Security Task Force Summary Includes Immediate Implementation of Text, Voice Messaging

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Working with its new Security Task Force, Case Western Reserve University has spent the past several months reviewing and enhancing its emergency response capabilities, training and awareness, detection and prevention and communications.

The task force, created in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy in April 2007, found that Case Western Reserve already meets, and in some cases exceeds, best practices but also provided recommendations for security enhancements. The task force's summary report is available online.

One area in which the university has been enhancing its emergency services is security communications.

Case Western Reserve already utilizes a network of varied communication vehicles to inform its campus community in case of an emergency: a telephone hotline (216-368-WARN); individual e-mail messages; numerous Web sites; security alerts; and its weekday e-mail newsletter, Case Daily, among others.

Implementation and testing of the new CaseWARN rapid notification system has been completed, and members of the university community are now encouraged to subscribe to receive text or voice message alerts in case of a major campus emergency.

Details on the CaseWARN system are available online.

In addition to implementing the text and voice messaging alert system, the university has updated its emergency procedures for specific incidents, including an active shooter or hostile intruder, bomb threat and various natural disasters, among others. Detailed instructions on what a faculty, staff or student needs to do in each situation and the subsequent emergency response is available online.

Campus News

The Second Annual Case Western Reserve University Vendor Fair, hosted by Procurement and Distribution Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 24 in Adelbert Gym. The department will raffle off the new iPod touch from Apple, flash drives, and other prizes hourly beginning at 11 a.m. In addition, over 30 vendors will be in attendance.

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

For Faculty & Staff

The Faculty Diversity Office is hosting a discussion facilitated by JoAnn Moody, director of the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity, from 2:30-4 p.m., October 29 in Adelbert Hall, Room 352. Moody's talk is on "Improving Retention of Women and Minority Faculty Members: A Workshop for Senior Faculty, Mentors, and Department Chairs." RSVP by October 24 to Amanda Shaffer.

For Students

Students seeking advice about methods for quitting smoking should make an appointment to see one of the clinicians at University Health Services. Call 368-4539 for an appointment.

The deadline to apply for the Alcoa Academic Year Undergraduate Research Internship is October 24. The program provides a stipend of $1,400, and requires approximately six hours of work per week from November 2007 through April 2008. Students must present their work at Intersections: The SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session on April 18.


The new season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness, gets underway at 7:30 p.m., October 20 at Harkness Chapel. Featuring a return engagement of the violin band The King's Noyse presenting a concert, "The Golden Age of the Violin Band: The Entertainment of Kings." Ticket prices and additional details are available online.

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., 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.

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Getting advanced degrees

The Nonprofit Times, October 15, 2007
Institutional support for nonprofit executives and staff seeking advanced degrees is catching on. The article highlights several programs, including ones offered through the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. Susan Lajoie Eagan, executive director of the Mandel Center, comments.

Sunday Forum: Back load the primaries

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