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Case Western Reserve Hosts High School Boys in Achievement Program


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a group of male high school students from Cleveland's Martin Luther King Jr. and Glenville High Schools get a taste of college life on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. One of the objectives of the program is to help the young men complete high school so that the prospect of attending college becomes a viable option.

The young men - more than a dozen from each high school - are participants in Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's Closing the Achievement Gap program, which aims to increase the graduation rate for all male students, with a special focus on African Americans.

The Case Western Reserve community is a key partner in the program, which ends June 30. Read more.

Campus News

Regionally Speaking 2009, a virtual symposium hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium, continues its dialogue with “Economic Inclusion and Community Wealth.” In the first of two sessions, a panel of speakers discusses the topics of sustainability and green neighborhoods, and the second session of speakers addresses land use, Greater Circle living and neighborhood issues. To listen to this conversation, visit

The web address for the School of Medicine’s Pathology Department has changed. Please visit

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses that were incurred in 2008 between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as is information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368.6781 or Meritain Health at 877.801.1500 with questions.

For Students

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


Save the Date! Please be advised a new date has been scheduled for U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s inaugural State of the District Town Hall meeting. It will be held on Aug. 12 at Case Western Reserve’s Ford Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. President Barbara R. Snyder will provide the welcome on behalf of the university, and Detroit Representative John Conyers Jr. will introduce Congresswoman Fudge. This event is sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus.

The University Homecoming and Alumni Weekend committee is recruiting faculty, staff and students who currently own vintage or historic vehicles to participate in the annual Homecoming Parade. Convertibles also are needed. The parade, which runs through the North Residential Village, is scheduled for Oct. 24 beginning at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in participating, contact Colleen Barker-Williamson at

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 22, 2009

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Case in the News

Cleveland Arts Prize: Thrity Umrigar

Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 20, 2009.

Thrity Umrigar, who has just sold her sixth book to HarperCollins, wears her acclaim lightly. She made tenure two years ago at Case Western Reserve University, has won a midcareer award from the Cleveland Arts Prize and will lecture at the Chautauqua Institution next month.

From the Ashes of ’69, a River Reborn

The New York Times, June 21, 2009.

Monday is the 40th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire of 1969, when oil-soaked debris floating on the river’s surface was ignited, most likely by sparks from a passing train. The fire was extinguished in 30 minutes and caused just $50,000 in damage. But it became a galvanizing symbol for the environmental movement, one of a handful of disasters that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the passage of the Clean Water Act. Jonathan Adler, an environmental law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Growing pains

Crains Cleveland Business, June 22, 2009.

Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. The first phase of the $200 million retirement community in Bainbridge Township called South Franklin Circle is nearing completion, though a weak economy means it won't be the sell-out that its operator had expected when it opens in September. Case Western Reserve University, which is in talks with Judson to begin offering distance learning classes when the community opens, is mentioned.

Akron parks to sound with symphony music

Akron Beacon Journal, June 20, 2009.

An ''American Roots'' concert will be at 7:30 p.m. July 5 at Lock 3 downtown, with a different program featuring jazz trumpet player Jack Schantz. He'll play a mix of jazz selections, including the premiere of arranger Paul Ferguson's Porgy and Bess medley. Ferguson is director of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University.


Higher Ed News

The Jack Welch MBA Coming to Web, June 20, 2009.

Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jack Welch is putting his name and money behind a little-known educational entrepreneur, injecting some star power into the budding industry of online education. Mr. Welch is paying more than $2 million for a 12% stake in Chancellor University System LLC, which is converting formerly bankrupt Myers University in Cleveland into Chancellor University. It plans to offer most courses online. Chancellor will name its Master of Business Administration program The Jack Welch Institute.

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