Faculty Committee Seeking Feedback on Potential Change to Governance of Undergraduate Education

On the recommendation of an ad hoc committee of Case Western Reserve University's Faculty Senate, undergraduate school leadership and student government are reviewing recommendations to streamline the current model of faculty oversight for undergraduate education and life.

The University Faculty has delegated governance of matters related to undergraduate education to a separate body, the University Undergraduate Faculty (UUF). With no authority other than to advise, the UUF has seen its effectiveness wane, reported Kenneth Loparo, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and chair of the senate's ad hoc committee on undergraduate education and life, to the Faculty Senate. Read more.

Campus News

As part of the university's ongoing initiative to conserve energy, the Department of Facilities Services will reduce heat, ventilation and lighting levels over the Thanksgiving holiday. Go online to view a list of the dates, times and buildings affected. Questions should be directed to the customer service center for facility operations at 368-2580.

Payday for university employees and students is on Friday, November 28. Employees and students with direct deposit will have their funds deposited into their bank account on the 28th. Checks will be mailed on November 26 to faculty and staff who are not signed up for direct deposit. Student Employment has contacted specific departments regarding the distribution of student checks.

Grandmothers are needed for a research study about how to manage stress while raising grandchildren. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study is being conducted by researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For more information about participating in the study, call 368-0552 or send an e-mail to txa15@case.edu.

For Faculty and Staff

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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 an evening information session on Tuesday, November 25. Those who are unable to attend the program are invited to contact someone on the admissions staff to schedule a meeting. Send an e-mail to Collin Hanson for more information.

For Students

The Observer staff is seeking two students to deliver newspapers on Friday mornings from approximately 9 to 11 a.m. A car is required. These are paid positions. If interested, send an e-mail to observer@case.edu.

The 2009 Springfest committee is seeking creative and energetic people to serve on the planning committee for the largest student-run event on campus. Go online for position information and an application. The application period ends at 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 26. No previous Springfest experience is necessary. Applicants will be selected based on their qualifications and how they relate to the committee descriptions. Send an e-mail to springmail@case.edu with any questions.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. Several courses are being offered to undergraduate and graduate students in the Netherlands, Israel, Guatemala and more. Stop by information sessions until 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, December 3, both at the Mandel School, Room 108.

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Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014.

The Department of Bioethics is offering three-credit hour spring break study abroad trips for undergraduate and graduate students in Salamanca, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris, Amsterdam and Maastricht/Brussels. Contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377 or plan to attend an information session from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, in Thwing Center's Euclid Room.

Events

The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. Learn more.

The annual Festival of Trees returns to the Cleveland Play House (CPH) Tuesday, November 25, through Sunday, January 4, 2009. The Festival of Trees features more than 50 locally sponsored and decorated holiday trees lining the rotunda, promenade and lobbies. The display is free and open to the public during CPH building hours. The "Light Up Your Night" official lighting ceremony is from 6-8 p.m. this evening, and the free event will feature refreshments and holiday entertainment. Go online for more information

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 24, 2008

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Media Moment

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The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve University faculty authors. The program is hosted by librarian William Claspy.

Case in the News

Economic crisis adds another layer of worry to college application time

The Plain Dealer, November 21, 2008
Across Northeast Ohio, high school seniors are fretting over applications, polishing essays and retaking the SAT to plump up their scores. Kitchen tables are awash in college mailings, e-mail accounts swollen with electronic appeals. And amid the current economic crisis, families more than ever are factoring price into the college equation, experts say. Randy Deike, vice president for enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, urges parents not to rule out a college because they think it's too expensive.

World's best colleges and universities

U.S. News & World Report, November 20, 2008
Case Western Reserve University ranks in the top 100 (No. 90) in the U.S. News & World Report World's Best Colleges and Universities rankings.

Why college graduates should come home to Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, November 23, 2008
Christopher Thomas, a law student at Harvard University who earned his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, writes a letter to the editor about why college graduates should consider returning home to Cleveland.

Pass on the pie—and heavenly guilt

USA TODAY, November 23, 2008
Christine Whelan from the University of Iowa writes that although the holiday season is a time when many gain a few extra pounds, several religious diet groups caution that God might not approve of eating excess food. Julie Exline, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Pittsburgh's renaissance holds lesson for Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, November 23, 2008
Pittsburgh, which once defined rust belt decay, might show the rest of the nation how to weather a recession. As most of the nation reels in debt and despair, the city is on the move: A new $200 million downtown office tower, upscale condos, a casino, a new hockey arena and a riverfront convention center. The article's sidebar references Case Western Reserve University.

Hollinger's 21 leads Case Western Reserve over Capital

The Plain Dealer, November 23, 2008
Case Western Reserve University had three players score in double figures in a 80-67 victory over Capital on Saturday at the University Athletic Association/Ohio Athletic Conference Challenge at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Higher Ed News

Doctorate production continues to grow

Inside Higher Ed, November 24, 2008
The number of research doctorates awarded by American universities grew for the sixth straight year and reached another record high in 2007, according to the National Science Foundation's first report from the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates. The overall rate of growth was 5.4 percent.