Case Western Reserve, City of Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Make Landmark Commitment to Social Responsibility

igning on to support and advance the 10 principles of the compact

Case Western Reserve University, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic marked Earth Day 2008 with a joint commitment to corporate responsibility towards the environment, human rights, labor rights and anti-corruption. The three organizations became members of the United Nations Global Compact today at city hall with Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder; Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; and Oliver Henkel, chief external affairs officer from Cleveland Clinic, signing on to support and advance the 10 principles of the compact.

"Case Western Reserve University prides itself on being a leader in sustainability and social responsibility," said Snyder. "By bringing the university, city and Cleveland Clinic together through the United Nations Global Compact, we can begin to work with one another to address social, economic and environmental issues both locally and globally."

The Global Compact is an international initiative to promote responsible corporate citizenship. With over 4,000 worldwide corporate members, including companies such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft, it is the world's largest social responsibility movement. Read more.

Provost Search Committee Continues Open Forums April 23 and 24

Case Western Reserve University's Provost Search Committee continues its series of open forums through April 24 to hear from the campus community as members begin their work forming a position description and seeking nominations.

The next forums are scheduled to take place from 4-5:30 p.m., April 23 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 24 at Ford Auditorium. 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 were unable to attend the earlier 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.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations seeks nominations for the 2008 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2008 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Nomination forms and detailed guidelines for both awards are available on the Mandel Center Web site. All nominations must be received by noon on April 23.


Squire Valleevue Farm will once again host the "Summer in the Country"program with courses in creative writing, fine arts and the natural sciences. For additional information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090. In addition, participants in the classes, as well as the campus community, have an opportunity to rent a garden plot at the farm for $25.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., April 23 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning April 30. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the April 23 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to learn more.

For Students

Applications are being accepted for graduate student research grants, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Grants up to a maximum amount of $500 are available to graduate students in the humanities and related disciplines for research expenses not covered by departmental support. The deadline is October 24. For the application and guidelines, go online or call 368-8961.

The April 2008 edition of the Mind Body Connection, the monthly newsletter from the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health, is now available online. In addition, previous editions also are available.


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's annual Rozella Schlotfeldt Lecture Series will feature Maxine Nunez, a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and secretary of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., April 25 in Ford Auditorium. She will speak on the topic of "Health Issues of the Caribbean." A native of the Virgin Islands, Nunez studied nursing in the United States and worked in community health on the mainland before returning home to work and teach.

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April 22, 2008

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Case in the News

MetroHealth ex-CEO to replace departing Case Western Reserve University CFO Hossein Sadid

The Plain Dealer, April 22, 2008
Hossein Sadid, Case Western Reserve University's chief financial officer, will retire at the end of September and is being replaced, temporarily, by MetroHealth System's former chief, John Sideras. He will arrive at Case in May. Also changing duties is John Wheeler, who will become senior vice president of administration.

Reporters' Notebook: April 21, 2008

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 21, 2008

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Students at Case Western Reserve University for the past two months have served as the U.S. test market for a cell phone-based technology that already is popular in parts of Asia and Europe.

Higher Ed News

Universities' intellectual property stance criticized

Inside Higher Ed, April 22, 2008
Getting medicines to people who need them in developing countries is a top goal of public health experts worldwide. Universities, whose scientists' research is crucial to many of those drugs and which enjoy a share of royalties on some of those drugs, are finding themselves drawn into a debate that has as much to do with the economics of the pharmaceutical industry as anything that takes place in a laboratory.

Gaps in life expectancy based on education grow, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 21, 2008
The gaps in life expectancy based on income and educational attainment are growing in the United States, according to a new issue brief released this month by the Congressional Budget Office.

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