Case Western Reserve University Wins Northeast Ohio Environmental Award


Case Western Reserve University's sustainability efforts have earned the institution a Northeast Ohio Environmental Award.

The program, sponsored by the Biodiversity Alliance and Dominion, recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses and individuals in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the region, and pays tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment in the fields of community, business, primary/secondary education and higher education. Award winners received a plaque and a cash award of $2,500. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Sells Nassau Observatory to Geauga Park District


Case Western Reserve University has sold the Nassau Observatory to the Geauga Park District. The parcel will become part of Observatory Park, and it will become the park district's largest single land-holding.

Built in the 1950s, the Nassau Observatory was located in rural Geauga County to take advantage of the lack of light pollution that had compromised Case Western Reserve University's original observatory in East Cleveland. Named after former observatory director and chair of astronomy at the university, Jason John Nassau, the observatory functioned as a research facility until the growing population in Geauga County brought similar light pollution issues. The Nassau Observatory has been used for student education and general outreach programs for the general public.

"We are very glad that the Geauga Park District will continue Nassau's legacy of sharing the excitement of astronomy with the community," said Heather Morrison, professor and chair of the department of astronomy at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News


A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. to officially open the Mildred Putnam Sculpture Garden at East 118th Street and Euclid Avenue. The event is open to the public. The dedication will feature percussionists from the musical ensemble Heartbeat Afrika, along with remarks by Harvey Buchanan, director of the Putnam Sculpture Collection; Richard Fleischman, sculptor and architect, Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Incorporated; and Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University. Read more.

Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about the Sam's Club Collegiate Membership from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's atrium. Collegiate members are eligible for the same warehouse savings as business members.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's (SAC) Community Service Committee will hold its Annual Basket Raffle during the university's Benefits Fair Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5. Now in its eighth year, the SAC Basket Raffle fundraiser has netted over $6,000 for local charities. This year, all proceeds will benefit Transitional Housing Inc. Individuals, campus departments and offices can begin to prepare baskets to be raffled off during the fair. The deadline for commitments to participate is Friday, October 10.

For Students

University Posting Policy: Student organizations may post information and notices concerning their organizations and activities in areas provided by the university, including kiosks, bulletin boards, designated areas in residence halls and the Case Western Reserve network. Student organizations should read the following guidelines before posting information.

Learn more about the numerous sororities and fraternities at Case Western Reserve University by visiting the Greek Life Web site.


The Student Global AIDS Campaign is hosting a research lecture entitled "Prevention of HIV Infection: Is There Any Hope?" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 10, at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The talk will feature Michael Lederman, Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine and director of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Center for AIDS Research. He is an author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications who has been actively engaged in HIV/AIDS research and clinical care since 1983. Lunch will be provided. Learn more.


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.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Presidential Ecotheologies" with Tim Beal, professor of religion. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 10, at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.


The Truth About You live tour featuring Marcus Buckingham will stop at Case Western Reserve from 4-6 p.m. today in Strosacker Auditorium. Buckingham, a best selling author, is considered a leading expert on career success. Ticket price includes book and DVD. Prices are $10 for students (does not include the book) and $25 (includes book); $35 for educators; and $40 for individuals. Learn more.

Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater continues its 2008-09 drama series through October 11 with The Firebugs, a darkly humorous satire written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, with translation by Mordecai Gorelik. Read more.

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 9, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve sells observatory

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 9, 2008
Case Western Reserve University has sold its Nassau Observatory. The 281-acre observatory was purchased by the Geauga Park District to become part of the new Observatory Park.

Young Achiever: Adam Steffy

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 9, 2008
Adam Steffy, a first-year student at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in his hometown newspaper for his notable accomplishments.

Innerbelt Bridge closure delayed until Thursday, October 9, 2008
The closure of the Innerbelt Bridge has been delayed until Thursday at midnight to conduct a stress test, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Rainy weather delayed the closure for another night. ODOT will partner with experts from the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University to install strain gauges at several key points on the bridge.

Sen. Brown holds hearing at UT on Midwest jobs, October 9, 2008
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown held a hearing Wednesday to discuss strategies to rebuild communities in the Midwest. Testimony from area workers, local leaders and experts in Ohio's economy were used to examine current economic policies, job losses and the potential for job creation in Ohio. Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, testified.

Case Western Reserve sports news and notes

The Plain Dealer, October 8, 2008
Saturday's football game will be the battle of the unbeatens as Case Western Reserve University (4-0, 0-0 University Athletic Association) and Wooster (4-0, 3-0 North Coast Athletic Conference) square off for the 21st time in the modern era.

Higher Ed News

Falling behind

Inside Higher Ed, October 9, 2008
The latest generation of adults in the United States may be the first since World War II, and possibly before that, not to attain higher levels of education than the previous generations.