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

Donald Chenelle Receives
President's Award for Distinguished Service


Donald Chenelle has spent his career making a Case Western Reserve University education a reality for a countless number of students.

"He has championed the need for affordable undergraduate education at Case and provided the opportunity for tens of thousands of students to attend and graduate in his almost 36 years of service," wrote a nominator who recommended that he be a recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Service. Chenelle, director of financial aid, received the award during the Staff Service Awards Brunch last week. The program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President.

He arrived at Case Western Reserve more than 35 years ago ready to help students find ways to pay for school. To achieve this, another nominator wrote about Chenelle's commitment to securing endowed scholarships and grants from alumni, the business community and friends of the university. He has spearheaded efforts such as the Ohio Leadership Awards Program, and has been instrumental in developing a partnership with Cleveland Scholarship Programs. Read more.

Campus News

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, in Thwing Center's ballroom. There is a critical blood shortage during the summer months. Donors can make an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern." Free T-shirts will be given to all donors.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring the "Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education Program: Great Lakes Shipping Education Chest" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park headquarters. The session is for K-8 educators, and will include tools to deliver an educational program about commerce on the Great Lakes. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff


Faculty and staff are invited to board Lolly the Trolley for a free two-hour tour of University Circle neighborhoods from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 26. The tour will include food and beverages. As part of the Greater Circle Living Initiative, employees can receive up to $15,000 if they purchase a home in one of the neighborhoods near campus. The boarding time for Case Western Reserve employees will be 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Wyonette Cheairs at Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation at (216) 361-8400.

For Students


Students who are staying on campus or in the area during the summer are invited to learn more about Cleveland by volunteering with the Summer Saturday of Service program. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL), volunteer projects scheduled for Saturday, June 27, include sorting food and donations at the Cleveland Foodbank; working on a mural or other community projects with Case Cares About Cleveland; and working at a Habitat for Humanity construction site. Register online by Wednesday, June 24.


Michiko Watanabe, professor of pediatrics, and Mukesh Jain, professor of medicine and founding director of the university's Cardiovascular Research Institute, are scheduled to be presenters at Vasculata 2009, taking place July 28-31 at the Cleveland Clinic. Vasculata is a national summer course that promotes the study of vascular biology. The workshop is designed to present an overview of the field and future areas of active research. Scholarships are available for students.

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 18, 2009

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Case in the News

Adult stem cell drugs and therapies are the next big market

Seeking Alpha, June 18, 2009
According to a new report, marketable therapies emerging from work in the adult stem space could be the next multi-billion dollar market. Research on adult stem cells has generated a great deal of excitement. Adult stem cells have already been used successfully with patients to treat cartilage defects in children; restore vision to patients who were legally blind; relieve systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis; and to serve as an aid in numerous cancer treatments. Debra Grega, executive director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments. Related article.

Popular Alzheimer's theory may be false trail

Science Daily, June 16, 2009
The idea that anti-inflammatory drugs might protect people struggling with dementia from Alzheimer's disease has received a blow with the online release of a study of human brain tissue in Acta Neuropathologica. Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Colleges strive to ensure intellectual diversity

USA TODAY, June 18, 2009
Dozens of public and private colleges have taken steps to ensure their students are exposed to a range of intellectual views on campus, and to ensure that students can freely express their views, says a report being released today.