‘Riders on the Storm’ Author to Read,
Discuss Novel Set at Case Western Reserve

Susan Streeter Carpenter

The turbulent ’60s evoke memories of unrest, war protests, flower power and more. Susan Streeter Carpenter, the author of the historically based book, Riders on the Storm, was among those individuals touched by the events that rocked the nation and Cleveland.

Carpenter will read and discuss the process of research and writing her first novel, set on the campus of Case Western Reserve University during those times, when she visits next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Guilford House Parlor. The Department of English is sponsoring the free, public event. More information is available online.

The writer was eating dinner with six friends in Glenville when news came about the 1968 student takeover at Columbia University. This event ignited a story idea that simmered for decades, pulling from experiences on and off campus and eventually becoming her novel. Bottom Dog Press published Riders on the Storm earlier this year. 

“The book is set in Cleveland in the not too distant past— a past that some of us can remember,” said Mary Grimm, chair of the English department and also a novelist.

“At Reserve, I experienced time ratcheting forward as it does in the book: The nature of the world last week was utterly different than it was this week, and there was no going back,” Carpenter said in an interview with English Department staff member Susan Grimm. See the Department of English interview online. Read more.

Campus News

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Case Western Reserve University MLK Celebration Week Advisory Board is now accepting funding requests for programming for Case Western Reserve’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, The Weight of History and the Challenge of Change.  In the past, co-sponsorships have helped support speakers, films, workshops, receptions, and field trips. To see last year’s schedule of events, please review the website

This MLK Week will be the week of Jan. 17, and academic departments, schools and colleges, student organizations and university offices may submit proposals online. The annual MLK Convocation will be Jan. 21 during the Community Hour and will feature noted historian and author Nell Irvin Painter. The deadline for proposals is today.  Proposals should be submitted online. You may email with any questions.

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There will be an interruption of services in the NAS (Network Attached Storage) on Saturday between 3 and 6 a.m. This is to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform an upgrade to the CIFS (Common Internet File System) portion of the NAS. The NAS provides online file storage for a number of users and applications. During this timeframe several ITS services will be unavailable including: The ITS Online File Storage Service aka ITS Windows File Storage aka the server sicily; University Libraries website; University Libraries staff file storage. If you have additional questions about this outage please contact the ITS Help Desk or call 368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

Healthful eating helps keep your blood glucose in your target range, which is critical for diabetics. It can also help you feel good, lose or maintain weight and lower your risk for health problems caused by diabetes. Join Bon Appetit chef Allen Gross for this month's cooking demonstration at noon Wednesday in Nord Hall Room 310 to learn new recipes and taste great treats!  Register online.

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The Department of Accountancy is sponsoring an accountancy faculty development seminar, The Coming Age of Continuous Assurance, 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 19, in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 401. Speaking will be Miklos Vasarhelyi, Rutgers University, KPMG Professor of Accounting Information Systems. Information and registration is available online.

For Students

The Social Justice Institute is looking for students who would be interested in participating in a focus group. The topic of discussion will be a social justice curriculum or program at CWRU. The focus group will last an hour and pizza will be served.  If you are interested, please email Jared Hamilton.

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Purchase a Spirit Pack and show off your CWRU spirit, while supporting leadership education and campus programming. Spirit Packs are $55 and include: a Spartan T-shirt, CWRU sweat shirt, stainless steel BPA-free water bottle, cinch sack and pompom with a  discount at the University Bookstore. Order online by Monday.


On Saturday, Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and community members will come together in celebration and support of kids fighting cancer in University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and their families. Student group Dance Marathon at CWRU is hosting a 12-hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon to raise money to help families of pediatric cancer patients cover the costs of cancer care. Many other Case Western Reserve University student groups will be sponsoring teams of dancers, who commit to staying on their feet for the entire marathon, and "moralers," who can come and go and provide morale support for the dancers. The event will run from noon until midnight in the Veale Center and will feature performances, games, activities and fun for students and the kids. For more information, contact Anna or visit the website.

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Ronald Shapiro

A lecture presented by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins, Especially You! By Ronald M. Shapiro, JD, founder and chairman of the Shapiro Negotiations Institute, at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). A reception follows.

More information is available online.

Shapiro, a prominent sports agent, is the father of Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro. 

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The Department of Music presents University Circle Wind Ensemble Winter Concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Harkness Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. On Monday, the Department of Music presents The Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra Winter Concert featuring Telemann's Concerto for strings and winds, Muffat's Propitia Sydera (Brilliant Star), Handel's Concerto grosso Op. 3 No. 2 in B-flat  and Geminiani's orchestral version of Corelli's famous La Follia. The 7:30 p.m. performance is also free and open to the public in Harkness Chapel.

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Department of Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia presents a special analysis seminar with professor Spiro Karigiannis, Department of Mathematics, University of Waterloo: Two simple ideas from calculus applied to Riemannian geometry, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, at the Department of Mathematics, Yost Room 321B. More information is available online.

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The Share the Vision committee is sponsoring a cultural dinner–Spotlighting India–to celebrate International Education Week  on Tuesday. This is the first in a Cultural Dinner Series co-sponsored by the Share the Vision Committee and Bon Appetit. Though Indian food will be served at both Fribley and Leutner, all displays and entertainment will be at Leutner in the North Residential Village.  Students can use their Meal Plan. Case Cash and cash ($14.50) are also accepted. More International Education Week information 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.

Walter Gibson, Professor Emeritus of art and art history, has published Figures of Speech: Picturing Proverbs in Renaissance Netherlands, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Elina Gertsman, assistant professor of Medieval art, delivered the invited lecture, Ruptures: Fragmented Bodies in Gothic Art, for the Barker Newhall Lecture Series at Kenyon College in early October.

Harvey Buchanan, Professor Emeritus, has been elected Honorary Trustee at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Nov. 12, 2010

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In the News

Smoking ‘may increase eye infection risk’

Contactlenses.co.uk, Nov. 12, 2010
An investigation carried out by specialists at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Eye Institute said that smoking increases the risk of infection in contact lens users.

Texting Study Reveals Shocking Statistics

Fox8.com, Nov. 9, 2010
Scott Frank, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University and lead author of a study of teen texting habits, old the Associated Press there appears to be a link between frequent texting and unhealthy behavior. His group's findings show 40 percent of hyper-texters were more likely to have tried cigarettes and 41 percent were more likely to have tried drugs. Ninety-percent had four or more sex partners.

Cats' Tongues Employ Tricky Physics

Sciencemag.org, November 2010
Researchers have found that cats have a unique technique for lapping liquids that other animals don’t use. So far, this drinking behavior has been seen only in felines, but robots could soon join their ranks. Hillel Chiel, a neurobiologist at Case Western Reserve University, who works to develop “soft” robots that mimic natural behavior, says feline lapping could give robotics experts a new way to approach problems that require delicate handling of liquids, such as oil cleanups. “I think this study will definitely have an impact.”

‘Extreme’ exhibit shows animals related to us but seem from another world

News-herald.com, Nov. 6, 2010
Darrin Croft, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s research assistant and an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, said a new mammal exhibit, Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, will tickle the fancy of just about any viewer. Part of the reason for this expectation is because of the exhibit's wide range of visually exciting material and displays, Croft said.

Higher Ed News

As For-Profit Colleges' Enrollment Slows, Analysts See Signs of an Industry Reset

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2010
Enrollment growth has slowed at many for-profit institutions, according to earnings reports of the last few weeks, and many companies say they're expecting that trend to continue as they change course on their marketing and recruiting strategies to comply with new federal regulations.