Gary J. Simson to Step Down as Dean of Case Western Reserve's School of Law

Jones Day Partner Robert H. Rawson Jr. to Serve as Interim


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack said today that Gary J. Simson has announced his resignation as dean, effective at the end of this academic semester. Starting today, Robert H. Rawson Jr. will serve as Special Advisor to the Provost for the School of Law; he will become interim dean once Simson steps down. President Snyder expressed her appreciation on behalf of the law school and the University for Simson's work over the last two years. Under his leadership the law school raised $1.8 million in the first quarter of this year, and this year's entering class has one of the highest academic credentials in the school's history. Simson will remain in his position as a tenured professor of law.

Rawson is a partner of the Jones Day law firm and served for 15 years as Partner in Charge of its Cleveland office. A Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Princeton University before earning his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University, Rawson is highly regarded as a litigator, with particular expertise in antitrust matters. He also has deep appreciation and understanding of higher education, having spent 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton, including 13 as chair of the board's executive committee. Rawson also serves as chairman of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, a group of 21 colleges and universities in this area, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Cleveland State University.

"Bob Rawson is a supremely talented attorney who possesses the experience and temperament to lead our School of Law during this time of transition," President Snyder said. "I am grateful to him and his firm for the opportunity to tap his knowledge and skills for our School of Law." Read more.

House Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Sutton Receive Briefing on Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien and other university officials met yesterday with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher to discuss renewable energy efforts underway at the university through the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation.

"We are pleased to have Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Sutton visit campus to learn more about how Case Western Reserve University is contributing to this great nation, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, research and education," said Snyder. "We are diligent in keeping our legislative delegations updated on our research and economic development activities and appreciate their leadership and interest in the important work done by our faculty researchers, especially regarding the tremendous potential for producing renewable energy on Lake Erie." Read more.

Campus News

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 25, at the school, 11235 Bellflower Road. The community is invited to learn about social work degrees from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. For details, go to the school's Web site, or call 368-2280.

The Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship, sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, announces the 2008-2009 scholarship recipients. Melinda Boykin of Procurement and Distribution Services, and Adam Evans of the Department of Music, are the first recipients. A unique partnership was established this summer with the Inamori Center, headed by then-director Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council's Training and Development Committee. As a result of this collaboration, a scholarship will be awarded on a yearly basis to qualified staff members pursuing a planned program of study in ethics and leadership at the Weatherhead School of Management. In recognition of his leadership and his dedication to the staff of the university, the scholarship was named in honor of Eastwood.

E-Books number in the thousands at Case Western Reserve, and cover numerous centuries and disciplines. The Kelvin Smith Library(KSL) October Spotlight helps users find the ones that will meet their needs. Each month, KSL highlights resources and services. Learn more about the thousands of E-Books on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Community Service Committee is sponsoring its eighth annual Basket Raffle fundraiser in conjunction with the Benefits Fair Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5. Proceeds from this year's raffle will be donated to Transitional Housing Inc. The basket raffle will be held in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 4, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 5. For more information, send an e-mail to or contact Michelle Saafir at 368-3185.

For Students

Case Western Reserve's undergraduate chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity is hosting a benefit dinner and raffle fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 13, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Tickets are on sale for $15 through October 17 in Nord Hall. CaseCash will be accepted. For more information, contact Jason Bonomo.


Case SERVES is an easy and fun way to get involved in community service. Students can participate when their schedules permit. There are ongoing opportunities at the Cleveland Foodbank, East End Neighborhood House and Ronald McDonald House. Transportation is provided. More information and registration is available online at the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's Web site


Edward Olszewski, chair of the Department of Art History & Art, will present "Research Progress on Parmigianino's Painting of the Madonna of the Long Neck" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 17, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences continues its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Series with "Solution Focused Brief Therapy in the Context of Evidence Based Practice" from 2-4 p.m., Friday, October 17, at the Mandel School, Room 320. The speaker is Wallace Gingerich, associate dean for academic affairs, who will explore how solution focused brief therapy evolved out of the creative and disciplined work of two social workers who focused on what worked for clients rather than what didn't work. The presentation will also review the current research on solution focused brief therapy. Free, registration required. Learn more.

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, sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University History Associates. Free, open to the public.

The Case Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2008 continues through Friday, October 17. The exhibition features art faculty works in ceramics, textile, painting, drawing, printmaking, enamel, photography, assemblage, architecture and mixed media.

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 15, 2008

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Case in the News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Case Western Reserve University, October 14, 2008
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Case Western Reserve University yesterday. Pelosi met with President Barbara Snyder, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, Congresswoman Betty Sutton and faculty involved in alternative energy research. The renewable energy research at Case Western Reserve University is connected to the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation. Related article.

TV's business shows helpful but not the place for stock tips

The Plain Dealer, October 15, 2008
The wild stock market has business-show neophytes tuning in for clues about how to salvage their retirement accounts. Is that smart? To a point, experts say. William Mahnic, professor of banking at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Speaker Pelosi likes wind-turbine plan

The Plain Dealer, October 15, 2008
Those pushing for wind turbines off Cleveland's shore may have a powerful ally -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi, at the urging of fellow Democrat Betty Sutton, the Copley Township congresswoman, spent 30 minutes Tuesday learning about the project and other efforts by the new Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University.

Automaking neighbor Ohio could hold key to presidency

Detroit Free Press, October 15, 2008
Michigan and Ohio's problems are similar—both are Rust Belt emblems whipsawed by the decline in manufacturing jobs. Other than Michigan, no other state has as many auto jobs as Ohio. Alex Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University, has looked at Ohio's past voting patterns, and offers insight.

Higher Ed News

HR at a global university

Inside Higher Ed, October 15, 2008
What happens when a college opens up a campus in another country? Do the same human resource policies work?