New Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Named

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Case Western Reserve University announced this week the appointment of Christopher J. Vlahos to the position of associate vice president for Alumni Relations. Vlahos fills the role being vacated by Dan Clancy, who is retiring after nearly a half-century of service to the university.

Vlahos has most recently held the position of president and executive director of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, where he oversaw key initiatives geared toward connecting the university and its 220,000 alumni.

“Case Western Reserve University is highly regarded, and I am excited to be part of a great leadership team,” Vlahos says.  “I am looking forward to engaging the over 100,000 alumni across the globe, as well as connecting our students with opportunities the Alumni office can provide.”

Vlahos will be responsible for the oversight of the Alumni Relations staff and Alumni House. He will work directly with schools, affinity groups and other campus stakeholders to build programs that engage all alumni.

Vlahos holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He begins at Case Western Reserve on Jan. 4. Read more.

Maltz Museum Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invites campus community members to learn more about a unique scholarship opportunity for young people in grades 6-12 who live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

The Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay Contest is offering a total of $100,000 in scholarship support for juniors and seniors to attend an Ohio university or college. They must complete a 500-word essay on discrimination or intolerance and how they intend to address it.

There also are smaller prizes for students in grades 6-10. Go online for complete details and deadlines.

Campus News

University web services will experience an interruption from 6 a.m. to noon this Saturday as the university performs server maintenance and upgrades. The following key services may be unavailable during this time: Blackboard, the blog system, Software Center, campus directory, PeopleSoft services and all automated Information Technology Services tools. Other services may be inaccessible or have limited functionality at this time, as well. In addition, the university homepage may appear with a service maintenance message. Questions about this service interruption should be directed to the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or at

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Thwing Center and Student Activities and Leadership will once again sponsor the Giving Tree for children in need this holiday season.  We will continue to provide gifts to children through Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc. (NEON). The gifts you provide will be given to 100 children living in neighborhoods close to Case Western Reserve University. If you, your department or student organization would like to sponsor children from the same family please contact Arlet Wright or call 368.2654. 

Tags with the children’s gift requests will hang on a tree in Thwing Atrium beginning this week.  Please fill out the top part of the tag with your name and email address and leave it in the envelope on the easel by the tree. Take the second part of the tag with the three desired gifts and use it as a tag for your gift.  Remember you only have to buy one gift from the three listed.

All gifts should be wrapped and returned to Thwing Center no later than Dec. 3. Please take a tag only if you are absolutely certain you will be able to meet the return date.  For more information, please contact Arlet Wright at Thwing Center, 368.2654 or Suzanne Leach, Student Activities and Leadership, 368.2679.

For Faculty and Staff

A forum is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Friday in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall to answer any questions you may have related to the Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant competition. If you have an interest in submitting a proposal, we encourage you to attend. The competition held last year was a new endeavor undertaken as part of the university’s strategic plan implementation. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to advance the university’s interdisciplinary priorities.  The provost and some of the alliance leaders will be present to answer questions on how to navigate the process this year. If you are unable to attend the forum please send your questions to Chalana Gilliham  ahead of time and we will address them at the meeting. More information is available here.

For Students

Study abroad and earn three credits next spring.

Spring registration is here and there are many study abroad three -credit options available to students over winter, spring and summer breaks. All are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students, with financial aid often available.

Programs offered through the Department of Bioethics include the following: winter break in San Jose, Costa Rica (includes an optional week of service learning through the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning before the course) and spring break courses in Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca and Buenos Aires.  Go online for more information or contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, at 216.368.5377 or by email.

Programs offered through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) for spring semester include the following: spring break in Guatemala, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa - Kenya, Netherlands and Ecuador (last two weeks in May with an optional 12 days of service learning through the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning after the course).  With the exception of Netherlands, all are approved as global and cultural diversity electives. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 368.6014 or by email for details.


The Undergraduate Indian Students Association presents the annual uISA Cultural Show: Jadoo-It's Magic. Come for a night of excitement and amazing performances. The show is free and open to the entire Cleveland community. The event will be held in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. If you have any questions, please email.

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The CWRU International Club and the Office of International Student Services are hosting the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday in The 1914 Lounge of the Thwing Student Center. We will be serving a traditional American Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and much more. There will be lots of delicious side dishes so our vegetarian guests will not go hungry. Tickets are on sale now in the ISS Office, Sears 210. The cost is $3 for undergraduate students, $5 for graduate students and others, and $1 for children age 7 and under.

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host a session on Hoarding  from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Mandel School, Room 320. Gabrielle Faggella (SAS ’86) will be the guest speaker. Faggella is a clinical social worker in private practice who has specialized in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder for the past 15 years. In this workshop, participants will gain a clear understanding of the range and types of hoarding, including what distinguishes a “hoarder” from a “collector,” as well as current multi-modal treatment approaches and available resources. Learn more online. Send email to Pamela Carson for details.


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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The Case Western Reserve University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society has scheduled its next chapter meeting for 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Mather House Room 100. All members of Phi Beta Kappa among the faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as those undergraduates elected in spring 2010 as juniors, are invited and encouraged to attend. The chapter is also updating its membership list of “resident members” (university faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who are Phi Beta Kappa).  The chapter asks that faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution and who are not yet active in the CWRU Chapter to send an email to the chapter co-secretary Margaret Robinson, Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Studies, to be included in invitations to meetings and events of the CWRU Chapter.

Nov. 18, 2010

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In the News

Case, Akron law students win at competition

Akron Legal News, Nov. 16
Third-year Case Western Reserve law student Christina Spallina is featured in a front-page article in Akron Legal News for her first place win in the LGM Law Student Closing Argument Competition.

Uptown plaza design to be unveiled today by Case Western Reserve University and Museum, Nov. 18, 2010
Plans for the plaza surrounding the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland are being unveiled today. It will anchor the emerging Uptown district, a $150 million-plus retail, entertainment, restaurant and cultural project sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Inc.

How coaching with compassion 'lights up' our brain, Nov. 18, 2010
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, led by Richard Boyatzis and Anthony Jack, have found that people respond much better to a coach they find inspiring and who shows compassion for them, rather than one who they perceive to be judging them. “We're trying to activate the parts of the brain that would lead a person to consider possibilities. We believe that would lead to more learning. By considering these possibilities we facilitate learning,” said Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor, and professor of organizational behavior, cognitive science and psychology.

Higher Ed News

Video Killed the Faculty Star

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2010
Professors “caught on tape” and posted on social sites such as YouTube is a growing phenomenon, and some worry it could have a chilling effect on academe. Faculty members at Cornell University, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and the University of Central Florida have seen pieces of their lectures go viral in recent weeks.