Flora Stone Mather: Daughter, Wife, Mother and 19th Century Philanthropist

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Case Western Reserve historian Gladys Haddad chronicles Mather's life in new biography

Few people can walk across the Case Western Reserve University campus without being touched by the legacy of one of Cleveland's great philanthropists of the 19th century: Flora Stone Mather.

Flora Stone Mather (1852-1909) was a typical woman of her times. She strove to be a good daughter, sister, wife and mother. What set her apart in these roles from other women was her inheritance from the earnings of Amasa Stone, her father, who had accrued his wealth from investments in railroads and bridge building. The Stone parents raised their daughter with a conscience to distribute it wisely to the church, on education and for the community's needs.

This woman, who writes in personal letters that she was committed to her work with an energy to be everywhere for everyone, is the subject of the newly published and illustrated biography, Flora Stone Mather, Daughter of Cleveland's Euclid Avenue & Ohio's Western Reserve (Kent State University Press), by Case Western Reserve University's regional historian Gladys Haddad. Read more.

Campus News

Paul Laudanski of Castle Cops will addresses the topic of "Phishing," as part of national Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Information Technology Services office. Free event will be from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, October 18 in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library.

The campus is invited to the next ITS Open Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, October 18 in Nord Hall, Room 310B. The forum will be led by Colleen Nagy, director, Enterprise Application Services and Margaret Nelson, director, Technical Infrastructure Services. Send questions to Pat Greene.

The Ford Lecture Series will take place from 4-5 p.m., November 1 at Wolstein Research Auditorium. Rick Klausner, managing director, the Column Group, will speak on "The Genomic Revolution and the Future of Medicine and Health." Register online by October 29.

For Faculty & Staff

The Department of Human Resources will offer free flu shots to faculty and staff on Tuesday, October 30, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointments necessary. The department has a limited supply of doses available; any remaining quantities will be offered during the Annual Benefits Fair on November 13.

The 2008 Entertainment Books are available for purchase through December 1 in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Adelbert Hall 310. Cost is $25. Cash or check payable to "Case Western Reserve University." Questions: call Shirley Mosley at 368-8877.

For Students

Springfest 2008 needs enthusiastic people to fill the positions on the Executive Board. Review the position descriptions and application online. Drop-off completed applications in the Springfest mailbox in the University Program Board office in Thwing Center by Thursday, October 18. Send e-mail to Marie Becer or Van Nguyen for questions, concerns or a completed application.

Undergraduates: Consider sharing campus life with loved ones by inviting them to Family Weekend 2007, November 2-4. A small registration fee for each family member will cover the cost of meals and events; Case students are free. Register online by October 24.


Peter Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies, will be the guest speaker for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Sunday Series: "Health of a Nation -- How Did Medicine Go Wrong?" Event takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 14 at the museum, 2929 Richmond Road. Cost: $15 non-members, $8 members. Learn more.

Baker-Nord Visiting fellow Thomas J. Sugrue will present the lecture, "Jim Crow's Last Stand: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Suburban North," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 18 at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. Sugrue's recent book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis, was selected by Princeton University Press as one of the 100 most important books in the last century. 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.

Et Al

Congratulations to the following campus members who participated in Homecoming 2007 Office Decorating Contest: first Place -- Wade Commons area office; second place -- Office of Student Affairs; third place -- Physical Education and Athletics.

Kudos to this year's Homecoming King and Queen, Alex Hamberger and Jasmin Samimi.

Four Case student-athletes have been named the University Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week (AOW) in their respective sports: junior Dominic Smith, men's cross country; junior Matt Paglia, men's soccer; freshman Sam Coffey, football; and junior Brian Calderone, football.

October 12, 2007

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Case in the News

Case adopts divestment policy; anti-genocide events to be held

The Observer, October 12, 2007
The Case Western Reserve student anti-genocide coalition called STAND spearheaded an effort that led the board of trustees to agree to divest its direct holdings from and to avoid future investments in companies that are not active in humanitarian efforts in areas where genocide has occurred. STAND is sponsoring two events designed to increase awareness and understanding about Darfur and what students can do to become involved in the peace process.

Architects chosen for Triangle development

The Plain Dealer, October 12, 2007
A San Francisco-based architectural firm has been hired to develop the 8.5 acre Triangle Project also known as the University Arts and Retail District, an initiative of Case Western Reserve University and University Circle. Read story on a related UCI project.

New security measures should be implemented as soon as possible

The Observer, October 12, 2007 (editorial)
Editorial challenges Case Western Reserve to be a leader, not a follower, on a critical matter such as campus security in light of this week's shooting at SuccessTech in Cleveland and last spring's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech.

Surveying the genetic landscape of breast and colon cancers

HHMI.org, October 11, 2007
An update on use of DNA in breast and cancer research based on a study published in Science Express involving 42 researchers, one of whom is Sanford Markowitz of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Higher Ed News

Five more states may curb use of race in hiring and admissions

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 12, 2007 (subscription required)
The prominent affirmative-action critic Ward Connerly appears well on his way to getting up to five states to vote in November 2008 on ballot measures banning the use of racial, ethnic and gender preferences by public colleges and other state and local agencies.

Noose on door at Columbia prompts campus protest

The New York Times, October 11, 2007
A day after a noose was found hanging on a black professor's office door at Columbia University's Teachers College, protesting students chanted "no diversity, no university" and confronted university officials at two emotional meetings.

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