Local Couple Donates $7.5 Million to Weatherhead School of Management


Case Western Reserve University announces a $7.5 million commitment from Fairmount Minerals President and CEO, Charles D. Fowler (MGT '90) and his wife, Charlotte, to support sustainable enterprise initiatives at the Weatherhead School of Management.

The gift will add significantly to the university's ongoing efforts in sustainable business and social entrepreneurship.

"We are deeply grateful to Char and Chuck Fowler for this gift," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "It will make a measurable impact on Weatherhead's ability to advance knowledge and understanding regarding these ideas, which in turn will positively impact practices around the world."

Charles Fowler is a graduate of the Weatherhead Executive MBA program and a member of Case Western Reserve's Board of Trustees. Read more.

Campus News

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to faculty, staff, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives and students. Learn more.

To get the latest weather conditions, along with the campus forecast, visit the Case Weather Station Web site.

The Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Infectious Diseases are conducting a study on how immune responses within the lung protect against respiratory infection with the organism that causes tuberculosis. Contact Richard Silver for complete details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Human Resources will host a discussion on "Flawless Facilitation" from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Participants will learn how to keep meetings, group discussions and other activities interesting, organized and on schedule. Attendees also will learn how to develop their own facilitation styles while gaining an understanding of group dynamics, decision making and problem solving, as well as explore methods for managing group conflict while encouraging effective listening and feedback. Register online.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is hosting a workshop on "Generating Topics" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, at the WRC in Bellflower Hall, Room 104. Students will gain practical tips for getting started, brainstorming ideas, and identifying clear, focused paper topics.


The Career Center will host the Get Experienced Career and Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at Adelbert Gym. From undecided freshmen to graduate students, the fair is an opportunity for students and alumni to find resources for a practicum, internship, co-op, or full-time job. Attendees should bring multiple copies of their résumé and dress professionally.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of the American Medical Student Association is hosting "Dinner with the World Doctors Orchestra" at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Epworth Euclid Church. Students will have an opportunity to network with doctors from the United States and abroad. Tickets are $5, $2 for national AMSA members. CaseCash will be accepted. Tickets are on sale in Nord Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and during dinner hours at Leutner Commons. The dress code is business casual. Shuttles will be available.



The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host its annual Black History Month Luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Women in History, a nonprofit organization that educates through dramatic monologues, will perform. This year, attendees will have an opportunity to "meet" American voting rights activist and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, who was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She later became the vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. The luncheon is free, but RSVP by Friday, Feb. 6, by phone at 368-0985 or by e-mail at centerforwomen@case.edu.

The Case Center for Inquiry will host its second annual "Ask An Atheist" question and answer panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in Strosacker Auditorium. The session is designed to dispel myths about atheism. Organizers indicate that all respectful questions will be given thoughtful responses. 

In Memoriam

John Turner (SAS '48, SAS '59), former dean of the School of Applied Social Sciences, died January 30. He was 86. After receiving his doctorate degree from the university in 1959, he joined the faculty and was named dean in 1968, a position he held until 1974. He went on to join the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and retired from there in 1992. As a writer, scholar and educator, he contributed to the social work school's prominence among its peer institutions. Condolences can be sent to 612 Cedar Club Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-7215.

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 involve 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 during the next several days include:

Thursday, February 5

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

Monday, February 9

  • Oracle Databases, non-PeopleSoft production / Offline

Tuesday, February 10

  • ITS Teamtrack Systems / Offline
  • LDAP / Should remain online
  • Pinnacle Phone Billing Systems / Offline

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 4, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


The Case Western Reserve University athletics department will produce two video stories each month on student-athletes. The current piece features Chrissy Petzold, a member of the women's swim team and a biochemistry major. Watch the video.

Case in the News

Fairmount Minerals president and wife give Case Western Reserve $7.5 million

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 4, 2009
The university that taught Fairmount Minerals President Chuck Fowler to be a socially conscious entrepreneur is joyfully reaping the benefits. Fowler and his wife, Char, have donated $7.5 million to Case Western Reserve University to support environmentally friendly business initiatives at the Weatherhead School of Management. "We're very excited. This is great news," said Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder.

Survey shows Northeast Ohio researchers productive

Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 2, 2009
Northeast Ohio has about a third of the state's research institutions, but accounts for more than two-thirds of all licensing activity, according to the 2007 U.S. Licensing Activity Survey. Case Western Reserve University spent $372 million on research in 2007 and received $11 million in licensing income.

Opportunity Homes pilot project aims to prevent foreclosures

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 4, 2009
Opportunity Homes, a pilot project in six Cleveland neighborhoods, is reaching out to homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages that are due to reset to higher rates. Countywide, about 25,000 adjustable mortgages are at risk. Michael Schramm, an analyst-programmer at Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is involved in the project.

Case Western Reserve University sports news and notes

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 2009
Case Western Reserve University men's track athlete Obinna Nwanna and women's basketball player Erin Hollinger have been named the University Athletic Association Co-Athlete of the Week in their respective sports.

Higher Ed News

Survey: College vital but less accessible

USA TODAY, Feb. 4, 2009
The poor economy is ratcheting up anxieties about college affordability at a time when more Americans than ever say a college degree is essential to success, a report says today.