President Snyder Welcomes All to New Academic Year

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Dear Case Western Reserve Community:

On behalf of the university's senior leadership, I want to welcome all of you to the campus and to the start of the academic year. To those of you new to the university -- whether students, faculty or staff -- please accept my special welcome and my very best wishes for your success as a member of our community.

As I look forward from the perspective of the very beginnings of my presidency, I want all of you to know that I am energized by the many possibilities I see for everyone at Case Western Reserve University. The challenges and opportunities ahead provide a real excitement and immediacy to our work here on the campus, and we must be prepared to look for imaginative solutions and unconventional answers.

We pledge to improve the financial standing of the university. The fiscal health of the institution is the framework upon which we build the exciting programs and academic offerings that make the university such a desirable destination for students and faculty. Additionally, I will be working with Interim Provost Jerry Goldberg and a cross section of the university community to create a university strategic plan that will be ambitious, innovative and measurable.

The beginning of the academic year is a good time to honor the traditions and history that make Case Western Reserve University one of the nation's preeminent research institutions. We need to be acutely aware of our university's important heritage and proud reputation. At the same time, we need to look to the future and the work ahead. I ask each of you to join with me in pledging to bring our best efforts to the opportunities ahead. By doing so, we will ensure our future will be as exemplary as our past.

Once again, I offer my personal thanks to all of you for being committed members of the Case Western Reserve community.

Sincerely,
Barbara R. Snyder
President

Convocation Registration Closes Today

Registration for the 2007 Fall Convocation and Investiture Ceremony closes today, August 27. Online registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Because response has been overwhelming, no one will be admitted to the ceremony -- scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 29 at Severance Hall -- without a ticket. Those who already have registered can pick up admission tickets at the Severance Hall Box Office beginning today. Those who register today can obtain tickets at the box office beginning 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 28. The ceremony will be webcast. Visit the Convocation Web site for complete details. For questions regarding tickets, call 368-6280.

Campus News

Last Thursday and Friday, August 23 and 24, Facilities Services, in response to a request from the university's utility provider, requested the campus reduce its electrical usage. The collective efforts of faculty, staff and students resulted in a decrease in consumption of 8,800 kwh on Thursday and 6,000 kwh on Friday, totaling 14,800 kwh saved over the two-day period. As of today, the university's utility provider has advised that normal operations may be resumed. Facility Services thanks the university community. It took the effort of the entire campus to accomplish this savings, which shows that when everyone does a little, the university can accomplish a lot. Facilities Services encourages all to continue to practice energy conservation on a regular basis by turning off all nonessential lighting, keeping thermostats set at 76 degrees during warm weather, and turning off copiers, printers and other equipment when not needed.

For Faculty & Staff

The Department of Facilities Services has two vehicles for sale through sealed bid. Read more for information about the vehicles, viewing date and location, and bid due date.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., August 29 in Thwing Center, Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly at that time beginning September 5. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144 (payable by cash, check or charge at the August 29 registration meeting). Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to Sara Fields to learn more.

For Students

Case Concert Choir open auditions will be held from 7-8:30 tonight in Haydn Hall, Room 305. All parts are needed, especially tenors and basses. Questions: Send e-mail to Rob Dunn, or review the audition requirements.

Events

Case Western Reserve University is hosting a Health Care Reform Working Group forum sponsored by state Sen. Shirley Smith from 5 to 7:30 this evening in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, located inside Crawford Hall. Members from the Ohio Senate and House will hear testimony from health care professionals and administrators, representatives from state agencies, advocacy organizations and other experts regarding health care access and disparities, and suggested ways Ohio might develop new policies and legislation to address these needs. 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.

August 27, 2007

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Case in the News

Uganda: Country selected for $27m global TB-HIV research

allAfrica.com, August 27, 2007
Uganda will be part of a global tuberculosis research project conducted by an international consortium of physicians, researchers and scientists. Henry Bloom, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, is the principal investigator.

78 percent of U.S. businesses have no payroll employees

The Plain Dealer August 26, 2007
Case Western Reserve University economics professors Scott Shane and Susan Helper offer their insights about the lack of payroll employees and why more people run Web-based businesses.

Now you can decide for yourself

Boston Globe.com, August 26, 2007
Ellen Landau, professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the questions raised about the authenticity of art work said to be by Jackson Pollock now on exhibit at Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art, where she is curator.

Higher Ed News

Momentum for gender neutrality

Inside Higher Ed, August 27, 2007
While only a small minority of colleges have added gender identity to their anti-bias policies or created gender-neutral dormitories or bathrooms, the movement to do so is growing, especially in the Northeast and among elite universities, according to a report being released today.

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