Iris S. Wolstein Honored with President’s Award for Visionary Achievement

Iris S. Wolstein, a dedicated philanthropist and community activist for many years, has helped transform the campus of Case Western Reserve University through the generous spirit she shared with her late husband, Bert. The university will recognize those efforts during its 2009 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, with the President’s Award for Visionary Achievement.

In 2008, the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Hall became the home of Case Western Reserve’s Office of Undergraduate Admission—or, as campus leaders describe it: “the front door of the University.”

The Wolsteins provided $1 million to renovate Wolstein Hall, as well as $1.5 million to endow a professorship in management design at the Weatherhead School of Management.

The couple also donated $25 million to Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals for the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, a six-story structure where physicians and scientists seek answers to medicine’s most daunting questions worldwide.

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Renowned Professor of Anthropology, Foremost Expert on Tibet, Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Widely renowned as the world’s foremost expert on Tibet, Melvyn C. Goldstein, the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Goldstein was the first anthropologist in the Western world to be permitted to conduct fieldwork in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet and director of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project, Goldstein is a social anthropologist specializing in Tibetan society, history and contemporary politics. He joins a dozen current and former faculty and trustees of Case Western Reserve who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering or Institute of Medicine.

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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.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing invites members of the campus community and their family and friends to attend an open house on Wednesday, May 6. Drop by any time between 3 to 6 p.m. All of the school's academic programs will be featured, including its New Career in Nursing Graduate Entry DNP program that prepares professionals with non-nursing bachelor's degrees to transition to careers as advanced practice nurses. For more information, contact the school's Office of Student Services.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor swine flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

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

Students are invited to bring their books to the Tau Beta Pi Bookswap through May 7. Sell directly to fellow students. Collections will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nord Hall atrium, and from 7 to 8 p.m. in the residence halls. A full calendar and additional information is available online.

ITSGoogleFlyer.jpgCase 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. Go online for more information.


karendesalvo.jpg The campus community is invited to the AOA Spring Lecture featuring Karen DeSalvo from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at the School of Medicine, Room E301. Following Hurricane Katrina, DeSalvo worked to restore and revolutionize health care and medical training in New Orleans. The title of her talk is “Rebuilding Health Care for a Great American City." She is a professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Her lecture was arranged by student members of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Alpha of Ohio Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. 

Linda Robson, campus planning and operations fellow, is participating in a panel discussion on "What Does Green Mean to the Circle." University Circle is already recognized as a cultural leader--can it also become recognized as a leading "green" district? Robson will discuss energy conservation and waste reduction. A reception begins at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, followed by the discussion from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. RSVP to Lauren Kelly.

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.

Monday, May 4:

  • ERP Windows File/Batch Server
    • PeopleSoft HCM will not be able to print checks
    • PeopleSoft HCM will not be able to transmit file to bank for payroll
    • Crystal and NVision will be down
    • PSOFT BAM (Budgeting) will be down

    Tuesday, May 5:

  • ITS Fileserver "Droid" unavailable
  • ERP Financials Servers (Redundant, no impact expected)
  • Sympa Mailing List server,, No delivery to mail lists while server is unavailable
  • Oracle Calendar Server, no access to online calendar during relocation
  • Undergraduate Admissions will be unavailable

Wednesday, May 6:

Single Sign-On performance affected

  • Slow response to logins to SSO sites such as
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 4, 2009

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Case in the News

Safe haven or easy way to ditch kid?

Akron Beacon Journal, May 4, 2009
Since Ohio enacted its safe haven law eight years ago, 63 infants statewide have been surrendered — the majority in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Summit and Lucas counties. Phillip J. Resnick, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University who has studied newborn homicides, comments.

YWCA of Greater Cleveland names 2009 Women of Achievement Award winners

The Plain Dealer, May 4, 2009
In addition to recognizing 57 Women of Professional Excellence, the YWCA awarded the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award to Maya Alunkal, 20, a junior majoring in environmental geology at Case Western Reserve University.

PlayhouseSquare Changes 'Arts Education Dept' To Community Engagement & Ed. Dept

Broadway World, May 4, 2009
The Community Engagement & Education Department is led by Colleen T. Porter, who sits on the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University Advisory Board.

CWRU names two department heads

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 4, 2009
Dr. Pablo Riera Ros is the new chair of the Department of Radiology and Dr. Firouz Daneshgari is the new chair of the Department of Urology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. They take on their new posts July 1.

Morning Skim: Fearing Flu? North Korea? Bad Banks? Don’t Panic

New York Times, April 29, 2009
Case Western Reserve University Professor of Law Jonathan Adler says the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of the FCC in the “fleeting expletives” may be good news for President Obama.

Higher Ed News

Researchers Call for National Strategy to Adapt Social Networks to Public Good

Chronicle of Higher Education, May 4, 2009
More than a dozen researchers met at the University of Maryland to draft a white paper calling for the creation of "a National Initiative for Social Participation." They argue that computer-science programs at universities and federal agencies need to move faster to support research into social-networking technology, which they see as the next frontier of innovation.