Pulitzer Prize winning journalist becomes
Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism

Jim Sheeler

In newsrooms, obituary writing often falls to the cub reporter or the veteran approaching retirement.

At the Colorado weekly newspaper Boulder Planet, the assignment landed on the desk of relative newbie Jim Sheeler.

“This assignment came with an intense responsibility,” he said, because often an obituary is the last time a person’s story is told.

Telling stories of “ordinary people with extraordinary lives” eventually earned Sheeler the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his 24-page piece, “Final Salute,” which honored fallen soldiers from the Iraq War. The article, a stark illustration of the war’s impact on family and friends, ran as a special insert in the Rocky Mountain News on Veterans Day 2005.

This summer, Sheeler moved to Cleveland from Colorado, where he was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado.  He is the new Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing in the Case Western Reserve University Department of English. 

English Department Chair Mary Grimm said Sheeler’s arrival is an important addition to the department. 

“We feel that his skills and teaching interests in new media will take journalism courses at the university into a new direction, introducing and acclimating students to the changing world of journalism,” Grimm says.

Through introductory journalism and multimedia storytelling courses, Sheeler will share his immersion style of reporting and teach students how to find and follow stories to publication in print and online.

Sheeler began his career in journalism by earning a bachelor’s in technical journalism from Colorado State University. He later received his MA from the University of Colorado. He worked at three newspapers before joining the Rocky Mountain News in 2002.

Visit  www.jimsheeler.com to learn more about Sheeler. Read more.

Campus News

Everyone is invited to Case Western Reserve University’s 121 Fitness Center’s Open House Fiesta  from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday. Celebrate health, wellness and learn what the university’s fitness center can offer you. Free fiesta food by Bon Appetit, health screenings, raffles and prizes, chair massage, special fitness demonstrations and more!  Get your flu shot for just $10. Pre-register online. Supplies are limited. Open to the public.



The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater 2010-11 Eldred Theater Season opens Friday. The series presents four plays, two this fall, 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.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the fall 2010 semester is Thursday. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses /equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall 224.  Completed applications can be submitted in person, by fax to 368.3582 or by email. Call Benefits Administration at 368.6781 with questions.

For Students

The Case Reserve Review is now accepting prose, poetry and photography submissions for the fall issue. Please submit through the website Oct. 11. The Case Reserve Review is the official student-run photographic and literary journal of Case Western Reserve University. 



Ten dissertation fellowships are available in spring 2011 semester, worth $3,000 each. The stipends are for graduate work at the dissertation level in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for spring semester 2011. Fellows will also receive tuition remission for one 701 unit. Deadline for the application is Oct. 15.

Applicants should be at an early stage of work on the dissertation at Case Western Reserve University.  They must have passed qualifying exams and completed the prospectus so that they can give full attention to writing and research. Most typically they will be working in humanities or social science departments, but students in other departments of the College and professional schools are also welcome to apply.

Send a current CV, a copy of the dissertation prospectus, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing the dissertation (including progress made on it to date and its projected contribution) and explaining how the applicant hopes to profit from and contribute to the seminar.  Please submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of these documents. A letter of endorsement from the department chair or graduate/dissertation adviser is also required and should be sent or emailed directly by the application deadline to: Professor Martha Woodmansee, Department of English, Guilford 215; or contact by email. More information is available online.


Come to a workshop on Building a Safe Workplace: Preventing Workplace Violence from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 1914 Lounge in the Thwing Center.

Through appropriate training, faculty and staff can be empowered with the confidence to act when the need arises, whether that means calming an angry customer or contacting Police and Security Services. 

The workshop will cover tools and resources available when dealing with inappropriate, unprofessional and threatening behavior in the workplace, and dealing with a past or current personal relationship in which inappropriate and threatening behavior is exhibited. This workshop is sponsored by Campus Police and Security Service, Department of Human Resources and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Register online. For questions, email Erica Merritt or call 368.4786.



Case Western Reserve faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to its Fall Premier event, Now Showing … At KSL, on Thursday. Kelvin Smith Library's movie theme has features and shorts on new scanning equipment, databases and journals, live demos, alumni services, and more. Meet the staff, see what's new, take home some giveways, and get a quick lunch in this blockbuster event. Students: Win a very special grand prize in our KSL Treasure Hunt. Read more details on what's showing and when, on the KSL NewsBlog.


William Carter

William M. Carter Jr. (JD 1998), professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, will discuss Supreme Court rulings in affirmative action cases dealing with race-conscious government action in his lecture, Affirmative Action as Government Speech:
A First Amendment Analysis of the Colorblindness Doctrine. The lecture, 4:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 4), is in the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59).

Carter specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, critical race theory, and international human rights law. He is considered one of the leading experts on the 13th Amendment. Prof. Carter received his JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., offices of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Ropes & Gray, taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2001-07) and then joined the Temple faculty. More information is available online.


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 Braden Award—named in honor of longtime professor Andrew Dale Braden—will be awarded Friday to Charles Niemeier, an outstanding leader in the professional practice community who has made distinctive contributions to the knowledge and advancement of the discipline of accountancy. In addition to the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, Niemeier will present A Profession at a Crossroads: Choosing the Right Path."  The event will take place in Peter B. Lewis Building 401.  The university community can register online

Niemeier was named a member of the Public Accounting Oversight Board in October 2002, and served as acting chairman of the board from January to June 2003.  Prior to being appointed to the Board, he was the chief accountant in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and co-chair of the Commission's Financial Fraud Task Force. Niemeier received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BBA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Sept. 27, 2010

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In the News

A No-Cringe Fix? Filling Cavities Without The Drill

NPR.org, Sept. 27, 2010
Dental innovation by Jin-Ho Phark, assistant professor at the School Of Dental Medicine, is featured in an NPR broadcast. Phark explains new filling material that requires no drilling for small cavities.

Watch Your Mouth: The Link Between Oral and General Health

WCPN.org, Sept. 26, 2010
In a related story, Nabil Bissada, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve school of dental medicine, says that half of all the bacteria in the body in the mouth. Bleeding and infected gums and teeth are like an open doorway to the rest of the body.

It Takes Energy to Relax: Study

Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 2010
Daniela Calvetti, a math professor at Case Western Reserve University, describes the findings in a new brain study that was published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism.

A Ballet’s Costumes Take Center Stage

New York Times, Sept. 23, 2010
In a New York Times article about ballet costumes, Department of Music associate professor and chair Mary E. Davis’s Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev’s Dancers and Paris Fashion” (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press) is mentioned for its research on costumes’ influence, from Paul Poiret’s 1910s harem pants and togas to Karl Lagerfeld’s 2009 collection with Russian models wearing Cossack boots.

Higher Ed News

Education Dept. to Delay Issuing 'Gainful Employment' Rules Opposed by For-Profit Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 24, 2010
The Department of Education delayed issuing final rules on the most controversial elements of its “gainful employment” regulations until early next year. It said the rest of the regulations affecting for-profit colleges would be issued about Nov. 1. The education department said it still intends to have the new regulations go into effect in July 2012.