President Snyder Lauds Athletes and 'Team Case,' Encourages Collective Support

Barbara Snyder

To the campus community:

As we near the end of the fall sports season, I wanted to take this opportunity to commend all of our athletes for their outstanding performances — especially our history-making 2007 Spartan football team. Even more, I want to applaud the friends and family who so enthusiastically supported our programs…

This weekend offers a wealth of opportunities to support our athletes, and Saturday's football game includes an added bonus: Team Case, creators of the autonomous robotic vehicle DEXTER, will be honored at halftime.

I am a firm believer that participation in athletics – indeed, in any one of a wide variety of student activities – teaches invaluable lessons our graduates use throughout their lives. Attending events not only demonstrates your support of their endeavors, but also deepens our collective sense of campus community

Read the full letter.

Observatory Built By Physics Team Links High Energy Cosmic Ray Particles to Giant Black Holes


Case Western Reserve University physicist Corbin Covault and his research group are part of an international collaboration that has built the world's largest cosmic ray observatory in Argentina. This collaboration has recently reported a major discovery that apparently appears to track the origins of near speed-of-light cosmic ray particles to a special type of massive black hole in some nearby galaxies. Read more.

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 12

Case Western Reserve University's annual open enrollment period for benefits choices begins Monday, November 12, and continues through Friday, November 30, with the Benefits Fair from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in the Thwing Center Ballroom.

For 2008, the university will increase its basic life insurance benefit—delivered at no cost to employees—from $10,000 to $20,000. Medical plan options remain the same, with Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO) Traditional Indemnity, MMO SuperMed PPO, Anthem PPO and Kaiser Permanente HMO programs as options. The MetLife Long-Term Care Insurance Plan also is available.

This year employees also have the opportunity to enroll in or opt out of dental and vision coverage. Choices made regarding dental or vision coverage will be in effect for both 2008 and 2009.

Enrollment packets will be delivered to campus mail addresses. Those selecting benefits for the first time will need to complete a vendor application as well as enroll online. Case network IDs and passwords are necessary to access the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system and open enrollment screens.

For additional information, e-mail or call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Campus News

The university's distribution services department is reminding the campus community that items to be shipped to APO/FPO or international locations need to be sent by November 13 for delivery by December 25.

The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University will be hosting the first international congress for the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Human Genomics researchers May 1-3, 2008. A call for abstracts for the conference, "Translating ELSI: Global Perspectives on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genome Research," is open now through November 30.

The average American uses 700 pounds of paper each year; more than 90 percent of the printing and writing paper made in the United States comes from virgin tree fiber. Find out ways to help the environment and what the university is doing by going to the Sustainability Web site.

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 every week of the regular semester. 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.

Flite II American Express has been contracted as the preferred travel agency for local hotels. With appropriate approval, reservations and direct payment for hotel rooms and room tax can be arranged through this agency. Read more.

For Students


Open auditions will be held from 7-10 p.m., November 12 and 13, on the second floor of Eldred Theater for its spring 2008 drama productions. Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted around the theater's first floor gallery. Theater majors should prepare a two-minute or less monologue; non-theater majors will be asked to read from selected scripts. Questions: Call 368-5926.

Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) is seeking several students to serve on a Student Technology Advisory Group. Participants will be paid $10 per hour for a monthly working meeting. For more information, send e-mail to Mace Mentch.


The Schubert Center for Child Studies invites the campus community to attend a presentation, "The Impact of Urban Hassles as Chronic Stressors on Adolescent Mental Health," from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 13 in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. A light lunch will be served. For a list of speakers and additional details, go to the Schubert Center Web site.

The next Science Café Cleveland, "Brains on Alert for Flight or Fight: Why Are So Many People Violent?" takes place at 6 p.m., November 12 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2516 Market Ave. Mark Singer, Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is one of the speakers. Details online.

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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Robert J. Ronis has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals. Read more.


Diana L. Morris, University Center on Aging and Health associate director and associate professor of nursing recently completed the (Higher Education Resource Services) HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. The curriculum includes analysis of political and economic trends affecting higher education, skills in managing change projects and conflict resolution, as well as strategic planning for academic excellence and effective resource management. Read more.


Biophysicist Roberto Fernández Galán has been named an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the School of Medicine. His main area of research interest combines theoretical and experimental approaches to neural dynamics and neural coding. His goal is to understand how complex activity patterns emerge in neural networks from the interactions between neurons. He will join the faculty in January 2008. Read more.

November 9, 2007

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Case in the News

Faculty salaries not source of budget woes

The Observer, November 9, 2007
In a letter to the editor, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder writes that the university's budget issues are not the result of faculty salaries.

Foreclosures undercutting social benefits of homeownership

Realty Times November 9, 2007
An article about the social and economical impact of foreclosures cites statistics provided by Claudia Coulton, Lillian F. Harris Professor and codirector of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University.

Editorial: Unite in support for team, university

The Observer November 9, 2007
In an editorial, The Observer staff encourages the Case Western Reserve community to cheer on and support the university's athletic teams.

Higher Ed News

University training in the skilled trades

Inside Higher Ed, November 9, 2007
As colleges face stiffer competition for recruiting and retaining employees in the skilled trades — including carpenters, electricians, heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanics, and plumbers — and a bubble of retirements looms on the horizon, those involved with apprenticeship programs anticipate growing interest in the model.

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