Case Western Reserve's Great Lakes Energy Institute Looking Forward
to Ohio's Big Task—Advancing Energy


Selection of Case Western Reserve University as one of Ohio's Centers of Excellence in advanced energy has positioned the Great Lakes Energy Institute for collaborative efforts as Ohio strives to become a leader in wind, solar, storage and fuel cell technologies.

The designation, announced recently by Gov. Ted Strickland and Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut, is drawing more attention to the institute, established about two years ago with the help of a grant from The Cleveland Foundation. GLEI is led by faculty and researchers at the Case School of Engineering utilizing the expertise at the university's graduate and professional schools.

"It is our collaborative work with other universities aligned with the needs of the state of Ohio that can in time lead to more funding. It is good for the institute," said Dianne D. Anderson, GLEI executive director.

Legislation signed by the governor last year aims to achieve economic development and job creation, while setting mandates to increase use of alternative energy. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve recently announced that a national search is underway for a university librarian. Timothy Robson, deputy director, is serving as interim university librarian.

The search committee members are:

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

The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration Reporting System now provides near 'real time' summary and detailed information regarding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding proposals and awards for Case Western Reserve. The information is current as of close of business the day prior. The report is currently in its first version. Improvements and advancements to its capabilities will continue to be made over the next several weeks. Researchers are encouraged to view the reports and provide feedback. Access the reports by logging into OSPARS; click on ARRA Funding.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recently formed a Transparency Ad-hoc Committee. The committee is charged with the following: Keeping the undergraduate student body informed about university changes, updates and events that directly impact the undergraduate student experience; working with university administration to distribute information to media; and in conjunction with the USG Public Relations Committee, create innovative ways to publicize new and pertinent information. Contact USG President President Duwain Pinder via e-mail if interested in serving.



The Case Men's Glee Club invites the campus community to its annual Fall Concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, in Harkness Chapel. The event will showcase the group's repertoire from its fall Philadelphia tour, as well as some additional numbers. As Case Western Reserve's oldest a cappella group, the group's musical style ranges from classical barbershop arrangements to show tunes to modern pop a cappella. Go online for more information.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the campus community to attend its seminar series presentation at 4:30 today in Frohring Auditorium (105 Biomedical Research Building). Dominique Durand, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Neural Engineering Center, will discuss "Control of Seizures with Electrical Stimulation."

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.

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For the third consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University's Dan Whalen has been named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Whalen with player of the year honors was teammate Jeff Brown, who was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Head Coach Greg Debeljak and his staff were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight season and fourth time overall. The 2009 coaching staff consists of Marcus Macalla (associate head coach/defensive coordinator); Dereck Slesh (offensive coordinator); Jerry Schuplinski (special teams coordinator/linebackers); Dave DiCarlo (quarterbacks); Mickey Iliano (offensive line); Jim Michals (outside linebackers); Mike Jones (cornerbacks); Ryan Jones (wide receivers); James Rosenbury (running backs); Ben Taylor (defensive line); Sam Suitca (asst. defensive line); and Kyle Brower (student assistant/asst. linebackers). Read more.

November 24, 2009

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Case in the News

Brother, sister spread $1.5 million in their estate to places and events significant in their lives

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 23, 2009
Robert Schmuck and his sister Hilda, chose five significant events and places in their lives as the basis for evenly distributing the proceeds of their $1.7 million estate. Bob died five years ago. Hilda died in May. A portion of the estate went to Robert's alma mater, Case Western Reserve University. The money there will go for engineering student scholarships.

What businesses go well with franchising?

Blue MauMau, Nov. 20, 2009
Professor Scott Shane argues that franchisors often do not understand when to franchise or even what franchise structure best drives success. It's not just franchisors. Franchisees are typically unclear too, as they put hundreds of thousands or even millions into a franchise in the hopes that they and the chain will be successful. Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, venture capitalist, franchise consultant, author, and New York Times small business blogger, speaks with Blue MauMau about his book, From Ice Cream to the Internet: Using Franchising to Drive the Growth and Profits of Your Business.

Case athletes, coach honored By UAA

19 Action News, Nov. 23, 2009
For the third consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University's Dan Whalen has been named the University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year. Teammate Jeff Brown was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Head Coach Greg Debeljak and his staff were also named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight season and fourth over all time.

Fairfield grad Miller honored for second consecutive year

Hamilton Journal, Nov. 24, 2009
A sports round-up of honors winners from Southwest Ohio hometowns names Case Western Reserve University sophomore middle hitter Tricia McCutchan, who was voted to the University Athletic Association second team in volleyball. McCutchan led the UAA with 4.64 points per set and was second with 3.75 kills per set. She paced the 24-9 Spartans in kills (443) and blocks (116).

Higher Ed News

The bank of academic credit

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 24, 2009
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact has begun work on the Credential Repository for Education, Skills and Training (Midwest-CREST), a virtual bank for students to collect the credits they've earned from multiple colleges and universities, and then plot a clear path toward a degree. Midwest-CREST is still in its early stages will go through at least a year of research and planning to formulate a system that functions for its 12 members–Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.