For Case Western Reserve LPN, Degree Decades in the Making


Vicki Moore-Holzhauer, a licensed practical nurse and appointment manager at Case Western Reserve University Health Services, needs to complete just two credit hours next semester to earn her bachelor's degree. It's a personal project that's been a couple decades in the making.

"I started taking classes because it was fun, with no thought of a degree," she said. "After a while I reached a point where I looked and had a lot of credits. I thought 'maybe I could make a commitment to finish.'"

During the process, Moore-Holzhauer, a political science major, recently had an opportunity to participate in a French television documentary on the recent presidential election. Read more.

Campus News

The campus bookstore will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24. Refer to the store's Web site for additional holiday hours.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning January 21. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the January 14 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to to learn more.


1-2-1 Fitness Center presents the 2009 Weight Loss Challenge. This eight-week success program begins Monday, 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.

The 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.

The university's sustainability office is offering several environmental ideas for the holiday season. Today's tip: Instead of contributing to the annual 25 percent increase of landfill waste, get creative and re-commission things you already have. Think outside the box and opt for creative ways of giving gifts, including baskets, fabric instead of paper, magazines, newspaper, and decorative boxes. 

The Thwing Center Postal Substation will be closed Wednesday, December 24.

For Faculty and Staff

University leaders have agreed to close the campus at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24. Some university employees hold positions that require work after 3 p.m. on December 24, including those who work shifts other than the standard 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For employees in this situation, two hours of time off will be made available for future use. Learn more.

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

A meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009, in Nord Hall, Room 410 for students interested in learning more about semester and year abroad programs. The deadline for submission of applications for study abroad for fall semester 2009 has been extended to February 15, 2009.


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of holiday events and activities taking place in the community today and in the days ahead.

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 23, 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

It's not true that suicides increase around the holidays, experts say

The Plain Dealer, December 22, 2008
Contrary to popular belief, suicides do not increase around the holidays. Thomas Swales, a psychologist at MetroHealth Medical Center and assistant professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Depression Santa, December 23, 2008
Gifts from an anonymous donor boosted spirits in Canton, Ohio, during the Christmas season in 1933, during the Great Depression. The giver was a person named Mr. B. Virdot, who had placed an ad in the local paper offering relief to folks who wrote in with their stories. Ted Gup, professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University, shares the story on National Public Radio's Here and Now program.

Professor helps control infectious diseases with models and math

Science Daily, December 19, 2008
Can an algebraic equation hold the secret to eradicating malaria or schistosomiasis? David Gurarie, professor of mathematics at Case Western Reserve University, is utilizing the combination of algorithms and models in an effort to assist his medical colleagues in the fight against infectious diseases. These models would allow doctors to make predictions towards effective treatment.

Practical routes to meeting climate change, energy goals, December 22, 2008
With President-elect Barack Obama heavily focused on energy and climate change policy, six articles in the Winter 2009 Issues in Science and Technology offer practical ways to help the United States reach its goals of reduced energy dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. Susan Helper, AT&T Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve junior Bobby Bott named Division III All-American

The Plain Dealer, December 19, 2008
Case Western Reserve University junior defensive back Bobby Bott has received one of college sports' ultimate individual awards. He has been named to the American Football Coaches Association's NCAA Division III All-America Team.

Higher Ed News

Company created official-looking 'Class of 2013' Facebook groups for hundreds of colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, December 19, 2008
Hundreds of "Class of 2013" groups have popped up on Facebook, but not all of them were created by students.