Peace and War Leaders Meet for CWRU’s
Inamori Summit, Oct. 25-30

Ed Tick, author of "War and the Soul."

Not all soldiers can leave the battlefields behind, and when back home, some relive horrific memories through bouts of post traumatic stress syndrome. Ed Tick, PhD, the author of War and the Soul, will discuss his advocacy campaign to have this mental illness recognized as a diagnosis during his keynote address for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence’s International Peace and War Summit, Oct. 25-30.

Tick will speak on War Healing at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28, in Ford Auditorium in Allen Memorial Library, 11000 Euclid Ave.  Following his free, public talk will be an exhibit of photography by Ted Engelman, who has documented war for decades.

The weeklong Summit event includes seven panel discussions with representatives from 15 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America.

“We wanted to host an event for the campus and wider community that brings together military ethicists and peace activists for open dialogue,” said Shannon French, director of the Inamori Center.

Most events are free and open to the public.  Admission is charged for some performances. For information or a full list of activities, call 216-368-2579 or visit the website. Read more.

Campus News

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is sponsoring a Video Contest for students, faculty and staff.  Create a DVD video based on the 2010-2011 Baker-Nord Center theme of Globalism and Its Origins and submit by Oct. 29.  Videos will be shown at the Globalism Video Festival on Nov. 5 and prizes, including a Flip camera and gift cards, will be awarded to top entries. More details are available online.  

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources invites employees to attend an open forum on health insurance changes for 2011.  Two sessions are scheduled: Next Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium, and Oct. 28 noon-1 p.m. in Ford Auditorium.  A question-and-answer session will follow a general presentation. If unable to attend, plan to visit the Benefits Fair on Nov. 9 or 10 to speak with a benefits representative.


The university has learned that outside vendors are soliciting Case Western Reserve personnel by phone regarding copiers. The only legitimate vendor for copiers is Meritech Inc. Free toner is supplied through Meritech only as part of the cost per copy agreement and will be delivered by Kenetics (a subsidiary of Meritech). Whenever a vendor other than Meritech or Kenetics contacts you regarding copiers, no information should be divulged. In such cases, please refer the caller to the cost per copy administrator, Lisa Sabato-Cengia, at 368.1667.


The Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life has one anticipated graduate staff position opening, Recovery House Coordinator (RHC). The RHC manages and lives in the Recovery House and works to create a positive, welcoming, confidential environment in a substance-free recovery-based house. Please email Alexis Melville with inquiries, job description or application information. First consideration deadline is Nov. 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For Students

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning invites students to the next on-campus blood drives next Wednesday at Wade Fireside Lounge and Oct. 26 in Fribley from 2pm-7pm.  Visit  the American Red Cross website to make an appointment and save a life. For more information, visit the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning website.


The Year of Water speaker series at Case Western Reserve University will continue with the appearance of Katie Spotz, a local hero from Mentor, on Oct. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Her talk is free and open to the public. Spotz, a modern-day adventurer, is the youngest person at 21—and the first American—to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Sharing how she became interested in the issue of safe drinking water, Spotz will also describe her adventures with stories and pictures. More information is available online.


In recognition of the theme of this year's World Sight Day, the "Countdown to 2020," Case For Sight will be hosting a benefit dinner on Oct. 22 in the Thwing Ballroom.  The doors will open at 5 p.m., and a lecture presented by Jonathan Lass, MD, the chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at CWRU, will begin at 5:30.  Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  All proceeds will be directed to Orbis International. Contact for more information.


The Undergraduate Mock Trial team is seeking attorneys and law students to act as judges for the Spartan Throwdown Invitational on Oct. 23 and 24.  Volunteers are needed to judge any of four rounds, with two on Oct. 23 and two on Oct. 24.  Volunteers can choose to judge between one and four rounds. The time commitment will be about three hours for each round, with an additional half-hour judges' meeting before each round. Judges will receive breakfast or lunch for every round they volunteer. Contact Tournament Director Abigail Pink by email to volunteer.


The October Campus Community Forum, Education Abroad and International Experiences, will be 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 22, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations with an introduction by President Barbara R. Snyder. Your input is invited. Bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. For more information contact the Office of International Affairs at 368.2397 or email.

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.

Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society, has published "From Compassionate Ageism to Intergenerational Conflict?" in the October issue of The Gerontologist. It is an invited and peer-reviewed article commemorating the 50th year of the journal's publication.


Susan Freimark.

Susan Freimark, MA, LPC, has been named the assistant director of Faculty Leadership Programs in the The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Freimark is not a newcomer to the campus, having served CWRU in various capacities. As an executive coach, she coached faculty at CWRU via the NSF-ACES program and developed and presented a well-received workshop on “Politics on Campus.” Currently she is a CWRU IDEAL coach with Kent State University, assisting a team of faculty on creating a transformative change project on campus.

Oct. 15, 2010

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In the News

Neighborhood Progress Inc. names new president and CEO, Oct. 13, 2010
Crain's Cleveland Business writes about Case School of Law alumnus Joel Ratner, 46, who has been named new president and CEO of Neighborhood Progress ,a nonprofit neighborhood development group.

Businessman’s Trust Gives
$10.5 Million to Case Western U.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 12
A charitable trust created by Kent H. Smith has donated $10.5-million to his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, as part of the Cleveland institution’s drive to build a $60 million student center.

Gabinet honored with endowed chair at Case School of Law, Oct. 15
New York real estate attorney Coleman P. Burke, a 1970 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, made a $1.5 million leadership gift to create The Coleman P. Burke Chair in the legal areas of tax, trusts and estates in honor of Case Western Reserve University law professor Leon Gabinet.

Higher Ed News

Liberal Arts, Post-Recession

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2010
Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., as well as many traditionally liberal arts colleges, adapted to economic realities of the recent economic crises and recession by adding new majors that focus on pre-professional education.