Case Western Reserve University
Launches Online Annual Report


Today, Case Western Reserve University is launching its first online annual report, Speed of Ideas. This dynamic new approach to telling the stories of the university features the sights and sounds of the campus community through nine engaging videos that highlight an outstanding 2007-2008 year.

Hear from President Barbara R. Snyder as she shares her thoughts on her inaugural year, watch the Spartans in action as members of this championship football team relive an incredible season, learn from students who took an award-winning project and turned it into a local business, and meet the researchers whose connection to a unique regional collaborative is bringing solutions from the lab to patients in the community. Take a moment and visit Speed of Ideas, where you'll see these and other videos, along with year-in-review highlights.

Undergraduate Accounting Program Among
Nation's Best

The recent Public Accounting Report's annual survey of accounting professors ranks Case Western Reserve University's undergraduate accounting program 24th in the country.

It's the latest recognition for the program as an undergraduate leader. In the fall, the program was ranked 13th by Business Week magazine's "Undergraduate Specialty Programs" rankings. Read more.

Campus News

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 20, for the 2009 Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards, which recognize outstanding students, organizations and campus programs. All nominees and recipients will be acknowledged at the annual leadership awards ceremony in April. Contact Christina Mastrangelo at 368-2679 with questions.


Tickets are going fast for the Case Concert Celebration, taking place Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Severance Hall. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform an exclusive concert for the Case Western Reserve community. The concert begins at 8 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelvin Smith Library. Concert tickets are $5 for students, $10 for university alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Learn more.

The Office of Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present several continuing education workshops this semester. "The Science of Optimism" featuring Kimberly Langley will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, at the Mandel School. Learn more.

The Case Men's Glee Club (CMGC) will perform Singing Valentines around campus Friday, Feb. 13. The valentines, which cost $5, are on sale through Thursday, Feb. 12. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The iD Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University will open in June. The weeklong day and overnight program is for children ages 7-17, who will have an opportunity to create video games, design Web sites with Flash®, film digital movies, learn programming, build robots and more. Case Western Reserve staff and faculty can save $75 by using code USF88 by March 15. Go online or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for more information. 

For Students

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable and the Case Alumni Association are hosting the annual Egg Drop Competition from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Nord Hall atrium. Teams of three to five students are invited to register. Teams will be presented with a kit of materials to build a container. Cash prizes. Go online for details and registration. Part of E-Week.

Students are invited to learn about the master's degree in cognitive linguistics. The cognitive science department at Case Western Reserve is considered to be unique in the nation for its focus on higher order cognition as it relates to culture, creativity and design. The university's master's program in cognitive linguistics, the only one in the United States, offers students from various backgrounds the opportunity to pursue research interests in these domains as they are manifested in grammar, conceptualization, discourse, and thought. The application deadline for the 2009-2010 academic year is Friday, May 1.

Throughout the month of February, all first-year and fourth-year students will have an opportunity to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey is available to undergraduates at more than 500 schools across the country, and is designed to query students directly about their educational experiences. Results will help in the evaluation of services and programs, including SAGES. The survey invitation e-mail will come from Jeffrey Wolcowitz, dean of Undergraduate Studies, with the subject line, "Case Wants Your Feedback." Questions about the survey can be directed via e-mail to Case Western Reserve's Center for Institutional Research. Go online for results from previous surveys or follow the Twitter feed.

The Case V-Day Campaign will host a teach-in on issues facing women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Students are invited to bring a lunch and learn how violence is manifested in the lives of women and children in the DRC.


The department of art history and art will host the 35th annual Cleveland Symposium Friday, Feb. 20, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) lecture hall. Students in the department of art history and art and the CMA joint program organize the Cleveland Symposium, which provides a forum for graduate students from art history programs across the United States to come together to present original research on the history of art.

"The Myth of Alzheimer's Disease: An Honest Conversation," will take place from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd. Danny George, a doctoral candidate at Oxford University, partnered with Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve, to co-author The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis . George will speak on the topic. Call (216) 751-2320 for information.

The Global Health, Culture and Change series continues with Brown University's Stephen McGarvey, who will discuss "Public Health in the Samoas: Anthropology, Nutrition and Translational Research" at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, February 12, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 108.

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 12

  • FTP Services via Benbecula / Being decommissioned
  • / Offline

Additional services through Friday, February 13

Reroute current backbone connections through new medical school to KSL backbone fiber in order to bypass Crawford Hall.

  • Redundant links from Distribution Hubs to Core1 being rerouted (no impact)

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 11, 2009

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Password Change

Thursday, Feb. 12, is the day all passwords more than a year old will expire for network users at Case Western Reserve University. Password change affects any application that uses the Case Network ID for authentication, such as e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, and ERP and HCM applications, as well as access to the VPN and some library resources. The policy for password changes does not apply to alumni accounts.

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 why the women's basketball team will be in the "Pink Zone" this Friday.

Case in the News

Sentiment grows for ban on texting while driving

Baltimore Sun, Feb. 11, 2009
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would add Maryland to the still-short list of states that ban the practice of sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel—considered by some experts to be the most dangerous and fastest-growing form of distracted driving. The story cites a Case Western Reserve University study, which found that hand-held phones get in the way of the physical actions of driving.

Case Western Reserve sets up Web page to aid in search for new law school dean

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 10, 2009
Case Western Reserve University launched a Web page yesterday to draw attention to its search for a new School of Law dean.

Heart failure preventable, treatable and a growing problem

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 9, 2009
As part of national Heart Failure Awareness Week, Ileana Pina, a teaching cardiologist at Case Western Reserve University, discusses the different symptoms of heart failure for men and women and risk factors to avoid. She is a guest columnist for NetWellness.

Dietary aid helps kidney patients stay safe

Lex18, Feb. 10, 2009
Too much dietary intake of phosphorus can be dangerous for people with kidney disease, but a new educational aid helps patients reduce the risk, a U.S. study finds. The study was published in the Feb. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Catherine Sullivan of Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center is the lead researcher.

Higher Ed News

Internal communications at Washington State U. go paperless

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 10, 2009
Washington State University has decided to go paperless for all internal communications on its four campuses, moving all memos, fliers, posters, and its weekly newspaper to cyberspace.