Commencement 2008

Art History, Communications Studies Professors Honored with Mentoring Awards

Anne Helmreich and Stacy Williams

The positive impact Case Western Reserve University professors have on the lives of their students is recognized annually with the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.

This year, Anne Helmreich, art history associate professor, and Stacy Williams, communications studies assistant professor, have been named Jackson Award recipients.

The Jackson Award was established in 2003 by J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., in honor of Dean Carl F. Wittke, his adviser, mentor and friend. Read more.

University to Upgrade Web Server, Maintainers to Use New System Tools

On May 19, Aurora, the main campus Web server will be cut over to its new, faster, redundant server environment. Downtime is expected to be less than a minute and there will be no changes for end users. Maintainers however, will begin using new system tools at this point, the most noticeable of which will be the switch from using FTP to WebDAV for file upload and maintenance. Per prior communications sent to Web maintainers, this change will also include using Case ID's rather than account names when connecting to the server.

If you maintain a site on the main campus server and have not received these communications, please send your current Web account name and Case user ID to to ensure you are included in our user database. To learn more about changes affecting Web maintainers, visit

Campus News

The university community is invited to take a survey to gauge the interest level regarding child care services on campus. The survey will remain open until May 16.


The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve are joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health in celebrating National Women's Health Week through May 17. Until 5 p.m. today, the Free Clinic will hold a Women's Health Fair, where women in the community will be able to attend free workshops on nutrition and get tips for dealing with stress. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC)'s training and development committees are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF). Members of SAC are collecting recipes for a new cookbook, In Case You're Cooking. Read more for information on how to include recipes in the new edition.

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.


The Harland G. Wood Memorial Lecture will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m., May 20 at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. The speaker will be Melissa Moore, a professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts, on the topic of "Translation-dependent RNA Decay: From Trash Cans to Brake Pedals on Eukaryotic Gene Expression." Sponsored by Department of Biochemistry graduate students and post-docs in the School of Medicine.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Dan Scherson, Charles F. Mabery Professor of Research in the Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve and George Blomgren from Blomgren Consulting Services Ltd. on the topic of What Do Batteries Run On? The Amazing Well-hidden Devices That Power the Portable Electronics Evolution," beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

In Memoriam

David Price Benseler, Emile B. De Sauze Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages & Literatures, died May 5. He was a retired professor of German language and literatures, having taught at several universities: Washington State University, The Ohio State University, The United States Military Academy at West Point and at Case Western Reserve University.

May 12, 2008

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Case in the News

New sexual assault policy at Case Western, May 7, 2008
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving sexual assault policies at colleges and universities reports on the updated policy recently adopted by Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve prof aiming for West Coast links

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 12, 2008

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Mehran Mehregany is putting the "Western" in Case Western Reserve University. The engineering professor has moved his office to San Diego so that he can help the university establish partnerships with companies on the West Coast.

He seeks a route through time

Boston Globe, May 12, 2008
Ronald Mallett, a physicist at the University of Connecticut, is experimenting with a time travel machine. Other physicists -- including Case Western Reserve University's Lawrence Krauss -- weigh in.

Torrey Solomon hard at work achieving a dream

The Plain Dealer, May 11, 2008
Feature story on Torrey Solomon, a hard working teen who works for Bon Appetit on Case Western Reserve University's campus. He plans to attend a culinary arts school in New York.

Sophisticated research the norm at science fair

The Columbus Dispatch, May 11, 2008
Hundreds of seventh- through 12-graders used sophisticated research as they vied for scholarships and awards in State Science Day presentations. One of them was Vikram Santhanam, who plans to study biology at Case Western Reserve University this fall.

Higher Ed News

Matching newcomer to college, while both pay

New York Times, May 11, 2008
British and Australian universities have for years paid commissions to overseas recruiting agents, and as a result have attracted a growing share of international students. Now the practice is spreading in the United States, especially at community colleges and public universities eager to enroll more international students. But the use of agents is raising uncomfortable questions and strong feelings.

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