IDEAL Wraps Up Year One at Plenary Conference

Eric Fingerhut

Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Eric D. Fingerhut, addressing representatives from six Northern Ohio universities at Friday’s IDEAL Plenary Conference at the Mandel Center, said the future of an educated work force depends in large part on a strong team of educators.

“If we’re going to achieve the goal of raising educational attainment of our state and thereby driving the economic prosperity of the future, obviously we have got to reach every student possible,” Fingerhut told faculty and administrators from Case Western Reserve University, Bowling Green University, Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, Kent State University and the University of Toledo.

Fingerhut’s address was part of a busy agenda for the Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL) Plenary Conference.

IDEAL is a three-year, nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seed gender and underrepresented minority equity and institutional transformation in the areas of science and engineering awarded to Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs at Case Western Reserve University.

Friday’s meeting provided participants with an opportunity to report on their Year One projects.

Several issues seemed to resonate universally among team members of the six universities represented in IDEAL: the need for more mentoring; a vast disparity in job satisfaction between men and women on faculty; and the need to build a pipeline of talent and leadership. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater announces the 2010-11 Eldred Theater Season, opening Oct. 1. The series presents four plays, which feature undergraduates and performers from the Case Western Reserve University community. All shows are staged at Eldred Theater, 2070 Adelbert Road.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, by Paul Rudnick, directed by John Jensen, will be staged Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ron Wilson, will be staged Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, two one-acts by James McClure, directed by Jerrold Scott will be staged Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Feb. 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, directed by Catherine Albers, will be staged April 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the Eldred Theater Box Office or by calling the box office at 216.368.6262. The Eldred box office on the ground level of Eldred Hall, 2070 Adelbert Road, is open the week prior to performances Monday-Friday, noon to 5. More information is available online.


Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 15 for the Eastwood-Inamori Staff Educational Scholarship. This scholarship is offered in partnership with the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and the Staff Educational Enhancement Program. Applications are accepted from staff pursuing leadership training in ethics and excellence at the Weatherhood School of Management. Apply online.

For Faculty and Staff

Emergency preparedness is something most people don't think about until they have to. Case Western Reserve University's Office of Emergency Management wants faculty and staff to keep safety awareness at the forefront. To aid in those efforts, the office offers the Emergency Planning and Procedures Handbook for Employees. The handbook, now available online, provides faculty and staff with information on how to prepare for and respond to various emergencies.

For Students

Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity, is hosting Dance Off for Kids, a charity event on Friday in Thwing Ballroom. The “Dance Off” features a classic dance marathon. Those who compete are eligible to win a cash prize.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to purchase classroom supplies for students attending Adlai Stevenson elementary school in Cleveland. PAD will provide collection bins at the event to accept additional contributions. Students are encouraged to donate new school supplies to further the success of this program.

Tickets will be sold (Case Cash only) in Thwing outside of the USG office 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and noon-2 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are also available at the door, cash only.


Student facilitators are needed for the 2010-2011 Emerging Leaders Program. Student facilitators are paired with staff facilitators to bring the ELP curriculum and concepts to life. If you are interested in making a difference and affecting the lives of first-year student leaders, go online for expectations and application materials. Applications are due Sunday, but preference will be given to early submissions.


The Graduate Student Senate Mentoring Committee Luncheon takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Thwing Center Meeting Room A.  If you are interested the projects of the mentoring committee or in having a mentor, please attend this luncheon.  Other mentoring highlights will also be addressed. Get more information online or email with questions.


In his Wellness Seminar: Enhance Your Quality of Life with Proper Food Choices, Bill Barum, senior director of Hospitality at the Cleveland Clinic, will take you on a journey of how food evolved, the evolution of the modern American table, the ethnic influences that molded our palate, looking beyond the pleasure principles and much more. It takes place at noon Tuesday at Nord Hall, Room 310


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mandel School, 11235 Bellflower Road.  The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 216.368.2280. For details, go to the school’s website.


Sit-In at the Five and Dime, a concert reading of a new American musical, will be presented at 6 p.m. Friday at Harkness Chapel. It is free and open to the public. Sit-In at the Five & Dime is a concert reading musical performance based on the Nashville sit-ins of 1959, which included students from Fisk University. This event is in celebration of the Case-Fisk Partnership and is sponsored by the President's Advisory Council on Minorities (PACM). For more info please contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 368.8877 or online.


The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite the campus community to attend the Women of Achievement and Mather Spotlight Prize Luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Friday in the ballroom of Thwing Student Center. We will also recognize university women faculty who have received tenure and promotion and important academic posts this past year. Everyone is invited to attend this free event and learn more about top women scholars from around the university. If you would like to attend, please make reservations here. For the names of this year’s Spotlight Prize honorees and other information, visit the center’s website.


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.

Arnold Caplan

Biology professor Arnold Caplan will receive the TERMIS-NA 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society - North America will recognize Caplan, who is also director of the Skeletal Research Center, for his work in tissue engineering.

As part of the award, he has been asked to write an overview on his career and accomplishments that may be considered for publication in the journal, Tissue Engineering.

In Memoriam

Dr. Robert White, 84, a pioneer in medicine and professor at Case Western Reserve University, died last week. He had been battling cancer.

Co-chair of Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University, White broke new ground in the field of neurosurgery. At one point, he was the medical adviser to Pope John Paul II. White founded MetroHealth Medical Center's neurosurgery department.

A prolific writer, White also was a proponent of making medical treatment available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation or nationality.

A public memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 12601 Shaker Blvd. in Cleveland. Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

Sept. 20, 2010

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In the News

Early music outshines early film during opening event in CWRU concert series, Sept. 19, 2010
Chapel, Court & Countryside opened its 25th anniversary season, possibly its last season, Sunday at Harkness Chapel with a program by the Newberry Consort.

Superbug revives alert on antibiotics

Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2010
Reports of a new “superbug” emerging brought more attention to drug research at Case Western Reserve University. New drugs being developed prevent the production of toxins that make people sick, and the concept has potential applications for other antibiotic-resistant bugs, said the researcher, Menachem Shoham, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve.

Simulating Real Life, Sept. 20, 2010
Simbionix USA Corp., a company that makes virtual reality-style equipment to train surgeons and medical students, has expanded its Cleveland headquarters. The American Board of Surgeons has expressed interest in the idea of making surgical residents take a simulation test, which would be a boon for companies such as Simbionix, said Jeff Marks, chairman of the task force developing the test and who also is associate professor in the department of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of surgical endoscopy at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Cash infusion aids help desk services outfit, Sept. 20, 2010
Perceptis Inc. was formed in 2004 to provide information technology support to Case Western Reserve University, but has grown substantially since then. And with a recent infusion of $6 million from a Charlotte, N.C., equity firm, the Cleveland company is expanding further.

Higher Ed News

U. S. Appeals Court Throws Out Suit Over Religious Speech

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2010
A panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circui on Friday threw out a case brought by a Los Angeles City College student whose Speech 101 professor shouted him down while he was giving a presentation about his Christian faith.