Case Western Reserve Names First Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies


A new postdoctoral fellowship in African American studies has launched with the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year at Case Western Reserve University. The fellowship is the first of its kind at the university and will be directed by Rhonda Y. Williams, associate professor of history.

Laila Haidarali is the program's first fellow, chosen through a rigorous search process and from an international pool of applicants. Haidarali earned her doctorate from York University in Toronto in 2007. Prior to that, she received her master's degree in history from University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, and her bachelor's degree in history at Brescia College, University of Western Ontario.

During her one-year residency as an African American Studies Fellow in the history department, Haidarali will continue her research into African American women's history in the pre-civil rights era between 1920 and 1954. More specifically, Haidarali will examine ideas of beauty, sexuality, complexion and class among African American women. Read more.

Case for Community Day Serves as Kick Off for University's 2008 Charity Choice Campaign

This year marks the third in which Case Western Reserve University will launch its university-wide Charity Choice Campaign to raise funds for local charities on Case For Community Day.

Charity Choice LogoBeginning today, members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008.

Monetary pledges made through payroll deduction will touch the lives of those living and working near the university.

"We invite you to embrace this cause and show the Cleveland community how Case Western Reserve University is committed to making an impact locally and nationally," said campaign co-chairs Grover C. Gilmore, dean, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Lev Gonick, vice president of Information Technology Services.

Through the Charity Choice Campaign, faculty and staff can designate a donation to any of the more than 230 local agencies served by Community Shares, Earth Share of Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

Read a welcome letter from the campaign co-chairs.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to the 2008 Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. September 23 at Windows on the River. The event will honor Mitchell Kahan, director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum, and Hattie Larlham for their excellence in nonprofit leadership and innovation. A keynote address by Jennifer Pryce, director of advocacy and site director for the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Washington, D.C., office, will explore the current challenges of linking money to mission. Read more for ticket information and additional details.

The Help Desk contract with Perceptis expires in a year. Information Technology Services and the purchasing department are conducting a vendor review, and the campus community is invited to attend an open forum from 1-2 p.m. September 26 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The forum is for anyone who would like to comment on the requirements for a Help Desk vendor.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and Addiction Recovery Services is hosting programming to acknowledge awareness. This year's theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery. There will be a table display in the Walker Center lobby at University Hospitals about Addiction Recovery Services, as well as information about prevention and recovery services at Case Western Reserve University, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. September 26 and September 30. Contact Judith Majcen with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

The fiction book club for Case Western Reserve staff has selected its next four books. The next four meeting dates for discussions and books are: October 14, Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes; November 11, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; December 9, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; and on January 13, We the Living by Ayan Rand. Meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room 720. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. Contact Susan Benedict with questions.

For Students

The Department of Bioethics is offering three-credit spring short-term study abroad opportunities to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes courses in Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina, France, the Netherlands or Belgium during winter and spring breaks. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377 or visit one of the information sessions from 12:30-1:30 p.m. September 22 and 26 in Thwing Center, meeting room A.

Discussions, a peer reviewed undergraduate research journal, invites undergraduate students to submit their research papers from any field for publication. The fall 2008 submission deadline is Sunday, September 21. For information and instructions, look online.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is again offering its award-winning International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. This year, six courses are being offered to undergraduate and graduate students. The program will head to Bangladesh, El Salvador, Israel, the Netherlands, Guatemala and China. There are no prerequisites or language requirements, and financial aid is available. The courses require spring registration. Learn more at several upcoming information sessions, including the next one from 12:15-1:15 p.m. September 22 at the Mandel School, room 222.


Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to join University Alumni Relations for a Community Hour Concert featuring music by alumni composers from the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program from 12:30-2 p.m. October 3 in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception follows. For more information on all of the Joint Music Program 40th Anniversary events taking place during Alumni Weekend, visit the event Web site.

frankmcmillan.jpgFranklin McMillan, a board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine, will speak on the topic of "The Truth about Pitbulls: From the Underdogs of the Media to Best Friends," beginning at 6 p.m. September 22 at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library. McMillan is the director of well-being studies Best Friends, the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. The talk is sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. Reception to follow. For information, contact Rebecca Mason.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Lecture Series continues at 4:30 p.m. September 24 in the Moot Courtroom with the University of Missouri's Ilhyung Lee on the topic of "Culture and the Dispute Resolution Process." Free, open to the public.

The Case Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2008 is holding an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. today at the Case Art Studio Gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art faculty works in ceramics, textile, painting, drawing, printmaking, enamel, photography, assemblage, architecture and mixed media. The exhibit runs from September 22 through October 17. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m.

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.

Et al

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May L. Wykle has announced two new appointments to the University Center on Aging and Health: Diana Morris as director and Evelyn Duffy as associate director. In addition, Elizabeth O'Toole will continue in her role as an associate director.

cordaro.jpgLy'Nette Cordaro (CWR '93, MGT '00), associate vice president and deputy chief information officer in the Office of Information Technology Services, has been nominated as part of the Call & Post newspaper's Salute to Northeast Ohio's Most Influential in the African American Community program, which acknowledges business and professional leaders, young people and entrepreneurs who are using their influence, talent and passion to improve the region. Honorees are being featured in the newspaper throughout the month of September, and a reception honoring the awardees will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. September 24 at the Alumni House.

Carmen Naso will co-teach the Criminal Justice Clinic as a visiting assistant professor for the 2008-2009 academic year. Naso spent 30 years in the practice of law, the last seven as the supervising attorney for the Juvenile Justice Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney, where he trained a staff of young lawyers before transfer to prosecute adult felony cases.

September 19, 2008

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Case in the News

Jones Day sues Web site for using law firm's name

Cleveland Live, September 19, 2008
The Jones Day law firm is suing an Internet site for mentioning the firm without permission -- a case that rankles First Amendment experts and challenges an underpinning of the World Wide Web. Jacqueline Lipton, who specializes in Internet law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, questions the trademark infringement and dilution claims.

Nano Week Reaches Out to High School Students

MarketWatch, September 19, 2008
Alexis Abramson, NorTech Fellow in Nanotechnology, co-director of the Nano-Network and assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, will be speaking at six local high schools, presenting "Nano 101" to students as part of Nano Week in Cleveland, which is taking place September 22-26.

‘Honey’ of an actress moves to Cleveland

Cleveland Jewish News, September 19, 2008
Ursula Cataan, who plays the role of Honey in the upcoming Ensemble Theatre production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at The Cleveland Play House, officially settled in Cleveland last month. She decided to move here because her boyfriend, Cleveland native Ari Levine, is doing his second year of residency at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Toddlers' Problem Behavior Reduced by Parenting Program for Low-income Families

Medical News Today, September 19, 2008
Low-income families who participated in a brief, tailored intervention program designed to improve parenting saw less problem behavior in their toddlers than families who did not take part. That's the finding of a new study published in the September/October 2008 issue of the journal Child Development. The research was conducted by Case Western Reserve University and its partners.

Senior Citizens Most Reliable Group of U.S. Voters

News Blaze, Calif., September 19, 2008
U.S. presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain are vying for the vote of senior citizens, who political analysts say are the most reliable group to vote in American elections. Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Easterbrook: The good, the bad and the ugly, September 18, 2008
Obscure College Score of the Week: Located in Painesville, Ohio, Lake Erie College is "one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the Western Reserve," the 18th century Connecticut land claim whose name lives on in Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Thirst of a Nation

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 18, 2008
Studies show the number of drinking fountains has declined on college campuses, and surveys indicate the fountains are often broken and go unrepaired. During freshman orientation at many campuses, however, students are signing pledges agreeing to use tap water instead of bottled water.

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