Milton and Tamar Maltz to Receive Case Western Reserve's President's Award for Visionary Achievement

Milton and Tamar Maltz

Milton and Tamar Maltz believe in the power of philanthropy to make a positive difference for others – and they have spent their lives proving the point. Over the years they have supported an array of significant efforts in this region and around the country, including two major initiatives at Case Western Reserve University. In recognition of their generosity and wisdom, Barbara R. Snyder will recognize Milton and Tamar with the President's Award for Visionary Achievement during Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 16.

This spring the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland made a $12 million pledge to Case Western Reserve University to help create a performing arts center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel. Working in partnership with The Temple and its Senior Rabbi, Richard A. Block, the university is raising funds to transform the historic University Circle complex into a new home for the departments of music, theater and dance. The plan also preserves The Temple as a religious icon, as members of the congregation will continue to use the sanctuary for High Holy Days and other significant life cycle events. Read more.

Case Western Reserve University to Award More Than 1,925 Diplomas on May 16


Case Western Reserve University will hold its 2010 commencement convocation on Sunday, May 16, in the Veale Convocation Center. Katie Couric, news anchor, columnist and vocal advocate in the fight against colon cancer, will give the commencement address.

In addition to the main commencement convocation address, each school will hold individual ceremonies. Go online for a list of speakers at these ceremonies, as well as additional information about commencement.

In addition, Information Technology Services has created a mobile app for commencement. The link can be found on; select "Commencement 2010." The site contains the schedule for the day, maps, directions and more.

Case Launchpad, Case Mobile New Web Service Portals

Information Technology Services (ITS) is now offering Case Launchpad and Case Mobile. Both services are based on Google Gadget Technology in conjunction with Case Webstart.

Case Launchpad is specifically designed for university students, alumni, faculty and staff, offering both general Case Western Reserve information and personalized content. It provides an experience similar to the MyCase portal, which will be discontinued soon.

Case Mobile offers many services found in Case Launchpad for the mobile environment. It was developed with "A-Grade" mobile browsers in mind, including Apple's iPhone Mobile Safari and the Blackberry browser (requires Blackberry OS version 4.7.1 and above).

For questions or technical issues regarding Case Launchpad or Case Mobile contact the ITS Help Desk at or 368-HELP (4357).

Campus News

Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an Executive MBA open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

A Greater University Circle bus-guided tour is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., Friday, May 21. This tour will visit a number of homes in University Circle and the surrounding neighborhoods, and is a great opportunity to see available options for employees considering living closer to work. The event is free, but   reservations are requested. Co-sponsored by University Circle Inc. and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation. Contact Wyonette Cheairs or Genna Petrolla to RSVP.

The Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a free May cooking seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 20, in Nord Hall 310A. People who eat whole grains have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases, and this session will focus on recommendations from Bon Appetit chef swill demonstrate how to easily incorporate whole grains into meals. Register online.

For Students

Summer RTA passes will be available for $75 at Access Services beginning Wednesday, May 19. The passes are available to students taking summer classes or working on campus. If you are registered for a class, Access Services will verify before selling you a pass. If you are working on campus, your supervisor needs to email to verify full-time summer employment on campus. Summer RTA passes are good May 21– August 6.


The Case Alumni Association continues its 125th Annual Reunion activities through Saturday, May 15. Complete details are available online.

Cuban urban planner and architect Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez will discuss Master Plan for the 21st Century Havana: Learning from the Past and Aiming to the Future, at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 17, in Clark Hall 206. Perez Hernandez led a team of Cuban architects to devise a plan aimed at preserving Havana's urban legacy while remaining true to its people and encouraging future development. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Go online for more information.

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 Case Cooperation Circle and the Inter-Religious Council received the 2010 Rebecca Adler Award from InterAct Cleveland yesterday. The award is presented to community groups that make a significant contribution to building understanding within the inter-religious community. According to InterAct Cleveland: "The student-led Case Cooperation Circle and the Inter-Religious Council have been an outstanding example of inter-religious engagement through your various programs and initiatives at Case Western Reserve University."

Robert H. Rawson Jr., interim dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, offered remarks at a ceremony for more than 200 new attorneys at the historic Ohio Theatre. The ceremony took place during a special session of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

May 14, 2010

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In the News

Cleveland students will show off their conditioning efforts by running races this weekend

The Plain Dealer, May 13, 2010
More than 500 students will run in events tied to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. The students are part of We Run This City, a joint effort by the marathon, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the schools. Tests monitored by Case Western Reserve University in the last two years found improvement in students who had high blood pressure or were at-risk of developing the condition.

Beau Biden's stroke shows younger adults also at risk

ABC News, May 11, 2010
Doctors treating Beau Biden, the 41-year-old son of Joe Biden, and Delaware's attorney general, have not yet revealed the underlying cause or the nature of the mild stroke that he experienced on Tuesday, but neurologists said that such strokes can arise from any of a number of underlying factors. ABC News senior health and medical editor Richard Besser spoke with Anthony Furlan, professor and chair of neurology at Case Western Reserve University.

Robert L. Smith's Global Village

The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2010
Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, the architect who devised a master plan to guide development and restoration in Havana, will share his ideas on urban design at Case Western Reserve University.

Brush High School seniors in South Euclid-Lyndhurst school district honored at art show

Sun News, May 13, 2010
Several Brush High School seniors received awards in various categories when the school's art department recently held its annual art show to showcase students' work. Judges for the show included art professors from Case Western Reserve University.

Organ transplant centers discriminate against medical marijuana patients

Opposing, May 11, 2010
Doctors at Oregon's two organ transplant centers will not provide organs to people who have marijuana compounds in their blood, even if they are legal medical marijuana patients. Stuart Youngner, professor and chair of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Elena Kagan nomination: Expect a fight in the senate

Yahoo News, May 10, 2010
At age 50, Elena Kagan becomes only the fourth woman nominated to the nation's highest court. Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Measure on card-payment fees could benefit college students

Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2010
The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to financial-reform legislation that could lower the fees that colleges pay when students use credit and debit cards to pay for tuition or books.