Case Western Reserve Expands Community Card Program to Cuyahoga County Residents

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Just in time for spring and summer activities, Greater Clevelanders can now take advantage of discounts to movies, area restaurants and more by signing up for Case Western Reserve University's Case Community Card.

The community card, which was introduced a few years ago as a pilot program for people living near the university in Cleveland wards 6-9, has recently expanded to include residents of Cuyahoga County ages 18 and older.

"We are excited to expand this program to the Greater Cleveland region and look forward to seeing more of our neighbors on campus soon," said Latisha James, director of the university's Center for Community Partnerships. Read more.

University Seeking Input on Web Page Design Concepts

In the past year, nearly 1,000 members of the Case Western Reserve University community have provided feedback on the current Web homepage through online surveys, forums and focus groups.

Now the university is seeking input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends once again—this time on rough design concepts for a new Web homepage. Members of the university can provide comments on three homepage design concepts by completing an online survey now through May 12.

The rough concepts for a new homepage—created by the in-house University Marketing and Communications Web design team—have been developed based on input collected from the university community in the studies conducted last summer and fall. The designs are only rough concepts and likely will be reorganized, rewritten and redesigned into a working prototype based on responses to this new survey.

University to Renovate, Expand Campus Data Centers

In order to advance its information technology infrastructure, Case Western Reserve University will be renovating its data server centers on the ground level of the Kelvin Smith Library and the third floor of Crawford Hall.

The yearlong construction project is expected to start in late May and will replace and enhance the cooling and power systems capacity, repair raised flooring and increase efficiency of energy usage for the data center areas.

These renovations will expand the university's server reliability and capacity. In the library alone, the university will double the power capacity and add 1,000 feet of usable space for the research computing high performance clusters.

Parts of the renovation project will require periodic planned outages for the university's hundreds of data servers. Server and application administrators will be notified about planned outages at least two weeks prior, and the administrators will alert all users who may be affected. Individual server outages are not expected to last more than one to four hours and may not even constitute downtime on applications with redundant hardware.

In addition to the individual server outages, the Kelvin Smith Library likely will be closed one weekend in late May or early June to accommodate renovations to the building power systems. Construction crews also are expected to work throughout library and Crawford Hall routing utilities.

Access to the Crawford Deck, the VIC lot to the east of Crawford and some areas on and around Freiberger Field and the Severance Hall parking garage may be limited at times during the renovations.

Details and status updates about the projects are forthcoming in Case Daily.

Campus News

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering its Buff Brides Bootcamp for brides-to-be and bridesmaids striving to look their best for the big day. The bootcamp includes a nutritional consultation, body fat analysis, body measurements and a health risk assessment to ensure success. There is an option to upgrade the package to include a couples massage or sunless tan. The bootcamp includes a free buff bride tank top to wear on the honeymoon. The program begins May 6, and space is limited. Go online or call 368-1121 for details.

Students, faculty and staff can receive a discount of $200 off per eye for LASIK surgery performed through the University Hospitals Laser Vision Center through May 31. Financing is available. New patient screenings are free and without obligation. To take advantage of the offer, campus members must mention their university affiliation when scheduling an appointment and must present their Case Western Reserve ID during the screening. Details: Call (440) 720-0331.

For Faculty and Staff

Applications are being accepted through today 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. Funds are available to defray the cost of participation. For questions, send e-mail to the UMBC ADVANCE program.

For Students

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.


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In Memoriam


Hugh Alan Ross Sr., professor emeritus of law, died April 27. He was on the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty from 1954 to 1990, and devoted himself to the advancement of civil rights, especially with regard to racial and gender equality. A memorial celebration will be held at Judson Manor Retirement Community beginning at 11 a.m., July 12. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cleveland BoyChoir.

May 5, 2008

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Ohio Capital Fund serves as venture cap magnet

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 5, 2008

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The Ohio Capital Fund has been particularly good at two things: Attracting venture capital firms to the state and pumping money into Northeast Ohio. An expert says venture firms are attracted to institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

Beyond rape: Telling the story I tried to forget - Part 1

The Plain Dealer, May 5, 2008
Joanna Conners, a Plain Dealer reporter, was raped on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in 1984. She is telling her story to help heal wounds and break down barriers. Related article.

Beyond rape: Epilogue

The Plain Dealer, May 5, 2008
In a follow up story recounting her experience of being raped on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in 1984, Joanna Conners reports that the university has implemented several security measures, including locking doors after business hours; a police force comprised of 22 officers; 400 security cameras; and a system to broadcast security alerts.

Bodies at work

Minneapolis, May 4, 2008
Body language in the business world often speaks louder than words. Fey Parrill, an associate professor in the department of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Colleges are allowing coed dorm rooms

USA TODAY, May 3, 2008
At least two dozen schools, including Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, Clark University and the California Institute of Technology, allow some or all students to share a room with anyone they choose — including someone of the opposite sex.

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