Mandel School's Victor Groza Works to Change the Lives of Children One Country at a Time

Victor Groza, Zoe Breen Wood, Marissa Ross (undergrad, political science), Maya Peterson (undergrad, nursing)

Victor Groza from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has been working to reform child welfare systems around the world.

Groza started with Romania in 1991 and then India in 2001. The Ukraine followed in 2005. Now through UNICEF's international child welfare initiative, he has been working closely with Guatemalan social service agencies for the past year to move children out of institutional care into a foster care system and promoting the value that children should grow up with families.

An adoption and child welfare expert, Groza has traveled three times to Guatemala to understand the special challenges the country faces in reforming its system. Read more.

University to Enhance Student Medical Plan Service with New Account Manager

Case Western Reserve University has engaged a new national health care network -- Aetna Student Health, which specializes in working with colleges and universities -- to administer its Student Medical Plan beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year.

As the university transitions to the new medical plan account manager, students will not experience any interruption in service nor will they see significant changes in the policy. The student fee for the plan will increase only slightly, to $660 per semester, due to rising overall healthcare costs across the country.

Working with Aetna, the university will continue to offer the Optional Dependent Medical Plan for those students who wish to purchase coverage for their dependent spouse, domestic partner and children. Updated fee information for this plan will be posted to the Student Medical Plan Web site as it becomes available.

Additional details on the Student Medical Plan are forthcoming. Students can contact Louise Matchett at University Health Services at 368-3050 with questions.

Campus News

Information Technology Services seeks input for its annual survey of customer satisfaction known as the Measures of Success project. Constructive input from all users is important for evaluating evolving technology needs and expectations, and in shaping the future of technology and supporting services at Case Western Reserve University. The confidential survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete, and will be available until 5 p.m., April 7. As a special incentive, respondents who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a raffle, sponsored by ITS, to win an Apple iPod nano.

The American Red Cross is hosting three upcoming campus blood drives: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 10, both in Thwing Center's ballroom; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 14 in Nord Hall. To make an appointment, go online and enter sponsor code CaseWestern.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an open house from 5:30-7 tonight at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. For details, call 368-6025, or go to the program's Web site.

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 Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has a few more spots available for the Social Welfare Policy, 3 credit elective course to Greece taking place May 9-18. Undergraduate and graduate students can register for it as a summer course or as an independent study for fall 2008. For details about this program and upcoming ones, go online or send e-mail to Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs. Financial Aid is available.


Continuing each Friday through April 25, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Molly Berger will hold "Summer Office Hours" from 12:30-2 p.m. at SAGES Café to answer questions about the summer session, the new May Term, and available classes.

Spectrum will be giving away "Gay? Fine By Me" T-shirts in Nord Hall's atrium during the Community Hour on April 4 as part of Break the Silence Week activities. Spectrum will conclude its Break the Silence Week programming with the annual Lavender Ball from 9 p.m. to midnight, April 5 in Hovorka atrium.


On the night of April 4, there will be a little something for everyone at the Spot. From 8-9 p.m., the Swing Club will be teaching east coast dancing for beginners. After the lessons, swing club members and others are invited to hit the dance floor from 9-10 p.m. as a DJ spins music. And from 10 p.m. to midnight, the university's jazz bands will perform. For details, send e-mail to Leigh Praskac.


The Third Annual Samuel M. Savin SAGES Lecture begins at 4 p.m., April 7 in Amasa Stone Chapel. The keynote speaker is Michael Schoop, president of Cuyahoga Community College's Metropolitan Campus, who has taught an interdisciplinary SAGES seminar on the history and development of cities. He will speak on the topic of "Teaching Imagination in the Age of Digital Experience."

The 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. tonight and April 4 in Harkness Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public, although tickets are required. Read more.

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.

April 3, 2008

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Case in the News

A fierce competitor

The Scientist, April 2, 2008 (free online subscription required)
Patrick Viollier, assistant professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Case Western Reserve University, discusses some of his research, and how he worked with a fellow postdoc. Their complementary research ended up being published in back-to-back Cell papers in 2006.

University of Akron's Proenza tops $350,000 with latest raise

The Plain Dealer, April 2, 2008
A roundup column on higher education highlights the fact that Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder is scheduled to be in Washington, D.C. today, along with presidents from other Ohio colleges, to attend a forum on higher education.

Study suggests preemie, autism link

WebMD, April 2, 2008
Very premature birth may be a major risk factor for autism, but more study is needed to confirm the association. Maureen Hack, a professor of pediatrics and director of high-risk follow-up at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Ohio plans college internships, co-ops to keep talent here

The Plain Dealer, April 2, 2008
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican legislative leaders aim to stop the state's brain drain by tucking a $250 million college internship and co-op program into a stimulus package that will pump $1.57 billion into Ohio's economy.

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