Student Society Shares Spirit of University with Alumni, Donors, Friends

Members of the Student Turning Point Society

During a recent weekend brunch, Case Western Reserve University's Student Turning Point Society (STPS) welcomed 17 new members who will serve as ambassadors to share the spirit of Case Western Reserve with alumni, donors, and friends.

Christened after the campus sculpture of the same name, the Turning Point Society also encourages students to contribute to the success of Case Western Reserve. Nine members who will return for the 2008-2009 academic year also reaffirmed their commitment to the philosophy that students are not only responsible for gaining from their university but also for giving to it. Read more.

Text Messages Quickest Crisis Communication, Campus Community Encouraged to Subscribe

Recent testing of Case Western Reserve University's emergency communications systems indicates the new CaseWARN rapid alert technology works sufficiently, but in order to reach effectiveness measures, additional students, faculty and staff need to subscribe to the text message notifications.

The university's Security Task Force-led tests of the full layered emergency communications network—outdoor speakers, a special Web site and e-mail messages in addition to the CaseWARN technology—also confirms that multiple layers are needed to reach a broad, dispersed campus community in the case of a crisis situation. Read more.

University Plan Open Forums Scheduled May 7 and 8

As the University Plan approaches completion, the plan Steering Committee is holding several open forums over the next two days to provide all campus constituents the opportunity to comment in general, and more specifically to provide input into refining the action steps to carry out strategic initiatives.

The forums and their targeted audiences are:

  • Session I: Faculty
    May 7 from 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Session II: Staff and Students
    May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Session III: Faculty, Staff and Students
    May 8 from 5–6:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Campus members unable to attend their specific forums are invited to attend any of the sessions. Additional information is available on the University Plan Web site.

Campus News

Due to specific university guidelines and policies, Case Community Card holders will not be able to take CaseLearns courses at the Kelvin Smith Library. The Center for Community Partnerships apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. For a complete list of benefits, visit the center's Web site.


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to learn more about the graduate program in nonprofit management by attending an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., May 7 at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. Refreshments will be served. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

The School of Dental Medicine will host its Gala Awards Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in the Ambassador Room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland during the school's Reunion Weekend. Register via e-mail by May 9 or call 368-3480. Cost is $80.

For Faculty and Staff

Deputy Provost Lynn Singer announces the 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar Awards competition. The awards provide Fulbright Scholars with a wide range of opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics and in professional fields such as business, journalism and law. Programs are open to students, as well as faculty at all levels, including adjunct and emeriti faulty, as well as other professionals. The application deadline for the traditional lecturing and research grants or the Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is August 1. Complete information is available at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Web site.

For Students


The Graduate Student Senate is sponsoring a Spring Barbecue for all graduate students from 4:30 to 8 p.m., May 8 at Freiberger Field. There will be free food and beverages. In addition, campus groups and departments such as the sustainability program and the School of Graduate Studies will have information tables at the event. In addition, attendees are invited to bring toiletries and funds to donate to Coalition for the Homeless, which benefits homeless shelters and women's shelters in Cleveland. Dessert will be provided for students who donate. Note: The rain site will be Adelbert Gym.


The campus community is invited to a talk entitled "Physicians and the Coming Social Disruption" from 4-5 p.m., May 7 at the School of Medicine, Room E401. The speaker will be David Hilfiker, a retired physician who worked for many years in both rural and urban clinics. The founder of Joseph's House, Hilfiker currently serves as the organization's finance director, and is the author of several books.

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.

May 6, 2008

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Case Western Reserve gains $2.4M gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 5, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management has received $2.44 million from an anonymous donor to support collaboration between art and management. With the gift, Weatherhead's MBA program will try to bridge the gap between creative and analytical management techniques by combining the philosophies of architecture, computer programming, graphic design and music.

Cleveland Cord Blood Center spreads message and solicits donors

The Plain Dealer, May 6, 2008
Save a cord. Save a life. Hillcrest Hospital collects cord blood, and other area hospitals will soon follow. The Cleveland Cord Blood Center has a goal of collecting 2,000 units this year. Cord blood transplants have been used to treat diseases of the blood and immune system and show potential in treating other life-threatening ailments. Mary Laughlin, director of the Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, comments.

From detainee to detonatee

Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2008
Jonathan Adler, blogger and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments on a recent blog posting about a suicide bombing in Iraq.

Is there really good stress and bad stress?, May 6, 2008
Is there really good stress and bad stress? Jeffrey Janata, assistant professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Weak dollar leads to higher study abroad costs

USA TODAY, May 3, 2008
The weak dollar, a sluggish economy and a tougher time getting some types of student loans is making it harder for some U.S. college students to study or travel abroad this summer.

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