First-year Class Brings Wealth of Knowledge, Unique Experiences

There are 982 first-year students in the Class of 2013 at Case Western Reserve University.

They come from 41 states and 13 foreign countries. Sixty-two percent are from other states, while nine percent are international students. Their average SAT (Critical Reading plus Math) is 1329, 20 points higher than a year ago.

"It's an incredible honor to welcome such an amazing group of students to campus," says Robert R. McCullough, director of undergraduate admissions. "I'm eager to see how they enrich the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland communities with their talents."

The class counts as its members top athletes, artists, academic competition winners, volunteers and leaders. Read more.

Campus News


Randall Deike, vice president of enrollment, announces the appointment of Venus Puliafico as director of university financial aid. Puliafico, who has held several positions in the financial aid office since her arrival in 1978, was most recently associate director of financial aid.

An honors graduate of Notre Dame College with a degree in human resources administration and development, Puliafico has distinguished herself as an exceptional leader and a valued member of the university community. She brings extensive knowledge of industry regulations and business processes to her new role.

"I have enjoyed working for so many years in this department, and I look toward the future with excitement. This is a great opportunity to lead an extremely talented staff in doing what we do best: helping students fund their education," Puliafico says.

Donald Chenelle, the previous director of university financial aid, retired in June.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host an open house for students, faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, in Adelbert Hall 301. The reception is being held to welcome everyone back to campus and to introduce them to the staff and services available in the office. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president of inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; Liz Roccoforte, diversity program manager; Amanda Shaffer, interim faculty diversity officer and manager of faculty diversity and development; and Robynn Strong, executive aide for Mobley. Light refreshments will be available.

Due to technical difficulties, the August 24 edition of Case Daily was not delivered to some e-mail accounts. The campus community is invited to view the online version.

For Faculty and Staff


In recognition of the diverse needs of employees, Case Western Reserve recently began offering a floating holiday in lieu of the fixed day off previously known as the spring holiday. The floating holiday allows employees to use a day to observe religious holidays or other days of personal significance. The day may be taken through 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.

For Students

The Observer is seeking an undergraduate student to deliver newspapers on Friday mornings from approximately 9 to 11 a.m. This is a paid position. A car is required. If interested, send an e-mail to

Case Crew is looking for new members. Students interested in rowing are invited to an informational meeting with coaches and returning members at 7 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. No experience required.



The Annual Thwing Center Plant and Poster Sale is taking place through August 28 in Thwing Center ballroom. The event is an opportunity to buy plants and posters for offices, residence rooms and more. Plants range in price from $3 to $12. Accepted forms of payment include speedtype numbers, credit cards, CaseCash, checks and cash. Call 368-2660 for more information or go online. Sponsored by Thwing Center and the Office of Student Activities & Leadership.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the center, enjoy free food and meet others from campus and the center's staff.

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.

August 25, 2009

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Case in the News

Three myths about building an entrepreneurial economy

Business Lexington, August 25, 2009
An article about entrepreneurial myths references Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

The enduring but crazy little thing called 'Big Love'

The Plain Dealer, August 22, 2009
A theater review of Big Love references a production of the play that was done by the students in the Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University graduate acting program.

Experience the world through the eyes of Charles Darwin, August 24, 2009
There's still time left to head to the Great Lakes Science Center to learn all about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. The exhibit is a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, ideastream, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Higher Ed News

High enrollments and low graduation rates challenge struggling states

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2009
The South Central region, which stretches from the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, includes some of the nation's poorest and most ethnically diverse states. These days the region also faces some of the biggest challenges to expanding access to higher education.