A Degree of Tenacity

LeRoy Schwartz

Twenty-two years after he registered for classes at Case Western Reserve University, a biomedical engineering student will walk across the stage and receive his diploma at commencement on Sunday, May 16 in Veale Center.

LeRoy Schwartz, 57, pushed through bouts of cancer and treatments, changing faculty and changing technology.

"Thank God that in the last 10 years there have been great advances in treating non-Hodgkins lymphoma," the soft-spoken Schwartz said. When he was first diagnosed, life expectancy was 11 years.

Back during his first round of chemotherapy, others asked what he cared about getting the degree.

"I said that even if I croak the day after, my tombstone will say I got a biomedical engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University." Read more.

Campus News

Women caregivers are needed for a research study of how to manage stress while caring for an elder with dementia, conducted by Jaclene A. Zauszniewski and fellow researchers from Case Western Reserve University. The study involves three data collection interviews and a chance to test one way to reduce stress. Participants will receive compensation for their time. Call 368-0552 or email jaz@case.edu for more information.

A new, state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography facility is located in the Department of Pharmacology. Researchers are invited to learn more by going online or by contacting Chris Dealwis by email or by phone at 368-1652.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources offers free retirement counseling and educational training sessions throughout the year.

The Employee Education Training and Development unit is hosting a session on Workplace Bullying from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 18, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Attendees will gain a clear understanding of the differences between harassment, discrimination and bullying, and how to rid their department/unit of inappropriate behavior. Register online.

For Students

The Office of University Financial Aid announces that the deadline for financial aid is May 15 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Students should complete the FAFSA and Case Financial Aid Form. Need-based financial aid could be limited or even unavailable to students who complete the application process after the deadline.


Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, and Joe White, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, are scheduled to speak at the Health Care in America: What Is It and What Could it Be? symposium May 23 and 24 at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Beachwood. The event is open to the community. Ticket prices and additional information are available online.

A discussion, Populating the Future of University Circle: The Student Body, is taking place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this evening at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium. The talk, which focuses on encouraging students to stay in the area upon graduation, features Case Western Reserve students. Sponsored by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. RSVP 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.

Cory Pecoraro

Junior designated hitter Cory Pecoraro was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Baseball College Division First Team. First team selections are eligible to be named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, which will be announced later this month. Read more.

The University Athletic Association (UAA) recently announced its All-Association team for baseball. Five Case Western Reserve student-athletes made the list. Junior third baseman Chad Mullins and freshman shortstop Matt Keen were named to the first team, and Keen was named the UAA's Rookie of the Year. Junior catcher Steve Bills, senior right fielder Phil Keefe, and freshman first baseman Brett Ossola made the second team. Read more.

May 12, 2010

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In the News

Not so special

Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2010
That technology is transforming higher education is hardly news. Amid exploding online enrollments, widespread confidence in the future preeminence of electronic textbooks and all-digital libraries, the ascension of IT administrators to the vice presidential ranks, and the assimilation of the social Web for learning and research purposes – there is no shortage of academics who will readily observe that technology is a driving force in academe. Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Effort aimed at increasing women on science faculties

The Toledo Blade, May 11, 2010
The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, and several other northern Ohio universities are examining why there are so few women faculty members in sciences and engineering with the help of a $921,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Elena Kagan's (non) record

Mother Jones, May 8, 2010
An article about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan references Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Hudsonite writes 'Coach's Story'

Hudson Hub Times, May 12, 2010
Hudson resident and longtime newspaperman Stuart Warner has written his first book, "JOCK: A Coach's Story," the true tale of one of the most colorful coaches and commentators in high school basketball history. He teaches journalism at Case Western Reserve University.

The latest on Elena Kagan

Salon.com, May 8, 2010
An article about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan references a column by Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

In-home palliative care a vital link for patients managing illness

The Plain Dealer, May 11, 2010
Nurse Eric Baum has a different examination room for every one of his patients. As a member of Hospice of the Western Reserve's palliative care team, Baum doesn't see his charges in a sterile atmosphere of a hospital or clinic. Instead, he sees them in their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Palliative care in the home may prolong lives. A pilot study of 101 patients with advanced cancer conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers and Hospice of the Western Reserve showed that fewer patients who had home-based palliative care died after four months than did patients with similar demographics and health measures who received the usual care.

Higher Ed News

One-third of students need remedial college math, reading

USA TODAY, May 11, 2010
Nationwide, about a third of first-year students in 2007-08 had taken at least one remedial course, according to the U.S. Department of Education. At public two-year colleges, that number rises to about 42 percent.