Global Security Expert, Health Care Leader Are New Appointees to Case Western Reserve
Board of Trustees

Michael G. Cherkasky (left) and Ronald I. Dozoretz

Michael G. Cherkasky and Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD, have been appointed to the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees.

"We are delighted to welcome Mr. Cherkasky and Dr. Dozoretz to the Board," says Chair Charles "Bud" Koch. "As national leaders in global security and health care, they each bring a valuable perspective as we continue to advance our mission as a private research university."

Cherkasky is a leader in the field of global security and screening. He has supported the law enforcement community in numerous oversight and policy development roles for the past 25 years.

Dozoretz, a psychiatrist, is founder and board chair of ValueOptions Inc., one of the nation's leading behavioral health and wellness companies. ValueOptions offers services to more than 24 million people. Read more.

Steps 4 Staff Walk to Raise Funds for Staff Educational Enhancement Program

By taking a walk around campus this Friday, Case Western Reserve staff members can help colleagues in their educational pursuits.

The inaugural Steps 4 Staff event, taking place Friday, June 11, is the summer fundraiser for the Staff Educational Enhancement Program, which supports two initiatives geared toward professional staff development: The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund and the Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship. The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund raises money for textbooks, certifications, courses and training opportunities not funded under regular university benefits. The Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship, in partnership with the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, assists staff members pursuing leadership training in ethics and excellence at the Weatherhood School of Management.

The Staff Educational Enhancement Program is managed by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Read more.

Campus News

Joe Pieri

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites campus members to a reception in honor of Joe Pieri, who is leaving the university to pursue other opportunities. The reception is from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June, 10, at the Alumni House. Pieri has been the assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies since February 2003. Prior to that, he was assistant director of Educational Support Services. Faculty, students and staff who have worked with Pieri over the past decade are invited to stop by to offer him well wishes.

Summer Barbecues are an annual tradition designed to bring the campus community together in an atmosphere featuring festive food and music. The barbecue season begins today with a West Coast menu and music by Walkin' Cane. There will be different menus and musical performers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the quad every Wednesday through July 7. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person (including a beverage), or $35 for a book of five tickets. Go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Two training sessions are being offered this month for PeopleSoft HCM Careers (eRecruit). This new service was implemented on June 1 to enhance the staff employment and hiring process. The sessions are from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in Nord Hall Room 310A, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, at the Mandel School Room 320 B and C. Register online. Additional reference guides are located on the employment website. Send questions about eRecruit Careers to

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites Case Western Reserve employees to an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10. Employees will learn how they can begin taking classes this fall in the center's programs. The Mandel Center is now offering financial assistance for Case Western Reserve employees interested in obtaining the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The open house will be held in the Mandel Center building. Refreshments will be provided. Register online.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


Parade the Circle and Circle Village 2010 is taking place Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wade Oval. This free celebration features a parade and Circle Village. The parade, which begins at noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music, and delectable food. Learn more.

The Masters of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change program is hosting a free, online session on Team Learning. The session will meet from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, followed by an MPOD open house. The speakers are Alice and David Kolb. Learn more.

A four-week class on Meditation 101 is taking place at the W.O. Walker Building on Euclid Avenue. The classes are led by Francoise Adan, a psychiatrist in the Mood Disorders Program. The next class cycles begin Monday, June 14 at noon, and Thursday, June 17 at 5 p.m. A discount is available for Case Western Reserve employees. Call (216) 844-2400 for 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.

Five Case Western Reserve University student-athletes have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Track and Field/Cross Country College Division Team. On the women's side, Erin Hollinger and Elaine Simpson were both first team honorees, while Britta Kumley was named to the second team. For the men's side, both Brian Cromer and Tim Smith made the first team. Read more.

June 9, 2010

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In the News

Court gives 6th Circuit the 9th Circuit treatment

The National Law Journal, June 2, 2010
Has the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit become the new 9th Circuit? So far this term, the Supreme Court has reversed all of the 6th Circuit cases it has decided. Among them are all five of the pro-defendant criminal law decisions by the 6th Circuit that were before the high court. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Clevelanders share a passion for a tasty meal on a cozy patio

The Plain Dealer, June 8, 2010
Clevelanders apparently love patio dining, from the final drops of spring drizzles to the first flying snow flurries of fall. Urban dwellers on the East and West coasts have long embraced any opportunity to grab a street-side table at a favorite bistro. While heartland suburbanites have long been devoted to backyard cookouts and eating out on the deck, restaurant patios are a comparatively recent trend, says Alan Rocke, a professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.

College academic all-star runners up include Rhodes Scholar, volunteers, inventors

USA TODAY, June 9, 2010
Meet the undergraduates named to the second, third and honorable mention teams in USA TODAY's annual college academic competition. One of winners is Viral Shah, a biology, chemistry and psychology major at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Many young adults in poverty have a college degree, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2010
Increasing proportions of low-income young adults are pursuing higher education, but some remain poor even with a postsecondary degree, according to a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.