Several Alumni Weekend Events Open
to Entire Campus Community


Hundreds of alumni will return to campus October 22-25 to enjoy the festive and scholarly events that make Alumni Weekend and Homecoming so memorable.

Alumni from diverse class years, schools and programs will have an opportunity to reminisce about the past, enjoy the present and gain insight into the future direction of Case Western Reserve University.

Several events sponsored by University Alumni Relations are open to the campus community. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join in the fun, mingle with alumni and celebrate the university community. Read more.

Case Western Reserve, CIM, CIA Students Plan
to Get Creative on Lennon Bus


Dozens of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) students will have a unique opportunity to put what they are learning in the classroom to the test on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23.

A pre-selected group will have an opportunity to create studio-quality music, videos and photography when the John Lennon Educational Bus Tour rolls onto campus for a two-day stay in front of the Silver Spartan Diner.

In addition to the learning experience for the pre-selected students, all students, faculty and staff from the three institutions can learn about the history of the Lennon Bus and the production studio during 20-minute tours on Oct. 23. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services will be conducting training exercises the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Glennan, Olin and White buildings on the Main Quad. The sessions are not expected to disrupt daily operations. Occupants of the buildings are being notified.


The campus community has an opportunity to support Coach Greg Debeljak in the 2009 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year competition. Students, faculty and staff can vote for Debaljak online through December 6.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of Operation Smile will host a Zumba fundraiser from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Veale Multipurpose Room. Zumba is a high energy fitness program that incorporates body-sculpting movements from several Latin dance disciplines. Tickets are $5, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile. Tickets will be on sale in Nord Hall Oct. 22-23 or available at the door for $6.

For Faculty and Staff

The Fourth Annual Procurement and Distribution Services Vendor Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Veale Center. More than 90 vendors will be on hand for a day of networking, prizes and fun. This year's theme is Diversity Partnerships in Procurement, and several rousing rounds of karaoke dubbed "Diversity-oke" will take place. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, and John Wheeler, senior vice president for administration, will perform the song "That's What Friends Are For at 1 p.m. Attendees must present their Case ID to participate in the raffle giveaways. Winners need not be present to win. Check out the current list of raffle prizes.

On October 22, the Writing Resource Center will host its second brown bag session of the fall term: "SAGES Writing Outcomes for Skills in Argumentation." The session will focus on providing strategies for teaching argumentative writing in SAGES courses. The event will be held in Crawford Hall 111 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to if attending.


The Department of Human Resources invites employees to attend an open forum on benefit rate changes for 2010 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Ford Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow a general presentation. If unable to attend, plan to visit the Benefits Fair on November 10 or 11 to speak with a human resources representative.

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all faculty and staff to attend the annual Spotlight Awards and Women of Achievement Luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Eight faculty members selected by their schools—as well as faculty members who have achieved tenure and staff members who have assumed leadership positions or been promoted—also will be acknowledged. The lunch is free, but RSVP by Oct. 23 to Jana Krasney. Complete details about the honorees and the program are available online.

For Students

Fall break continues through Tuesday, Oct. 20.



The Fourth Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at the John Hay High School Auditorium. Join fellow alumni, friends, students and community members to celebrate the legacy of alumna Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the rich heritage of gospel music in Cleveland. Case Western Reserve's own Voices of Glory will perform, along with several local church choirs. Tickets are free. Register online. Part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2009.


Author Vanessa Ochs will give the 2009 Silver Scholar Lecture, "Medicine and Multiculturalism: Decoding Jewish Patients," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in Clark Hall 309. Ochs, a religious studies professor at the University of Virginia, received the 2007 National Jewish Book Award. Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program and Temple Tifereth-Israel.

Michelle Munson, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Teresa King from Cuyahoga Tapestry System of Care will discuss "Voices of Parent Advocates Within the Systems of Care Model of Service Delivery" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Mandel School, Classroom 320A. Contact June Hund for information.

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.

October 19, 2009

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Media Moment

Case Western Reserve University is a sponsor of the Chautauqua Summer Institute. Several faculty members spent the summer conducting interviews with radio station WJTN. The next in the series features Robert Spadoni, associate professor of film studies. Listen to the mp3 file.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve receives $3.4 million in grants for various health studies

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 16, 2009
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received six grants totaling $3.4 million from the National Institutes of Health for various studies. James Basilion, associate professor of radiology; Jeffrey Duerk, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Dominique Durand, professor in the biomedical engineering and neurosciences departments, are awardees.

Assessing the chances for the next wave of obesity drugs

New York Times, Oct. 16, 2009
How do the three new obesity drugs stack up? Paul Ernsberger, a neuroscientist and associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Tougher access to credit cards benefits entrepreneurs

BusinessWeek, Oct. 15, 2009
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about small business owners' access to credit cards.

Medical devices: How do you know they are safe?

AMN Healthcare News, Oct. 15, 2009
Today's medical devices are extremely diverse. But regardless of their complexity or function, hospital administrators, clinicians and their patients must trust in the manufacturers to produce safe, effective products. Sharona Hoffman, co-director of the Law-Medicine Center and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Research librarians discuss how to sell scholars on open access, and more

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 18, 2009
Budgets are never far from librarians' minds these days, but at the membership meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, held last week, attendees had other pressing matters to consider: how to support public access to research, how to reform the Federal Depository Library Program, and how to manage special collections in the digital age.