Case Sophomore Steps Up to the Plate at Jacobs Field for Tonight's National Anthem


Prior to the first pitch of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Monday, October 15, Case Western Reserve University sophomore Ashley Nemeh will take the field during pregame ceremonies to sing the national anthem in front of a sell-out crowd at Jacobs Field.

The Westlake native was asked by Cleveland Indians officials to perform before the team's first ALCS home game against the Boston Red Sox, which will be broadcast live to a national audience on Fox (channel 8 locally). She'll return later in the evening to sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Her inclusion into the pregame starting lineup put a Grammy Award-winning country music superstar on the bench.

"[The Indians] told me that if I couldn't do it, then it would be LeAnn Rimes," Nemeh said. "I was just glad I could say yes!"

Nemeh will be the second Case Western Reserve student to sing the national anthem at Jacobs Field this season. Senior Esther Erb sang The Star Spangled Banner before the Indians' September 19 game against the Detroit Tigers. Read more.

Memorial Services Announced for Thelma G. Smith

Memorial services for Thelma G. Smith, who died September 21 at age 93, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Amasa Stone Chapel.

Smith has supported numerous educational, environmental and social service programs through the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust, which was named for her late husband. She and her husband, one of the founders of Lubrizol Corp., established the trust in 1971 as an anonymous gift-giving entity, formerly called the 1525 Foundation. For a short time, the Smiths also had a second foundation, called the Second Foundation, and Smith gave from her own private trust, the Thelma G. Smith Trust.

The Smiths have given major gifts to Case Western Reserve University, University Circle Inc. and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, among others.

Campus News

The Spartan Cheerleaders will host a cheerleading clinic for all children in grades K-8 beginning at 9 a.m., November 3 in Wade Commons. For $10 children, can learn to cheer and dance; $20 allows attendance at the clinic plus a T-shirt and performance at that Saturday's football game. Register by October 20 via e-mail to Lauren Flaherty. The event will raise funds for uniforms and equipment.

For Faculty & Staff

The University Bookstore is sponsoring a faculty textbook order contest for Spring 2008. Place any book order by October 19 and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. Submit orders via campus mail, by e-mail or by fax to 368-5205. Order online through the University Bookstore Web site and click the "faculty button." Advance orders help students save money.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium Series gets under way at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, October 18. David Crampton, assistant professor of social work, will begin this new series designed for Mandel School personnel. Visit the school's online calendar for details.

For Students

An informational meeting and sign up for the Spring Break Bioethics Study Abroad programs will be from 12:30-1:40 p.m., October 26 in Thwing Center, Meeting Room A (second floor). Destinations include Paris, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and Salamanca. Program takes place March 10-14 and is open to undergraduates and graduates. Details: Send e-mail to Michelle Champoir.


Celebrate the appointment of Professor David Cooperrider to the Fairmount Minerals Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship. The event features a presentation by Cooperrider immediately followed by a reception. The chairing ceremony will be held from 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, October 19 in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 04. RSVP online by October 16 or call Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

The Anton and Rose Zverina Lecture will present Jonathan Sadowsky, the Dr. Theodore J. Castele Professor of Medical History and chair of the history department, at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 18 at the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Topic: "The History of a Side Effect: Electroconvulsive Therapy and Memory Loss, 1940-The Present." RSVP by October 15 by calling 368-3648 or send e-mail to Jennifer Nieves.

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.

October 15, 2007

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Case in the News

Getting cultured, talking politics: Cleveland

The Chronicle-Telegram, October 15, 2007
Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler is quoted in a story about Cleveland's political history.

Free trade: Livewire issue for area seen impacting the 2008 campaign

The Morning Journal, October 14, 2007
Asim Erdilek, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in an article about the North American Free Trade Agreement's impact on Lorain County, Ohio.

Notes: Nixon remains Tribe fixture, October 14, 2007
An article about the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox mentions Ashley Nemeh, a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, who will sing the national anthem.

Midwest Railway Preservation Society works to restore old train garage in Flats

The Plain Dealer, October 14, 2007
Dan Parks, a Case Western Reserve University sophomore, finds time in between his studies to volunteer with the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Higher Ed News

Colleges' portfolio returns prompt questions about costs

USA TODAY, October 15, 2007
Colleges and universities raked in money by the billions last year. But their investing success now has a price -- a movement in Congress to force the wealthiest schools to spend more of their money to keep down tuition.

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