More to Think About: University Launches New Magazine, Web Site


At Case Western Reserve University, thought and ideas are at the core of everything faculty, alumni and students do. That's why the university created Think: The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University.

Think strives to offer thought-provoking content and bold design. The next generation of Case Western Reserve's flagship magazine debuts this month and will publish in the fall and spring.

In addition to magazine articles, the Think Web site at will feature university news, videos and podcasts that will update daily. This interactive site is a one-stop news center that encourages feedback and urges readers to share stories that grab their attention.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve ID cards feature proximity readers that will not work if holes have been punched in the cards. Access Services says that holes should not be punched in the ID cards. A replacement fee will be incurred for badges that need to be replaced. Badge holders are available for purchase at Access Services and the bookstore in Thwing Center.

Gartner's research portal is available to the campus community and provides decision support and guidance on technology investments and industry trends.  Gartner's research portal enables professors to bring timely, real-world case studies and content to the classroom, enriching the educational experience and providing students with insight into the application of technology in solving business problems. Access to the Case Western Reserve Gartner research portal is available online. Learn more about this tool at an Information Technology Services open forum beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Phil Flannagan, Gartner's Midwest regional manager of higher education, will give a presentation and online demonstration on "Leveraging Gartner Information Technology Research." He will be available to answer questions following the presentation. Contact Bob Sopko at 368-1522.

Women in Leadership Week continues through November 23 with a variety of workshops and speakers on issues related to women in leadership roles in their community and workplace. Most events are free and open to the public; Sunday's event requires an RSVP to Anne Kowalski via email. Inquire by e-mail to Mary Rouse or call 368-6858 for more information on any event.

For Faculty and Staff

Employees who are interested in using their tuition benefits are invited to learn more about the part-time MBA programs offered through the Weatherhead School of Management. The school is offering convenient evening information sessions for students to learn more about the program; register for the November 20 or November 25 session. Those who are unable to attend one of these evening programs are invited to contact someone on the admissions staff to schedule a meeting during the day. Send an e-mail to Collin Hanson for more information.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Effective Teaching Behaviors" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, November 20, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on how teachers' behavior in the classroom impacts how much students learn and how they feel about the course, the subject and the teacher. The session will move beyond broad generalizations and look at more focused questions. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

Students are invited to come out and enjoy California Roll Night with the Asian American Alliance beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, November 21, at Wade Fireside. Participants will be able to make the treat and take some home. Contact Chen Yan for more information.

The Undergraduate Indian Student Association is hosting its annual cultural show beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 22, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The show has been sold out for the past three years; admission will be free this year.

Sigma Psi Sorority is hosting its annual philanthropy event, Mr. CWRU, Friday, November 21, in Schmitt Auditorium. The theme for this year's male beauty pageant is "Kings of the Kitchen." Tickets are on sale through Friday in Nord Hall, Thwing Center, and Fribley and Leutner commons for $4 or $6 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center. All tickets will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes.


MaDaCol, the Mather Dance Collective at Case Western Reserve University, will showcase their passion for dance during special performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 20, and Friday, November 21, and at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at Mather Dance Center. The fall program consists of three new works by graduate students Jennifer Birou Lakamp and Chan U Hong and undergraduate senior Rachel Stoneking. Tickets are $4 at the door. Learn more.

Eldred Theater presents Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy concerning three sisters surviving crisis after crisis in a small Mississippi town. The play won the 1981 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play, a Guggenheim Award and garnered a Tony nomination. Directed by Catherine Albers. Performances are November 20-22 at 8 p.m. and November 23 at 2:30 p.m.

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 19, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight


For the first time in school history both the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will compete for a national title in the same year. The Spartans will travel to Indiana Saturday, November 22 for the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Hanover College. The men and women have been ranked all year long by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, with the men peaking at No. 11 and women at No. 6. Read more.

Case in the News

Do sold-off corporate loans do worse?

The Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2008
Corporate bank loans sliced and sold to outside buyers perform far less well than loans kept by the lender, according to a new study that could have an impact on coming reform of U.S. financial markets. The study by Anurag Gupta of Case Western Reserve University and Antje Berndt of Carnegie Mellon University concludes that syndicated loans underperform nonsyndicated issues by 8 percent to 14 percent in trading in the secondary markets.

Saving the Big Three (or not)

The New York Times, November 18, 2008
The heads of America's three major automotive corporations asked Congress today for $25 billion in financial help in hopes of staving off a collapse that many say would be catastrophic for the United States economy. So what—if anything—should policymakers do? The article suggests different scenarios, citing Susan Helper, a Case Western Reserve University economist who specializes in studying the auto industry. Related article.

Jury debates fate of Sherlock, November 18, 2008
Phillip Resnick, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, testified in a Pennsylvania murder trial.

Higher Ed News

The sociologist gap

Inside Higher Ed, November 19, 2008
Sociology departments are successfully attracting students, but without a corresponding growth in faculty lines. That's the conclusion of a new national survey of sociology departments conducted by the American Sociological Association.