U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to Keynote Stokes Symposium Nov. 26

Maxine Waters

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)—considered an outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the economically disadvantaged—will deliver the keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's annual public forum on public service.

Waters will be featured at the university's Annual Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium at 5 p.m. November 26 in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. She is the first woman to deliver the keynote for the Stokes Symposium, now in its fifth year.

Following her remarks, audience members will be able to engage in a question-and-answer session with Waters, and two Case Western Reserve faculty members will provide brief reaction statements.

The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. Read more.

Spartans Earn NCAA Tourney Bid


The Case Western Reserve University football team will not only make its first playoff appearance in university history, but it also will host an NCAA Division III first-round game at noon, Saturday at Case Field. The Spartans will face Widener University of Chester, Pa. It took the squad, currently ranked 18th (AFCA) in the nation, a record-breaking season to earn a bid. The Spartans (10-0, 3-0 UAA), the No. 2 seed in the north region, won its first outright University Athletic Association Championship, recorded the most wins (9-0 in 1984) in a single season in school history and broke the Top 25 for the first time in over two decades. The Widener Pride, national champions in 1977 and 1981, will be making their 12th trip to the NCAA tournament. Read more.

Benefits Fair Offers More Than Enrollment Options

Case Western Reserve University's Benefits Fair—from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in Thwing Center ballroom—offers faculty and staff one-on-one time with representatives from the Benefits Administration office and benefit providers. In addition to getting answers to benefits questions and enrolling for 2008 programs, employees can speak with health care and wellness-related vendors, participate in the Staff Advisory Council's annual basket raffle and enjoy apples, ciders and Trail mix compliments of Patterson Fruit Farm. The Department of Human Resources also is offering the remaining supply of flu shots to faculty and staff. Less than 300 vaccine injections are available. No appointments are necessary; free vaccines will be administered first come, first served. Employees must review the vaccine information sheet and sign the consent form. Completed consent forms and a Case ID are required to receive the injection. Open enrollment for benefits continues through Friday, November 30. Case network IDs and passwords are necessary to access the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system. Terminals will be available at the fair. For additional information, send e-mail to Benefits Administration or call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Campus News

"Taking the 'Dis' Out of Disability," takes place from noon to 1 p.m., November 14 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Erica Merritt, manager of diversity, will help participants explore and dispel myths and stereotypes associated with individuals who have disabilities. Participants will be provided with a framework for ensuring respect and understanding when working with people who have disabilities. Register via e-mail to Erica Merritt, or via phone at 368-4786.

The American Red Cross is hosting two blood drives on campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 14 and 20 both dates in Thwing Center. Donors can call ahead to schedule an appointment at 800-GIVE-LIFE, or register online.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center are seeking participants for a nationwide research study to determine the safety and effectiveness of a new smallpox vaccine. The vaccine is geared toward adults ages 18 to 34 who have never been vaccinated against the disease. For complete details about the study, go online, call the Division of Infectious Diseases at 368-2003, or send an e-mail to the center.

For Faculty & Staff

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is seeking qualified individuals with an interest in strengthening global understanding through higher education initiatives. The program provides opportunities for short-term grants of two to six weeks to more than 153 countries.

Applications are now being accepted through November 15 for scholarships from the Case Educational Enhancement Fund to be used during the spring 2008 semester. To participate, an official request application must be submitted indicating how the training will increase the employee's ability to perform their current job, and how it will enhance and improve skills. For more information, refer to the Staff Advisory Council Web site. The fund was established as a result of money raised from the Gala Ball held last March.

For Students

Women in Leadership Week is November 12-18, and women students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops and hear from professional leaders about the importance of developing leadership skills and the impact these skills have on individual and community culture and advancement. Interested in learning more about the week's events? Get more details online.

The Writing Resource Center is offering the final writing workshop of the semester from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., November 16 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Kurt Koenigsberger, professor of English, will discuss SAGES portfolio requirements and offer advice for planning. Questions: Send e-mail to the Writing Center.

Seniors will have an opportunity to take yearbook photos November 13 and 14. No sitting fee. Seniors will be able to purchase packages onsite. Call Focus One Photography at (440) 333-7550 or schedule an appointment online.


Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, will speak on the topic of "Prospects for Extending Healthy Life – A Lot," at 4:30 p.m., November 13 at the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Ford Auditorium. He also will speak from noon to 1 p.m., November 14 at the School of Medicine, Room E501. Sponsored by the College Scholars Program and the Department of Bioethics.

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

Helen Evans, professor emerita of radiation oncology and a member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty for 51 years, realized the importance of DNA long before it became a common courtroom term. She died September 12 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was 83. Read the full obituary.

November 12, 2007

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Case in the News

Case, UH still working out kinks in affiliation pact

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 12, 2007 (subscription required)
Though their pact widely had been considered to be a done deal, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals continue to debate details of the affiliation agreement signed by the two entities 18 months ago.

Mandel Center moves to new $11M home

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 12, 2007 (subscription required)
Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations has moved out of the basement and into a new, $11 million home. The 26,000-square-foot building officially opened last week at 11402 Bellflower Road.

Int'l law community denounces emergency rule in Pakistan

Daily Times, November 12, 2007
Case Western Reserve University joined other law universities and colleges worldwide denouncing the recent decision by Pakistan officials to dissolve its Supreme Court and other high courts after imposing a state of emergency.

Results of a survey of parents' perceptions of the duration of their child's ADHD medication reported at medical meeting

CNN Money.com, November 10, 2007
Story quotes Robert Findling, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Division of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, who is the lead author of a national survey about the effectiveness of ADHD medication.

Higher Ed News

Cost of college a bipartisan concern

Inside Higher Ed, November 12, 2007
Congressional Republicans have been making known for years their concern about the rapidly escalating tuitions that colleges are charging. Higher education leaders have held out hope that Democratic lawmakers, now that they control Congress, would be more sympathetic to their arguments that the price increases are justified—or at least that colleges should be left to fix the problem on their own, without federal intervention.

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