Acclaimed Filmmaker Spike Lee to Keynote March 28 Unity Banquet

Spike Lee

Critically acclaimed film director, writer, producer and actor Spike Lee will keynote Case Western Reserve University's Office of Multicultural Affairs' signature event -- the Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit -- on March 28. The dinner and talk will be held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

"His work deals with race, politics, and socioeconomic issues -- all of those touch on the things we do here in our office," said Deborale Richardson-Bouie, director of the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The annual event, now in its 18th year, raises funds for scholarships for underrepresented students attending Case Western Reserve. 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.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites potential students to an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., February 7 at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. Learn about graduate programs in nonprofit management. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Details: Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

Proposals are due today for the spring semester SatCo (Saturday College), being held March 1 and 2. Classes are designed to be fun, noncredit courses open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members.

For Faculty & Staff


The university offers two non-denominational chapel locations for wedding celebrations, and both offer opportunities for parties of all sizes. Learn more about Amasa Stone and Harkness chapels.

Dozens of local vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more. Learn more about the Employee Discount Program.

For Students

The premedical chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical fraternity is sponsoring an etiquette dinner at That Place on Bellflower beginning at 7 p.m., February 29. Participants will gain valuable knowledge about basic dinner-meeting etiquette for dinner interviews or business meetings. Tickets are $20, which includes the etiquette lesson plus a three-course meal with choice of entree and dessert. For more information, send e-mail to the organization.

The deadline to apply for Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Summer Funding is February 15. An application and additional details are available online.


Graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Weatherhead School of Management's "Annual Casino Night" beginning at 7:30 p.m., February 16 at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Tickets are $50 and include hors d'oeuvres, poker chips for gaming, and an opportunity to socialize and network with fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni. Proceeds will benefit the Moving Forward Fund. Purchase tickets online, or contact Olivia Seifert via e-mail or by phone at 368-2031. Note: This event is open only to those age 21 and older. Games will not be played for money.

Stop by Thwing Center beginning at 11:30 a.m., February 5 to celebrate Mardi Gras. There will be free food, free mask making, a Dixieland band and plenty of beads.

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


Monroe Cole, an emeritus professor of neurology, died January 28 at the age of 74. Cole joined the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty in 1970. Although he retired from medical practice and became professor emeritus in 2000, he continued to be active in the education of students and residents at University Hospitals Case Medical Center -- a partnership between University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine. He made substantial contributions to neurological and neuroscience literature over the years, and his recent appointment was as director of the Residents' Neurology Clinic at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Read more.

February 4, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve researchers to announce breakthrough in anti-HIV gel for women

The Plain Dealer, February 4, 2008
AIDS researchers solved a major stumbling block in the production of a vaginal gel, raising hopes that the compound can one day find its way to millions of poor women at risk for HIV. At a major AIDS conference in Boston, scientific players that include Case Western Reserve University will describe their successful attempt to reinvent an anti-HIV molecule known as PSC-Rantes. Michael Lederman, one of the key collaborators on the project and the director of the Case Center for AIDS Research based at University Hospitals, comments.

Endowments widen a higher education gap

New York Times, February 4, 2008
Heath Demaree, an associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in a story about the widening endowment gap between elite universities and others.

Legal sharks start circling Nat City with class actions

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 4, 2008 (subscription required)
Local legal experts expect more class-action law firms to jump on the bandwagon of firms that already have filed suit against National City Corp. for alleged misrepresentation of the bank's financial condition. Katherine Hessler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Yellow bus turns green

Akron Beacon Journal, February 4, 2008
Several local school districts will tune up diesel-powered vehicles to cut air pollution and reduce health risk to pupils. Sumita Khatri, of Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, says the threat to children from school bus fumes is significant.

Higher Ed News

Some campuses decide tobacco company money is 'tainted'

New York Times, February 4, 2008
Officials at the University of Texas business school in Austin decided two months ago to refuse all tobacco money for student groups, as well as for faculty research.

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