Peter B. Lewis to be Honored with Case Western Reserve University's First President's Award for Visionary Achievement

Peter B. Lewis

Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. and one of the country's leading philanthropists, will be honored next month with Case Western Reserve University's first President's Award for Visionary Achievement. Lewis will accept the award from President Barbara R. Snyder at the university's commencement exercises on May 18 at the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

The university established the award this year to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant and exceptional service to the university and the world.

"The generosity of Peter B. Lewis has transformed organizations around the world. His philanthropy and personal engagement reflect great commitment to this university, the world and humanity," Snyder said. Read more.

President Snyder Creates Cabinet-level Diversity Position, Committee Seeks Input on Candidates

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:


As many of you recognize, creating a more diverse, welcoming and inclusive environment is essential to our future. A critical element of our success involves recruiting, developing and retaining individuals who offer a broad range of perspectives and experiences. Having a community that fully reflects society furthers our missions of education, inquiry, and discovery.

To ensure we fully realize our goals, I have created a new, Cabinet-level position that reports directly to me: the Vice President of Inclusion, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity. I seek an individual passionately devoted to these issues who has the knowledge, integrity and skills necessary to advance them on our campus. Read more.

Campus Community Invited to Cheer on Hudson Relay Runners April 26


The campus community is invited to cheer on students, faculty and alumni who are participating in this year's Hudson Relay, an annual tradition. The fun, 26-mile footrace, which commemorates Western Reserve College's 1882 move from Hudson, Ohio to University Circle, begins at 10:15 a.m., April 26. The first race was held in 1910 and was run from Western Reserve College in Hudson to the Adelbert Rocks behind Adelbert Hall. In 1990, due to safety and traffic concerns, the race changed to 26 miles around the campus and University Circle. Immediately after the event is Springfest, which features food, games and music.

Campus News

On April 24, the west driveway (exit) of the Visitor Information Center (VIC) lot off Euclid Avenue between Amasa Stone Chapel and the Crawford Building will be under construction until late Saturday. During that time, the entrance to the VIC lot can be used to enter and exit. On April 28, the east driveway (entrance) of the VIC lot off Euclid Avenue will be under construction until Thursday. Construction will begin at 7 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. During that time, the exit to the VIC lot can be used to enter and exit. A campus officer will assist with traffic during these times.


Case Western Reserve University's Center for Community Partnerships extends an invitation to the campus community on behalf of Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts, which is hosting "An Evening with Roberta Flack" May 17 at John Hay High School's auditorium. The concert is a benefit for the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show, which begins at 8 p.m., will conclude with a special finale featuring the legendary singer accompanied by CSA students. Ticket information and additional event details are available online. The Center for Community Partnerships has 580 partnerships on the local, national and global levels. The center focuses on mutually beneficial, academically-focused relationships. Learn more.

University Hospitals invites campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day, or have sleep apnea to learn more about a new clinical trial, the HomePAP study. The study will compare two different approaches to diagnosing and determining optimal treatment pressures for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who will be using continuous positive airway pressure(CPAP) to treat their sleep apnea. Potential participants should meet the following basic requirements: At least age 18 and should have symptoms of OSA (snoring, choking, gasping, stopping breathing while they sleep at night) and problem sleepiness during the day. Patients who have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea or tried CPAP in the past are not eligible to participate. For more information, contact the HomePAP Study coordinator, Rawan Salem via e-mail or by phone at (216) 844-6278, or Carol Rosen, principal investigator for the HomePAP study.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars (OFFS) will soon offer a new service to families of the university's international employees. Beginning this June, OFFS will offer assistance with the preparation of I-539 Applications to extend/and or change non-immigrant status on behalf of these family members. OFFS will provide explanations of the form and questions asked on the form, required supporting documents and filing information. Cost of the service is $100. The service will be offered by appointment only. For complete details, contact Richard Friedman via e-mail or by phone at 368-4289.

The university's Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group is offering campus departments the opportunity to apply for Videoconferencing Opportunity Grants. ITAC and MediaVision have set aside funds to support five turnkey systems, meaning the equipment will arrive as a fully functional videoconferencing system, and technical support will be provided. The equipment can be used to support academic needs, research and more. The grant deadline is April 30. Read more.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) will offer a workshop on "Preparing a Writing Portfolio" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., April 25 in Nord Hall, Room 410. The workshop will be coordinated by Kurt Koenigsberger, associate professor of English, and Megan Jewell, director of the WRC. They will present information and address questions on portfolio preparation and submission. Send questions via e-mail to the WRC staff.

The financial aid deadline for the 2008-09 academic year is May 15. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and the Case Financial Aid Form, and to submit any applicable tax documents by this date.

The Office of Student Affairs announces an end-of-school-year special from Severance Hall. Students may purchase $10 tickets for a concert featuring Sir Andrew Davis conducting Prokofiev's fiery Second Violin Concerto featuring internationally-acclaimed violinist Janine Jansen at 8 p.m., May 2. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 2. Students may purchase a maximum of four $10 tickets with presentation of student ID. Call (216) 231-1111 for more details.

Case Western Reserve University students are invited to apply for "Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe," taking place July 2-9 in Prague, Czech Republic. The program is designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holiday in a unique academic and cultural environment. More information is available online. The early bird application deadline is April 30; final deadline is May 15.


The Case Art Studio's "Spring Semester in Review" student art exhibition will have its opening reception from 5-7 p.m., April 28 at the gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography, and architectural plans made by students enrolled in the spring semester art studio classes. The exhibit will continue through May 2. Gallery hours are from 1-5 p.m.

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 23, 2008

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Case in the News

Eastlake soccer moms shocked by high-voltage lines

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2008
High-voltage power lines skirt the athletic field sidelines like Christmas lights. And when conditions are damp, soccer moms and Eastlake city officials say, the electromagnetic field the lines create can shock you -- through the fence, your car door, even dewy blades of grass. Frank Merat, associate chair in the electrical and computer engineering department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Law professor to speak on individuals' rights, April 23, 2008
The courts exist to protect individual rights, not to solve society's problems, says legal historian Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University. He represents one side of a debate in the legal community about where to draw the line in protecting constitutional rights.

Girls explore engineering careers

The Suburbanite, April 22, 2008
A record number of students throughout Northeast Ohio had no problem picturing themselves as engineers April 19 during Goodyear's Engineering Career Day for Young Women. Representatives from Case Western Reserve University participated in the event.

University Circle townhouses would set a new tone for Cleveland's cultural district

The Plain Dealer, April 22, 2008
The new direction for housing in Cleveland's University Circle district is decidedly contemporary. A bold, colorful proposal for 17 new townhouses at East 118th Street and Euclid Avenue got a unanimous thumbs-up from the University Circle Design Review Committee. University Circle has been the scene of warring architectural styles in recent years. The Case Western Reserve University campus features a building designed by Frank Gehry, but the university changed directions when it built a new residence hall in 2005.

Higher Ed News

Government seeks to buy student loans

New York Times, April 23, 2008
The Bush administration is proposing that Congress authorize it to buy billions of dollars in federal student loans to make sure the nation's credit crunch does not block borrowing for higher education.

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