Case Western Reserve to Award Four Honorary Doctorate Degrees at May 18 Commencement


Four distinguished individuals will receive honorary doctorate degrees in the areas of law, science and humanities during commencement ceremonies at Case Western Reserve University on May 18.

The recipients will be David M. Crane, professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law; Margaret J. Giannini, director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability; Craig Newmark, founder of; and Raymond K. Shepardson, leader of the efforts to preserve Playhouse Square. Read more.

Next Series of Forums to Discuss University Plan Set for Early April

The Case Western Reserve University Plan Steering Committee will conduct its next series of strategic planning forums -- including one at which President Barbara R. Snyder will be present -- in early April.

All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to discuss the university's emerging goals, priorities and strategic initiatives and to offer suggestions on action steps during these open forums.

The meetings on April 2 and April 8 will be held in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building. Snyder is scheduled to attend the late forum on April 8. The forum on April 9 will be held at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 202. Members of the Steering Committee will be present at all of the meetings.

Primary Group

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Staff and Students

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Faculty, Staff and Students President Barbara Snyder will be present

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


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.

Recently generated documents associated with the planning process, including reports of the Issues Task Forces and preliminary submissions from the college and schools, can be found on the University Plan Web site.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is seeking nominations for the John A. Yankey Community Service Award, which will be presented to a Mandel Center student who has been actively engaged as a volunteer in one or more successful community service activities or projects while a student at the Center. Nomination deadline is by noon on April 7. For details, call 368-4211.

Case Dining Services and Bon Appetit Management Company are soliciting feedback on campus dining operations. The university community is invited to complete an online survey by March 26.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Equal Opportunity announces important faculty Affirmative Action procedure changes. Case Western Reserve is required by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) guidelines to maintain specific summary information about the search process, applicants and hires. The university is updating the manner in which faculty search information is submitted to the Office of Equal Opportunity. The following data requirements must be adhered to and submitted in total to the Faculty Diversity Office for the granting of Affirmative Action approval. Failure to comply could have costly implications for any contracts with the federal government: The information that has been reported on forms #3B and #3B1 will now be submitted in an Excel spreadsheet and sent electronically via e-mail to the office. The full memo of amended instructions can be found on the Affirmative Action forms page. Contact Beth McGee at 368-4299 or Amanda Shaffer at 368-8874 for information or additional assistance with the process.

The "Taking the 'Dis' out of Disability" workshop will meet from noon to 1 p.m., March 26 in Adelbert Hall, Room 352. The session will explore and dispel myths and stereotypes associated with individuals who have disabilities. Register via e-mail or call 368-4786

For Students

A Summer Session Information Fair will be held until 2:30 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 26 at SAGES Café. The fair will include information about summer courses, an opportunity to enter a raffle for a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, and free giveaways.


The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is seeking two graduate-level students to develop and implement a four-week summer pre-college experience on campus for high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District . The program begins June 16 and ends July 11. Stipend awarded. The graduate students must be willing and able to participate in the planning and execution of the program and have an interest and ability to work with urban youth. For information, call 368-5075, or send e-mail to Kathryn Kwiatkowski.


The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music will premiere a new and expanded semi-staged version of Henry Purcell's famous opera, Dido and Aeneas, at 8 p.m., April 3 and 4 in Harkness Chapel. The performances, stage-directed by Ellen Hargis and music-directed and choreographed by Julie Andrijeski, are free and open to the public, although tickets are required. Read more.

Alison Weir, a freelance journalist and founder of If Americans Knew -- a research and information-dissemination institute which focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East and media coverage of the issue -- will present a public lecture, "Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headlines," beginning at 4:30 p.m., March 26 in Schmitt Auditorium lecture hall. A reception will immediately follow in the Hovorka atrium. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. For information, send e-mail to Professor Alice Bach. Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Campus Freethought Alliance and Case InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will present a screening of The God Delusion beginning at 7 tonight in Strosacker Auditorium. Immediately following the program will be a panel discussion and refreshments.


Robyn Ochs, often referred to as the "guru of the bisexual movement," will speak from 7-9 tonight on the topic of "Beyond Binaries: Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum" at Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Co-sponsored by the university's LGBT Provost Committee and the counseling department.

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.

March 25, 2008

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Case in the News

Reporters' Notebook: March 24, 2008

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 24, 2008
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To help lawyers write better, Case Western Reserve University's School of Law will launch its new Legal Writing Academy this week. It will be an ongoing program that will include seminars, panel presentations, training sessions and a collection of briefs that can be used to teach students by example.

Hospital charges don't tell anything about price

The Plain Dealer, March 24, 2008
Ohio forces hospitals to report what they charge for heart surgery, knee replacements and other procedures so that consumers can comparison shop for procedures. But it's of little benefit to Ohioans because the numbers provided by hospitals have almost no relation to what insurance companies pay. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Is Alzheimer's a disease, or just an aging brain?

Tampa, March 24, 2008
Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discusses his theories on Alzheimer's disease.

Lawyer says high court overreaching on control of court records

The Plain Dealer, March 22, 2008
A leading open government advocate says the Ohio Supreme Court is exceeding its powers by trying to take control of state court records, while another disagrees. Jonathan Entin, a constitutional law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

A conversation on race, March 21, 2008
Framed around today's political climate, what are the issues of race in this country? Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, offered his perspective on a recent Sound of Ideas program.

Higher Ed News

The 'double hit' on women's salaries

Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2008
A scholar at the University of Iowa who has been mining national data on women's salaries presented his latest findings at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The results in short say that -- even using the most sophisticated possible approach to take into consideration non-sexist reasons for pay differentials -- a pay gap remains, based on gender.

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