Alumna's $1 Million Donation to School of Medicine Honors Work of Spouse, Rocco L. Motto


Verna "Vee" Houck Motto has donated $1 million to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to help establish the Rocco L. Motto, M.D., Professorship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in memory of her husband, a School of Medicine alumnus. Vee Motto is a 1942 alumna of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Rocco L. Motto's pioneering work in psychiatry helped establish the specialty field of child psychiatry. He died on Oct. 30, 2006, at his home in Los Angeles at 89. Read more.

Spartans win UAA, final season game on Saturday


Case Western Reserve University's campus is still celebrating after its No. 21 ranked football team won its first outright University Athletic Association (UAA) championship this past Saturday at Case Field. The Spartans also tied a school-best record with a 35-27 victory against Washington University in St. Louis. The Spartans (3-0 UAA), who were UAA co-champions back in 1996, remain undefeated on the year at 9-0 (9-0 in 1984). The team puts its undefeated record on the line this weekend when it hosts Ohio Wesleyan University (4-5) in the season finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at Case Field. See additional photos and read related story.

Charity Choice Donations Needed Through December 31


Case Western Reserve University has met its goal for the active portion of its 2007 Charity Choice Campaign, having reached $151,463 as of November 2. Interest from campus remains strong, so the university will extend active solicitation for two more weeks and keep the campaign open for faculty and staff contributions through December, according to campaign co-chairs Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Lara Kalafatis, vice president for university relations. Contributions may be made through a monthly payroll deduction set up online or by printing out a pledge form and returning it through campus mail. Gilmore and Kalafatis thanks those who have participated in the campaign to date—for helping the university reach its goal and, more importantly, they said, for helping the community and the agencies they serve.

Campus News


The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity continues its Fall 2007 Workshop Series on Race and Identity with "The Concept of Race and its Impact on Identity Development," from 1-2 p.m., November 6 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Erica Merritt, manager of diversity and Shirley Mosley from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will facilitate. Register with Erica Merritt, 368-4786.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is discontinuing the Usenet newsgroup service to the university as of December 5. According to ITS, advances in collaboration technology have provided adequate replacements for the services this newsgroup once provided. Alternatives such as Google Groups and commercial Usenet providers are available.

For Faculty & Staff

Congratulations to Deborah Jacobson, assistant professor of bioethics and director of the Advanced Standing Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, for winning the recent faculty textbook order contest at the University Bookstore. Others can still win: Place any spring 2008 book order by November 16 and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Submit orders by campus mail, by e-mail, by fax to 368-5205 or online through the University Bookstore Web site. Help students save money by ordering early.

The Lacrosse Club is still seeking a faculty or staff member with lacrosse experience to coach and/or mentor the team. Send e-mail to Martin Hammond if interested.

For Students

Celebrate National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week with the members of Case EMS, who will staff a table in Nord Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily through Friday, November 9. Stop by the table to get a blood pressure check or to become familiar with the Automatic External Defibrillator devices located around campus. In addition, sign up for a free CPR class being offered on December 14. Questions: Send e-mail to Kathryn Lucas.

The Academic Integrity Board wants students' opinions, and is asking interested persons to take an anonymous 12-question survey as a follow up to last Friday's Observer article regarding questions for the campus community.


Students are invited to view a multi-media based presentation given by speaker Michael Leahy entitled "Porn Nation," which focuses on the effects a hypersexual culture has on college students. Presentation begins at 7 p.m., November 7 in Schmitt Lecture Hall. Leahy focuses on topics including body image, date rape, eating disorders, sex and relationships. Funded by the Undergraduate Student Government; hosted by Campus Crusade for Christ. View the video clip.


Eldred Theater

Eldred Theater continues its 2007-08 season with a classic, tragic-comedy, The Shadow of a Gunman, by Sean O'Casey, one of the great Irish dramatists of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on November 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on November 11 and 18. Read more.

Clark Spencer Larsen of Ohio State University's anthropology department will give an evolutionary biology lecture, "Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past Through Bioarchaeology" at 4:30 p.m., November 8 in DeGrace Hall, Room 312.

The University Bookstore is hosting a book signing for Stephen L. Gibson from noon to 1 p.m., November 6. Gibson will sign copies of his new book, A Secret of the Universe: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Discovery of an Eternal Truth. Call the bookstore, 368-2650, for details.

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.

November 5, 2007

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Foreclosure wave sweeps America

BBC News, November 5, 2007
Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the adverse impact housing foreclosures will have on government and communities, the result of sub-prime mortgage lending operations.

Cleveland-Marshall law school's bar exam results: All rise

The Plain Dealer, November 5, 2007 (editorial)
Editorial lauds the efforts of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's progress in helping graduates pass the state bar exam as compared to other law schools like Case Western Reserve University.

Mighty Mouse—he'll make champions of us all

The Sunday Times, November 4, 2007
Richard Hanson, a biochemistry professor at Case Western Reserve University, discusses the capabilities and potential of genetically engineered mice he and researchers at the university are studying.

Richard Klausner interview November 4, 2007
WKYC-TV interviewed Rick Klausner, guest speaker for the annual Ford Distinguished Lecture held November 1 at Case Western Reserve University. Klausner spoke on the topic, "The Genomic Revolution and the Future of Medicine and Health."

Mediterranean diet at Italian chains? Fuhgeddaboudit!

ABC, November 2, 2007
Mary Beth Kavanagh, instructor at Case Western Reserve University's Department of Nutrition, is quoted in a story about the nutritional value of foods served in restaurants perceived to have Mediterranean influence.

Higher Ed News

Why the rich universities get richer

Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2007
A new study – by three investment experts at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – provides a long term look at the "rich getting richer" trend regarding college and university endowments, and finds that it has been dramatic since the 1990s.

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