President, Provost Address Primary Questions Regarding Elimination of University-wide Deficit

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:



In the days since we announced the elimination of our deficit, we have heard two primary questions:

  1. What about the burdens individuals carried to allow the university to realize the savings that balanced its budget?

   2. What impact will the world-wide economic crisis have on our finances going forward?

In this letter we will answer both queries in detail, but want to begin by underscoring one primary message:

This university is full of enormously talented people committed to learning and discovery, research and teaching. You are responsible for our successes over the last year, and you are critical to our sustained excellence in the future. 

Read the full letter.

Community Outreach Grant Winners Use Funds to Benefit Needy Groups, Projects


When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Groups that were starting new outreach initiatives, as well as those who wanted to continue ongoing programs, shared their stories of helping the community and how additional funding would allow them to do even more.

Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of PreK-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development, and lifelong learning.

The winners were introduced during the sixth annual Case for Community Day. Since the announcement, several winning groups have already started using the funds to expand their community outreach.

A reviewing committee nominated the top 10 programs for the center to support. Members of the committee included Anne Bingham, executive director of Foundation Relations; Molly Berger, history instructor and associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Lynette Forde, assistant director of Foundation Relations; and Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

Case Daily will feature each of the winning groups in an ongoing series. First up is the RePlay for Kids/Phi Delta Epsilon Rainbow & RePlay Partnership. The two organizations are pairing up to adapt toys for children with special needs. Read more.

Campus News

Details on where to vote—polling places are based on street addresses—and what form(s) of identification a voter needs to cast a ballot, along with other election information, is available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Web site. Students who need a utility bill to confirm their residency in Ohio can receive a copy from the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life.

1-2-1 Fitness Center will celebrate Family Weekend Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9, by offering a Free Guest Weekend. Students are invited to bring their families in for free access to 28,000 sq. ft. of top name exercise equipment, group exercise classes and more. Go online for facility information and hours.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will host an all-college meeting for all College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at the Amasa Stone Chapel.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will begin its next session on Wednesday, November 12, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the November 12 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to to learn more.

The Staff Advisory Council's Staff Training and Development Committee announces that its newest cookbook, In Case You're Cooking, will be available for sale at the Benefits Fair this week. The book is $10, and all proceeds will be used to support the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF). The payment method is cash or check made payable to Case Western Reserve University (memo line: SEEF Cookbook).

For Students

The Pre-Dental Society will host a Kaplan DAT information session beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, in Thwing Center's Bellflower Lounge. For information, send an e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.

Just InCASE: Study Tips for Students by Students is seeking additional submissions to append to last year's publication. Just InCASE compiles students' advice on study strategies, time management skills and other habits for success at Case Western Reserve University. Go online to view or submit tips.


The Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland's Dietrich Diabetes Research Institute and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is sponsoring the fifth annual Diabetes Research Symposium beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, November 14, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. This year's meeting will focus on the latest advancements in stem cell technologies and islet transplantation as they relate to treatment of diabetes and its complications. Learn more.

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.

November 4, 2008

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6. Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution and George Mason University will speak on the topic of "Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins" in DeGrace Hall, Room 312. Learn more.

Case in the News

Voters glad to see end of a record run of televised political advertising

The Plain Dealer, November 4, 2008
The record total ad spending for the presidential campaign will top $750 million, according to the TNS Media Campaign Analysis Group, and Cleveland has been the most-targeted TV market in one of the three most targeted states. Brad Wisler, an early-voting medical student from Case Western Reserve University, said he had never experienced anything like this year's flood of advertising in his native Indiana and couldn't wait for it to end.

The possibilities in hypnosis, where the patient has the power

The New York Times, November 3, 2008
In a column about hypnosis, Karen N. Olness, a professor of pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine who is the president of the International Society of Hypnosis, comments.

Case Western Reserve economics prof: Financing incubators provides little stimulus

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 3, 2008 (subscription required)
The Fund for Our Economic Future should not finance business incubators and entrepreneurship education programs because they'd do little for Northeast Ohio's economy, according to a recent study conducted by Scott Shane, professor or entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Higher Ed News

Seeking shelter in business schools

Washington Post, November 3, 2008
Wall Street's collapse is creating divergent effects for business school students and applicants: MBA students are thankful to ride out the downturn in the sanctuary of academia, while those applying to master's degree programs in business administration are jittery about a surge in competition.