New University Plan to Engage, Involve Entire Case Western Reserve Campus


To the Members of the University Community:

We're less than a week away from the next opportunity for all members of the university community to participate in the process of developing a strategic plan for the institution. Early next week we'll post a Web-based survey that will ask for your thoughts about opportunities and issues you consider important to the future of Case Western Reserve University.

Over the coming months, there also will be forums and focus group sessions at the university level as well as within each of the schools.

Many of you have heard President Snyder or me talk about working together with the university community to shape a strategic plan for the entire institution and its academic units. This plan will focus primarily on academic strategy at both the university and school levels but will include institutional goals and objectives as well.

Our goal is to complete the plan by May 2008. Planning activities are under way in the academic units, and the University Plan Steering Committee has been meeting regularly to advance the process at the institutional level. You can learn much more about the planning process online. That site will include a link to the online survey when it is posted next week and will continue to be updated as the planning process proceeds.

As we move through this strategic planning process, my colleagues and I make two commitments to you. First, it will be transparent, with regular progress reports to the campus. Second, it will be participatory, with opportunities for all university constituencies to be heard and to influence the outcome.


The final university plan needs to bring together the best thinking of all members of our community to advance the institution in the years ahead. President Snyder and I will do everything we can to make it possible for you to be engaged in our future, but we need you to participate to ensure the best possible outcome.

Jerold S. Goldberg
Interim Provost

Read the reports and other planning documents.

Neils Receives Fellowship to Study British Art


Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, is spending a monthlong residential fellowship at the Mellon Center for British Art at Yale University. She is examining the work of British architect and designer James "Athenian" Stuart (1713-1788). The prestigious Yale fellowship caps a number of recent honors for Neils. She has been made an honorary member of the American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures and was elected vice president for publications of the Archaeological Institute of America. During her fellowship, Neils will use the archives and special collections at the Yale Center for British Art to examine Stuart's and his colleague Nicholas Revett's first drawings of the classical monuments in Athens that led to the classical revival in Britain. Read more.

Campus News

The campus is invited to a performance of Case IMPROVment, a student-led improvisational comedy group. The troupe will perform from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, November 16 in Strosacker Auditorium as part of the university's Community Hour. The University Community Hour is scheduled each Friday during the fall and spring semesters to bring faculty and students together for university-wide events.

A memorial service for Helen H. Evans will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at Amasa Stone Chapel. Prelude music will begin at 3:15 p.m. Evans, who died in September, was professor emerita of radiation oncology and a member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty for 51 years.

For Faculty & Staff

Save the Date: Annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Party will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, December 14. All university faculty and staff (all employees) are welcome to stop by to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a specialty holiday drink. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform during that time.


The Academic Careers in Science and Engineering (ACES) program is pleased to announce the availability of additional funding extended to all university departments to be used for opportunities currently funded by the National Science Foundation program which have heretofore been restricted to science and engineering departments. Refer to the ACES Web site for additional information or call Tracy Paige, 368-6204 or Deputy Provost Lynn Singer, 368-4389.

For Students

Writing Resource Center will have its final Writing Workshop of the semester from 12:30-1:45 p.m., Friday, November 16 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Professor Kurt Koenigsberger of the English Department will discuss SAGES portfolio requirements and offer advice for planning. Please direct all questions to the Writing Center.

The Peer Helper Network will have a training day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17 in Thwing Center, Spartan Room for any student who wishes to be certified as a peer educator. The cost is $15 for a T-Shirt, lunch, booklet and certification. Register by e-mail to Svetlana Tkachenko.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences International Travel/Study spring semester courses for graduate and undergraduate students has trips to El Salvador, India, the Netherlands, Kenya and other locations. Attend an information session about the program at 12:45 p.m., Friday, November 16 in the Mandel School, Room 224 to learn about the program including costs, departure dates and other details. Visit the Web site for complete details and other information session dates or send e-mail to Deborah Jacobson.



"Leadership" and "Access to Treatment" are the themes of the 2007 World AIDS Day organized by the Student Global AIDS Campaign. The Case chapter and other campus organizations will welcome public health specialist Paul Zeitz, executive director and cofounder of the Global AIDS Alliance, who will speak at 8 tonight in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Free. A reception is at 7:15 p.m. Read more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion will feature a discussion on ethics in journalism with Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Chris Sherridan, former associate editor, editorial writer and columnist for the Plain Dealer and special assistant to President Barbara Snyder. Event will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m., November 16 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9.

Urban Elementz Hip Hop Dance Team presents "A Night at the Apollo: A Talent Show," from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, November 16 at The Spot. Admission is $3 with Case ID; $5 for non-Case ID holders. The stage will become the dance floor following the show with hip hop dance lessons by Urban Elementz! Send e-mail to Christa Maria Smith 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 15, 2007

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Case in the News

CWRU part of AIDS research grant

Crain's Cleveland Business November 14, 2007
Story about researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, who have received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve social science research on AIDS in Uganda.

NorTech recognizes NE Ohio innovators

The Plain Dealer November 14, 2007
DEXTER, a full-size robotic, self-driving vehicle created by Case Western Reserve University engineering students, faculty and corporate sponsors, is one of several group to receive an Innovation Award from NorTech.

New treatment holds promise for Tourette Syndrome

Science Daily, November 13, 2007
Research out of the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC), a partnership between University Hospitals and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine finds that Deep Brain Stimulation helps patients who suffer from Tourette Syndrome. Robert Maciunas, vice chair and professor of neurological surgery at UHCMC and lead author of the paper on the research, comments.

Higher Ed News

New class(room) war: Teacher vs. technology

The New York Times, November 7, 2007
Halfway through the semester in his market research course at Roanoke College last fall, only moments after announcing a policy of zero tolerance for cell phone use in the classroom, Prof. Ali Nazemi heard a telltale ring. Then he spotted a young man named Neil Noland fumbling with his phone, trying to turn it off before being caught.

Warning on tuition, shift on accreditation

Inside Higher Ed, November 15, 2007
If the Higher Education Act bill that House Democrats introduced late last week did not persuade college leaders that the issue of college prices is and will remain front and center on the federal policy agenda, the House education committee's consideration of the legislation Wednesday should once and for all.

Forgiving loans of those in public service grows popular but programs are unproven

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 16, 2007 issue (subscription required)
As the cost of college continues to rise, more and more graduates are entering public-service careers like nursing, teaching and social work with unmanageable levels of debt. Many will struggle to repay their student loans while meeting their own basic needs. In an effort to reverse this trend, Congress recently created a new loan-forgiveness program for low-income public-service employees.

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