Hudson Relays, Unveiling of Doc Oc Statue, Springfest Happening this Weekend

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The 2009 Hudson Relays will be celebrated on campus this weekend. The 26-mile relay footrace commemorates Western Reserve College's 1882 move from Hudson, Ohio, to University Circle. The race begins at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, April 25.

Teams representing freshmen through senior year, as well as the alumni team, will participate, and the campus community is invited to come out and cheer on the runners.

Before the Hudson Relays begin, a dedication of the memorial to Ignacio "Doc Oc" Ocasio, a Case Western Reserve chemistry professor who died in 2005, will take place. The campus community is invited to attend the dedication beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. After the relays are over, Springfest begins. Read more.

Campus News

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Those who enjoy hands-on science and interacting with children and the public are invited to volunteer for Science is Fun! Family Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Orientation will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the event. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of two hours in addition to orientation, and will facilitate one or more hands on science activities or events. Volunteers will receive a free lunch, parking, a T-shirt, and an opportunity to meet service hours requirements. Contact Kathryn Kwiatkowski by e-mail or by phone at 368-5075 for more information.

The Association for Continuing Education is accepting book donations for its 63rd Annual Case Book Sale through Friday, May 1. Call the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090 to make arrangements or find out how to drop off books at the university's mail/service center.

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: through 6 p.m. today; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29. All sessions will be held at the Mandel School, Room 108.

SpinFest, a cycle fundraiser hosted by 1-2-1 Fitness Center, will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 26, in Adelbert Gym. The event will celebrate health and raise money for the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Spin bikes can be reserved for 30 minute sessions. Four cycle instructors will lead the event, with entertainment provided by Rock the House. Go online for more information or to register.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's Staff Training and Development Committee is seeking volunteers to help sell the In Case You're Cooking cook book the week before Mother's Day in the Thwing Center atrium. All proceeds will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. Contact Kathleen O'Linn for information.

Faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to an All-College Meeting from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, in the Ford Auditorium of Allen Memorial Library. President Barbara R. Snyder and and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III will provide an update on current university events and answer questions.

For Students

Students are invited to share their ideas for next year's commencement speaker. The Commencement Speaker Committee is surveying the campus community for commencement 2010 speaker nominations. The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates: Have high degree of name recognition among students; have notable achievements in academic, artistic, humanitarian, environmental and/or other enterprises; can serve as a role model for students; may have Case Western Reserve or Cleveland connection; and strong public speaking skills. Submit suggestions online by Friday, May 1.

The SAGES Café will offer discounted Peet's coffee prices to students on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29. Espresso shots will be $1, small coffee or a coffee refill in brought mugs/cups will be $1 each, and small lattes will be $2 each. The café is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and has an array of studying essentials to help prepare for finals, such as quiet study space, outlets, wireless Internet, group meeting space, snacks, beverages, and food.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a cookout and study break from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the Village at 115 courtyard between Houses 6 and 7. The rain location will be the House 7 Great Room. Guests and new members are welcome to attend.

Events

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The campus community is invited to the Second Year Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in Carlton Commons. The annual celebration is an opportunity for second-year undergraduate students to celebrate the "halfway point" of college. This event pays tribute to student accomplishments and achievements during the past two years and offers students an opportunity to look at what is in store on the horizon. Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a sundae bar are free to all guests. Second-year students attending the celebration also will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. A Greenie shuttle will run continuously from 4 to 7 p.m., stopping in front of Adelbert Hall and Clarke Tower to take students, staff, and faculty to and from Carlton Commons.

The Undergraduate Indian Students Association will host its annual Holi celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the field outside of Leutner Commons. The event is the spring festival of color; wear older clothes, as the event involves the throwing of colored powder.

The Department of Art History and Art and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities are co-sponsoring Form To Finish: Strategies In Outdoor Sculpture Preservation from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with a closing reception at the Sculpture Center. Artists, art students, stewards and owners of public monuments, those concerned about the condition of a sculpture in their downtown, art historians and art history students, collectors, and all enthusiasts of outdoor sculpture are invited; the symposium is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended. Go online for complete details.

The Confused Greenies invite the campus community to "Dottore Who & the Three Locks of Time" at 9 p.m. tonight, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, all in the Nord Hall atrium. This event is a live farce parodying numerous science-fiction series.  All performances are free.

The Case Art Studio's Spring Semester in Review student art exhibition will have an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in the gallery located at 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography and architectural plans made by students enrolled in the spring semester Art Studio classes. The exhibit will continue through Friday, May 1. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

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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Many thanks to the very talented and creative students, faculty, and staff who submitted a total of 32 photos to be considered for the "Coming of Age Birthday Card" series for the 2009-10 academic year. The Student Life Committee of Undergraduate Student Government was extremely pleased by the level of interest, as well as the exceptional quality of the photos submitted. The 2009-10 birthday card series reflects seasonal snapshots of places and events at Case Western Reserve capturing the diversity of campus culture, architecture, and the climate. Congratulations to the following students whose photos were selected: Elaine Lee, Michael Lyrenmann and Myles Nickolich. The selected photos can be viewed online.

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The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence recently presented the first annual Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring to Professor of Pharmacology John Mieyal. He was chosen for this recognition through an essay contest where students were invited to describe life-changing mentoring experiences. Suparna Qanungo wrote the winning essay, describing how Mieyal inspires and encourages his students every day. Mieyal’s name is inscribed on a plaque in the Inamori Center, which also will bear the names of future recipients of this honor.

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Lauren Flaherty, a junior in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, recently won a pair of prestigious awards at the annual Midwest Nursing Research Society conference. Her mentor and adviser is Elizabeth Damato. Flaherty's topic was on investigating the "Relationships Among Sleep Duration, Sleep Quality, Fatigue, and Depression in Fathers of Twins." Her research won First Place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition and a Citation Award for overall best abstract at the conference.

Undergraduate student Xiaofei (Sophie) Zhou was selected as the Writing Resource Center's first Writing Idol Contest winner. Zhou, who won an iPod Nano, competed against several other undergraduates in a series of writing-oriented rounds judged by an audience of faculty and students. The runner ups were Liz Mrugacz and Emily Birkel

Patti Hart O'Regan, a nurse practitioner, Case Western Reserve Doctor of Nursing Practice student, and advocate for health care safety and accountability, co-authored the new patient and family involvement chapter of the 2009 National Quality Forum (NQF) Safe Practices update that was released in March 2009.

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.

Tuesday, April 28 (some outages are from 3 to 6 a.m.):

  • College of Arts and Science Web Server offline
  • Freedman Center and LLC Web Server offline
  • MediaVision Video Conferencing servers
  • Pinnacle Telephone Systems Reporting offline
  • Crystal Reporting offline

Wednesday, April 29:

  • Sevis Services, Office of International Student Services will lose access to FSAAtlas application.
  • Delayed SAN / NAS Backups
  • Voicemail offline during off hours
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 24, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University medical school ranked best in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's best medical school, based on rankings released Thursday by U.S. News & World Report. It is consistently the top medical school in the state, ranking No. 25 nationally in the research category this year. And the school's status for turning out primary-care physicians rose, from No. 51 last year to No. 37 this year. School of Medicine Dean Pamela Davis comments. A related article shows that the School of Law rebounded to a higher position.

Wall Street stock research: Soon, less independent

Time.com, April 22, 2009
What will happen to independent stock research? It is an important question to ask, especially at a time when the ethics of financial firms is again front-and-center. Leonardo Madureira, assistant professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Universities angle for billions to build Obama's new broadband network

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2009
As the federal government prepares to pour billions of stimulus dollars into increased broadband Internet access, universities are trying to claim much of the money and shape the emerging national networking policy. Lev Gonick, vice president of ITS and chief information officer Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Milk protein clue to big babies

BBC News, April 23, 2009
Breast milk has less protein than formula, which could be why bottle-fed babies grow faster, a study suggests. There has been concern that formula-fed babies, who tend to be bigger, are "programmed" to store fat and so have a higher risk of childhood obesity. Satish Kalhan of Case Western Reserve University responds to the study in American Journal of Nutrition.

Rethink medical mart as a regional health park

The Plain Dealer, April 24, 2009
Peter Whitehouse, an expert on Alzheimer's disease, and a professor at Case Western Reserve University, writes a letter to the editor about the proposed Cleveland Medical Mart.

Akron, Kent State nursing schools team up on proposal for doctor of nursing practice degree

MedCity News, April 23, 2009
Nursing schools at The University of Akron and Kent State University are in the early stages of a proposal to offer a doctorate for advanced nursing practice. Case Western Reserve University is home to the nation’s first nursing practice doctorate.

Freese to be honored at NFF grid awards

Sun Star, April 23, 2009
The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will honor several high school and college athletes for their efforts on the field and in the classroom. The college players, including Case Western Reserve University linebacker Ben Chlebina, will receive $2,000 post graduate scholarships. In addition, Assistant Coach Marcus Macalla will receive the college assistant of the year award.

Higher Ed News

Public universities predict hefty tuition hikes

USA TODAY, April 23, 2009
Budget-strapped public universities are predicting significant tuition increases at a time when private universities are doing everything to maintain or even lower tuition rates during the recession, experts say.