Case Western Reserve University Eliminates $20 Million Deficit

Year-End Surplus First Since 2004

bsnyder.jpg President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that Case Western Reserve University completed the 2008 Fiscal Year with a budget surplus of $127,000, a sharp turnaround from the previous year's $20 million deficit.

"I am so proud of the way our entire campus came together to resolve our financial difficulties," Snyder said. "This progress gives us greater flexibility to focus on the priorities identified in our academic strategic plan."

In 2007, the university's Board of Trustees approved a financial recovery plan that called for a $10.5 million deficit in this fiscal year, and complete elimination of the deficit by 2011. John Sideras, interim Senior Vice President for Finance, attributed the accelerated result to a more conservative approach to spending, increased tuition revenues, and additional income from an endowment that grew in the wake of greater donor engagement. Read more.

Reference Books Making a Difference for U.S. and Iraqi Military Dentists

Soldier receives much needed textbooks"If only we had some reference books," was the message delivered by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine alumnus Robert Gilliam, a captain in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq. A donation of 13 books from the school answered that call for dentists like Gilliam serving at American and Iraqi Army Dental Clinics.

On duty in Taji, Iraq, Gilliam heard and saw the need as he works in partnership with Iraqi dentists. He is currently a Brigade Dentist for the 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division deployed out of Hawaii. Read more.

Campus News

Family caregivers of older adults are invited to call or e-mail for information about participating in a study being conducted by nurse researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The study focuses on the effort caregivers experience in providing care, assistance or supervision to family members who are at least 60 years old and currently living in the community. Those who qualify can receive a research questionnaire via mail. The questionnaire can be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes, and returned in a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope that will be provided. For more information, contact Evanne Juratovac at (216) 368-6688 or by e-mail at

Sample Campus Markings imageThere's still time to enter the 11th edition of the Campus Markings contest. 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 Thursday, October 30.

For Faculty and Staff

The campus community is "rolling out the green carpet" for the third annual Procurement and Distribution Vendor Fair, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in Adelbert Gym. This year's theme is "Sustainable Purchasing at Case Western Reserve University and Beyond." There will be raffle prizes, including roundtrip airfare for two good-for-anywhere in the continental United States, a Wii system, a Dell laptop, an Apple 8gb iPod, and more. The campus community is invited to stop by the event; be sure to bring a university ID for special prizes.

For Students

Fall break is Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21.


The Law-Medicine Center presents the Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum on "Maloccurance, Malpractice and Liability" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, at the School of Law's Moot Courtroom (A59). The keynote speaker is Richard B. Fratianne, professor of surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be served.

The Mandel Center's Research Seminars Series presents Moving Beyond the 'Hood: A Journey of Acculturation—A Comparative Analysis of Oral Tradition Among Marginalized and Affluent African-American Men, Thursday October 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Mandel Center, 11402 Bellflower Rd. Presented by Craig E. Soaries, EDM, Senior Lecturer, Weatherhead School of Management, President and Chief Executive Officer Victory Community Development Corporation with David Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. For more information or to RSVP, contact Laura Moffitt at 216.368.1687.

sheilaburke.jpgThe Rozella Schlotfeldt Lecture Series presents Sheila P. Burke, a faculty research fellow at Harvard University and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation, on the topic of "The Future of Health Care: Impact of the Candidates' Positions," from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, October 27, in Ford Auditorium. Following the lecture, a panel of representatives from the university and Cleveland health institutions will discuss the local impact of the candidates' positions. Free, open to the public. Refreshments to follow the lecture.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant invites you to attend the second set of presentations within the Model Organisms Seminar Series. The series focuses on yeast, fruit flies, zebra fish, mice and viruses. The training grant is sponsoring two talks on each organism; one on the utility of the organism and another on recent research advancements using the organism. Both talks will be given by leading experts in the field, usually on the second Tuesday of the month. This months presentations focus on Drosophila as a model organism. Dr. Ralph Greenspan from the Neurosciences Institute will present "Is the Fly Conscious? and Other Model Organism Conundrums" at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 21. That afternoon at 4 p.m. he will present "Gene Networks and Behavior in Drosophila." Both talks will be held in Wolstein Auditorium WRB1413. Learn more about the series.

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 20, 2008

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Media Moment

Year of Darwin Video

Videos from the university's Year of Darwin and Evolution series are now available on the Year of Darwin Web site as well as Case Western Reserve University's channel on YouTube. Additional videos will be added as they are recorded throughout the year.

Case in the News

QB Dan Whalen reaches, 5,000 career yards in Case Western Reserve's win

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 19, 2008
No. 15-ranked Case Western Reserve defeated Ohio Wesleyan University, 35-7, Saturday to improve to 6-0 on the season and win its 17th consecutive regular season football game. Junior quarterback Dan Whalen (Willoughby, OH) reached the 5,000 career passing yards plateau finishing the day 19-of-27 for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

Two plays offer surprises

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 20, 2008
Tony Brown reviews "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" presented by students in the Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University acting program.

Schools Spend on Debates, but Gain Prestige

The New York Times, October 15, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's Lara Kalafatis, vice president for university relations is called on to provide some historical perspective in this New York Times story about the value of hosting a presidential or vice presidential debate.

Brain signals let monkeys regain wrist use

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 20, 2008
Dawn Taylor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in this article about two monkeys who were able to regain control of their paralyzed wrists when external wires were used to re-route signals from their brains.

Higher Ed News

Proponents of Online Education Plan to Start Peer-to-Peer University

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 20, 2008
Five academics from around the world plan to open a new kind of online university early next year, built upon professor star power and students learning from one another through online social tools. The teachers will be volunteers, the courses will cost next to nothing, and no official credit will be given.

The Costs of Policing Campus Networks

Inside Higher Ed, October 20, 2008
Colleges have been asserting for months—in an effort to persuade Congress not to impose new requirements on them to fight illegal file sharing—that they're spending big bucks to monitor, prevent and discipline online behavior that could run afoul of copyright law. But lawmakers ignored their pleas and added several new mandates to the Higher Education Act in August.