Former Surgeon General, Case Western Reserve Alumnus to Deliver Commencement Speech


A rural country doctor saved the life of a young boy from Anniston, Ala., suffering from whooping cough. Hearing stories about the doctor's dedication inspired the young man to pursue a career in medicine. That young man, Dr. David Satcher, has gone on to become a history maker as one of the country's foremost leaders in public health as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a Case Western Reserve University alumnus, Satcher will return to his alma mater to inspire a new class of graduates when he delivers the 2009 commencement speech at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 17, in Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center on the Case Western Reserve campus.

Satcher, who earned his doctorate and medical degrees from the School of Medicine in 1970 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, is currently the director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and holds the Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Read more.

Curriculum Change Earns School of Dental Medicine
a William J. Gies Award for Innovation

The launching of a new curriculum at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in 2006 has received national honors from the ADEAGies Foundation for outstanding innovation by an academic institution. Members of the dental faculty will accept their William J. Gies Award on Saturday, March 14, during the annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association in Phoenix, Ariz.

Marsha Pyle, associate dean for education at the dental school, said it is the second year that ADEA has given Gies Awards to recognize vision, innovations and achievement in dentistry.

"I am thrilled for the school," said Pyle, who directed the restructuring of the dental school curriculum. "The faculty and staff have worked hard, and it is wonderful to see the outcome of our work for the past three years recognized by our peers. This is truly special." Read more.

Campus News

The Center for Community Partnerships is updating the university's inventory of community outreach programs and partners by asking the campus to complete a brief survey. All campus departments, organizations and individuals engaged in any type of community service are encouraged to take the survey. Read more.

The University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is now enrolling women in a first of its kind clinical research trial for Cleveland, looking at two different female-controlled methods to prevent or decrease the sexual transmission of HIV. Complete details are available by calling (216) 844-2437 or online.

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program is offering a free tax preparation service for Case Western Reserve staff and students. Staff members and students can reserve a time to come to the Peter B. Lewis Building and receive help in preparing their tax returns from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: March 3, 20 and 24; and April 3 and April 10. Send an e-mail to with questions or if interested in the service. Include a preferred time slot.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses that were incurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

The Department of Human Resources will host a Staff Development Seminar, "Updates to the Family and Medical Leave Act—Paid Parental Leave," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Nord Hall, Room 310-B, and from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Biomedical Research Building, Frohring Auditorium.

For Students

The Engineering and Science Review (ESR), a magazine published every semester by Case Western Reserve students, is looking for students to join the team. The magazine is devoted to exploring research taking place at the university. Submissions from engineering to medical sciences to humanities are welcome. Writers are wanted, along with copy editors and layout designers. All positions are paid. Meetings are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in The Observer office (basement of Thwing Center).


Students are invited to apply to become members of the Student Leadership Journey Council. The Student Leadership Journey Council advises, develops and implements leadership programs in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities & Leadership to promote and facilitate continuous student leadership development at Case Western Reserve. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 25. Interviews will follow on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28.

Students of all majors are encouraged to attend the Engineers Without Borders general meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Nord Hall, Room 400. The group will present ways to get involved in its current projects, and Glenn Odenbrett of CLEAN (Collaborative Learning for Environmental Action Network) will speak about watershed stewardship in Cleveland.


Alan Rosenberg (ADL '72), actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild, is in Cleveland this month to direct Autobahn, which features students from the joint Case/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting program. In addition, he will discuss "The Business of Entertainment" at 6 p.m. this evening at the Cleveland Play House Brooks Theater, and at noon, Thursday, March 5, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 112. He will direct Autobahn March 18-28 at the Cleveland Play House Studio Theater.



Legendary biologist E. O. Wilson from Harvard University has been invited to give Case Western Reserve University's 2009 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Severance Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Learn more.




The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music announces the second concert in its 23rd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness. CC&C presents the Cleveland debut of Oltremontano, a baroque brass ensemble from Belgium, playing music from Germany entitled "Ludi Musici" (Musical Games), at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 6, in Harkness Chapel. The concert features 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 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. Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

March 2, 2009

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The campus community can continue to keep up with varsity athletics by checking out the new Spartan Sounds podcast. The programs—airing every other week—will offer an in-depth look at the university's student-athletes.

Case in the News

E.O. Wilson: Trying to get people to pay attention to the environment

Cleveland Magazine, March 2, 2009
E.O. Wilson is one of the world's most respected and influential scientists. The Harvard professor emeritus is considered the father of the modern conservation movement and the founder of the field of sociobiology, which uses evolutionary principles to explain the behavior of insects, animals and humans. On Tuesday, Wilson will give Case Western Reserve University's 2009 Distinguished Lecture.

Law schools bracing students for tough job market ahead

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 2, 2009
Delayed start dates. Slashed salaries. Even rescinded offers. For soon-to-be lawyers on the East Coast, the practice seems to be rampant. Career counselors at three local law schools said they've all had students whose job prospects were affected by the bad economy. Kelli Curtis, assistant dean for career services at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments. She says the School of Law is working to bring more firms to campus, and is trying to make students aware of summer externship programs.

Actor Alan Rosenberg speaks on the business side of entertainment

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 27, 2009
Actor and Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg will give two free talks in Cleveland this week. A Case Western Reserve University alumnus, one of his talks will be at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Local social media sites log growth

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 2, 2009
Northeast Ohio is home base for several social networking sites, including CorkShare. The company, which is developing a tool meant to help groups of people share and comment on various digital content, was co-founded by three Case Western Reserve University students, including Jim England.

Social entrepreneurs trying to make a profit and make a difference

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 28, 2009
A growing breed of businesspeople known as social entrepreneurs have two bottom lines: making money and making a difference. Such efforts appear to be on the rise in Northeast Ohio. Many colleges and universities, like Case Western Reserve University, include social entrepreneurship in traditional programs.

Free foreclosure prevention services are nearby

The Lakewood Observer, Feb. 24, 2009
The latest economic statistics indicate that an increasing number of Ohio families are experiencing mortgage difficulties In 2007, Lakewood, Ohio, had 692 homes in foreclosure. Recent data from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development reports that 646 Lakewood homeowners are at risk of being foreclosed in 2009.

Higher Ed News

Hoping the price is right

Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2009
Many colleges are making a point of slowing the rate of tuition increases this year, and all signs suggest that approach will be a common one during this recession.