Case Western Reserve University Social Worker Celebrates 50-Year Career


When Nancy Graf decided to retire as director of continuing education at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, she told Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore that her last day would have to be after June 16. She wanted to make sure she had a full 50-year career before beginning the next phase of her life. Her last day at Case Western Reserve will be August 4.

Graf began her social work career on June 16, 1958 at the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services. Following her retirement from the department nearly 30 years later, she came to Case Western Reserve in 1988 and has since expanded the continuing education program to new levels of success.

Under her direction, the program now holds nearly 100 workshops per year. Read more.

Three Separate Polls Rank Case Western Reserve Football Team in Top 20


The 2008 college football season is still a couple of weeks away, but the Case Western Reserve University football program is already making headlines.

After being ranked 10th by the Lindy's College Football Preseason magazine in early June, the 2008 Spartans were recently ranked 12th in The Sporting News College Football magazine (formerly Street & Smith's) and 16th in the USA TODAY Sports Weekly College Football Season Preview magazine.

"It's certainly a show of respect for how far our program has come," Head Coach Greg Debeljak said. "Most preseason polls are based on previous year's success and we are going to have to go out and earn the ranking this year with a new team." Read more.

Campus News

The Information Technology Services (ITS) open forum scheduled for July 17 has been canceled. The next ITS open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., August 21 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room.

Party on the Quad video

The annual Party on the Quad will be from 3-6 p.m., July 25 on the main university quad. This year's "Case Idol" party features food, contests and prizes, raffle drawings, music with a DJ, karaoke and more. Staff, faculty and students are invited; a Case ID is required to receive food. Register online now for the contests.

Cool down this summer with an ice cream bar at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.  The staff invites the campus community to come out and enjoy refreshing summer treats and tour the Mandel Center's new building while learning about the Center's graduate programs in the nonprofit sector. The tour takes place from 5:30-7 p.m., July 23. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the Center's Web site.

For Faculty and Staff


The ERP Training Team will be conducting half-hour information sessions on how to submit student grades via the Grade Roster in the Faculty Center. The sessions will be held from: 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 17 in Nord Hall, Room 213; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 22 at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 105; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 24 in Nord Hall, Room 410; and 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 25 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Registration is not necessary. Training on the Grade Roster will continue throughout the coming terms to coincide with periods when instructors submit grades. Information on the Grade Roster is available in the SIS Faculty Guide. Instructions for entering grades in SIS are available online as Quick Reference Guides for both instructors and assigned grading proxies. Contact the ERP Training Team via e-mail with any questions.

For Students

The Career Center has implemented a partnership with Interfolio, a Web-based credential and reference file management service, to maintain files for current students and alumni. This service replaces the former method of maintaining paper-based files. All current file holders should complete a Transfer Consent Form by August 1 and submit the form with a $5 fee payable by cash or check. Learn more.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature the sounds of Noel Quintana & the Latin Crew.

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.

July 16, 2008

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Case in the News

How concerned should you be over the banking industry?, July 16, 2008
When the banking market enters choppy waters, few cities feel the whiplash like Cleveland. William Mahnic, a 22-year veteran of National City Bank who now teaches banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Cleveland rolling out welcome mat for foreign investment, July 15, 2008
The City of Cleveland is trying to attract more educated workers and foreign investment. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs intends to apply for consideration as an EB-5 region, a designation already enjoyed by about two dozen other U.S. metro areas. Experts say the area's low cost of living, schools such as Case Western Reserve University, and perks like free business-incubator space could attract tech employees who want to start their own businesses.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss come full circle in Cleveland with their rootsy collaboration

The Plain Dealer, July 16, 2008
Recording artists Robert Plant and Alison Krauss had plenty of surprises up their sleeves Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater. Their unlikely musical partnership began in Cleveland four years ago, at a Lead Belly tribute presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University. Now Plant and Krauss are touring together.

Higher Ed News

Psychological association will charge authors for open-access archiving

The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, July 15, 2008
In what appears to be a new policy, the American Psychological Association will require authors who publish in its journals to let it deposit their papers in open-access repositories—and it will charge them $2,500 to do so.

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