Mandel School Graduate Students See
Work Study Stipends Increase

Students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences provide some 225,000 hours of community service for approximately 350 community agencies. This service enabled the social work school to become eligible for increased work-study funding from the federal government.

Field placements are a requirement for social work students enrolled in the master's program.

Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore said full-time students in their first and second years have seen a 25 percent increase in stipends from $6,000 to $7,500. Read more.

Students, Organizations Observe Spirit of Thanksgiving with Special Dinners, Community Outreach


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means most students, faculty and staff are planning to spend the holiday with loved ones. While most people will leave to enjoy a meal with family and friends, several groups are planning to mark the spirit of the holiday right here on campus.

The International Club, along with International Student Services (ISS), will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, in Nord Hall 310. The following day, LL.M. (Master of Law) students will share a meal at the Triangle Apartments. And on the evening of Thanksgiving, Juniper Community Council will host an international Thanksgiving potluck for students in the Juniper community unable to make it home for the holiday.

In addition to the special meals, the Office of Multicultural Affairs is accepting donations for its Eighth Annual Turkey Drive, which benefits needy families and shelters in the local community.

Read more about the special dinners and the turkey drive program.

Campus News

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


The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to a celebration of the appointment of Zheng-Rong Lu as the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor in Biomedical Engineering. The event begins at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec, 3, in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. Hosted by Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering, and Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine, the program will feature a lecture by Lu, a new faculty member and world-renowned expert on biomedical cellular and molecular imaging, imaging contrast agents and drug delivery. The M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professorship was established in 1999 with a $2 million gift from the 1950 mechanical engineering alumnus and his wife, for whom the chair is named. Among his many accomplishments, Rudy is attributed with the invention of the Nike Air Sole.

Open enrollment for the Postdoctoral Benefits Program (PBP) continues through November 25, with changes made during open enrollment effective January 1, 2010. During the open enrollment period, participants may make changes to their benefits coverage. In order to make changes to current enrollment, participants will need to first print the open enrollment instructions. For more information regarding open enrollment, contact Garnett-Powers & Associates at 800-261-7109 or by e-mail at

For Faculty and Staff

Procurement and Distribution Services announces further streamlining of the Contract Review Process by aggregating the review and routing of all procurement-related contracts through the Procurement and Distribution services office. Review the flowchart and more information online. The newly released Payment Policy and Procedures also is available online.

For Students

The Case African Students' Association (CASA) will host a cuisine expo from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 21, at The Spot. The event will feature a buffet of various African dishes, music and more. Tickets are $5 prior to the event and $7 at the door. The event will be free for people who bring an African dish. Contact Ore Shenbanjo for details.

Case Entrepreneurs will hold its first meeting at 5 p.m. this evening at the Peter B. Lewis Building Room 203. Students from design, engineering, business and medicine will discuss entrepreneurship issues, share business ideas and work together to launch real products. Contact Ryan McCullough or Nischint Machhar. for more information.



The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the campus community to attend its seminar series presentation at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Frohring Auditorium (105 Biomedical Research Building). The featured speaker is Dominique Durand, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Neural Engineering Center at Case Western Reserve. The topic is "Control of Seizures with Electrical Stimulation."

The Friday, Nov. 20, Community Hour will focus on the "Global Opportunities Panel" beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. Learn about short- and long-term study abroad possibilities, international fellowship opportunities and post graduate options with the Peace Corps. Free pizza provided.


Quire Cleveland, directed by Case Western Reserve's Peter Bennett, will host a free concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at Church of the Resurrection, 32001 Cannon Road, Solon, Ohio. A professional choral ensemble, Quire Cleveland is comprised of soloists and choral leaders at many of the major churches in the area. The concert will feature master works from the Renaissance.

Eldred Theater continues its 2009-10 drama series with Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the long running Off-Broadway comedy by Steve Martin. Martin explores the theme of genius by fictionalizing an encounter between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. Performances are Nov. 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more.

Voices of Glory, the university's gospel choir, will host its Annual Fall Concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at Church of the Covenant. This event also marks the choir's 10th anniversary. The program will feature performances from other college gospel choirs, and a reception will immediately follow in Guilford House. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

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.

BusinessWeek recently announced its 2009 rankings for the Best Part-time MBA Programs and Best Executive MBA Programs.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Part-time MBA program placed at #14 in the nation. The Executive MBA Program placed at #21 among all the executive programs worldwide. Among schools in the United States, the Executive MBA program would be listed at #16.

Weatherhead received excellent ratings across the board in the areas of teaching, the caliber of classmates, the curriculum and support, with students noting the faculty's outstanding ability to leverage their business experience to advance discussion.

"This is a wonderful and much deserved honor for the Weatherhead School," said Dean Mohan Reddy. "In our desire to offer students the best possible experience, we will be launching new program designs later this year for both our Part-time MBA program as well as our EMBA program. It is exciting to see the media and business world take note of the innovations happening here at Weatherhead."

November 19, 2009

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Case in the News

Obama Health-Care Battle in Congress Portends Fight in Court, Nov. 19, 2009
President Barack Obama's drive to expand the health-insurance system may survive the legislative gauntlet. After that, the litigation gauntlet begins. Jonathan Adler, professor of law who runs the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University's law school, comments.

Rosa's law to end term 'Mentally Retarded'

ABC News, Nov. 18, 2009
Today, most advocacy groups use phrases like "mentally challenged" or "intellectual disability" or the broader term, which also encompasses autism and cerebral palsy, "developmental disability." Donald Freedheim, professor emeritus of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

AHA: New trumps old in comparison of heart pumps

MedPage Today, Nov. 17, 2009
A newer-generation left ventricular assist device, HeartMate II, improved outcomes more as destination therapy for advanced heart failure than an older device, HeartMate XVE, researchers found. In an accompanying editorial in NEJM, James Fang, a cardiologist affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, appeared most impressed by the improvement in survival with the newer device.

DNP option keeps nurses focused on bedside care, Nov. 16, 2009
To provide expert evidence-based nursing care across diverse settings and systems, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP, has become more popular among nurses in New York and New Jersey. The practice-focused degree appeals to nurses because it prepares them to take on the ever-changing face of the healthcare system. Since the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University created the practice doctorate more than 30 years ago, close to 100 schools of nursing around the country have begun to offer the program.

Could Case Western Reserve University agreement to share students with Chinese university lead to something more?

Med City News, Nov. 13, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has agreed with Tianjin University in China to exchange students. Beginning in the 2010 summer semester, the two institutions will encourage largely engineering students to spend some time at the other university. Gong Ke, president of Tianjin University, and Case Western Reserve Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack signed an exchange agreement last Thursday.

Higher Ed News

All eyes on Pittsburgh

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 19, 2009
Mayor pushes one percent tax on tuition, stirring up anger at the city's colleges and worries elsewhere that other localities might try similar approaches.