A Message from President Snyder

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Dear University Community,

Recently there was an advertisement sponsored by the American Jewish Committee in the New York Times that was endorsed by more than 300 university and college presidents.

The ad was a statement criticizing a proposal by Britain's leading faculty union to consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. I am profoundly disturbed by this proposed boycott -- it is a breach of our shared academic values and virtues. Our own diversity statement reads: Case Western Reserve University aspires to be an inclusive environment, believing that the creative energy and variety of insights that result from diversity are a vital component of the intellectual rigor and social fabric of the university.

As a member of the faculty and as your president, I am embarrassed that I was not aware prior to my arrival of the important opportunity to be a signator. However, I hope this message and my concern will inspire our Faculty Senate and institution to pass a similar resolution or to add Case Western Reserve to the list of renowned universities and colleges in the statement.

Sincerely,
Barbara R. Snyder
President

Campus News

Picture This: Find a Great Summer Movie @ Kelvin Smith Library. Enjoy the last days of summer with a movie or two, or three… or more. The library collaborated with the Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library several years ago to purchase a large specialized local video collection, which now has more than 12,000 videos and DVDs available for free. KSL has added many entertainment and academic items to the original collection, and also created a tool to use -- create a QuickList of a favorite actor or producer. Try it, and then check out an old favorite or a new classic. Details are on the KSL News Blog.

For Faculty & Staff

Traveline Travel Services, the university's preferred travel vendor, has rolled out Travelport, an online booking tool that may be used for Internet travel reservations using the Business Travel Account, a central university credit card to which travel may be charged. Refer to the Travelport Training Web site to register for training and to obtain additional information.

For Students

As the fall 2007 semester approaches, the Case Career Center invites students to check out the programs and events being planned, such as preparing for career fairs, on campus interviews and more. Visit the center online for details and to register for programs.

Events

The Weatherhead School of Management will host the last in a series of free online summer workshops with faculty from the organizational behavior department. The workshop will be from 8-10 a.m., August 21, featuring David Cooperrider, professor and co-creator of appreciative inquiry. The workshop will be followed by an online open house about the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change program. Register online.

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.

August 14, 2007

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Case in the News

Seeing is believing? Is this a real Jackson Pollock? A mysterious trove of pictures rocks the art world

Newsweek, August 20-27, 2007 issue
Story about the controversy surrounding the discovery of experimental paintings said to be the work of Jackson Pollock. Ellen Landau, a professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, offers her insights as to the challenges of authenticating art work.

Will you help me find a solution?

The Plain Dealer, August 13, 2007
Richard Boyatzis professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, and others comment on the role of emotional intelligence in the work place.

Surgeon cuts in on field's male dominance

Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2007
Jo Buyske, chief of surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has just been named the first woman associate executive director at the American Board of Surgery. Jeffrey Ponsky, chair of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

The hidden truth about stun guns, cars, priests: Ann Woolner

Bloomberg News.com, August 10, 2007
Columnist writes about how some information regarding lawsuits and settlements is deliberately kept from the public. Ted Gup, professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and author of Nation of Secrets, comments.

Higher Ed News

Facebook pages concern parents of college freshmen

USA TODAY, August 8, 2007
As housing officials at colleges around the country send out roommate assignments to freshmen this summer, a growing number of schools say they're getting more requests for changes -- from parents who don't like the roommates' Facebook profiles.

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