Third Federal Savings and Loan Chair
to Address Housing Crisis


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder has invited Marc A. Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan and TFS Financial Corporation, to campus for a question-and-answer session about the current housing crisis and how it impacts urban families. Stefanski will also share the bank's successful model of consumer education.

The free public event begins at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the multi-purpose classroom at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Read more.

Campus News

Since most of the university enterprise applications have been transitioned to PeopleSoft, the IBM Mainframe will be retired. The mainframe has been in place since the 1980s, and once housed all of the university's older administrative systems. These services have been replaced with new PeopleSoft enterprise software. Information Technology Services will begin the process of decommissioning the mainframe on Tuesday, March 31. The university community will not be able to access mainframe services after this date. Send an e-mail to Tony Kramer for questions or more information.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site for more information.

The Center for Science and Math Education is co-sponsoring "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration at the Cuyahoga County Public Library" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library's administration building. This free professional development program is being offered to adults who work with youth ages 10 through 14 interested in participating in hands-on science around oceans and lake systems. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

In honor of Financial Awareness Month, the Department of Human Resources is offering its Money Wise Series. The first session will focus on the topic of "What's Your Plan B?" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in Crawford Hall 209. The workshop will give an overview of Plan B, as well as an introduction to Case Western Reserve programs that can help employees plan for a comfortable retirement. Amy Sheldon, benefits manager, will lead the discussion. Register online.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government announces that a new Grab-It Service has opened in the Wolstein Research Building. Students will be able to receive an entree, a snack, a bag of chips, a dessert, fruit, and bottle of water or juice in exchange for a meal swipe. The service is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.


The Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 4, in Carlton Commons. The dance is being hosted as a part of the Swing Dance Club's Sparx weekend. A free beginner's swing dance lesson will be held before the dance from 8 to 9 p.m. Free admission for Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music students. Learn more.


The campus community is invited to hear Jeff Hawkins discuss "Hierarchical Temporal Memory: How a Theory of the Neocortex May Lead to Truly Intelligent Machines" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in Wolstein Auditorium. Hawkins is well known as co-founder of two computer companies, Palm and Handspring, and as the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Following nature's example, Hawkins has developed a theory, Hierarchical Temporal Memory, of how the neocortex performs specific tasks. To turn this theory into a useful technology, he and his colleagues have created a company called Numenta. Hawkins will describe the theory and its biological basis, and show the progress being made in turning it into a useful technology. The program is part of the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lecture Series , in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. A reception will immediately follow in the Wolstein Building atrium. Go online or call 368-4063 for registration information.


Prevention and Recovery Services (PRS), University Counseling Services and Share the Vision will host the Fourth Annual Celebrate Recovery at Case from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the George S. Dively Building. David Lawrence, an actor on the NBC television program Heroes, will be the guest speaker. The event will benefit PRS and The Recovery House at Case Western Reserve, and will feature food, music, raffles and more. Tickets are $10 for students; $35 for faculty, staff and the community; and $45 at the door. Group rates are available.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is sponsoring a talk featuring Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and SAGES Presidential Fellow. She will explore the relationship between popular culture institutions and consumers at 7 p.m. tonight in Clark Hall 206. She will discuss the role that the Hall of Fame inductions play in shaping rock and roll history, the value of artists and musical styles, and the role of critics, artists and fans. Go online or call 368-8961 for information.

Xiaolong Wu of Hanover College will discuss "Political Agenda of King Cuo: Memorialization of Power in Early China" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

The Department of Classics will host Vergil Week Tuesday March 31, through Saturday, April 4. As part of National Poetry Month, the department will host a week of events to celebrate the poetry of the ancient Roman poet Vergil. A complete list of events is available online. In addition, there is still time to register for the Vergilian Footrace, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 4, on the Coach Bill Sudeck Track. The registration fee will benefit the Classics Student Scholarship Fund. Contact Professor Timothy Wutrich by e-mail or phone at 368-6026 for complete details.

Roland Posner, director of the Research Center for Semiotics at the Technische Universität Berlin, will speak on the topic of "Berlin—New York: Visual Deconstructions of Urban Life" from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today in Clark Hall 309. A reception precedes the talk at 4 p.m. Posner will discuss how a city's identity is constantly being constructed of millions of visions that are already processed in multiple ways. Sponsored by the Max Kade Center for German Studies and the Center for Culture and Cognition.

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.

In Memoriam

Leona Bevis (SAS '43), died earlier this month. In addition to being an alumnus of the social work school, Bevis was considered a dear supporter and friend. She contributed to the school in a variety of ways, including as a field work supervisor, a member of the visiting committee, a fund raiser, one of the original organizers of the Grace Coyle Chair, and as an alumni speaker at student orientation. She was the first female director of what grew from the Welfare Federation to the Federation for Community Planning to today's Center for Community Solutions.

March 30, 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

LeBron James should stop throwing powder, doctor says

The Plain Dealer, March 28, 2009
It has become LeBron James' trademark. Just before tipoff, he leans over the courtside scorers' table, pours a pile of powder on his hands and then—poof!—throws it skyward as if filling the arena with a cloud of magic dust. Kathleen Fagan, an environmental health expert at Case Western Reserve University, fears kids at home will mimic him, create cumulus clouds of their own and then inhale the dust.

Canadians need to get in the game of American politics

Western News, March 26, 2009
American politics is competitive and Canadians must join in that competition to ensure Canada-U.S. relations move forward with U.S. President Barack Obama, says Christopher Sands, the second Canada-U.S. Law Institute distinguished lecturer. The institute was founded in 1976 to serve as a forum for exploration and debate about legal aspects of the Canada-United States relationship. It is composed of Western's Faculty of Law and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Gardasil vaccine and HPV prevention for girls (and maybe boys)— Good or bad?, March 27, 2009
Three years after the Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil for girls and women, perhaps its manufacturer Merck & Co. needs to shift the message to "one more" as in "one more gender." The company is now seeking approval from the FDA to sell the drug to boys. Barbara Shapiro, an ALS expert and associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is referenced in this article.

University Circle Inc. unveils plans for Lot 45, a key element of the Uptown development

The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2009
The linchpin of the Uptown development in University Circle is coming into focus. University Circle Inc. is sharing for the first time publicly images of a multi-use project on a wedge of land known as Lot 45. Uptown, with land assembled by Case Western Reserve University and UCI, will be anchored on the west by a new building for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and on the east by an expansion of the Cleveland Institute of Art's McCullough Center.

Tondo has ups, downs, but is bouncing back

The Youngstown Vindicator, March 29, 2009
After experiencing her ups and downs this past season with the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team, Ashleigh Tondo will begin focusing on getting into medical school this summer.

Higher Ed News

Ph.D. admissions shrinkage

Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2009
Several colleges have recently announced that, regardless of application quality, they plan to admit fewer Ph.D. students for this coming fall than were admitted a year ago.