CBS News Anchor Katie Couric
to Deliver More than the News
as CWRU's 2010 Commencement Speaker


Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" and correspondent for "60 Minutes," will be front and center on Sunday, May 16, to deliver the keynote Commencement Convocation address to approximately 1,750 graduates in Case Western Reserve University's Class of 2010.

Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. In addition to delivering the Commencement address, Couric will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the university.

The Commencement Web site is now live. Students who are scheduled to graduate and plan to participate in Commencement must register online by 5 p.m. EDT on April 1. Additional information is available online. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to submit nominations for the 2011 Common Reading selection. Works of non-fiction or fiction will be considered. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24. Learn more.

The Center for the Study of Writing is accepting nominations for three teaching awards: The Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary and Professional Writing; the CWRU Excellence in SAGES Writing Instruction Award; and the WRC Excellence in Consulting Award. Nominations are due Friday, March 5. Go online for more information.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the admissions office at 368-2280.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to nominate their peers for the Glennan Fellowship, which is designed to reward faculty excellence and to facilitate their growth as teachers and scholars. Nominees must be regular faculty members who are in the tenure track but not yet tenured. The Glennan awards are for $6,500, and funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. The deadline for nomination letters has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 23. Complete details are available on the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education Web site. Refer to the "Grants and Fellowships" section.

The deadline for submitting spring 2010 semester tuition waiver applications is Friday, Feb. 26. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents. Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224. Completed applications can be submitted in person (Crawford Hall, Room 224), by campus mail (Benefits Administration, LOC 7047) or by e-mail ( Contact Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

For Students


Applications are being accepted for the three-credit travel course to Ecuador. A Global and Cultural Diversity elective, the course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Travel dates are May 17-29. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.

The Case Social Entrepreneurship Club (CSEC) is organizing the university's first campus-wide Kiva competition. Kiva is a microfinance nonprofit that connects individual lenders to entrepreneurial borrowers in developing countries. CSEC will host a Kiva Cup kick off event at 7 p.m. tonight at the Jolly Scholar. There will be food and drink specials, along with performances by the Case Juggling Club, Dhamakapella and more. The competition will run Feb. 18 through March.


Renowned author and engineer Henry Petroski will give the 2010 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in Severance Hall. He will speak on the topic of "Engineering and Civilization: Bridges, Infrastructure and Sources of Success and Failure.". Among his works are The Pencil, The Toothpick and The Evolution of Useful Things and his memoir Paperboy. The talk is free and open to the public. Learn more.

The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will be on the topic of "An Actuary's View of Health Care Reform Estimates" at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. John Bertko, former vice president and chief actuary, Humana Inc., will be the guest speaker.


Eldred Theater continues its 2009-10 drama series with "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," the Tony-award winning 1997 play by Alfred Uhry. Performances are Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The comedy-drama is inspired by the playwright's childhood memories. Learn more.

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.


Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Jessup International Law Moot Court team has won the Midwest Super Regional round of the Jessup Moot Court Competition. Team members are Sarah Pierce, Brin Anderson, Katharine Quaglieri, Kate Gibson and Cameron MacLeod. The team is coached by Margaux Day and Professor Michael Scharf. The team defeated Michigan State, Valparaiso and Marquette in the preliminary rounds, and then bested John Marshall College of Law in the quarterfinals, Thomas M. Cooley College of Law in the semifinals and Loyola University School of Law in the final. Read more.

As part of its Black History Month coverage, WKYC Channel 3 is scheduled to air a feature story about architect Robert Madison (ARC '48) on tonight's 6 p.m. newscast. He was the first African American to earn an architectural degree in the state of Ohio.

February 18, 2010

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Case in the News

Charity case

Newsweek, Feb. 17, 2010
Tibetans feel chafed by the restrictions on their political and religious freedoms; many are dissatisfied with Chinese rule, and this has led to widespread rioting over the past few years. They want self-determination; fair enough. But that seems to be the only story about Tibet that is ever told. The other story is that, for China's many blunders in mountainous region, it has erected a booming economy there. Melvyn Goldstein, co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The EPA's carbon footprint, March 2010
On December 7, as delegates from around the world gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate conference, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that her bureaucracy would begin to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide and other gases deemed to be warming the planet, writes Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve University licenses neuromodulation technology to Pennsylvania company

MedCity News, Feb. 17, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has licensed to a Pennsylvania company the right to make and sell three types of electrodes and a control unit used by researchers to do their neuromodulation work. The technologies were developed by the university's department of biomedical Engineering and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation.

Temporary hiring doesn't lead to permanent jobs in this recession, Feb. 17, 2010
New employment data shows that despite four months of increased hiring of temporary workers, permanent employment continues to lag in Ohio. Typically temporary job growth foreshadows permanent hiring. Labor management professor Paul Gerhart of Case Western Reserve University says consumer confidence is the main factor in companies' decision to hire permanent workers.

Higher Ed News

More private colleges court community college transfers

USA TODAY, Feb. 18, 2010
Community college transfer students are no longer being courted only by the usual suspects. More private institutions, of every ilk, are aggressively recruiting students from two-year colleges, hoping to bolster and diversify their enrollments and capitalize on the belt-tightening of regional public universities.