Sundial Creators Donate Original Drawings and History to University Archives


A sundial designed and built on campus and installed in front of Thwing Center on Euclid Avenue has kept time for 25 years. The original designs and photographs of its construction were presented recently as a gift from the creators of the Cleftlands Sundial to University Archives.

The time piece was given to the university by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Cleveland chapter in 1983 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the campus group, the Case Western Reserve University Medieval Culture Society, dedicated to preserving the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Members of the SCA gathered for a short reunion in front of Thwing and presented university archivist Helen Conger with the original drawings of the Thwing Sundial, photographs and history of the construction. Read more.

National University Leaders Descend on Cleveland to Discuss Topics Affecting Economics of Higher Education


The nation's most prominent college and university leaders converged on Cleveland Oct. 19-21 to discuss a range of topics affecting higher education, including the economy, tuition and endowments. The Association of American Universities (AAU) held its annual fall meeting at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, hosted by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder.

The group also discussed the economic importance of investment in science and innovation and their relevance to the 2008 presidential campaign. Both campaigns have made innovation and scientific research highly visible parts of their platforms, and AAU believes that continued investment in innovation and university-based research are a vital element in restoring the strength of the American economy. Read more.

Campus News


Halloween at the Farm will take place from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Squire Valleevue Farm. The annual tradition brings the entire Case Western Reserve community together, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families. The event will include food, music, children's activities and more. Free. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. There is limited parking at Squire Valleevue Farm; shuttles will run continuously to and from Thwing Center between 4:30-11 p.m. Alumni should register online to attend.

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) now has Playaway® digital books that the campus community can check out of the CPL@Case-KSL collection. The browsing collection of best sellers, magazines and more now includes the first shipment of these small, digital preloaded books. Users can add their own headphones or purchase a $3 pair at the KSL Main Service Desk. Read more.


Want to know who makes the best pizza in Cleveland? Then plan to stop by to sample and vote during Pizzalympics from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 23, in Thwing Center's ballroom. Several local vendors will be in attendance trying to win people over with their tasty pizza. The crowd can vote for their top choices. Free.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Learning in the Web 2.0 Age" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 23, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. During the session, Wendy Shapiro from ITAC and Jeff Gumpf, chief architect, will explore how the technologies of Web 2.0 and the plethora of new social networking sites have shifted the balance of education from instructor to student, giving increasing control to the learner. The presenters will discuss how the strength of collaborative networking, the new language of tagging technologies and the flexibility of mashups are resulting in the evolution of traditional education. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate will host a forum to address university billing practices from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 23, in Rockefeller 301. The forum will focus on graduate/professional billing concerns, such as what prevents a monthly billing system for student fees (parking, technology, etc.), what prevents direct deposit student reimbursements and more. Students are invited to come prepared with questions. Lunch will be provided.


Family Weekend provides a fun, unique and memorable opportunity for Case Western Reserve students to share campus life with their families. Choose from events that connect families with faculty and staff, excursions to the surrounding communities and on-campus entertainment for the entire family. Registration is $15 per person, which includes the president's reception, the tailgate/lunch, the open forum breakfast, on-campus programs/events and more. Case Western Reserve students can participate for free.

The Career Center is hosting several upcoming employer information sessions. These sessions offer students the chance to learn more about an employer, land an interview and get questions answered by alumni and employer staff. Employer information sessions provide students an opportunity to determine if the employer they are considering is the right choice for them. Learn more.



The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women presents its sixth annual Project on Men & Gender beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 23, in Strosacker Auditorium, with a film screening of Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society—including recent tragic school shootings—needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education. Project on Men & Gender lectures and activities continue through Saturday, November 1. Free, open to the public. Complete list of events.

The College Scholars Program will present two open community forums on "Intergenerational Perspectives on the Future of Health: Aging, Environment and Healthcare Systems"—one on the future of aging and dementia and the other on "green" or environmentally focused health clinics. Eric B. Larson, executive director of the Group Health Center for Health Studies and professor in the departments of medicine and health services at the University of Washington, will address "Aging, Chronic Care and Dementia: Facing the Future" at 3 p.m., Thursday, October 23. Andrew Jameton, a philosopher and environmental ethicist from the University of Nebraska, will speak at 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 27. The free, public talks will take place in the Wolstein Auditorium in the Wolstein Building.

Back to the Drawing Board, a collaborative project of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Institute of Art, will hold its opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300 in downtown Cleveland. The exhibit, on display through February 26, 2009, will showcase emerging artists. Free, open to the public.

Marc Ellis of Baylor University will speak on the topic of "Jewish Identity in the 21st Century: Reflections from a Jewish Theology of Liberation," at 5 p.m. today in Clark Hall, Room 309. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. Contact Professor Alice Bach.

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 22, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight


The Case Western Reserve University athletics department will produce two video stories each month on student-athletes. The current piece is on Austin Schmidt, a member of the men's cross country team and a mechanical engineering major. Watch the video.

Case in the News

How Case Western Reserve University erased its budget deficit

The Plain Dealer, October 21, 2008
Since Barbara Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University in July of last year, the university has erased a $20 million deficit.

Ten innovations inspired by nature, October 21, 2008
Research from the Case School of Engineering and the Cleveland VA Medical Center has made the science section of's top 10 list of innovations inspired by nature for 2008. A new material inspired by a defense mechanism in sea cucumbers can change easily from hard and rigid to soft and floppy, a feature that may make it suited for medical implants. The researchers, associate professors Christoph Weder and Stuart Rowan of macromolecular science and engineering, Nord Assistant Professor Dustin Tyler of biomedical engineering and Jeffrey Capadona of the VA, reported their findings in March 2008 in the journal Science.

Obama's campaign does matter to students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 21, 2008
Elise E. Morse-Gagne, an assistant professor of English at Tougaloo College, responds to a commentary Ted Gup wrote about the historical significance of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. Gup is a journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Ohio near top in medical VC

Columbus Business First, October 21, 2008
Only Minnesota drew more venture capital investments for medical companies than Ohio among Midwest states in the third quarter, but Columbus didn't fare as well in the competition for VC funding among cities in the region, a report from BioEnterprise disclosed Tuesday. BioEnterprise, based in Cleveland, promotes and supports new health-care businesses and helps them commercialize products. Among its partners are Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Higher Ed News

With free bikes, challenging car culture on campus

New York Times, October 19, 2008
The University of New England and Ripon College in Wisconsin are giving free bikes to freshmen who promise to leave their cars at home. Other colleges are setting up free bike sharing or rental programs, and some universities are partnering with bike shops to offer discounts on purchases.