Eastwood Receives First Distinguished Alumni Award For Service, Leadership


The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University's Distinguished Alumni Award was created to recognize a graduate who has had significant success in advancing knowledge or has contributed to the welfare of mankind as a result of the education and training received at Case Western Reserve University. An additional criterion also requires a recipient to have directly worked toward supporting the mission and vision of the university.

Yesterday, at the Grand Class Alumni Luncheon, the Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee recognized Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood (MED'66) -- citing his purposeful re-envisioning of the university during his brief tenure as interim president -- as the first recipient of the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Alumni Award. More than 250 people attended hte luncheon.

As interim president, Dr. Eastwood successfully guided the university through a very public transition. According to Laura Nosek (NUR '61, '81; GRS '89, nursing), chair of the Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee, ultimately, Dr. Eastwood's experience as an alumnus and his skillful leadership led to his selection. Read more.

Campus News

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming is now in full swing. The campus is invited to cheer on the Cleveland Indians this evening beginning at 5 during the Taste of Cleveland event at the House of Blues. Register online. On Saturday, the Case School of Engineering invites the campus community to a mini-demo at noon on the Case quad, where DEXTER and Team Case will be practicing trial runs. For more information, contact Jody Griech at 368-6804, or Helen Jones-Toms at 368-8694. Also, the men's and women's soccer teams will take on Brandeis University during a Homecoming double header, beginning at 1 p.m. at Case Field. Read more for a complete list of weekend events.

Case Western Reserve University's Charity Choice Campaign 2007 continues through November 2. The campaign aims to instill a culture of awareness, compassion and altruism through the support of area charities. Learn more about how to donate during Charity Choice, and how the beneficiary charities work to address the social, economic and environmental issues evident in the local community.

For Faculty & Staff

"Planning for the University" will be the topic of a forum to be held from 9-10 a.m., October 12 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Faculty and staff are invited to discuss the process to be used to develop a strategic plan for the institution for the next five years. Hosted by Interim Provost Jerold Goldberg, this forum is particularly designed for those who could not attend similar sessions last month. Indicate plans to attend by sending e-mail to Susan Karaba by October 10.

For Students

Science in the Circle, a program that engages sixth and seventh graders in real science, is seeking Case students to assist with set up, greeting and activities at four University Circle Institutions. Hourly rate is $10, and students need to be available from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 23. For complete details, call Kathryn Kwiatkowski at 368-5075.


University Circle Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Learn about the circle's development over time and its plans for the future. Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Synder will be the keynote speaker. Event takes place from 5:30-9 p.m., October 12 at Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. RSVP deadline is today. Call (216) 791-3900 for details and cost.

The next Science Café Cleveland at the Great Lakes Brewing Company is from 6-8 p.m., October 8. Joe Keiper, a SAGES fellow in biology from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will discuss cool Cleveland insects.

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

P. Hunter Peckham was recently named interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Peckham, the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Cleveland FES Center, has been with the university for more than three decades. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has authored more than 400 publications in neural engineering.

October 5, 2007

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Case in the News

Grant aims to boost minority access to kidney transplants

The Plain Dealer, October 5, 2007
Local researchers have been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways of reducing the burden of kidney disease and hypertension in Cleveland's underserved minority communities. MetroHealth Medical Center will partner with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and other institutions on research.

Judge tells ICC to fix problems in lawsuit

Youngstown Vindicator, October 5, 2007
A federal judge ordered the company managing the Chevrolet Centre to amend its breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Youngstown, Ohio. Lewis Katz, the John C. Hutchins Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

First Monday

National Review Online, October 1, 2007
Column by Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, on the Supreme Court's new term.

Higher Ed News

Early (encouraging) data on early colleges

Inside Higher Ed, October 5, 2007
With the "early college" concept, the theory goes that situating high schools that serve disadvantaged students on or near college campuses and having the students take college courses would result in those students being more prepared for college. Research presented in Washington Thursday suggests that the approach may be achieving substantial gains.

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