2008 President's Award for Distinguished Service: The first in a three-part series

Ramona David Cited for Service to Admissions, Students of Management Engineering Program


Case Western Reserve University's master of engineering management (MEM) program is projected to have a record year in terms of enrollment and tuition revenue—due largely in part to Ramona David.

David—one of three staff members recognized this year with the President's Award for Distinguished Service—has worked as admissions and program manager for The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME), a partnership of the Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, since 2001. In this role, she serves as the principal interface with MEM students from the time they apply through their degree program and eventual transition to alumni.

Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder presented the service award to David; Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Thwing Center for programs and leadership; and Michael Yeager, analyst programmer at the Kelvin Smith Library, during the university's 2008 Staff Awards Brunch today in the Thwing Center ballroom. Barker-Williamson and Yeager will be featured in Case Daily on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Read more.

Provost Search Committee Releases Updated Position Description

Following months of discussion with and input from faculty, staff, students and friends of the university, the Provost Search Committee of Case Western Reserve University has released the latest version of the position and candidate specification for a new provost and university vice president.

The committee, chaired by Hunter Peckham, Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve, began the search process in April. Peckham, also the executive director of the FES Center and interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering this past academic year, served as a member of the university's recent Presidential Search Committee.

In addition to preparing the position description, the committee has been working with Spencer Stuart, an international executive search consulting firm, to collect nominations.

Members of the university community are encouraged to continue to provide input throughout the search process using one of two e-mail addresses. The first, provostsearch@case.edu, is for general comments to the search committee. The second, caseprovostsearch@spencerstuart.com, has been set up specifically for nominations.

Additional information will be made available on the provost search Web site.

Campus News


The Center for Community Partnerships and the Western Reserve Studies Symposium (WRSS) invite the campus community to participate in a discussion related to the WRSS virtual symposium on "The Livable City and its Neighborhoods" at 11:30 a.m., June 18 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall.


Learn about the university's involvement in the transformation of Cleveland's neighborhoods. Gladys Haddad, regional historian at Case Western Reserve, director of the WRSS and host of the Regionally Speaking virtual symposium, along with community leaders, will discuss redevelopment efforts taking place in several neighborhoods: Buckeye, Detroit Shoreway, Fairfax, Glenville, Slavic Village and Tremont. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by June 13 via e-mail to Latisha James.

paradecircle.JPG Volunteers are needed for Parade the Circle, an interactive parade and festival taking place June 14. Volunteers are needed in the days leading up the parade as well as the day of the event in many different capacities, including balloon arch assembly, guiding steel drums, program distribution, T-shirt and poster sales, light sewing/costumes, floats and much more. Volunteer shifts the day of the parade will vary between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; shifts are available a few days before the event during morning and weekend workshop hours. To assist the day of the parade, call Liz Pim at (216) 707-2593. To assist a few days before the parade, call Chuck Supinski at (216) 707-2529.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University, along with the Employee Assistance Program, will offer a one-hour seminar to gauge the readiness of those who want to quit smoking. The seminar will help people think about why they smoke and what they need to do in order to stop.  The seminar is not a substitute for a support program to assist people through the process step-by-step.  However, participants will be able to obtain helpful tips and tools for getting started. The "How to Quit Smoking: A Plan to Get Started" seminar will include an overview on uncovering strategies and substitutes to quit smoking; help employees determine how to prevent weight gain during the process; and stay smoke-free indefinitely. If enough participants are committed to a lengthier program based on the interest in the one-hour seminar, they will receive notice of additional program times and dates. If interested in attending the one-hour seminar, send an e-mail to Carolyn Gerich in employee relations by June 20.

In order for a Purchase Order (PO) to be issued prior to June 30, Procurement and Distribution Services needs all POs for fiscal year 2007-2008 to be entered and approved into PeopleSoft – with applicable supporting documentation – by 5 p.m., June 26. 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

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 8501 Carnegie Ave., will present a program honoring the late Marjorie Talalay, a co-founder of the organization and a longtime champion of contemporary art in Northeast Ohio, from 1-3 p.m., June 15. The free program will include music by Peter Bennett, assistant professor of music at Case Western Reserve University, theatrical and dance performances, and tributes from various members of the art community. For details, go online or call ( 216) 421-8671.

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.

June 11, 2008

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Case in the News

The job outlook for 2008 graduates

The Plain Dealer, June 3, 2008
Reported starting salaries for graduating college seniors are expected to average greater than four percent over starting salaries offered in 2007. Tom Matthews, director of Case Western Reserve University's Career Center, discusses how a student's summer employment could translate into a job offer.

Ohio should take immediate action on global-warming bill - letter to the editor

The Plain Dealer, June 11, 2008
Frances Hogan, a Case Western Reserve University student who is interning for Environment Ohio, pens a letter to the editor about global warming.

For some Iraqi war refugees, business is booming

Yahoo! News, June 10, 2008
Though the media has focused on the plight of the poorest displaced Iraqis, they are only part of the story. For others, Jordan's security, infrastructure and open investment climate have created an opportunity. Peter Moore, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Women's colleges grow abroad, decline in U.S.

USA TODAY, June 11, 2008
As their numbers decline in the United States, women's colleges are booming in much of the developing world— places such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They've become a trendy tool for jump-starting economic growth and political development, and for helping break down barriers in the same way their U.S. counterparts have been doing since the 19th century.

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