Case Western Reserve University's Inaugural Writing Week Begins April 15


Beginning next week, the campus community is invited to attend lectures, readings, and other special events celebrating the diverse forms of writing that support and define the work of a major research university such as Case Western Reserve University.

Writing Week, which opens Wednesday, April 15, will be the first of its kind on campus, gathering together students, faculty and alumni to highlight writing accomplishments from the past year.

Among the activities planned are lectures, creative readings and performances, and a welcome reception and awards banquet. Read more.

Campus News's national slate of Nonprofit Career Fairs will have a first visit to Cleveland at Thwing Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. The career fair provides a forum for job seekers, organizations and career service professionals to meet face-to-face. Job seekers can also attend workshops on understanding the culture of nonprofits, tips to finding their first job in the sector and opportunities to serve abroad as well as distribute resumes. The event is free. Read more.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning April 15. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to to learn more.

Photo submissions are being accepted for the 2009-2010 Coming of Age Birthday Card. Photos should reflect a major campus event, a significant place, or something that clearly represents the student experience. Entries are due by midnight, Tuesday, April 7. Complete details and submission guidelines are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources' Employee Education, Training and Development unit announces that it has partnered with the Weatherhead School of Management's Tony Lingham to pilot a Supervisor Development Program, and is seeking 15-20 participants. Supervisors who manage four or more staff will benefit most from this program. The first session will be held on Wednesday, April 8. Send an e-mail to Erica Merritt for more information.


1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering Case Western Reserve employees an opportunity to join in April for a $0 initiation fee. For approximately $1.50 per day, receive access to over 28,000 sq. ft. of top fitness equipment. All members receive free personal training, group exercise classes, locker service, towels, baby sitting, locker room amities, sauna, and more. The center has been voted Cleveland's Best Gym. Go online or call 368-1121 for more information.

For Students

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is hosting a spring membership drive for the Global Ethical Leaders Society (GELS). An informational meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9, at the center. Free pizza will be served. GELS is designed to bring together students with an interest in learning about ethics and developing their leadership skills in order to become responsible global citizens.

All Case School of Engineering students are encouraged to attend an information session for the Saint-Gobain Design Competition at 4 p.m. today in Nord Hall 310. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Learn more about an opportunity to win $9,000. Contact Maria Marzano at 368-5024.

The Office of Greek Life is hosting a Greek Senior Send-off for graduating Greeks to mingle and receive a graduation gift.  The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in Guilford Lounge. 

Beginning today, Case Western Reserve's Habitat for Humanity chapter will host its second annual event week to raise awareness about homelessness and inadequate housing in the Cleveland Area and around the world. The chapter will host a fundraiser at the Starbucks in the Village at 115 today. Some profits will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, along with $5 of every $25 gift card sold between 6 and 11 p.m. Other activities for the week include a movie screening and a LEGO house competition. Go online for a complete schedule.


The Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Center for Business Law and Regulation will present the Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture, "The Roberts Court as a Business Court," from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, at the Moot Courtroom (A59). The keynote speaker will be Paul Clement, a partner with King & Spalding, and former solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice. Free and open to the public. Learn more.

A talk on "Artistic Management of the Poetics and Politics of Memory: Maruyama Okyo's 'Arashiyama' from the Pastimes and Amusements of the Four Seasons" will take place at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. The guest speaker is Pauline Ota of the University of Florida. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art. Free and open to the public.

The College of Arts and Sciences will host Richard R. Ernst as he speaks on the topic of "Aesthetic and Scientific Perspectives of Central Asian Painting Art" at 4:30 p.m. today in Nord Hall 410. The fascination of a scientist-and-art-collector for an astounding culture in the remote areas of the Himalayas and beyond is put into words and illustrated by several paintings from his collection. Ernst won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


The Department of Anthropology will continue its Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series: Applying Anthropology to Real World Problems when it hosts Ruth Sando from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Mather Memorial 201. Sando will discuss "Applications of Anthropology in Business: Thinking and Working 'Outside the Box.'" A reception will follow the talk.

The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library will present a discussion on "Lincoln as a Lawyer" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the School of Law's Moot Court, Room A59. This event will bring together a panel of speakers to discuss Abraham Lincoln's years as a practicing lawyer and to recount his Ohio connections. A renowned collection of Lincoln memorabilia from the Western Reserve Historical Society will be on display. A reception will immediately follow. Go online for more information.

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

Harry Pontius II died this month at the age of 96. A Western Reserve University alumnus, he had a hand in developing the atom bomb and putting the first man on the moon.

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.

April 6, 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

Fund-raising efforts gain speed at new energy institute at Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, April 3, 2009
Since its launch in late 2007, the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University has gathered $6 million-plus in funding, joined the local pursuit of wind turbines on Lake Erie and recruited an executive director. Within weeks, the institute, spun out of the School of Engineering, is expected to fill an endowed professorship, thanks to a $2 million grant from the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. J. Iwan D. Alexander, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the institute's faculty director. Dianne Anderson is the institute's director.

It's get-off-the-couch time in America

Voice of America, April 6, 2009
For some American homeowners, a perfect lawn is an obsession, for others an obligation, and for some—who'd rather look at green, weed-free expanses of grass than mow them—a triumph of landscape architecture. Ted Steinberg, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University, has written a book about lawns and mowers.

Astronomy: Slow revolution, April 1, 2009
Galactic archaeologists have identified a component of the Milky Way's halo that had been predicted but not seen before. The team, led by Heather Morrison at Case Western Reserve University, sifted through stellar velocity data from surveys going back to 1994, and found a group of stars marching to a different beat from the halo's original inhabitants. Morrison is chair of the astronomy department.

Home mortgage tax deduction is tricky

Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2009 (subscription required)
Tax trouble will come knocking for many who refinance a home and then try to deduct all of their home mortgage interest. Erik M. Jensen, a tax expert and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

UT collaborates in study of post traumatic stress

The Independent Collegian, April 6, 2009
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 7.7 million Americans experience post traumatic stress disorder each year. The University of Toledo Health Science Campus is partnering with a host of other universities—including Case Western Reserve University—and institutions to study "risk and resilience factors" for the development of PTSD in members of the Ohio National Guard.

Case Western Reserve University students win entrepreneurship contest for Internet-based professional musician's network

The Plain Dealer, April 3, 2009
Several Case Western Reserve University students have an idea to help professional musicians develop their art and their businesses. They snagged a $5,000 grand prize in a contest for student entrepreneurs. Their idea, called CitizenGroove, is an Internet-based professional musician's network and database. The CitizenGroove team consists of John Knific, Marc Plotkin, Kyle Napierkowski, and Eric Neuman.

Higher Ed News

College tuition not on the house

New York Times, April 3, 2009
Parents of college-age children used to be able to count on home-equity loans to help pay tuition, but this is no longer the case with housing values sliding and the mortgage market imposing much tighter restrictions on loans.