Weatherhead Foundations Make $2 Million Commitment to Support Management and Medicine at Case Western Reserve


The Weatherhead Foundation and the Albert J. Weatherhead III Foundation, headed by Albert J. Weatherhead III, emeritus trustee and friend of Case Western Reserve University, have donated $2 million to the university to further fund respective endowments at the Weatherhead School of Management and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The Weatherhead School has received $1.5 million to support the school's initiatives. The remainder of the gift supports the existing Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professorship in Medicine, an endowed professorship named in memory of Weatherhead's mother. George Kikano, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine, currently holds the position. Read more.

Presidential Inauguration Series

The 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 continues sharing their stories this week.

"Change" Has Deep Meaning for 105-year-old Alumna


The year Ella Mae Johnson was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, the New York City subway system had been open only a few months, and the first Buick automobile was purchased.

American life was evolving and modernizing, but not everyone was experiencing such progress. Johnson, who is African American, was born into a time of racial segregation, but over the last century, she has lived to see change. The Civil Rights Act passed in 1964; an African American was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967; and today, just a few days after Johnson's 105th birthday, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th—and first African American—U.S. president. Read more.

Campus News

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. Call 368-2280 to register.

The Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Infectious Diseases are conducting a study on the cause of multi-organ inflammatory disease sarcoidosis. Volunteers ages 18-50 are being recruited. Participants must be confirmed to have sarcoidosis by a medical doctor and be non-smokers. Contact Richard Silver for complete details.

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

For Faculty and Staff

A session on "Rewarding and Recognizing Your Staff" will be held from 1-3:30 p.m., Friday, January 30, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Facilitators will focus on how appreciation, recognition and a fun work environment help to attract and retain talent.  The session will explore creative and inexpensive ways that supervisors can reward and recognize staff. Register online.

For Students

Peter Whiting, director of SAGES, will lead a discussion on "Improving Your Leadership Skills in the Classroom" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 22, in Nord Hall, Room 400. He will explain how students can feel more confident about their leadership abilities through classroom interactions, specifically those experienced through seminar based classes such as the SAGES program.  

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to register for the Winter Leadership and Life Skills Conference, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February, 7, in Nord Hall and the Sears building. This leadership conference is designed to provide a variety of sessions with topics ranging from how to manage at-risk members to how to be healthy with a busy schedule. Register online.

1-2-1 Fitness Center presents the "Spartan Shape Up" for undergraduate students now through May 17.  A special membership price includes full access to the entire facility, including all locker room amenities and saunas, over 40 group exercise classes per week, cardio equipment, the weight room, and more. Students who sign up before January 31 will receive a free T-shirt and four free personal training sessions.


Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University will speak on the topic of "The International Market in Ancient Art and Artifacts: Preserving the Past by Regulating the Market," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 29, in Clark Hall. Her talk is part of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities' year-long "museums" series.

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 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 and HCM / should remain online

Thursday, January 22:

  • Novell File Servers (Nobel and Pulitzer) / offline
  • Active Directory Services / should remain online
  • Voice over IP / should remain online
  • OSPA Web Server / offline
  • Domain Name Services / should remain online
  • Ad Astra Room Scheduling / offline

Friday, January 23:

  • Office of Investment Management / offline
  • LDAP / should remain online
  • Software Center / offline
  • IP Registration / offline
  • ERP Student / should remain online
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • DHCP Services / should remain online
  • Oracle Database Services / should remain online

Read more for a complete schedule of planned outages.

January 20, 2009

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Martin Luther King Jr. Activities


The campus community continues its tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with two events Wednesday, January 21: "Lives and Experiences of Women Who Have Made a Difference," a one-woman show featuring Barbara Freeman Eady, from 12:45-1:45 p.m., at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320 A B C; and "The View from the Mountaintop? President Obama and Racial Politics in America," featuring Professors Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Peniel Joseph of Brandeis University, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Read more for upcoming events.

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

Weatherhead Foundation, Albert J. Weatherhead III Foundation gives $2 million to Case Western Reserve University schools

The Plain Dealer, January 19, 2009
Case Western Reserve University announces a $2 million gift to the Weatherhead School of Management and the School of Medicine. The Weatherhead Foundation and the Albert J. Weatherhead III Foundation are the donors. The foundations designated $1.5 million of the new $2 million gift for the business school. The remaining money will boost the existing endowed professorship at the School of Medicine. Related article.

A shot in the DARK

The Columbus Dispatch, January 20, 2009
A corner of Geauga County might become a mecca for astronomy in Ohio. Observatory Park is Ohio's and the Midwest's first "International Dark Sky Park," the third such in the United States. The article references Case Western Reserve University.

Ohio woman, 105, to attend Obama inaugural, January 16, 2009
Retired Cleveland social worker Ella Mae Johnson has lived a lot of history in her 105 years. But none like she'll experience when Barack Obama takes the oath of office. The oldest living black graduate of Case Western Reserve University traveled to Washington with her nurse to attend Tuesday's inauguration of the nation's first African American president.

With time, funding college can be done without loans

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 19, 2009
Shaleika Vargas, a sociology student at Case Western Reserve University, has taken out thousands of dollars in loans to pay for her education. However, she says it's worth it.

Higher Ed News

Mixing partying and politics

Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2009
Hundreds of supporters of historically black colleges and universities gathered on the eve of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration to mark a historic moment But it would not have been a Washington event if the revelers had not taken significant time to engage in the city's true pastime: politicking. HBCU leaders urged Obama to prioritize their institutions in his forthcoming economic stimulus package.