Professor David Cooperrider Speaks to Management Educators at World Conference in New York


Out of the gloom of the current world-wide financial crisis is an opportunity for business and management educators to prepare future business leaders through social responsibility and sustainable initiatives. Case Western Reserve University Professor David Cooperrider delivered this message at the recent United Nations' Global Forum for Responsible Management Education in New York City.

Cooperrider, the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) at the Weatherhead School of Management, delivered the opening address to over 300 attendees at the "Global Forum for Responsible Management Education."

"Sustainable value creation is the business opportunity of the 21st century," Cooperrider said. "It's also the biggest business school opportunity of our time." Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Undergraduate Admission (UGA) has moved from Tomlinson Hall to Wolstein Hall, located at 11318 Bellflower Road. Campus tours now begin at Wolstein Hall, and admission information sessions, interviews and other activities are held in the new space. Offices for both the UGA staff and the vice president of enrollment are located there as well. Visitor parking for daily admissions-related activities is located on the first level of Lot 46 at The Village at 115. UGA will host an open house for members of the university community to see the renovated building next semester. Questions about the move can be sent to Ryan Keytack.

1-2-1 Fitness Center presents the 2009 Weight Loss Challenge. This eight-week success program begins January 5. The series will include individual and team competitions with grand prizes, health risk assessments, weekly weigh-ins, group sessions and prizes, free access to the fitness center and more. The program is open to everyone, including family members and friends. Space is limited. The first 40 people to sign up will receive a free food scale and fitness consultation. Go online for additional information.

For Faculty and Staff

Benelect Open Enrollment 2009 confirmation statements are available onlineEmployees can access their statements by signing in to HCM and navigating to: Employee Self Service->Benefits->Benefits Home->Print Open Enrollment Summary. If the statement is accurate, no action is required.  However, if a discrepancy from the elections made during open enrollment are found, employees are advised to print their statement, mark the correction, and submit to Benefits Administration for processing. Corrections must be received by Wednesday, December 17. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

The employee relations staff will host a supervisory briefing session from 9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 18, in Frohring Auditorium. The session will cover updates to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), leave of absence, paid parental leave and affirmative action policies.

For Students


The Case Western Reserve University Leadership Conference committee is accepting session proposals for the Winter Leadership and Life Skills Conference taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 7, on campus. To find out more information regarding the conference and to submit a session proposal, go to the conference Web site. Contact Amy Saito, conference coordinator, or call the Office of Greek Life at 368-3954 with questions.


The Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting an ongoing series of special guest lectures. The next Artist's Dialogue will feature Marjorie Williams and Stephen Harrison with Cleveland artist John Paul Miller at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, in Recital Hall. Free.

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.

December 16, 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

Scientists hope borrowed gravity holds key to black holes, December 14, 2008
Scientists are trying to create black holes on Earth. Physicists—including Glenn Starkman of Case Western Reserve University—have been methodically planning (and hoping) for their production.

Wind, Lake Erie's invisible power, awaits a harness - Elizabeth Sullivan

The Plain Dealer, December 14, 2008
A Plain Dealer columnist writes that northern Ohio has a chance to make the next big thing for manufacturing wind and solar. She cites statistics from a wind energy conference held at Case Western Reserve University.

Need a loan? Tap your 401(k), without penalty

BusinessWeek, December 12, 2008
With banks tightening lending, small businesses, which can't borrow from the bond market like larger corporations, have lost one of their best sources of funding. To fill the void, a cottage industry, made up of a few small companies and a bevy of independent contractors, has sprung up to help entrepreneurs turn their 401(k)s and other tax-deferred accounts into capital. Such strategies can make the difference between a small business getting off the ground or not. But they come with a big risk. A study at Case Western Reserve University found that more than half of startups fold within five years.

Higher Ed News

A piece of the stimulus pie

Inside Higher Ed, December 16, 2008
Monday, a broad coalition of college associations jointly released a letter urging Congress to "make higher education a critical part of the economic stimulus package," through a combination of increased need-based aid for students, additional relief for student loan borrowers, and grants to states to help colleges pay for the sort of "ready-to-go" facilities that would create jobs and stimulate economic activity.