Presidential Inauguration Series

The upcoming presidential inauguration has stirred the interest of millions of Americans, including some members of the Case Western Reserve University community, who are taking part in special ways. Case Daily will profile some of their stories this week.

Preparing to Join Millions on the Streets of Washington, D.C.


Janice Eatman-Williams wants to participate in some of the inauguration activities, but like most people, she doesn't have tickets to witness the historic events up close. However, that minor detail isn't stopping this daughter of civil rights activists from finding her own way of marking the occasion. Instead of watching the festivities on television in Cleveland, Eatman-Williams is headed to the nation's capital to try to catch a glimpse of Barack Obama as he's sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

"I never thought I'd get to see this, but in October I just felt it," Eatman-Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, said of Obama's chances of becoming the next president.

She was so convinced her candidate was going to win, she and a dozen friends began planning for the inauguration before the election results were announced. Read more.

Campus News


The Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (OETDA) invites students, faculty, staff and administrators to nominate 2008-09 electronic theses and dissertations for consideration in OETDA's awards program. Outstanding projects will be recognized in the areas of innovation, leadership, scholarship and service to the association. Campus members should contact Jason Hatton in the School of Graduate Studies for complete details and nomination forms. All materials for consideration, along with any supporting materials, should be sent to Hatton by Friday, February 27.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 5-7 p.m.,  Wednesday, January 21, at the school. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Call 368-2280 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

A session on "Effective Performance Management" will be held from 1-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Attendees will learn more about the purpose of a performance review, and should come prepared to complete a review of a staff member that is meeting expectations and one that is below expectations. Participants will learn how to use the Performance Management process as a powerful tool for staff development. Register online.

For Students


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is hosting a Community Service Fair from 12:30-2 p.m., Friday, January 16, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Students are invited to learn about opportunities to volunteer in community groups, student organizations and post-graduate programs.

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

Today is the RSVP deadline for all undergraduate and graduate students planning to attend the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Student Luncheon and Retreat, which begins at noon, Monday, January 19, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The retreat is designed to honor King's spirit and dream, and will include lunch, a viewing of the Emmett Till documentary, and several conference-style activities.


Case Western Reserve University is planning a weeklong celebration in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Schools, academic departments and student organizations have prepared workshops, films, discussions and speakers. The keynote speaker for the King celebration is Keith Beauchamp, producer of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. Additional announcements about the celebration are forthcoming in Case Daily.

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:

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

Wednesday, January 21:

  • Plant Services / offline
  • Ad Astra Room Scheduling / offline
  • MediaVision Streaming Media / limited functionality
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • Novell File Server (Rhodes) / offline
  • Dept. of Development File Server / offline
  • Helpdesk Web Services / offline
  • Library Web Site Production / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Development / should remain online
  • ERP Financials & HCM / should remain online

Read more for a complete schedule of planned outages.

January 14, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules, and catch up on recent scores and news. This week, learn more about Kristyn Atkins of the women's basketball team.

Case in the News

Largest-ever study of U.S. child health begins

The Plain Dealer, January 13, 2009
Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children ever performed—aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21. Case Western Reserve University will participate in the study.

Why do people become entrepreneurs?

U.S. News & World Report, January 12, 2009
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, has started a business blog. In his first column, he tackles the subject of why people become entrepreneurs.

Health briefs

The Plain Dealer, January 13, 2009
Charles H. King, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has written an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about a plan for eradication of a chronic inflammatory disease affecting more than 200 million people worldwide. King, an expert on schistosomiasis, endorses an elimination strategy implemented by Shanghai researchers.

Higher Ed News

The impact of a ban on affirmative action

Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2009
Researchers continue to consider what would happen to college demographics if affirmative action vanished. A new study says that the results would be dramatic—a 35 percent drop in the enrollment of students from underrepresented minority groups at the most competitive colleges.

Economic-stimulus bill is likely to include increase in Pell Grant

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, January 13, 2009
An economic-stimulus bill taking shape in Congress is likely to include money for Pell Grants and campus infrastructure.