A House All Alumni Can Call Home

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Most houses are places that families call home. The house at 11310 Juniper Drive on campus is no different. However, instead of a few relatives, thousands of Case Western Reserve University alumni will be able to refer to The Alumni House as their home on the university's campus.

The official opening and dedication of the Alumni House is scheduled for October 4 during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. During the celebration, tours will be available throughout the weekend, with current and future alumni serving as docents. Built in 1911 and purchased by the university in 1953, The Alumni House is the only building on the street with a circular drive. PerceptIS most recently occupied it, and from 1985-2005, Nottingham Spirk Design Associates made its headquarters there.

In preparation for the grand opening, the house will undergo major renovations during the spring and summer. The first floor interior will be restored to its original look, an elevator will be added, new heating and air conditioning systems will be installed, wireless technology will be implemented, ramps will be installed, a full bathroom will be renovated so that alumni can freshen up between meetings and events, the front porch will be enlarged and a patio will be added to the back.

The Alumni House is Phase One of the overall Alumni Center Project. Currently, Phase Two plans include an Alumni Hall featuring a great room with a seating capacity of 250, as well as additional meeting and office space. A completion date has not been set. 

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Campus News

The university will close on Monday, May 28, to observe the Memorial Day holiday. Case Daily will not publish that day but will resume on Tuesday, May 29. Refer to the university's home page for announcements and other university information.

Lynne Ford is retiring June 29 after nearly 30 years with the university working in a variety of central office roles, most recently as the secretary of the Faculty Senate and a member of the administrative support team in the Office of the Provost. Independent academic and business consultant Susan Zull, onetime secretary of the corporation and secretary of the Faculty Senate, will take on Ford's duties.

For Faculty & Staff

All faculty and staff are invited to an informal reception to say farewell to Carolyn Gregory, associate vice president for human resources. RSVPs are due today via e-mail to Helen Haynes-Whitehead.The event is from 3:30 to 5 p.m., May 31 in SAGES Café on the first level of Crawford Hall. Gregory is joining the University of Akron as associate vice president of human resources.

For Students

Students: Shape up for the summer though 1-2-1 Fitness Center's special program now through August 26. A valid Case ID is required to receive special student rate. Non-Case Western Reserve University students also are welcome.

Events

The Western Reserve Historical Society will present a lecture and reception for Mary E. Davis, associate professor of music, Case Western Reserve University, for the recent release of her book, Classic Chic: Music-Fashion-Modernism. Program takes place from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, June 3 in the WRHS's Norton Gallery. The event is free, but registration is required.

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

Catherine Patterson, assistant professor of molecular biology and microbiology, won the IPod Nano randomly selected from among faculty members who filled out the University Bookstore survey.

David Hutter, former director and chair of physical education and athletics, has an award named for him. The Hutter Award will replace the department's Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award. The first recipient is senior linebacker Tom Brew.

The university's Upward Bound precollege program has reached a milestone of 41 consecutive years serving area youth during the summer. The U.S. Department of Education funds this program.

May 25, 2007

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Case in the News

Making tech transfer pay

The Plain Dealer, May 25, 2007 (editorial)
Case Western Reserve University's technology transfer program is cited as a model for how an institution can not only work to capitalize on scholars' achievements but also help drive and grow the economy of a region by taking research discoveries to market.

School news

The Chieftain, May 25, 2007
Patricia Princehouse, lecturer in philosophy and evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the election process of the National State Boards of Education.

Bristol teen schizophrenia drug works

Houston Chronicle.com, May 23, 2007
Robert Findling, professor of psychiatry and director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, and lead investigator in this study, shares his insight about results of a study on a drug said to benefit adolescents with schizophrenia.

Can California Catch a Waiver?

National Review online, May 25, 2007
Op-ed piece  by Jonathan Alder, professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law about an initiative by the California attorney general to make it the first state to impose its own greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles legislation.

Higher Ed News

Legislators say Rutgers logo should make room
for ‘NJ’

The New York Times, May 18, 2007
Legislators in New Jersey have approved a resolution requesting that Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey with 50,000 students, redesign its "R" logo to include the letters "NJ," a move devised to allow the state to bask in the reflected glory of the university's recent successes.