Medical School Faculty Member Gives Major Gift


The President's Circle Reception on August 28 got a surprise boost when the Goldberg, Ponsky and Frankel Family announced its $1 million commitment to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

"This entire family has been touched by Case Western Reserve," said Jeffrey Ponsky (MED '71, MGT '90), who was joined at the event by his wife, Jackie and their family.

The family's affiliation with the university includes three alumni of the School of Medicine. Two -- Jeffrey and his son, Lee (MED '97), -- are currently faculty members. Jeffrey Ponsky is the Oliver H. Payne Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, while Lee is an assistant professor and director of the Center for Urologic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Therapies at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals. The third alumnus, Jeffrey's son, Todd (MED '99), will come on board later this year.

The family's gift will support projects in surgical education.

The reception celebrated the contributions of Case Western Reserve alumni and friends. Held on the eve of President Barbara R. Snyder's investiture, the event recognized members of the President's Circle, whose lifetime giving to the university totals $1 million or more. Read more.

Anisfield-Wolf Lecture on September 7

Acclaimed 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 free event takes place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 7 in Severance Hall. Online registration is now available. Branch is this year's Anisfield-Wolf Book Award honoree for lifetime achievement in writing about race and race relations. Learn more about the awards program.

Campus News

A live webcast of the 2007 Fall Convocation and Investiture Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. today. The ceremony will be followed by a reception on Freiberger Field. All are welcome.

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting an Extended Wear Contact Lens research study. Healthy contact lens candidates are needed to sleep in Night & Day soft contact lenses for one year. Participants must live locally during study period. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call 216-844-8552 to enroll.

The following campus buildings will undergo a steam shutdown from 10 tonight through 4 a.m., August 30: 1-2-1 Fitness Center, Adelbert Gym, Kent Hale Smith, Clapp, DeGrace, Millis, Strosacker, Rockefeller, Adelbert Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel. The shutdown will affect hot water and autoclaves and building temperatures may be cooler than normal. The Medical Center Company will be making repairs to fix a leak in the main steam line. Call Customer Service for Facility Operations at 368-2580 with any questions or concerns.

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 making Internet travel reservations using our Business Travel Account -- a central university credit card to which travel may be charged. Web training will be offered to interested travelers and travel arrangers. Register for the training online.

For Students

All students: Come to Freiberger Field any time from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, August 31 to welcome President Barbara H. Snyder to our community as only students can. Look for the large tent set up on the field. All undergraduate and graduate students who bring their CaseID cards will be treated to a free lunch. Students on the meal plan should swipe for a ticket in their dining halls before Friday. Questions: Send e-mail to Mitch Cooper.

The Case Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is sponsoring an evening of free pizza, video games and intelligent conversation from 6-9 p.m., August 31 at The Spot (underneath Leutner Commons). Incoming first-year students and returning students are invited to celebrate the successful conclusion of the first week of classes.


The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will begin its new season at noon on August 31 and will feature Heather Royer, assistant professor of economics at the Weatherhead School. Topic: "America's Poor Performance on Infant Health: Is the Health Care System to Blame?" Takes place in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Room 9, lower level of Crawford Hall. Free. Learn more about the group and future discussion topics.

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 29, 2007

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Case in the News

Ohio bucks national trend in health insurance coverage

The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2007
J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, comments about Ohio's high rate of employee-based health insurance.

The next AG

The National Review online, August 28, 2007, Op-ed
Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, shares his reviews about the search for a new national attorney general.

Research paths are still closed

The Kansas City Star, August 27, 2007
Insoo Hyun, a top bioethicist and assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the progress and ongoing challenges of stem cell research.

Cleveland Plus ad drive sets out giant banners

The Plain Dealer, August 28, 2007
Case Western Reserve University is one of several local institutions and companies to lend financial support to the new Cleveland Plus regional advertising campaign to promote the city to local and non-local residents.

Higher Ed News

Rich alumni stiff elite alma maters, give to needier colleges

The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2007 (subscription required)
Laurence Lee is the sort of alumnus that the University of Chicago craves, with two degrees from the school and plenty of money that he is looking to give away. Instead of contributing much to Chicago, where he earned bachelor's and law degrees, Lee gave $6.6 million to a school he never attended: Lake Forest College, a small liberal-arts school located in the Chicago suburb where he lives.