Provost Search Committee to Host Open Forums

Case Western Reserve University's Provost Search Committee, chaired by Hunter Peckham, the Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics, will hold a series of open forums April 21-24 to hear from the campus community as members begin their work forming a position description and seeking nominations.

The forums are:

  • April 21, 4-5:30 p.m., Mandel Center, Room 115
  • April 22, 11:30-1 p.m., Biomedical Research Building Auditorium
  • April 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Toepfer Room, Second floor Adelbert Hall
  • April 24, 11:30-1 p.m., Ford Auditorium (primarily for undergraduate, graduate and professional students)

The final session is primarily for students, but students should feel free to attend any of the forums convenient for their schedules.

Conversely, any faculty or staff who cannot attend one of the first three forums should feel welcome to attend the final session April 24.

In addition, please note that the search committee has established two e-mail addresses for additional feedback. The first,, is for general comments to the committee. The second, is specifically for nominations.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Moot Court Team Wins World Championship

Team Case wins Jessup Cup

For the first time in its history, the Case Western Reserve University School of Law won the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition April 12 in Washington, D.C. The Jessup Competition, now in its 49th year, is the world's largest and most prestigious Moot Court tournament.

This year 598 schools from 98 different countries competed. Case Western Reserve's victory marked just the second time in 14 years—and third since 1990—an American team was crowned world champion. The coveted Jessup Cup will reside at the law school for the next year. Read more.

Campus News

Relay For Life Logo

Case Western Reserve University will host its first Relay For Life fundraiser April 18 to benefit cancer education and research and honor those who have fought or are still fighting the disease. The student-initiated 18-hour event begins at 6 p.m., April 18 and continues until noon the next day on-campus at Case Field.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the campus community is sponsoring several events to bring awareness to the issue. April 21-25, the Clothesline Project will be on display in Thwing Center's atrium. The project honors women survivors as well as victims of intimate violence. Any woman who has experienced this type of violence is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. In addition, victims' families and friends also are invited to participate. Additional activities include the Supporting Survivors forum presented by the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center beginning at 8 p.m., April 22 at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Thwing Center, Room 309, and the Take Back the Night Rally and March beginning at 9 p.m., April 24 at Thwing Center's atrium. For questions or information, send e-mail to Katie Hanna.


Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity will host its Eleventh Annual 24-Hour Softball Tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tournament play begins at noon, April 19. Participants are asked to register teams by April 17 online or via the registration tables in Thwing Center and Nord Hall atriums. The cost is $50 for a team, while individuals may enter for $10. Participants and spectators also may enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes from companies such as Intel, Whole Foods, and more. For questions, e-mail the tournament organizers.


The Office of Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve University alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Two of Liberty Mutual's local sales representatives will be at Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 17 to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. RSVP by calling 800-866-6280.

For Faculty and Staff

Applications are being accepted for the 2008 Faculty Horizons Program July 10-12 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Program, is intended to provide post-doctoral research fellows and upper-level graduate students, particularly women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with necessary skills to become successful tenure-track faculty in the United States. Special attention is paid to including women from underrepresented groups. Applications are available online through May 5. Funds are available to defray the cost of participation. For questions, send e-mail to the UMBC ADVANCE program.

For Students

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has a few more spots available for the Social Welfare Policy, three-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.


Registration is now open for Saturday of Service, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL). The event takes place April 19, and gives students and the campus community the opportunity to participate. This year, the sites will include the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Magnolia Clubhouse, Judson Park, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, the Children's Museum of Cleveland and more.

Students who have a university parking permit may request a one-day overnight parking pass for guests up to three times per semester. Passes are valid Monday through Friday in selected parking lots on the north and south sides of campus from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. Passes must be picked up by the permit holder from Access Services in Crawford Hall.



Sandra Harding, author and editor of 15 books and special journal issues, including Sciences from Below: Gender, Imperialism, and Modernity and The Science Question in Feminism, will speak on campus beginning at 4:15 p.m., April 17 at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. Harding, a professor of education and women's studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on the topic of "Can Women Ever Become Modern? New Directions in Thinking about Gender, Science and Modernity." Free, open to the public. Read more about the author, as well a list of sponsoring departments.

The Cleveland Institute of Music presents hundreds of concerts every year, most free of charge. Programs are usually performed at 11021 East Blvd. in University Circle. For information, go online.

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.

April 15, 2008

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Case in the News

Clevelanders prepare to see Pope Benedict, April 14, 2008
As Benedict XVI arrives in the United States today, a number of Clevelanders will be on their way to see him, including Tony Vento, the Catholic campus minister at Case Western Reserve University.

IT internship availability stirs debate within field

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 14, 2008

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There very well might be 11,000 open information technology jobs in Northeast Ohio, but a reported lack of internships for IT students might not be among the reasons those positions are going unfilled. Kristen Francis, experiential learning specialist at Case Western Reserve University's Career Center, comments.

Third Frontier spurs investment

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 14, 2008

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Ohio's Third Frontier Project has attracted more than twice as many private investment dollars as the state thought it would to this point. However, a number of organizations that were generated from early Third Frontier grants have had difficulty creating the number of jobs they originally said they could, including the Wright Fuel Cell Center, based at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Do colleges need green czars?

Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2008
As colleges commit to reducing their carbon footprints, a growing number are introducing or redefining a staff position to organize the efforts.

Colleges now on alert in low-tech ways, too

USA TODAY, April 15, 2008
Colleges and universities nationwide are installing high-tech alert systems that beam emergency e-mails and voice messages to thousands of cell phones, pagers and personal computers to alert staff and students. But in a bid to cover all their bases, they're also investing in decidedly more low-tech alert tools: loudspeakers and sirens.

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