Two Honored as 2009 Alumni Award Winners


May L. Wykle, the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor and dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Lee Ponsky, assistant professor of urology at the School of Medicine, were presented with alumni awards during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2009.

In addition to the alumni award winners, a variety of events were held in celebration of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. Watch a video featuring highlights from the weekend celebration.

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Vice President for Financial Planning Announced


Chief Financial Officer John Sideras announced recently that Donald Stewart has been named Case Western Reserve University's new Vice President for Financial Planning. Stewart comes to Cleveland from Brown University, where he served as Director of Academic Resources for five years.

"Donald is uniquely qualified to bring a new level of rigor, accountability and transparency to the university's budgeting efforts," Sideras said. "He has extensive experience in higher education, and understands the importance of working collaboratively with faculty."

In his new role, Stewart leads the Office of University Planning and Budget. This office provides planning assistance to schools and other administrative units and follows their budget performance throughout the fiscal year. Stewart also will work to enhance the office's long-term planning for both operational and capital spending. Read more.

Maltz Museum Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invites campus community members to learn more about a unique scholarship opportunity for young people in grades 6-12 who live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties.

The Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay Contest is offering a total of $100,000 in scholarship support for juniors and seniors to attend an Ohio university or college. They must complete a 500-word essay on discrimination or intolerance and how they intend to address it. There also are smaller prizes for students in grades 6-10. Go online for complete details and deadlines.

Campus News


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will celebrate the appointment of Elizabeth Tracy as the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work with a colloquium entitled "Social Networks—A Framework for Teaching, Service and Research." The event begins at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. RSVP to Pamela Carson via e-mail or phone at 368-2281.

Certain members of the Case Western Reserve community, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can receive H1N1 nasal spray vaccinations during the following fall campus clinics:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Veale Center Lobby
  • Monday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thwing Center 1914 Lounge
  • Monday, Nov. 2, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Thwing Center Ballroom
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3 to 6:30 p.m., Wade Commons

Note: Students under 18 must receive parental consent.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority will continue hosting events through Oct. 31 in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The next event is the placement of luminaries from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight all over campus, co-sponsored with Greek Life. Also, a kickball tournament will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at Freiberger Field. Team registration is $50, with proceeds benefiting domestic violence victims. In addition, the bake sale continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday in Nord Hall.

1-2-1 Fitness Center offers a professional, personal, friendly and clean exercise environment to help members achieve health and wellness goals. Members receive access to more than 40 free group exercise classes per week, 28,000 sq. ft. of top equipment, two group exercise studios, free parking, four free personal training sessions, free lockers and towel service, new shower and sauna areas, and more. Payroll deduction is available. 

For Faculty and Staff

Due to the impending retirement of Joanne Eustis, university librarian, Case Western Reserve recently announced that a national search is underway for a university librarian. Timothy Robson, deputy director, will serve as interim university librarian.

The search committee members are:

For Students

Residence Hall Association's Adelbert Complex Community Council will host the 2009 Jack Bash, 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at Clarke Tower. Pumpkins cost $3, and can be dropped from the top of Clarke. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Clothing and Food Shelter.

Community Hour events for Friday, Oct. 30, are the Choices 2009: Exploring Academic and Experiential Opportunities Fair in Veale Center, and the "Halloween in Thwing" event. Learn more.

The Graduate Student Senate hosts a Happy Hour for graduate and professional students at 5 p.m. on Thursdays at the Jolly Scholar.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites the campus community, external partners and the public to attend the first of many Keeping it Real sessions. On Thursday, Nov. 5, OMA, in conjunction with the City of Cleveland's Community Relations Board, will host a session on "Emotional Genetics—Understanding Your Emotional Inheritance," from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 400. RSVP to Bridget Chapman by Oct. 30 to reserve a spot.

The CWRU Film Society will screen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, in Strosacker Auditorium, followed later with a midnight showing. Learn more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will focus on the university's internationalization initiative. The speaker will be David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at the Inamori Center.

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

During the summer, several fraternities and sororities earned top honors awarded by their national organizations, continuing the Greek Life community's tradition of excellence:

  • Beta Theta P—North-American Interfraternity Conference Award of Distinction, Virginia Tech Award, Charles Henry Hardin Award, John Reilly Knox Award; highest national award, Frances H. Sisson Award, Risk Management Award, Recruitment Award
  • Delta Gamma—Patricia Peterson Danielson Award for excellence in all areas of operations
  • Delta Upsilon—100 Percent Associate Member Education, 100 Percent Loss Prevention
  • Phi Delta Theta—Recruitment Award for excellence in fraternity recruitment
  • Phi Gamma Delta—Most Improved Chapter Academically in the Midwest
  • Phi Kappa Psi—Accredited with Distinction; awarded to chapters who meet or exceed standards in all eleven areas of operation
  • Phi Kappa Tau—Maxwell Chapter Award; recognition for completing the standards challenge to the highest level. First Runner Up for the Scholarship Award
  • Phi Sigma Rho—Rising to Excellence: Orchid Award; Presented to the active chapters that meet a level of excellence. This was the first year this award was given
  • Sigma Nu—Rock Chapter; highest national award
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon—Phi Beta Kappa Wheelhouse; minimum 3.15 GPA both semesters
  • Theta Chi—Chapter Excellence Award, Reginald E. F. Colley Award; the highest honor bestowed upon an outstanding undergraduate member in Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau—100 years–Continuous Legacy Award; chartered for 100 consecutive years
  • Zeta Psi—McElroy Order of Excellence; Top 3 chapter for three consecutive years

October 29, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules and catch up on recent scores and news. This week, watch a video featuring Bobby Bott, a senior captain and cornerback on the football team.

Case in the News

Air Force invests over $14M for 2010 Young Investigators Research Program, Oct. 27, 2009

Issue 5 or Issue 6?, Oct. 27, 2009
Case Western Reserve University hosted a forum to educate voters about Issue 5 or 6. The decision on which reform proposal Cuyahoga County voters approve next Tuesday will likely have implications for the entire region for years to come.

Ohio universities focusing on advanced energy

The Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2009
The state is asking eight Ohio universities, including Case Western Reserve University, to share their knowledge about advanced energy in an effort to help the state emerge as a world leader in the field. Read more.

What now? Colorado groups seek "Personhood" for cells

RH Reality Check, Oct. 28, 2009
Jessica Berg, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted about the issues of personhood.

H1N1 flu vaccine clinics, Oct. 27, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is offering H1N1 flu nasal vaccines to students. Tim Eppich, associate director of University Health Services, comments.

Play House's 'Inherit the Wind' tried and true

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 29, 2009
Tony Brown writes about the performance by the 2011 class from the Play House/Case Western Reserve University graduate acting program in its performance of "Inherit the Wind."

Higher Ed News

Census: 'Brain gains' for high-tech cities

The Oakland Press (via The Associated Press), Oct. 28, 2009
Many college graduates are passing up industrial centers and former hotspots in the Southwest, which have been hit hard by the recession, in favor of life in urban, high-tech meccas.