School of Nursing Presents Conference to Help Caregivers with Strategies to Stay Healthy

Family caregivers are unsung heroes in health care, providing medical and emotional support for loved ones, often at the expense of their own well being.

"We have this unpaid and unknown workforce of family caregivers who provide most of the care, with support from professionals and paraprofessionals," said Diana Morris, executive director of the University Center on Aging and Health and associate professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. "If we don't keep caregivers healthy, then not only does the person needing care suffer, we also have someone else in bad health."

Knowing where to start when it comes to taking charge of their health can be difficult for caregivers managing multiple responsibilities from full-time jobs to childcare to running a household.

On Thursday, April 23, the 18th Annual Florence Cellar Conference, sponsored by the center, the nursing school, and the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center at Case Western Reserve, will offer strategies and advice for professionals and caregivers facing these challenges. Read more.

Campus News

Due to a critical shortage of blood this time of year, the American Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives on campus. The drives are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 23. Both sessions will be held in Nord Hall, Room 310. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code CaseWestern.


On April 22—Earth Day—400 Bon Appétit cafés across the country will participate in Low Carbon Diet Day, proving that low carbon eating can help the planet and be delicious too. The management company provides food and dining services at Case Western Reserve. Diners will have an opportunity to experience low carbon dining first hand. Learn more.

Repairs will be done on the Adelbert Road sewer beginning today. The work, which will last for approximately one week, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The northbound lanes will be closed and traffic will alternate on the southbound lane. All RTA buses and large trucks will be rerouted to Cornell Road.

For Faculty and Staff

In an effort to support the university's sustainability program, Distribution Services is no longer offering FedEx paper airbills to customers. The department has established online shipping with FedEx, which will enable the processing of shipments online, completing customs documents, and downloading shipment reports.  Departments interested in obtaining FedEx online shipping abilities should call Darlene Hall at 368-2565 or Crystal Campbell at 368-1354.

Final exam schedules are available in the Faculty Center in SIS. Please review and send questions to If your course meets in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, it has been scheduled into the same room for the exam (or a different room upon the instructor's request). If your course does not meet in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, you will need to reserve the room yourself with the normal scheduler of that room. If you have special needs, such as requiring a larger room or multiple rooms for your exam and have not already notified the registrar, please contact the office as soon as possible.

For Students

All economics students and econ enthusiasts are invited to attend the Student-Faculty Spring Barbecue, hosted by the Economics Honor Society, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the Village at 115 behind House 4. Food and games will be available.

Attention science, engineering and mathematics students: Applications are being accepted for the inaugural cohort of Gelfand Science and Engineering Fellows. Gelfand Fellows will earn $14 an hour by working with Cleveland middle and high school students during the 2009-2010 academic year as they prepare projects for school and regional science fairs. Contact James Bader or Nancy DiIulio for more information.

The Pre-Dental Student Association is hosting a Dental Student Panel at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the 1914 Lounge. Students will be able to ask current dental students questions. Representatives from each class year are scheduled to be available so that undergraduate students can ask questions ranging from getting into dental school to choosing a specialty.



"Fulbrights for One or Two," a discussion featuring Louise McKinney, professor of law, will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This will be an informal talk about her Fulbright Scholar experiences in Botswana and Kenya. She also will discuss how she and her husband arranged coinciding Fulbrights. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Lois Langell by e-mail or by phone at 368-4342 by April 24.


A discussion on "Models in Brown: Refashioning African American Women in Early Post World War II America" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday April 23, in Mather House 100. Laila Haidarali, the inaugural fellow in the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African-American Studies at Case Western Reserve, will give the talk. Contact Kalli Vimr at 368-2625.

Case in Point will hold its spring concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in Strosacker Auditorium. The program will feature seven new songs, as well as old favorites. Solstice will open the show. The concert is free and refreshments will be available.

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

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.


  • LDAP Server relocation, no Outage anticipated
  • HSMC Firewalls, offline

Tuesday, April 21:

  • Undergraduate Admissions online registration unavailable
  • HTMLdb services unavailable
  • Marketing and Communications File Server unavailable

Wednesday, April 22:

  • Crawford Call Managers (Redundant set at KSL)
  • Reduced call volume
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 20, 2009

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Case in the News

What to expect when switching to the nonprofit sector

New York Times, April 14, 2009
Nonprofit work, from fund-raising for local charities to leading international aid organizations, is popular with career changers who, after years in business or feeling disaffected in their jobs, want to give back or infuse their work with meaning. Leaders advise retraining, or at least readjusting your for-profit worldview. Case Western Reserve University is referenced as a leader in the nonprofit field.

Experts: GM bankruptcy won't be the easy way out

The Associated Press, April 17, 2009
A Chapter 11 filing might be the most effective way to overhaul General Motors Corp., but that doesn't mean the sweeping changes that are possible in bankruptcy court are going to be quick or easy. GM CEO Fritz Henderson said Friday that the company still would prefer to restructure out of court as it tries to prove it can survive to repay its $13.4 billion in government loans, but he conceded that bankruptcy protection is more probable than it was in the past. Jon Groetzinger, a visiting law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments. Related article.

Iiiiiieeeeaaaaaayyyyee, April 17, 2009
Contestant Susan Boyle became an Internet sensation this week after her show-stopping performance on Britain's Got Talent. Boyle's voice, despite limited previous training, is powerful and features an intense vibrato–that warbling you hear in professional singing voices. Can anyone sing with vibrato? Ross Duffin, Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University, was consulted for this article.

Making sure your patients know what you're saying

American Medical News, April 20, 2009
Communication barriers continue to pose legal risks if doctors fail to provide adequate language assistance to patients who are deaf or don't speak English. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

On campus: Mullins putting up numbers for Case, April 16, 2009
Chad Mullins, a member of Case Western Reserve University's baseball team, has put up numbers in his first two seasons that would make most college players jealous.

Higher Ed News

College bookstores move to put electronic textbooks on their shelves

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 17, 2009
It will now be easier for students to find electronic versions of textbooks at several college bookstores, thanks to a new partnership between textbook publishers and an association of college booksellers. But will students choose the paperless option?