Case Western Reserve Vigilant in Efforts to Keep Campus Community Safe from H1N1 Virus

As a new semester gets underway and concerns about H1N1 (formerly called swine flu) virus increase around the country, Case Western Reserve University is taking a proactive and vigilant approach to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff to limit transmission of the virus on campus.

The university’s Emerging Infections Committee is continuing to monitor conditions and share new information related to H1N1 as it becomes available. The committee is distributing informational cards regarding influenza-like illness to the campus community in the next few days.

Campus community members who live either on or off campus and who have influenza-like illness should stay in their residence hall rooms or homes, except to get medical care, for at least 24 hours after they are free of fever or free of signs of fever without use of fever-reducing medications.

In addition, the university is encouraging faculty, staff and students to receive the vaccinations for both seasonal flu and H1N1 once each vaccine is tested and available.

Go to the university’s Emerging Infections Committee Web site for more information.

Campus News

Replay for Kids will host a toy repair and modification workshop from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, August 31, in the Rainbow Community Room at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The repaired toys will benefit children with disabilities. Learn more about the program.

Sigma Psi Sorority and Case Western Reserve's Habitat for Humanity chapter will host a Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 29, on Freiberger Field. For a $5 registration fee benefiting Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, people can sell their household goods and other items. Sellers will be allowed to keep all of the money they make from the sale. Those interested in selling goods should contact; include your name, organization, phone number, space needs, and a list of items for sale. Send an e-mail to with other questions.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University recently launched a faculty and staff campaign to encourage support of the Annual Fund. Contributions will support general operations in the current fiscal year, enhancing the lives of students and supporting faculty research and facilities maintenance and improvement. Faculty and staff may also choose to designate their gift to the school of their choice or any number of university funds. Check the Annual Fund giving page for other options. Gifts can be made online, by calling the Office of the Annual Fund at 368-5288, or e-mailing at


The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing undergraduate students to work as tour guides for the 2009-2010 academic year. These are paid positions. Interviews will be held on September 1 and 2, followed by mandatory orientation sessions on September 8 and 9. Interested students should contact Judy Weiss, assistant director of undergraduate admission, to sign up for an interview.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative continues its monthly seminar series at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27, in Frohring auditorium, with James Basilion, associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at the Case Center for Imaging Research. His topic will be "Application of Molecular Imaging to Cancer and Tropical Diseases."

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.

In Memoriam

Denise Frank, a retired French instructor with the State Department who began her teaching career in wartime France, died August 19. She was 88. From 1947 to 1980, she taught French in Cleveland public and private schools and at Case Western Reserve University.

August 24, 2009

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Media Moment

Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson will be the keynote speaker at Case Western Reserve University’s Fall Convocation 2009 on Wednesday, August 26. The ceremony will be Webcast live beginning shortly before 4:30 p.m. Bookmark this page or return to this Web site to watch Fall Convocation live. Earlier this year, Mortenson was honored for his efforts to bring education to disadvantaged children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Watch an ABC News video to learn more.

Case in the News

Case prof on front lines in swine flu preparation, August 24, 2009 Stephen Sroka, who teaches at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is also a health education consultant, took part last week in a three-day conference on how to prepare for a possible swine flu outbreak.

'Cups' of inspiration brew thirsty crowds

The Plain Dealer, August 22, 2009

Sixteen years ago, Greg Mortenson's near-death experience on K2 set him on a new path, one that led to the building of 81 schools in remote Pakistan and Afghanistan. No wonder he likes this time of year. He is busy Twittering his hopes for the Afghanistan election, finishing a long overdue second book and kicking off the school year at Case Western Reserve University. He will speak at the university’s convocation on August 26. Eric Dicken, executive director of university programs and events, comments.

Man blames science for nearly 20 years he spent in prison, August 20, 2009

For 20 years, Steven Barnes has relived one day over and over in his mind; the scenes sometimes unfold like a filmy, disjointed dream, and sometimes with a stark and painful furor. It was the day he was arrested, at age 23, for a crime he did not commit. His conviction hinged on what he calls “junk science.” Paul Giannelli, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Connecting a community for tikkun olam

Cleveland Jewish News, August 21, 2009

Lev Gonick, vice president of information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, writes an op-ed piece about technology and its impact on the future.

Higher Ed News

The Almanac of Higher Education 2009-10

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2009

The new Almanac of Higher Education features national and state-by-state data on colleges and universities, and their students, finances, and faculty and staff members, as well as regional profiles of the issues facing academe across the country.