Momentum: Case Western Reserve University Announces Nearly $9 Million in New Gifts

On May 4, 2009, Case Western Reserve University announced nearly $9 million in new philanthropic commitments to the School of Medicine. This story is the first in a series that will highlight these new gifts.


Case Western Reserve University has received $8.75 million in new gifts from prominent local and national philanthropists. During an evening reception for Case Western Reserve's leadership donors at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building on May 4, President Barbara R. Snyder announced the major new gifts to the School of Medicine. She also gave a heartfelt thank you to other donors for their continued major support of the university.

These gifts build on the fundraising momentum established in 2007-2008, Snyder's inaugural year as president. During that time, supporters donated and pledged $103 million, the third-highest fundraising total in the university's history.

The gifts follow recent announcements of other multi-million-dollar commitments to Case Western Reserve this fiscal year, including a $5 million commitment from the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association; $3 million from Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata (which attracted an additional $1.5 million anonymous contribution); a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor; a $2 million commitment from the Weatherhead Foundation and the Albert J. Weatherhead III Foundation; and this spring's $7.5 million commitment from Char and Chuck Fowler. Mr. Linsalata and Mr. Fowler are both members of the university Board of Trustees; Mr. Linsalata served as chair from 2004 through 2008.

President Snyder was particularly pleased to announce the creation of four new endowed chairs at the School of Medicine. "It shows that our donors have confidence in our ability to bring together talented researchers to tackle some of the world's most complex questions," President Snyder told the crowd of nearly 300 donors, faculty, students, administrators, and friends. "Research and education is a human enterprise, and I am grateful that the university attracted this investment in our region's knowledge and talent base." Read more.

University to Recognize Long-term Employees
with Certificate During Staff Awards Program

Case Western Reserve University plans to formally recognize its 35-, 45- and 50-year staff members with a certificate and recognition at the annual Staff Service Awards Brunch in June.

Approximately one dozen employees will reach the 35, 45 or 50 years of employment milestone in time for this year's awards program. The Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution to formally recognize these long-term staff members, who will each receive a proclamation from the trustees which partially reads: "The Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University extends its most sincere gratitude on behalf of the entire Case Western Reserve University community..." It will be signed by President Barbara R. Snyder. Read more.

Campus News

The Staff Advisory Council will be selling In Case You’re Cooking from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 8 in the Thwing Center atrium and Tomlinson Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity to pick up a Mother's Day gift for $10. Checks and/or cash will be accepted. Proceeds will support the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host a workshop on "Sustainability 201: Deeper Shades of Green" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Nord Hall 310A. Those who already recycle, take reusable bags to the grocery store, turn off lights at home and at work, and print double sided may be interested in hearing about additional ways to go green. Learn how the university is increasing its sustainability policies and practices, including carbon offsets, a campus farmers market, zero emission fleets, and renewable energy. The program will be facilitated by Campus Planning and Operations Fellow Linda Robson. Register online.


The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for representatives through June 26. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives are elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin on the third Monday of September of every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: the School of Dental Medicine, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Academic Administration, and University Administration. Eligible employees also are encouraged to nominate themselves. Send all nominations to Robin Kramer via e-mail with the subject line "SAC Elections Committee." Questions can be directed to Kramer by e-mail or by phone at 368-5942.

For Students

The Office of University Financial Aid announces that the deadline for financial aid is May 15 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students should complete the FAFSA and Case Financial Aid Form by this date. Students can check the status of their applications through briefCase, as well as verify if any additional documents are needed.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking enthusiastic undergraduate students to work as tour guides for six summer open houses. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mandatory training will take place on May 20 and 21 and May 27 and 28. Summer open houses are on the following Fridays: June 26; July 3; July 10; July 17; August 7; and August 14. Interested students should send an e-mail to Judy Weiss, assistant director of undergraduate admission.


Joan Steitz will present the Harland G. Wood Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m., Monday, May 11, at the School of Medicine, Room E501. Steitz has earned an international reputation for her research on RNA and will present "MicroRNPs: Versatile Regulators of Gene Expression in Vertebrate Cells." A reception will follow in W428. This event is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and is free and open to the public.

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.

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 5, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University receives $8.7 million for School of Medicine

The Plain Dealer, May 5, 2009
When she became Case Western Reserve University's president in 2007, Barbara Snyder vowed to make fund-raising a priority. At a Monday cocktail reception for high-level donors, Snyder made it clear that she has kept her pledge, announcing $8.7 million in new gifts to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Students at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences reach out into neighboring community

The Plain Dealer, May 5, 2009
Students from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences went through the city of East Cleveland block-by-block. They found 20 percent of the city's 5,910 homes and apartment buildings are vacant, said Mark Chupp, visiting assistant professor at the Mandel School. Each vacant residential structure was plotted on a color-coded map that was given to appreciative city officials.

Battle looms over choosing Souter's successor

National Public Radio, April 30, 2009
Just hours after news broke that Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire, conservative groups launched a fusillade of attacks branding as "radical" and "hard left" candidates believed to be on the White House short list. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Facing reality

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 4, 2009
Nobody likes wrinkles or a flabby tummy, but the recession is causing some people to put off plans to fix nature's imperfections —or at least find cheaper alternatives to full-scale alterations. Bahman Guyuron, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Students' first lesson: Beware loans' fine print

New York Times, May 2, 2009
High school seniors, thrilled at receiving fat envelopes from the colleges of their choice last month, must now figure out how to pay for the privilege of attending these institutions. For many, this will mean a journey into private student loan land, where financial fog and fine print reign.