President Snyder, Provost Baeslack Congratulate Campus Community on Recent Accomplishments

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

As the new semester begins, we write to thank all of you for an outstanding fall term. The final months of 2009 were full of remarkable accomplishments among students, faculty and staff, and we are optimistic regarding still greater progress in 2010. Even maintaining the status quo requires significant effort and coordination, so we deeply appreciate your commitment to improving your already outstanding performance. Please know that your efforts are making a measurable, positive difference at Case Western Reserve.

One of the most striking examples of your passion for the university's work is reflected in your response to the federal government's stimulus package. These opportunities came in addition to existing grants, often with excruciatingly tight deadlines. Yet faculty seized the chance for additional research funding, and staff in our research offices rallied to enable submissions of these new requests. Case Western Reserve submitted 720 applications in all; as of the end of December, the university has won more than $76 million in new funding. These awards support training of students and scholars, as well as significant research in such areas as cardiovascular health and cancer therapeutics. We congratulate everyone who participated in this effort.

Meanwhile, our faculty also have demonstrated exceptional engagement in the academic alliances related to our strategic plan, Forward Thinking. Over the past several months, nearly 150 faculty from across the university have participated in planning groups focused on how best to advance their particular interdisciplinary effort. Those efforts resulted in the submission of two dozen proposals for research and curriculum development; later this month, the Office of the Provost will announce the recipients of $4 million in seed investments in their efforts.

Finally, no reflection on recent months would be complete without acknowledgement of the extraordinary regular-season record of our varsity football team. The Spartans went undefeated for the third straight year, and their head coach, Greg Debeljak, again was one of five finalists nationwide for Division III Coach of the Year. We would like to thank everyone who attended the team's games and who voted online for "Coach Debs." In addition, we applaud the women's cross country team, which finished 15th in the nation and had two athletes earn All-America honors. Several of our winter-season sports teams are doing particularly well so far, and we encourage you to show these athletes your support.

The months ahead will include budget system recommendations from a faculty-staff committee chaired by biology Professor Christopher A. Cullis, along with an administrative review of procurement services. Later this year, a faculty committee will issue its report on the SAGES program, and another committee will begin work on a plan to enhance internationalization efforts across the university. Please watch Case Daily for updates on these and other initiatives and, as always, we encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments and ideas.


Barbara R. Snyder

W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III
Provost and Executive Vice President

Campus News

The "Food for The Soul" program, scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, invites campus members to read select poems written by Anisfield-Wolf Award winners or their own original poetry. Each selection should share how the reader sees King's legacy being demonstrated. Contact Colleen Barker-Williamson.


Reminder: All students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an original piece of writing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Jan. 18.

The university will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Fulbright Program Web site provides information about application opportunities and university Fulbright scholars.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women has resources and information posted online for the campus community.

For Faculty and Staff

Benny™ prepaid benefits debit cards were recently sent to all employees who enrolled in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2010. The cards have been pre-loaded with the annual contribution amounts elected by participating employees. Once the card is activated, the entire elected amount is available. The debit cards can be used at doctors' offices and hospitals, as well as participating pharmacies, discount stores, department stores and supermarkets that can identify FSA-eligible items at checkout.  Learn more about the FSA debit card. FSA-eligible expenses paid using the debit card are deducted from employees' account balances without the need to file a reimbursement claim.  When eligible expenses are paid by any other method employees should continue to submit the reimbursement request form, along with appropriate expense documentation, to Meritain Health. Be sure to retain receipts for all purchases made using the debit card. Read more.

For Students

The Engineers Week 2010 committee seeks volunteers to assist with planning. This year's theme is "Gearing Up for the Competition." Several activities are in the works, including friendly competitions between faculty, staff and students. Contact Jane Backus.

The Cleveland Orchestra's Community Open House, taking place Monday, Jan. 18, at Severance Hall, will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with several performances. Student volunteers will be offered tickets to upcoming Cleveland Orchestra concerts, subject to availability. Contact Sandra A. Jones.

Church of the Covenant will host a free brunch for students at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 17. Contact Eileen Viz.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events
for Tuesday, Jan. 19


"Legal Issues Affecting the Terminally Ill Patient" is the topic of the Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). The speaker is Dale Cowan, senior medical director for oncology at Alere Medical.

The Master of Science in Management program will host its "Operations Research and Supply Chain Open House" from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at the Peter B. Lewis Building.

The CWRU Film Society's 35th Annual Science Fiction Marathon runs through Sunday, Jan. 17. Go online for details.

Et al.

Campus community members and groups are invited to share their academic and departmental accolades. Send announcements to Case Daily.

January 15, 2010

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Case in the News

Energy and the environment, Jan. 13, 2010
President Obama earned a B- for the progress he has made in the last year fulfilling his promises, according to a poll of more than 20 energy experts and advocates. Among the experts surveyed is Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Obese pregnant women should gain less, experts say

Yahoo! News, Jan. 14, 2010
Putting on weight during pregnancy is considered essential for fetal development, and not gaining enough weight can lead to small babies and pre-term delivery. Yet just how much an expecting mom should gain has always been a topic of controversy. Patrick Catalano, an obstetrician at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Weight-loss surgery may soon be widely used

Yahoo! News, Jan. 14, 2010
Usually reserved for the most obese people, weight-loss surgery is unlikely to be a last-ditch option much longer. Technological advancements are turning it into a one-hour, incisionless procedure–making it more attractive to moderately overweight adults. Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Playwright makes a 'Huck' of an effort

Morning Journal (Lorain), Jan. 15, 2010
When Cleveland Heights resident Eric Coble was commissioned to adapt Mark Twain's classic story of "Huck Finn" for the Theatre for Children Series, staging the play Saturdays through Jan. 30 at The Cleveland Play House's Brooks Theatre, the nationally renowned playwright knew he had quite a task. Actors in "Huck Finn" are graduates in the Case Western Reserve University Masters of Fine Arts Acting Program.

Higher Ed News

A historic union?

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2010
A month after completing its first foray into online higher education by acquiring the distance education provider Penn Foster, the Princeton Review has announced that it is entering into a joint venture with the National Labor College—an accredited institution that offers blended-learning programs to 200 students, most of whom are adults—to establish what would be called the College for Working Families. The college would offer courses tailored to the needs of union members and their families, beginning this fall.

College applications rise, but budget cuts cap enrollment

USA TODAY, Jan. 14, 2010
College applicants are facing one of the toughest years ever to gain admission to the nation's public colleges and universities.