Committee Provides Update on the Vice President of Diversity Search


Rhonda Y. Williams, chair of the search committee for Case Western Reserve University's first Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, reported this week that the search firm had received applications from more than 135 candidates. Witt-Kieffer consultants Robin Mamlet and Oliver Tomlin III said this number represents the highest figure either has seen for a search of this nature, and emphasized that the pool is not only large, but includes many highly-qualified individuals.

Williams stated that the position's structure and reporting line and the diligence of the search committee, which has worked alongside the search consultants to publicize the position and build the candidate pool, have helped to generate this enormous interest.

The search committee is preparing to select a group of semi-finalists for initial interviews, and hopes to bring finalists to campus later this fall. Williams promised to keep the community posted on the search committee's progress.

Meanwhile, individuals with questions about the process—or nominees—are encouraged to e-mail or

Campus News


Those who plan to vote in the November 4 General Election in Ohio must be registered by October 6. The Office of Government Relations has posted voter registration resources on its Web site. In addition, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering voter registration opportunities that are open to the campus community and the public. Go online for dates and times. There also are opportunities to register online at the Rock the Vote Web site.

The Case Western Reserve University community has several opportunities to show their campus pride during Homecoming 2008, now through October 5. This year's theme is "Spartan Paradise." Offices, departments and residence halls are encouraged to decorate their space in blue and white or tropical decor. Participants should register with Colleen Barker-Williamson for a chance to win a pizza party for 25 provided by the Jolly Scholar. There will be events each day starting this Wednesday. Go to the Homecoming Web site for more information.

Dozens of free computing classes are being offered this fall through CaseLearns, including Understanding RSS Feeds beginning at 2 p.m., Monday, October 6, at Kelvin Smith Library. Attendees will learn how RSS feeds can help them save time. In addition, 11 new classes are available this semester through CaseLearns, covering topics including Adobe products and Microsoft Office applications. Registration required. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has begun the 2008 Election for Representatives. Elections are being held for the following schools: College of Arts and Sciences; Case School of Engineering; School of Law; School of Medicine; and the Weatherhead School of Management. Through participation in this council, representatives have an extraordinary opportunity to help shape the future of the university. Council delegates represent all members of their constituent bodies by attending the general meetings. Representatives have the responsibility to actively participate in at least one committee. Ballots were sent via e-mail, and elections will run through 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 30. Staff members in one of the schools listed above who have not yet received an e-mail should contact Robin G. Kramer, chair of the SAC Elections Committee.

For Students

The Pre-Dental Society will host Philip Aftoora, director of student services at the School of Dental Medicine, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. He will discuss how to craft personal statements and résumés for dental school. For information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.


The University Career Fair is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, October 2, at Veale Center. All students and alumni can attend, and are invited to find resources for a practicum, internship, co-op or full-time job. Over 100 employers are registered. Attendees should dress in business attire and bring multiple copies of their résumés.

Students who would like to get published are invited to submit their original poetry, prose and photography for consideration to the Case Reserve Review. E-mail submissions by Tuesday, September 30.


The Glass Menagerie is playing now through October 5 at the Cleveland Play House (CPH). The production features Linda Purl, Broadway, television and film actress. Students in Case Western Reserve University's theater program benefit from a unique educational and professional partnership with CPH.

Herman Buschke, professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will speak at 1 p.m., Friday, October 3, in the fifth floor conference room in the Hanna House, University Hospitals, on the topic of "Detecting Pre-Symptomatic Cognitive Impairment." A light lunch will be provided. RSVP to Nancy Catalani at (216) 844-6357 by today.

"Home-Centered Health Care: The Populist Transformation of the American Health Care System" discussion takes place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 30, at Strosacker Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Mike Magee, physician, author and host of Health Commentary. Magee proposes a fundamental transformation of health care with prevention, planning and the home as its center. Free.

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 29, 2008

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Media Moment


Case Western Reserve University's sports information department will produce two video stories each month on its student athletes. The current feature is on Miranda Lange, an art history major who also is the senior right side hitter on the women's volleyball team.

Case in the News

Who will heal the economy?

The Columbus Dispatch, September 28, 2008
Ohio lost 214,600 jobs during the past eight years, more than any other state except Michigan. Unemployment in Ohio reached a 16-year high of 7.4 percent in August. Home foreclosures in Ohio have skyrocketed, per-capita incomes have been below the national average since 1979, and state revenues continue to slide. Which presidential candidate's economic plan is best for the state? Susan Helper, professor of regional economic development at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

As the decade dawned, signs of the financial crisis to come were plentiful here

The Plain Dealer, September 28, 2008
While millions of people may be shocked by the financial crisis that is rocking the United States, Clevelanders like Jim Rokakis, Charles "Chip" Bromley and Tony Stevenson saw it coming 10 years ago. Bromley, now a Presidential Fellow at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Stressful tests don't tell whole story

St. Petersburg Times, September 28, 2008
The National Association for College Admission Counseling formed a 21-member blue ribbon panel last year to examine issues surrounding standardized testing and evaluate how schools can make the best use of entrance exams. Randall Deike, vice president for enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, is a member of the panel, which presented its findings last week.

Remembering Cleveland's own Paul Newman, September 27, 2008
The entertainment world and the Greater Cleveland area continues to mourn the death of screen legend Paul Newman, who died last week at the age of 83. Lou Giannetti, professor emeritus of English and film at Case Western Reserve University, says Newman had a natural talent for not appearing to be acting at all.

Higher Ed News

Colleges can continue to share financial-aid data, Congress says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, September 29, 2008
With the clock ticking toward adjournment, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would extend until 2015 a law that allows colleges to share limited amounts of information about their approaches to awarding student aid.