Board of Trustees Endorses University Financial Health Plan

The board of trustees of Case Western Reserve University this past weekend approved the administration's new plan to balance the institution's budget by 2011. Developed with extensive input from each university unit and faculty leaders, the plan offers a detailed blueprint for how the institution will eliminate its deficit and position itself for future advancement.

The university finished the 2007 fiscal year with a $20 million deficit and total operating expenses of $844 million. Strong investment performance allowed total net assets to climb by $208 million, representing growth of 10 percent over the previous year. The university also paid off its line of credit and maintained its investment grade rating from Moody's Investor Service.

A summary of the financial health plan is available on the Office of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research Web site.

Campus Members Can Add CaseWARN to Own Portal

In case of a major campus emergency, Case Western Reserve University will use a text and voice messaging alert system, among other methods of communicating with faculty, staff and students. This new emergency notification capability is an opt-in system.

Campus members who would like to add CaseWARN Notification Status on a portal page should follow these instructions.

  • Open the portal page. Notice that the "Featured Portlet" is a picture of the WARN signup page.
  • Click on PERSONALIZE in the top right corner (next to logout)
  • Click on the button for wherever you would like the portlet to go
  • Click on NEWS AND WEATHER and scroll down to the bottom
  • Click on the CaseWARN preference -- it will appear in the box on the right side of the page
  • Click OK on the top right side of the page
  • Click CLOSE to return to your portal page

Subscribers should see the new portlet with your information if you have already signed up and the Notification will say "ON." Those who have not yet signed up, refer to the live links just below the portlet that go to the CaseWARN page and the subscription page. Questions or problems should be directed by e-mail to Peggy Gup.

Campus News

Information Technology Services will conduct an open forum on social security number use on campus at 10 a.m., Friday, October 26 as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month. The forum will take place in the Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library and will include a panel discussion with Don Feke, vice provost for planning and assessment, Lev Gonick, vice president and chief information officer, Pam Lebold, director of audit services, Donald Hunt, deputy registrar, and Tom Siu, chief information security officer. For more information, send e-mail to Tom Siu or refer to the Information Security Web site.

Campus members can keep track of the progress of Team Case during its quest to win the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Refer to the Team Case blog and follow the experiences of the team and faculty members while they are in California.

For Faculty & Staff

The Center for the Study of Writing announces its inaugural Faculty Writing Fellows program for spring 2008. Meetings will occur once a week for 90 minutes for every week of the regular semester, January 14 to April 28, 2008. Stipends of $1,500 will be awarded for full participation in the program. To apply, send a one-page letter of interest to Kim Emmons by November 16.

The monthly Money Management Education program sponsored by the Department of Human Resources will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 30 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. This workshop is designed for those in the wealth accumulation phase of life. Setting and reaching realistic financial goals will be covered, including the financial pyramid, a financial EKG, determining the proper amount of risk, the wonder of tax deductible investing and annual asset reallocation. Registration required.

For Students

The Department of Astronomy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Carl K. Seyfert Prize Fellowship for Undergraduate Research. The fellowship will support one undergraduate student each summer to come to Cleveland and work on cutting-edge astronomical research with a faculty members. The Seyfert fellow will be awarded based on a national competition each spring.

Johnson Space Center in Houston is seeking undergraduates for its Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program, a unique academic opportunity for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice. Proposals are due October 31. Complete details are available on the Microgravity Web site or by calling Sara Malloy, (281) 483-7847.


Theda Skocpol, a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, will give the ACES Advanced Distinguished Lectureship, "What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Equal Rights," from 4-5:30 today in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Ford Auditorium. Free.

The campus community is invited to hear a performance of the university's Voices of Glory, a vocal music ensemble that sings contemporary gospel and traditional spirituals. Program will be at 7:30 p.m., November 3 at Mt. Zion Congregational Church, 10723 Magnolia Drive. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5; CashCash accepted. Refreshments served following concert.

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 25, 2007

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Case in the News

Case plans to recover from $20 million deficit by 2010

The Plain Dealer, October 25, 2007
Case Western Reserve University is $20 million in the red, nearly double what had been expected. President Barbara R. Snyder, who inherited the shortfall when she took over in July, said problems at the medical school are to blame for about half of it.

Stuck at the office

The Times of Trenton, October 25, 2007 (subscription required)
Richard Boyatzis,, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, offers insights about those who spend too many hours at the office.

Disseminating health info in rural India can boost public service use

Daily, October 19, 2007
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University are part of a team that contributed to a new study that shows informing the poor about government provided health educational and social services they are entitled to, could go a long way toward improving the health care and education scenario in developing countries like India. The study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Higher Ed News

'Inside Greek U'

Inside Higher Ed, October 25, 2007
Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors on Greek row? A communications professor provides such a look in Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Sororities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power and Prestige, just published by the University of Kentucky Press.

Key court decision expected in high-stakes feud between Princeton U. and family

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25, 2007 (subscription required)
A New Jersey court is expected to make a key ruling this morning in a closely watched legal feud between Princeton University and the heirs of one of its most-generous donors.

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