Alumni and Friends Increase Support
for Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University's alumni and friends continue to provide generous support for research and scholarship even amid challenging economic times. The university's philanthropy totaled $108.7 million, marking the second consecutive year that the university raised more than $100 million. The amount also sets a new record for the second-highest total in the university's history.

In addition, the university's annual alumni fund drive raised $7.6 million, the highest total in university history.

"We are tremendously grateful to our graduates and other supporters for the faith they have shown in Case Western Reserve University," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "We are especially humbled to receive this level of giving in light of the financial challenges the nation has faced since the fall."

The university is in the first year of implementation of Forward Thinking, the strategic plan that identifies the campus' highest priorities for the next five years. These include academic collaborations in areas such as energy, human health, and sustainability, as well as initiatives designed to enhance the student experience. Several of the university's largest gifts focused on these areas. Read more.

Campus News

Trevor Allen, president of the Student Sustainability Council, is conducting a Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies project in conjunction with Bon Appétit to look into the feasibility of composting on campus. A major goal is to gather the opinions of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Campus community members are invited to take a short survey to provide their thoughts and feedback.

During the summer, the Thwing Center Postal Substation is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays. The Post Office will close for breaks daily from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., and from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Regular semester hours will resume Monday, August 17.

The American Red Cross will host an on-campus blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, in Nord Hall 310. Donors can make an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

For Faculty and Staff


Case Western Reserve employees are invited to learn more about opportunities to jumpstart their graduate education by using their tuition benefits in the fall 2009 semester. An "Evening and Saturday MBA Information Session" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Sponsored by Weatherhead MBA Admissions. Learn more.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate is co-sponsoring a workshop, "Financial Planning and Money Management," from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, in Nord 410. Andrew Connors of Fairport Asset Management will lead the discussion. The session is open to all graduate and professional students. Free pizza and beverages will be available. RSVP to


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will hold its monthly seminar at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, in Frohring Auditorium. Each month, the CTSC Seminar Series will feature a distinguished speaker who is at the forefront of translational research. The seminar series encourages lively exchanges and discussion between the speaker and audience. Go online for more information about the speakers and upcoming seminars.

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.

July 27, 2009

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Case in the News

Ranking hospitals now done by many organizations, not just U.S. News & World Report

The Plain Dealer, July 27, 2009
The Cleveland Clinic holds a coveted place among hospitals, ranking high again this year in a dozen categories listed in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals. Alfred Rimm, a Case Western Reserve University professor of epidemiology who has studied hospital quality, said he advises people to seek out teaching hospitals.

Social media extend search for prospective students

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 24, 2009
Northeast Ohio's colleges and universities are moving some of their recruiting efforts online, using social media web sites to promote their schools to prospective students. Case Western Reserve University doesn't create groups on Facebook or other social media sites, preferring that students form such groups on their own, according to Jonathan Wehner, director of strategic marketing for enrollment management at Case Western Reserve.

Local Chinese doctors work together to help visiting elders overcome health-care barriers

The Plain Dealer, July 27, 2009
There are more than 6,000 people of Chinese background living in Cuyahoga County, according to researchers at the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. Many are elderly parents who traditionally join their families in the United States and help raise their grandchildren. A group of Chinese doctors recently put on a health seminar to help visiting parents find free or discounted health care.

MedWorks: Turnout for local free medical care event exceeds expectations, July 22, 2009
More than 1,600 patient vision, dental and medical appointments were logged during the two-day MedWorks free health event at the W.O. Walker building in University Heights and the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Ramen noodles no more? College students go gourmet

USA TODAY, July 23, 2009
These days, college students have gourmet palates and a growing interest in preparing their own food. Mini-refrigerators and microwaves in dorm rooms are as essential as laptops.