President Snyder Says State of University is Advancing


During Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder's first State of the University address in 2007, she talked a lot about potential. This year, she spoke of "real progress."

In addition to the completion of the university's "ambitious and exciting" academic strategic plan, Snyder cited gains in undergraduate recruitment, faculty research, alumni engagement and donor giving as examples of growth over the past year.

While addressing about 150 faculty in Strosacker Auditorium and nearly 400 staff members in Ford Auditorium, the president also described a change in local media coverage as indicative of Case Western Reserve's forward motion. Where reporters had been describing the university as "troubled and tumultuous," many are now using words like "turnaround," she said.

"We have much more work ahead to be sure, but today marks the perfect occasion to stop and celebrate what we have accomplished," she added.

This year, Snyder, who typically includes news of faculty and staff—and student—achievements during her addresses, stepped away from the microphone to allow members of the university community to share their own stories of progress from the past year through a video presentation.

"Your work and that of your peers makes me happy to be at Case Western Reserve University every single day," she said.

During the addresses, Snyder also answered questions from faculty and staff that ranged from the importance of college rankings to new initiatives in sustainability to the status of various campus projects.

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Offers Events for Entire Campus Community, Families

The Office of Alumni Relations wants everyone in the campus community—including family members—to feel like they're a part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2008 Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5. That's why this year's festivities include about 40 events.

"Every single person in the campus community can participate. This is a university-wide celebration," said Nicole Ingram, director of alumni marketing and communications. "The goal of this weekend is to showcase the best that Case Western Reserve University has to offer to its alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the greater Cleveland community. Our programming is diverse to encourage everyone to participate. Whether you are in to sports, music, theater, travel or the arts— there is something for nearly everyone."

The extended weekend's offerings include lectures, tours, parties, exhibitions, and performances–many of them free. Online registration is required for most of the events. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to a reception honoring School of Dental Medicine Dean Jerold Goldberg's service as interim provost. The reception is from 4-6 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Hovorka Atrium. For more information, e-mail

Créer pour Résister: Two Generations of Arab Women, an art exhibit of photographs and sculpture by Zoha Abdulsater, Shezza Edris and Nama Khalil, continues through Friday, September 26, at the Case Art Studio. The theme of Abdulsater's work is women and poverty; Edris focuses on enamel works derived from Syrian archeological pieces; and Khalil explores the juxtaposition and conflicts of East and West in America. The exhibit is open today through 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 12:30-5 p.m. Admission is free. The project is supported by the Worldwide Learning Environment Grant (The McGregor Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences).


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the community to an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. Come learn about the graduate program in nonprofit management. Case Western Reserve employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

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., Friday, 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.

For Faculty and Staff

The 2008 Benefits Fair is scheduled for November 4 and 5. Employees should plan to attend so they can learn more about the university's benefit programs and to ask questions in preparation for the Benelect Open Enrollment. Additional information is forthcoming in Case Daily.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting the final new faculty orientation this semester on "Electronic Teaching and Research Resources at Case Western Reserve University." Representatives from Information Technology Services' Instructional Technology and Academic Computing and Advanced Research Computing will lead the discussion. The session will meet from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

Students interested in attending law school are invited to attend an information session at 7 p.m. tonight in Nord Hall, Room 400 there. School of Law students and professors will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by the pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta fraternity.

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., Friday, September 26, in Thwing Center's, Cleveland room, or October 1 and 3, Thwing Center, Meeting Room A.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is offering another opportunity for enthusiastic Case Western Reserve undergraduates to serve as Student Ambassadors. These students serve as overnight hosts to prospective students, and participate in other undergraduate recruitment events. Ambassadors must live in a university residence hall, enjoy meeting new people, and be willing to share their enthusiasm for the university with their guests. First-year through graduating seniors are invited to join. Interested students must attend a training/information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Send an e-mail to Christine DeSalvo Miller with questions.


Curtis Carlson, president and CEO of SRI International, is the keynote speaker for the 2008 David Deioma Lecture, beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Attendance is free, but registration is required. The theme is "The Innovation Imperative." Carlson's book, Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, will be reserved as a gift to the first 150 registrants.


Wellness Week at Case Western Reserve University continues through Friday, September 26. Go to the Wellness Week Web site for complete details.

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., Friday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 30. Contact Judith Majcen with questions.

Ting Chang of Carnegie Mellon University will speak at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 30, in Kulas Auditorium, Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), on the topic of "Bodies and Ideas in Motion: French Collectors in Meiji." Sponsored by Case Western Reserve's Department of Art History & Art and the CIA.

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.

September 25, 2008

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Cleveland to host NCAA events

The Plain Dealer, September 25, 2008
The NCAA and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Cleveland was one of six cities chosen in the "NCAA Championship City" pilot program. The 2010 men's and women's outdoor track and field championships will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve athletes spend a day with kids

The Plain Dealer, September 24, 2008
What do about 250 Cleveland elementary students and 100 Case Western Reserve University student-athletes have in common? How about sports and pizza? The university hosted its sixth annual Case for Community Day last Friday. Case Association of Student Athletes, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve Athletic Department, held the first annual Case for Community Day Sports Clinic in fall 2007 and, due to its overwhelming success, did so again this year.

Bailout plan could violate constitution

The Daily Record, September 22, 2008
Some in the legal field are calling a proposal to give the U.S. treasury secretary unprecedented power over the financial system possibly unconstitutional. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Senior citizens stay sharp by taking classes from home

USA TODAy, September 24, 2008
As the nation's population grows older, experts say programs like University Without Walls help engage seniors' minds and expand their social network by giving them something stimulating to do—factors helpful in diminishing the onset of depression, dementia and other ailments.