Village at 115 Earns LEED Silver Certification


Case Western Reserve University has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating for the entire Village at 115 residence hall complex. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings for buildings that are considered to be the most "green," energy efficient and high performing.

"It's among the first in the region to be recognized," Don Kamalsky, associate vice president for student affairs for campus life facilities, said of the building complex. "A team of people made this happen. We can take great pride in receiving this national recognition."

The LEED Silver honor is the second major rating for the residence hall in the last year. Last summer, House 5 in the Village received LEED Gold, the second highest certification. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program will host free online workshops and open houses throughout spring semester. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join David Cooperrider on Tuesday, January 20 for Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Revolution in Change. Learn more.


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Alpha Phi Sorority, is sponsoring "Untold Stories of the Heart," a contest for the Go Red for Women Day 2009 campaign. The campus community is invited to share their stories about why they go red in recognition of heart disease. Submissions are due via e-mail by Friday, January 16. Ten stories will be picked to be publicly displayed on Friday, February 6, which is Wear Red Day. Everyone who submits a story will be entered into a raffle for a heart-healthy gift basket. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Teaching for Sustainability" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, January 15, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on how teachers can aid the university's sustainability and energy conservation efforts. The discussion will be moderated by Mark De Guire, associate professor of materials science and engineering; Brian Gray of University Libraries; and Megan Linos from Instructional Technology and Academic Computing. They will demonstrate ways to use electronic resources to cut down on paper and energy, and in some cases accomplish educational goals that would not otherwise be achievable. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) will reopen at 9 a.m., Tuesday, January 20. Students can begin making appointments online Saturday, January 17. WRC locations include Bellflower Hall, Kelvin Smith Library, SAGES Café and Nord Hall. The center will continue to offer online tutoring options, and will begin offering evening hours.


Session proposals are due Friday, January 16, for the university's Winter Leadership and Life Skills Conference. The conference will take 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


Back to the Drawing Board, a collaborative project of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Institute of Art, is on display through February 26 at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300. The exhibit, which showcases emerging artists, is free and open to the public.

Several of the country's rising opera stars will join Paul Kwak, a School of Medicine student, in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, January 16, at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, 3630 Fairmount Blvd. Proceeds from Sing for Hope: An Evening of Art Song to Benefit The Gathering Place, will go toward the nonprofit cancer support center. Kwak, a Juilliard alumnus, will play the piano. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. 

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.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will be migrating all of the university's servers from the current infrastructure to a new one. The final phases of the data center renovation project involves moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Applications that may be affected by the server moves and planned outages during the next week include:

Wednesday, January 14:

  • / should remain online
  • Portal Development Servers / offline
  • Oracle Information Directories / should remain online
  • / should remain online
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online

Thursday, January 15:

  • Case Online Phonebook / offline
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • Domain Name Services / should remain online
  • / should remain online
  • Voice Mail (Unified Messaging) / should remain online
  • Student Loan Services / offline
  • MediaVision Streaming Media / limited functionality

Tuesday, January 20:

  • / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Production / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Development / should remain online
  • Voice over IP / should remain online
  • Library Catalog Server / offline
  • ERP Financials & HCM / should remain online
  • MediaVision Streaming Media / limited functionality

Read more for a complete schedule of planned outages.

January 13, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at noon, January 16, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. The University of Michigan's Randolph Nesse will speak. Learn more.

Case in the News

Rewarding altruism: Can it be effective?

University of Michigan News, January 12, 2009
Nicola Lacetera of Case Western Reserve University—along with fellow researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Sydney—were awarded a $330,000 National Science Foundation grant to study which types of incentives for voluntary, pro-social behavior are most effective.

IUB welcomes U.S. students

The Daily Star, January 12, 2009
Independent University in Bangladesh recently welcomed a team of American students as part of a study abroad program. Several of the students are from Case Western Reserve University. Deborah R. Jacobson, director of International Education Programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was part of the welcoming committee.

Too many kids don't get proper dental care

Wooster Daily Record, January 13, 2009
School nurses aren't dentists, but some of the children they serve have cavities big enough for them to identify without X-rays. "During annual third-grade screenings, school nurses report finding many cavities just with a flashlight," said Transitions coordinator John Fishburn in a paper he wrote for a graduate program at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

In apparent reversal, Americans are reading more literature, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, January 12, 2009
The National Endowment for the Arts wants to share some rare good news about reading in the United States. From 2002 to 2008, the percentage of adult Americans who read literature (defined as fiction, poetry, and plays) grew from 46.7 percent to 50.2 percent.