Leutner Dining Commons Renovation Project to Result in More Open Space, Flexibility

In partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company, Case Western Reserve University's food service provider, a complete renovation of Leutner Commons began this week.

The project is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the 2010-2011 academic year. During the renovation, the dining hall is expected to remain fully operational for the duration of fall semester, as well as through spring semester 2010.

The renovations will allow for more study space and will maximize overall space flexibility. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve alumni license plates are available through the Ohio BMV. Orders can be placed online.


The campus community is invited to "Halloween at Home" from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at Freiberger Field. The event will consist of Halloween-themed activities for children of all ages. Performances featuring student groups will be held throughout the evening. This year, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs Turkey Drive and the Family Weekend Committee's "Stuff the Bag" service project, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable food items to benefit Cleveland families for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) consists of several cores to achieve its mission of enhancing clinical and translational research efforts across the Cleveland area. CCI is the academic home of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. The CCI Data Management Core employs data managers who consult and collaborate with investigators on database development, questionnaire design, data management and cleaning, preparation of datasets and statistical programming. Researchers are invited to go online for more information.

Police and Security Services will host a series of free self-defense classes for women. Rape Aggression Defense System's trained instructors will lead the classes on Thursdays beginning Oct. 29 and running the next three Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. in Adelbert Gym. Participants must complete the first three classes to complete the course. The classes cover avoidance, how to stay safe in everyday life, and how to escape from an attacker. Contact Karen Gregor by e-mail or phone at 368-6811 to sign up.

For Faculty and Staff

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the ACES+ Program and the Office of the Provost are hosting two training sessions with The OpEd Project, an innovative program to expand public debate and increase the voice of women thought leaders. The first seminar will be held at the School of Law from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 16, and is open to all women faculty members and senior administrators. Catherine Orenstein, founder and director of the OpEd Project, will lead the seminar. This session is limited to 20 people and costs $150 to attend. Contact Laura McNally, professor at the School of Law, if interested in attending. The second seminar, held in two sessions at Dively from 6 to 8:30 p.m., November 16 and 17, is open to public, women only. This seminar will be co-led by Connie Shultz, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Plain Dealer, and Maura Casey, an award-winning columnist and editor formerly with the New York Times. This session is limited to 20 people and costs $300 to attend. The Op-Ed Project provides scholarships to 40 percent of participants. Go online to register and to review the scholarship policy.

Special announcement for Retirement Plan B participants: Federal law requires annual notification to plan participants that includes important funding information about the plan. The notice for the plan year beginning July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009, is being provided through electronic means (view it online). The notice contains instructions for obtaining additional information. Contact Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or by e-mail at benefits@case.edu with questions.

For Students

The Choices 2009: Exploring Academic and Experiential Opportunities Fair, sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, takes place 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at Veale Center. Students will learn about major, minor and degree offerings from faculty and student representatives representing academic departments and programs. The event is mandatory for all first-year students; lunch will be provided with Case ID. Undeclared upperclass students also are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Leadership Journey Series continues with a session on "Time Management" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in Nord Hall 410. Rhonda Moore, program coordinator in Educational Services for Students, will lead the session.



The fall concert at Mather Dance Center, Returning, will feature an eclectic mix of choreography. Students and staff will perform choreography by faculty and several guest artists. Featured pieces include new choreography co-created by Karen Potter and Gary Galbraith, as well as choreography by guest artists created over a span of 20 years. Returning runs Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 for students; $7 for seniors and university personnel; $10 general admission.

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.


The Department of English, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Cinematheque will sponsor "An Evening of Buster Keaton Short Films" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at the Cleveland Cinematheque. The films will be accompanied by musical selections from Shuai Bertalan-Wang, a Cleveland Institute of Music student. Tickets: $8 general admission, $6 with a student ID, a Cinematheque membership, Case Friends of English members and children 12 and under.

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 is a religious studies professor at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program and Temple Tifereth-Israel.

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

"Transforming Civil Discourse and Neighborhood Identity through Action Research," a paper written by Mark Chupp, was recently selected by the  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) as the "Best Paper for 2008." Chupp, visiting assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, presented the paper at ARNOVA's 2008 conference.

October 28, 2009

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Case in the News

Air Force invests over $14M for 2010 Young Investigators Research Program

Physorg.com, Oct. 27, 2009
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced it will award approximately $14.6 million in grants to 38 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. R. Mohan Sankaran, George B. Mayer Assistant Professor of chemical engineering, at Case Western Reserve University, will conduct research on microplasma-assisted dissociation of chemical precursors for nanomaterials synthesis and processing.

The Bible as graphic novel

The Jewish Week, Oct. 25, 2009
R. Crumb, the famous counterculture cartoonist, has just published a serious, illustrated "Book of Genesis." But, the feminist work he frequently cites— Savina Teubal's "Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis" (1984)—is either outdated or never had much credibility to begin with, according to many prominent scholars today. Alice Bach, professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing gets $3.7 million in stimulus funding

The Cleveland Leader, Oct. 27, 2009
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University was recently awarded $3.7 million in six stimulus grants from various federal offices to fund innovative research and academic programs. May L. Wykle, dean of the nursing school, comments.

Higher Ed News

Colleges are pushed to convert loan system

The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2009
Congress has not given final approval to legislation ending federal subsidies for private student loans for college. But Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter Monday to thousands of colleges and universities urging them to get ready to use the government's Direct Loan Program in the 2010-11 school year.