Alumnus Makes Final "Cheer" for Case with $1.1 Million Bequest

John Oshchypok

John Oshchypok made a final cheer for his alma mater when he made a bequest of a $1.1 million gift to advance energy-related research in the chemistry department. Oshchypok, as a young chemistry major at the former Case Institute of Technology, raised school spirit as the "A" on the Case cheering squad and urged the Rough Riders down the field for touchdowns in the early 1950s.

Oshchypok's generous gift will enable the College of Arts and Sciences to create the John Oshchypok Professor of Chemistry for 10 years. The new faculty position will be devoted to developing energy-related materials. In addition, the gift will support the start-up costs of establishing a lab, equipment and staffing research. Read more.

Mary Herendeen Helps Spartans in Final Season


Despite the long hours that entail a career in nursing, Mary Herendeen's decision to come to Case Western Reserve University and study at one of the top-ranked nursing schools was somewhat of an afterthought, as the Austinburg native has always had high expectations for herself on the hardwood.

Currently in her final season with the Case Western Reserve women's basketball team, it's her best one yet, with Herendeen averaging 13.2 points per-game (7th in UAA). In addition, she has nailed 30 three-pointers (2nd in UAA) so far this season.

Even though Herendeen and the Spartans are off to a great start, the senior is still realistic about the challenges that lie ahead. Read more.

Employee Contributions Exceed 2007 Charity Choice Campaign Goal


The total contributions to Case Western Reserve University's 2007 Charity Choice campaign have been finalized, and faculty and staff have once again not only met but also exceeded the university's goal.

Employees donated a total of $172,037 from September to December 2007, surpassing the university's target of $150,000.

Through the Charity Choice Campaign each fall, members of the campus community can designate a donation through payroll deduction to any of the more than 230 local agencies served by Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

In the 2007 campaign, all faculty and staff who made contributions were entered into a drawing for a one-night stay for two at the Marriott Cleveland East. Colleen Gepperth from the Weatherhead School of Management was selected as the winner.

Campus News

The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled an open forum from 3:30-5 p.m., February 14 in Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Library especially so that staff members can offer comments and ask questions about the university's emerging goals and priorities. Members of the steering committee will be present at the forum to hear the discussion. In addition, meetings for students will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 19 and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., February 20. The session scheduled for February 20 will be held at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103, while the rest of the meetings will take place in Ford Auditorium. Members of the university community who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others. Cookies and coffee will be available at all sessions.


The Weatherhead School of Management tax assistance group is offering free tax preparation services for university staff and students. Service is provided by student volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Go to the Weatherhead event calendar for session dates and locations.

Case Western Reserve University's third annual Integrity Week continues through February 15. John Bryfonski, deputy chief inspector in the Office of Personal Responsibility for the U.S. Department of Justice's DEA, will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 14 in the Thwing Atrium. Lunch will be provided. In addition, I-Week also includes a faculty and student panel discussion of "Loyalty to Peers vs. Loyalty to the Code" from 12:30-1:45 p.m. , February 15, in Nord Hall Room 310. Sponsored by the university's Academic Integrity Board, I-Week aims to raise awareness, particularly among students, of individual honesty in education.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder invites nominations of non-faculty university staff members for the President's Award for Staff Excellence. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors with whom they come into contact. Nominations may come from any staff or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council is facilitating the nomination process. Honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, and their names will engraved on a plaque. Recipients will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon in June. Nominations are due by April 15. To request a nomination form, send e-mail to Patsy Harris

For Students

The Residence Hall Association is hosting 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.

Entries are now being accepted for "Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session" on April 18 in Thwing Center. Deadline submission is March 21. Abstract guidelines and proposal registration are available online.


Eldred Theater will stage Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, a play about a faded, one-time Southern belle and her two grown children, all of whom seek escape in dream worlds. Performances are February 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on February 24 and March 2. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case personnel, and $5 for students. Read more.


The kickoff of the university's "Relay for Life at Case: Celebrating Survivorship!" will take place noon to 2 p.m., February 15 in Thwing Center's atrium. There will be food, music and information about the 18-hour relay, and participants will share their stories. Part of the American Cancer Society's 2008 Relay for Life events, the kickoff program is in preparation for the university's s Relay for Life event April 18 and 19.

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 13, 2008

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Case in the News

Can you psych yourself slim?

ABC News, February 12, 2008
The battle to fight extra weight is now using psychological warfare. As an example, some schools are eliminating cafeteria trays. Mary Beth Kavanagh, an instructor in the nutrition department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Paying for grades yields mixed results in boosting student achievement

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 13, 2008
As public school districts struggle to boost student achievement, an increasing number of districts are turning to incentives for students. A study conducted by Eric Bettinger, associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, in which students were paid for performance on tests in a variety of subjects is cited.

Study disputes physician shift change concerns, February 11, 2008
A study in the February issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reassures that women do not need to worry if their doctor's shift ends before their labor does. Jennifer Bailit, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, co-authored the study.

Warm climates luring Ohioans

Columbus Dispatch, February 11, 2008
Snowbirds still lead the pack of Ohioans who move out of state each year, but more of them are finding their way back home. In addition, New Jersey contributed a net change of more than 3,500 residents to the state in 2006. One expert suggests this is due to students from the Garden State attending schools such as Oberlin, Ohio State and Case Western Reserve universities, and then choosing to stay or find work in the area.

Higher Ed News

Harvard opts in to 'opt out' plan

Inside Higher Ed, February 13, 2008
Harvard University's arts and sciences faculty approved a plan on Tuesday that will post finished academic papers online free, unless scholars specifically decide to opt out of the open-access program. While other institutions have similar repositories for their faculty's work, Harvard's is unique for making online publication the default option.

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