Staff Member Celebrates 45 Years
of Employment with the University


When Mary Lou Cantini began working as a secretary at the Case Institute of Technology, it was supposed to be a temporary situation. Her plan was to save money for her young family by working a few years before staying home full time with her children.

Even the most thought-out plans change. Yesterday, she celebrated 45 years of employment with the university at a surprise party hosted by her colleagues and friends.

"All of the people I've worked for have been wonderful. That's why I still work here," Cantini said after she received hugs, kisses and thanks for her years of service to the campus community. In addition to her work family, her husband, Regis, and her daughter, Lisa, also joined the celebration.

Cantini joins a handful of university staff who have reached the 45-year mark. Read more.

Campus News

Several finalists for the technology support (Help Desk) contract will give presentations to faculty, staff and students next week. All sessions will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The dates, locations and vendors are: Monday, January 26, Toepfer Room, PerceptIS; Tuesday, January 27, Toepfer Room, FIT Technologies;
Wednesday, January 28, Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Library, CDI IT Solutions; and Friday, January 30, Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Library, Kelly Services.

Prophy Day, a community outreach initiative sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine's Student Council, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 24, at the dental school. More than 100 students will provide free dental care to the public. No appointment is needed for the first-come, first-served exams, which will include x-rays and cleanings. Patients must be 18 years or older, and not a current patient or someone with full dentures. Those in need of additional dental work will receive a $20 voucher to be used for a future appointment at the school's clinic, while other patients may qualify for some free or extensively reduced services. Faculty will oversee the dental students. Call 368-3570 or 368-0450 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for information.

Volunteers are needed to help low-income wage earners this tax season. Case Western Reserve University students are leading the effort to recruit campus volunteers. Free training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 24 (basic taxes), at the Peter B. Lewis (PBL) Building, Room 258, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, January 30 (advanced training), at PBL, Room 05. Lunch will be provided at both sessions. Volunteers are asked to bring their laptops. Sign up for the sessions via e-mail. Additional training sessions will be held off campus.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Group Work and Cooperative Learning" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, January 22, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on how professors can realize the valuable role that group work and collaborative learning play in an enhanced learning environment for students. Professors will learn how to prepare students for collaborative group work and how to structure the groups and the projects for maximum effect. Gary Murphy, professor for the practice of economics, will offer insight on how group discussions play a vital role in his classroom. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Week on campus, Case Western Reserve Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III will host the annual Provost Pizza Party at the Spartan basketball games Friday, January 23, at Veale Center. The women's team will face Brandeis University at 6 p.m., and the men's game begins at 8 p.m. Pizza will be served at approximately 7:45 p.m. In addition, the Shaw High School Mighty Cardinals Marching Band will also make a return appearance to the university.

Students can make appointments online for with the Writing Resource Center (WRC). 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.



The campus community is invited to purchase special two-for-one tickets now through January 30 to see the United States debut of the World Doctors Orchestra. Purchase any ticket and get one free– any level–from $20 to $75. Mention promotional code 5939. Up to four tickets; no other discounts will apply. Concert proceeds benefit the Cleveland Free Medical Clinic.

Colin Drummond, director of the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership, will be speak about his own personal adventures in biomedical engineering and interdisciplinary work during "Navigating Among Silos: Adventures in Interdisciplinary Research," from
6-7:15 p.m. this evening at the Cuyahoga County's Coroner's Office. Dinner will be provided. RSVP to Michelle Hamilton.
Learn more.

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 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 21, 2009

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Martin Luther King Jr. Activities


The campus community continues its tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with several events Thursday, January 22: Food for the Soul, an event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thwing Center's atrium featuring soul food and local poets; "Ready, Set, Action! Social Justice Skits and Talk-Back" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall's atrium; "United We Stand: Celebrating a World of Difference" from 4-6 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge featuring a discussion about mutual respect and co-existence; and film night featuring The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Keith Beauchamp. Read more for upcoming events.

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 Erin O' Shea of the women's track team.

Case in the News

High school and college students join together to watch historic inauguration, January 19, 2009
Students from the Cleveland School of the Arts joined Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff for the university's inauguration watch party.

How do you weigh the Milky Way?

New Scientist, January 20, 2009
Earlier this month, astronomers announced a new measurement of the Milky Way's mass—saying it is 50% heftier than thought and about as heavy as our nearest large neighbor, Andromeda. Christopher Mihos, professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

MLK Day: Cavani String Quartet, Emmett Till and the House of Blues

Around Noon, January 19, 2009
Keith Beauchamp, who screens The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till on Friday at Case Western Reserve University, talked with program host Dee Perry about his documentary.

Case Western Reserve dental students offer free screenings, cleanings, X-rays

The Plain Dealer, January 21, 2009
The School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University is offering free screenings, cleanings and X-rays this Saturday during its annual "Prophy Day."

Local man in Washington paints powerful scene

Akron Beacon Journal, January 21, 2009
Kevin Griffith, a law student at Case Western Reserve University, was in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration. He shares his observations with his hometown newspaper.

Northeast Ohioans thrilled to be in D.C. for Obama inauguration

The Plain Dealer, January 20, 2009
Elliot Schwartz, a medical student at Case Western Reserve University, was in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration. Although he didn't have tickets for the events, he was excited to be in the nation's capital.

Higher Ed News

More women on college boards

Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2009
A new national survey of four-year colleges and universities finds slow but steady progress in the representation of women on college boards.