2009 President's Award for Distinguished Service: The first in a three-part series

Janice Eatman Williams Receives
President's Award for Distinguished Service


Janice Eatman Williams wants Case Western Reserve University students to not only become familiar with their academic lessons, but also the cultural classroom that surrounds the university.

"We have all of this," she says while pointing out different museums and resources in University Circle. To help students who will be spending several years as part of the campus community become familiar with the area, she leads walking heritage tours of the University Circle, Glenville and Hough neighborhoods.

Eatman Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, is a recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Service. She received the award during the annual Staff Service Awards Brunch last week. The awards program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President. Read more.

Campus News

The summer barbecue season continues Wednesday, June 17, with a Mediterranean theme and music by Kris Koch. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Crawford Deck every Wednesday through July 8. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person (including a beverage), or $35 for a book of five tickets. Go online for more information.

The campus community is invited to join Janice Eatman Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, for a scavenger hunt activity on Wednesday, June 17. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the unique history and culture of the Glenville neighborhood. After the scavenger hunt, the group will stop by Wade Oval to enjoy the free Wade Oval Wednesday concert featuring the band Revolution Pie. The group will meet in front of the campus bookstore in Thwing Center at 5:30 p.m. Go online for more details.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's degree program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register. Go to the school's Web site for more details.

The Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics continues on campus through June 17. There will be several conferences, keynote speakers and research presentations. The conference is co-sponsored by the Case School of Engineering and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Go online for more details.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Making Teaching Easier Using Advance Planning" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 18, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will focus on preparing for classes. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by email to UCITE.


The Writing Resource Center can work with faculty to develop and present in-class writing workshops to cover a variety of topics, including research and documentation, the writing process (planning-drafting-revising-editing), audience awareness, and strategies for selecting and narrowing topics. Workshops can be designed to fit the specific content and assignments for your courses, and can range in length from 30 minutes to two hours. Contact Hazel Emery to schedule a meeting on how to help students become better academic writers.

For Students

The Chess Club meets from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays in Guilford House. Contact Erica Wieser for more information.


Faculty and staff of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invite the Case Western Reserve community to share in a farewell celebration for outgoing Executive Director Susan L. Eagan. The reception is in recognition of her nearly eight years at the helm of the Mandel Center, as well as her exemplary leadership in the nonprofit sector. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, at the Mandel Center. The program will begin at 5 p.m. Contact Nicole Rothstein by e-mail or by phone at 368-5367. Parking options include the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage; Severance Hall parking garage; the metered parking lot at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Ford Road; and limited free and metered street parking around campus.

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 16, 2009

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Case in the News

Get out of town! More college grads leaving Ohio than ever

FOX 8 Cleveland, June 15, 2009
A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that 58 percent of college grads plan on leaving the Buckeye State. Reaction was mixed. Thomas Matthews, director of Case Western Reserve University's Career Center, disagreed with the report.

Study: 60 percent of Ohio's college grads expect to leave the state

The Plain Dealer, June 15, 2009, 2009
A new study of 800 Ohio college students found that most don't plan to stay in the state after graduation unless a good job keeps them here. The study, released Monday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, was just the latest to show that Ohio has a hard time making itself a dream destination for college graduates. Researchers asked about the post-graduation plans of sophomores, juniors and seniors at Case Western Reserve, Kent State, Miami, Ohio State and Ohio universities, the University of Dayton and Oberlin College. They used a random, online sampling of students.

Both parties in state budget debate fear decisions that could leave them liable to campaign attacks

The Plain Dealer, June 15, 2009
How state lawmakers and Gov. Ted Strickland balance the 2010-11 budget by the end of the month will influence more than the next fiscal cycle. Facing a $3.2 billion revenue shortfall, Democrats and Republicans have to pick from unpopular fixes, including raising taxes, deeply cutting social programs and expanding gambling. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Congress backs tobacco clampdown

BBC News, June 15, 2009, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives has backed a bill introducing tough new curbs on the tobacco industry. The article cites a column written by Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Online startup is finding its groove

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 15, 2009
Citizen Groove LLC, which aims to use the Internet to help artists market their music, was founded by Case Western Reserve University students. The company has received a $30,000 grant from the Civic Innovation Lab.

Higher Ed News

How to pay for student health care

Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2009
As colleges try to get a handle on the cost pressures associated with providing health care to students, health officials, college administrators and even legislators are weighing in with ideas.