President Snyder Announces Web Site
Devoted to University Business Policies

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

I write today to announce the launch of a campus Web site devoted to our updated business policies, www.case.edu/bizpolicies/policies.html. As you know, I believe strongly in transparency and accountability. These principles apply to all aspects of our efforts, including the use of University resources. Every dollar we receive in government, industry and philanthropic support is a testament of faith in our work and our integrity. Our every action should demonstrate that this trust is well-founded.

Last spring I appointed a task force of faculty and staff to collect and review existing policies and address issues of clarity and consistency. From there representatives of the offices charged with applying these policies offered suggestions based on their working knowledge of actual transactions. Now you can find the policies collected in a single location, with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections for each topic. In addition, the Office of Finance is coordinating a series of training sessions on a range of topics—including business policies—this semester; additional information on those meetings will be available soon.

Continue reading President Barbara R. Snyder's letter.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors. Nominations may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates, and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in Tomlinson Gallery, and they will be honored at a luncheon in June. Nominations are due by March 15. Contact Patsy Harris for complete details and a nomination form.

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The Case Western Reserve University athletic department will take a step back in time January 30 through February 1 for the fourth annual Throwback Weekend at Adelbert Gymnasium. Both the Spartan men's and women's basketball teams will wear uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats), the Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders), and Mather College. Learn more and read feature stories related to the weekend.

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

Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III will host a tuition forum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 30, in Strosacker Auditorium. He will discuss tuition rates for 2009-2010. Refreshments will be available.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking rising third- and fourth-year students as paid interns for the 2009-2010 academic year.  An intern's main responsibilities include interviewing prospective students and co-presenting during admission information sessions.  Applications, instructions and copies of the job description are available in the first-floor reception area of Wolstein Hall. Completed applications are due by Friday, January 30. Contact Diane Feckanin with questions.

Events

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The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable is hosting a lunch discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, January 30 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Hear highlights and presentations from students who attended the recent Women & Science/Technology Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.

The 23rd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness continues with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 2, at Harkness Chapel. The Rose Ensemble will present "Cantigas from the Land of Three Faiths: A Celebration of Ancient Mediterranean Vocal Music." The concert will feature medieval works from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Discounted tickets of $23 are available for faculty and staff. Admission is free for Case Western Reserve students.

The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. during the academic year. View the spring semester schedule.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Election Recap: What Happened and Why?" with Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science; and Andrew Lucker, associate director of the Center for Policy Studies. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 30, at the Inamori Center.

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 institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. 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. 

Services affected by the moves over the next several days include:

Friday, January 30

Crawford Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Crawford Hall
  • Data Network Services to Crawford Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Crawford Hall

Monday, February 2

Tomlinson Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Tomlinson Hall
  • Data Network Services to Tomlinson Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Tomlinson Hall

Other services:

  • Data Warehouse / Should remain online
  • LDAP / Should Remain online
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / Should remain online

Tuesday, February 3

Information Booth to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to the Information Booth
  • Data Network Services to the Information Booth

Other services:

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • ERP Financials & HCM / Should remain online

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

January 29, 2009

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Case in the News

Why we sleep

Minnesota Public Radio, January 29, 2009
Sanjay Patel, assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, discusses new research on sleep deprivation.

Ask an expert: Can goiters be treated without iodine?

The Plain Dealer, January 26, 2009
Thomas A. Murphy, director of the endocrinology division at the MetroHealth Medical Center and a professor at Case Western Reserve University, authors this week's NetWellness column. He explains different options for treating goiters.

Anderson back home to play for Case Western Reserve

Sun Sentinel, January 29, 2009
After a two-year rendezvous in the world of Division I college basketball, Reid Anderson decided he liked home best. The Case Western Reserve University sophomore has made a quick impact in his first Division III season. He leads the Spartans in scoring and steals, while standing second in blocked shots and rebounding.

Higher Ed News

Stimulus plan would provide flood of aid to education

The New York Times, January 27, 2009
The economic stimulus plan approved by the House on Wednesday would provide the nation's school districts, child care centers and university campuses with $150 billion in new federal spending.