Case Western Reserve University to Unveil
New Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center


Members of Case Western Reserve University's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community soon will have a place on campus to call their own. As part of its efforts toward increased inclusiveness, Case Western Reserve will open a new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center this spring.

The LGBT Center's mission is to provide an inviting place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff and alumni. It also welcomes supporters, friends, family and those who want to learn more about LGBT issues.

To advance the LGBT Center's efforts, the university is recruiting a part-time coordinator to manage programming, services and advocacy efforts. This individual also will work closely with The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

"These initiatives mark important signs of progress at Case Western Reserve," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "They build on years of hard work by many students, staff and faculty, and represent an opportunity to increase inclusion and awareness across our university."

The new LGBT Center will be housed in what is now Thwing Center's Hitchcock Lounge, along with several adjacent areas (take a virtual tour). It will include a lounge, kitchenette, office, and study and meeting space. It has been designed to offer areas that encourage informal gatherings as well as more structured events. In addition, the LGBT Center will provide places where people can seek both information and support. Read more.

Campus News

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invites all members of the campus community, including alumnae and interested community members, to fill out a brief survey to help the center with its strategic planning process. The center is planning its mission, vision and goals for the next five years. Responses will be anonymous. Survey takers will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for electronic prizes.

According to the Department of Facilities Services, temperatures fluctuate substantially between daytime highs and nighttime lows during the fall and spring. While the goal is to provide a comfortable and productive environment for faculty, staff and students, the types of cooling systems in several campus buildings limit the ability to do so. The periods of October 15 through November 15 and March 15 through April 15 are typically designated for heating and cooling system change-overs.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites all faculty advisors to attend a Spring Advisor Meeting. Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, and from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m., Friday, March 26. Both meetings will be in Clapp 108, and lunch will be served. The agenda will be the same for both meetings, so advisors only need to attend one of the meetings. The main topic for discussion will be the SIS Academic Requirements Report, both how to use it for degree certification and how to use it when working with students. In addition, common problems graduating seniors face in meeting their degree requirements will be discussed, as well as a review of recent policy changes. RSVP to Lynne Flournoy.

For Students

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is hosting a special open house for current Case Western Reserve University students who are thinking about changing their major to nursing or are looking to transition to a new career after completing a bachelor's degree. Students will meet with nursing representatives to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Graduate Entry for Non-Nurses programs. No RSVP needed; just show up any time between 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the first floor lounge of the school. Refreshments will be served. Contact Carlier Myers by e-mail or by phone at 368-5981 for information.

Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship's Rocks and Traub Funds. These funds support a wide range of undergraduate student activities, including research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The average award is $5,000. The application deadline is Friday, March 19. Go online for complete details.

The Confused Greenies are looking for a few good "zombies" for an upcoming horror-comedy stage production. Interested students should stop by Nord Hall 410 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, or send an e-mail to


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will present singer-songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li in concert at 7 p.m. tonight in Amasa Stone Chapel. She will perform at the "Smashing the Ceiling" event. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Free, open to the public.


The "Gear Up for St. Patrick's Day" event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, in the Thwing Center atrium. Campus members will have an opportunity to enjoy free Irish food and music while decorating their own pot of gold. Sponsored by the University Program Board, Student Activities and Leadership and Thwing Center.

A concert featuring the Harvard Men's Glee Club, along with the Case Early Music Singers, Case Concert Choir and the Case Men's Glee Club, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, at Harkness Chapel. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students. Tickets are available now in Haydn Hall 201, and will be available at the door before the concert.

A baroque violin recital featuring graduate student David McCormick will take place at 8 p.m. tonight at Harkness Chapel. Free, open to the public. 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.

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March 15, 2010

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The Answer Sheet

The Washington Post, March 15, 2010
High school students who take the SAT college admissions exam more than once now have the option of picking which scores to send to colleges. The question is whether Score Choice, a new program by the College Board, is a good idea. Rick Bischoff, vice president of enrollment management at Case Western Reserve University, said his school, like many, uses each student's best scores in evaluating an application.

New incubator gets blood pumping for cardio startups

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), March 15, 2010
The effort led by the Cleveland Clinic to commercialize more heart technologies soon will have a heart of its own–conveniently located across the street from some of the city's biggest brains. The benefits of being next to the Clinic and just down the street from center partners University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University are enormous.

2010 Census count can mean millions in funding for Lakewood

Sun News, March 11, 2010
Census forms are beginning to appear in mailboxes all over the country, waiting for residents to answer 10 questions that can mean millions of dollars for the city. The 2010 survey will determine funding for some of Lakewood's most vital services such as street repairs, human services, student programming and emergency assistance to those in need. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development estimates that the city's total population was 50,704 in 2008, down about 6,000 since the 2000 census.

Bigger, better, faster: The quake proof airport, floating freighter and fast-acting fake platelets

Popular Science, March 11, 2010
A soldier hit by shrapnel can bleed to death in 10 minutes. Now engineers at Case Western Reserve University have created artificial blood platelets—components that clump together to form clots. Last December they showed that the plastic platelets, which don't need refrigeration, can stop bleeding in rats 25 percent faster than donated natural platelets. Up next, the researchers hope to test them in larger mammals.

Quarterback Whalen has bright idea for pro day

The News-Herald, March 11, 2010
Dan Whalen, senior quarterback for the Case Western Reserve University Spartans, planned to stand out at the recent NFL Pro Day.

Nighttown owner Brendan Ring loves his 'village' in the city, and all that jazz: Sarah Crump's My Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, March 14, 2010
The owner of the Nighttown jazz club in Cleveland Heights says he enjoys attending theater productions featuring Case Western Reserve University students.

UCF med students pay tribute to cadavers

Orlando Sentinel, March 13, 2010
A secretary, a nurse, a dishwasher and an artist were among the volunteers who helped teach first-year students at University of Central Florida's new medical school some important lessons this year. On Friday, students paid tribute to those volunteers—eight people who donated their bodies for use in the future doctors' medical education. Virtually every U.S. medical school has some kind of service to thank donors and their families, said Rick Drake, director of anatomy at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

'New paradigm' for economic development

Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2010
The United States and its higher education systems are on the verge of a "new paradigm" in defining the roles of colleges and universities in promoting state and regional economic development, says a report being issued today.