President Notes Progress, Thanks University Community in State of the University Address

President Barbara R. Snyder

In her fourth State of the University address, President Barbara R. Snyder on Friday thanked the Case Western Reserve community for contributing to the campus’s progress.

Citing gains from fiscal health to admissions to fundraising, President Snyder credited faculty, staff, students, and alumni for the university’s renewed sense of momentum.

“To everyone in our university community, thank you for believing that we could be so much more,” Snyder said to the crowd in the Thwing Center ballroom. “We are well on our way.”

During her remarks, the president announced that the university had completed its third straight fiscal year with a surplus – this one $2.2 million. She also noted that Case Western Reserve had logged a third straight year of attainment more than $100 million. For fiscal year 2010, the total was $115.5 million, the second highest in the university’s history.

Snyder said that much has changed in her four years as president. When she arrived on campus, the university had a $20 million deficit; the very next year, the university emerged with a balanced budget. During her address, the president shared financial results for fiscal year 2010, which again were positive. In fact, they were $7 million better than projected, with a surplus of $2.2 million.

The president presented a video compilation of some of the year’s greatest highlights. Watch the video here.

The president concluded the address by telling the extraordinary story of Anna Kennedy, a junior who successfully battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kennedy demonstrated remarkable courage during the ordeal, and received exceptional care from Stan Gerson, MD, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also enjoyed tremendous support from her coach, Tiffany Crooks, and the players on the varsity women’s soccer team, for which she is a goalkeeper. 

“We talk a lot about building community at Case Western Reserve,” Snyder told the team, which was present with Kennedy and Gerson during the speech. “Your support of Anna provides a lesson for us all.”

Watch a video that Kennedy’s teammates made for her online. Click here to read a transcript of the president’s remarks. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University EMS (CaseEMS), a student-run EMS organization for the campus community, is staging a mass casualty incident drill on Saturday. More than 70 volunteers will act as injured patients from a gas explosion at Van Horn Field. Cleveland EMS, Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland Heights Fire Department, Case Western Security, and CaseEMS will be present at the drill to evaluate the ability of the campus and municipal responders to conduct triage and treat a large number of patients. Some patients will be taken to UH ER for further simulated treatment to evaluate the ER’s ability to handle more patients than it has beds.

For Faculty and Staff

Join Zumba instructor Christel Best at noon Wednesday for a workout so fun you won’t remember you are exercising. This Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness class. It’s free to staff and faculty. More information is available online.


The 10th annual Staff Advisory Committee Basket Raffle is coming up on Nov. 9 and 10 during the Benefits Fair. Now in its 10th year, the SAC Basket Raffle is a program coordinated by the Staff Advisory Council Community Service Committee. In past years we have donated as much as $6,000 to charity. This year, the proceeds from the raffle will go to Suicide Prevention Education Alliance. All that is needed is for your department to collaborate, create and donate a basket full of goodies. Each group of participants picks a theme, coordinates the details, gathers the items and arranges them in a creative and beautiful “basket” that will be raffled off at the 2010 Benefits Fair. To donate your basket, please contact Bonnie Copes. Please notify us with your commitment by Friday. Basket drop-off is Nov. 8 at Thwing Center in the 1914 Lounge.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government would like to invite all students, undergraduates and graduates, to the second annual Student State of the University Address on Wednesday in Strosacker Auditorium. The doors open at 6 p.m. and President Snyder will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. about the University's exciting new initiatives. Students will also have a chance to ask questions and address any concerns. Refreshments will be provided.


Sidonie Smith

Sidonie Smith, PhD, presents America’s Exhibit A, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Living History” and the Genres of Authenticity, at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Moot Court Room A59 of the Case School of Law. Smith, a Case Western Reserve University PhD, is Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and President of the Modern Language Association of America.


The Department of Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia presents an analysis seminar with professor Christopher Lin at 4 p.m. Wednesday (10.20) in Yost 321B, Existence of Ground State in Quantum Layers, II. The seminar will discuss how the geometry of the underlying surface influences the existence of discrete spectra. We will also state the so-called “Quantum Layer Conjecture” and talk about the progress toward it. For more information, go online.

Robert Buckingham, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cincinnati, will conduct a colloquium 3 p.m. Friday at the Department of Mathematics Yost 300. Refreshments at 2:30. The colloquium: Spectra of Random Hermitian Matrices with a Small-Rank External Source. This is joint work with Marco Bertola, Seung-Yeop Lee, and Virgil Pierce. More information is available online.

Vehicle Event Data Recorders–Can I trust my "Big Brother"? will be presented 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at  the Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. More information is available online

Book and arts lovers can enjoy Octavofest this month, a series of events in the region that showcases  the spectrum of  book and paper arts from rare to contemporary items. CWRU is a participating member and the Kelvin Smith Library hosts events on Wednesday afternoon as part of  "An Afternoon/Evening in University Circle" with a 3-4 p.m. opening lecture by Jayme Jamison from the Intermuseum Consercation Association. Read more details on the KSL NewsBlog.

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.

Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has published the following: “Standing Still in the Roberts Court,”  Case Western Reserve Law Review; and “Taking Property Rights Seriously: The Case of Climate Change,” reprinted in The Environment: Philosophy and Policy, ed. Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller Jr., and Jeffrey Paul (Cambridge University Press. Adler presented the paper “Is the Common Law the Free Market Solution to Pollution?” at a workshop on Tough Questions for Free Market Environmentalism at the Property & Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Mont., July 21.

He also discussed the upcoming Supreme Court term (with professor Jonathan Entin) at the CWRU Public Affairs Discussion Group, Sept. 3; moderated a panel at the Cox Center “Lawfare” conference on Sept. 10; spoke to the International Law Society and Environmental Law Society on climate change law and policy on Sept. 13; chaired a workshop on “Business Law and Regulation in the Roberts Court,” sponsored by the Center for Business Law and Regulation, Sept. 16-17; and served as discussion leader for a conference on “Liberty and the Progress of the Human Condition,” sponsored by the Property and Environment Research Center and Liberty Fund, Emigrant, Mont., Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Oct. 18, 2010

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In the News

Best Radio Station for More Than Music, October 2010
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Lack Of Sleep Linked To Risky Colon Polyps, Oct. 18, 2010
People who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to have dangerous polyps in their colon or rectum compared to better-rested patients, a recent study says. But it doesn’t necessarily mean lack of sleep directly causes cancer. "Even if this is causal, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get colon cancer," said Li Li, associate director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, who led the research team. "But if you get enough sleep it could prevent polyps, which could prevent colon cancer.”

How Are Black- and Women-Owned Businesses Doing?

Small Business Trends, Oct. 18, 2010
Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes that while the Census Bureau reports that black- and women-owned businesses are growing in numbers, many of those small businesses are not thriving and most women- and black-owned businesses do not have employees.

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