Campus Community Invited to Submit Nominations for Honorary Degrees

Katie Couric a spring 2010 honoree.

Case Western Reserve University community members are invited to submit nominations for honorary degrees. According to the university’s Faculty Handbook, the degree recognizes people who exemplify in their work the highest ideals and standards of “excellence in any valued aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service, and the performing arts.”

“We are interested in recognizing individuals whose accomplishments will serve as inspiration to our graduates and the university community,” said Provost W. A. “Bud” Baeslack II.

The honorary degree committee is chaired by Provost Baeslack and includes the following members:
• Cynthia Beall, College of Arts and Sciences
• John Lewandowski, Case School of Engineering
• Mark Hans, School of Dental Medicine • Michael Scharf, School of Law
• David Clingingsmith, Weatherhead School of Management
• Nathan Berger, School of Medicine
• Diana Morris, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
• Sharon Milligan, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
• Patrick Kennedy, Department of Physical Education and Athletics.

The ex-officio members are Robin Dubin, university marshal; Lynn Singer, deputy provost; and Richard Zdanis, university vice president emeritus and provost emeritus. Nominations for honorary degrees to be conferred at a future commencement may be submitted throughout the year.

Nominations received by Sept. 27 will be reviewed by the committee during the fall semester 2010.  The university community may submit nominations, preferably by email, to Lois Langell at the Office of the Provost, or to any committee member.  Access the form online. Nominees should not be informed of the nomination.

Campus News

Symantec Endpoint Protection has been updated on the Software Center to version 11.0.6a. Downloads are available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Symantec Endpoint Protection is now available for the first time for Macintosh users. It will replace Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh, formerly available on the Software Center.

Mac users who have Norton AntiVirus installed on their machines will notice that the program is set to expire and that the program is no longer available on the Software Center. For this reason, all Macintosh users are encouraged to upgrade to Symantec Endpoint Protection as soon as possible. Norton AntiVirus should be uninstalled before installing Symantec Endpoint Protection on a Macintosh.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.6a contains important bug fixes and optimizations for Windows and Linux. ITS recommends that all Windows and Linux machines also update to the new version.

Campus members are encouraged to contact the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or go online ( to for additional information or assistance.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is creating an ad hoc committee tentatively called Climate and Work Environment Committee. The purpose of this ad hoc committee will be to communicate information and address changes that will affect staff because of the Climate Action Plan that is being implemented on campus. Anyone interested in being part of this committee may contact Kathleen Dowdell for more information.

For Students

A federal Work Study Job Fair is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the Thwing Center ballroom. All students who received the Federal Work Study program as part of their financial aid award are encouraged to attend. Students should bring their VIP passes, which are available in the Office of Student Employment, Yost Hall 410A.


Engineers Without Borders is holding its fall Kickoff Meetings on Monday in Thwing 1914 Lounge and Tuesday in Thwing Ballroom. Come to the meeting that fits your schedule best. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. All majors are welcome–you don't have to be an engineer. Free pizza will be served.

Et al.

Law student Jacqueline Greene, who is interning during the fall semester in the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and School of Law alumnus Nathaniel Quick, a member of the prosecution team, were shown in a video in the courtroom during the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Learn more.

In Memoriam

A memorial service for Michael Altschul, a former faculty member in the History Department, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Altschul, a member of the History Department faculty from 1967 to 2002, died on July 8. Altschul won six awards for excellence among CWRU teachers. He wrote two books, A Baronial Family in Medieval England: The Clares and Anglo-Norman England 1066-1154.

Aug. 24, 2010

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In the News

CWRU/CIA students give proceeds from iPhone app to charity, Aug. 23, 2010
A game invented by a group of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Art students is now available as a 99 cent iPhone app. All proceeds go to charity. What started out as a college class project, the application ChromaWaves has been in the works for about a year and launched with Apple at the end of the July. The students designed everything, from the computer system to the art and music used in the application. ChromaWaves is a game in which players try to shoot colored paint balls at moving targets, in the process creating a splatter effect on the screen.

Maggie Daley’s surgeon dies, Aug. 24, 2010
Dr. Alan W. Yasko, 51, an internationally known bone cancer surgeon who completed his surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in the 1980s, died after he suffered a pulmonary embolism while attending a medial conference in Cancun, Mexico. From 1984 to 1989, Yasko completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University.

The Freshmakers
Crain’s Business Blog, Aug. 23, 2010
The Leutner Commons $7 million renovation includes “an environmentally friendly facility that will express a ‘farm to fork’ approach of fresh and sustainable fare in a market-like setting,” Crain’s reports. Cleveland architects Burt-Hill incorporated ideas from student focus groups as they worked on the project.

Higher Ed News

To Start A Spinoff Biz, Look To Utah, Aug. 24, 2010
The University of Utah is attracting attention of universities nationwide because of its success at turning research into business spinoffs. Only MIT rivals the productivity of Utah, and MIT has a budget five times larger. It started in 1984 when Ted Stanley was having a coffee. Stanley looked at a bowl of sugar cubes nearby and had an idea: What if we about put drugs (in this case, an anesthesia) in the sugar cubes? This brainstorm led to the development of a safe, painless application of anesthesia for monkeys. Since then, the University of Utah has become a leader in commercializing scientific breakthroughs. The university produced 20 spinoff companies in 2008. So far this year, officials from more than 80 universities have paid a visit to find out the school's secret.