Case Western Reserve Nursing School
Launches Dual Doctorate Program

Eric Baum

Eric Baum couldn’t find a job as an English teacher after graduating in 2004 with his bachelor’s degree and needed one with benefits. His father, a geriatrician from Concord, told him the local nursing home in Mentor was hiring. 

 The Case Western Reserve University nursing student from Rocky River never imagined it would lead to a career in nursing.

“I gave myself one month at the nursing home and thought I would be gone. But I fell in love with nursing,” Baum said.  “I enjoyed working closely with the patients and becoming involved with their care.”

Today, not only is he a nurse practitioner in geriatrics and palliative care, but he also is a history maker at Case Western Reserve. He is the first student accepted into the dual doctorate DNP/PHD program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  The program begins this fall.

“Five years ago, I didn’t even know there were nurse practitioners,” Baum said.

In 2005, he began to pursue his degree to become a registered nurse through the graduate-entry program, which is geared toward students who have their bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing was the first school in the country to offer the DNP degree program, which has become a model for nursing schools across the country. The dual doctoral program strengthens the nursing school’s graduate programs and contributes to the profession of nursing, said Jaclene Zauszniewski, associate dean for doctoral education.

For information about the program, visit the website. Read more.

Campus News

Nabil Bissada (right) and Leena Palomo are filmed
for the documentary, Watch Your Mouth.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine faculty and students participated in the multimedia production on oral health, Watch Your Mouth, from WVIZ and 90.3 WCPN, which airs until Oct. 6.

The documentary is part of Ideastream’s ongoing effort to bring public programming that can improve the health of its viewers and listeners in Northeast Ohio.  Other programs have featured allergies, colon cancer and heart health.

The latest production centers on the impact of oral health on physical health—a research focus by many dental school faculty. They will be seen in the documentary, produced by Kay Colby from WVIZ.  It premieres at 8 p.m. on Thursday with rebroadcasts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3, and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5.  

WCPN will air news segments on its Morning Edition program between 6 and 9 a.m. and on the Sound of Ideas program called Oral Health: Costs, Insurance & Disparities at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Additional film footage and information from the dental school can be seen online.

For Faculty and Staff

Resources are available from University Archives to help departments and offices determine how long records need to be kept, which ones should be transferred to the archives for long-term preservation, and how to dispose of records containing confidential information. Records disposition schedules are a well-established tool to ensure that records are kept as long as needed. Schedules are available online. Guidelines for records that should be transferred to the archives also are available online.

For Students

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.


LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) is on a national tour with the documentary Hiding, which focuses on North Koreans and their struggle to survive once they have escaped into China. Case Western Reserve University’s chapter will be hosting this screening at Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road, at 7 p.m. Monday. Watch the trailer.


Sit-In at the Five and Dime, a concert reading of a new American musical, will be presented at 6 p.m. today at Harkness Chapel. It is free and open to the public. Sit-In at the Five & Dime is 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 information, contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 368.8877 or online.


Make a donation or join Case Western Reserve's Walk Now for Autism Speaks team on Sunday at Voinovich Park. Sign up by yourself or grab a group of friends and register online. Please email or 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.

Case Western Reserve University has accepted an invitation from the American Council on Education (ACE), based in Washington, D.C., to be one of eight institutions involved in its 2010-11 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort. The institutions will work jointly on strategic planning and student outcomes by attending ACE meetings in Washington, making site visits and performing peer reviews. They will participate in monthly phone calls with the ACE Laboratory director.

“Case Western Reserve has remarkable international assets across all its schools,” Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler said. “Over the last year, we have begun a process to make the university an even more international institution. The new international student orientation is one example.”

More information on ACE’s international programs is available online.

Sept. 24, 2010

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In the News

Panel dissects lawfare and Goldstone Report, Sept. 24, 2010
Four lawyers on the Sept. 10 panel Lawfare and the Israeli-Palestine Predicament, presented by Case Western Reserve University School of Law during its Lawfare! conference, lobbed occasional zingers as they discussed the merits of the Goldstone Report commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council. They discussed whether the Goldstone critique of human rights violations during Operation Cast Lead was an example of “lawfare,” misusing the law to achieve military or political objectives. Critics have lambasted the Goldstone Report as anti-Israel and biased.

Cuyahoga County: Is ‘corruption fatigue’ setting in?, Sept. 23, 2010
Pointing to the low voter turnout in Cuyahoga County on Sept. 7, professor Robert Lawry, director of the Center for Professional Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, thinks “corruption fatigue” has taken a toll on the voting public.  "We're not inclined to pay attention and I think that's a problem," Lawry told WKYC.

Sustainable businesses can change society, experts say, Sept. 23, 2010
David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry, professors at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, have concluded that the adoption of sustainable practices and other innovations have a mutual effect on people and companies. Cooperrider believes that over the next 25 years ordinary people will change the world, including how government and business operate.

Unemployed but not self-employed, Sept. 23, 2010
The number of self-employed Americans is at the lowest level in eight years, a sign that the economic recovery is still weak. About 8.68 million people worked for themselves in August, the fewest since January 2002, the Labor Deptartment reports. The data time reflect the tight credit and falling demand choking small businesses, says Scott Shane, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Looking West

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 24, 2010
Regional accreditors are under intense scrutiny from the federal government about their oversight (or perceived lack thereof) of for-profit colleges in particular, and of higher education in general. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools this summer put major roadblocks in the way of two proposed takeovers of nonprofit colleges by for-profit investors; the accreditor's moves were seen by many as designed to "prevent the next Ashford." Ashford University, formerly the small (300 students) Franciscan University of the Prairies, is now part of a $700 million publicly traded company called Bridgepoint Education Inc., with 45,000-plus students enrolled online.