University Community Celebrates
Grand Opening of Mather Park

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The day after the anniversary of Flora Stone Mather's 158th birthday, members of her namesake alumnae association of the former Flora Stone Mather College gathered for a celebration.

The alumnae, dedicated to the empowerment of women, witnessed the grand opening of a special gift they provided to current and future students: Mather Park, Case Western Reserve University's softball field.

"This is a great day for all of us," said Sandra Malek Vodanoff (FSM '59), final president of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association. "We're sure she's (Flora Stone Mather) with us in spirit...cheering on the team."

More than a dozen members of the alumnae association joined Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder, the softball team and university friends and supporters at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on April 7.

The Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association announced in 2008 it would transfer the balance of its endowment to Case Western Reserve to support enhancing the student experience.

The naming of Mather Park, located on the north side of campus, was one of those gifts. 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.

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is accepting applications for positions in the Master of Science program in clinical research. CRSP is a flexible program designed to provide physicians, dentists and nurses with rigorous high quality, education in clinical research methods. The primary aim is to develop a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia and industry. The application deadline is Friday, April 15. Contact Natalie Milone with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

A session on "Understanding the Process: Applying, Enrolling and Utilizing Tuition Waivers" will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This information session is designed to guide staff members interested in attending the university at the undergraduate level. Attendees will be guided through the process of applying for admission or taking classes as a non-degree student, as well as understanding the parameters of the tuition waiver program. Representatives from the Department of Human Resources, Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide an overview of each of these important topics. Register online.

A supervisory briefing session on the topic of "Documenting Performance and Behavior Issues" will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15. Both sessions will meet in Nord Hall 310A. All supervisors are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

The Staff Advisory Council Fringe Benefits Committee is conducting an online survey of staff regarding campus shuttle bus services, particularly services to and from outlying parking lots and garages. Questions address timeliness, availability, convenience of drop-off locations and safety. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete, and all submissions are anonymous. The survey is open to staff members who have not already taken the survey and who use the shuttle system.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place on Tuesday, April 20. Faculty members who would like to have awards presented to students at the ceremony should contact Rachel Begley for information. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 8. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building.

For Students

Case Western Reserve is participating in National Alcohol Screening Day on Friday, April 9. Students will have an opportunity to fill out an anonymous alcohol screening and receive information about responsible drinking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 9, in Fribley and Leutner commons. Students can also do the screening anytime online.

The Spartan Tappers will host the "Fifth Annual ExtravaDance!" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center ballroom. All proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank. Dance groups are invited to perform. Contact Sarah Franjoine for registration information.

Events

Writing Week 2010 continues with two events on Friday, April 9. "A Conversation with Greil Marcus" meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Harkness Chapel Classroom. Marcus is an author and independent scholar. Shortly after that talk, campus members are invited to attend the Edward S. & Melinda Melton Sadar Lecture in Writing in the Disciplines: "The Novelization of the Body (Nests, Shells, and Scars), or How Medicine and Stories Need One Another" by Rita Charon, professor of clinical medicine and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Writing Week is sponsored by The Center for the Study of Writing and the Department of English. Complete details are available online.

A Community Hour forum on "The Status of Debate and Dissent at CWRU" will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, April 9, in Nord Hall 310. Does the campus community listen to one another when it comes to issues of major importance? This forum will explore that topic and more. Pizza and drinks will be provided. All campus members are invited to join the discussion. Sponsored by UCITE, the Share the Vision Committee and the Graduate Student Senate.

Footlighters, the university's student-run musical theater group, will present "Pippin" tonight through April 10 in Thwing Center ballroom. Go online for show times and ticket information.

A talk on the topic of "The U.S. Economy and Global Imbalances" will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 9, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Room 108. American University's Robert Blecker will be the keynote speaker. Blecker studies international trade from the perspective of both the U.S. and developing economies. The talk is being sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies. Learn more.

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation will host Jacqueline Grossman, a Holocaust Survivor, at noon, Friday, April 9, in Wickenden 322. Lunch will be provided. Grossman is a former World War II French Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied France, and a 1943 resident of Cleveland's Bellfaire Orphanage. Four months after being smuggled out of France by strangers on Christmas Eve 1942, she was brought covertly to the United States on a children's rescue convoy out of Portugal. She is now sharing her story with others. Learn more.

The School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy's distinguished lecture will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the law school. The topic is “Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Pledge: Has the Time Come?” with guest speaker Jonathan Schell, a Fellow at The Nation Institute. Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Johanna Drucker of the University of California, Los Angeles, is the featured speaker for the 2010 Scholarly Communication Lecture Series at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). The talk will begin at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 9 in the O'Neill Reading Room area at KSL. Digital humanities and scholarship, knowledge modeling, history of print culture, information advances, and more will be highlighted during the lecture. More details are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

The Department of Anthropology's Spotlight Lecture Series, Applying Anthropology to Real World Problems, will feature Ken Anderson of Intel Corporation on the topic of “Numbers Have Qualities Too: Experiences with Ethno-mining.” The talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. today in Mather Memorial Room 201. 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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In the News

Can we legislate ourselves thinner with rules on junk food, drinks? Fighting Fat

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2010
Government has long used its powers to protect the public health, from quarantining people infected with smallpox to imposing sanitation and housing standards in overcrowded tenements. For just as long, there have been conflicts over public-health laws that bump up against personal liberties. That tension is as high as ever today in the battle against obesity. Jessica Berg, professor of law, bioethics and public health at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sleep apnea boosts stroke risk

CNN, April 7, 2010
Obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops intermittently during sleep - is associated with an increased risk of stroke in middle-aged or older Americans, especially in men, according to a new study out of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. And that's a scary statistic, since, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea and many of them don't know it. The story references Susan Redline, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

CorkShare the love: CWRU students create content-sharing web site

Yahoo News, April 5, 2010
It all started with a road trip. Case Western Reserve University senior Jim England and recent grad Tim Gasper were hitting the road to participate in Startup Weekend, a challenge in which participants aim to start a company in a weekend, when a discussion about social media sites sparked an idea. More than a year later, after a summer of development and less than $1,000 spent, you can find the duo's brainchild, CorkShare, online.

Higher Ed News

Wild About Anime? There's a Dorm for You

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 4, 2010
More colleges plan to caterer to students' interests with special housing to encourage learning around the clock.