Alumnus Wore Two Hats: Three-time Olympian and Rocket Scientist


The average person might not believe the terms wrestler and rocket scientist could co-exist, but at Case Western Reserve University combinations like this are the norm and William Kerslake is the namesake.

Kerslake, who received an undergraduate degree in industrial chemistry in 1951 and a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1955 from Case Institute of Technology, was more than just a grappler for the Rough Riders—he wrestled for his country on the world's biggest stage.

Kerslake wrestled on three U.S. Olympic teams: 1952 in Helsinki, Finland; 1956 in Melbourne, Australia; and 1960 in Rome. So he can relate to members of the 2008 U.S. wrestling squad who will begin their quest for Olympic gold this month in Beijing. Read more.

Law Students Join Community Legal Aid to Assist Lower-income Families

Ten law students from around the region are spending their summer providing free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of Northeast Ohio. Among them are three Case Western Reserve University School of Law students: Lindsay Doss, Meghan Mahaney and Scott Malbasa.

Community Legal Aid's summer associates program teaches law students about the overwhelming legal needs faced by the most vulnerable members of the area's communities and helps them to understand the responsibility that comes with practicing law: Ensuring equal access to justice for everyone. Read more.

Campus News

After spending eight weeks learning under the tutelage of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty, 19 youths who participated in this summer's Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity Program (SEO) will unveil their capstone projects from 9 a.m. to noon, August 7 in the Biomedical Research Building lobby. The campus community is invited to come out and view the displays. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder are scheduled to attend the presentation. Learn more about SEO.

The Office of Student Employment invites campus departments to participate in its annual Work Study Job Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 4 in Thwing Center ballroom. The job fair will allow departments to interview and even hire on the spot students who are eligible for Federal Work Study and seeking campus employment for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Office of Student Employment will distribute an employer directory to students prior to and at the fair. Departments registered by August 18 will be included in this directory. Lunch will be provided for departmental participants. For information call the office at 368-4533.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will host a workshop explaining how the new Student Information System (SIS) works from noon to 1 p.m., August 7 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The new system is designed to provide enhanced services to students, faculty and staff, including course registration, grade and transcript reporting, student financials, academic advising, and degree progress reports. Amy Hammett, the university's registrar, and other members of the team that designed the new system will lead the discussion. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.


The Staff Advisory Council's (SAC) Training and Development Committee announces the creation of two programs within the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. Staff have an opportunity to apply for either the Staff Educational Scholarship or the Staff Educational Enrichment. Applications are being accepted through September 1, 2008. Applicants have one month after notification of the award to submit a receipt for reimbursement.

For Students

The Observer is seeking an illustrations editor for the upcoming school year. The editor will provide drawings to accompany articles and in-house advertisements, and has the option to author the editorial cartoon and the Fun Page comic. Anyone with art experience should e-mail the newspaper staff.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert will feature the New Barleycorn, an Irish folk band, from 6-9 p.m.

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August 6, 2008

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Case in the News

Obama calls McCain's attacks irrelevant

Columbus Dispatch, August 6, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama spoke before a crowd of 2,300 near Youngstown, Ohio yesterday. Although he brushed aside Sen. John McCain's commercial ads against him, some Democratic leaders are worried how Ohioans might perceive the messages. Joseph White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, said McCain's effort to define Obama is working.

Two authors say Routledge recycled their work without credit

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 5, 2008
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Two Case Western Reserve University professors—William Deal, professor of religious studies and Timothy Beal, professor of religion—say that a new book from the Routledge publishing company includes whole paragraphs and even entire pages from a book the two wrote for the same company several years prior.

Part-time profession

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 4, 2008

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Forty eight percent of all faculty members in the United States teach part time, according to figures compiled by the American Association of University Professors in 2005. Local colleges are following the national trend for hiring more part-time faculty. According to the article, 21.2 percent of the teachers at Case Western Reserve University are adjunct faculty.

Four cities from Ohio on list of fast-dying

Columbus Dispatch, August 6, 2008
Forbes magazine says four of America's fastest-dying cities are in the Buckeye State. Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown win that distinction by virtue of population loss and sluggish gains in economic activity. Population loss is a long-term trend that refuses to abate, said Claudia Coulton, director of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Satisfied academics

Inside Higher Ed, August 6, 2008
A study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association finds that academic scientists—in the natural and social sciences—are more satisfied than are their counterparts outside of higher education.

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