Two Alumni Named to University's Board of Trustees; New Board Chair Takes the Helm



Two Case Western Reserve University alumni were added to the Board of Trustees at the governing body's October 17 meeting. Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., who served on the board from 2003-2006 until he was named the university's interim president during 2006-2007, was reinstated to the board. Eastwood is a 1966 alumnus of the Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Larry Sears, a Cleveland-based entrepreneur, engineer and educator, was appointed to a four-year term. Sears is a 1969 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology.

In addition, Charles "Bud" Koch, a member of the board since 1999 and former chair and CEO of Charter One Financial, succeeded Frank N. Linsalata as chair. Koch will serve a two-year term. Linsalata had served as chair since 2004. Read more.

Finalists Selected for Vice President For Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Rhonda Y. Williams, chair of the search committee for a Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, announced today that four finalists will visit campus starting next week.

"We are tremendously excited to present candidates of such high caliber to our campus community," said Dr. Williams, associate professor of history. "We strongly encourage all of our constituents to attend the open forums that begin Monday."

More than 130 individuals applied for this position, Dr. Williams said, noting that many of them possessed outstanding credentials. The search committee conducted nine first-round interviews earlier this month. The finalists selected impressed the committee with their knowledge, energy and commitment to advancing diversity in many ways on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

"Campus visits are not only opportunities for us to learn more about the finalists," Dr. Williams said, "but also give us a chance to impress them with the vitality of our campus and its members' commitment to these issues."

At the open forum, each candidate will speak for between 10 and 15 minutes, and then open the floor to questions. The names and backgrounds of each candidate will be posted on the search webpage, on the day of that individual's open forum.

The times and locations for open forums are:

  • 4:15-5:15, Monday, October 27, Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall
  • 4:15-5:15, Wednesday, October 29, Ford Auditorium
  • 5:15-6:15 Monday, November 3, Toepfer Room
  • Time TBA Friday, November 7, Room TBA

Campus News

Access through the Internet to/from systems on campus will be affected starting Sunday, October 26 at midnight and lasting through 5 a.m., Monday, October 27. This five-hour scheduled outage is to test a failover scenario to a redundant Internet connection. Those who are off campus during this time period will not be able to access any on-campus servers, which means that, e-mail, the Oracle calendar, the Case portal, VPN, HCM, SIS, or any system that requires Single Sign-on will be unavailable. Those who are on campus during this time period will be able to access these systems. However, there will be no Internet access, nor will users be able to receive incoming e-mail messages or be able to send e-mail. All outgoing e-mail messages will be queued and delivered after the outage. Incoming messages sent by other service providers will be queued according to the service provider's rules. Phone service, building access, security, and telemetry services will not be affected by this outage. Learn more.

Case Western Reserve University's Undergraduate Student Government is sponsoring shuttle rides from campus to the Cuyahoga Country Board of Elections for members of the university community who would like to vote early. The shuttles will run about every 45 minutes from 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 26, and Sunday, November 2, and from noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, and Wednesday, October 29. The shuttle stop will be on Euclid Avenue in front of Thwing Center.

The RTA HealthLine is officially opening Saturday, October 25. All RTA lines—including the HealthLine—will be free to the public all day Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26. To celebrate the grand opening of the bus line on Euclid Avenue, the Cleveland community is invited to participate in several activities, including a scavenger hunt, the grand opening of the Euclid Corridor bike lanes and a free concert featuring 2007 American Idol winner Jordin Sparks Saturday night, at Mall A in downtown Cleveland. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

There are a lot of "green" buzzwords these days, but some people don't know what these words mean, or how these issues impact their lives. Linda Robson, Finance and Administration Fellow for Energy Studies, will present a lunch and learn session, "Sustainability 101," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The workshop will focus on tips for managing the rising costs of energy and food and building healthy communities both at home and at the university. In addition, find out how Case Western Reserve is going green. Go online to register.

For Students

The Choices 2008: Exploring Academic & Experiential Opportunities Fair, sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, will be held during the Community Hour, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Friday, October 31, in Veale Center. The fair offers students the opportunity to learn about degree offerings by speaking with faculty and student representatives from academic departments. The event is mandatory for all first-year students; lunch will be provided with a Case ID. Undeclared upperclass students also are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Asian American Alliance is selling candy-grams for Halloween. Each candy-gram can include a personal message and will be delivered to the person of your choice on Halloween. The cost is $1 (CaseCash accepted). Candy-grams will be on sale in Nord Hall, and Fribley and Leutner commons now through October 29.


The Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law & Policy presents a movie screening and discussion of The Battle of Algiers from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, October 27, at the School of Law, Room 158. The film focuses on the events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Discussion follows with Robert Spadoni, assistant professor of film studies, and Gillian Weiss, assistant professor of history. Movie snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's chapter of the Student National Medical Association invites the campus community to attend the 2008 SNMA Region V Annual Meeting and Conference, November 14-16. This year's conference, with a theme of "Building Bridges: Forging New Relationships in Medicine," will offer numerous workshops and lectures that will challenge participants to expand their perspective on the role of the physician and promote partnerships which enhance patient care, health policy and biomedical advancement. More information on the conference and registration can be found online.

The Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) will present Colin Bailey, associate director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, on the topic of "Fragonard's Progress of Love: Patrons, Placement, and the Eighteenth-Century Site Specific," at 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at the CIA. Free, open to the public.

Et al

Thousands of food culinary professionals, food enthusiasts, farmers, food producers, educators and students are in Turin, Italy, now through October 27 for Terra Madre 2008, an international food convention and workshop. The 11-person Northeast Ohio delegation includes local food advocate Mary Holmes, a Presidential Fellow in the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University. Holmes is reporting daily on the events of Terra Madre on a blog that was recently launched as an online resource for local food and sustainable agriculture information. Holmes teaches a seminar entitled Food, Farming and Economic Prosperity at Case Western Reserve.


Homecoming roundup: John Horton of Sigma Nu and Christina Colasanto of Delta Gamma were named Homecoming king and queen, respectively. They were joined on the court by Jenn Clever of Kappa Alpha Theta, Sarah Robinson of Amnesty International, Demetrius Colvin of Voices of Glory and Trevor Shaver of the Case Association of Student Athletes. In the Junior-Senior Powder Puff football game, the Junior Class won 25-7. Meanwhile, the Office of Annual Giving won the Decorate Your Office contest. In the Homecoming Parade, the award for Best Parade Unit went to Sigma Nu and Delta Gamma; second place went to Cedar Residential College and third place went to Alpha Chi Omega. The Most Spirited entry was the University Program Board.

Associate Professor Melissa Knothe Tate, a joint faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, was selected to give the inaugural Torcom Chorbajian Plenary Lecture at the 2008 Society for Mathematical Biology Conference. She presented her longstanding research and development work on "Engineering an Ecosystem: Taking Cues from Nature's Paradigm to Build Tissue in the Lab and the Body."

Eli Reshotko, Kent H. Smith Professor Emeritus of Engineering, has been designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies.

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 24, 2008

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Case in the News

Editorial: Snyder delivers on budget in her first year as Case Western Reserve president

The Plain Dealer, October 24, 2008
Editors from the Plain Dealer write that in just a little over a year on the job, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder has skillfully helped the institution get back on solid ground.

Cheers & Jeers

The Plain Dealer, October 24, 2008
In its Cheers & Jeers roundup, the newspaper's editors say cheers to Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata for a $3 million gift that Case Western Reserve University will use to provide scholarships and to build a new student center or "capital projects relating to enhancing the student experience on campus." Frank Linsalata is the outgoing chairman of university's Board of Trustees.

Garven, Smith named co-vice presidents

Lakewood Sun Post, October 23, 2008
Lakewood Hospital has named Charles Garven and Duret Smith co-vice presidents of medical operations. Smith is the director of Orthopedic Services at Lakewood Hospital and serves as a clinical instructor in orthopedic and hand surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Many questions, few answers surrounding Browns' staph infections, October 24, 2008
Cleveland Browns player Kellen Winslow was hospitalized last week with a staph infection. He has not revealed the location of the infection, or the type of staph bacteria that caused it, and without that information it's difficult, if not impossible, to draw any conclusions about the source of the staph infections that appear to be plaguing the Browns' team. Robert Salata, head of the infectious disease department at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, comments.

Ohio's tangled election rules remain ripe for lawsuits, October 24, 2008
The 2008 presidential campaign in Ohio has has already seen state Republicans and Democrats being involved in at least six lawsuits; the state's top election official has received death threats and at least one "suspicious package." Justin Buchler, a political science professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve prof wins NIH grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 22, 2008
A Case Western Reserve University professor is one of 31 people nationwide to receive a $2.35 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's New Innovator Award. Brian Cobb, assistant professor of pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will develop new tools to study how the immune system recognizes carbohydrate molecules and how they can be used in the development of vaccines.

Higher Ed News

Taking Facebook back to campus

Inside Higher Ed, October 24, 2008
As colleges try to adapt their more traditional outreach methods to the successive waves of students who live much of their lives online, it's inevitable that some will start to ask whether they can marshal the ubiquity of social networking to attract applicants, connect to enrolled students and, once they graduate, keep track of them as alumni.