Commencement 2009

Four Awarded John S. Diekhoff Award
for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

The John S. Diekhoff Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising and classroom teaching. The annual award has been presented to two full-time faculty members who epitomize what it means to mentor graduate students: to connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically in a forthright and collegial manner, and actively promote their professional development.

In 2009, the award was expanded to also recognize two full-time faculty members who excel in the teaching of graduate students. A committee of graduate and professional program students reviews nominations and recommends winners.

This year's Diekhoff Award recipients are Hillel Chiel, Harsh Mathur, David Schiraldi, and Christian A. Zorman. Read more.

Case Western Reserve University to Award More Than 2,000 Diplomas on Sunday, May 17


Case Western Reserve University will hold its 2009 Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 17, in the Veale Convocation Center. Dr. David Satcher, one of the country's foremost leaders in public health, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will give the Commencement address to more than 2,000 graduating students and their parents and guests. Satcher earned his doctorate and medical degrees from the School of Medicine in 1970.

In addition to the main Commencement Convocation address, each school will hold individual ceremonies. Go online for a list of speakers at these ceremonies, as well as additional information about Commencement.

Campus News

The Office of Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve University alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Two of Liberty Mutual's local sales representatives will be at Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. Boxed lunches will be provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. RSVP by contacting Emily Cole by e-mail or by phone at 368-3085.

The Blackboard system will be down for maintenance from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 16. Users will not be able to access Blackboard during this time period, so users are advised to plan their course activities accordingly. The Blackboard system should be available again for use by 9 p.m. that evening. Questions can be referred to the system administrators at

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor H1N1 flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

There will be a fiscal year end information session from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, in Strosacker Auditorium. Anyone who works with year end closing and financial information should attend. Representatives from Purchasing, General Accounting, the Controller's Office and Sponsored Projects will be available to present information and answer questions. To register, send an e-mail to and mention the session name.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



The Sixth Annual Spartan Open will be held Monday, June 8, at Fowler's Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio. The daylong event includes lunch, golfing and dinner. The event is in support of the Athletic Department, with the cooperation of the Case Reserve Athletic Club, to support student-athletes. The event is presented by Bon Appetit Management Company. Learn more.

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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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will present the 2009 John A. Yankey Student Community Service Award to Bryan Mauk, a full-time student in the Mandel Center's Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree program. He will receive the award during this Sunday's Commencement ceremonies. Mauk is a founding member and chief executive officer of the Metanoia Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving neighborhoods and providing outreach and hospitality services to the homeless through friendship, compassion, and real estate development.


Hari Keshava, a School of Medicine student, is a recipient of the Roche Presidential Student Mentor Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. His sponsor was David Mason, and his proposal was "Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion for Lung Transplantation: Extending the Donor Pool." Learn more

World War II pilot Budd Wentz (MED '58) is scheduled to be honored at the Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 16, at the Lorain County Regional Airport. Wentz was featured in the History Channel's Dogfight series in a show called The Luftwaffe's Deadliest Mission. The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Learn more.

Ella Mae Johnson, a 1928 graduate of the social work school, received the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2009 Smart Living Awards, sponsored by Judson at University Circle. The awards celebrate the movers and shakers and unsung heroes dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle.

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.

Saturday, May 16:

Installation of New Network Security Switches

  • Redundant Network Switches, no outages expected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 15, 2009

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Case in the News

Now an owner, government must act like long-term investor in GM, Chrysler

The Washington Post, May 12, 2009
Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, and Daniel Luria, research director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, wrote a blog article about the new ownership of GM and Chrysler.

A judge's view of judging is on the record

New York Times, May 14, 2009
An article about Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama's list of potential Supreme Court nominees, references Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Hessler Street Fair coming up in University Circle

The Plain Dealer, May 15, 2009
Held most years since the late-1960s on a cozy University Circle street, the Hessler Street Fair has grown from its grass-roots beginnings into a local (counter-culture) institution. Hessler Road and Hessler Court border Case Western Reserve University. This year, the event will take place May 16 and 17. The concerts will be simulcast on WRUW-FM/91.1.

Size isn't everything

Macleans, May 15, 2009
In most Western countries, roughly one-fifth of the adult population is obese, a condition that carries with it a well-known set of risks, from heart disease and diabetes to some cancers. But not all obesity is equal: beyond excess weight, many factors influence health. Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Officials call on Washington to "Keep It Made in America"

Los Angeles Chronicle, May 14, 2009
From May 11 to May 14, thousands of workers whose paychecks are tied to the U.S. auto industry joined bus tours through 11 states to showcase the ripple effect of economic devastation and lost jobs in industries ranging from steel and paper to shops on Main Street and public education. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, will be a panelist at an upcoming conference on the topics.

Higher Ed News

Redistribution of requirements

Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2009
A century after Harvard University popularized the idea of combining "depth" (the major) with "breadth" (distribution requirements) in undergraduate education, most colleges are moving past that model, a new survey finds.