Two Students Share Athlete of the Week Honors

David Manoogian

Case Western Reserve University track standout Esther Erb (Richmond, Va.) and wrestler David Manoogian (Green, Ohio) each have been named co-athlete of the week in their respective sports by the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Erb, a senior, won two individual events and ran the anchor leg on a victorious relay to pace the Spartans to a runner-up finish in their own Case Western Reserve Invitational. She also captured the 3,000-meter run in 10:19.01, then placed first in the mile run with a time of 5:06.33. Both times are the fastest to date in the UAA.

Also a senior, Manoogian wrestled to a runner-up finish in the 141-pound weight class at the 2008 Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational, contributing to the Spartans' 12th-place finish in the 27-team field.

Manoogian, who was seeded second among 24 wrestlers in the weight class, used three decisions and a technical fall to advance to the championship final. Read more.

University Seeks Input in Strategic Planning Process

The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled four open forums in February so that faculty, staff, students and alumni can provide input and ask questions about emerging goals and priorities that likely will become part of the University Plan.


A forum for faculty is scheduled for 3:30–5 p.m. Tuesday, February 12; one for staff will take place from 3:30–5 p.m. Thursday, February 14; meetings for students will be held at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 19 and from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20. All take place in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building.

Faculty, staff and students who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others. Alumni are invited to attend any of the forums. Refer to the University Plan Web site for details on the strategic planning process.

Campus News

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to subscribe to and regularly update their information on the CaseWARN emergency text- and voice-messaging rapid notification system. These alerts will be used, among other methods of communication, in the case of imminent danger or a serious threat to the campus community.

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) has Ohio tax forms available for pickup in the library lobby. In addition, faculty, staff and students can find convenient links to download federal and municipal forms, local sites for other paper forms and helpful phone numbers and tax stats on a Web page created by KSL's government documents department. Details are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

In order to help offset expenses for Case Western Reserve students planning to participate in the Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans March 8-15, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) is selling Katrina Relief wristbands for $5. CCEL is located on the lower level of Thwing Center.

For Faculty & Staff


The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is entitled "Using Theatrical Techniques in Teaching," from noon to 1 p.m., February 7 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

During the session, participants will explore adapting some of the elements of theater to be more effective in the classroom, whether it is in a formal lecture setting or in an informal discussion/seminar mode. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

The Career Center is hosting the "2008 Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 7 at Adelbert Gym. The career fair has something for everyone—from first-year students to graduate students—and presents a good opportunity for finding an internship, co-op or a full time job. Over 90 employers are registered for this event. Students are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumes and to dress professionally.

The Residence Hall Association presents its "Anti Valentine's Day Event" from 8:30-11:30 p.m., February 14 at the Spot. Free food and drinks will be provided, and there will be games such as Singled Out, a costume contest, a chocolate eating contest and a chance to win door prizes.

Representatives from two study abroad programs—Butler University's Institute for Study Abroad and the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University—will be on campus within the next several days. The Butler session is February 7 and the Arcadia session is February 11, with both events taking place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 304A. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 368-2928.


The Case Western Reserve Department of Music continues the 22nd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness at 7:30 p.m., February 9 in Harkness Chapel with a concert by the international ensemble REBEL. Read more for ticket prices and additional information.

Habitat for Humanity Awareness Week continues through February 8. Join the campus group in helping to raise awareness and funds for those in need. Events include "Lets Shack Up" T-shirt sales in Nord Hall, the passing out of candy today and a forum beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the quad. For more information or to get involved with the group, send e-mail to Katie Rabovsky.


Sponsored by The Payne Fund, the annual Case Concert Celebration is at 8 p.m. Friday, February 29, in Severance Hall. A 6:30 reception precedes the concert. Business attire is required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Severance Hall Ticket Office at (216) 231-1111. Tickets are $10 for university alumni, faculty, staff and friends and $5 for students, with a limit of two tickets. Details are available on the Case Concert Celebration Web site.

The next Art for Lunch Lecture program will feature Brittany Hudak, Department of Art History and Art doctoral student, on the topic of "She is Not Dead, but Sleepeth: Post-Mortem Photography of Children in Victorian Britain," at 11:45 a.m., February 8 at Mather House, Room 100. Note: some material will be of a graphic nature.

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.

February 6, 2008

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Case in the News

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

Plain Dealer, February 5, 2008

At a major AIDS conference in Boston, scientific players that include Michael Lederman, director of the Case Western Reserve University Center for AIDS Research, described their dogged and ultimately successful attempt to reinvent an anti-HIV molecule known as PSC-Rantes that though potent, was also incredibly expensive to produce.

Vaginal birth after C-sec predicts future success

Reuters, February 5, 2008

A woman who has had one successful vaginal birth after cesarean delivery is even more likely to succeed during subsequent trials of vaginal birth, according to new research by Brian M. Mercer, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Did Hitler think he was doing good?

National Catholic Reporter, February 6, 2008

Roy F. Baumeister, a sociologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and author of Evil: Inside Violence and Human Cruelty, believes there is a paradox when studying the behaviors of good and evil people: "Ironically, many who have perpetrated what history has come to condemn as some of the worst excesses regarded themselves as trying their best to do something good and noble.”

Higher Ed News

A Merger on Whose Terms?

Inside Higher Ed, February 5, 2008

Some Polytechnic University trustees are asking that a vote to approve a plan for the institution to merge into New York University be delayed because of significant flaws in both the proposed agreement and the process by which it was reviewed. There are, however, good examples in American higher education of research universities built from combinations, including Case Western Reserve University (from the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University).

Tech Therapy: Do College Presidents Give Enough Attention to Campus Technology?

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, February 5, 2008

In a news opinion podcast, Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, comments on a recent Chronicle survey in which college presidents reported that technology strategy was one of their lowest priorities—and least favorite subjects to deal with.

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