Case Western Reserve Project Aims to Provide Thousands with Broadband Internet Access

The Federal Communications Commission's new National Broadband Plan calls for connecting more Americans to broadband Internet access as a way of improving U.S. society and transforming industry.

Case Western Reserve University is already doing its part to help a major segment of the Cleveland population through its new Case Connection Zone pilot research project, designed to provide broadband access to local residents and Case Western Reserve students who call the neighborhoods surrounding campus home. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to nominate students for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones award. The award, named in honor of the late Tubbs Jones, a double alumna, was established to honor an underrepresented undergraduate student for significant contributions to campus life, scholarship, and community service. E-mail names for consideration to Case Western Reserve undergraduate students can apply online. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, April 2.

An Alzheimer’s Caregiving Experiences Study (ACES) is being conducted by the University Memory and Cognition Center of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The goal of ACES is to learn more about how people care for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, and what types of care work best for the person with dementia. Participating caregivers will answer a printed questionnaire mailed to their homes and respond to a brief follow-up survey about how the person they are caring for is doing one to two years later. There are no costs for participation in the study. Contact Nancy Catalani by e-mail or by phone at 368-2668 to learn more.

March is National Nutrition Month. Case Western Reserve's Student Dietetic Association (SDA) and Bon Appétit Management Company will host a cooking demonstration at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at Fribley Commons. Send an e-mail to with questions.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Contact the Admissions Office at 368-2280.

For Faculty and Staff


A new Faculty Conciliation and Mediation Program at Case Western Reserve has been launched to complement the existing faculty grievance mechanism. The conciliation and mediation program is a voluntary, confidential process in which an impartial third party helps disputing parties resolve their work-related conflicts in a mutually agreeable manner. The new program was recommended by the Faculty Senate and is being underwritten by the Office of the Provost for an 18-month pilot period.

Wallace J. Gingerich, a professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been appointed as the first conciliation counselor for the Faculty Conciliation and Mediation Program. Gingerich has held a variety of faculty governance and administrative positions since joining the university in 1990, and has training and experience in alternative dispute resolution. Learn more about the program or send an e-mail to Gingerich at

For Students

The Saint-Gobain Competition finals will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight in Sears 480. The theme is energy conservation in homes, and there are two teams left. Students from the Case School of Engineering have teamed up with students from the Cleveland Institute of Art to form entrepreneurial design teams. The winning team will walk away with $9,000. Students are invited to cheer on classmates, network and enjoy refreshments. RSVP to Maria Marzano.

The Summer Information Fair will run through 4 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at the SAGES Café. Students are invited to learn about summer courses, enter a raffle for a $100 gift card to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and take home prizes and gifts. Go online for information

For a limited time, students in an entrepreneurship class are selling a Pandora-like bead made exclusively for Case Western Reserve. The beads, available at the University Bookstore for $20, are a fun way to show school spirit. Proceeds will benefit the Weatherhead Annual Fund. Send an e-mail to for more information.

Greek Week 2010 continues through March 28. This year's theme is "Peace, Love, and Greek Week." The complete schedule is available online.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is seeking talented, motivated and creative students as interns for the 2010-2011 academic year. The deadline to submit resumes is Friday, March 26. Go online for details.


The Case Western Reserve Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting Program at The Cleveland Play House will present "Cloud 9" in the Brooks Theatre tonight through April 3. Directed by chair and director of the MFA program, Ron Wilson, "Cloud 9" is a satirical look at relationships, sex, and politics, with a gender-bending cast of characters who traverse 100 years while only aging 25. "Cloud 9" marks the debut performance of the MFA first-year acting graduate ensemble and offers a unique chance to follow these actors in their graduate training. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students with a valid ID. Call The Cleveland Play House at (216) 795-7000 ext. 4 or go online.

An opening reception for "Artistic Minds: An Exploration of the Creative Process," a collaborative project of The Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Art, will take place from 5 -7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at The Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. Food and beverages will be provided. The exhibit, on display through June 25, is curated by Sarah Sims, a master's degree candidate.

William Marling, professor of English, will present "Narratives of Lebanon" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, at the Inamori Center. He will discuss Lebanon and show photographs from his perspective as Said Chair at American University of Beirut. Part of the Friday Public Affairs discussion.

Jacek Fabrykowski, professor of mathematics at Youngstown State University and chair of the USA Math Olympiad and Junior Math Olympiad, will present "How to Cover Integers by Arithmetic Progressions."  The talk will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 26, in Schmitt Auditorium. Sponsored by PME, the National Mathematics Honors Society.

The "Top 10 Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Providers" discussion will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Presented by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity and Spectrum.

"Celebration of Scholarship" will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Kent State University. The panel discussion will focus on the discovery of Ardi, and will feature Case Western Reserve's Bruce Latimer and Scott Simpson. 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.

The baseball and softball teams were each represented on the University Athletic Association All-Tournament teams announced this week. The highest honor went to first-year shortstop Matt Keen, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Joining Keen on the baseball tournament team was third-year first/third baseman Chad Mullins. Softball was represented by second-year first baseman/outfielder Lauren Wolz. Read more.

In Memoriam


Ella Mae Johnson, a 1928 graduate of the social work school, died Monday. She was 106. Johnson, who was born during a time of racial segregation in the United States, was invited to the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president. Johnson spent her social work career helping families cope with unemployment, domestic problems and child rearing. Funeral arrangements are pending. Read more.

March 24, 2010

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Case in the News

How will removing lifetime caps on health coverage affect you?

The Plain Dealer, March 24, 2010
One of the provisions of the health care reform bill that goes into effect immediately is the removal of lifetime caps on insurance. J. B. Silvers, faculty director of the Health Systems Management Center at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Ella Mae Johnson: Her Story was history, too

National Public Radio, March 24, 2010
Ella Mae Johnson was a witness to more than a century of African-American history, and last year, on Inauguration Day, she was determined to be in Washington to see Barack Obama sworn in as president. When she died at home in Cleveland this week, at the age of 106, she felt that trip to the nation's capital was a highlight of her life. It also changed her life. Johnson attended what is now Case Western Reserve University.

Free online course about caring for older adults in critical care hospital units

Medical News Today, March 24, 2010
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Washington, recently launched "Best Practices for Elder Care," a free online continuing education course that focuses on the complex needs of older patients in acute and critical-care hospital units. Past and present AACN members who served on the AAN panel include Shirley Moore, professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Higher Ed News

Student loan bill scorecard

Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2010
Books will probably be written about the legislation Congress is poised to enact to transform the federal student loan programs. But while the historians do their work, here's a look at which institutions, people and other players will be helped, hurt and otherwise affected by the measure—and how it positions them for the future.