University Increases Number of Paid Holidays for Employees


Case Western Reserve University has increased the standard number of paid holidays for university employees from eight official holidays and one university-designated paid day off to 11 official paid holidays per year, formalizing the general practice the university has been following in recent years.

The eight official paid holidays have been New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, the president generally has designated a day near Christmas as an additional paid day off.

Beginning this fiscal year, the 11 formal paid holidays will be New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Case Spring Holiday in March, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas and two additional university holidays; one near Christmas and one near New Year's Day, depending on the day of the week on which the two main holidays fall.

The paid holiday schedule for fiscal years 2008-2012 is available online.

Due to business necessity, some departments will remain open during the scheduled holidays. Supervisors of employees who must work on a paid holiday should give adequate advance notice to the affected employees for personal planning purposes. Immediate supervisors or department administrators can answer questions about required coverage during holidays.

Call Employees Relations at Ext. 0195 with questions.

Campus News

Thwing Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) are cosponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive between October 24 and November 12. The campus community is invited to bring any of the following items to Thwing Center for drop off in the boxes near all entrances: Canned yams, sweet potatoes, corn or green beans; instant mashed potatoes or stuffing; canned cranberry sauce or whole berries; and boxes of corn bread. Donations will be combined with a turkey from the OMA turkey drive and donated to a local Cleveland family.

1-2-1 Fitness Center will offer flu shots from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at the center. Cost is $28. Children over 4 years old are welcome. Schedule an appointment by calling 368-1121 or send e-mail to the fitness center.

For Faculty & Staff

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and ACES are hosting a faculty development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 29 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. JoAnne Moody, director of the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity, will give the keynote, "Tricks of the Trade for New and Pre-Tenure Faculty: Saving Time and Sanity." RSVP today by e-mail to Jiling Yang.

The Case Lacrosse Club seeks a faculty or staff member with lacrosse experience who would be interested in coaching and/or supporting the team. Send e-mail to Martin Hammond for details.

For Students

How to manage your way along the career path is the focus of "The Science Career: Transitions and Turbulence," led by Dave Jensen, a science writer and founder of CareerTrax Inc. Session designed for graduate and postdoctoral students. Meets from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 23 in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium.

Reminder: Students must apply by October 24 to be considered for the Alcoa Academic Year Undergraduate Research Internship, from November 2007 to April 2008, worth $1,400. If chosen, students must present their work at Intersections: The SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session on April 18, 2008. Visit the SOURCE Web site for an application. Underrepresented students and women are encouraged to apply.

The Second Annual Health Care Symposium will be held from 7-9 p.m., October 25 at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Nine speakers from various disciplines in medicine will discuss their careers, with a goal of informing students about traditional and nontraditional medical opportunities. Dinner will be served.


Join Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) for a panel discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, October 26 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Panelists will include women faculty, staff and professionals from various science and engineering fields. A question and answer session will follow. Lunch provided; attendees are asked to bring beverages. Contact Liz Lierman, 368-6858. Read more for list of speakers.

The Case Democrats will have its Third Annual Dinner with the Democrats featuring human rights activist John Prendergast, whose work has brought attention to the genocide in Sudan and other countries. Event takes place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 26 in Thwing Center ballroom. Cost is $7 students; $12 non-students. All are welcome. Questions: Send e-mail to Britt Wiseman.

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.

In Memoriam

Amasa Ford, 85, a physician and researcher who was dedicated to health care for the poor and elderly, died on October 8 at a Cleveland nursing center. Ford, who went by "Buzz," studied and taught at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for more than 50 years. The university has planned a memorial service at 4 p.m., Thursday, October 25 at Amasa Stone Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve. Read the full obituary.

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