Taylor Branch to Give Third Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture at Case

branch.jpgAcclaimed writer Taylor Branch will speak about his authoritative trilogy on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement as the keynote speaker for the third annual Anisfield-Wolf/SAGES Lecture. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 7 in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave. Branch is this year's Anisfield-Wolf Book Award honoree for lifetime achievement in writing about race and race relations.

Branch will be in Cleveland to receive his award during a special event and reception on Thursday, September 6, that recognizes this year's recipients who have contributed literary works that advance the understanding of race relations.

Branch began his examination of the late civil rights leader's life and contributions with the publishing of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (1988). Read more.

Campus News

Effective September 1, the university will implement several changes to its P-Card policy and practices in order to support compliance with IRS regulations, improve internal controls over travel and entertainment expenses and apply best practices to the university's travel program. The key change is that all travel-related expenses will be converted to an expense reimbursement model as of September 1; the traditional P-Card will no longer support these kinds of charges. During the implementation process, the P-Card office will work closely with all departments that use the P-Card to minimize any inconvenience related to this change. Learn more.

For Faculty & Staff

The Staff Advisory Council will host a second forum on Staff morale from noon to 1:30 p.m., today in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 401. The intent is to have a conversation centered on finding out what is working in different areas on campus to build and improve morale. Lunch will be provided.

Undergraduate faculty are invited to the Academic Dean's Reception during Orientation Session on August 21 as a representative of a department or college. RSVP online. Send e-mail to the Orientation office.

For Students

In an effort to make students' move back to campus as smooth as possible, students are being asked to make sure that their computers have some preventative maintenance performed prior to their return or arrival on campus. Tasks include: Symantec Anti-Virus installed, updated and system scanned and cleaned; Cisco VPN client software installed and functional; and registration of your university ID if you have not already done so. These items are available for download. For questions, call 216-368-HELP. If students have not purchased a computer system yet, visit the Software Center for special offers and details.


A dance ensemble consisting of Case students and members of the Cleveland community, directed by Case student Allyson Whipple, will perform Bits and Pieces, a site-specific dance designed for the Mather quad, at 7:30 p.m. on August 9 and 10. Free.

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

Senior director of global operations for the Asia-Pacific Region James Ross died unexpectedly July 29 in Nepal. Ross joined Family Health International in 2000, serving in Nigeria and Nepal before being named senior director just eight weeks ago. Ross earned his master's (1972) and doctoral (1981) degrees in anthropology from the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Read more.

August 6, 2007

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Case in the News

Case medical school encouraging young researchers and future doctors

WKYC.com, August 1, 2007
This summer, 21 Cleveland Public School students are researching various illnesses as part of a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine program. The students meet other researchers who oversee their work and talk with doctors and medical students. In the program's five years, all of the students have graduated from high school and gone on to college.

Schools react to calls for more modern campuses

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 6, 2007 (subscription required)
Story about the demand among college students for modern amenities such as high-tech buildings, wireless service and apartment-style housing. Case Western Reserve University is cited for its efforts to achieve this, with comments from Michael Kubit of MediaVision, the university department that handles media services.

Ohio responsible for inspecting, maintaining more than 43,800 bridges

The Plain Dealer, August 3, 2007
Art Huckelbridge, professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a specialist in bridges, comments about the large inventory of bridges in Ohio and the challenge of maintaining them.

Higher Ed News

Administrators indicted in hazing death

Inside Higher Ed August 6, 2007
Two administrators at Rider University were among five people charged August 3 with aggravated hazing in connection with the alcohol poisoning of two fraternity pledges, one of whom died. Several college lawyers said that they could not think of comparable indictments of administrators.

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