Ten to be Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Case Reserve Athletic Club will induct 10 new members into the Hall of Fame on Friday, April 24.

This year's class includes Charles M. Bednar; David Ciacci; Mark Estes; Nancy Gray; Sheila McElroy; George Newman; Sharon Lynn Sanborn; Ronald Stepanovic; Dave Stuczynski; and Bob Taylor.

The Case Reserve Athletic Club is composed of Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University and Case Western Reserve University alumni, parents of current students, faculty and staff, and friends of the university. The annual Hall of Fame event is an opportunity to support the inductees and reconnect with friends, classmates and teammates. Learn more. Stories about several of the inductees are posted on the athletics news blog.

Campus News

The Case Men's Glee Club is seeking a new director. As the oldest a cappella ensemble on campus, the group performs choral arrangements interspersed with traditional barbershop-style music, contemporary pieces and commercial melodies. The Men's Glee Club performs at a variety of events throughout the academic year. Graduate students, faculty, or staff interested in becoming the group's director should contact Stephen Trompak.


Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. this evening, and run through noon, Saturday, April 18, at Case Field. During the event, participants and the campus community will take turns walking the track, celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those who lost their battle, and fighting back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services. Read more. Also, "Case Women for Healthy Hearts" will be part of this year's Relay For Life. The program will include free cardiovascular screenings from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight on the track.

The Center for Community Partnerships announces that local Barnes & Noble bookstores are conducting a special sale to benefit the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from April 18 through May 3. The university has dozens of partnerships and collaborations with the school district.

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.

For Students

La Alianza is hosting its La Fiesta spring event from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 24, in Carlton Commons. This year's theme is "Bridging Borders" with a focus on bringing together the diverse groups of Hispanic and Latino cultures while also reaching out to other cultural groups. The event will include speakers, food from Lelolai and other vendors, and the Tropical Rhythms dance group. Extra-credit is offered for select classes. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for the others. Proceeds will be donated to the West Side Community House. Tickets will be sold from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22, in Nord Hall. Cash and CaseCash will be accepted. E-mail laalianza@case.edu with questions.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a Star Party from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, on the Case Quad. Join WISER for a stargazing study break with telescopes and StarLab to learn more about the sky. Pizza and snacks will be available.


The current art exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences showcases more than 20 Cleveland artists. The artists are involved with the nonprofit organization Art on Wheels Inc.  Their work is on view through Friday, April 24.

Eldred Theater concludes its 2008-09 drama series with Stage Door. Performances are tonight and April 18 at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve staff, and $5 for students. Learn more.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the campus community to the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The event will honor Rhonda Y. Williams, associate professor of history, director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies, and director of the university's Social Justice Initiative. The ceremony will be preceded by lunch and a dialogue discussion. RSVP to Robynn Strong by e-mail or by phone at 368-8877 by Monday, April 20.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' Office of Continuing Education will hold several continuing education classes the week of April 20. Go online for more information.

Case Western Reserve's Kendo Club will host the 21st Annual Cleveland Kendo Tournament and Promotion Test, April 18 and 19, in Adelbert Gym. Admission is free. Campus community members interested in joining the university's Kendo Club should contact club officers Joe Chen or Andrew Lau, or faculty adviser Shigemi Matsuyama.

The second annual Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Case Western Reserve's Italian program, continues through Tuesday, April 21, in Strosacker Auditorium. Free and open to the general public. Contact Denise Caterinacci for 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.

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Qing Yin Zheng, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and genetics at the School of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.66 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant Program. It is a five-year grant. Zheng and his team will aim to identify the mutation in mice that leads to hearing loss from Usher syndrome. Related article.

The Peer Review Team of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has recommended an extension of accreditation of the business and accounting programs offered by the Weatherhead School of Management. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.


Kenneth Ledford, associate professor of history and law, is scheduled to be one of five presenters at the Fifth Annual Miller Symposium at the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont this weekend. His talk will be on the topic of "Judging German Judges in the Third Reich."


Doctoral candidate Iman Seoudi is a recipient of the 2008-2009 Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association's Outstanding Scholarship Award. The award is granted to a deserving student for an electronic thesis or dissertation submitted to OhioLINK containing outstanding multimedia or scholarship. The title of Seoudi's dissertation is "The Resource-Capability-Competence Perspective in Strategic Management: A Re-Appraisal of the Epistemological & Theoretical Foundations." The School of Graduate Studies will honor Seoudi and others during the annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards Ceremony Monday, April 20.

Data Center Renovations

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.

Relocate SAN Cabinets Saturday, April 18:

  • Backup Storage Area Network off-line (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • PeopleSoft SIS will be affected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 17, 2009

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Case in the News

Professor explains why Germans anxious to prosecute Demjanjuk

Newsnet5.com, April 16, 2009
In news related to the John Demjanjuk case, Kenneth Ledford, associate professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, explains why prosecuting war crimes has become a social justice issue for modern Germans.

Amid job losses, Ohio grows more productive

The Plain Dealer, April 11, 2009
Using data from the federal government, state analysts figured that manufacturers here produced goods worth almost 11 percent more, in constant dollars, in 2005 than they did just four years earlier. That shows productivity is on the rise. The bad news, though, is that the number of Ohioans making things has dropped by the thousands almost every year for more than a decade because they were no longer needed. Paul Gerhart, professor of marketing and policy studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Electronic health records can save lives, threaten privacy

Daily Herald, April 15, 2009
When Elmhurst Clinic converted from paper to computerized records, patients embraced the change. Some doctors, it turned out, were the ones who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future. They didn't want to be seen bumbling around with a new computer system while they should be concentrating on their patients. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, warns that benefits of electronic medical records come with risks.

A new theater comes to Mayfield Village

Cleveland Jewish News, April 10, 2009
It takes a village to build a theater. In this instance, it's Mayfield Village, home to Cleveland's newest professional theater, The Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. In 2008, Fairmount Center did a yearlong program with Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to develop a five-year strategic plan for the theater.

The McGregor Foundation sponsoring a public design competition to create affordable senior housing in Cleveland

PR Newswire, April 16, 2009
From April 17-19, the McGregor Foundation will stage a unique public competition at its East Cleveland campus for architects to design affordable, multi-family senior housing on four sites in three Cleveland neighborhoods around University Circle. The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and the American Institute of Architects are co-sponsors of the event.

Cost-conscious kicks: 25 things to do for under $25 in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, April 16, 2009
A list of 25 fun things to do in Cleveland for $25 or less references this weekend's Kendo tournament at Case Western Reserve University. The event, sponsored by the university's Kendo Club, is free.

Students get rare look at heart surgery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 17, 2009
On medical TV shows, surgery doesn't look that messy. But as a group of Sewickley Academy students—and avid medical television fans—learned while watching open-heart surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, real medicine is nothing like its many small-screen incarnations. Mary Wingert, an 18-year-old senior who plans to study nursing next year at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Student of the Week: Philip Kalal

Sun News, April 16, 2009
North Olmsted High School senior Philip Kalal recently set a power lifting weight class record of 369.27 pounds at a national competition in Oklahoma. He plans to attend Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Mystery donors give over $45M to 9 universities

The Associated Press, April 17, 2009
A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.