University Farm Endowment is Seeded

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Darhl Foreman, Kenneth Kutina and Ana Locci share a common love for a Case Western Reserve University treasure: the University Farm.

Foreman, the first woman to become full professor in the biology department, and Kutina, a triple alumnus and former vice president for institutional planning, continue their involvement with the university from their emeriti offices at the farm. Locci, farm director and adjunct assistant professor of biology, has been at the farm for more than 25 years. She started her master’s degree program there and continued through the completion of her doctorate degree before being named director.

Together, Foreman, Kutina and Locci have helped to establish a new endowment fund to keep the 389-acre Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms thriving for research, education and recreational uses. The goal is to raise a million dollars over the next five years to provide revenue that will enhance all aspects of farm programs.

Foreman and Kutina have made several substantial contributions to update the offices, teaching and research spaces at the farm but have realized it is difficult to sustain the facilities with individual gifts alone. Along with Locci, they want to ensure that future generations of students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to experience the farm as desired by Andrew Squire, who left the land to the university in 1919.

"I desire it cultivated and preserved as a farm for educational purposes, and to be a place where the practical duties of life may be taught; where the teachers and students can come in close contact with Mother Earth; and where those needing rest and recreation may obtain it," Squire's will states.

Contributions to the new University Farm Endowment Fund can be sent to Locci or the development office at Case Western Reserve. Call Locci at 216-368-0274 for more details about contributing funds.

Campus News

Fans of reality television shows have a chance to show some skills via the university's own Case Idol, Dancing with the Case Stars and Who's Smarter than a Clevelander? These and other events will take place during the Party on the Quad, from 3-6 p.m. on July 20. Interested participants must register online or send e-mail confirming interest. Party cosponsors are the Staff Advisory Council and the Department of Human Resources.

The campus community is invited to a memorial service at 3 p.m., today in Amasa Stone Chapel to honor the work and life of David A, Bowers, professor emeritus of banking and finance at the Weatherhead School, who died July 9.

For Faculty & Staff

Undergraduate faculty are invited to the Academic Dean's Reception during each Orientation Session as a representative of a department or college. RSVP to attend any of the remaining receptions set for July 16, 19 and August 21. Send e-mail to the Orientation office with any questions.

The university is a cosponsor of the Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine International Meeting being held in Cleveland August 27-29. Register online by July 15 to receive an early registration discount. The target audience is faculty, graduate students and new and experienced investigators. In addition, the committee is accepting proposals for abstracts of original investigation for consideration in the poster session and possible short-talk podium presentations. Abstract submissions must be received by July 19. Complete details are available online.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting free online workshops throughout the summer with faculty from the organizational behavior department. The next workshop will be held from 4-6 p.m., July 19 featuring Chris Laszlo as he discusses "going green," along with his book, The Sustainable Company. The workshop will be followed by an online open house about the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change program. Register online and find out about future workshops.

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

Alexis Abramson, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is on the cover of the July 2007 issue of CBC Magazine, Cleveland Business Connects, a new magazine focusing on events, networking and corporate trends in Northeast Ohio. It is slated to publish later this month.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation recently awarded two grants to the university for Operations Research on AIDS Care and Treatment in Africa. Two of the 10 awards were received by Assistant Professor Ajay K. Sethi and Professor Christopher C. Whalen of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine. Read the abstract.

Fourth-year student Vivian Khoury is among 10 dental students selected to participate in the American Dental Education Association's Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program for the 2007-08 academic year. The goal of this program is to encourage and prepare students to enter academic dentistry.

Martha Sajatovic's professional status was incorrectly cited in the July 6 issue of Case Daily. She is a professor of psychiatry.

July 13, 2007

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Case in the News

Chester Avenue redevelopment signals good things for University Circle, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic

The Plain Dealer, July 13, 2007
Story gives an overview of housing and retail development plans for the area in University Circle that includes Case Western Reserve University.

Whiz kids at CWRU

The Chronicle-Telegram online, July 10, 2007
Story about the internalDrive Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University, offering area youngsters a chance to design Web sites, create video games and program robots.

Higher Ed News

Handling the 'bad apples'

Inside Higher Ed , July 13, 2007
Department heads, accustomed to running their own meetings, mostly listened along with provosts, deans and other faculty members during a training workshop in Seattle this week geared toward advising academic leaders in the science, engineering and math fields on how to manage their divisions while keeping diversity in mind.

House passes overhaul plan on student aid

The New York Times , July 13, 2007
The House on Wednesday approved far-reaching changes in student aid programs, voting to cut $19 billion in federal subsidies to student lenders over five years, while increasing grants for needy students and halving interest rates on federally backed loans with the savings.

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