Overview of Responses to Strategic Planning Survey Available Online

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The University Plan Steering Committee has posted on the Provost's Office Web site a preliminary summary of responses to the Web-based survey conducted between November 20 and 30. There were nearly 2,600 responses to the survey from faculty, staff, alumni and students at all levels.

The Steering Committee is using this input and other information to prepare draft responses to the fundamental questions being addressed at this stage of the planning process. The committee expects to conduct an additional survey early in 2008 to obtain additional information on specific items.

Student-athlete Double Dips with Swimming, Nursing

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Junior Janine Machala is ready for the Case Western Reserve University's swimming and diving team to improve at the University Athletic Association championships this season.

"The UAA is the fastest conference in Division III," said Machala, who competes in the breaststroke events. "We definitely have our work cut out for us every year against extremely tough competition."

Out of the pool, Machala puts in plenty of time at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, preparing for her post-college career.

"You gain a lot of experience with the Case Western Reserve nursing school. This semester, we are practicing pediatrics and obstetrics, which is a lot of fun," explained Machala. "There are a lot of fascinating things we get to see, including live births." Next school year, she'll take part in a preceptorship and will start working in the emergency room, as she hopes to become an ER nurse. Read more.

Campus News

The university is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the Case emergency notification system, called WARN. Users go to a Web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.

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Proposals are being accepted through January 31 for Research ShowCASE 2008, being held April 16 and 17. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

For Faculty & Staff

Human Resources and the Office of General Counsel have revised various Human Resources policies and procedures. A cross reference guide noting the changes -- effective January 1 -- and points of contact for questions is available online. Supervisory Briefing Sessions addressing the policy and procedural changes will be from 9-10:30 a.m., January 8 in 310 Nord Hall, and from 1:30-3 p.m., January 10 in 108 Clapp Hall.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.

Events

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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Cleveland's Friday Forum beginning at noon on January 11.

Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, the City Club of Cleveland is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion.

For ticket prices and additional details, go to the City Club of Cleveland's Web site.

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.

January 2, 2008

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Case in the News

Low-grow (even no-mow) lawns tested by city

The Plain Dealer, January 1, 2008
The green revolution is sowing seeds of environmental change. Low-mow -- and its even more ecologically minded brother, no-mow -- refer to limited-growth grass seed mixes. The seeds grow into lawns that need less water, need no fertilizers or weed killer and stay reasonably short. Case Western Reserve University environmental history professor Ted Steinberg comments.

Presidential candidates diverge on U.S. joining war crimes court

San Francisco Chronicle, January 2, 2008
This article discusses where the presidential candidates stand on the issue of the International Criminal Court, established in 2002 to deal with cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Michael Scharf, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

Vaccine for Malaria

WKYC.com, December 31, 2007
Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Center for Global Health & Diseases recently published data potentially impacting the three billion people exposed to malaria every year.

Higher Ed News

Internet access is only prerequisite for more and more college classes

The Washington Post, December 31, 2007
Studying on YouTube won't get you a college degree, but many universities are using technology to offer online classes and open up archives.

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