Case Western Reserve Law Alumnus
Honors Faculty Mentor with $1.5 Million Gift

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Leon Gabinet (left) and Coleman Burke (LAW '70)

In the spirit of Alumni Weekend, New York Real Estate Attorney Coleman P. Burke returned to Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday to honor his mentor with a $1.5 million leadership gift made in his honor.  Burke said he wants to pay tribute to the man who left a significant mark on him, and generations of law students.

The Coleman P. Burke Chair in honor of Professor Leon Gabinet, in the legal areas of tax, trusts and estates, celebrates the teaching career of Gabinet, a member of the faculty since 1968.

“Professor Gabinet is a gifted teacher who didn’t just teach the law,” said Burke, a 1970 graduate of the school. “He engaged us with the material and motivated us through questioning and an ever-present sense of humor.  Most importantly, he instilled in us a sense of fairness, integrity and service to one’s fellow man.” Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater’s 2010-11 Eldred Theater Season 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 first production began Friday.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, by Paul Rudnick, directed by John Jensen, is Rudnick’s controversial and ribald comic retelling of the Creation story that centers on couples Adam and Steve and Jane and Mabel. Bold and completely politically incorrect, the play argues that we all see the world from our own perspective. Play runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ron Wilson, runs Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. The department plans two more productions in the next semester.

For Faculty and Staff

Are you a professional woman with a career in engineering, science, technology or medicine? The WISER Professional Mentoring Program pairs upper class and graduate/ professional school students with a female professional in their field of interest. WISER is recruiting professional women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) fields who might be interested in serving as a mentor to a WISER student.  Pairs will determine the type and frequency of their meetings: face-to-face over coffee or a meal, email and/or phone. Mentoring partners typically meet several times throughout the semester, plus email and phone calls as necessary. Mentors are given basic guidelines and training, but the main requirement is a desire to share your experiences and knowledge and offer advice. For more information, please see the website or contact Mary Rouse. If you are interested, please fill out an online application


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


Batter up! There will be a Case Western Reserve University faculty/staff softball team who will play the Case softball team on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mather Park. No fastpitch experience needed.  If you are interested in participating, please email softball coach Josie Henry by Thursday.

For Students

Come celebrate Garba/Raas with Undergraduate Indian Students Association on Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Adelbert Gym.  This event normally happens during Navratri, a nine-day religious and cultural celebration. It is Hindu in origin but widely celebrated by Hindus and non-Hindus alike in India. Come celebrate with us as we dance the night away doing Garba, Raas, and end with some Bhangra. It's easy to learn and tons of fun. Admission is free and there will be free food. Email with any questions about the event. UISA is a cultural organization that aims to share Indian culture with the rest of the Case community, whether Indian or non-Indian.


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


If an internship or job is in your career peripheral vision, attend the Career Center’s University Career Fair to connect with employers, inquire about internships, practicum and full-time positions. Case Western Reserve University students and alumni are welcome to attend the fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday in the Veale Center. The fair provides an opportunity to gather firsthand information from company and organization representatives, make a positive impression with employers, and the chance to establish a professional image by distinguishing yourself from other candidates. There will also be three 20-minute employer-led sessions during the fair. Contact the Career Center with questions, 216.368.4446. More information is available online.

The Department of Mathematics seminars and colloquia present an analysis seminar with professor Elisabeth Werner, Department of Mathematics, at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, in Yost 321B. The subject is Non-additivity of Renyi entropy and Dvoretzky’s Theorem, II. More information is available online.


Thomas Murray
The Law-Medicine Center presents the Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, Why We Play: Sports, Drugs and Meanings with Thomas Murray, PhD, President and CEO of The Hastings Center, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Moot Courtroom (A59). The event is open to the public and free. Among many questions Murray will address: What makes sport worthwhile, a meaningful human endeavor: In other words, why do we play? For more information, go online

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mandel Center Building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree and can learn at the open house about financial assistance for university employees interested in obtaining the Center's Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Go online 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.

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Case Western Reserve senior wide receiver Zach Homyk was among 27 Division III players named a finalist by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy.

The award, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy and often referred to as the “Academic Heisman,” is given to seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility. The student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2, be a starter or significant contributor, and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

Homyk has twice been named to the All-University Athletic Association team and led the conference in receptions (69), yards (1,032) and receiving TDs (12) in 2009. Off the field, Homyk is a finance major and has twice received the Case Western Reserve University Dean’s High Honor. He also serves a community service chairperson for the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA). To learn more about the award and its past winners, visit the website.

Oct. 4, 2010

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In the News

National Review: Watching An Inexperienced Justice, Oct. 4, 2010
Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, writes about new Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan as the court begins its term.

Cleveland: Twenty-somethings in spotlight for entrepreneurial efforts, Oct. 2, 2010
As a part of its sixth annual list, Bloomberg Businessweek has nominated Rick Arlow, a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University, and John Knific, a Case Western Reserve graduate, to a list of 25 most impressive young entrepreneurs under the age of 25. Arlow's company is called LifeServe Innovations; Knific’s company is Citizen Groove.

Oral Bacteria Show Promise for Treatment, Sept. 30, 2010
Aaron Weinberg, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, discusses the roles that beneficial bacteria play in the mouth. Also: no-drill fillings.

Higher Ed News

‘They Ask. Who Tells?’

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 4, 2010
Because many high schools expunge disciplinary infractions of underclassmen who don’t make repeat offenses, colleges often don’t get a complete picture of an applicant’s disciplinary record. The issue was raised at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

After a Suicide, Questions About Promoting Privacy on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2010
The circumstances surrounding the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, raise questions of how colleges can help students in crisis, but also how, and if, they can prevent the sort of malicious behavior that can contribute to such a crisis.