Alumnus Makes $6 Million
Gift to Engineering, Medicine

During the 2010 Alumni Weekend, the university announced that an anonymous alumnus from the 1959 class of the Case Institute of Technology and the 1963 class of the School of Medicine has made a $6 million will commitment to Case Western Reserve University. The bequest will benefit equally the School of Medicine and the Case School of Engineering.

The School of Medicine portion will be used to create a permanent endowment that will produce income to be directed at the dean’s discretion.

“This generous will commitment demonstrates not only this donor’s passion for the school, but also a tremendous vote of confidence in our mission of education and discovery,” says Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine.”

The portion benefiting the Case School of Engineering will be given through the Case Alumni Association. It will be used to establish an endowment for the annual scholarship, equipment and faculty support at the school.

“We are extremely proud of our accomplished alumni and the strong ties they continue to have with the association and the university,” says Roger H. Cerne (CIT ’63), CEO of the Case Alumni Association. “It is always gratifying to be a part of such philanthropic partnerships.”

Case School of Engineering Dean and Nord Professor Norman C. Tien concurs: “Once established, this fund will support and inspire our students and faculty for generations to come. We are truly grateful.”

Case Western Reserve University Lands Emergency Preparedness Grant

Director of Emergency Management Jason Goodrick.

An ambitious proposal by Director of Emergency Management Jason Goodrick has landed Case Western Reserve University a grant worth more than a half-million dollars to develop and implement a nationwide model for disaster resilience on campus.

Mission: Disaster Resilience is a strategic plan that covers four phases of emergency management (prepare, mitigate, respond and recover) and tailors current best practices to the unique needs of Case Western Reserve University.

Nestled in the small North Campus Security Satellite Office, Goodrick recently described the plan: “The primary focus is to review and improve the university’s emergency management plan, and support plans, which include infectious disease response plan, similar to what we used for our H1N1 response last year. Also our behavioral risk assessment plan: identifying risk and mitigating risk from a behavioral standpoint.” 

The objective of the grant, worth $568,090, is based on Incident Command Training, a system that became a nationwide best practice system after 9/11 on how to manage and integrate a lot of resources in an emergency.

Interested faculty and staff may call 368.4876 or send email to Goodrick, director of Emergency Management. Read more.

Campus News

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Bookstore will donate $1 for every fan on Facebook who changes his or her profile picture to the pink awareness ribbon (It's currently the Bookstores profile picture; you can save it to your desktop to use) and then comments on the Bookstores Facebook page so that the ribbon photo can be seen by all.  You needn't keep the ribbon as your picture for the entire month, just until you leave the comment. Join the Bookstore at Facebook to help make a difference.

At the end of each cooling season, many of the university’s air conditioning systems must be drained to prevent water from freezing inside the equipment. The periods of Oct. 15 through Nov. 15 and March 15 through April 15 are typically designated for heating and cooling system changeovers. These periods may be altered for unusual seasonal anomalies. Facility Operations is aware of the disruption that significant shifts in outdoor temperatures can cause and will continue to do its best to balance the risks associated with potentially damaging building equipment, with environmental conditioning that is necessary to conduct teaching and research.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members of all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve University are invited to apply to become Learning Fellows and/or Mentor Fellows for the spring 2011 semester. The deadline for applications for both is Oct. 15. Each program carries with it a grant for $2,500 upon successful completion of the program. For details on the UCITE Learning Fellows program and the application process, go online here. For details on the Mentor Fellows program and the application process, go online here. While a single individual can apply for both programs, applicants will be selected for only one for any given semester.



The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund, better known as SEEF, is holding a bake sale and 50/25/25 raffle next Thursday in three different locations on campus: Crawford-Sages area, the Biomedical Research Building Atrium and the Wolstein Building lobby. Spread the word in your department. SEEF helps staff on campus learn and develop new skills that benefit not only themselves but each of us at the university. If you wish to donate bakery, please be sure to contact the individual closest to your campus office for the exact drop-off locations: Crawford–Theresa Grigger, ext. 5887; BRB–Shannon Swiatkowski, ext. 1490; Wolstein Building–Sally Berri, or ext. 0819.

For Students

Join a free salsa dancing class at 5 p.m. Monday in the Peter B. Lewis Building Room 203. Contact Shuxin Zheng, president of Multicultural Business Student Association, at 216.269.9518.  More information is available online.


Jain Lab manager Kevin Montgomery invites all Case Western Reserve lab managers, researchers and administrators to a lunchtime seminar at 1-403 of the Wolstein Research Building WRB on Oct. 15 regarding, a lab-centric tool designed to make lab management easier. creator Adam Regelmann will be there. The Quartzy platform, available at no cost to its users, is designed to liberate researchers from the mundane tasks required to run a lab so you can focus on that next scientific breakthrough. Contact Kevin Montgomery with questions. Lunch will be provided.



A candlelight vigil will held at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the Oval near KSL in response to the tragedies of the past three weeks, including the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers who took his life last week after an online bullying incident. Among sponsors is the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity. For more information, contact Liz Roccoforte



Nina Rattner Gelbart

The Anton and Rose Zverina lecture at 6 p.m. next Thursday with Nina Rattner Gelbart, PhD, presents Birthing a Nation: Mme du Coudray and the practice of midwifery in Enlightenment France, in the Powell Room at Allen Memorial Medical Library. A reception will follow.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please notify by email if you plan to attend or call 368.3648 by Monday.

More information is available online.



Hal Hamilton, founder and co-director of Sustainable Food Lab, will share the story of the Sustainable Food Lab, its development and stories of businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) changing as sustainability becomes real for them. Sponsored by the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the speech is at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday at the George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road. More information is available online or call  368.2160.

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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William I. Bauer, associate professor of music education, has been elected to a six- year term on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education.  The Journal of Music Teacher Education is a blind peer-reviewed journal sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the Society for Music Teacher Education. The journal disseminates research of any methodology related to music teacher education.

Oct. 8, 2010

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In the News

Facebook, other social sites continue posing risk problems, Oct. 2010
Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, is quoted in Healthcare Risk Management regarding potential HIPAA violations through social networking sites such as Facebook.

Literacy program helps needs
far beyond basic ABCs, Oct. 7, 2010
A study done at Case Western Reserve University shows that low reading levels effect nearly half of Cuyahoga county residents. A new literacy program, NEO Literacy Corps, is aimed at helping change that.

Probe on Suffolk Ethics Panel: The details they need to disclose

Newsday, Sept. 22, 2010
Robert Lawry, emeritus professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted on a special investigation into an ethics commission in New York's Suffolk County: "You just want to disclose. If you disclose, then people can determine whether it's something that they don't like, or if they think [an official's] judgment has been compromised." (Subscription is required.)


Higher Ed News

At Rallies Across the Country, Students Turn Out in Defense
of Public Education

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2010
Less than a month before elections, students, faculty members, and advocacy groups held rallies on campuses across the country on Thursday to show their support for public higher education. Many states, including California and Massachusetts, are facing budget cuts in higher education.