Class of 2009 Encouraged to Build Bridges as They Embark Upon the Next Phase of Their Lives


David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encouraged more than 2,000 graduating students, as well as their family and friends, to reflect upon the "bridges of our lives" during Sunday's Commencement Convocation.

Satcher, who earned his doctorate and medical degrees from the School of Medicine in 1970, shared with the graduates his early struggles, including a bout with whooping cough that left his parents and a doctor fearful that he would not survive. He did, and despite poverty and segregation in rural Alabama, Satcher grew up to become a physician, in part as a tribute to the doctor who helped him.

Satcher told the audience that his professional accomplishments were made possible because of the people who took an interest in his well being. "Never forget the bridges that brought you to this point in life. This will include parents, grandparents, and even ancestors you may never have met, but who had dreams for you." He also encouraged them to take the right bridge on the road to their futures, and to "become a bridge builder, helping to prepare the way for those who will come behind you."

In addition, Satcher told the Class of 2009 that they could contribute to making the world a better place by helping to create a sustainable national and global economy, as well as a health-care system that provides equal access to everyone.

Read an abstract of Satcher's remarks.

Case Western Reserve Seeks Faculty Diversity Officer

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites nominations and applications for the position of Faculty Diversity Officer. The successful candidate will be a tenured Case Western Reserve University faculty member in good standing with a terminal degree in their discipline, and a minimum of three years related experience in diversity/inclusion work and/or faculty development in an academic institution.

Complete application packets should be submitted by Friday, May 22, to receive full consideration.

This half-time administrative position answers to the Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and is responsible for advancing the university's goals of creating a more diverse faculty workforce and welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty. Learn more.

Campus News

Parking rates for the 2009-2010 fiscal year are now available online. These rates reflect efforts to contain costs for faculty, staff and students, while still providing a modest increase in operating dollars to support critical needs in the parking operations.

Auxiliary Services and Procurement and Distribution Services announce that Meritech has been chosen as the successful vendor for the Case Western Reserve University cost per copy program. In order to expedite the process of equipment change out, Meritech will begin an extensive assessment and analysis of enterprise wide needs for the program. Go to the Copier Program Web site for more information and weekly updates.

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

After the May 8 meeting called by President Barbara R. Snyder, the university faculty voted to replace the University Undergraduate Faculty (UUF) with the new Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education (FSCUE). Other minor amendments to the Constitution of the University Faculty were approved, including the amendment that will allow faculty and staff to attend the same fall state of the university address given by the president.

For Students

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


The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies presents two public lectures as part of its Jesus in the Context of Judaism and the Challenge to the Church Symposium, to be held  May 24-26. Pre-registration is required for the symposium. The first lecture, "Imagining the Jewish Jesus," will be presented by Zev Garber of Los Angeles Valley College on Sunday, May 24. A second lecture, "Jesus, Paul, and Christology," will be presented by Richard L. Rubenstein of the University of Bridgeport on Monday, May 25. Both lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. The lectures are free and open to the public. A reception and dinner will be held prior to each lecture; tickets are $35 per person, per dinner. Advance reservations are required by calling 368-8961. In addition, the symposium will feature invited papers by several experts. Complete details are available online.

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.

May 18, 2009

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Case in the News

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officers to receive training to assist in social situations

The Plain Dealer, May 18, 2009
Case Western Reserve University, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and Kent State University are developing a program to train Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police to be more effective when dealing with youths. Mark Singer, a professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been patrolling with CMHA police to observe their work. Related article.

Cleveland model bridge tests students' creativity

Dayton Daily News, May 16, 2009
Recent wind and rain knocked down a large model bridge that two Case Western Reserve University civil engineering students built to celebrate their upcoming graduation. Christopher Toth and Donald Cartwright completed the 90-foot model of a suspension bridge on May 4 and kept it on display outdoors on the Cleveland campus for nearly a week. Faculty members have been pleasantly surprised, said Dario Gasparini, professor of civil engineering.

New chance at funding thrills Ohio scientists

The Columbus Dispatch, May 18, 2009
The stimulus bill pumped $10 billion in new money into National Institutes of Health, including $7.4 billion for scientific research and $1 billion for labs and other facilities. Ohio State, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University and Battelle all are looking for a slice of that money.

An alternative short list for the high court

National Law Journal, May 14, 2009
Several names appear on the short lists of more than a dozen constitutional law and Supreme Court scholars asked by The National Law Journal to step into President Obama's shoes to pick a nominee to succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Drawn to docs

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 12, 2009
University Hospitals is nearing the end of its $1.2 billion renovation and expansion project known as Vision 2010. Significant projects that include a new cancer hospital, neonatal intensive care unit, center for emergency medicine, the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood and the $27 million Concord Health Center have prompted UH to grow by recruiting physicians from all over the country. UH also is working with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to create a Neurodegenerative Disorders Center.

Commencement speakers offer advice to graduates entering a tough job market, May 18, 2009
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and a Case Western Reserve University alumnus, offers advice to new graduates. He was the keynote speaker at Case Western Reserve's commencement ceremonies.

Higher Ed News

New GI Bill could open education doors for more vets

USA TODAY, May 18, 2009
A new law, which could potentially more than double the amount covered in the current GI Bill, could open college doors to thousands of veterans, many of whom would not otherwise have considered college because of the expense.