Case Western Reserve University Named
"Best Buy" in Kiplinger's


Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again ranked Case Western Reserve University a best value among private universities in the United States.

According to an article in the February issue, the universities and colleges recognized as best values "deliver the goods during tough times."

Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder expressed pride in the recognition. "We are pleased that the editors recognize the excellence of the education Case Western Reserve University provides, as well as our strong commitment to providing financial support to students," she said. "Every day the achievements of our graduates testify to the value of their experiences here. We hope this national recognition will convey that truth to still more families across the country."

See the rankings.

Campus News

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has released Ahead of the Curve, the nation's first Doctor of Nursing Practice magazine. The publication showcases the school's program by presenting its rich history and profiles of current students and esteemed graduates. The school launched the doctoral program in 1979.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program will hold an open house from 6–8 p.m., Monday, January 12, at the George S. Dively Building. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Parking will be available. Register online or contact Kate Coleman at 368-6411 to reserve a spot, or.

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 Sunday, January 11.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the spring 2009 semester is February 28. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224. Contact Michelle Belle in the benefits department at 368-3316 with questions.

For Students


The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life is accepting applications for resident assistants through Wednesday, January 14. Go online for more information. Questions should be directed to Jamie Elwell.


The Office of the President will present "Business Ethics and Leadership," a lecture by Ward J. "Tim" Timken Jr., at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 15, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The keynote speaker is the chair of The Timken Company. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Recognized: twitter's higher education site made Case Western Reserve its College/University of the Week.


Jessica Berg, professor of law and biomedical ethics and associate director of the Law-Medicine Center, was recently named Ohio Health Policy Researcher of the Year. The award is given annually by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving as a health policy resource for the state. Berg was selected based on her article "Population Health and Tax-Exempt Hospitals: Putting the Community Back Into the Community Benefit Standard."

Joseph Nadeau, James H. Jewel Professor and chair of the genetics department at the School of Medicine, was recently awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. The honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Nadeau was elected for his sustained and significant contributions to mouse genetics and mouse genome informatics and analysis.


Case Libraries recently completed the LibQual+2008 survey, a national standardized instrument that measures campus library collections and services. The library system participated in LibQual in 2002 and again in 2003 as part of OhioLINK. As a result of the surveys, many new services were implemented. As part of the contest, Jennifer Hobohm, a third-year student, won an iPod Touch.

Denny Shute, who attended Adelbert College from 1923-24, was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2008 inductees.

January 9, 2009

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Data Center Outages


Case Western Reserve University has reached the halfway point in its yearlong project to renovate two campus data server centers. Beginning Monday, January 12, ITS teams will begin moving individual data servers into newly renovated spaces, resulting in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. On Monday, the active campus, library catalog services and portal development servers will be offline. The Oracle information directories and BlackBoard should both remain online.

Case in the News

Small business for sale: Not now

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 7, 2009
Putting a small business on the market now will likely cost you, experts say. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments. Related article.

Setting the tone at the Cleveland Institute of Music

The Plain Dealer, January 11, 2009
By Monday morning, a crazy-quilt symphony of scales, orchestral excerpts and beloved concertos again will resound at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The school plans on continuing its 40-year association with Case Western Reserve University.

Inaugural invite for Case Western professor, January 9, 2009
Lisa Hazirjian, a lecturer in the history department at Case Western Reserve University, is among 16 people selected to join President-elect Barack Obama on his Whistle-Stop tour to the inauguration. Watch an interview.

Ground-breaking surgery to help local boy breathe on his own, January 8, 2009
Alex Malarkey, 11, will be the first child ever to undergo the same surgery that allowed the late Christopher Reeve to breathe without a ventilator. If it works, he'll get to breathe without a ventilator for the first time in almost four years. When Alex's parents heard about Reeve's surgery they immediately contacted Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals.

Record low for human blood oxygen levels

ScienceNews, January 7, 2009
A study of people ascending Mount Everest suggests that some humans are especially tolerant of low oxygen levels, perhaps because their bodies use oxygen more efficiently. The article cites research from Cynthia Beall, S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology and professor of anatomy and global health at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

New scholarships aid students committed to service

USA TODAY, January 6, 2009
Ask college administrators about what sets this generation of current and aspiring college students apart and they'll quickly bring up their volunteer spirit. An estimated three-quarters of high school students do some volunteering, and the rapidly growing number of college students who volunteer is estimated at around 3.3 million.