nursing, who joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve nearly four decades ago, who has championed thousands of students from diverse backgrounds and is acclaimed as an international leader in geriatric and mental health research. She also is a triple alumna, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1962, her Master of Science in Nursing in 1969, and her doctorate in education from the School of Graduate Studies in 1981.

Out of approximately 5,000 endowed chairs at the top 50 universities and liberal arts colleges across the United States, research indicates that less than 150 of those chairs are held by African Americans, and far fewer endowed chairs are actually named for African Americans.

The university will host The Art and Soul of Nursing: A Celebration to pay tribute to Wykle and other distinguished leaders in the field of nursing and to raise funds for a new faculty position dedicated to excellence in nursing education. The black tie event, which features a photographic gallery opening, fine dining and live music, begins at 6 p.m., June 22 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Information on tickets and sponsorships is available online.

In addition, the President's Advisory Committee on Minorities—which worked with members of the university community from faculty, staff and students to members of the Board of Trustees—has crafted a university-wide mission related to diversity. The statement has been approved by the university's Board of Trustees and adopted university-wide.

"The university and all of its schools have a number of programs, resources and efforts that support diversity and inclusion," said Kathryn Hall, assistant vice president of institutional diversity and equity. "While we have policies and procedures prohibiting discrimination, this (the statement) is an effort to publicly embrace our overall inclusion."

Read the complete statement with an endorsement from Case Western Reserve Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.

Campus News

Campus members who plan to attend the dedication ceremony for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence set for 3:30 p.m., May 7, must RSVP by Friday, May 4 to Jane Howarth or call 368-2133.

The Postal Substation in Thwing Center will close on Friday, May 4. The post office will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, May 7.

In order to encourage full compliance with the new Ohio smoking ban law, Case Western Reserve University will begin increased enforcement of the smoking ban on campus today, May 3. This coincides with the start of the state's active enforcement of the new law. Read more.

For Faculty & Staff

NetWellness, a free consumer Web health site sponsored and operated by Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati, allows users to ask medical questions of experts from the universities.

For Students

The Weatherhead School of Management will host an information session for two Master of Science in Management programs, Supply Chain and Operations Research. Learn about the programs beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. E-mail or call program director Kevin Malecek for details at 368-3315.

Engineering Senior Send-Off will take place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 4 at Jillian's. Celebrate the end of the undergraduate engineering experience with friends and others. Free. Contact Delia Mannen for details.


Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

In Memoriam

A memorial service for former Dean Theodore M. Alfred of the Weatherhead School of Management takes place at 4 today in Amasa Stone Chapel.

May 3, 2007

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