University Offers Floating Holiday

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In recognition of the diverse needs of employees, Case Western Reserve University will offer a floating holiday in lieu of the fixed day off previously known as the spring holiday.

The goal is to provide employees increased flexibility. The change is effective July 1, 2009.

The floating holiday allows employees to use a day to observe religious holidays or other days of personal significance. The day may be taken between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. Employees must obtain approval from their supervisors to minimize gaps in coverage.

For details regarding eligibility, please review the University Closings for Holidays and Other Events policy, Policy II-13 in the HR Policy Manual.

Campus News

Printing Services will be closed for year-end inventory June 29 and 30. Leave a message at 368-2550 for printing emergencies.

Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform a live test of the new redundant Internet connection from 3 a.m., Monday, June 29, to 3 a.m., Wednesday, July 1. ITS will send all Internet traffic through a new secondary connection. Most Internet activity will not experience any disruption. However, the following are exceptions: Multicast will not be available; music on hold may not be available; and off campus video conferencing may be not be available. Internet 2 connectivity will be rerouted through the commodity Internet and National Lambda Rail, so no impact should be experienced. Adobe Connect will not be impacted. This test will enable the gathering of live experience in order to plan for the use of the connection in the event of an emergency situation resulting in the loss of the primary connection. The opportunity will also be used to perform maintenance on the primary connection to prevent future outages. Please send questions and concerns to margaret.nelson@case.edu.

During the summer months, the Case Club at Severance Hall is closed on Fridays. The regular schedule will resume Friday, August 21. Special note: the Musical Arts Association will celebrate the July 4 holiday on Monday, July 6; the Case Club will be closed that day.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for representatives through Friday, 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.

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

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

Events

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring Friday Family Fun Night at Cleveland Lakefront State Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 26. This free family event engages participants of all ages in hands-on science focusing on Robert Ballard's "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration" program. Participants will compass their navigational skills, create tools of an explorer, participate in a scavenger hunt, and simulate a remote search for a shipwreck. Reservations are requested by calling (216) 881-8141 x3001.

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 25, 2009

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Case in the News

Making faces: Latest transplant operations include one double hand replacement

Modern Medicine, June 1, 2009
Ethicists continue to express reservations regarding the long-term risks associated with face transplants. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics and co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Law-Medicine Center, comments.

Political balance is shifting against health care reform—unless business weighs in

Roll Call, June 24, 2009
Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and director of the
Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes an op-ed piece about shifting attitudes toward a national health care policy.

Try to relax

Babble, June 23, 2009
Each year, an estimated 700,000—or one in five—pregnant women in the United States are placed on bed rest for just about every obstetric complication imaginable. For what purpose? None, according to Judith Maloni, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Celebrating the cream of local arts crop

Ohio.com, June 24, 2009
Northeast Ohio will celebrate creative artists whose work has made the region a more exciting place to live at the annual Cleveland Arts Prize event. Thrity Umrigar, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, is one of the honorees.

Higher Ed News

New plans will free up the 'Free Application' for student aid

USA TODAY, June 24, 2009
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced plans Wednesday to simplify the application process for federal student aid.