President Snyder Shares Plans for Provost Search

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:


It is my pleasure to announce that Hunter Peckham, Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics, has agreed to chair the search committee for a new provost at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Peckham is the Executive Director of the FES Center and served as interim chair of the BME department this academic year. A member of our faculty since 1978, Professor Peckham recently served as a member of the university's Presidential Search Committee.

Professor Peckham will communicate in more detail with the community as the search proceeds, but I wanted to let you know that the committee will host a series of open meetings on campus to hear your perspectives regarding the position. In addition, we have created an e-mail address,, for those who would like to submit comments electronically. Joining Professor Peckham in this critical task is an impressive group of individuals from across the university. Read more.

Senior Class Kicks Off 2008 Gift Campaign

senior holds commemorative t-shirt

The Senior Class Gift Campaign recently kicked off its fundraising effort. The campaign strives to show undergraduate seniors the impact private support has at the university.

While gifts of any size are welcome, seniors are encouraged to give $20.08 in recognition of their class year. The campaign is off to a great start, with 51 gifts totaling $699.56.

From the day that students set foot on campus, private gifts to the Annual Fund quietly work to enhance their Case Western Reserve experience by supporting scholarships, student groups, faculty, and classroom equipment and research. Read more.

Campus News


The Weatherhead School of Management invites the campus community to celebrate the appointment of Professor Richard Boyatzis to the H.R. Horvitz Professorship in Family Business from 4-6 p.m., April 16 at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. The event will include a presentation by Professor Boyatzis entitled "Coaching with Compassion -- The Path to Developing Leaders," with a reception immediately following the talk. RSVP by April 11 online, or call Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

The Theta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Omega and Case EMS presents the Third Annual March for Marfan -- a 5K run/3K walk -- beginning at 11 a.m., April 12 at Nord Hall. The walk/run raises funds for the National Marfan Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with this life-threatening genetic disorder. Go online to get event details and to learn more about the illness.

For Faculty and Staff

AT&T's phone book distribution takes place from late June to early July. The directories are free, and include the Cleveland Yellow Pages, White Pages, and the Northeast Ohio B2B directories. Departments can request phone books by contacting Terry Speck, the area's distribution specialist, by April 15 via e-mail or by phone at (216) 642-4109. Be sure to indicate the type of directory, the quantity, location for delivery, and a contact name and phone number.

For Students

A multimedia presentation, "Walk in My Shoes," will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event is designed for participants to discuss how body image, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity affect students and the Cleveland community, and for participants to learn more about these issues and to examine their own beliefs. Sponsored by the Juniper Residential College.

The Second Year Celebration will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m., April 28 in Carlton Commons. The annual celebration marks the halfway point of students' undergraduate careers. All second year undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited.

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity invites students and campus members to participate in the First Annual FIJI Dodgeball Tournament benefiting the American Red Cross, beginning at noon, April 13 in Adelbert Gym. Any organization is welcome to submit a team. To participate, e-mail Ryan Shoup with a team of seven by April 7.


The university's chapter of Amnesty International will hold its annual benefit dinner from 7-9 p.m., April 7 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The guest speaker is Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi peacemaker. He will discuss topics such as stories of suffering of the Iraqi people, human rights violations, how Americans can help, and more. Admission is $5 for all Case, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music undergraduate and graduate students, and $7 for others. For questions, contact Sarah Robinson.

The Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland continues at Case Western Reserve through April 8 at the university's Strosacker and Schmitt auditoriums. All films are in Italian with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.

The Case Juggling Club will present a dramatic series of acts showcasing its diverse talents beginning at 7:30 p.m., April 6 in Thwing Center's ballroom. Free.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) announces that three undergraduates have had their research accepted to be presented at two competitive national undergraduate conferences: Saisho Mangla and Paul Hay at the National Council for Undergraduate Research being held April 10-12, and Preethi Mani at the Council for Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill, on April 30. SOURCE supports the projects of several students each year who present their work at professional conferences across the country.

Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and associate director of the College Scholars program, recently had her essay on three contemporary Spanish films appear in the online journal Senses of Cinema. Her research for the overall project was funded in part by a Baker-Nord Center travel grant and a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Avory Fanaroff, a professor at MacDonald Women's Hospital and Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, was recently recognized with a Legend in Neonatology award at the Conference for Neonatology.

April 4, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University School of Law drops in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2008
The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings for graduate schools are out. Case Western Reserve University's law school ranked at number 63, from 53rd last year. But the university's medical school remains the highest-ranked in the state, at 23rd.

Prepping for SATs and ACTS a big business

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2008
High school juniors are in the process of preparing for SAT and ACT admissions tests in April, May and June. Randall Deike, vice president for enrollment management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

What if King had lived?

The Plain Dealer, April , 2008
Jonathan Entin, associate dean for academic affairs at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, pens an op-ed piece reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Increase in throat cancer parallels obesity rate

Reuters, April 3, 2008
The rising incidence of throat cancer, also referred to as cancer of the esophagus or esophageal adenocarcinoma, may be related to Americans' increasing intake of total and refined carbohydrates and subsequent rise in obesity rates. The new information comes from researchers associated with Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals.

An American ethnic by any other name

Cleveland Jewish News, April 3, 2008
Alan Levenson, a professor at Siegal College, writes about the lessons learned in a class he teaches through a joint partnership with Case Western Reserve University and Siegal College.

Higher Ed News

Embracing the Millennials' seamless embrace of technology

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 2, 2008
A guest blogger writes about the ongoing issue of updating campus buildings and technologies to keep up with the "Millennial" generation and its use of technology for both learning and social networking.

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