Case Western Reserve Offers New Adobe Web Conferencing Platform to Connect Community Members

One Case Western Reserve University student lives on campus. Another one commutes from Akron and works an unusual schedule. Meanwhile, their fellow classmate will be out of town for a few days. They've been assigned to work on a group project that's due in a week.

Should they keep rescheduling their project plans until they're all able to be in the same room?

With Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro—a web conferencing/collaboration platform being offered by Case Western Reserve University's ITS division—they won't have to.

"One of the biggest challenges for students is finding ways to meet to work on group projects. This is especially a challenge for students in many of our graduate programs," said Michael Kubit, director of MediaVision. "With Adobe Connect, people don't have to worry about traveling to campus or even around the campus; they can schedule virtual meetings and be able to see and hear each other and collaborate online."

Adobe Connect is open to the entire campus community. Read more.

Campus News

The university's shuttle bus service will have adjusted hours for the Thanksgiving holiday break. One bus will service both the North and South campus on Thursday, November 27. The North and South campuses will each be serviced by one bus on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29. Beginning Sunday, November 30, all routes will resume regular service.


The campus community is invited to attend a Weatherhead Executive Education Breakfast, "The 2008 Economic Crisis: What Happened and What Does it Mean for You?" from 7:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 9, at the George S. Dively Conference Center. Led by Peter Ritchken, Kenneth Walter Haber Professor and banking and finance department chair, and Scott Fine, professor for the practice of banking and finance, the forum will feature well known finance and economics professors providing views, analysis and straight talk on the critical issues and questions posed by current events. They will provide an overview of how the economy ended up this way, whether the bailout will work, and what is likely to happen next. Admission is $50 and includes breakfast and parking. Participants must register online in advance.

The University Bookstore is featuring a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on Champion items through November 30. All men's, women's and children's apparel is included in the sale. The bookstore offers a variety of Champion items featuring the university's name and logo. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

For Faculty and Staff

The final exam schedule is now available in the Faculty Center of the Student Information System (SIS). Faculty members are asked to review the schedule and send questions to If a course meets in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, the exam will be scheduled in the same room. If the course does not meet in one of the registrar's rooms, faculty members will need to reserve the room themselves with the normal scheduler of that room. Once the room has been reserved the registrar's office will post the room for the exam. If faculty members have special needs such as requiring a larger room or multiple rooms for an exam and have not already notified the registrar, contact the office as soon as possible.

For Students

Students in need of a refresher on class registration are invited to watch a video demonstration on how to enroll through the Student Information System.

Undergraduate students are invited to submit an original essay or image expressing their view of mathematics. Winning essays and images will be featured on the Department of Mathematics Web site. The submission deadline is December 19. Read the contest details.



The World Doctors Orchestra (WDO), featuring over 80 doctors from 14 countries, will make its United States debut on Sunday, February 8, at Severance Hall. The WDO—which includes several professors and physicians affiliated with Case Western Reserve University—will perform works by Brahms, Beethoven and other composers. During the concert, WDO musicians will be joined by guest soloists from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Local proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Free Medical Clinic. Individual tickets ($20-$75) are now on sale at the Severance Hall Ticket Office or online. Student discount tickets are also available and must be purchased in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office. Tax deductible sponsorships also are available. Call 216-983-5261 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 25, 2008

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Year of Darwin


Campus members who have missed some of the events that have been part of Case Western Reserve University's celebration of Charles Darwin are invited to go to the official Web site. Choose from several videos featuring experts who've already visited campus as part of the academic observance of Darwin's life and work.

Case in the News

Dietitians give their tips for cooking, exercising and eating at Thanksgiving

The Plain Dealer, November 24, 2008
Looking for ways to enjoy the holiday but avoid gaining weight? Jane Korsberg, a dietitian and nutrition instructor at Case Western Reserve University, along with other local dietitians, offers tips.

Cleveland Clinic receives $7.2 million gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 24, 2008
The Cleveland Clinic has received $7.2 million from a former patient to create a center for research into hereditary cancers of the lower digestive system. The new center will be named for Cleveland native Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Weiss, who graduated from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine in 1958. Weiss died last March at the age of 77. Related article.

Education summit seeks to 'unite culture'

Times-Union (Indiana), November 21, 2008
Ana Juarez, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, recently shared her experiences and views about English as a Second Language initiatives as part of an educational panel.

Higher Ed News

Financial crisis spurs student interest in economics

USA TODAY, November 24, 2008
Stocks are down, down, down. But student interest in economics appears to be trending upward. The financial crisis has made the subject more relevant and immediate to many high school and college students, and they are suddenly paying closer attention in class.