Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata Donate $3 Million to Case Western Reserve University


Frank N. Linsalata, the outgoing chair of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Jocelyne are donating $3 million to his alma mater, earmarking the funding to specifically enrich the undergraduate student experience on campus. A private announcement of the gift was made at Frank Linsalata's final board dinner as chair on Friday, October 17.

Linsalata, who graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, is the first undergraduate alumnus to serve as chair of the university's Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Board since 1999, served as vice chair in the 2003-2004 academic year and has been chair since 2004. He was also recently honored with the university's highest accolade— the University Medal. Read more.

Case Western Reserve University's Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Funds Pilot Studies


The Case Western Reserve University Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) has announced the recipients of its 2008 Pilot Project grants. Seven researchers received pilot awards totaling $430,143 from the CTSC to fund early clinical studies in translational science.

The CTSC, in its second year, is Cleveland's $64 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to Case Western Reserve University from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Case Western Reserve University coined its award the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, as it is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals.

"The goal of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative is to catalyze the clinical and translational research of the future, and particularly to capitalize on new technologies to advance human health. These projects exemplify the use of new approaches to solve stubborn problems such as why cancer metastasizes and how the brain is damaged in degenerative diseases," said Pamela Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the CTSC and Dean of the School of Medicine. "It is our goal that this seed money can grow full-blown projects to solve these difficult questions." Read more.

Campus News


Psi Chi, the university's psychology honor society, is accepting donations for its Mitten Mania! project today through December 5. Mitten Mania! benefits children attending one of the poorest elementary schools in the state of Ohio. To help prepare for the winter months, Psi Chi is collecting new or gently used winter outer-wear for children in grades K-8. Collection boxes are located in Mather Memorial, Wade, Fribley, Nord Hall, and Thwing Center. For more details, contact Bethany Weiss.

Throughout the month of October, students in several graduate and professional programs at Case Western Reserve are collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in Northeast Ohio. The OktoberFeast campaign, sponsored by the Weatherhead Graduate Business Student Association, will feature a number of events benefiting the Cleveland Foodbank. The Weatherheadless Ball will take place 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday, October 31, at the Peter B. Lewis (PBL) Building. Free to attend. Voluntary food donations will be accepted at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend. In addition, the School of Law, the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and School of Medicine is joining in the Oktoberfeast campaign. Food bins will be located at the law school outside the SBA office; at the School of Medicine near rooms E-301 and E-401; and at the management school in PBL, Room 150.

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 Case Alliance (CADA) is seeking volunteers to help with its Halloween Carnival, which takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 25, at the university's Sheep Barn, 37125 Fairmount Blvd. Dozens of volunteers are needed for half-hour shifts to help with games. The carnival will feature a costume contest for kids, games and prizes for children and adults, and free food and candy. To volunteer, send an e-mail to

For Faculty and Staff

Web training is being offered to interested travelers and travel arrangers for "Travelport", the online booking tool through Traveline Travel Services, a Case Western Reserve University preferred vendor . Travelport can be used for Internet travel reservations using the Business Travel Account—for instance using a central university credit card—to which air travel may be charged. Go online for session sign-up, dates and times. Registration is limited.

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

All students are invited to attend "What is an HBCU? And Why Should You Know?" at 7 p.m. this evening, at Wade Fireside lounge. This event will be a panel discussion/informational forum to help the Case Western Reserve community learn more about HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). The event is being hosted by Camille Thornton, a management student at Case Western Reserve who spent a semester at Fisk University as part of the Case-Fisk Partnership program. Refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the University Program Board.

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is offering its second fall term 2008 workshop for first-year and other writers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, in Nord Hall, Room 410. The workshop will introduce students to research writing and academic citation practices. No RSVP is required. More information about the WRC can be found online. Contact the center by e-mail with questions.

A mock presidential debate, sponsored by the Case Debate Team, Case Model UN and the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, in the Thwing Center atrium. Get a fresh perspective on the pressing issues of this year's presidential campaign by listening to a debate featuring Case Model UN members and the Case Debate Team. Pizza will be available.

The Pre-Dental Society will host the American Medical Student Association Health Professions Fair from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, in Thwing Center's ballroom. For information, send an e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.


"Nuclear Options: Understanding 21st Century Threats and What We Need to do to Stop Them," begins at 7 p.m. this evening in the School of Law's Gund Hall, Room A59. The keynote speakers are Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Ray Takeyh. Sherman is a principal of Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and of Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Free. Sponsored by the National Security Network, Cleveland Chapter, the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve.


The Department of Anthropology's Kassen Lecture will feature Linda C. Garro of the University of California, Los Angeles, on the topic of "Enacting Ethos, Enacting Health: Parental Commentary and Everyday Life in a California Family." The discussion is from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, at Mather Memorial, Room 201. A reception will follow.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Seniors in the 2008 Election" with Robert H. Binstock, professor of Aging, Health and Society. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 10, at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.

The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus community to attend "The Artists Panel: Richard Hunt, Sculptor, Shaping the Spirit in Cleveland," at 6 p.m. this evening at the Sculpture Center's Main Gallery, 1834 East 123rd Street in University Circle. The panel will feature artists Al Bright, Cavana Faithwalker and Ron Dewey.

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 23, 2008

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Charity Choice


Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University Chairman Frank Linsalata, wife donate $3 million

The Plain Dealer, October 23, 2008
The outgoing chairman of Case Western Reserve University's board of trustees and his wife have donated $3 million for scholarships and a possible new student center on campus. Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata announced the gift last weekend at a private trustees meeting. They asked that $1 million be for scholarships and designated the remaining $2 million for "capital projects relating to enhancing the student experience on campus."

More voters cast early ballots for president

The Washington Post, October 22, 2008
An estimated 3.6 million Americans have already cast ballots in the contest between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Up to one third of voters are expected to vote in person or by mail before election day. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, explains why.

Bin Laden and U.S. foreign policy

PRI's The World, October 9, 2008
Both presidential candidates have referred to the killing of Osama bin Laden as a foreign policy goal. Anchor Lisa Mullins discusses the laws governing such an act with Michael Scharf, law professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Five common myths of angel investing

The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2008
It's tempting to believe there are many extremely wealthy ex-entrepreneurs out there eager to swoop in and invest tens of thousands of dollars in your start-up—even though you've never met. But a new book, Fool's Gold? The Truth Behind Angel Investing in America by Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane, argues that such "angel" investors are far rarer than most entrepreneurs imagine.

Higher Ed News

New test looks at skills needed for college in 8th grade

USA TODAY, October 23, 2008
The makers of the SAT college entrance exam say their new assessment test for middle-school students is a diagnostic tool to help students prepare for college and is not to be used for high-stakes decisions about admissions or scholarships.