Importance of Fire Safety Stressed
During Campus Safety Awareness Month

Campus Safety Awareness Month continues at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis on fire safety and prevention.

According to the United States Fire Administration, college students are experiencing a growing number of fire-related emergencies in both on- and off-campus housing.

Campus community members can find out more information during a Campus Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center atrium. Read more.

Campus News


The Safe Ride program has a new phone number: 368-3000. The program provides transportation around campus for students and employees during late evening and overnight hours.

Bon Appétit Management Company—the university's food and dining services provider—recently introduced Natura® water purification at the Grab It Café. The system offers pure, fresh still and sparkling water while helping to reduce the need for bottled water. It is estimated that by switching to a purified water system, 29,000 water bottles will be eliminated from the waste stream this year. In addition to Bon Appétit's efforts, learn more about the university's sustainability initiatives.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Student Motivation and Incivilities" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. This UCITE session will focus on ways professors can create classroom experiences designed to enhance the situational interest of students. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

The Staff Advisory Council will host the inaugural "Steps for Staff Walk and Wellness Expo" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, in Adelbert Gym. Campus departments and organizations interested in promoting on-campus health initiatives geared toward the mind, body or soul are invited to set up a table or donate raffle prizes. Send an e-mail to to reserve a spot or for more information. The Steps for Staff event also will include a walk around campus. Early registration is $15, with proceeds benefiting the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund.

For Students


The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking enthusiastic undergraduate students for the Student Ambassador Team. The Spartan Ambassadors serve as overnight hosts to prospective students and participate in other undergraduate recruitment events. Ambassadors must live in a residence hall, the Village at 115 or in Greek housing; enjoy meeting new people; and be willing to share their enthusiasm for the university with their guests. First-year through graduating seniors are welcome to join. Interested students must attend one of the following information/training sessions: tonight from 7-8 p.m., Wade Fireside Lounge; Thursday, September 10, 7-8 p.m., Fribley Fireside Lounge; or Friday, September 11, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thwing Spartan Room. Contact Karla Crucke with questions.

The University Program Board (UPB) is seeking enthusiastic students to make Case Western Reserve an even more engaging campus. Elected positions are available on the Arts and Entertainment, Concerts, Cultural Development and Traditions Committees. Elections will be held at 7 p.m., Monday September 14, in the UPB office (basement of Thwing Center). Letters of intent are due by noon, Monday, September 14, to

Third- and fourth-year engineering students are invited to attend a networking event, "Linking Engineering Talent to Opportunity," from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 17, at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 100 Public Square, Suite 210. Students will have an opportunity to meet with leading Northeast Ohio companies to learn about co-ops, internships and other career opportunities. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Students are advised to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume. RSVP by e-mail by Thursday, September 10; include a copy of your resume. Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education.


The Center for Policy Studies will host a discussion on the topic of "Should Health Care Reform Mean Rationing?" from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Bob Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health, and Society; J.B. Silvers, Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management; and Joe White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, will serve as panelists. Snacks will be available.

Benny Begin, Israel Cabinet Minister, will discuss topics related to current Middle East issues beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center Ballroom. A light lunch will be available for the first 100 people who arrive. Learn more.

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.

September 9, 2009

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Case in the News

Individual health care plans crop up for small employers

Workforce Management, September 8, 2009
To address their employees' need for health care coverage, small companies are trying to find creative ways to help them get health insurance on their own. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

New asthma predictors needed to determine future risk in certain patients

Science Daily, September 7, 2009
Screening tests used to predict asthma activity in patients may have little tracking success when applied to people with persistent disease who are adhering to their health care regimens, UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians report. In addition to UT Southwestern, researchers from Case Western Reserve University participated in the study.

Museum benefactor Muriel Butkin's esteemed collection up for online auction

The Plain Dealer, September 9, 2009
It's said that every piece of art tells a story, and Muriel Butkin certainly knew her art. Now, with an online auction of much of what she and her husband, Noah, had collected, the public will see a greater glimpse of this very private couple's story. Muriel Butkin became a strong supporter of the graduate art history program at Case Western Reserve University, where she funded conferences.

Higher Ed News

(Not) Crossing the finish line

Inside Higher Ed, September 9, 2009
America's flagship public universities are failing to graduate enough students in four (or even six) years and are doing too little to improve the completion rates of low-income and minority students, according to a much awaited book being released today.