President Snyder Announces Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity


President Barbara R. Snyder announced this week the appointment of Marilyn Sanders Mobley as Case Western Reserve University's first Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Mobley, currently provost at Bennett College for Women, emerged from an exhaustive search that drew more than 130 applicants for the new, Cabinet-level position.

"Marilyn Mobley's record as a scholar and academic leader make her extraordinarily well suited to help us enhance and expand our efforts toward diversity on this campus," President Snyder said. "Her intellect, thoughtfulness and passion for these issues impressed everyone involved in the search process."

Mobley has the added advantage of knowing the university as a student. A native of Akron, Ohio, she earned her doctorate in English here in 1987, working with Professor Gary Stonum as her adviser. She has focused much of her scholarship on author Toni Morrison, African-American literature and women's literature. Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve University is required to furnish all employees with a Form W-2 showing their yearly compensation and tax withholding amounts by January 31. The W-2 form should be used to complete the yearly tax return by April 15. To ensure that W-2 forms are received in a timely fashion, employees are being asked to review their addresses in the PeopleSoft system. Student employees will need to log into PeopleSoft SIS, and can refer to the quick reference guide for assistance. Send an e-mail to with questions. Faculty and staff will need to log into PeopleSoft HCM, and also can refer to the quick reference guide for additional information. Send an e-mail to with questions. Changes must be completed by January 11, 2009.

Information Technology Services will host an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, December 18, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The topic will be "The Telemetry Network Upgrade Project."

The university's sustainability office is offering several environmental ideas for the holiday season. Today's tip: If a new cell phone is on your holiday wish list, consider donating the old phone on campus to Relay For Life. Phones can be dropped off at designated offices around campus beginning in January through next April. Contact Hilary Michel for more details.

For Faculty and Staff

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

Benelect Open Enrollment 2009 confirmation statements are available online. Employees 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. If a discrepancy from the elections made during open enrollment is found, print the statement, mark the correction, and submit to Benefits Administration for processing. Corrections must be received today. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

For Students

Students are invited to purchase 1-2-1 Fitness Center "Spartan Shape Up" memberships in December and save $25. These undergraduate student fitness center memberships are valid January 1 through May 17, 2009. Receive full access to 1-2-1 Fitness Center and its amenities, including over 40 group exercise classes per week. The offer expires December 31. Go online or call 368-1121 for more information.


The Western Reserve Historical Society's Hay McKinney Mansion makes its holiday debut with Candlelight Tours this month. Campus members are invited to tour of the historic mansion, which is decorated in holiday grandeur from various decades of the 20th century. The next tour begins at 7 p.m. this evening. Read more for admission fee information and additional details.

The department of astronomy is co-sponsoring the 2008-09 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The University of Michigan's Sally Oey will speak at 8 p.m., Thursday, December 18, on "Powering the Universe with Massive Stars." Light refreshments will be served.

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 17, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules, and get the latest scores and news updates. This week, read about indoor track's Obinna Nwanna and how he became the first NCAA Division III athlete to become a national qualifier in the pentathlon. In football news, Bobby Bott has been named to the American Football Coaches Association's NCAA Division III All-America Team.

Case in the News

Platinum-free fuel cell

Technology Review, December 14, 2008
Fuel cells are, in principle, the most efficient way to convert hydrogen fuel into electricity. But they require expensive catalysts such as platinum to split hydrogen into ions and electrical current. Cheaper metals simply can't withstand the harsh acidic environment of the fuel cell. Researchers in China have developed a fuel cell that uses a new membrane material to operate in alkaline conditions, eliminating the need for an expensive catalyst. Robert Savinell, professor of chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Helping others face life after layoffs

The Plain Dealer, December 16, 2008
With record job losses, a tumbling stock market and a rocky economic forecast, the holiday blues are hitting more of us—and hitting harder—than they have in years. A tip list that offers advice on how to help loved ones deal with challenging times includes advice from Jeffrey Janata, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at University Hospitals.

Jews, Christians celebrate holiday season with shared flavor of 'bimuelos'

Santa Fe New Mexican, December 17, 2008
Most Americans associate Hanukkah with latkes, a fried potato pancake. But there is another food eaten during the Festival of the Lights called the bimuelo that is enjoyed by both Jews and Christians during the month of December. The article references research from Judith Neulander, a visiting lecturer with Case Western Reserve University's religious studies department.

Higher Ed News

By 2020, access to Internet will be in everyone's pocket, study says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, December 16, 2008
The verdict on the future of the Internet is in (once again), and experts overwhelmingly agree that by 2020 much of the world's population will connect to the Web using mobile devices, according to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.