Case Western Reserve University Receives
$5 Million from Chairman of the
Board of Trustees, Charles "Bud" Koch


Charles "Bud" Koch, chair of Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Katie, have made a $5 million commitment to the university. Their gift will support a capital project to enhance the student and campus experience.

This commitment is a legacy gift that acknowledges the Koch family's multi-generational relationship with Case Western Reserve University. Koch's father, Charles Joseph Koch, Sr., was a 1941 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology. The senior Koch was appointed CEO of Charter One Bank by his father in the mid-1960s and appointed his son, Bud, to the position in 1988. Koch, Sr. died in 2001.

Bud and Katie Koch's two sons, Charles Brian and John P., each earned M.B.A. degrees from the Weatherhead School of Management.

"Case Western Reserve has been a centerpiece of our family's lives for decades," Bud Koch said. "This gift gives us an opportunity to honor the Koch family legacy at the university, to celebrate this great institution, and support an even more engaging educational experience for the future." Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is being asked to save the date of Friday, September 25, on their calendars for the Seventh Annual Case for Community Day. This is a day of volunteer service for faculty, staff, students and local alumni. The daylong event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and concludes with a campus barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Center for Community Partnerships at 368-3909.

Women are being recruited to participate in the Study of Pregnancy and Fertility in Cleveland. The purpose of this study is to learn more about pregnancy and fertility decisions among women living in the Cleveland area. Women between the ages of 20 to 45 are eligible for this short online survey. The research is being carried out by researchers in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine. For additional information, individuals may contact Lauren Dahler at 368-8960.


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 .

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Finance and Administration, in partnership with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project, recently introduced a training certification program, Case Western Reserve University's Administrative Professional Series (CAPS). This program blends university financial policy with procedure through a variety of courses facilitated by functional experts and the ERP training team. On May 19, the program offered a session about the year-end closing process. Those who were unable to attend are invited to watch a video of the session, and review posted materials online.

For Students

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


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Bryan Palaszewski of the NASA Glenn Research Center on the topic of "Rocket Propulsion: Aiming Toward the Stars." The discussion begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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 8, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve gets $5 million donation

The Plain Dealer, June 8, 2009
The chairman of Case Western Reserve University's board of trustees, Charles "Bud" Koch, and his wife, Katie, have made a $5 million pledge to the university. Related article.

Race, economics and medical care focus of conference

Fort Worth Business Press, June 3, 2009
Questions of race, socioeconomics and varying levels of medical care were on the minds of more than 300 registered attendees at the fourth annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities. Ileana Pina, a heart researcher and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, pointed out the vast differences in care that minorities receive for chronic heart disease.

Need a little help

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 8, 2009 (subscription required)
Northeast Ohio organizations still are offering internships this year, yet overall fewer positions are available as the economy squeezes budgets. Some of Northeast Ohio's larger firms say they still have maintained their internship programs, though at a reduced capacity. The Summer on the Cuyahoga internship program is open to students of various high-profile universities, including Case Western Reserve University.

2009 IngenuityFest, a sneak peek at the highlights: Tony Brown

The Plain Dealer, June 6, 2009, 2009
The fifth annual IngenuityFest isn't until July 10-12, but James Levin, co- founder and director of Cleveland's art and technology festival, gave a sneak peek at the lineup. The festival's "iconic event," titled "Boltz," will involve Case Western Reserve University engineering-school alumnus and social activist Ian Charnas creating lightning with a Tesla coil and a tall aerial in Star Plaza.

Higher Ed News

The impact of student employment

Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2009
As tuitions have risen and more and more undergraduates are enrolling later in life, nearly half of all full-time students and 80 percent of part-time students work—numbers that are likely only to grow in the future.