President Snyder Welcomes Spring Semester, Discusses Mission of Modern Research University

Barbara Snyder

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

As a new semester begins, it is my pleasure to welcome students back to campus. I hope you all had a restful and refreshing break. For those who didn't hear before they left, the Cleveland Foundation helped us finish the year on a most positive note: It awarded us a $3.6 million grant to our Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation…I spoke about our energy initiatives as part of my first City Club address Friday. My remarks there focused on what I consider the mission of the modern research university: To solve society's greatest challenges…

Read the complete letter from President Snyder.

Interim Provost Goldberg Provides Update on Strategic Planning

Jerold Goldberg

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends of the University:

With the arrival of the new year, the university's strategic planning process is moving at full speed. With your help, we have already accomplished a great deal. The first of the surveys has been completed, and we've posted an overview of your responses on the planning Web site. Broad participation is critical to the success of the planning process, and we were pleased that about 2,600 faculty, staff, students, and alumni responded to the survey. Similarly sized universities have bragged about receiving half as many responses…

Read the complete letter from Interim Provost Goldberg.

Poverty Center at Case Western Reserve University Reports Dramatic Increase in Home Foreclosures

Claudia Coulton

A new report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University addresses the local foreclosure crisis, calling for refinancing loans or providing assistance to homeowners as an effort to maintain property values and prevent vandalism and deterioration to vacant structures.

The report, "Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on ownership and housing values following sheriff's sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007," authored by Claudia Coulton, the center's co-director, along with Kristen Mikelbank and Michael Schramm from the center, examines the accumulative effects of increased foreclosures on residential properties of single and multiple family homes. A full copy of the report is available online. Read more.

Campus News

The School of Dental Medicine is hosting free oral exams, X-rays and teeth cleaning for adults age 18 and older from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 26 at the clinic, located at the corner of Cornell Road and Emergency Drive. No appointment is necessary. Appointments will last between one to two hours. Participants who elect to become dental school patients will receive $10 off the admitting fee. For more details, call 368-3570.

The Crawford Auto Museum, a University Circle Inc. partner, is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 7 p.m., January 15 at the museum. There is a critical need, as the agency has less than a three-day supply of blood. To donate, call call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, or register online for an appointment.

For Faculty & Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room on January 23. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning January 30. Participants receive 17 sessions for $186, payable by cash, check or charge at the January 23 registration meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to learn more.

For Students

Students who have a university parking permit may request a one-day overnight parking pass for guests up to three times per semester. Passes are valid Monday through Friday in selected parking lots on the north and south sides of campus from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. Passes must be picked up by the permit holder from Access Services in Crawford Hall.

The Observer is seeking a reliable student to distribute newspapers on Fridays between 9 and 11 a.m. Access to a car is strongly recommended. The student will be paid for four hours of work each week. If interested, send an e-mail to the newspaper staff.

Events

The campus community is invited to hear alumnus Robert Gruetzmacher of DuPont, who will be speak beginning at noon, January 23 on "The Continuing Evolution of University/DuPont Interface," in Bingham Room 204. His talk will focus on the transformation of DuPont, its major technology/growth platforms, and how the company interacts with universities. If planning to attend, RSVP by January 16 to Christie St. Angelo.

Wackadoo's logo

Wackadoo's Grub & Brew is hosting its grand reopening today through January 18. To celebrate, the following tournaments will be held this week: Guitar Hero III today, air hockey on Tuesday, Dance Dance Revolution on Wednesday and corn hole on Thursday. On Friday students and faculty can enter contests to win a vacation, an XBox 360, an iPod and other prizes. Patrons can enter to win the grand prize vacation once per day with the purchase of food. For more details, call Wackadoo's at 368-0090.

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 14, 2008

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Case in the News

Case President Barbara Snyder urges candidates to embrace research

The Plain Dealer, January 12, 2008
The nation needs to ramp up its investment in scientific research, and presidential candidates should take a stand on the issue, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder told an audience at the City Club of Cleveland last Friday.

On the dean's list…

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 14, 2008 (subscription required)
Interview with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Dean Pamela Davis, M.D., Ph.D., who discusses the school's deficit and continued plans for the West Quad.

Lenders dumping Cleveland houses for less than market value

The Plain Dealer, January 14, 2008
Home values in Cuyahoga County are likely to take a big hit because banks that foreclose on houses are unloading them for less than half what they are supposed to be worth, according to a study by Case Western Reserve University.

OSU among big-campus leaders in reported crime

The Plain Dealer, January 11, 2008
Story about reported crime statistics on area college campuses, including Case Western Reserve University.

Case researchers reject Alzheimer's as a disease

The Plain Dealer, January 13, 2008
The newspaper's book editor highlights The Myth of Alzheimer's, written by Peter Whitehouse, an expert on aging at Case Western Reserve University, and his research assistant, Daniel George. In the book, the two write that Alzheimer's is not a specific brain disease.

Higher Ed News

Yale becomes latest to boost financial aid

USA TODAY, January 14, 2008
Yale University on Monday became the latest highly selective private college to reduce the cost of attending college for families across a broad range of incomes.

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