University Launches Faculty and Staff Campaign

As the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year approaches, Case Western Reserve University is launching a faculty and staff campaign to encourage support of the Annual Fund.

"Our faculty and staff have contributed to the university's progress in countless ways this year," President Barbara R. Snyder says, "and we are deeply grateful. After discussion with faculty and staff leaders, we decided to create another opportunity for our community to demonstrate its engagement. A gift to this fund sends a powerful message to all of our supporters regarding our collective commitment to Case Western Reserve University."

The campaign—which is being communicated through interoffice mail and e-mail solicitations to conserve both postage and paper—builds on the spirit of the university's "Take Three Steps" campaign.

"The idea behind 'Take Three Steps' is that with three simple moves, you can help Case Western Reserve remain a strong and vibrant institution," explains Kassy Wyman, director of the Annual Fund. "We want our faculty and staff to reflect on the value of the university in the world, support it financially, and then witness the impact of their giving through the wonderful accomplishments our community makes throughout the year."

Contributions will support general operations in the current fiscal year, enhancing the lives of students and supporting faculty research and facilities maintenance and improvement. Faculty and staff may also choose to designate their gift to the school of their choice or any number of university funds. Check the Annual Fund giving page for other options.

Gifts can be made online, by calling the Office of the Annual Fund at 368-5288 or e-mailing at, or filling out an automatic payroll deduction form available online. A gift of any amount is welcome.

Campus News


Donald Chenelle, director of university financial aid, will retire June 30. During his 36-year tenure, the university has seen annual aid increase to more than $285 million. He has served as a faculty adviser for freshmen and for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity for more than 20 years. Off campus, Chenelle has been a vocal advocate for student access, serving on regional, state and national advisory boards, and working with Cleveland Scholarship Programs for more than 30 years. A reception honoring his career and accomplishments will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at the Alumni House. RSVP by June 10 to .


1-2-1 Fitness Center is hosting several summer programs to make exercise fun and successful, including "Get Out and Play," or the Choose to Lose "Summer Slimdown." The Case Walking Club—which is open to everyone—starts June 2 and will be held every Tuesday at noon. Go online for more information.

To get the latest weather conditions, along with the campus forecast, visit the Case Western Reserve Weather Station Web site.

For Faculty and Staff


The Staff Advisory Council is 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

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.

Case Western Reserve's Department of Family Medicine is hosting the Seventh Annual Scientific Meeting featuring the Dr. Edward C. and Diane White Lectureship in Family Medicine, and the Jack H. Medalie Keynote Address, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Topics include Alzheimer's disease; health care delivery in correctional facilities; pre-participation physical exam; and patient adherence to treatment. Faculty, community physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows, and medical students are invited to attend. The conference is free, but registration is encouraged. Contact Karyn Schmidt for details.

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.

June 1, 2009

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