Case Western Reserve Students and Faculty Escape Armed Conflict in Republic of Georgia


Three students and one faculty member from Case Western Reserve University are safe after finding themselves in the middle of the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Andrea De Giorgi, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classics; Nathan Bensing , sophomore from Columbus, Ohio; Gabriel Suprise, sophomore from Portage, Mich.; and Danielle Maynard, art history graduate student from Detroit, are now safe in Turkey.

They plan to return to the university by August 24 in time for fall classes. Read more.

Campus News

Effective today, the intersection at Euclid Avenue and Stokes Boulevard (East 107th St.) is closed for construction. Vehicles will no longer be able to travel south on Stokes Blvd. Local access will be maintained for businesses. Vehicles traveling south on Stokes Blvd. will be detoured to Chester Avenue and back to Euclid Avenue around the construction. Motorists will turn right on Euclid Avenue and back onto Stokes. The closure is anticipated for four weeks.

1-2-1 Fitness Center has partnered with the Department of Human Resources to create an employee wellness program for the university. Campus members interested in participating in a free lunch-time walking club are invited to e-mail the fitness club with their preferred times and days of the week. 1-2-1 is owned and operated by Case Western Reserve University and has been voted Cleveland's Best Gym. Go online to learn more.

For Faculty and Staff


Faculty are invited to view the Office of Faculty Diversity Web site, which features information on conducting faculty searches, links to policies, work/life balance resources, information for new faculty, Diversity@Case (links to diversity-focused organizations on campus and readings on diversity) and more.

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

For students looking to make some extra cash, The Observer is seeking two responsible students to distribute newspapers around campus this fall. Applicants must be free between 9 and 11 a.m. on Friday mornings and must have access to a car. If interested, send an e-mail to the newspaper's 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 rock and blues sounds of Lonesome Star (Chris Allen, Joe Rohan and Austin "Walkin" Cane) from 6-9 p.m.

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.

August 13, 2008

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Case in the News

American scholars flee as strife disrupts Georgia

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 13, 2008
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Andrea De Giorgi and three students from Case Western Reserve University were to spend the month of August in the nation of Georgia, analyzing and mapping archaeological sites outside of the capital, Tbilisi. Instead, the group, along with a colleague, Stephen Batiuk, of the University of Toronto, were forced to leave the country in the face of a sudden and escalating conflict between Georgia and neighboring Russia.

Getting out of Georgia

Inside Higher Ed, August 12, 2008
Andrea De Giorgi, a visiting assistant professor in Case Western Reserve University's classics department who was leading three students on an archaeological survey in Georgia before they evacuated to Turkey, which they did via a detour in Gori—a major site of fighting in the recently-erupted and perhaps now stabilizing conflict with Russia.

Writers including Garrison Keillor and David Sedaris are coming to town

The Plain Dealer, August 11, 2008
A group of talented writers are coming to town over the next several months, including David Quammen, author of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin. He is Case Western Reserve University's keynote speaker for fall convocation, taking place August 28.

Shaw High School band screens documentary of its China trip

The Plain Dealer, August 12, 2008
Members of Shaw High School's Mighty Cardinal Marching Band laughed and cheered at clips of their performances and numerous excursions through the streets of China Tuesday night during a special screening of "Mr. Wilson's Kids: From East Cleveland to Beijing." The 52-minute documentary was screened in the Strosacker Auditorium at Case Western Reserve University. Related article.

Higher Ed News

ACT scores show 3 in 4 need some remedial help for college

USA TODAY, August 13, 2008
Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly for the high school class of 2008 as the number of students taking the exam jumped by 9 percent compared to last year. This year's results, released Wednesday, reveal that more than three in four test-takers will likely need remedial help in at least one subject to succeed in college.

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