Senior Class Gift Leaves Sustainable Legacy


The 2009 Senior Class Gift Campaign officially kicked off its fundraising effort during Grad Fair, launching a series of events that will allow the class of 2009 to leave an enduring legacy on campus and express its appreciation for Case Western Reserve University. The campaign strives to show seniors the impact that private gifts have on the university and to increase participation in the tradition of giving at Case Western Reserve.

In the spirit of sustainability, gifts to the 2009 Senior Class Gift Campaign will help beautify the Case Western Reserve campus by purchasing trees to adorn the Binary Walkway. The committee also hopes to purchase benches made of recycled plastic to provide seating around the Michelson-Morley Fountain in front of Yost Hall. Read more.

Students Need to Move to Google Mail Before May 18


Case Western Reserve University is moving all students to the new Case Google Apps Mail ( All students should move their own accounts before Monday, May 18.

After that date, Information Technology Services will move the remaining accounts to Google Apps Mail.

There are a number of benefits of moving to Google Apps Mail, including the size of the mailbox. With the current mail server, 200 MB are available. Google Apps offers 7 GB--35 times larger than the current mailboxes. All of the features and functionality of the current iPlanet mail server are available with Google Mail, including a Web interface and the ability to use any client (such as Outlook or Thunderbird) with either a POP or IMAP mailbox.

There are four general steps to make the move to Google Apps Mail. Go online for more information.

Campus News


Power of Purple Day is the official kickoff to the countdown leading up to Relay For Life. The campus community is invited to wear purple on Thursday, April 9. The event will take place in Thwing Center atrium. There will be food during the Provost Hour, as well as balloons and fliers featuring cancer facts available throughout the day. Learn more about Relay For Life.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11, campus community members will gather at the Beta house for the 24th Annual Steven P. Arnold Walk-athon. They will embark upon a 10-mile walk to raise money to fight diabetes. Arnold was a Beta who graduated from Case Western Reserve in 1984. He died in 1985 due to complications from diabetes. All proceeds donated to the walk-athon will go to the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. The cost is $5/per walker, and the group that brings the most walkers will receive $100. There will be free food after the walk for the participants. Contact John Carey for more information.

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, will once again offer his summer grant writing course, Critical Thinking in Research, for faculty and advanced graduate students. Those who take this course will have a complete proposal ready to be sent out for fall 2009 federal deadlines by the end of July. Complete information, including class schedules, how to register and tuition waiver information is available online. Faculty from all major academic divisions at the university who have taken the course over the years have brought in approximately $45 million in total costs. Note: Graduate students enrolled in a degree can register now. All visiting and non-degree students can register beginning April 13.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering two International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to El Salvador and Bangladesh during winter break 2009. Courses have been approved as Global and Cultural Diversity electives. The programs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, alumni and friends. Contact Deborah Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information or drop in during one of the following information sessions: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday April 9; 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 10; 1 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 13; 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 14; and 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 15. All sessions will be held at the Mandel School, Room 108.

For Faculty and Staff

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host its Administrative Professionals' Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The event is a celebration of Case Western Reserve's women administrative professionals. This year's theme is "A Life of Service" with guest speaker Natalie Ronayne, executive director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. RSVP by April 15 via e-mail. Co-sponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

Undergraduate Student Government is sponsoring a "Celebrity Bake Sale" Thursday, April 9, to raise money for Relay For Life. Faculty and staff interested in submitting an item for bid should e-mail for more information. For those who are not bakers, items will be open for bid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Thwing Center. All proceeds will go to the USG Relay For Life team's efforts.

For Students

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Alpha of Ohio, sponsors research grants ranging up to a few hundred dollars for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357. Application forms and additional information are available online. Questions may be directed to Professor Kenneth F. Ledford, chair of the selection committee.


Several student organizations will host a "Meet the Provost" event at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in Rough Rider Room. A panel of Undergraduate Student Government, University Program Board, Residence Hall Association, Panhellenic Council, and Interfraternity Congress presidents will ask questions of Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III which pertain to students' lives, his role as provost, and his ideas for the future. The event will include free food.

As part of their class project, several students in a graduate entrepreneurship class are selling stainless steel water bottles and cotton bags to support the "go green" concept. Proceeds will be donated to the Weatherhead Fund and a charity at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital. Contact Tzu-I Weng for more information.

The Biomedical Graduate Student Organization is putting together a team for Relay For Life. Learn more about the group's efforts.

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. 

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.



Eldred Theater concludes its 2008-09 drama series with Stage Door. Performances are April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The 32-member undergraduate ensemble is co-directed by Mark Alan Gordon and John Jensen, both affiliated with the acting program in the Department of Theater and Dance. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve staff, and $5 for students. Learn more.

"If I Am for Myself Alone: Gender Transition and the Ethics of Becoming Ourselves," a talk featuring Joy Ladin of Yeshiva University, will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. This talk will draw from Ladin's experience of gender-transition to consider the ethical consequences of being true to ourselves. The free talk is being co-sponsored by the Human Initiative Foundation, the Inamori Center, the Office of the Provost, Case Western Reserve LGBTA, the Center for the Study of Writing, Kelvin Smith Library, the Department of American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Philosophy, Cleveland Hillel Foundation, and the Jewish Student Group. Ladin also will read some of her poetry and memoir, and will conduct a workshop on identity construction and deconstruction through language, at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 14. Contact Shira Schwartz for information.

Researchers, educators, business and nonprofit leaders will participate in a half-day colloquium entitled "Combining Practice and Theory to Improve Nonprofit Accountability and Governance" on Thursday, April 16, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Some of the latest research-based thinking about nonprofit accountability, governance and effectiveness will be discussed. Seating is limited. To register for the event contact Marilyn Chorman or go online.

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. today in 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.

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.

In Memoriam

Donald R. Laing Jr., who was a professor of classics at Case Western Reserve University for over 40 years before his retirement in 2003, died April 2. He was 77. He also served as chair of the classics department, and he was a lecturer and actively involved with the Cleveland Archaeological Society. After retirement he continued to serve as the secretary of the Case Western Reserve chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa. Read more.

April 8, 2009

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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 more about men's soccer player Kevin Bigart.

Case in the News

Ask an expert: Can lung cancer be inherited?

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2009
Duane D. Culler, a clinical instructor in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University, answers a reader's question about lung cancer and heredity.

Cleveland Play House's plan to sell theater is complex, multimillion-dollar deal

The Plain Dealer, April 7, 2009
In a blockbuster arts and real-estate deal, the Cleveland Play House will sell its longtime home in Midtown and move downtown to PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre in a joint venture with Cleveland State University's drama program. The Play House will bring along the graduate acting program it operates with Case Western Reserve University.

The problem with problems

BusinessWeek, April 6, 2009
Fred Collopy, professor of information systems at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, writes that "deficit thinking" sees organizations focusing on what's wrong and problems that need to be solved. In doing so, they often overlook real opportunities.

Higher Ed News

Web 2.0 classrooms versus learning?

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 6, 2009
Can tools that connect students to the Web, and to one another, help in classroom instruction?