Sophomore Wrestler Brings Championship
Back to Case Western Reserve


Isaac Dukes has brought a National Championship back to Case Western Reserve University. The sophomore wrestler won the 149-pound weight class division at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this past weekend.

"Just to be a National Qualifier is great," Head Coach Bob Del Rosa, who is currently in his 48th year, said. "When they place it's even better, but when they become a National Champion, I don't care how many times you've been there, it's an amazing feeling."

Wrestling's last National Champion was Derek Messmer, who won at heavyweight back in 1996.

"I felt like I was on top of the world," Dukes said of standing on the highest block of the podium to receive his trophy. Read more.

Campus News


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 13, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Call the admissions office at 368-2280 to register. Learn more.

Tomlinson Marketplace is closed this week for renovation. Campus members are invited to go online to view hours of operation for other campus dining facilities.

For Faculty and Staff

Procurement and Distribution Services is introducing a new software tool, Smart Cart, that consolidates the ordering of supplies. The program is similar to Multiple vendors will list their products in one location, allowing for the automation of transactions and invoicing. The software provides automatic distribution of payment to vendors. Department administrators are also able to purchase directly in PeopleSoft and move payment off of PCards. Learn more.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during spring break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Department of History will present Mytheli Sreenivas, assistant professor of history at Ohio State University, on the topic of "Reconstructing Wifehood in Madras: Devadasis, Feminist Agency and the Colonial Archive." The free, public talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 18, in Mather House 100. Her research focuses on modern South Asia, women's history, the history of sexuality and the family, colonialism and nationalism. Contact Kalli Vimr at 368-2625 with questions.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy continues the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The next speaker in the series, Avi Loeb, Harvard University, will discuss "The Past and Future of the Astrophysical Universe" at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 18. Additional information is available online.

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.

Fabio Cominelli, professor of medicine, and Gerard Isenberg, associate professor of medicine, were both named to the 2009-2010 Best Doctors in America list. The full listing of "America's Top Doctors," published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., is available online.

March 9, 2010

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Case in the News

Can Drew Carey save Cleveland? Comedian helps create documentary series that offers ideas for getting his hometown back on track

The Plain Dealer, March 8, 2010
Cleveland's woes—population loss, failing schools, lack of economic spark—are no joke to comedian and native son Drew Carey, who advocates for less government, more competition and lower taxes to bring the city back. Carey took time off from his gig as host of TV's "The Price Is Right" to help produce and star in a series of Web reports detailing Cleveland's woes and a number of proposed fixes that will be launched next week on Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, was interviewed for the series.

Tough road for Google's network

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), March 8, 2010
Google Inc. last month said it would provide ultrahigh-speed Internet connections for up to 500,000 people in the U.S. Now the search giant must deal with the challenging part: building the network and making sure there are services available to take advantage of it. Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Living out the American dream

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), March 8, 2010
Stella Moga-Kennedy had to beg for a dime at the airport in 1979 when she landed in the United States from Romania with two suitcases and no money. Today, the founder of Northeast Ohio's Le Chaperon Rouge child care centers is worth nearly $30 million. Foreign-born entrepreneurs living in Northeast Ohio say the United States can be a place that opens up both doors and possibilities for the individual. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Tondo completes storied college career

Warren Tribune Chronicle, March 8, 2010
Following her senior year in high school, it was widely believed that Ashleigh Tondo would take her basketball skills to the Division I level. The 2006 McDonald graduate was a four-time All-Ohio selection, and is the Devils' all-time leading scorer with 1,676 points. Her emphasis on academics led her to Case Western Reserve University.

Isaac Dukes wins Division III national wrestling championship

The Record-Courier, March 8, 2010
Former Ravenna High School wrestling star Isaac Dukes closed out his weekend in a very special way. Now a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University program, Dukes captured a Division III national championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Professors' group discusses options for cutting sports

The Athens News, March 7, 2010
Ohio University students, faculty and staff gathered Friday to discuss options for cutting back on the university's intercollegiate athletics programs at a time when the university faces having to make difficult budget decisions. The story references Case Western Reserve University.

GM, Ford step into driver's seat

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 7, 2010
All day, Josh Smith breaks G.M. parts. Not just any parts. Smith is a member of Red X, a team of 33 engineers who study auto parts that are malfunctioning for reasons that have everyone stumped. Members of this elite little group say they have gone from fixing major problems that affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road to fine-tuning pre-production models that are not yet on sale. And that change highlights a message that G.M.—as well as its domestic archrival Ford—are both pitching hard these days: We're better now. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

College students agree with other young adults: The economy hurts

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2010
More than half of young adults, including college students, are worried about their current economic situation, and many do not approve of President Obama's handling of the economy, according to the results of a recent survey.