Men's Glee Club Croons for President Snyder, Campus on Valentine's Day


Today Case Western Reserve University's Men's Glee Club continued its 40-year custom of delivering singing valentines, including a four-song serenade for President Barbara R. Snyder.

Two teams of a cappella student -- and one alumnus -- vocalists with varying majors crooned and delivered cards and candy to nearly 150 crowded offices and packed classes across campus. The club sang a heartfelt quartet of tunes for Snyder in the second-floor corridor of Adelbert Hall: Coney Island Baby, Under the Boardwalk, My Valentine and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

Currently under the leadership of faculty adviser Mark R. DeGuire, associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the Case School of Engineering, the Men's Glee Club has been a musical tradition at Case Western Reserve for more than 100 years.

Mather College Alumna Billie Navojosky Cared About More than Just Basketball

Billie Navojosky at Mather

When Billie Navojosky went up for a lay up at Mather Gym in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she wasn't thinking about her opponent fast approaching from behind or kissing the ball off the top of the painted block on the backboard. Navojosky was thinking about her foot work.

"The basket in Mather Gym was right at the end against the wall and you had to kick off it when you did a lay up," laughed Navojosky. "With all the physical obstacles, it was like playing gladiator or bumper ball."

Real Mather uniforms, unlike the men's soccer or field hockey uniforms Navojosky and her teammates had to don, will be on the modern day Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team this weekend as part of the Athletic Department's third annual Throwback Weekend. The Spartans face Washington University Friday night at 6 p.m. and the University of Chicago on Sunday at 2 p.m. in historic Adelbert Gymnasium. Read more.

University Extends Discounts on Computer Purchases to Alumni


Once again, Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with Dell to provide an additional segment of its community -- alumni -- with educational discounts on personal computers.

The benefit, first offered to faculty, staff and students in 2002, now is being extended to the university's more than 100,000 alumni. The program was opened to emeriti faculty earlier this year.

A portion of proceeds from Dell computers purchased by faculty, staff, students and, now, alumni through the strategic partnership are used to enhance technology programs on campus. Dell also works with Case Western Reserve to configure the computers to meet the university's technical specifications. Read more.

Campus News

The Wittke/Jackson Lecture will be held during the Community Hour beginning at 12:30 p.m., February 15 in Strosacker Auditorium. The annual lecture highlights last year's winners of the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. Free pizza and drinks will be available. The speakers will be 2007 Jackson Award winners Daniel Akerib, chair and professor of physics and Creg Jantz, assistant athletic director and director of sports information for physical education and athletics, along with 2007 Wittke Award winners Deepak Sarma, assistant professor of religious studies and David Pearson, professor of accounting. They will share remarks about their academic and professional journeys as well as their commitment to working with students.

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is hosting a "Darwin Celebration" event from noon to 2:30 p.m., February 15 at the library's Dampeer Room. Attendees will see how a 1925 battle of creation vs. evolution was depicted in the movie Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy and Frederick March. More details are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center will hold a workshop on the "Top Ten Grammar Rules" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., February 15 in Nord Hall, Room 410. For more information, go the center's Web site.

The Pre-Dental Society will host Kaplan course representatives at 2 p.m., February 17 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The representatives will discuss the Dental Admission Test and available courses. For more information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.


The Society of Women Engineers is holding its annual E-Week Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 19 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will feature a keynote address from Sunniva Collins on the topic of "A Voyage of Discovery: Career Considerations for Women in Engineering." Student tickets are $5 and will be sold in Nord atrium through February 15. For questions, send e-mail to Marie Marinan.


The Project on Ethics and Cognitive Science will make its official debut at Case Western Reserve when it presents the daylong symposium, "Morality and Mind: Ethics at the Crossroads of Culture and Science." The free, public event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 29 in the George S. Dively Building, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. William Deal, professor of religious studies and one of the organizers of the project, teaches ethics from a comparative philosophical and religious perspective. Read more.

The topic for this week's Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group is "Labor Agreements in the Auto Industry -- and Elsewhere," featuring Paul Gerhart, professor of labor and human resource policy. Discussion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., February 15 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

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. 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.

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 14, 2008

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Case in the News

Unique science, tech school will open in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, February 14, 2008
The Cleveland schools this fall will open a unique, regional high school devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Juniors will fan out to internships and seniors will take courses at Case Western Reserve or Cleveland State universities.

Study examines whether complex financial aid forms are barriers to post-secondary education

News@UofT (Canada), February 11, 2008
Are confusing and cumbersome financial aid forms denying low-income Americans the opportunity to go to college? Researchers intend to find out with the College Enrollment study, a joint venture involving researchers from the University of Toronto, Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University's assistant economics professor Eric Bettinger as co-principal investigator.

Rogue informant leaves trail of damaged lives

The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria), February 9, 2008
Wes Ballard is trying to put his life back together after serving 10 months in jail because of a tainted drug operation involving a dishonest informant and a federal agent whose conduct is facing multiple investigations. Lewis Katz, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

About 8 percent of smokers in study denied habit

The Plain Dealer, February 14, 2008
When more than 15,000 Americans were asked if they smoked, among those who said no were about 1,200 smokers. That false denial rate increased as age groups got older. Monica Fisher, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, was lead author of the study.

Speaker stresses values of people doing good

The Ledger, February 9, 2008
Feature story on a recent lecture given by Stephen Post, professor of bioethics, philosophy and religion at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Complexity of federal financial aid wastes billions, study finds

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, February 13, 2008
Needless complexity in the federal financial-aid system costs students and colleges approximately $4-billion per year, according to a new working paper.

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