Choose Your Cause with Charity Choice 2010

Mary Barton and Sierra Thomas are among
the United Way's success stories.

Maybe you have a soft spot in your heart for wildlife. Or you want to end hunger right here in Cleveland. Perhaps you want to help find a cure for cancer. With Charity Choice, you can direct how your contribution is put to use.

Phase Two of the Charity Choice 2010 campaign launches with this week’s Benefits Fair. The campaign goal for 2010 is to exceed last year’s donations of $204,300 and increase participation across campus by at least 10 percent.

Donations can be made online through the Human Capital Management system (HCM) or by paper form through either a one-time payment or through multiple payroll deductions.

Individuals can designate the nonprofit of their choice or can choose to contribute to one or more of the following agencies, which provide help to a vast array of worthy causes: Earth Share Ohio (ESO), a federation working to raise donations for local, regional and national nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations; Community Shares, the only Northeast Ohio workplace-giving federation focused on advocacy and social change and the second-largest such fund in the country; United Way of Greater Cleveland, a leading convener and funder of partnerships focused on solutions for our community's health and human service priorities.

Mary Barton is just one of dozens of success stories at the United Way of Greater Cleveland. A mother of three children of her own plus three adoptees and two foster children, Mary needed help getting her adopted daughter, Sierra Thomas, into college. Adoption Network Cleveland, which receives funding from the United Way, was able to help Sierra enroll at Cuyahoga Community College. 

“We invite you to embrace this cause and show the Cleveland community how Case Western Reserve University is committed to making an impact locally and nationally,” said co-chairs W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, provost and executive vice president, and David Fleshler,  associate provost for international affairs, on the Case Western Reserve Charity Choice website.

Campus News

Don’t get caught in a phishing expedition. 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.

There has been a recent series of phishing emails to CWRU users urging recipients to click on a weblink to keep their accounts open. These links take users to official-looking but fraudulent imitations of the CWRU Single Sign-On page, hosted on non-CWRU-owned web servers.

CWRU Information Technology Services (ITS) does send notifications to users when passwords need to be changed to comply with the 365-day password age policy. Those notification emails intentionally contain no links; we request that users contact the ITS Help Desk for direction to the account management pages. You should NEVER enter your CWRU account credentials into a page outside the domain. If you have additional questions about phishing, please contact the ITS Help Desk 368.HELP (4357).

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Now through Nov. 30 The Bookstore, in partnership with Oak Hall Cap and Gowns, offers 10 percent off custom-made regalia. Come in anytime for your personalized fitting. Owning your regalia has some advantages: no more dealing with ordering, picking up, and returning regalia year after year; perfect fit to your regalia; and a tax deduction for the purchase price. For more information, contact your bookstore at 368.2650.

For Faculty and Staff

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host an open house for any faculty and staff interested in learning about Weight Watchers’ new program starting this December. The new program features a new way to calculate points and more zero point foods. The open house will be 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the School of Nursing in the faculty/staff lounge on the first floor. Salad greens and low-calorie dressing will be provided–bring a salad topping and a drink.

For Students

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Mandel School, 11235 Bellflower Road.  The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 368.2280. For details, go to  the school’s website.

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Interested in studying abroad? Be the first to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences' new partnership with Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of all majors and interests. Funding for travel is available, as well as internship and SAGES Capstone possibilities. Two information sessions will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in Crawford Hall 720 (lunch provided), and at 6:30 p.m. in Fribley Commons. For more information or with any questions, contact Associate Dean Jill Korbin.


Case Western Reserve University presents two LGBT workshops on Thursday: Transgender and Genderqueer 101: One session, 1-3 p.m. in Thwing Spartan Room, is open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. A second session, 6-8 p.m. in Thwing 1914 Lounge, is open to all undergraduate students. For more information and to make reservations, email: Please indicate which session you would like to attend. Visit online and join on Facebook: Case Western Reserve University's LGBT Center.

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The Department of Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia presents an analysis seminar, Concentration of mass on convex bodies, with Umut  Caglar, Case Western Reserve math graduate student, at the Department of Mathematics Yost 321B 4-5 p.m Wednesday. More information is available online.

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Case Western Reserve Office of Multicultural Affairs presents For Colored Girls, starring Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg and more, 7 p.m. Sunday at Tower City Cinemas. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance. Ticket vouchers are available at the OMA 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sears Building Room 450.  More information is available online; email or call 368.2904 with questions as well.

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Consequences of Kampala: The U.S. & the International Criminal Court at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be presented at noon Thursday with Donald Ferencz, executive director, The Planethood Foundation and professor Michael Scharf, Director, Cox Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ferencz  and Scharf were non-governmental organization delegates at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Assembly of States Parties Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda, in June, where delegates agreed to amend the ICC statute to add the crime of aggression to its jurisdiction. The talk will examine the history, meaning and likely consequences of the amendment.

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Julian Bond

Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP, will speak on the role the law has played in both encouraging and thwarting the civil rights movement, beginning with the seminal Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), in the lecture Under Color of Law, 6 p.m. Thursday in the Ford Auditorium at Allen Memorial Medical Library. 

For more information, go 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.

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Lev Gonick, CIO and vice president at Case Western Reserve University, was in the spotlight with the university’s Case Connection Zone project, which is bringing gigabit fiber connections to homes in underserved and impoverished Cleveland neighborhoods, during the fall 2010 Internet2 Member meeting in Atlanta last week. In collaboration with 40 community partners–including health care providers, public safety agencies, educational institutions and industry–the project aims to evaluate the impact that 1 Gbps broadband access to the home has on neighborhood and community safety, health care and wellness, energy management and sustainability, and improving high school-age student competency in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. To view the full fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting program, visit For more information, visit

Nov. 8, 2010

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In the News

U, Mayo to argue med school case before SCOTUS, Nov. 8, 2010
John Brockman, a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University and president of the American Medical Student Association, said residents are the “lifeblood” of hospitals and have much more responsibility for patient care than medical students, and should be regarded as employees. A case regarding medical residents goes before the Supreme Court today.

PlayhouseSquare stars in its own real estate revival

Plain Dealer, Nov. 8, 2010
Case Western Reserve University plans to move its graduate theater program into the Middough building, which PlayhouseSquare is buying for an undisclosed amount of money.

Marine's organization honors fallen troops by aiding families

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 7, 2010
Marine Lt. Col. Stephen Beck, who was featured in the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper story Final Salute and book by the same name, both authored by Jim Sheeler, now a journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University, is taking command of a Naval ROTC program in Pittsburgh. Beck is the founder of Remembering the Brave, dedicated to American troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most Health Care Encounters Are Missed Opportunities for HIV Testing, Nov. 7, 2010
At the Infectious Diseases Society of America 48th annual meeting, Ann Avery, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, presented the results of her study looking at the gap between the CDC recommendation and actual practice in testing for HIV infection in health clinics in Cuyahoga County. The study evaluated “missed opportunities,” defined as health care encounters that did not include HIV testing in an appropriate individual who had never been tested.

Higher Ed News

Arbitrator Orders Florida State U. to Rescind Layoffs of Tenured Faculty Members

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2010
In a major victory for the state's faculty union, an independent arbitrator on Friday ordered Florida State University to rescind layoff notices to several tenured faculty members and slammed how administrators there had decided which jobs would be cut.