University to Test Emergency Communications Systems Week of October 26

To help ensure timely, accurate and clear communication takes place with members of the Case Western Reserve University community during a potential crisis, the Communications Committee, part of the university's Security Task Force, will test the university's layered emergency notification network, commonly referred to as CaseWARN. The test, which will include voice mail, text messages and outdoor speakers, will take place during business hours on a random day the week of October 26.

All members of the campus community who have subscribed to the CaseWARN voice or text alerts will receive a test message on that day. No response is necessary. All outdoor speakers around campus will be sounded at this same time, first with an alarm then with a voice message indicating that the alarm is only a test.

Prior to the testing, those who have subscribed to the CaseWARN voice or text message alerts need to program two numbers into their cell phones: 24639 should be entered as CaseWARN Text and 1-866-609-8026 as CaseWARN Voice. Details are available online. E-mail questions to

The university recommends all faculty, staff and students subscribe to the voice and text message alerts, which will only be used in the case of an imminent threat to the campus community.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library's first event in the Scholarly Communication Lecture Series for 2009-10 features new models of digital research, publishing, learning and reflection. A Nov. 6 presentation will feature Tara McPherson from the University of Southern California on "Expanding the Scholarly Imagination: Experiments in the Digital Humanities." Read more.

The university's Operation Smile chapter will host a Zumba fundraiser from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Veale Multipurpose Room. Zumba is a fitness program that incorporates body-sculpting movements from several Latin dance disciplines. Tickets will be available at the door for $6. In addition, Operation Smile will host a Cleveland Cavaliers season opener fundraiser party at the Jolly Scholar from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27. Wristbands entitling attendees to an all-you-can-eat buffet are $10.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority will host a variety of events Oct. 25-31 in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first event is a self-defense class, co-sponsored by the Tae Kwon Do club from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, in the Thwing Center atrium. Also, the campus community is invited to wear purple and stop by Thwing atrium and the Kelvin Smith Library Oval from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, to pick up ribbons and purple lollipops. This event is co-sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.


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. A limited number of free tickets are available. Call 368-3085 for details.

For Faculty and Staff


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity is pleased to announce the new Faculty Diversity Officer (FDO), John M. Clochesy, the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

He will oversee the Office of Faculty Diversity and be responsible for faculty diversity matters related to recruitment, employment and equal opportunity, including reviewing allegations of sexual harassment or discrimination against or about faculty and facilitating Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations for faculty members. The FDO also reports faculty diversity data to the Faculty Senate and serves on university committees concerned with faculty diversity issues. Clochesy will work closely with Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, in serving as a resource for all faculty. Read more.

For Students

The Academic Integrity Board is accepting fall 2009 applications. The board is a group of undergraduate students who attend hearings for cases of academic misconduct. The group also creates programming to spread awareness of academic issues. Students representing all majors are encouraged to apply. Go online for application information. The deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, to the Office of Student Affairs.


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host the second lecture in the 2009-2010 Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series, "Critical Dialogues: Building and Sustaining Diversity in the Academy," at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at Guilford House. The speaker will be Sheila Peters, chair of the psychology department at Fisk University. There will be a question and answer session after the talk, as well as light refreshments. Free, open to the campus community, alumni and the public. Contact Liz Roccoforte for information or to RSVP. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

Edwin Black, an award-winning author and expert on Iran, will give a free public lecture, "Iran and the Nuclear Dynamic," at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Sponsored by the departments of history, political science and religious studies, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. 


Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group, will present West Side Story at 8 p.m., Oct. 29-31, and another show at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31, all dates and times in Carlton Commons. Go online for information or to reserve tickets.

The Case Alumni Association (CAA) will launch the Case Games. Individuals and teams will hurl CAA-sanctioned objects toward an oversized bulls-eye beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, near the Oktoberfest tent, North Residential Village.

The university's Institute for the Study of Origins and the Case/Cleveland Play House MFA Program will come together for the opening weekend production of Inherit the Wind. A pre-performance reception and talk featuring Bruce Latimer, former Cleveland Museum of Natural History executive director, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Cleveland Play House. Afterward, watch the theater students in the classic courtroom drama. Purchase tickets by phone at (216) 795-7000 or online. Mention or enter the code "Origins" for a discount. E-mail or call 368-0097 for information.

The Department of Music will present "A Choral ShowCASE" featuring the Early Music Singers, University Singers and the Concert Choir, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Harkness Chapel. Free.

"The Rocky Horror Commedia Show," the first comedy musical from the Confused Greenies, will take place tonight and on Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m. both nights in Nord Hall. This is a parody of the cult movie classic in celebration of more than 10 years of the Film Society's live floorshow cast. Free.

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.

Et al

Robert N. Strassfeld, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at the School of Law, received an $8,000 grant from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, for the Institute's surveillance conference held today at the law school.

Safe@Case WARN winners and their prizes are as follows: Grand-prize winner, Christina Smith, student, Amazon Kindle; Jeremy Rayl and Paul Hirschel, students, $50 iTunes; Alissa Tropea, student, and Anna Dubnisheva, department of occupation and environmental safety, $25 iTunes; Karthik Jayaraman and Thomas Connor, students, $20 bookstore certificates; and Craig Becker, Steven Wilhelm, Ariella Goldman, Trevor Allen and Sarah Robinson, $10 Starbucks certificates.

October 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Bolton School Of Nursing At Case Western Reserve University Receives $3.7 Million In Federal Stimulus Funding

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 23, 2009
Long recognized as a leader in global health, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's groundbreaking research continues to place it among the top nursing schools in the country. The school is also regarded for its innovative academic programs. FPB was recently awarded six stimulus grants from various federal offices to advance both of these areas.

Awakening paralyzed limbs

MIT Technology Review, Oct. 20, 2009
Robert Kirsch, a neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University, comments in story about paralyzed arms and hands.

Personnel for the Ares I-X test flight

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 23, 2009
A profile story on some of the key NASA Glenn Research Center personnel involved in the Ares I-X test flight references Vince Bilardo, upper stage simulator project manager. A Case Western Reserve University-trained mechanical engineer, Bilardo has more than 26 years of program and project management experience with NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

No bones about it, there's always a Clevelander or two rattling around in humankind's distant past

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 23, 2009
This month, an international team of researchers, many of whom hang their fedoras at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, announced the lollapalooza of paleoanthropologic coolness: the discovery of the partial skeleton of a 4.4 million-year-old species known as Ardipithecus ramidus. Case Western Reserve University researchers were involved in the project.

Case Western Reserve University Launches Prevention Research Center For Healthy Neighborhoods

Medical News Today, Oct. 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine proudly announces the establishment of the CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, a collaborative research center to address common health issues faced in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods in and around Greater Cleveland.

Case medical schools receive $20.5 million gift

Cleveland Jewish News, Oct. 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University recently received a $20.5 million gift from the Donald Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman family.

Higher Ed News

'Chronicle' Survey Yields a Rare Look Into Adjuncts' Work Lives

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 18, 2009
The Chronicle of Higher Education provides results for its survey of perceptions about adjunct professors.