Case Western Reserve Partners with Coalition to Help Revitalize Greater University Circle

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A coalition of philanthropic, public and private partners today launched a $4 million housing incentive program to stimulate investment in and revitalization of Greater University Circle neighborhoods.

The forgivable loan program targets an estimated 43,000 people who work in Greater University Circle and may consider buying homes there.

Greater Circle Living offers a $5,000 forgivable loan for down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home by full-time employees of any nonprofit institution in Greater University Circle, a district encompassing portions of seven Cleveland neighborhoods.


Employees of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art, Judson at University Circle and University Hospitals may be eligible for an additional $10,000 forgivable loan for down payment or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home, or one month's rental reimbursement in Greater University Circle. Employees at these institutions currently living in the district may be eligible for up to $4,000 in matching funds for exterior renovations.

The program is funded by Case Western Reserve and several other nonprofit organizations in University Circle. Read more.

Data Center Upgrades Scheduled in Kelvin Smith Library, Some IT Applications Will be Unavailable May 30-June 2

As part of Case Western Reserve University's yearlong project to renovate its two campus data server centers, the Kelvin Smith Library will be without power and the majority of the university's IT applications will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, May 30, until 8 a.m., Monday, June 2.

The Information Technology Services and Plant Services data center remediation project entails upgrading electrical and heating and cooling systems in the server areas on the lower level of the Kelvin Smith Library and the third floor of Crawford Hall.

The first phase of the project is to improve power to the Kelvin Smith Library and relocate equipment to make room for additional construction in the library data center. In order to accommodate these initial renovations, the electricity to the library and to servers located within it will be off for up to 60 hours.

The Kelvin Smith Library will close at its regular time at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and will remain closed until 9 a.m. Monday, June 2.

During the power outage, access to external sites on the Internet and the VOIP telephone system will be operational. Applications that will be unavailable during this time include: e-mail, voicemail, the university Web site, Blackboard, Oracle Calendar, ERP Financials, HCM, SIS (the new student information system) and the Sponsored Projects system.

The renovation project also will require periodic planned outages for the university's hundreds of data servers over the coming year. 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. Subsequent server outages are not expected to last more than one to four hours and may not even constitute downtime on applications with redundant hardware.

Additional information is available on the ITS Web site. The Perceptis Web site also will provide updates during the outage.

Campus News

The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 250 youth between the ages of 11 and 16 and who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school's discounted braces program that begins in July 2008. Normally, braces cost $5,000 or more, but Case will treat youth for $2,500. Each youth will have a team that includes both a faculty and a resident orthodontist in the dental school's graduate programs that trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics. Read more.

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

Procurement and Distribution Services will need all Purchase Requisitions for fiscal year 2007-2008 to be entered and approved in Peoplesoft with the applicable supporting documentation received at their offices in CASC, LOC 4909, no later than 5 p.m., June 26 for a Purchase Order (PO) to be issued prior to June 30. Requisitions for new POs for fiscal year 2008-2009 should be entered into Peoplesoft beginning July 1. For questions, contact the Customer Care Team via e-mail or by phone at 368-2560.

For Students


The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking current undergraduate students to help with campus tours for six summer open houses to be held on the following Fridays: June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 1, 8 and 15. Tour guides work a full day on these dates and wages start at $10.50 per hour. In addition, there may be opportunities for working at additional admission events on several Saturdays throughout the summer. Enthusiasm for Case Western Reserve is a must. Previous experience in public speaking is preferred but not required. Training will be provided. Contact Judy Weiss for additional information.



RePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair workshop to benefit children with disabilities from 4-6 p.m., May 27 in Nord Hall, Room 310. RePlay for Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization of volunteers who repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. Most of the work involves testing and repairing broken wires or other simple repairs.

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 20, 2008

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Case in the News

University Circle groups offer incentives to live in nearby neighborhoods through Greater Circle Living

The Plain Dealer, May 20, 2008
The Greater Circle Living program will deliver a $4 million jolt to struggling neighborhoods by offering those who work in the University Circle area forgivable loans and rent reimbursements to move into seven adjacent neighborhoods. Case Western Reserve University is contributing to the fund.

Why we go to concerts but don't buy CDs

Conde Nast, May 20, 2008
Mary Davis, associate professor of music history at Case Western Reserve University, was recently consulted for an article that explores why consumers buy concert tickets, but don't purchase those same artists' CDs.

International group sees John Hay broadband link in action

The Plain Dealer, May 20, 2008
Students from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay High School recently interacted with a doctor performing heart surgery via a high-quality, real-time video feed made possible by an ultra-high-bandwidth Internet connection. The application is one of many created by OneCommunity, a nonprofit group that has built a fiber-optic network linking public and non-profit institutions in Northeast Ohio. Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University who also sits on the board of OneCommunity, comments.

Ohio leads in health care venture capital firms

Dayton Daily News, May 19, 2008
Ohio has the most venture capital firms for health care of any state between the coasts and ranks fourth overall behind California, Massachusetts and New York, according to an analysis by BioEnterprise. Partnering with Case Western Reserve University and other nonprofits and organizations, BioEnterprise helps support the growth of bioscience businesses by giving management counsel and support services to health care companies.

Higher Ed News

Defining college success

Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2008
What is "college success?" A group of presidents and administrators grappled with the question on Monday at a panel assembled to coincide with the release of a new book, College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen, published this week by the College Board.

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