New Initiative Helps Women Staff Develop Leadership Skills

Although Women in Leadership Week recently wrapped up at Case Western Reserve University, the eight women who were accepted into the new Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative (WSLDI) will spend the rest of the academic year gaining first-hand knowledge about becoming future leaders on campus.

The WSLDI's inaugural class consists of Deborah Fatica, Case School of Engineering; Maya Gilbert, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Katie Hanna, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; Rebecca Kahl, School of Medicine; Jennifer Nye, Weatherhead School of Management; Julie Petek, Office of Undergraduate Studies; Olivia Seifert, Weatherhead School of Management; and Tracy Wilson-Holden, Office of Research Compliance. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve's enhanced password policy will require that all network users refresh their network password at least once a year. Beginning December 14, users will receive e-mail prompts to change their password to comply with the new policy. The messages will be sent on a rolling, as needed basis. Go to the ITS Web site for complete information.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting two information sessions: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, December 18, and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 20, at the school, 11235 Bellflower Road. The community is invited to learn about social work degrees from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs. The sessions will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Go to the school's Web site for details or call 368-2280.

For Faculty and Staff

December 31 is the deadline to incur expenses for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2008, can be filed for reimbursement through June 30, 2009. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

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.



Case Western Reserve University is planning a weeklong celebration in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2009. Schools, academic departments and student organizations have prepared a variety of programs and activities to honor the memory and spirit of Dr. King between January 19-23, 2009. The weeklong celebration will include a variety of workshops, films, discussions and speakers sponsored by various academic departments and schools, centers, offices and student organizations. The convocation speaker for the King celebration is Keith Beauchamp, producer of the documentaryThe Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. Additional announcements about the weeklong celebration are forthcoming. 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.

Et al


Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May L. Wykle received the AAN/Hartford Nurse Leader Award in Aging from the American Academy of Nursing in partnership with the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Paul Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor at the School of Law, has been appointed American Bar Association (ABA) adviser to the drafting committee on the electronic recordation of custodial interrogations of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He previously served as co-chair of the ABA Ad Hoc Committee on Innocence, which studied the causes of wrongful convictions, including false confessions. He also served as reporter for the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on DNA Evidence.


Clare M. Rimnac, chair and Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and director of Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials Laboratories, was recently presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lehigh University's department of materials science and engineering

William Bauer, associate professor and director of music education, was recently invited to participate in the Google Teacher Academy, a professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies.

December 12, 2008

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Case in the News

GM trying to survive for a shot at Plan O—Obama

The Associated Press, December 12, 2008
Experts say GM and Chrysler's best shot for survival is for President-elect Barack Obama to persuade the outgoing White House to free up emergency loans from the $700 billion federal bailout, or to have the Federal Reserve make a loan. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University who has studied the auto industry, said GM and Chrysler's suppliers are the key to keeping the automakers out of bankruptcy protection if they are forced to stretch and try to make it past Obama's inauguration.

Economics need not be a bar to adoption

The Plain Dealer, December 12, 2008
Mary Catherine Barrett, an attorney and adoption advocate who teaches adoption law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, writes a letter to the editor about children in Ohio who are waiting to be adopted.

Ralph Regula retires; Congress loses a role model for bipartisanship

The Plain Dealer, December 11, 2008
Ralph Regula, veteran Republican congressman from Navarre, Ohio, is retiring. As a congressman, Regula was known for his low-key style and distaste for partisan gamesmanship. Area health care and research institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University also benefited from his efforts.

Higher Ed News

Dorm living as a psychological science

Inside Higher Ed, December 12, 2008
If college freshmen knew more about their roommate's personality type, would they be more likely to get along with one another? Some small liberal arts colleges think so and have invested in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—a well-known personality assessment—to either match roommates or resolve conflicts between them.