Campus Community Reminded About Summer Safety and Emergency Procedures

Case Quad As the academic year comes to a close, Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services asks that members of the university community keep safety in mind.

As the university moves into summer mode, faculty, staff and students on campus can become more relaxed, and many will take walks, jog or bike outside. University police ask that those who take part in recreational summer activities on campus stay alert and stay in areas they are familiar with -- and walk, jog or bike only during daylight hours. Those who listen to music while outside are asked to keep one earbud or headphone off in order to remain fully aware of surroundings.

Members of the campus community who let fresh air into their offices or residence hall rooms are asked to be sure to close and lock windows and doors when they leave -- in order to keep rain and insects, as well as potential intruders, out.

Faculty, staff and students also need to protect their cars on campus by rolling up windows, locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight, according to university police. In addition, a sunshade will keep a car cooler and hide items that may have been left inside the vehicle.

There also may be more visitors to campus during the summer months. While some will legitimately ask for directions, others may use the question as a way to entice people to compromise their safety. Members of the campus community who do not feel comfortable helping strangers -- or those who notice suspicious or threatening behavior from anyone -- should call university police at 368-3333.

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services provides an online guide regarding what faculty, staff and students should do and what they can expect in specific emergency situations. The guide also includes evacuation procedures.

Campus News

Access Services will close at 3 p.m., Monday, May 7 due to the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence dedication. Send e-mail to Access Services for assistance during this time.

Information Technology Services has found a cost-effective, efficient means to provide personal computer backup and retrieval for Case faculty, staff and students. Carbonite will provide unlimited storage capacity and the secure, automatic backup of files on desktop or laptop computer. This is a pay-for-use commercial service at user's expense. This will replace the current solution that will discontinue on June 30. More information is online.

For Faculty & Staff

Representatives from Ease@Work, the university's employee assistance provider, will visit campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 10 to share information about childcare options during the summer such as camp programs, seasonal childcare and summer activities. The session will take place in Thwing Center atrium. Call 216-241-3273.

Procurement and Distribution Services wants to remind all users to review their Peoplesoft Expense Statements carefully prior to year end and notify the Customer Care Team to close any purchase orders where all invoices have been expensed against the P.O. or purchase orders that are no longer needed. Call 368-2560 for more details.

For Students

The May edition of the Mind Body Connection is available online. Previous newsletters are available on the archives site.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is seeking two graduate students to develop and implement a project-based learning experience for 20 Cleveland School District high school students participating in the Future Connections program on campus. The graduate students hired will manage the project and supervise the students from June 18 to July 13. For details, call 368-5075 or e-mail Kathryn Kwiatkowski.


Attend a free dance performance, "Informal Showing," a collection of choreography presented by undergraduate and graduate students in the Dance Program of the Department of Theater and Dance. Begins at 5:30 today in the Mather Dance Center.

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.

Et al

The 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winners have been announced in the faculty, staff and student categories. Cash prizes of $300 (first), $200 (second) and $100 (third) were presented to the following, respectively: Anita Sadhu, Anne Lloyd and Frank Griffiths, students; Preston Pugh, Dorothy Oluonye, and (tied) Kassandra Spates and David M. Brown, staff; and Paulette Goll, faculty.

Six Math Club students, supported by the Case Alumni Association, attended the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America conference at Shawnee State University, which featured several math competitions. The club placed first in "Integration," a fast-response competition, and of the 23 teams, the club placed first and third in the main competition. The first-place team included Matt Reyna, Dan Thomson and David Carper; third-place team included Becca Winarski, Ryan Derow and Tony Cartwright. David Singer, professor of math, is the faculty adviser.

Judson at University Circle announces its 2007 Smart Living Award winners. The awards celebrate individuals of all ages who have dedicated their lives to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle in the arts, education, health care, philanthropy and volunteerism. Several of the recipients are Case Western Reserve University alumni and or onetime faculty members.

May 4, 2007

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Case in the News

Saving Coach Harris

Cleveland, May 3, 2007
Story on the effects of a recent decision by Case Western Reserve University officials to fire head track coach Dennis Harris after 24 years at the university.

Parents: It's OK to be angry, just not hateful, experts say

The Plain Dealer, May 3, 2007
Syndicated columnist Sylvia Rimm, also a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, says it's normal for parents to lose their temper with their children.

An expert's advice for common lawn problems

The Plain Dealer, May 3, 2007
A book about the history of lawns and "lawn lust" written by Ted Steinberg, professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, is referenced in this story about lawn care.

Higher Ed News

Critics question Sallie Mae's close ties with agency that guarantees its loans

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 4, 2007 (subscription required)
Sallie Mae's highly publicized agreement last month with New York's attorney general, prompted the nation's largest student lender to agree to stop paying hundreds of dollars in travel costs to individual college administrators who recommended the company to their students.

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