Looking Back on a Spirited Celebration


The university community came together last weekend for its annual Alumni Weekend and Homecoming celebrations. Alumni, students and other members the Case Western Reserve University family cheered the Spartan football team to an overtime victory against Alleghany, reveled in song at the fifth annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest and celebrated the achievements of some of our most notable alumni. Volunteers throughout the university contributed their time, energy and creativity to make the weekend a success. Watch our video to re-capture the energy of the festivities or see highlights from events you may have missed.

Don’t Get Caught in a Phishing Expedition

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, frequent phishing attacks have been recently reported within the university setting.

Phishing is the fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. One such attempt started late last week in which CWRU email users received spam targeting Case Western Reserve University’s Single Sign-on service. The email reads: "We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on October 3, 2010. As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you can continue using your account, and upon verification, we will remove any restrictions placed on your account."

Do not click the link. Doing so directs users to a fake Single Sign-on login site that closely replicates CWRU’s page. If you provide your CWRU Network ID and password through the fake site, or to anyone, then others can steal your campus identity, spam other institutions, and gain access to other applications within your department. Both sites hosting the fake SSO pages have been shut down. Visit the IT help desk.

If you have given your credentials to these fake sites, change your CWRU Network ID password immediately and contact the CWRU Information Technology Services Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357).

Campus News

Jennifer Sanders

Going to the dentist is a challenge when you have a toothache and don’t have access to a dentist.   Midlevel dental providers could play a role in easing that pain, according to Jennifer Sanders, a third-year Case Western Reserve University dental student.

Access to dental care continues to be a major public health problem. One way to solve this problem might be to use dental therapists and advanced dental hygienist practitioners; both midlevel providers are types of dental professionals but are not used in Ohio.

Sanders was curious about how aware local dental hygienists in Cuyahoga County are of different roles and functions that dental therapists, advance dental hygiene practitioners (ADHP) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (EFDA) have.

Her findings earned honors. She will receive the Pre-Professional Jong Award from the Oral Health Section of the America Public Health Association in Denver in November during the APHA’s annual meeting. Read more.

Case Western Reserve University was ranked 44th among NCAA Division III universities, and 75th overall in the eight annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings. The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup ranking. A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available online.

For Faculty and Staff

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. Please go online to apply.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces a new program for Case Western Reserve University’s faculty and staff. Train the Champion will allow faculty and staff members an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to diversity at Case Western Reserve in a safe environment. More information can be found online. Applications are due by Nov. 30.  Please contact Tenille N. Kaus, JD, Manager of Faculty Diversity and Development, for more information.

For Students

The Choices 2010: Exploring Academic and Experiential Opportunities Fair, sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, will be held Oct. 8 during the University Community Hour, 12:30-1:45 p.m., in the Veale Center. The fair provides students the opportunity to learn about major, minor, and degree offerings by speaking with faculty and student representatives from academic departments and programs. The event is mandatory for all first-year students, and lunch will be provided with Case ID. Undeclared upperclass students are strongly encouraged to attend. The Choices Fair also kicks off a number of information sessions and events hosted by academic departments throughout October and early November. A full schedule of the events will be provided to students at the fair. More information is available online.


For earthbound women of the 1960s, films and popular television shows like I Dream of Jeannie became the launching pad for priming the general public that women did have a place on those spaceships heading into the stratosphere and beyond, according to Case Western Reserve University’s Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities and French Marie Lathers. She is the author of the forthcoming book in November, Space Oddities: Women and Outer Space in Popular Film and Culture, 1960-2000 (Continuum). Lathers will offer a sneak preview of what’s inside her new book during the upcoming Spotlight on Women Series, hosted by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women today at 4 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center.  The event is free and open to the public.


Meet women’s studies/history professor aka mystery novelist Barbara Corrado Pope, whose lecture, Jumping off the Academic Train into the World of Fiction, and book signing are 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12) at Guilford Parlor, Guilford Hall, on the Case Western Reserve campus. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Barbara Pope, the author of The Blood of Lorraine and Cezanne’s Quarry, will discuss her career transition from professor to historical mystery novelist. Pope was born and raised in Cleveland. She currently resides in Eugene, Ore. For more information about her work, you may visit her website.


In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Astronomical Society and with the support of the Arthur S. Holden Sr. Endowment, the Department of Astronomy is presenting the 2010-11 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The first speaker of the series will be William D. Cochran, University of Texas at Austin, presenting, Searching for Other Earths: Results from the Kepler Mission at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Natural History Museum.  Light refreshments will be served. Also the  day before, on Wednesday, Cochran will present Kepler and the Search for Habitable Earths at the Astronomy Colloquium at 3 p.m. in the Sears Library Room 552. More information on the series 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.

David L. Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University’s internationally renowned organizational behavior professor known for his strengths-focused appreciative inquiry (AI) strategy and research, is fulfilling his role as the third and current Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow for the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito School of Management, part of Claremont Graduate University.

The school in Claremont, Calif., bestowed the honor in April shortly after a lecture and program Cooperrider provided there on The Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions.

As distinguished fellow, Cooperrider is a valued resource for students, and he plans to teach a special graduate level seminar at the Drucker School on "Appreciative Inquiry and the Design of Positive Institutions" during the summer of 2011.

Recently, he advised six Drucker students who came to Cleveland to personally experience Mayor Frank Jackson’s Summit 2010: The Global Engine, held Sept. 22-23. They took part in the one-year follow-up to 2009’s three-day summit, Building an Economic Engine to Empower a Green City on a Blue Lake. Read more.

Oct. 7, 2010

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In the News

Nursing Students Help Cleveland Schools Reduce Obesity

WCPN.org, Oct. 6, 2010
Cleveland Metropolitan Schools are partnering with the Frances Payne Bolton SchoolofNursing at Case Western Reserve University to lower obesity rates among kids in the district, with help of a grant from the Prentiss Foundation to pilot an obesity intervention program in one school and help expand blood pressure screenings throughout the district.

Opens Office in Mentor

News-herald.com, Oct. 7, 2010
Rakesh Ranjan is opening his fifth Northeast Ohio office in Mentor. In the early 1990s, Ranjan worked with some of the most pre-eminent psychiatrists in the world at Case Western Reserve University, which pioneered the use of the drug Clozaril after clinical trials.

Euclid Avenue Could Pave
Way to Cleveland's Future

Plain Dealer, Oct. 7, 2010
Paul Forsgren writes, “I believe Euclid Avenue is becoming a metaphor for Cleveland's future: Innovation and research from the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University and others is being spun off into startup companies in University Circle.”

The Next Incarnation

The New Yorker, Oct. 4, 2010
The New Yorker reports: “In the words of Melvyn Goldstein, a Tibet scholar at Case Western Reserve University, the Dalai Lama’s ostensible successes at building support in the West ‘look more and more like Pyrrhic victories.’ Of the decision to appoint a Panchen Lama, Goldstein writes, ‘From China’s perspective, once again, at a critical time, the Dalai Lama had thumbed his nose at Beijing.’ ” Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor in Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet. (Subscription to The New Yorker is required.)

Higher Ed News

Standing Their Ground

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2010
Brown University professors, who have debated changes in tenure procedures that are designed to make tenure more difficult to earn, voted this week to withdraw the entire proposal for further consideration by the Faculty Executive Committee.