Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association Makes $5 million Commitment to Case Western Reserve

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The Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association of Case Western Reserve University will distribute its remaining endowment in a series of gifts to Case Western Reserve University—a combined commitment of $5 million. The commitment was publicly announced on October 4, during the association's annual reunion tea honoring the fiftieth reunion class.

The commitment includes $2.6 million for scholarships, a $1 million challenge gift for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, and nearly a dozen additional designations that support the performing arts, athletics, capital improvements and presidential investments.

It also includes a leadership gift to Alumni House to ensure a Flora Stone Mather Alumnae presence in the house and name the Alumni House Living room in memory of Polly Bruner (FSM '37; BLS '38), who epitomized the philosophy and character of Flora Stone Mather. Read more.

Two from Department of Geological Sciences to Present Research at National Conference

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Gerald Matisoff, chair of the department of geological sciences, and Peter Whiting, professor of geological sciences, are both presenting research today at the 2008 Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies in Houston.

Matisoff has been researching soil in relation to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, while Whiting has been focusing on sediment in rivers. Read more.

Campus News

The 11th edition of the Campus Markings contest is now accepting entries. This semester's theme is "What a Neighborhood!" Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the University in Society (ISUS), the contest awards prizes to those who most accurately and promptly identify the pictured locations. This edition of the contest focuses exclusively on bits and pieces of neighboring sites, all of which are visible to passer-by. Visit the ISUS gallery on the fourth floor of the Sears Library Building, or the contest Web site. Entries are due by 5 p.m., Friday, October 24.

The latest edition of the Legislation and Policy Update Report from the Office of Government Relations is available online. The monthly report covers national, state and local legislation and public policy developments affecting education, research and related university issues.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's Staff Training and Development Committee announces that its newest cookbook, In Case You're Cooking, will be available for sale at the Benefits Fair in November. The book is $10, and all proceeds will be used to support the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF). The payment method is cash or check made payable to Case Western Reserve University (memo line: SEEF Cookbook).

For Students

Educational Services for Students is introducing two new programs to help students enhance their skills, create more powerful presentations and perfect their delivery. "Preparing Your Presentation" will be offered on the following Tuesdays: October 14, November 11 and November 18, 4-6 p.m., in the PDELC lab located on the fourth floor of Sears Building. "Practicing Your Presentation" will be offered on the following Fridays: October 10, November 14 and November 21, 4-6 p.m., in Sears, Room 480. Students will have an option of having their presentations video recorded for further review. Register online.

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All students are invited to participate in a relay race to raise awareness about Engineers Without Borders from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, October 12, at the Village at 115 track. Four-person teams are eligible to compete. The cost to register is $50 per team of four, or as much as a team can raise. Prizes include a party for 25 at Jillian's, massages at La Barberia and a $150 in gift certificates from Little Italy establishments.

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 plan to attend an information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's Euclid Room.

CREATE (Case's Rising Engineers and Technological Entrepreneurs) is holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. this evening in Nord Hall, Room 310. CREATE is a student-run engineering design organization with a goal of providing students the tools and resources to learn engineering design and to practice those skills by designing and building real devices.

Events

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation will present "An Evening with Alan Dershowitz" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at Severance Hall. Dershowitz will examine recent events and how they impact prospects for peace in the Middle East. In addition, he will address global perspectives on justice and civil liberties. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $10 for students, and are available online or by calling (216) 231-1111.

Marjorie Greenfield, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will speak on the topic of "Building a Life that Works for Your Family, Your Career and You" from 12:30-2 p.m., Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. She will sign copies of her book, The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book. Learn more.

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Robin D.G. Kelley, an author and professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will speak on the topic of "Before Obama: How Black Folks Saved American Democracy" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at Ford Auditorium. His talk is the inaugural Carl Ubbelohde Lecture, a new lecture series sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University History Associates in memory of Carl Ubbelohde, former chair of the university's history department. Free, open to the public.

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.

October 6, 2008

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Media Moment

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Case Western Reserve University's Alumni and Homecoming Weekend 2008 included almost 40 events on and around campus. Watch a video featuring highlights of the events, presentations and activities.

Case in the News

Galaxies on the move

Science News, September 26, 2008
A newly discovered "dark flow" appears to carry clusters of galaxies toward a point in the southern sky, a new study suggests. The findings further complicate the picture of cosmology, says Glenn Starkman, a cosmologist at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve receives $5 million gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 6, 2008
In one of its final acts, the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association is giving its $5 million endowment to Case Western Reserve University.

Academic medicine means business for Ohio: $37.2 billion economic impact for the State

Montana's News Station, October 6, 2008
Ohio's academic health care industry contributed $37.2 billion to the state's economy in 2007, an increase of approximately $16.5 billion since 2002, and served as a major job generator, employing one in 12 Ohioans, according to a recent study commissioned by the Ohio Council of Medical Deans. Founded in 1993, the Ohio Council of Medical Deans represents Ohio's seven medical colleges and teaching hospitals including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Worsening economy hurts nonprofit fundraising

The Post, October 6, 2008
With the economy getting worse, nonprofits must develop a diversified fundraising strategy, combining relationships with donors with newer tools such as online fundraising, said Susan Eagan, executive director for the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Putting what works to better use

Inside Higher Ed, October 6, 2008
A report to be published today by the Association of American Colleges and Universities documents at least 10 practices (learning communities, undergraduate research and the like) that colleges commonly and successfully use to improve the academic outcomes of their students.